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Falcons Mock Monitor 2.0


The 2017 NFL Draft is less than two weeks away.

So who do the experts have the Falcons taking with the No. 31 overall pick?

Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks of have new projections this time around.

Jeremiah believes the Falcons will take defensive end Charles Harris out of Missouri and Brooks has Atlanta selecting Western Kentucky guard, Forrest Lamp.

Experts say Harris' athleticism and fluidity are his biggest attributes as a pass rusher who recorded 16 sacks and 31 tackles for loss during his final two seasons at Missouri.

Here's a closer look at Harris' scouting report from's Lance Zierlein:

"Long legs with well-defined bubble. Has loose, fluid hips. Explodes out of his stance in search of gap work vs. run game. Lateral quickness makes it a challenge to reach him or cross his face for offensive linemen. Good first step quickness. Plays with energy and keeps it cranked up until the whistle blows. Runs with high knees and athletic, long strides in the open field. Basketball standout in high school who uses nimble feet for an effective spin move. Can unleash spin counter in either direction. Plays on either side of the line and can play with a hand down or standing up. In 2015, led team in sacks, tackles for losses and hurries and was second in tackles. Uses early speed-to-power to create movement before attacking the tackle's inside shoulder. Showed some ability to drop in space when called upon."

Despite starting four years at left tackle during his tenure at Western Kentucky, experts believe Lamp's best chance for success in the NFL is moving inside.

Zierlein had the following to say about Lamp:

"Compact build but not lacking athleticism. Able to redirect weight back inside. Showed nimble feet when handling spin moves and inside shots from LSU's Arden Key in 2015. Patient. Works feet and hips into position before engaging. Secures block with chopping feet and quality positioning. Bends and looks for low-man leverage with hip thrust under him. Uses short, controlled punch in run game. Clever with hands in pass protection. Throws short, teaser jab with outside hand to entice rushers into premature hand fighting. Effective counter-puncher defending edge and clears his chest and re-sets hands if defender gets into him first. Rarely bull-rushed. Processes quickly when defense runs games up front."

ESPN's Todd McShay and Mel Kiper have Atlanta selecting two different players out of the University of Michigan.

Kiper sees the Falcons taking defensive end Taco Charlton.

"Vic Beasley Jr. had 15.5 sacks last season, but no other Falcon had more than 4.5 (Adrian Clayborn). That's where Charlton comes in, and he can hold up against the run, too. He has very long arms, measuring at 34¼ inches," Kiper said of his selection.

McShay on the other hand believes Atlanta will take safety Jabrill Peppers.

"Dan Quinn has shown a willingness to bring in versatile defensive players (Keanu Neal and Deion Jones were the Falcons' first two picks last year). Indeed, Peppers has rare versatility and great straight-line speed (4.46 40), but he also shows limitations in coverage. Landing with an open-minded coach like Quinn would benefit Peppers in the long term," McShay said.

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