With only five picks in this April's draft, the Atlanta Falcons will have to address at least several of their needs during the free-agency period this offseason.
Depending on who they decide to retain from their own list of FA's, they could potentially be looking at some huge voids to fill.
The Falcons have missed on some free agents in recent years.
Dunta Robinson had a ton of cash thrown his way, but he's really been mediocre for the majority of his playing time in Atlanta. Ray Edwards was brought in this past offseason to bolster the defensive line, and in case you missed most of the Falcons' games this season, fans were often asking if he was even in the game. That should be a good indication of his presence in 2011.
Atlanta has been able to hit on a lot of their draft picks, but after trading away several selections to Cleveland, free agency is going to be vital in 2012. We don't know who the Falcons are keeping around for next season. However, with 17 players eligible for unrestricted free agency, we do know a portion of those guys will be looking for new homes soon.
Thomas Dimitroff estimated that around eight of those 17 players would return, as Daniel Cox reported. If that prediction proves to be true, Atlanta will need to land some key players to ensure their chances of success going forward.
Let's take a look at a few free agents the Falcons could land.