The Atlanta Falcons will look to the 2013 NFL Draft with one eye on the present and one on the future. While there are definite needs, Atlanta continues to redefine what it means to be a Falcon. This evolving identity will be key for the franchise's continuing success.
So who are the Falcons?
The offense has transitioned to an up-tempo passing attack. Each skill position has to be prepared to catch the ball. Good height and great hands might outweigh top end speed.
On defense, versatility is king. Coach Mike Smith has always believed in heavy rotation, while DC Mike Nolan will send players out of position to confuse opponents. This mix means that potential players have to be versatile enough to meet the coaches requirements.
Of course, general manager Thomas Dimitroff will have the final word. In his tenure with the Falcons, Dimitroff has built a new culture for the Falcons. When analyzing his past drafts, there are three intangibles that jump off the page. Dimitroff seems to put two traits above most measurables. Dimitroff looks for intelligent, tough players.
Taking all this into consideration, there are some players who seem born to play for the Atlanta Falcons.