Grading every Atlanta Falcons OL pick under Thomas Dimitroff
2012 – Peter Konz – University of Wisconsin – Pick #55
Because of the trade for Julio Jones the year before, this was the first pick that the Atlanta Falcons had in 2012 and they took All-American offensive lineman. The offensive line was not the strength of the 2012 draft but this was what Dimitroff decided to address. Konz was rated as the top center in the 2012 draft and played both guard and center for the Falcons.
Konz would appear in 39 games for the Atlanta Falcons and make 28 starts. He was released by the Falcons after they signed center Alex Mack as he was unable to beat out any of the guards that the Falcons had in camp.
2012 – Lamar Holmes – University of Southern Mississippi – Pick #91
Holmes, along with Konz, was terrible draft choices for the Falcons in 2012. Holmes would see action in 21 games over three years and make 19 starts. Like Konz, he was cut by Dan Quinn after not fitting into the new blocking scheme that offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan would use.
2016 – Wes Schweitzer – San Jose State University – Pick #195
Schweitzer was originally drafted because he was seen as versatile and would fit the blocking scheme employed by the Falcons, it also did not hurt that his former offensive line coach, Keith Carter, was the Atlanta Falcons assistant offensive line coach at the time. Carter is now the offensive line coach for the Titans.
During his four years with the Atlanta Falcons, Schweitzer has appeared in 46 games and made 36 regular season starts. He has also started both of the playoff games he appeared in during the 2017 season.