Should the Falcons take Shane Ray at 8?

What will the Falcons do in the NFL Draft? Will they take Mizzou's Shane Ray?

In the latest Scout.com NFL Mock Draft, the Falcons select Missouri defensive end Shane Ray, a 6-3, 245-pound defensive end who will forego his senior season to turn pro.

Ray was the SEC Defensive Player of the Year for 2014 after gettign 65 tackles and 14.5 sacks. He is remembered for targeting Alabama quarterback Blake Sims in the SEC Championship game and getting ejected.

There is no doubt the Falcons need a pass rusher. They finished next to last in the NFL with 22 sacks for the entire team. According to the mock draft, Clemson outside linebacker Vic Beasley would also be on the board. Some other mock drafts have Florida defensive end Dante Fowler possibly being available, even though he was taken a pick before Atlanta's by Chicago in this mock draft.

Should the Falcons focus on a pass rusher, or should they take another stud offensive lineman in the draft? In this mock, Iowa offensive lineman Brandon Scherff would be available. He is considered the top offensive line prospect in the draft.

What would the Falcons do if they had a chance to take another top-ranked offensive lineman for the second year in a row? Would they select Scherff, or would they pick one of the available pass rushers?

Free agency would possibly dictate what the Falcons would do, but it would be an interesting decision if all things were equal. The Falcons still have issues on the offensive line. Veteran guard Justin Blalock showed his age a bit this past season, while the right tackle spot was a revolving door due to injuries to Sam Baker and Lamar Holmes. Second-year pro Ryan Schraeder started the most there in the second half of the season.

Ray, Beasley, Fowler or Scherff - If the Falcons had all four on the board, who would be their pick? Who is your preference?

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