Originally written March 19, 2013 on Football Nation:
Atlanta may be one of the better teams in the NFL right now, but that certainly has not always been the case. In fact, more often than not, the Falcons have spent the end of the season wallowing in the lower half of the NFL standings. There can be a number of reasons for this lack of success, but bad drafting definitely ranks at the top, and the Falcons have had their fair sure of miscues.So, of their 47 years in the NFL, what ranks as the biggest mistake in Atlanta draft history, and who should they, or could they, have taken instead?The year was 1991, the Giants were the reigning Super Bowl champions and the Falcons were coming off a 5-11 season, earning the third pick in the draft for their troubles. After allowing 3913 yards and 31 TDs the season before, there was little surprise that the Falcons showed interest in a defensive back. Just this defensive back. The Falcons went the measurables route and chose Bruce Pickens of Nebraska, despite red flags regarding his experience. He...
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