2011 NFL Draft: Would Atlanta Falcons Picking Muhammad Wilkerson Make Sense?
Atlanta Falcons Draft: Defensive end means different things in different defenses:
Everybody producing mock drafts has a general idea of what the Atlanta Falcons should do with the 27th overall pick. It boils down to two options—wide receiver and defensive end—with defensive end winning out in most accounts.
John Abraham is Atlanta's only legitimate pass-rush threat and the man is 32-years-old. With only a couple more dynamic seasons ahead of him, his replacement must be found.
Charean Williams of The Fort Worth Star-Telegram agrees with that sentiment but has an unorthodox way of doing it: draft Temple's Muhammed Wilkerson. Wilkerson was a dominant defensive lineman in college. He is a defensive end.
There is one problem: He's suited for a 3-4 defense, and Atlanta runs a 4-3. Wilkerson could presumably slide down to defensive tackle, but that isn't a need of the Falcons'. And it's very difficult to see him succeeding as an edge rusher.
A 3-4 five-technique defensive end a 4-3 edge rusher are very different positions that few prospects appear capable of satisfying. Players such as Adrian Clayborn, Justin Houston or Brooks Reed could be available and have skill sets much better suited for Atlanta.
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