Falcons pick Jake Matthews in 1st

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The pick: Jake Matthews, offensive tackle, Texas A&M

My take: This was a great pickup for the Falcons, who needed more protection for quarterback Matt Ryan and needed better blocking in the run game. Matthews played both right and left tackle in college, so he's flexible. And he's known as a technician. Matthews has the potential to be the team's best offensive lineman for the next 10 years.

Can't go wrong: The Falcons targeted the top three tackles in the draft: Matthews, Auburn's Greg Robinson, and Michigan's Taylor Lewan. Robinson went No. 2 to the St. Louis Rams. The Falcons would have upgraded no matter which of the three they drafted. They might have gotten the one who will be the best for years to come.

What's next: The Falcons still need a pass-rusher and could essentially trade up, maybe even back into the first round, to land Auburn's Dee Ford. Also keep an eye Boise State's Demarcus Lawrence, who could be available early in the second round. If a top safety is available in the second round, that could make things interesting.