DE/LB Bryson Young, Oregon
The Atlanta Falcons’ weakest area was the pass rush the past couple of seasons and they have improved in that area in free agency this offseason. The addition of Dante Fowler Jr. from the LA Rams will help replace the void left by Vic Beasley Jr. who left via free agency.
Young is a promising pass rusher who can not only play on the defensive line but can play as a linebacker as well. He has a similar style to Beasley who could progress to be a solid starter one day. He has a better chance at playing at linebacker as the Falcons have less depth at the position and I believe that would suit him best.
Young can learn a lot from Fowler and Deone Bucannon, both veteran linebackers on the weak side. Bucannon who was originally a first-round draft pick who came over in free agency after a one year stint in Tampa.
Atlanta likes to only keep six linebackers on their roster in years past since Dan Quinn has been coach so that leaves only two on the weak side, two at the middle, and two on the strong side. Young will have to compete with the veterans and show he can make a difference on the defensive side of the ball to land one of those spots.
It sure will be exciting to see which UDFA’s will shine during the preseason and if any of them end up landing on the Falcons 53-man roster.