The Atlanta Falcons scouting department had a watchful eye on the 2013 East-West Shrine game. Scouts scour the roster for value picks like Washington Redskins' sixth-rounder Alfred Morris. Morris was a standout in the 2012 East-West Shrine game, and then became the NFL's second leading rusher as a rookie.
But were there any of these undiscovered gems playing in 2013?
And how would they affect the Falcons' draft?
There are three keys to selecting this picks in this mock draft.
Need might be the most important. There are several holes that the Falcons need to fill immediately or within the foreseeable future.
Fit is almost equally important. If a player does not fit the system, he will never be great. The Falcons will not overpay for talent that does not fit their system. Look no further than letting Curtis Lofton walk for proof.
Value might not be as important as the first two criteria, but it will certainly be the deciding factor in close calls.
(Important note: The Atlanta Falcons might receive compensatory picks in the 2013 NFL Draft. Without definitive information, those potential picks have been omitted from this mock.)