Falcons 2016 Draft: Draft options to fix the need at linebacker
Looking at each day in the 2016 NFL Draft, what options do the Atlanta Falcons have when looking at coverage linebackers?
Finding a linebacker who can cover is absolutely critical for the success of the Atlanta Falcons’ defense in 2016. Paired with a better pass rush, the unit can make big strides in Dan Quinn’s second year as head coach. If they fail to find someone who can hang with tight ends and running backs in the middle of the field, forget about it.
The Falcons missed out on free agents Danny Trevathan and Jerrell Freeman — both landed with the Chicago Bears — which is somewhat tough to stomach given the upgrade either player would have given. Neither signed bank-breaking deals either. Atlanta was willing to throw money at Alex Mack and Mohamed Sanu, but completely overpaid the pair of them.
They now need to turn to the draft to fix a significant ailment on defense. Fortunately, they have options. Without owning a fifth- or sixth-round pick, the Falcons will need to find a solution in the opening four rounds. Here’s some options Quinn and Thomas Dimitroff have in April.
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