The Atlanta Falcons should avoid drafting a WR in second round
There is no denying the fact that the Atlanta Falcons need to add at least one wide receiver to their 2016 roster but using a second-round draft pick on one isn’t the right move at the moment.
The 2016 receiver draft class was put on display yesterday at the NFL combine and some receivers that the Falcons have been linked too impressed during their span of workouts. While its great news for the receiver, it wasn’t great news for the Falcons.
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Receivers Will Fuller out of Notre Dame and Josh Doctson out of TCU both have been linked to the Falcons in recent days but may be long gone by the time the Falcons pick in the second round. Atlanta holds the 19th pick of the second round which would mean that early second-round projection receivers such as Fuller and Doctson would be long gone.
Both receivers have the potential to slide down to the mid second-round but after very productive combines, they have both solidified themselves as late first, early second-round draft picks.
If these two guys are off of the board early, ,who would the Falcons turn to as far as the receiver position goes? Odds are that Braxton Miller will be off of the board too before pick 19 and if that’s the case, there isn’t anyone that stands out in this years’ draft class worthy of using second-round pick on.
The Falcons should have al list of 5-6 receivers that they would use a second-round draft pick on and if they are all off of the board, it would then be time to address a different position such as safety, linebacker or center.
There is also a very good chance that the Falcons add a receiver to their roster via free agency such as Travis Benjamin and Mohamed Sanu and if that is the case, the Falcons would likely not select a receiver in the 2016 draft.
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The Falcons need to be extremely picky when it comes to the receiver position. If one if their guys isn’t available, they should reach for a guy that they could potentially get in the third round or later.