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Atlanta could very easily cut Kroy Biermann and Osi Umenyiora this offseason—especially since they each carry cap hits over $3.05 million, per Spotrac, that would be saved by their cuts. While Atlanta should look at Michael Johnson and Greg Hardy to fill one of the voids left, a top draft pick could be used on a pass-rusher.
Khalil Mack is one of the absolute best pass-rushers in this entire draft. He's aggressive, strong and has the perfect frame for a defensive end/linebacker hybrid position. The Falcons could use his versatility the same way they used Kroy Biermann's as he has shown flashes in underneath coverage as well.
He's one of the most complete prospects in the draft as a pass-rusher and would be ideal for a pass-rushing group that had Bryan Cox brought in for talent development. A combination of Mack, Jonathan Massaquoi and Malliciah Goodman off the edge could be surprisingly good.
At his best, Mack has potential to look like Brian Orakpo as a world wrecking pass-rusher. He is a much better run defender than the former Texas product though. If the Falcons can get Mack and continue to develop Massaquoi into a guy who can reach 10 sacks, they could really improve the defense.
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Outside of a one game suspension early in his college career for fighting with a wide receiver, Mack has shown the toughness, aggression and leadership that Cox would love from his premier pass-rusher. On top of that, he was a team captain for the Bulls and would be a positive influence in the Falcons locker room.
2013: 13 Games Played, 100 Tackles, 19.0 Tackles for Loss, 10.5 Sacks, 6 QB Hurries, 3 Interceptions, 5 Fumbles Forced, 7 Pass Deflections, 2 Defensive Touchdowns
2012: 11 Games Played, 94 Tackles, 20.0 Tackles for Loss, 8.0 Sacks, 4 QB Hurries, 4 Fumbles Forced, 2 Pass Deflections, 1 Blocked Kick
2011: 12 Games Played, 65 Tackles, 20.5 Tackles for Loss, 5.5 Sacks, 13 QB Hurries, 1 Interception, 5 Fumbles Forced, 2 Pass Deflections, 1 Blocked Kick
2010: 12 Games Played, 68 Tackles, 14.5 Tackles for Loss, 4.5 Sacks, 8 QB Hurries, 2 Fumbles Forced, 10 Pass Deflections