Originally written on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/20/14
In 2012, the Atlanta Falcons finished 13-3 in the regular season and finally won a playoff game for Coach Mike Smith. In addition, they were inside the 49er 15-yard-line driving for the win (lost 24-28) with under 1:30 to play in the NFC Championship game. When your team does that, big changes are not what is required in the off-season.The Falcons went into the draft knowing they were losing both starting corner backs from their 2012 team. In addition, they were thin at linebacker and needed to improve the pass rush. Based on last season’s success, you have to think the mind-set was to do everything possible to replace the talent that is moving on, then to try and improve the pass rush. My assessment of the Falcons in this draft is they did a great job overall. They addressed the most pressing need by getting a starting quality corner (maybe two) and appear to have done more to help the defense in the late rounds as well.As a result of roster limits, salary caps and free agency, pla...
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