Atlanta Falcons: Who should they draft in the first round?


Which area should the Atlanta Falcons address in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft?

It’s over to you again, Atlanta Falcons fans. The 2016 NFL Draft is just a few months away, and there a number of areas general manager Thomas Dimitroff needs to address to help the Falcons improve on their 8-8 season.

But what should be the No. 1 priority? A case could be made for wide receiver, as the Falcons have a need there. Roddy White‘s production has declined dramatically and he will turn 35-years-old during the 2016 season. Leonard Hankerson was brought in via free agency last year, but has since been released after multiple injury problems.

It’s not a case of if the Falcons address the wide receiver position in the draft, it’s when. But should it happen in the first round? Doing so could help the Falcons build one of the most talented wide receiver groups in the NFL over the next few years. With Julio Jones leading the way and young Justin Hardy operating in the slot, a talented boundary threat could take Kyle Shanahan’s offense to the next level.

Maybe Dimitroff looks to bring in an inside linebacker. There appears to be good depth at the position throughout the class, but filling the need early on could be a smart move. Selecting a player capable of dropping into coverage would be nice.

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How about a pass rusher? Despite selecting Vic Beasley with the eighth overall pick last year, the Falcons actually recorded three fewer sacks (19). Beasley needs help, and taking a pass rusher early on could go a long way to remedying that. Pass rushers are in high demand in the NFL, and you want to pick ’em early.

How about a big guy to bolster up the offensive line? It’s a popular belief that you should take the big guys early. Maybe a safety? Another cornerback? A tight end that can bolster the passing game?

What do you think? Have your vote and leave a comment below with your reasons why.