Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 1/28/13
4. (Compensatory Pick) Defensive LinemanThe Falcons have a lot of good defensive line players including Jonathan Babineaux, but sometimes it seems like that line is being pushed around a little too easily.  They need to get some more beef on the line to run Mike Nolan’s 3-4 defenses. The Falcons need a big defensive tackle or two to clog up the middle on run plays and collapse the pocket on the quarterback on passing plays.  Look to see two quality defensive linemen join the Falcons during the Draft and several more to compete in training camp. With their 4th  round (compensatory) pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Atlanta Falcons select: Kwame Gathers, University of Georgia.This is a 6-5, 355-pound defensive tackle. This will give the Falcons some much-needed size in the middle. Since Kwame came out of school early before he was the feature defensive tackle for the University of Georgia, he will go in the later rounds, though he may be as good as a second-round talent. If Gathers is not available expect the Falcons to grab Montori Hughes from Tennessee-Martin. 5. Defensive Lineman The Falcons will come right with their 5th round pick and reach a little for another big guy. This will create a much deeper rotation of defensive linemen and a nightmare for any team trying to run down on the goal line.  With their 5th round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Atlanta Falcons select: Montori Hughes from Tennessee-Martin.  Much like Kwame Geathers, this big man will plug up the middle on run and push the center back into the pocket on pass plays.  Even though he has not been able to face the competition on the highest level like Geathers, he will use his low 5.12 (40 yard dash) speed to cause trouble up the middle.  This big man measures 6-4 (height) on a 328-pound frame. If Montori is not available, expect the Atlanta Falcons to draft Josh Boyd from Mississippi State.6. Offensive LinemanI have seen many people on draft boards around the country projecting the Falcons to take a quarterback. They already have three quarterbacks on the roster and Falcons fans don’t suspect that they will keep more than two.  The wild card is Dominique Davis. This was a player that was signed as an undrafted free agent and was kept on the team as the third quarterback. He was the only bright spot when the reserves went on the field at the end of the first three preseason games. With that said, we can dispel the rumors about a quarterback and confidently say the Falcons, with the 6th round pick, will spend it  on an offensive lineman.Most people who are not Atlanta Falcons fans do not know that the Falcons have two HUGE linemen they picked up last year Phillip Keith Manley (6-5/310) and Lamar Holmes (6-6/320).  They have been prepping these guys and hope they can step in the lineup in the future. Peter Konz is expected to slide to center and there will be a log pile of offensive linemen joking for spots on the much bigger, much improved Atlanta Falcons' offensive line.    With their 6th round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Atlanta Falcons select: Nick Becton from Virginia Tech. This big offensive tackle will serve as a project and can double as a defensive tackle if needed.  He will fight for a backup position and get the chance to prove that he deserves a chance to be in the NFL.  Nick might make the team and get a year to learn the system and be ready to step in if there is an injury or have a legitimate chance to take a starting spot on a much improved much bigger offensiveline in 2014.If he is not available expect the Falcons to select Tanner Hawkinson from Kansas. 7. Return Man The Falcons shuffled return men around all season long without ever having one player that would create a spark or impact from that position. During the playoffs they plugged in Harry Douglas though he did not have a bunch of experience returning kicks during his overall football career.  They did that because they wanted a game-breaker who would catch the ball and advance it any time that was an option. In the Draft, the Falcons will go and select a player who will contribute to both kickoffs and punts.   With their 7th round pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Atlanta Falcons select: Reggie Dunn, Utah.Dunn stands 5-10, 172 pounds. Dunn can serve as a 5th receiver, kickoff and punt returner and special teams player.  Dunn runs a 4.38 in the 40 yard dash, putting him in the company of Julio Jones and Harry Douglas.  A player like Dunn will increase explosive plays. He had 10 returns at Utah averaging 51.3 yards per return.If the Falcons do not select Dunn, expect them to draft FB/RB Richard Samuel from UGA.  7. (Compensatory Pick) CornerbackWith the final pick in their 2013 Draft the Atlanta Falcons will go out and take a kid who no one is giving a chance to and let him compete.  Believe it or not, the Falcons' secondary has never been the worst in the league.  Sure they allowed a lot of passing yards, but when it counted, the defense always seemed to do just enough.  Without pressure up the middle the Falcons' corners must maintain coverage longer than most teams in the NFL. After facing the larger corners for the Seattle Seahawks, the Falcons follow their lead and give a large corner a chance to make the roster. With their 7th round(compensatory) pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the Atlanta Falcons select: Keith McGill, Utah This big corner who runs between the high 4.3’s and high 4.4’s will give the Falcons an advantage against larger receivers. Standing 6-3 Keith can contribute on special teams and serve as a developmental project. If he proves himself, he can learn from a group of Atlanta Falcons corners who have had success in the NFL.  If the Falcons do not take Keith expect them to draft another large corner. They will look at Avis Commack (6-3, 203 pounds) formally of Florida State and Akron, or Sheldon Price (6-3, 178)   
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