Pre-Draft Team Needs-Atlanta Falcons

New Atlanta Falcons head coach Mike Smith takes over a team that's coming off of a 4-12 season. Smith is a defensive minded head coach but will his approach be to the draft? We'll take a look inside...

Players Added

Michael Turner/RB - Atlanta will use a power rushing attack and Turner is a perfect fit for that scheme.

Ben Hartsock/TE - Hartsock will vie for a backup job with his third team in three seasons.

Alex Stepanovich/C - He'll back up at guard and center.

Kindal Moorehead/DT - The former Carolina Panther will provide depth to the interior of the defensive line.

Erik Coleman/SS - He'll replace Chris Crocker in the starting lineup. Coleman unfairly lost his job last season and will be out to prove the New York Jets wrong.

Von Hutchins/CB-S - He'll likely line up at cornerback this season despite playing safety for most of last season with the Houston Texans.
 

Players Lost

Byron Leftwich/QB - He never should have been signed by Atlanta. Leftwich's long release is a detriment to most passing games.

Warrick Dunn/RB - He'll be used as a change of pace with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Third-year RB Jerious Norwood will pick up his role with Atlanta.

Alge Crumpler/TE - If his knees hold up, he'll help the Tennessee Titans move the ball down the field in the passing game and in the red zone area.

Dwayne Blakley/TE - The blocking tight end found a job with the Tennessee Titans.

Courtney Anderson/TE - He signed on with the Buffalo Bills who will use him as a blocker and red zone target.

Wayne Gandy/LT - He's probably at the end of the line and the team will address this position in the draft.

Rod Coleman/DT - The team made the surprising move to release him which leaves a big hole on their front four.

Demorrio Williams/LB - The fast but undersized linebacker signed a deal with the Kansas City Chiefs. Second-year WLB Stephen Nicholas is slated to replace him.

DeAngelo Hall/CB - The new coaching staff didn't want him do he was traded to the Oakland Raiders. Atlanta will be looking at this position early in the draft.

Lewis Sanders/CB - He's now with his fourth team in five seasons.

Omare Lowe/S - The journeyman defensive back didn't play last season but found a new home with the Seattle Seahawks.

Chris Crocker/S - Erik Coleman will replace him but Crocker found a new home with the Miami Dolphins.
 

Pre-Draft Team Needs

1) Quarterback - The team will go with a committee approach at the position between Chris Redman and Joey Harrington for this season. But after 2008, they'll need to get a younger signal caller ready.


2) Left Tackle - The team decided to part ways with LT Wayne Gandy and are left with no viable replacement. They'll have to take a chance on a left tackle in the first three rounds or trade for one.


3) Cornerback - After trading CB DeAngelo Hall to the Oakland Raiders, the team is left with hybrid defensive back Von Hutchins and second-year pro Chris Houston as the probable starters at cornerback. The problem is Hutchins played safety for most of last season and Houston didn't play at a high level.


4) Defensive Tackle - With the somewhat surprising move to jettison Rod Coleman, the team is left with very little talent at the position. Armed with six picks within the first four rounds, Atlanta would be best served to come out of the draft with at least two defensive tackles in that round area.


Other Issues to Address

Offensive Line Depth

Linebacker Depth

Defensive End Depth


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