The Trade: Atlanta sends its 2014 first-round pick (No. 6 overall) and third-round pick (No. 68 overall) and a 2015 second-round pick (that could become a first-round pick) to the Texans for 2014 first-round pick (No. 1 overall)
The Falcons absolutely need a pass rush. The Texans absolutely want to trade down, according to multiple reports from ESPN’s Adam Schefter (h/t Matthew Shovlin of Allvoices.com), Bleacher Report’s Dan Pompei (h/t CBS’s Ryan Wilson), and NFL.com’s Gil Brandt (h/t NFL.com's Chase Goodbread).
The Falcons trading up for Jadeveon Clowney has been a rumor that just won’t go away this offseason and for good reason. The Gamecock defender fits the Falcons defense in a role that saw him dominate the SEC in 2012 where he moved around and played linebacker, end and even some defensive tackle.
Atlanta could combine him with Jonathan Massaquoi, Osi Umenyiora and Kroy Biermann in a rotation at edge player that could see multiple guys get eight or more sacks. This would give Atlanta a pass rush for the first time since it had Rod Coleman and Patrick Kerney in 2005.
By adding someone who can be so disruptive that he completely changes protection schemes in Clowney, the Falcons would be able to give their secondary more ability to make plays by forcing hurried throws. Coordinator Mike Nolan must be salivating at the thought of Clowney in his defense.
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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.