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Falcons Select TE Eric Saubert With No. 174 Pick in NFL Draft

The Falcons selected tight end Eric Saubert out of Drake with the No. 174 overall pick in the NFL Draft.

Saubert adds depth to the Atlanta’s tight end group that currrently consists of Austin Hooper, Levine Toilolo and Joshua Perkins.

In his four years at Drake, Saubert caught 190 passes for 2253 yards and 21 touchdowns.

Saubert’s 6-foot-5, 253-pound frame could be key for the Falcons in the red zone, an area he dominated in his final season. He caught 10 of his 21 career touchdown passes in final year at Drake.

Here’s NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein scouting report on Saubert:

“Good combination of size and speed. Gets into routes with good quickness from the slot. Adjusts route to defender and does a good job of setting up his pattern breaks. Good separation acceleration. Man amongst boys in red zone where he dominated lesser competition. Posted 17 touchdowns over last two seasons. Gets maximum extension out of long arms to attacks downfield throws at their highest points. Has ability to make acrobatic catches when he's focused. Used in wide receiver screens. Athletic runner after the catch. Lines up all over the field. Flashes ability to become a blocker in future.”

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