Dimitroff, Quinn head to 2018 Senior Bowl with an eye of the Falcons' future

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – With the 2017 season in the books, Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff and head coach Dan Quinn will focus their attention on continuing to build their roster via free agency and the 2018 NFL Draft.

First up in that process? The Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., that takes place on Jan. 27 with a week full of practices leading up to the game.

Dimitroff views the opportunity to watch these practices with Quinn by his side as "invaluable" to their overall process.

"To be able to discuss position drills while we were watching live was invaluable," Dimitroff said of being with Quinn at least year's event. "We were able to share our opinions; it's just a really good session for us."

Eight players on Atlanta's current roster participated in the Senior Bowl:

• Matt Ryan

• Justin Hardy

• Grady Jarrett

• Robert Alford

• Desmond Trufant

• Deion Jones

• Duke Riley

• Damontae Kazee

The Falcons have the No. 26 pick in the draft this year and the mock drafts have already begun.

To this point, some of the prospects that have been linked to the Falcons in some of those aforementioned mock drafts have been at the following positions:

• Defensive line

• Wide receiver

• Offensive line

So with that being said, here's a closer look at the top prospects attending the Senior Bowl at those positions:

Offensive line:

Tyrell Crosby, Oregon

Chukuma Okorafor, Western Michigan

Mason Cole, Michigan

Isaiah Wynn, Georgia

Will Hernandez, UTEP

Joseph Noteboom, TCU

Wide receiver:

James Washington Jr., Oklahoma State

DJ Chark, LSU

Cedrick Wilson, Boise State

Allen Lazard, Iowa State

Marcell Ateman, Oklahoma State

Michael Gallup, Colorado State

Defensive line:

Harrison Phillips, Stanford

Poona Ford, Texas

B.J. Hill, NC State

Maurice Hurst, Michigan

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