Once again, the Atlanta Falcons prove that they love Oregon State players.
Beavers faithful have been waiting for almost three days to see a former Oregon State star have his dreams realized. Well, an answer finally came in the form of the Falcons drafting tackle/guard Sean Harlow with the 136th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. He will now head to Atlanta to play opposite Andy Levitre on the offensive line.
This move couldn’t have come at a better time for the Falcons. Right guard Chris Chester just retired from the NFL, leaving a huge hole on the line. The running game requires a big presence to open up holes for Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, and Harlow represents just that. According to Pro Football Focus, the former Oregon State lineman ranked number one overall in Run Block Success Percentage with 96.8.
As a fourth-round pick, Harlow may not begin his rookie season as the starting right guard, but he could quickly become an essential part of the team with solid practices and preseason tape. His rookie season should play out like Isaac Seumalo’s, where he is inactive for a few games but becomes part of the active roster around midseason.
With one Oregon State player off the board, we can now put our attention on Treston Decoud, Victor Bolden, and the rest of the class.