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Atlanta's biggest issue on defense comes from its lack of pass rush and pressure off the edge. The Falcons also have issues setting the edge against the run. All of this traces back to the lack of defensive end depth on the Falcons' roster.
Although they get Kroy Biermann back from injured reserve, both he and Osi Umenyiora are going into the last year of their contracts. With developmental talents, such as Malliciah Goodman, Stansly Maponga and Jonathan Massaquoi, the Falcons still don't have that premier pass-rusher.
So this is where they need to look at a top pass-rusher in the draft for the role. They need to look at freak athletes who can play the same role as Biermann the past two seasons and what the defense has been missing now.
Adding another player who can accomplish the same tasks would give the Falcons more multiplicity on defense, and that alone would make the Falcons a better team.
Best Fits: South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney, UCLA's Anthony Barr, Georgia Tech's Jeremiah Attaochu
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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.