Building for the Future
Dec 28, 2013; Tempe, AZ, USA; Michigan Wolverines offensive lineman Taylor Lewan (77) during the first half against the Kansas State Wildcats during the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl at Sun Devil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
This option is one I wouldn’t advise because it wouldn’t fix many things immediately, but it could pave the way towards a powerful line in the future. Attacking free agency for guys like Alex Mack to lead the line while trading their sixth pick to a team that really wants a player like Barr for a lot of picks throughout the draft could be a great option. Doing this could allow Atlanta to draft a late first round defensive prospect like Kony Early or Vic Beasley. Atlanta could pick up a lot of young lineman that could be available in the second round and third round like Taylor Lewan, Cyril Richardson, or Kelcy Quarles. Any of these guys could step in and start immediately, but it might take a season or two before they fill out enough to make Atlanta a major contender again.