Atlanta Falcons Seven-Round 2015 Mock Draft

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Nov 9, 2013; Morgantown, WV, USA; Texas Longhorns defensive end Cedric Reed (88) reacts after recovering a fumble in the second quarter against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Milan Puskar Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

Round 7: DE Cedric Reed, Texas

Late on in the draft, the Falcons will be able to add some defensive prospects who could become contributors down the line. The 6’5″, 269-pound Cedric Reed of Texas could be a solid pickup with the Falcons’ first of two picks in the seventh-round.

Reed can be a disruptive player when rushing the quarterback, but needs to work on his consistency. He is also coming off the back of a torn meniscus, and scouts will be wanting to see his progress from the injury.

Playing through injury in 2014, Reed still managed to register 68 tackles (tied for his best), nine of which were for a loss, and 5.5 sacks.

His performances were improved in 2014 and he showed flashes of potential. The physical tools are there for Reed — he just needs to develop his game to become an effective contributor on defense in the NFL.

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