Atlanta Falcons Post Free Agency: Mock Draft

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Jan 24, 2015; Mobile, AL, USA; North squad offensive tackle Ali Marpet of Hobart (50) enters the field during player introductions before the Senior Bowl at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. The North won, 34-13. Mandatory Credit: Glenn Andrews-USA TODAY SpAli Marpet; Hobart and William Smith College G

Ali Marpet; Hobart and William College OG

Round 3 Pick 73

With the loss of Justin Blalock, we need a long term left guard.  We could theoretically go a couple of different routes here with drafting another DE or 1 tech DT.  Even possibly drafting a WR here isn’t he worse idea. However, we also want to have the best options of talent on this squad and having a 10 year starter next to Jake Matthews is what we need.  Ali Marpet is very similar to Joel Bitonio only Marpet played at little known Hobart and William Smith College. Bitonio played for Kyle Shanahan and became an instant starter with the Cleveland Browns last year and the same principle is what I want for Ali Marpet. He has the size and athleticism to be the perfect guard in a ZBS system.