1. LB Yawin Smallwood, Connecticut
Atlanta had some interest in the thumping linebacker pre-draft. Smallwood would be great depth behind Paul Worrilow, Sean Weatherspoon and Akeem Dent at inside linebacker in the 3-4. He could also back up the mike role in the 4-3.
2. RB Lache Seastrunk, Baylor
Any running back as talented as Lache Seastrunk available on day three should be someone Atlanta sprints to the podium for at 103. If he's still there, it wouldn't shock me to see Atlanta gladly pick up this home-run hitter.
3. OL David Yankey, Stanford
In my eyes, Yankey is the best guard in the draft. Unfortunately, NFL teams don't seem to agree. He's similar to Evan Mathis and is known for a nasty streak on the field. However, off the field is his biggest asset, as he's a locker-room leader.
4. DE/OLB Chris Smith, Arkansas
When looking for a versatile pass-rusher, Chris Smith from Arkansas will be someone to consider. He's able to play with his hand in the dirt or from a two-point stance. His only real issue is poor run defense. Atlanta could cover for him there with talented run defenders surrounding him.
5. QB Aaron Murray, Georgia
The best backup quarterback in the 2014 draft is Murray from UGA. He's a local product who could easily beat out Dominique Davis for the primary backup role. Eventually, he could become Matt Schaub-level trade bait for the Falcons.
6. RB De'Anthony Thomas, Oregon
With the running backs starting to come off the board in a fast and furious fashion, De'Anthony Thomas could give Atlanta a Darren Sproles-type player that it has never had. Thomas was a potential Heisman contender if he had been able to stay completely healthy at Oregon.
7. LB Brandon Watts, Georgia Tech
Watts is a local linebacker who could end up going undrafted. However, if the Falcons don't want to risk him going to another team, they could take the flyer on him late in the seventh round when they have a pair of compensatory picks.
8. QB Connor Shaw, South Carolina
As a Flowery Branch native who went to South Carolina, Connor Shaw would be a great fit for the Falcons' standard picks of SEC guys who played close to Atlanta. Shaw was better than Aaron Murray at times in college and could be a better pro quarterback with the right team.
9. NT Zach Kerr, Delaware
When watching Paul Worrilow's tape from 2012, Zach Kerr always stood out. If the Falcons want to build up more depth behind Paul Soliai, adding Kerr would be a great move. He's a massive nose tackle who takes on double teams well.
10. QB Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech
The Falcons had him at the Senior Bowl, and if he's still there in the late rounds, they could take him and use him as a physical specimen to develop as Matt Ryan's backup. Thomas could also compete for playing time at tight end if he failed as a quarterback.