Atlanta Falcons 2013 Mock Draft: Full 7-Round Predictions

Mike Foster@michaelsfosterCorrespondent IApril 18, 2013

Atlanta Falcons 2013 Mock Draft: Full 7-Round Predictions

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    The NFL draft is now a week away and speculation on who's going where is at an all-time high.

    Since my last mock draft, the Atlanta Falcons have hosted Desmond Trufant, Cornellius Carradine and a heap of local prospects. 

    Also, Sports Illustrated's Peter King reported this morning that there's a good possibility general manager Thomas Dimitroff trades up in the first round.

    Dimitroff traded five picks in the 2011 draft to acquire Julio Jones, which turned out to be a genius move.

    It might be too much to try to speculate what picks would be traded and where, so this mock will stay with the current script. But, don't be surprised with what "Comrade" does next Thursday.

Round 1 (Pick 30): Cornellius "Tank" Carradine

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    Position: Defensive end

    Height/Weight: 6'4", 276 lbs. 

    School: Florida State

    Previous projection: Desmond Trufant (CB, Washington)


    Analysis: Signing Osi Umenyiora wasn't the solution to Atlanta's pass-rush problems. Fans should remember that defensive end was considered an immediate draft need even when John Abraham was still on the roster.

    Umenyiora might be a slight upgrade over Abraham, but relying on Kroy Biermann and Jonathan Massaquoi on the other side could be asking for too much. 

    There's a number of defensive ends to name here. In fact, naming Carradine is considered a tad of a stretch because of a torn ACL, but he was on a stat tear with 11 sacks in 12 games after replacing the injured Brandon Jenkins for the Seminoles. 

    Carradine was hosted by the Falcons earlier this month, which is just about the only piece of evidence that can surpass aimless projections at this point.

    Carradine might not be the most popular choice, and defensive end may not be the most popular position here, but a healthy Carradine could be an awesome asset on the defensive line.

Round 2 (Pick 60): David Amerson

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    Position: Cornerback

    Height/Weight: 6'1", 205 lbs.

    School: North Carolina State

    Previous projection: Margus Hunt (DE, Southern Methodist)


    Analysis: Some have knocked Amerson's cover ability, but others see him as a guy like  Atlanta's starting corner, Asante Samuel. 

    Amerson isn't afraid to go after the ball and be a playmaker. While I had Trufant in my previous mock, Amerson is more of a high-risk, high-reward pick. 

    Pass rush can do everything for a linebacking corps and a secondary, and in this case the Falcons would have two playmaking corners on the perimeter. 

Round 3 (Pick 92): Corey Lemonier

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    Position: Defensive end/linebacker

    Height/Weight: 6'3", 255 lbs.

    School: Auburn

    Previous projection: same


    Analysis: The idea here is for the Falcons to double dip and continue to add depth at defensive end.

    Also, Lemonier can fit in as a 3-4 hybrid that can help Mike Nolan do some of the things he wants with the defensive personnel. 

    As of now, Atlanta's only 3-4 guy is Jonathan Massaquoi. 

Round 4 (Pick 127): Zach Sudfeld

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    Position: Tight end

    Height/Weight: 6'6", 261 lbs.

    School: Nevada

    Previous projection: Jordan Reed (Tight end, Florida)


    Anaylsis: It seems unlikely the Falcons address the tight end position in the first round. 

    What is likely, however, is that they draft tight end before their picks run out. After getting three defensive players in the first tier, they'll be advised to find a weapon that can learn during a year under Tony Gonzalez.

    Reed was a fun pick in the last mock, but Sudfeld is more mature, as well as bigger.

Round 4 (Pick 133): T.J. Barnes

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    Position: Defensive tackle, nose tackle

    Height/Weight: 6'6", 369 lbs.

    School: Georgia Tech

    Previous projection: same


    Analysis: T.J. Barnes is the biggest player in the draft, as well as a local product. 

    The Falcons have lacked size on the interior of the defensive line in recent years, and they will be without Vance Walker, who recently signed with Oakland

    Barnes could be an immediate plug. He wouldn't have to be great, nor would he have to be a guy that got eight sacks. He simply can come in and help disrupt run plays and make pass-rushing a little bit easier for the dudes on the edge. 

Round 5 (Pick 163): Xavier Nixon

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    Position: Tackle

    Height/Weight: 6'6", 321 lbs. 

    School: Florida

    Previous projection: Sanders Commings (CB, Georgia)


    Analysis: Tackle didn't seem like much of a need for the Falcons, but depth is needed after the release of Tyson Clabo.

    Obviously, Clabo's release meant that Dimitroff has faith in his current linemen, so drafting early at tackle would not be a logical projection.

    There's no reason to think they don't get one, however, to provide depth at the position. Not many interior linemen can slide over to right tackle, so a new addition seems pretty necessary at this point. 

Round 6 (Pick 198): Ace Sanders

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    Position: Receiver, returner

    Height/Weight: 5'7", 173 lbs.

    School: South Carolina

    Previous projection: same


    Analysis: Atlanta could use a punt return specialist, and Ace Sanders could be that guy. He's an electrifying runner who's a threat to house a punt every time he fields one. 

    Sanders could also offer up some gadget ability in the offense. 

Round 7 (Remaining Picks)

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    Pick 236: Marquess Wilson (WR, Washington State)

    Pick 243: Branden Smith (CB, Georgia)

    Pick 244: John Youboty (DE, Temple)

    Pick 249: Omoregie Uzzi (IL, Georgia Tech)