Tabeek's 2019 NFL Mock Draft 5.0: Falcons add missing piece, solidify line with some nastiness

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The free-agent frenzy – at least the first wave – has slowed down some. The combine and most of the major college pro days are over, too.

While teams are careful not to tip their hands regarding their move future moves and picks, the picture for most teams heading into the NFL Draft on April 25 is starting to come into focus. And that goes for the Atlanta Falcons, too.

The Falcons have been active early on in free agency, signing two guards to shore up the interior of that offensive line. As anyone who follows the Falcons knows, their biggest needs heading into the offseason remain along the offensive and defensive lines.

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And that’s been reflected in my first four mock drafts. I’ve had the Falcons taking defensive ends twice – Montez Sweat and Clelin Ferrell – and offensive tackles in the two other mocks – Jonah Williams and Jawaan Taylor.

Well, as I sit here today with the draft less than a month away, the more I listen to the Falcons brass talk about the current roster, recent additions, free agency and the draft, the more I’m convinced they’re still not done with the offensive line.

Just listen to what Falcons owner Arthur Blank said Tuesday from the league meetings in Phoenix.

"This is my 19th year as an owner and one of the things I've learned is that Matt (Ryan) plays much better vertically than horizontally," Blank said. "I don't think we're complete in terms of the offensive line. I think it'll be an area of great scrutiny and activity during the draft."

So, without further ado, here is mock draft 5.0. Let me know how you feel about the Falcons pick here. My next one – mock 6.0 – will drop on April 3.

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1. Arizona Cardinals

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QB Kyler Murray, Oklahoma We’re onto mock 5.0 but I’m still convinced that the Cardinals are going to shop Josh Rosen until they find a suitor and select Murray, last year’s Heisman Trophy winner. First-year head coach Kliff Kingsbury gets a playmaker to run his offense.
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2. San Francisco 49ers

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DE Nick Bosa, Ohio State The 49ers need a stronger pass rush and helped themselves by signing Dee Ford. I’m torn on this one but believe they will still go with Bosa here, who is considered by many scouts and draft analysts to be the best one in this class.
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3. New York Jets

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DE Josh Allen, Kentucky Even though Quinnen Williams is still available, the Jets opt to go with Jersey native Josh Allen at No. 3. Some believe the long-and-athletic star out of UK is the total package – he can rush, cover and also run. The Jets still bolster their defense in a big way.
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4. Oakland Raiders

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DT Quinnen Williams, Alabama The first surprise (at least in my mind) of the first round. How thrilled will new GM Mike Mayock be if Williams is still sitting there at No. 4? They’ll pounce on the former ‘Bama star — who is a potential game-changer along the interior and will be the new face of this defense for years to come.
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5. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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DE Montez Sweat, Mississippi State The Buccaneers improved their defense quite a bit already in free agency by signing a pair of linebackers – Shaq Barrett and Deone Bucannon – plus safety Kentrell Brice. They still need a difference-maker coming off the edge (which are very hard to find) and Sweat is that.
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6. New York Giants

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QB Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State The Giants need to find their future QB and I believe they turn the page on the Eli Manning era and take strong-armed Haskins. He’s a pocket passer who completed 70 percent of his passes and tossed an eye-popping 50 TDs in 2018. He’ll sit behind Eli for a year and then they’ll turn him loose.
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7. Jacksonville Jaguars

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T Jawaan Taylor, Florida The Jaguars could go in a number of directions here but because they signed QB Nick Foles and paid him a lot of money, they’ll protect their investment with Taylor. Some scouts and analysts think the Florida product might be the best tackle in this class. Easy decision here.
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8. Detroit Lions

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DE Rashan Gary, Michigan The Lions must find QB Matthew Stafford some weapons on offense, but with the eighth overall pick, they go defense — coach Matt Patricia’s calling card. Gary, who might’ve been underutilized at Michigan, has the versatility to play both inside and set the edge vs. the run.
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9. Buffalo Bills

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DT Ed Oliver, Houston The Bills acquired some much-needed weapons in free agency for QB Josh Allen in Cole Beasley and John Brown, but they must fill the void left by recently retired Kyle Williams. Enter Oliver, who some think will be a three-technique terror in the NFL. He can be a dominant pass rusher inside.
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10. Denver Broncos

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QB Drew Lock, Missouri Yes, they signed a proven veteran in Joe Flacco, but he’s also 34 and isn’t the long-term solution in Denver. John Elway pulls the trigger on Lock, who has the physical tools, size and strong arm to succeed in the NFL. He can make all the throws.
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11. Cincinnati Bengals

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LB Devin White, LSU The Bengals have a number of needs and might be tempted to take an offensive lineman here, but now that the Vontaze Burfict is out of the picture they take White. The former LSU linebacker is an explosive hitter and shows great anticipation — maybe the best ‘backer in this class.
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12. Green Bay Packers

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DE Clelin Ferrell, Clemson The Packers signed outside linebackers Za’Darius Smith and Preston Smith in free agency and add another quality defensive player to address their pass rush in Ferrell. The Clemson star is an explosive player with a high motor coming off the edge, and can play all three downs.
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*13. Miami Dolphins *

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QB Daniel Jones, Duke The Dolphins have moved on from Ryan Tannehill and signed Ryan Fitzpatrick. That’s called a Band-Aid. They take Jones here and let him sit and learn behind the veteran. The 6-foot-5 Jones is more accurate than the stats suggest; Duke receivers dropped a lot of passes.
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*14. Atlanta Falcons *

