Falcons 2015 Mock Draft Monitor 5.0

Just as all 32 NFL teams may be adjusting their draft boards before the late April event kicks off in Chicago, April 30, many mock draft experts are doing the same. While the experts recently favored the Falcons using their No.8-overall draft choice on Nebraska outside linebacker Randy Gregory, have a look at the picks below to see who pushed Missouri defensive end Shane Ray even with Gregory, atop the leaderboard.

Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson

"No player has risen more on the draft boards of teams across the league coming out of the NFL combine. When you run 4.53 with a 1.59 split, post a vertical of 41 inches and put up a bench press total (35 reps) that's as good as the strongest nose tackles, and at a chiseled 246 pounds — well, you turn some heads. Thing is, Beasley isn't just an athletic freak because he's been a one-man production line at Clemson, with 44.5 tackles for loss over the last two seasons. He can flat out create disruption and get to the quarterback, and that's exactly what Atlanta needs. The pass rush is desperate for production and Beasley can help soon."

Last Week:Arik Armstead, DE, Oregon

Shane Ray, DE, Missouri

"We moved Ray down our board a little bit this week, to No. 15. His below-average performance in the bench press (21 reps) and the fact that he weighed in at just 246 pounds is a little bit of a concern when you scroll through the list of the NFL's sack leaders and recognize how many of them have power as a major component of their games. I also haven't been blown away by what I've seen from Ray on tape so far. However, he was a very productive player at Missouri, and once we get a chance to do his full evaluation and see his testing results at his pro day (he wasn't able to run in Indy due to an injury), we might move him back up. And the Falcons are in serious need of pass-rushing help for new head coach Dan Quinn's defense."

Last Week: No change

Randy Gregory, OLB, Nebraska

"Gregory needs to add some weight, but he has special tools as a pass rusher. This would be a huge upgrade for the Falcons."

Last Week: No change

Shane Ray, DE, Missouri

"The Falcons desperately need pass rushers to compete in the NFC South. Ray fits the mold of the 'Leo' defenders new head coach Dan Quinn employed with the Seattle Seahawks."

Last Week: No change

Bud Dupree, OLB, Kentucky

"The Kentucky star posted the fastest 40 time of all linebackers in the 40, clocking in with a 4.57 and banged out a 42-inch vertical with a groin injury. Dupree can get to the quarterback, and with all the big quarterbacks in the NFC South, there's never enough quality pass rushers on a roster. The Legion of Boom got all the love up in Seattle, but the secret to Dan Quinn's defensive success the past two years might have been the pass rush. Dupree's a step in the right direction for Quinn's new team."

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Last Week: No change

Randy Gregory, OLB, Nebraska

"New Atlanta head coach Dan Quinn has to address their defensive front and in this spot there are still some nice options but it all depends on what happens in front of the Falcons. In this mock scenario Randy Gregory is the call. He's freaky athletically but needs to bulk up. Gregory was only 235 pounds at the Combine. Still, it's a great start for this new staff in Atlanta."

Last Week: No change

Randy Gregory, OLB, Nebraska

"The Falcons have the firepower on offense to compete, but lack difference-makers on the defensive front. Gregory's lanky 6-5, 235-pound frame looks better suited to playing a 3-4 rush linebacker role, but he's surprisingly physical at the point of attack and has the pass rush skills that new coach Dan Quinn can cultivate."

Last Week: No change

Shane Ray, DE, Missouri

"With Dan Quinn trading his defensive coordinator role in Seattle for the head job for the Falcons, look for Atlanta to overhaul the defensive personnel to fit his scheme. Ray plays with some tightness, but has the best first-step quickness in this class, making him an attractive prospect."

**Last Week: Randy Gregory, OLB, Nebraska 

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Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson

"I have a lot of ACC game tape, and every time I watch a team playing Clemson, Beasley shows up. He is undersized but he also has 70 plays behind the line of scrimmage the past two seasons."

Last Week: No change

Shane Ray, DE, Missouri

"The Falcons won't run a 3-4 under Dan Quinn as head coach, but much like the Seattle Seahawks and Jacksonville Jaguars, they'll want a 3-4 style pass-rusher for the edge. Cliff Avril does this in Seattle, and I'm projecting the Jaguars to draft Randy Gregory to do it in Jacksonville. For the Falcons, Shane Ray becomes that Avril/Bruce Irvin-type player. And while Quinn may want Dante Fowler—a player he recruited to Florida—Ray has the speed and toughness to fit into this defense."

Last Week: No change

Randy Gregory, OLB, Nebraska

"There is going to be a run on pass rushers high in the first round, and the Falcons should feel some anxiety considering the teams in front of them. Atlanta desperately needs to improve its pass rush but could have to settle for the third- or fourth-best option. In this case it's Gregory, a player with a lot of potential but just as many question marks."

Last Week:Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson

Leading Vote-Getters
1. Shane Ray - 4
1. Randy Gregory - 4
3. Vic Beasley - 2
4. Bud Dupree - 1

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