Atlanta Falcons: 5 Burning Pre-Draft Questions

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Dec 31, 2014; Glendale, AZ, USA; Boise State Broncos running back Jay Ajayi (27) is congratulated by running back Jeremy McNichols (13) after scoring a touchdown during the first quarter against the Arizona Wildcats in the 2014 Fiesta Bowl at Phoenix Stadium. The Broncos won 38-30. Mandatory Credit: Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports

When will the Falcons pick a running back?

This is a good year to draft a running back; the class is deep.

Gordon and Gurley could go as early as the first-round, but it’s possible one of the two will be available by the time the Falcons hit the clock with the 42nd-overall pick.

Sep 6, 2014; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Miami Hurricanes running back Duke Johnson (8) prior to a game against the Florida A&M Rattlers at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

If this is the case, it will be tough for Dimitroff to pass up a player with star potential. Gordon and Gurley both have the potential to become one of the best running backs in the NFL.

As previously mentioned, Johnson and Abdullah could be late second-round options.

Both players are versatile threats. They are not only talented carrying the football, but also when out wide as a receiver. They have potential to become key players in the Falcons’ offense.

David Cobb and Jay Ajayi could also be options. Both are powerful runners who are great at adding yards after initial contact. Ajayi has drawn comparisons to Marshawn Lynch.

For the Falcons, it’s likely not a case of if they will draft a running back, but when.

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