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Atlanta's biggest needs are a talented pass rusher on the edge and a top-level offensive lineman. However, unless the best tackle in the draft is there at six, it will be tough to see Atlanta taking one in the first round. That means they will look at pass rusher.
So while Anthony Barr dropped out of the Senior Bowl, it was due to injury according to AL.com's Mark Inabinett. The Falcons would be the perfect fit for Barr, too. He would be the ideal pass rusher off the edge for Mike Nolan's scheme.
Nolan could use him similarly to how he used Kroy Biermann in 2012. By doing this, Barr's top-level athleticism would be able to create even more disruption than Biermann ever could. It would open up Jonathan Massaquoi and other Falcons pass rushers to get after quarterbacks as well.
Comrade Filter Fit
When picking the perfect future Falcons, Anthony Barr is right at the top of the list. He's gladly made the switch from running back to linebacker and could easily fill a role like what Von Miller plays in Denver. Daniel Jeremiah from NFL.com even quoted an NFL executive about him:
"He's a team captain and he's an off-the-charts worker. He's all football, all the time. He works his butt off in the weight room. He's very bright and you never have to worry about him off the field."
If anyone sounds like a Falcon, it's Barr. They might even raise him up the boards because of his off-field characteristics. And while that might seem like a bad thing to some, his on-field play has shown that he's worthy of a top 10 pick.
2013: 13 Games Played, 66 Tackles, 20.0 Tackles for Loss, 10.0 Sacks, 2 QB Hurries, 6 Fumbles Forced, 1 Fumble Recovered, 1 Pass Deflection
2012: 14 Games Played, 82 Tackles, 21.0 Tackles for Loss, 13.0 Sacks, 4 QB Hurries, 4 Fumbles Forced, 5 Pass Deflections, 1 Blocked Kick, 1 Punt Return, 10 Yards
2011: 12 Games Played, 9 Carries, 25 Yards, 1 Touchdown, 3 Catches, 16 Yards, 1 Touchdown, 2 Tackles
2010: 12 Games Played, 6 Carries, 29 Yards, 9 Catches, 66 Yards, 1 Tackle