Redrafting the Atlanta Falcons 2017 draft class

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Thomas Dimitroff fell in love with Sean Harlow’s size as he was coming out of Oregon State. Among the guards, Harlow was near the top of the bench press with 26 reps of 225 but his reps during the agility aspects of the combine were terrible. He was among the slowest invited to Indianapolis.

No one knows for sure why the Atlanta Falcons drafted Harlow at all other than Dimitroff being really bad at his job, specifically, his inability to identify real offensive line talent. Other than attracting Alex Mack as a free agent or drafting Jake Matthews, he has been terrible.

The Falcons could have used this spot to draft their backup tight end and take a player by the name of George Kittle out of Iowa. Kittle would not go until the fifth round and pick 146the overall.

While Kittle would not be the household name that he is currently, his skill set would have been the same and even if the Falcons had not kept him long, they would have been able to trade him or Austin Hooper to gain further assets. Instead, they will be without either of them for 2020.

Sean Harlow, on the other hand, continues to not play and toils between the practice squad and the active 53 man roster. Harlow has taken just one snap since he was drafted in 2017 and that was in November of 2017 against the Carolina Panthers.