Atlanta Falcons: Grading the 2015 draft class after rookie seasons

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Nov 22, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons running back Tevin Coleman (26) runs against Indianapolis Colts linebacker Jerrell Freeman (50) in the third quarter of their game at the Georgia Dome. The Colts won 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

Nov 22, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons running back Tevin Coleman (26) runs against Indianapolis Colts linebacker Jerrell Freeman (50) in the third quarter of their game at the Georgia Dome. The Colts won 24-21. Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

How did the Atlanta Falcons draft class perform in their rookie seasons? Here’s the grades.

After the Atlanta Falcons completed their draft class last spring, it was regarded as one of the best in the league. The Falcons had not only stocked up on talent, but they had also addressed a number of major needs.

The Falcons needed a pass rusher, so they selected Vic Beasley out of Clemson with the eighth overall pick. They then bolstered the secondary with the selection of cornerback Jalen Collins. There was a need at running back, so they picked up Tevin Coleman in the third.

Now, these players will all continue to develop over the next few years, and are far from the finished article. So this isn’t a judgement on whether it was a successful draft class or not, rather a look back at how each player performed in their rookie campaigns. Was there any immediate help, or are these players longer term projects?

Let’s take a look through each pick and determine how well the Falcons picked.

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