Atlanta Falcons: Four linebackers to target in 2016 NFL Draft

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Oct 15, 2015; New Orleans, LA, USA; Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn in the first quarter of their game against the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY Sports

The likelihood of the Atlanta Falcons addressing the linebacker position is very much so in their favor. With free agent pickup Brooks Reed being a miscalculation, Justin Durant being liable to injuries, and Paul Worrilow not taking that next step, it’s possible coach Dan Quinn may grab a couple of linebackers via draft, free agency, or both.

While we all love the visual of seeing potential first-round linebackers Jaylon Smith, Myles Jack, Reggie Ragland, or S’ua Cravens in Atlanta, it’s always good to have a contingency plan. Which is where I step in.

If the situation occurs where Atlanta doesn’t wind up with one of the elite defenders, don’t fret. Here are five linebackers that could be Plan B options if the Falcons do not wind up with any of the Four Horsemen.

Next: An athletic option