Let’s conclude our series of first-round draft options for each NFC South team with the Atlanta Falcons.
They currently are scheduled to draft No. 30 overall. Here are the top three options I see for the Falcons at that spot:
Desmond Trufant, cornerback, Washington: As long as he lasts this long, this pick makes total sense for the Falcons. They have a glaring need at cornerback and Trufant plays with the same swagger/feistiness that Atlanta cornerback Asante Samuel and linebacker Sean Weatherspoon do. If Trufant is gone, Mississippi State’s Johnthan Banks could come into play. He’s a plus-sized corner who could match up well with some of the big receivers and tight ends in the NFC South.
Kyle Long, offensive tackle, Oregon: Everyone seems to be assuming automatically that the Falcons are ready to hand the starting right tackle job to Lamar Holmes after releasing veteran Tyson Clabo. That may be the case. But I don’t know for sure that the Falcons think Holmes is ready.
Zach Ertz, tight end, Stanford: Cornerback and right tackle are more immediate needs. But if Trufant and Long are gone, the Falcons could opt to get the eventual successor to Tony Gonzalez while they have the chance.