Quarterback Matt Ryan was coming off a prolific rookie season and the team had added a new offensive weapon in tight end Tony Gonzalez. The team was healthy, the defense was shallow but quick and youthful.
Needless to say, the future was bright so when the team failed to make the playoffs, there were question marks concerning the personnel decisions and the lack of adequate talent. Now, most of the inadequacies can be contributed to injuries, but it was obvious the Falcons needed depth, and needed it quick.
With the 19th pick in the draft and room on the roster for free agents, the Falcons look ready to hype up the team, especially on the defensive side of the ball.
Biggest Needs: C, OG, WR
The offensive line is the only real area of concern for Atlanta heading into the offseason and, really, it's only at the depth level. Sam Baker really stepped up his rookie year, shoring up the left side like a true pro.
The Falcons still need solid backups, though, and I look for them to find that in the draft this year, maybe Sergio Render out of Virginia Tech and/or Matthew Tennant out of Boston College.
Again, wide receiver isn't really a concern for the Falcons but an organization should always be looking to the future and a speedy, athletic wide out would be a great way to do so.
While I expect White, Finneran, and Jenkins to remain as the starters, a Mardy Gilyard or Jacoby Ford would serve as excellent return men and cornerstones on which to build their future.
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