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ESPN.com NFC South blogger Pat Yasinskas writes more draft gold today, focusing on the past players drafted at the slots of each of the NFC South teams.
The Falcons, in the No. 27 spot, have a solid chance of drafting a high caliber player if history is any indication.
Don't want to steal any of Pat Y's thunder, so click here if you want to see his list and analysis.
One thing I will say is that Pat brings up the idea of the Falcons taking a wide receiver with the No. 27 pick if they like the value. I have to tell you, I'm starting to really get on board with that idea.
I know I've written about defensive ends to death since the offseason began, but wide receiver would be a very likely option in the first round if there's one available the Falcons think would be worth taking at No. 27. I actually can see this being so much of an option that the Falcons could even trade back if there's nothing they like at 27 and know they can get better value in the second.
If Maryland wide receiver Torrey Smith is there, I can see him easily being the choice. If he's not, I could see receivers like Troy's Jerrel Jernigan, Boise State's Titus Young, Miami's Leonard Hankerson or Kentucky's Randall Cobb being the pick if the Falcons trade away No. 27 and get into the early part of the second round.
I wrote before about how it generally takes three seasons before a wide receiver really starts to reach his potential, so I think Falcons fans have to be patient with whoever comes in, if the Falcons go that direction in the draft. But, as Yasinskas notes, head coach Mike Smith and general manager Thomas Dimitroff have been talking about a need to get more explosive, and taking a wide receiver who can take some pressure off Roddy White would certainly push the offense in that direction.
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