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2010 Record: 13-3
The Atlanta Falcons had a great year, thanks to a strong offense led by Matt Ryan, Roddy White and Michael Turner. However, their aging defense proved porous in the postseason, and owner Arthur Blank will need to invest in defense if the Dirty Birds hope to make a Super Bowl bid in 2011.
Biggest Needs: DE, WR, TE, OL
Defensive end John Abraham managed to record 13 sacks last year, but he is approaching 33 years of age, and Lawrence Sidbury isn't exactly the sexy name Falcons fans want as a pass rusher.
Roddy White had a great year, catching 115 passes for 1,389 yards and scoring 10 touchdowns, but running back Jason Snelling had more receptions (44) than No. 2 and No. 3 receivers Harry Douglas and Michael Jenkins.
Adding another wide receiver such as Torrey Smith or Jonathan Baldwin in the draft would allow more freedom for Roddy White, who put up those gaudy stats while being double-teamed.
Both starting guards Harvey Dahl and Justin Blaylock are set to become free agents this offseason, pending the agreement of a new CBA deal, as is right tackle Tyson Clabo. Arthur Blank needs to keep these guys around, as they have chemistry and anchored one of the most solid offensive lines in the league.
Best Prospect: Ryan Kerrigan