Pre-free agency 7-round mock draft: Falcons land franchise building block

In this mock draft, the Atlanta Falcons land the franchise pass rusher who they have been searching long and hard for.

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Atlanta Falcons mock draft - Round 3, Picks 74 & 79

Brenden Rice. Wide receiver. USC. 3. player. Rice. . Brenden Rice. 519.

With such a big need at wide receiver, the Atlanta Falcons bring in USC Trojan Brenden Rice to pair with the other former Trojan, Drake London.

Rice is the son of a certain player who used to destroy the Falcons twice a year. You may have heard of him, his name is Jerry Rice. The last name puts lofty expectations on Brenden but there is no reason to think he can't deliver on them, especially in this offense.

Phillips. Cornerback. Kentucky. Andru Phillips. player. . Andru Phillips. 528. . 3

Cornerback is a position that will be filled in free agency but that doesn't mean they can't add to the depth via the draft.

Andru Phillips is a physical presence who would bring agility to break on the ball at the drop of a dime. He has solid speed and could be a great piece for Jimmy Lake and the defense.