First I must say that I do respect what the Falcons are doing by sticking with the "process," but there are too many good players in free agency to ignore.
Although I am one of the few supporters of the Falcons secondary, I must admit some veteran help would help significantly.
A few names come to mind, such as Dre' Bly, Chris McAlister, and Ken Lucas.
Adding any of these three corners would help the development of the young Falcon corners. They would be able to come in and compete for the starting job. As we all know, competition brings out the best in NFL players.
So why not create more in house competition?
Along with the competitive part of them joining the rosters, you would also get players who can teach and guide the younger players.
Here are a few other players that Falcons might consider looking at.
Bubba Franks, Tight End
Franks is an interesting player.
He has multiple years under his belt, but there is no arguing that he is roughly a complete tight end. Franks is not the most consistent receiving tight end, but he can make the catches.
He can and is willing to block, which is something that the Falcons are very high on.
Daniel Wilcox, Tight End
Wilcox has the hands to be a consistent weapon and has the frame to block. He played with the Ravens for years and has had to play second fiddle to Todd Heap.
He is not the youngest tight end, but again he is solid and that is something that the Falcons need.
Vonnie Holiday, Defensive Tackle
This is one enormous man at 6'5", 280 pounds.
He is a former 3-4 DE and 4-3 DT. This means that he has some versatility. Holiday may be the replacement for Grady Jackson that the Falcons need.
Shaun Cody, Defensive Tackle
Another big man at 6'4", 310 pounds, except this one is significantly younger.
Cody is only 26-years-old, which means that the majority of his career is in front of him. If the Falcons can teach him to keep the hole closed a little better, Cody can really become a special cog in the Falcons defensive line rotation.
Derrick Brooks, Linebacker
This one is more interesting.
Brooks is not an ideal player for the Falcons system, but this would be a great way to piss off the Buccaneers. He would work hard for the Falcons and easily would be able to hold his own. But the main factor in this signing would be to thicken the rivalry.
Those are just a few of the unrestricted free agents that the Falcons could consider.
Here are two restricted free agents that the Falcons might consider.
Atari Bigby, Strong Safety and Dawan Landry, Strong Safety
Both of these players are young and have shown flashes of being extremely good players. The Falcons would need to trade in order to acquire either of them, so I don't see it happening.
But you never know.
Thanks for reading. Would love to hear other free agents the Falcons might consider or complaints about the ones I suggested.