There are a lot different scenarios being thrown around in regards to what the Atlanta Falcons will do with their first pick in this month’s NFL draft. It can be difficult trying to make sense of it all as there is no consensus on what “experts” believe they will do, but here is a solution that fills a couple needs with top talent.
Last week, Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank told the Falcons in house media that the team was not done addressing the offensive line, which lead many to believe that they are looking heavy at using their first or second round pick to add a RT to the mix. The newly added offensive lineman this off-season were guards and with the exception of Ty Sambrailo, there is no legitimate answer for the right tackle spot.
Enter this draft pick scenario.
First, this scenario will more than likely be ridiculed because it actually makes sense. However, this scenario does not have the Falcons moving up in this year’s draft to the Top 8 as has been speculated, but rather staying put at 14 and then making a trade after.
The Atlanta Falcons will stay at 14 and choose Jawaan Taylor out of Florida. This pick makes a lot of sense for the Falcons as the skill set that Taylor brings is exactly what the Falcons have needed out of a right tackle F-O-R-E-V-E-R.
Taylor has very good hand placement as well as initial punch and his foot speed is good enough for a first round pick; not exceptional but will allow him to have immediate success as a RT and has the ability to get better. He is an exceptional run-blocker and this is something that while not all that necessary in a passing league, will benefit the stable of running backs Atlanta has. One of Taylor’s best strengths is the ability to climb to the second level, which is something that Ryan Schraeder struggled with during his tenure with the Atlanta Falcons.
Staying at 14 and drafting Taylor will allow the Falcons the bold move to trade a few of those remaining eight picks and move back into the first round between 28-32 and add a defensive tackle like Clemson’s Dexter Lawrence.
The all-American defensive tackle was the strongest of the defensive lineman at the NFL combine putting up 225 a whopping 36 times; only Iosua Opeta from Weber State put up a higher number. Lawrence measured in a 6’4 342lbs and had 12% body fat. All extremely impressive for the four year starter out of Clemson. Adding him to the defensive front next to Grady Jarrett would be one of the best-case scenarios for the Falcons.
Adding young pieces like Jawaan Taylor and Dexter Lawrence would go a long way to solving immediate needs the Atlanta Falcons have and they would do so with two of the best at their positions in this 2019 draft. This is not a scenario that has been discussed by the “experts”, but this is the scenario that makes the most sense for the Falcons and their needs for 2019.