• What will the Atlanta Falcons do in the NFL Draft?

    By: The Associated Press

    Updated:

    ATLANTA - The Atlanta Falcons currently hold the 14th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.

    What will they do with the pick? Let's take a look...

    LAST SEASON

    A devastating rash of injuries that gutted the middle of the defense and also took down both starting guards and running back Devonta Freeman was too much to overcome.

    QB Matt Ryan posted numbers comparable to his 2016 MVP season, but the Falcons came nowhere close to the playoffs.

    Atlanta was 4-9 before winning its last three games.

    FREE AGENCY

    Guard might have been Atlanta's top draft priority before the free-agent signings of James Carpenter and Jamon Brown.

    The team also re-signed defensive end Adrian Clayborn, who spent the last year in New England following a stint with the Falcons.

    GM Thomas Dimitroff further strengthened both lines, signing offensive lineman John Wetzel, defensive end Chris Odom and defensive tackle Tyeler Davison.

    THEY NEED

    DE, DT, RB, CB, OL.

    THEY DON'T NEED

    QB, TE, WR, P, PK.

    POSSIBLE FIRST PICK

    Clemson DT Christian Wilkins; Florida State DE Brian Burns; Alabama OT Jonah Williams.

    OUTLOOK

    The Falcons are approaching a possibly crucial fourth season for coach Dan Quinn after 2018 proved the roster couldn't sustain heavy doses of injuries.

    A defensive tackle such as Wilkins could be a logical choice, especially with Grady Jarrett playing under the franchise tag unless he agrees to a long-term deal.

    After Tevin Coleman signed with San Francisco, running back is another key position that may be addressed on the second or third day of the draft.

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