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2. Taylor Hart, DE, Oregon
Weight: 287 lbs.
Projected Round: 6-7
Finding quality pass rushers in the later rounds of the draft is basically impossible. Anyone with the skills to get to the quarterback with any regularity flies up draft boards and gets taken pretty early. But, that doesn’t mean you can’t find good defensive ends in the later rounds.
Taylor Hart has been a versatile and productive Oregon Duck since he came on as a redshirt freshman in 2010. He’s played all over the defensive line, even standing up as an outside linebacker on occasion. He makes plays in space, is a reliable tackler and has great play recognition skills. He won’t rack up the sacks, but he will get you tackles and diagnose plays well.
The Falcons need defensive lineman, and playmakers on defense. Hart could be a rotational player right away in the NFL.