The Atlanta Falcons ensuring that both sides of the line will receive a much-needed boost for years to come.
General Manager Thomas Dimitroff elected to shore up both lines of scrimmage by drafting Auburn defensive end/defensive tackle Marlon Davidson in the second round and Temple center Matt Hennessy in the third round,
Marlon Davidson, while inexperienced in the run game due to his lack of play against the run at Auburn, has the skill set to be a legitimate pass-rushing threat. He had success at Auburn and based on what he has been saying throughout the night to the media, he has a great mindset and a lot of confidence in his abilities.
This will be a nice change of pace to have somebody with this type of mindset. The Atlanta Falcons need a loud, vocal guy like Davidson.
His lack of experience against the run is very concerning, especially if they plan on having him play in the interior beside Grady Jarrett. This aspect will be an area that he will need to improve upon in order to reach his full potential.
Raheem Morris and Dan Quinn will do their best to morph him into a star and hopefully, he becomes a viable threat wherever he is placed on the defensive line.
Hennessy is a great pick for the Atlanta Falcons with the aging Alex Mack entering into the final season of his contract. This will allow Hennessy to spend a year under Mack’s guidance, ultimately grooming him to become the next starting center for the Atlanta Falcons for the foreseeable future.
This is a great pick that will hopefully pay off in the long run.
With three more picks scheduled for tomorrow, the Atlanta Falcons need to address the needs at outside linebacker, running back, and edge rusher (assuming Davidson is used at tackle and not on the edge). The Atlanta Falcons are doing a pretty good job so far at filling needs and hopefully, they continue to make decisions that will make this team better.