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11-5, 1st in NFC South
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4hVaughn McClure

McKinley: 'Probably got fined' for on-air curse

Falcons first-rounder Takkarist McKinley joked that he "probably got fined already before I even got my contract" for his choice of words during an emotional draft night interview.

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5hTodd McShay

Takkarist McKinley a fine fit in Atlanta

The Falcons needed a pass-rusher to complement Vic Beasley Jr., and in McKinley they got the best motor of any defensive player in this draft

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons first round draft pick Takkarist McKinley answers questions with a picture of his late grandmother right next to him. On video conference. He fulfilled a promise to her to make it to college and the NFL. McKinley said he knows the Falcons were up 25 in the Super Bowl and ran out of gas. He wants to help them get back.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons coach Dan Quinn said he expects first round pick Takkarist McKinley to be ready by training camp coming off major right shoulder surgery. Quinn doesn't anticipate that the rehab will linger into the regular season.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

"Maybe we need a cool down period at the draft," Falcons coach Dan Quinn on Takk McKinley's emotional outburst and F-bomb on national TV after being selected by Falcons, emotions related to fulfilling a promise to late grandmother.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff said team feels comfortable with first round pick Takk McKinley coming off shoulder surgery. Doesn't believe it will hold him back going into 2017 season. Coach Dan Quinn loves McKinley's get off and the way he beats opponent to the punch

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons selected UCLA DL Takkarist McKinley with the 26th overall pick after trading up from No. 31 with Seattle and surrendering third and 7th round picks. McKinley coming off shoulder surgery but expected to be a relentless pass rusher.

Mike Sando ESPN Senior Writer 

Heard this from a GM before the draft, regarding Takkarist McKinley possibly being a very high pick: "Very talented, but just had shoulder surgery. There is a shot he is PUP right out of the gates. I like him, but you are going to take your first pick with a bum shoulder?"

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

The Falcons improve their pass rush by adding Takkarist McKinley from UCLA. Coming off shoulder surgery. Productive speed rusher

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons make trade with Seahawks to move up to No. 26 from No.31. Need a pass rusher

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

DE Charles Harris from Missouri headed to Miami. Falcons liked Harris to enhance the pass rush, and Harris said he would have loved playing alongside Vic Beasley Jr. McKinley from UCLA one of the top pass rushers still on board.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Three Tampa Bay tight ends -- Brate, Myers, and Seferian-Jenkins -- had TDs vs. Falcons last season. Now Bucs drafted a serious TE threat in O.J. Howard to join Mike Evans, DeSean Jackson.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Haason Reddick going to Cardinals at No.13 and Derek Barnett going to Eagles at No. 14 takes away two potential targets for the Falcons. Falcons can hope to see pass rushers Charles Harris or Takkarist McKinley fall to them at No. 31, or move up to get one of them.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

Falcons TE Austin Hooper to me back in December about former Stanford teammate Christian McCaffrey: "On third downs, he'll be a nightmare for any linebacker." Falcons will see McCaffrey, picked by Carolina, twice a year in NFC South. Speedy Deion Jones will be up for challenge.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

The Falcons open the regular season in Chicago. Will it be against Mike Glennon or 2nd overall pick Mitchell Trubisky? Glennon got a lot of money to take a back seat to anyone.

ESPN Staff  

Which player will the Falcons take at No. 31? Here are the final projected picks from Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay, plus the players Louis Riddick and NFL Nation would select: Kiper/NFL Nation – Jordan Willis, DE, Kansas State; McShay – John Ross, WR, Washington; Riddick – DeMarcus Walker, DE, Florida State.

ESPN Stats and Information  

The Falcons struggled to find pass rushing behind Vic Beasley last season. A pass-rusher will be one of the big targets for the team going into the draft.

Vaughn McClure ESPN Staff Writer 

From earlier, former Falcons RB Gerald Riggs will announce the team's 2nd round pick in this year's draft. Current P Matt Bosher will announce the 3rd round pick.

Team Stats

Passing Yards295.33rd
Rushing Yards120.55th
Points For33.81st
Points Against25.427th

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