2011 NFL Mock Draft: Atlanta Falcons' Draft Take

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2011 NFL Mock Draft: Atlanta Falcons' Draft Take
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The Atlanta Falcons were dominant throughout the 2010 regular season, especially at home, which led to them entering the postseason as the number one seed.  The season ended on a sour note though, as they were beat at home by the eventual Super Bowl champions. However, this team has a ton of talent and should be playoff mainstay for years to come.

Matt Ryan is one of the bright young stars in the NFL and continues to improve in each season. Michael Turner continued to be a force in the running game, leading the NFL in rushing yards. Jason Snelling is a solid backup to Turner and he is an excellent pass catcher out of the backfield. 

Roddy White is arguably the best wide receiver in the league, and he turned in another excellent season.  The rest of the receivers, including Michael Jenkins, Harry Douglas and Eric Weems don’t really offer much, allowing teams to double cover White. 

Tony Gonzalez is still an excellent tight end, but he might not have too many seasons left in him. The offensive line performed well as a unit, and the right side in particular was really impressive. The left side is a little concerning, as Justin Blalock is a free agent and Sam Baker might make a better right tackle than he does a left tackle.

On the defensive side of things, John Abraham is still playing at a very high level but doesn’t have a whole lot of help at the other end position. Kroy Bierman played OK, but he wasn’t as affective rushing the passer as the Falcons were hoping.  The defensive tackles are excellent, as Corey Peters was a great surprise as a rookie and Jonathan Babineaux had another very good year. 

Curtis Lofton and Mike Peterson both played well last year, but Sean Weatherspoon didn’t have as big of an impact as was expected in his rookie season.  He had some injury problems, which led to Stephen Nicholas getting a few starts in his place. 

Dunta Robinson played well, but he didn’t have as big of an impact as many thought he would. Brent Grimes looks to have locked down the other starting corner position, but depth at this position is a concern. Thomas DeCoud and William Moore are a solid but unspectacular starting combination at safety.

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