2014 Atlanta Falcons Mock Draft: Reviewing Matt Miller's Latest
Matt Miller has come up with his latest mock draft after the Super Bowl drubbing of the Broncos by the Seahawks. The Atlanta Falcons picks in it were very solid, but there's always ways to either expound on Miller's selections or figure out who might make a little bit more sense at each selection.
Miller did a very solid job of addressing the Falcons needs, but as we get closer to the draft, it becomes more obvious that they will have to spend a lot of money in free agency to address some of the biggest holes on the roster.
Clowney has the rare blend of speed, strength and potential rarely seen in a prospect. For Falcons fans, he's the defensive version of Julio Jones in that he's entering the league as a dominant athlete, but his room to develop and improve is considerable.
It's tough to disagree with Matt on this one. He's picked the best player in the draft to land with the Falcons. Atlanta fans would love what Mike Nolan could do with the dominant South Carolina defensive end. Clowney would be the best fit for a defense that is begging for a premier pass-rusher.
Clowney would be dropped into the ideal situation with the proper coach and mentor in Bryan Cox and a great scheme to utilize his talents. The only thing about this scenario is that it doesn't seem likely Clowney falls to the Falcons at six at this point.
What the pick should be: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina
Matt's Pick: Morgan Moses, OT, Virginia
As much as the Falcons need help on the offensive line, it's time for them to bring in a free-agent tackle and not draft someone with the hope they become good. A bigger need at defensive tackle or offensive guard should be filled at the top of the second.
In this situation, the best fit for the Falcons is Notre Dame's Stephon Tuitt, whose versatility will allow him to play multiple positions on the Falcons' defensive front. He'd be able to add to the interior pass rush and effectively replace Jonathan Babineaux in a long-term role.
What the pick should be: Stephon Tuitt, DT/DE, Notre Dame
Matt's Pick: Charles Sims, RB, West Virginia
As good as Charles Sims is, the Falcons need to make sure they thoroughly address their pass rush.
Kroy Biermann is coming off of an injury and even should Atlanta land Jadeveon Clowney with its first pick, the Falcons would still need someone to be a complementary rusher.
They completely luck out here with Jeremiah Attaochu falling right into their laps. The versatile defensive end and linebacker could be a weapon in Mike Nolan's defense. Combining him with Jadeveon Clowney and Stephon Tuitt would give Atlanta a potentially top-tier pass rush.
What the pick should be: Jeremiah Attaochu, DE/LB, Georgia Tech
Matt's Pick: C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa
Matt went with Fiedorowicz for the Falcons in the fourth round as an attempt to help replace Tony Gonzalez. It's tough to disagree with both the value and the selection here. Fiedorowicz could steal the starting spot right away from Levine Toilolo.
And while no one can truly replace the future Hall of Famer Gonzalez, the Falcons could start using multiple tight end sets to try to do so. Fiedorowicz (6'7") and Toilolo (6'8") both could provide the giant target needed in the red zone. They both can also block effectively enough to be an upgrade over Gonzalez in that aspect.
What the pick should be: C.J. Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa
Matt's Pick: Ryan Grant, WR, Tulane
Matt went with Ryan Grant from Tulane, but it's tough to see Atlanta picking a guy who doesn't have the potential to start on offense.
Brandon Coleman is still available and has all the tools to be that guy who can eventually play across from Julio Jones when Roddy White retires.
Despite what appears to be middle-tier speed, the 6'6", 220-pound Coleman could be used right away in red-zone packages. On top of that, they'd be able to develop him effectively as long as wide receivers coach Terry Robiskie and White are still around to motivate and teach him.
What the pick should be: Brandon Coleman, WR, Rutgers
Matt's Pick: Morgan Breslin, DE/OLB, Southern Cal
In this scenario, the Falcons would have already addressed their defensive end and outside linebacker needs with Jadeveon Clowney and Jeremiah Attaochu. This is where a running back would make a ton of sense and college football's leading rusher—Andre Williams—is still available.
The Boston College product is very similar to Michael Turner or Chris Ivory in how he runs. His angry running style would be something that the Falcons could truly embrace under new offensive line coach Mike Tice. He has to develop as a receiver and needs to improve his blitz pickup and overall pass protection, but the talent is there and the risk this late is low.
What the pick should be: Andre Williams, RB, Boston College
Matt's Pick: Ryan Carrethers, DT, Arkansas State
The Falcons getting arguably the best defensive line in the NFL should be part of the goal from this year's draft. Jadeveon Clowney, Stephon Tuitt and Jeremiah Attaochu would be a great start, but the unsung anchor is needed.
That's where Miller's pick of Ryan Carrethers would come in.
Carrethers at 330 pounds is built with very little body fat. The former wrestler also understands how to use his hands and his leverage to dominate the interior. Carrethers could allow more 3-4 looks as well with his ability to play either the 0-technique, the 1-technique or the 3-technique.
What the pick should be: Ryan Carrethers, DT, Arkansas State
Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He covers the Atlanta Falcons, College Football, NFL and the NFL draft. He also runs DraftFalcons.com.
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