The Falcons had a lot of holes on the defense and they drafted a player for every single hole. Now the picks they made are not necessarily meant to directly fill in those holes on the contrary.
What the Falcons have now is young depth at corner defensive end safety and defensive tackle.
What this depth does more then anything is create position competition. There is no longer a lock on the defensive side of the ball for some players.
I believe this will be seen best in the secondary. Where Thomas Decoud, Jamal Fudge and William Moore will compete for the starting strong safety position. All three of these safeties are hard hitters with good size and a desire for football.
The pick of Moore may just result in one of the three players mentioned above too break out.
Then the corner position. I admit I was against the Falcons drafting a corner, because we already have a truck load of corners on the roster, but the addition of Christopher Owens in the third round was great.
He can provide a big-play threat even though he could be a liability against bigger wide receivers. I could see him fighting for the fourth corner to start and maybe the slot corner later in the year. Again this provides competition which is something you always want on your team.
The Falcons also added to the pass rush rotation. Not only with Jerry, but with Lawrence Sidbury as well. Sidbury can contribute to the rush from the start and was a steal in the fourth round.
I in all truth believe that Sidbury could steal Anderson's job at some point this year. Regardless though of starting he will help the pass rush. While forcing Anderson and Chauncey Davis to either reach their best or to get out of the way.
As a whole I consider this draft a success. The Falcons filled holes and added depth which is all you can every ask from a draft.