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Atlanta Falcons Complete 2014 NFL Mock Draft

Here is a 2014 NFL Mock Draft for the Atlanta Falcons. TRADE ALERT…TRADE ALERT…

#6 – TRADED TO HOUSTON TEXANS FOR FIRST OVERALL - PICK AT #1: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina

This just makes sense, doesn’t it? The Falcons would be the smartest team of the year. Clowney is a star. With this, they would probably trade away many other top selections, but it doesn’t matter. Clowney will be a pro-bowler, it’s just a matter of how many times he makes it there.


#68 – Antonio Richardson, OT, Tennessee

The Falcons need help on the offensive line, and Richardson is a great value here. I expect him to impress in the NFL, battling for a starting job right away. No matter who the Falcons have on offense, they need a sure-fire tackle on the outside. I think Richardson can eventually be that guy.

#103 – Trai Turner, OG, LSU

If Turner falls into the fourth round, I’d be shocked if the Falcons pass. Turner has shown at times that he has the potential to compete for a starting position on an NFL offensive line, and Atlanta could use a motivated guy on the inside. It isn’t a flashy pick, but it’s one that makes Mike Smith, Matt Ryan, and the rest of the offense very happy.

#139 – Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers

Ryan’s offense didn’t have much luck when it came to receivers last season, so they’ll want another weapon to sure up the depth chart. Coleman, a huge 6’6″ wide-out, can ensure a spot on the 53-man roster with a strong training camp performance.

#147 – Prince Shembo, LB, Michigan State

Many will sleep on Shembo, but I think he’s one of most underrated defensive prospects in this class. The Falcons need depth on defense, specifically at the linebacker spot. I think Shembo will be able to fight for a roster spot, giving the depth chart much-needed help.

#182 – Richard Rodgers, TE, California

Another slept-on prospect goes to the Falcons here. With Tony Gonzalez gone, the depth chart at tight end is anything but pretty. I think that Rodgers is a guy who can – with NFL coaching - play to be one of the best to come out of this class.

#220 – Lorenzo Taliaferro, RB, Coastal Carolina

I have had the opportunity to watch Taliaferro live, and trust me when I say he doesn’t disappoint. While he isn’t one of the elite running backs in this class, I think the former Chanticleer can provide a solid option as a back. In Atlanta, he’d have the opportunity to make the roster.

What do you think, Falcons fans? Would you be happy with this draft?

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  • http://fanonfiresportswire.com/ Maurice Barksdale

    The Falcons trading up for Clowney doesn’t make sense. They have too many other needs to give up high draft picks for one player. And what if Clowney gets injured for an extended period of time next season, then what? They won’t have his services or the services of the players who’s picks they traded away.

    I agree with you in that it looks like they will trade up, but it would be an act of desperation in my view. Their trade for Julio Jones should have taught them a lesson on this. Yes, they have a great receiver, but all the picks they gave up to get him is one of the reason the Falcons lacked depth at key positions last season.

    • Joe Wedra

      Clowney is a heck of a talent, I think one of the best defensive talents I’ve ever seen. I think any team that moves up is very smart.

      • http://fanonfiresportswire.com/ Maurice Barksdale

        I don’t doubt Clowney’s talent at all. If I had the number one pick I would definitely take him. But it wouldn’t be smart for the Falcons to trade up. They have too many needs to give away high round draft picks for one player, even as a player as good as Clowney.

        The good teams don’t chase talent. They either trade down and acquire more picks, or just stay where they are and let the talent fall to them. Lack of depth is the major reason the Falcons had a losing season in 2013, and they need all the picks they can get.

        But they’ve been down this route before with Julio Jones. Injuries happen, and when Jones missed the majority of the season last year, the Falcons didn’t have his services or the players they would have had with the picks they traded for him.
        The Falcons subscribe to this “one player away” philosophy, but you’re never just one player away. The teams that win championships know this. The Seahawks didn’t have a player as good as Clowney on their d-line, but they had several guys who can rush the passer. I’ll take the depth they had for one Jadeveon Clowney any day. But it’s like I said, we’ll see.

  • T Mosley

    no way we dont take a safety early

    • Joe Wedra

      Safety is always possible, but other needs ended up out-weighing safety.

  • Ted campbell

    So if you could have a do over would you trade up and take Julio or not if you knew then like we know now what kind of player he would turn out to be?

    • Joe Wedra

      That would be interesting, for sure.

  • Ted campbell

    I would really like them to get Andre Williams if he made it to the fourth round