2012 Falcons Mock Draft and Needs Analysis: February 23rd, 2012

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2012 Falcons Mock Draft and Needs Analysis: February 23rd, 2012
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Will the Falcons get another Julio Jones type impact player?

The Falcons have quite a few needs this offseason. Going through the units with who is currently under contract:

Quarterbacks - Matt Ryan and John Parker Wilson

Matt Ryan is one of the top 10 Quarterbacks in the NFL today and is firmly entrenched as the franchise QB. John Parker Wilson is a solid QB but there is definitely a need for a backup.

Running Backs - Michael Turner, Jacquizz Rodgers and Dmitri Nance

Michael Turner is still a Pro Bowl bruiser, but he has lost a step. Jacquizz Rodgers is the all-around back that will thrive in Dirk Koetter’s scheme and Nance is a guy who played for Koetter in college but has yet to make an NFL impact.

Fullbacks - Ovie Mughelli and Mike Cox

Mughelli is the Pro Bowl blocking FB, but he is coming off of a horrific knee injury and Mike Cox is a very solid blocking FB.

Wide Receivers - Roddy White, Julio Jones, Kerry Meier, Kevin Cone and Drew Davis

Roddy White is a top five WR in the NFL. Julio Jones is an explosive playmaker, but after those two the Falcons have the equivalent of practice squad scraps under contract.

Tight Ends - Tony Gonzalez, Ryan Winterswyk and Tommy Gallarda

Tony Gonzalez is the best TE of all time, but Winterswyk and Gallarda are both guys who will be career practice squad guys.

Offensive Tackles - Tyson Clabo, Will Svitek, Sam Baker and Kyle Jolly

Clabo is one of the top five RT’s in the NFL. Svitek is solid, but unspectacular at Left Tackle. Baker should be cut and Jolly is a practice squad caliber player.

Offensive Guards - Justin Blalock, Mike Johnson, Garrett Reynolds and Andrew Jackson

Blalock is a great pass blocking guard, but his run blocking needs work. Johnson has been injured quite a bit. Reynolds was just bad last year and needs to be moved back to a backup RT role and Jackson could be a dark horse starter for the Falcons with Pat Hill coming in to coach the line.

Centers - Joe Hawley, Corey Adams and Scott Albritton

Hawley performed admirably early in the year and would be better if given more time at center in the offseason. Adams and Albritton are practice squad guys.

Defensive Ends - Ray Edwards, Lawrence Sidbury and Cliff Matthews

Edwards is the starting Left End, and with a year of rehab on his knee, he should be back to the eight to 10 sack guy he was in Minnesota. Sidbury was a rotational guy, but has a lot of potential. Matthews is still a relative unknown.

Defensive Tackles - Jonathan Babineaux, Corey Peters and Peria Jerry

Babineaux is a Pro Bowl caliber starter and so is Peters. Jerry is a great fit for the rotational DT spot that Smith likes to use.

Outside Linebackers - Sean Weatherspoon, Stephen Nicholas, Spencer Adkins, Robert James and Matt Hansen

Weatherspoon was a Pro Bowl snub and Nicholas is a very solid starter. Adkins was overmatched against the Giants in the playoffs. James and Hansen should both be cut.

Middle Linebackers - Akeem Dent

Dent is a good backup MLB and a great special teams guy.

Cornerbacks - Dunta Robinson, Dominique Franks, Chris Owens and Darrin Walls

Robinson is a solid starter, but he should be better under Mike Nolan. Franks has started to develop into a very good corner and could be a starter if Grimes leaves. Owens does well on the outside of the formations, but is a bad nickel corner. Walls is a special teams and dime corner type.

Safeties - William Moore, Shann Schillinger, Suaesi Tuimaunei

Moore is a dynamic player, Schillinger is a special teams ace and Suaesi is a camp body.

Specialists - K Matt Bryant and P/KOS Matt Bosher

Bryant is one of the most accurate kickers in the NFL and Bosher finally turned it on at Punter at the end of the last season.

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