Jan 1, 2015; Arlington, TX, USA; Michigan State Spartans running back Jeremy Langford (33) runs the ball against Baylor Bears linebacker Taylor Young (11) in the 2015 Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
The 2015 NFL Draft is exactly a week away. All of us here at Blogging Dirty are bursting with excitement to learn who the new additions to the Atlanta Falcons will be.
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 voice our opinions and pass the time until the real draft than by having our very own Blogging Dirty Writers’ Mock Draft?
The Writers’ Mock Draft works like this: each writer will make their pick for the Falcons in each round, based upon who they believe will be available and their perception of the team’s needs. They will then provide a short summary of the pick to explain 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!
Round 3 presents many options for a Falcons team that has a lot of needs to fill. The value on RB should be excellent. There are a number of good OG, FS, and WR prospects available. It may come down to what the team perceives as the best value, or the position of greatest need.
Here are the previous two rounds, in case you missed them: Round 1, Round 2. Who did our writers select with the Falcons third round pick? Let’s find out!
Previous Picks: Round 1 – OLB Randy Gregory; Round 2 – ILB Stephone Anthony
Previous Picks: Round 1 – OLB Randy Gregory; Round 2 – FS Derron Smith
The variety continues in Round 3, where our writers were once again undecided on which way to go in the mock draft. Several of us had the Falcons bolstering the offensive line and RB corps, while others continued to bolster the defense with additional secondary and pass rushing help.
All in all, there were three defensive players and seven offensive players selected. The player with the most selections was C/G Ali Marpet, who was taken by both Sunny Minhas and David Neff. Position wise, G was the most popular with three total selections.
Any of these players could be difference makers for the Falcons. There is no doubt that Atlanta must fill the hole left by Justin Blalock, but they also need additional players in the secondary and a physical RB to pair with Devonta Freeman. It all depends on what Quinn and Dimitroff decide to do come draft day.
Stay tuned for Round 4, which will be posted tomorrow. There will be even more dissension as our writers try to find the diamonds in the rough on Day 3. The RB group in particular is quite deep, along with the CB group.
What do you think about the Round 3 picks? Who would you take in Round 3? Do you think it is more important for the Falcons to focus on the offense or defense in this draft?