Who is the ideal pick for the Atlanta Falcons at 14th overall in tonight’s NFL draft? A local radio host in Atlanta believes he has the ideal candidate that will alleviate a big need for the birds and elevate the play on defense.
"“With the number 14 pick in the first round 2019 NFL draft, I for the Falcons, pick Dexter Lawrence, defensive tackle out of Clemson.”"
This is an interesting pick and the only mock draft to feature the Falcons taking Dexter Lawrence at 14. Previously, Blogging Dirty has stated that the Falcons will take Dexter Lawrence, but they would be trading back into the late part of the first round to accomplish this, so the pick is not as far-fetched as one might think.
Chuckery goes on to explain his reasoning in selecting Dexter Lawrence at 14 when he says:
"“He is a massive guy to say the least. You are talking about a legitimate guy who takes on two blocks on downs”"
If you are a college football fan and have watched Clemson over the last three years, you will have seen Lawrence play techniques zero through five and is as athletic as any defensive tackle in this draft despite being nearly 40 to 50 pounds heavier than tackles like Oliver, Gary or Williams.
Jon Chuckery also believes that Lawrence will make those around him on the Falcons defense better.
"“If you are asking me how to maximize Grady Jarrett, if you are asking me how to maximize Deebo, how do I maximize the play of the ends, give me a guy who can eat blocks up. He can do that.”"
Is 14 too high to go get a player like Lawrence? In any other draft, the All-American defensive tackle would be a Top 5 pick, so if the Falcons feel like Jon Chuckery does, they will absolutely draft him at 14. Thomas Dimitroff has proven repeatedly, that he has zero issue picking a guy where he believes the talent value is reflected.