3rd Round-79th Overall Pick
Oshane Ximines DE/OLB, Old Dominion
In case you haven’t been paying attention, the Falcons have some issues on the defensive side of the ball. Majority of fans have grown impatient of Vic Beasley after he has yet to duplicate his numbers from 2016 when he recorded 15.5 sacks. However, not all their problems reside on the field.
Takk Mckinley, the Falcons 2017 1st round pick is a stud for sure. He led the Falcons in sacks last year with seven. During the off-season, Mckinley was sent to the hospital to undergo a mental evaluation. He is expected to be ready to go for the season, but with these two issues, I feel like the Falcons should go ahead and get an insurance policy.
Ximines, the defensive end for Old Dominion, should be available here due to the fact he didn’t go to the biggest school. He has the speed, agility and athleticism to cause some issues on the edge in the NFL. During the 2018 season, he had 18.5 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, four forced fumbles and even an interception.
- Chase Winovich, DE, Michigan
- Austin Bryant, DE, Clemson
- Lonnie Johnson, CB, Kentucky
Just like our first-round pick Ferrell, he can put his hand in the dirt and play defensive end or stand up in the outside linebacker spot. If it turns out Beasley turns the corner and McKinley can continue to disrupt the opposing backfield like he did the previous season, the Falcons will have fixed their pass rushing issues and make life easier not only for the defense, but for the whole team.