NFL.com did a seven round mock draft on Friday. Here are the selections from their stab at the entire draft:
Round 1 – Vic Beasley – LB – Clemson
Round 2 – Maxx Williams – TE – Minnesota
Round 3 – Jay Ajayi – RB – Boise State
Round 4 – Henry Anderson – DE – Stanford
Round 5 – Andy Gallik – C – Boston College
Round 6 – Imoan Claiborne – CB – Northwestern
Round 7 – Devante Davis – WR – UNLV
Round 7 – Tyler Varga – FB – Yale
The selection of Beasley at seven would be a no-brainer, as the Braves obviously need help with a pass rusher. If Williams is on the board with the second round pick, the Falcons might be tempted. However, even though Williams is ranked the number one tight end by many analysts, there are a lot of questions.
Ajayi is ranked as the third-best running back in the draft by NFL Network’s Charles Davis. He’s 6-0, 221 pounds and is the only player in FBS history with 1,800 rushing and 500 receiving yards in a single season. He’s an interesting player.
Davis ranked Anderson as the 6th best defensive end in the draft. He’s 6-6 and 294 pounds and had 8.5 sacks last season for Stanford. Anderson would be a great compliment to Beasley for the Falcons.
Gallick was ranked as the 5th best center by Davis, right above Auburn’s Reese Dismukes, Florida’s Max Garcia and Georgia’s David Andrews. Gallick is said to be a nasty player, which the Falcons could use on the offensive line.
This type of draft would fill a lot of needs for the Falcons. The biggest problem I have with it is the selection of Williams in the second round. This year’s tight end group seems like there are just too many gambles with the Falcons having so many needs. The offensive line might be a better spot to help in that round.
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