Falcons 2013 Mock Draft: Predictions for Day 2 and Beyond
The Atlanta Falcons filled their only starting spot in the first round of the 2013 NFL draft when they selected Washington cornerback Desmond Trufant at No. 22. They traded with the St. Louis Rams to move up from No. 30, giving up a third- and a sixth-round pick.
However, they have a ton of depth and rotational spots up for grabs on the second day and beyond.
These include a pass-rushing defensive end, a coverage linebacker, a penetrating defensive tackle and a plugging defensive tackle. They could also use a tight end, who would have the opportunity to learn from the greatest tight end of all time in Tony Gonzalez.
The Falcons will need to fill all of these holes with the eight picks that they have remaining.
Round 2, Pick 60: LB Jamie Collins, Southern Mississippi
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Jamie Collins is the best fit for the Falcons at No. 60. He is someone who could realistically slip to them in the second round.
He's a beastly pass-rusher and athlete who can fit in both the 3-4 and the 4-3 sets. He can cover a tight end in man coverage and is an excellent blitzer. However, he does have issues in the run game despite being highly physical.
The Falcons would love him off the field too. He was a leader on the Southern Mississippi defense and is one of the toughest workers in the locker room.
Round 4, No. 127 Overall: DT Nick Williams, Samford
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Every season since Thomas Dimitroff came in, the Falcons make one move for a guy who is considered a seventh-rounder by all of the pundits but winds up being their third- or fourth-round selection. This time, it's Nick Williams from Samford.
He compares favorably to a poor-man's Nick Fairley coming out of college, but some NFL teams won't see the talent there. Their loss is Atlanta's gain with Williams because he can play the 1-, 3- or 5- techniques and would allow Atlanta a ton of scheme versatility on defense.
Round 4, Pick 133: DE Devin Taylor, South Carolina
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Team leaders are at a premium for the Falcons, and Devin Taylor is no exception.
The former Gamecock fits in well for the Falcons as a defensive end in the rotation in either scheme. His team-first mentality showed through when he accepted a move from the right side to the left because of Jadeveon Clowney coming into Columbia.
This move forced him to play on the opposite side of where he should have been. It ended up hurting his overall draft potential because he was out of position.
The Falcons would love to take a guy like Taylor who can play both sides effectively and give the team a good rotational edge-rusher.
Round 5, No. 163 Overall: DT T.J. Barnes, Georgia Tech
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After taking a corner and in this draft, a defensive tackle, linebacker and a defensive end, the Falcons would still need a true big body for their 3-4 sets. Combined with Nick Williams, Travian Robertson, Peria Jerry, Jonathan Babineaux and Corey Peters, the Falcons would have a ton of talent to compete at defensive tackle.
The 4-3 sets would likely be Barnes, Robertson and Peters plugging the middle at the 1-technique set. Barnes could use his massive body and quickness off the line to eventually develop into a Ted Washington-type player. Don't expect that right away, but that's his absolute potential.
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Round 7, Pick 236: TE Zach Sudfeld, Nevada
The Falcons need someone to learn and grow from Tony Gonzalez's influence. That man should be Zach Sudfeld out of Nevada. He's a 6'6", 260-pound tight end who can block, catch and use his body to create separation.
Round 7, No. 243 Overall: OLB Michael Clay, Oregon
Michael Clay is an excellent outside linebacker who can cover tight ends and play special teams. He's also someone that can end up competing for the starting role at long snapper. His fighting spirit on and off the field makes him a good player to take a late round flyer on despite a lack of natural talent.
Round 7, No. 244 Overall: CB Rod Sweeting, Georgia Tech
Atlanta taking some more special teams help here at corner in Rod Sweeting makes a ton of sense. However, Sweeting does provide some solid coverage ability and talented depth at cornerback. Sweeting has a ton of potential as a Robert McClain-type developmental pick.
Round 7, Pick 249: RB Knile Davis, Arkansas
With their final pick in the draft, the Falcons would be wise to take a flyer on Knile Davis—should he last this long, of course. Davis has the size, speed and strength to be a top running back in the NFL when Steven Jackson would retire.
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Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He covers the Atlanta Falcons, NFL and NFL draft. He also runs DraftFalcons.com.