In the meantime, we realized that each of us had differing opinions on who we thought the Falcons should draft in each round, and why. What better way to pass the time until the real draft than by having our very own Blogging Dirty Writers’ Mock Draft?
The mock draft works like this: Each writer will make their pick for Falcons in each round, based upon who they believe will be available and their perception of the team’s needs. They will then write a short summary of the pick to explain to all of us the reasoning behind it.
This mock assumes no trades, and that the Falcons will be picking based on the official draft order. Let’s get drafting!
Most analysts and fans believe that the Falcons will be eying an elite pass rusher in the first round, something they have lacked since the team parted ways with John Abraham prior to the 2013 season.
It’s a good year for pass rushers, with Leonard Williams, Dante Fowler Jr., Vic Beasley, Randy Gregory, Shane Ray, and Alvin “Bud” Dupree all considered to be top-15 talents.
The Falcons could also elect to go in a different direction, depending on who is available at the #8 overall pick. Players like WR Amari Cooper or Kevin White, DT/NT Danny Shelton, CB Trae Waynes, RB Todd Gurley, or OT/OG Brandon Scherff could all be solid options for the team.
Who did our writers select with the Falcons first pick? Let’s find out!
It looks like the consensus is that the Falcons will be selecting a pass rusher (aside from Chester, who has the team snagging the top CB in the draft instead), but who?
Six writers had the Falcons taking Randy Gregory, and four had them taking Alvin “Bud” Dupree.
Both are terrific pass rushers in their own right. It’s hard to say who will become the better player, as both have through-the-roof potential. Gregory has better size and technique, but Dupree is an athletic freak. I suppose we won’t know what Dan Quinn and the Falcons think until next Thursday.
Stay tuned tomorrow for our Round 2 picks, which should provide much more variety. Atlanta has several needs on day two of the draft, including LG, FS, ILB, and RB.
Do you agree or disagree with the picks so far? Who do you prefer, Randy Gregory, Bud Dupree, or Trae Waynes?