2013 NFL Draft: Second Round Options For The Falcons


Feb 21, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Stanford tight end Zach Ertz speaks to the media during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

The Falcons have had their share of success in the second round of NFL Draft’s. More recently, it came from the 2009 draft where they selected a safety out of Missouri by the name of William Moore.

After only playing two games in his rookie season due to a hamstring injury, he ended up shocking everyone by recording 72 tackles and five interceptions in his second year. Moving forward to today, the Falcons just rewarded Moore to a five year, 32 million dollar contract back in March.

The Falcons sure would be thankful to find another William Moore in this years draft in the second round. Here are some second round options for the Falcons in this year’s draft:

60. Atlanta Falcons
Zach Ertz
TE, Stanford

Like I’ve mentioned before, the Falcons cannot sit around all year and depending on Tony Gonzalez to come back for another one. One of these days, he will eventually hang up his boots and call it a day. That is why the Falcons could look in the second round for his replacement.

Ertz could easily step in for Gonzalez once that day does come. He has all the ability in the world as a receiver, similar to Gonzalez. He would also make an impact in his rookie year, allowing the Falcons to go with more two tight end formations on offense.

Now a guy like Zach Ertz will likely be selected before the Falcons make their second round selection, but they could look to trade up a few spots if they see he is in their grasp.

60. Atlanta Falcons
Kyle Long
G, Oregon

The Falcons could have some uncertainties at right guard this season. With Peter Konz likely moving to center, replacing the recently retired Todd McClure and the health concerns with Garrett Reynolds, the Falcons could be looking for a guard that can solidify the right guard position for a long time.

60. Atlanta Falcons
Corey Lemonier
DE, Auburn

There seems to be some legitimate interest in Auburn defensive end Corey Lemonier. Lemonier reportedly visited with the Falcons this week and will work out for the team before the draft.

Lemonier would be an interesting fit for the Falcons in the second round. Even though the Falcons seem set at defensive end with Kroy Biermann and recently signed Osi Umenyiora, the team will still be on a look out for more of a long-term option at defensive end.