According to B/R NFC South lead writer Knox Bardeen, the Falcons would be crazy to trade up for Jadeveon Clowney because there’s still no depth on the team. I have to completely disagree with Bardeen on this one because of what the Falcons did this offseason already.
As I wrote earlier in the offseason, the Falcons can afford to trade up for Clowney if they so choose because of those offseason moves. It wouldn’t cripple a team that seemingly has only three starters that it needs to bring in this year at free safety, fullback and tight end.
And that’s if you believe Patrick DiMarco or Levine Toilolo aren't ready to start. The Falcons have depth all over the roster at this point, though. There is nothing crazy about going after a guy who could completely change the defense for the better and for the long term.
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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.