Rounds 3 – 4
Round 3: Damien Mama – OG – USC
In the third round is where the Falcons can address the guard position. USC offensive guard Damien Mama has declared early for the draft this year. The guard is a monster of a man that helped the USC offensive line physically dominate opponents this year. Adding him would give the Falcons a young offensive linemen they can groom to be a future stalwart on the line.
Mama is instinctual and possesses the talent that coaches love in guards. His technique is raw and he can get a bit wild at times, but his physicality makes up for it. With the right coaching, he could soon become a great offensive lineman in the NFL.
Round 4: Eddie Jackson – S – Alabama
With Keanu Neal holding down the strong safety position and being an impact player for the Falcons, Atlanta could use another safety for depth. Neal is versatile enough that he plays a hybrid role and the Falcons aren’t afraid to run sets with multiple defensive backs. If there’s a player in this draft that has talent but could use some a year or two of being groomed for the spot, it’s Alabama’s Eddie Jackson.
The Alabama safety is great at reading the quarterback and he has great size. Having transferred over from the cornerback spot has given him valuable experience. He just knows how to end up with the football in his hands when it’s in the air. He is an athlete and fits the mold of what the Falcons like to do with their defensive backs.