Plan of Attack for the 2012 NFL Draft: Atlanta Falcons

Free agency is waning down and the Draft is just a handful of days away.  It’s time to sit down and go over every teams free agent acquisitions and losses, along with their team needs.   Using that information  we will figure out a Plan of Attack for the 2012 Draft for each team.  We’ll start with the Super Bowl Champion New York Giants and work our way down one day at a time, to the Indianapolis Colts and the first overall pick.

ATLANTA FALCONS

Team Needs: OT, CB, DE, TE, LB                                                             

Free Agent Acquisitions:  DE John Abraham (resigned), WR Harry Douglas (resigned), C Todd McClure (resigned), QB Chris Redman (resigned), DT Vance Walker (resigned), LS Joe Zelenta (resigned) 

Free Agent Losses:  MLB Curtis Lofton, SS James Sanders, WR Eric Weems

Round 1:
Potential Targets: 
Pick used in Julio Jones trade last Draft

Round 2:
Potential Targets: 
OLB Zach Brown, OT Kelechi Osemele, OT Zebrie Sanders, OT Mitchell Schwartz, CB Trumaine Johnson, CB Josh Robinson, CB Jayron Hosley,  CB Chase Minnifield, CB Brandon Boykin, TE Dwayne Allen, TE Orson Charles, DE Vinny Curry, DE Jared Crick

Round 3:
Potential Targets:
OT Donald Stephenson, CB Jamell Fleming, CB Josh Norman, CB Casey Hayward, OLB Bobby Wagner, OLB Terell Manning, OLB Nigel Bradham, DE Oliver Vernon, DE Cam Johnson, DE Jonathan Massoquoi, DE Tyrone Crawford, TE Ladarius Green, TE Michael Egnew

Plan of Attack:  The Falcons haven’t done much in free agency besides resigning some of their own players, and the resigning of DE John Abraham will have the biggest effect on their draft plans.  DE would have been the no. 1 priority but with the aging star back in the fold, the team will likely address that position later in the draft, unless a guy like Vinny Curry falls to them.  They need to bolster their offensive line and could very well target Iowa St.’s Kelechi Osemele, or CAL’s Mitchell Schwartz with their first pick which comes in the second half of round two.  They could also target a cornerback like Trumaine Johnson, or add depth at linebacker with Zach Brown.  There is a chance they take a TE to eventually replace Tony Gonzales, and Dwayne Allen from Clemson would be the best option possibly available.

If the Falcons are able to get an offensive tackle with their first pick then in round 3 they’ll likely look to add some help on defense.  They would love a young pass rusher and Virginia’s Cam Johnson could fill that role.  He had a great Senior Bowl week and impressed a lot of teams with his motor and quickness off the edge.  The Falcons could also add a cornerback here with Jamell Fleming or Casey Hayward as options.  The loss of MLB Curtis Lofton leaves them thin at linebacker and they could look at Utah St.’s Bobby Wagner or  NC St.’s Terell Manning for depth and special teams help in year one.

 

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