Do you like luxury?
Let's face it - WR isn't going to be a priority in this draft for the Falcons. They have 2 that are still at the top of their game, along with a nice slot option in Harry Douglas, a productive scatback in 'quizz,and...oh yeah...the greatest pass catching TE ever!
With that - my job is pretty easy here, as I can elminate pretty much all WRs that are likely to go on Thursday or Friday nights. Taking that into account, I looked at 3rd Round or lower guys who could provide interesting options going forward. That means someone who either posseses either ridiculous speed and thus allows offensive innovation, or even someone who might be able to help the Falcons make up for the now certain loss of Tony Gonzalez in 2014.
The Big Bodies:
1) Chris Harper, Kansas State - LIkely a 3rd or 4th Round Pick. A chance he's there when the Falcons pick at 92, and maybe even at 127. A big body in the mold of Anquan Boldin at 6'1", 229lbs. - he knows how to body up defenders and make the sure catch. Only 40 Catches for 547 yards & 5 TDs last year, but in an offense that relied heavily on the run. With Tony Gonzalez gone after 2014, this could be seen as an insurance for not having the firepower at TE that Falcons have become accustomed to. He can give Ryan safety valve over the middle, and received great praise for his ability to run block in K-State's read option offense. Also turned in a respectable 4.5 40 yd. dash time at the NFL Combine.
2) Aaron Mellette, Elon - An absolute catch machine at the SoCon school, Mellette posted a ridiculous SR line of 97-1398-18 in 11 games last year. Standing 6'3", 218, Mellette projects as a 5th Rounder with 4.45 speed. That round might make more sense than going early for Harper, and it's hard to ignore his statistics, and the potential to unearth a sleeper pick this late in the draft. Could be a long-term project - but with 3 solid WRs already in the fold, the Falcons could afford to take one.
3) Mark Harrison, Rutgers - Potential UFA pick-up with the measurables to make scouts drool. Unfortunately, his production hasn't matched that. At 6'3" 233 with 4.4'ish speed, he should've dominated in The Big East. He did not. That said - despite turning out productive NFL WRs like Mohammed Sanu and Tiquan Underwood, Rutgers hasn't been known for an explosive pass attack. Harrison might be worth bringing into camp, but probably not at the expense of a draft pick.
1) Ryan Swope, Texas A&M - Decent size at 6', 205, Swope posted big numbers in both Mike Sherman's and Kevin Sumlin's offenses in College Station. He followed that up with an impressive 4.28 40 at the NFL Combine. He's projected to be a 3rd Round pick, so unlikely the Falcons might get shot at him. Considering how pass heavy his offenses were in college though, he could be an interesting option for defenders to worry about in the slot.
2) Kenny Stills, Oklahoma - a lean 6'1", 194 target who helped fill the Ryan Broyles void for the Sooners this year with a 82-959-11 line. Turned in a 4.32 40 at the combine. A potential 4th Round pick, where the Falcons are currently* picking twice. With that kind of speed, part of me would like him to have a better YPC average, but he won't be the main weapon in Atlanta, and that could leave him more room to operate.
3) Denard Robinson, Michigan - The ultimate Wild Card. Actually played a good bit of Running Back in his last few games at Michigan, but his size is more suited to WR in the NFL. At 5'11, 199, he has only average size - but displays incredible burst, quickness, and ability to change direction. Likely a 5th or 6th Round pick - when the Falcons will have (ideally) addressed all their needs. For a team with an embarassment of pass catching riches, taking someone who could line-up in 3 or 4 spots on the field might be too hard to turn down late.
Obviously - not a major position of need, but who would you like to see the Falcons take?