Atlanta Falcons Free Agency Big Board: Pass Rushers

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DE Trent Cole

Nov 27, 2014; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys tackle Tyron Smith (77) blocks against Philadelphia Eagles outside linebacker Trent Cole (58) in the game at AT&T Stadium. Philadelphia beat Dallas 33-10. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

At 32 years old, Trent Cole is not getting any younger. So why should a team like the Atlanta Falcons who are trying to rebuild go for a player like Cole?

Well, because it simply makes sense.

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If the Falcons pick up Cole for a value deal, they would have themselves a proven veteran pass rusher that ensures some pressure on the quarterback. But at the same time, if they are going to pick up an older player in Cole, drafting a highly recruited prospect in the first or second round of the NFL Draft would be ideal. Then they would have Cole to help the younger draft pick develop as soon as possible while making immediate impacts on the field.

Big Board Grade:

Upside: C-

Immediate Impact: B

Age: D

Influence/Personality: A

Value Deal: A+

Injury Concern?: No

Conclusion: All in all, Trent Cole should be the back-up plan. But like I explained above, grabbing Cole actually makes sense as long as the team is still willing to invest their first round pick in a pass rusher. But with grabbing a veteran, value-deal player like Cole comes more cap space to spend on other positions.