Generally speaking, there are two rules of thought when making a draft selection: drafting according to need, or simply selecting the best player available. Usually a quality draft possesses a little bit of both elements.
For the Atlanta Falcons, it's hard to pinpoint exactly what their draft philosophy is. Some think they operate with a unicorn-like approach: take 10 paces, spin, then throw a dart at the draft board. Those who think that, shame on you...although you might not be too far off when you go back and look at past drafts.
With the Falcons' front office triumvirate of Thomas Dimitroff, Scott Pioli and Lionel Vital collectively making decisions, most have designs on an absolute perfect draft taking place for the Red and Black. If all three are in concert, fans just might get that wish.
Let's take a look at how the Falcons can go about achieving such a draft.
Note: This mock takes into consideration (hypothetically speaking, of course) the Falcons landed an offensive tackle via free agency. They also cut: Thomas DeCoud, Kroy Biermann, Osi Umenyiora, Jason Snelling and Asante Samuel. It's also operating under the assumption Jadeveon Clowney, Anthony Barr and Jake Matthews have already been selected.