The Falcons could use some depth behind Stephen Nicholas.
Atlanta just made it through the NFL draft, and it have brought in a ton of talent throughout the roster to fill a bunch of holes. However, the Falcons need to finish filling some of the holes on their depth chart if they want to get to the Super Bowl.
Taking a look at the depth chart, there are six spots that at least some competition could be brought in either through undrafted free agency or unrestricted free agency. Follow along as we explore what those spots are and how the Falcons could fill those spots:
Bradie Ewing is a great talent as a fullback, but the Falcons need to bring someone in to compete with him after he comes back from his ACL injury. This may sound a little bit heartless, but the Falcons are on their way to a championship and having the best talent on the field is the only way to do it.
At fullback, the Falcons should have easy pickings in the undrafted pool and could also bring back Mike Cox from last season. Atlanta could also just stick with the in-house option of Jason Snelling as competition for the position as well.
Harry Douglas is a heck of a talent at wide receiver. However, the Falcons need someone who can push him for the slot receiver role. They have some talent at receiver behind him, but adding in someone in the undrafted pool or even looking in house to push him would be a good idea.
There's also the option of looking to the unrestricted free agent pool for someone like Brandon Lloyd or Titus Young. However, those two would be unlikely due to the character guidelines that Thomas Dimitroff has for any and all Falcons.
Levine Toilolo was a great pick, and if he comes through like he should, he could be a long-term solution to the tight end position. However, until then, the Falcons need someone to compete with and push Toilolo and Chase Coffman at the reserve tight end position.
Tony Gonzalez getting another big talent like Toilolo behind him to teach for a season would be ideal. But the Falcons will likely end up sticking with the six that are currently on the roster when including the futures signings of this year of Adam Nissley, Andrew Szczerba and Tommy Gallarda.
The Falcons need some depth behind the current line.
The current Falcons offensive linemen who have been drafted by the team in previous years are Sam Baker, Lamar Holmes, Joe Hawley, Peter Konz, Garrett Reynolds, Mike Johnson, and Justin Blalock. Behind them there's a trio of undrafted players that include Jacques McClendon, Harland Gunn and PhillipKeith Manley.
While it's unlikely that the Falcons could sign an undrafted free agent who would come in and compete for a starting role their first season, Atlanta needs to enhance its depth with at least one guy at each of the five offensive line spots.
The Falcons need a big body to rotate with Babineaux.
The final piece to a defensive rebuild would be a big bodied nose tackle like a T.J. Barnes or a Kwame Geathers in undrafted free agency. However, the Falcons will have to compete with a bunch of teams out there for their services.
The regular free-agent market might honestly be a better route to go here. There are talents like Sione Pouha, Richard Seymour and Corey Williams out there. If the Falcons decided that they wanted a stop-gap rotational defensive tackle, they would be smart to go after a big-bodied guy like the ones I've listed.
Sean Weatherspoon currently doesn't have a backup on the roster.
At linebacker, the Falcons did not bring in any depth through the draft. So signing some undrafted free agents for depth would be a good idea. The Falcons need someone to compete behind Sean Weatherspoon and Stephen Nicholas on the outside.
As they sit right now, the Falcons have a total of 24 roster spots to play with having 58 players currently under contract and the eight draft picks accounting toward the 90 player total. Atlanta would be wise to spend at least four of those spots on linebackers for camp because just six is not enough to make it through.
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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.