NFC South: Are the Atlanta Falcons the most improved team?

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Nov 9, 2014; Tampa, FL, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) stiff arms Tampa Bay Buccaneers free safety Major Wright (31) against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during the second quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Falcons 

Finally, the heart and soul of the NFC South, our very own Atlanta Falcons! Atlanta got to work early by hiring former Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator, Dan Quinn to be the new head coach and released running back, Steven Jackson and WR, Harry Douglas.

With the loss of OLB, Sean Weatherspoon, Atlanta signed linebackers, Brooks Reed, O’Brien Schofield and Justin Durant to help the defense and signed Adrian Clayborn to help a punch-less pass rush. On offense, the Falcons signed WR, Leonard Hankerson and TE, Jacob Tamme to help fill the void of Douglas.

In the draft, the Falcons made splash after splash. Kiper Jr. Awarded the Falcons as a top five draft in 2015. In the first round the Falcons got their pass rusher in Vic Beasley and drafted WR, Justin Hardy and RB, Tevin Coleman, all three of which are projected to have a heavy role in 2015. On top of that, the Falcons added CB, Jalen Collins in the draft as well as DT, Grady Jarrett.

Offseason grade: A-

The Falcons improved their running game, offensive line, receiving corps and pass rush in the 2015 offseason. While we cannot see the future, everything points to a much improved season in 2015 for the Atlanta Falcons who finished off 2014 with a 6-10 record. The Falcons went 5-1 in division play and will give the NFC South headaches in 2015 as well.