Linebacker: The 2016 draft class is chock-full of quality linebackers, and with the release of Justin Durant, the Falcons are undoubtedly paying close attention to a number of these prospects. Given how much is asked of linebackers in today’s NFL, it’s important for these athletes to excel in a multitude of combine drills. If the Falcons are going to use the 17th overall pick on an LB, they’ll want someone who can stop the rush, disrupt the quarterback and hold his own in pass coverage.
Defensive End/EDGE: While the Falcons spent a first-round pick on
Wide Receiver: Adding another talented wide receiver to the mix could make a big difference for Atlanta, and such an option may be available near the top of the draft. The Falcons have been projected to pick Laquon Treadwell, Corey Coleman and Michael Thomas in various first-round mocks; Braxton Miller, among others, could be a good option in the second round. Many of these young wideouts can improve their stock with good vertical jumps, shuttle runs and 40-yard dash times.
Offensive Guard/Center: There will likely be some changes along the interior offensive line, and a long-term solution at one of those spots could be found at the draft. Kyle Shanahan’s outside zone blocking scheme requires quick-footed, agile O-linemen, so the combine results could have a big impact on how the Falcons’ positional rankings shake out. The shuttle run is a great opportunity for these bigger athletes to show how well they can move in short bursts.
Strong Safety: With the release of William Moore, the Falcons could add competition for