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T Cody Ford, Oklahoma The Falcons have a lot invested on the offensive side of the ball — see Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Devonta Freeman and Co. While they’ve addressed the interior by adding two guards in free agency, they must still solidify the right tackle spot — and do so for years to come in Ford. He has outstanding balance and agility for his 6-foot-4, 330-pound frame. Dan Quinn wants nastier players on his team and Ford plays with plenty of nasty.
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15. Washington Redskins

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T Andre Dillard, Washington State The Redskins might be optimistic Alex Smith will play again, he remains a question mark. They addressed it by adding veteran Case Keenum. With the QB position solved for the moment, they address another need — offensive line — and take Dillard, who some think is the best pass-blocking left tackle in this class.
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16. Carolina Panthers

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LB Devin Bush, Michigan With Thomas Davis heading to Los Angeles, the Panthers are ecstatic to see Bush here and snatch him up. The former Wolverines star clocked a 4.4 40 in Indy and is strong against the run and can also play on third down.
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17. New York Giants (via Cleveland)

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G/T Jonah Williams, Alabama The Giants’ offensive line has been a work in progress the last few seasons (translation: it hasn’t been very good) and they continue the run on offensive linemen here taking Williams. The 6-foot-5, 301-pounder played tackle at Alabama but could end up playing guard in the NFL.
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18. Minnesota Vikings

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G Chris Lindstrom, Boston College The Vikings know they must address the offensive line and take the quick-footed Lindstrom, a player many scouts believe can step right in and start because of his experience.
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*19. Tennessee Titans *

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DT Christian Wilkins, Clemson The Titans need some help along the defensive line and take Wilkins, a two-time All-ACC and All-American. Wilkins is known for his penetrating ability, quickness and change of direction.
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*20. Pittsburgh Steelers *

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WR D.K. Metcalf, Mississippi Now that Antonio Brown has taken his talents to Oakland, the Steelers provide Big Ben with another weapon on the outside by taking Metcalf here. The Ole Miss product put on a show in Indy — he has a rare combination of size, speed, physicality, and explosiveness.
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*21. Seattle Seahawks *

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S Chauncey Gardner-Johnson, Florida The Seahawks look to fill the huge void left by Earl Thomas and take Gardner-Johnson here. The former Gator is big, athletic, can blitz, provide run support, play man on big receivers and matches up well against tight ends.
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22. Baltimore Ravens

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DE Brian Burns, Florida State With Terrell Suggs heading to Arizona, the Ravens take Burns here. The former Seminole is an explosive pass rusher with strong hands – a potential game-changer.
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23. Houston Texans

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T Dalton Risner, Kansas State The Texans struggled at times to protect Deshaun Watson and hope that Risner, who is extremely physical and aggressive, will help solve that issue.
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24. Oakland Raiders (via Chicago)

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CB Greedy Williams, LSU Raiders GM Mike Mayock knows you can’t ever have enough good cornerbacks in this league and takes Williams out of LSU, who is tall and long. Some scouts think Williams might be the top-rated corner in this class.
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25. Philadelphia Eagles

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RB Joshua Jacobs, Alabama With Jay Ajayi and Darren Sproles set to become free agents, the Eagles take Jacobs. The former ‘Bama back is a physical runner who can also catch coming out of the backfield.
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26. Indianapolis Colts

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DT Dexter Lawrence, Clemson The Colts are more than happy to see Lawrence still on the board take the Clemson star who suffered an injury at the combine and didn't get to test. Some draft experts think he should be a top-half pick in this draft.
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27. Oakland Raiders (via Dallas)

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DE Jaylon Ferguson, Louisiana Tech The defensive overhaul continues. After taking Quinnen Williams and Greedy Williams, the Raiders take Ferguson here — one of the best edge rushers in this class. He led the nation with 17.5 sacks and finished with 64 tackles, three pass breakups, and two forced fumbles.
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28. Los Angeles Chargers

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LB Mack Wilson, Alabama Three Chargers linebackers ended up on injured reserve in 2018 – and the group struggled vs. the Patriots in the playoffs. They’ve added Thomas Davis and now Wilson, who is expected to be a quality three-down starter on the next level.
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29. Kansas City Chiefs

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S Deionte Thompson, Alabama The Chiefs need to find Eric Berry’s successor on the back end and take Thompson, a physical, athletic and aggressive safety who can lower the boom.
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30. Green Bay Packers (via New Orleans)

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WR Marquise Brown, Oklahoma With Randall Cobb out of the picture (he signed with the Cowboys), the Packers give Aaron Rodgers another weapon in Brown, who might just be the best deep threat in this class. Some refer to Brown as a DeSean Jackson clone.
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31. Los Angeles Rams

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DT Jeffery Simmons, Mississippi State The Rams signed LB Clay Matthews and now add Simmons, who is surprisingly still on the board and considered a top-10 talent before tearing his ACL after the season. With Ndamukong Suh’s future in doubt, this pick makes even more sense.
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*32. New England Patriots *

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TE T.J. Hockenson, Iowa We now know the answer regarding Rob Gronkowski’s future, who announced his retirement over the weekend. Gronk was truly one of a kind and is a future Hall of Famer, but Hockenson has drawn to comparisons to both him and Chiefs star Travis Kelce. That’s pretty good company.

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