Baseball's regular season has started, the NCAA tournament is down to the Final Four and most NBA teams have less than 10 regular-season games left. April is officially here, and three weeks from today, we'll know how the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft unfolded.
By now you're probably familiar with most of the players being linked to the Atlanta Falcons in the draft's opening round. Instead of talking more about guys like Desmond Trufant, Bjoern Werner, Arthur Brown and Tank Carradine, we're going to kick off the weekend by looking at some prospects who would be good fits for the Falcons on the second and third days of the draft.
A few points before we begin. First, even with the release of Tyson Clabo, I still think that the Falcons' most pressing needs are on the defensive side of the ball. With young players like Lamar Holmes (third round, 2012), Mike Johnson (third round, 2010) and Garrett Reynolds (fifth round, 2009) in the fold, Clabo's replacement is likely already on Atlanta's roster. That's why you won't see an offensive lineman on this list.
In addition, I don't see Atlanta adding another running back when it already has four backs under contract for 2013: Steven Jackson, Jacquizz Rodgers, Jason Snelling and Antone Smith.
Second, I evaluated every player in the slideshow based on Atlanta's perceived need at the position and whether he would pass general manager Thomas Dimitroff's traditional high-character, high-production pre-draft evaluation.
Third, although I've mentioned players like Leon McFadden (CB, San Diego State), Bennie Logan (DT, LSU) and Khaseem Greene (LB, Rutgers) before, I kept them off this list in the interest of putting some fresh names out there for consideration. I still think that all three players would look good in red and black. Sean Porter (LB, Texas A&M), Zaviar Gooden (LB, Missouri), Ace Sanders (WR, South Carolina) and Devin Taylor (DE, South Carolina) are also in this category.
Now that the preliminaries are out of the way, let's get acquainted with six more players whom I think Atlanta should consider as it works toward building a Super Bowl-caliber roster.