For the Atlanta Falcons, the Senior Bowl is of particular importance.
Many of the best players in college football declare for the draft immediately upon becoming eligible and often get taken very high.
The Falcons, though, place an emphasis on drafting players who graduated from college. They want athletes who are smart, hard-working and dependable—viewing the earning of a degree as an indication of those qualities.
The Senior Bowl is the last chance for these upperclassmen to show off their skills in a competitive game situation, and the Falcons will be looking for prospects who can fill some needs on the team.
For the purposes of this piece, we'll look at Atlanta's five biggest positional needs:
- Depth at cornerback
- Another pass-rusher
- An explosive secondary receiver
- A change-of-pace back
- Help on the offensive line
We'll start out by looking at why the needs exist, then take a peek at two players from each position who could immediately step in and fill the respective hole.
Hopefully you have NFL Network and can catch the game, which will kick off at 4:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, January 29.