UCLA linebacker could give Falcons Jack of all trades

The NFL draft is hours away, and rumors are sure to swirl as teams jockey for position.

One of the biggest storylines is the health of UCLA linebacker Myles Jack, who is recovering from a significant right knee injury. There is talk about Jack, a top-five talent, possibly falling out of the top 10 based on the long-term outlook of the knee.

If Jack indeed suffers a significant fall, it would be a no-brainer for the Atlanta Falcons to take him with the 17th overall pick. He visited during the pre-draft process and told ESPN.com he would love to play for his former defensive coordinator, Falcons linebackers coach Jeff Ulbrich.

Coach Dan Quinn is looking for more speed and range at linebacker, and Jack is capable of making plays all over the field. He would be an immediate impact starter, just like owner Arthur Blank is looking for right now.

But what about the long term? That's the issue of debate.

Here are 10 other players to keep an eye for the Falcons, with five drafts picks (none in fifth or sixth rounds right now), in the three-day draft:

Keanu Neal, strong safety, Florida: The Falcons want this guy, and he wants the Falcons. He's another player who could walk in and become and immediate starter after the team previously cut ties with William Moore. If Quinn is trying to establish the same type of defense he had in Seattle, Neal would be his Kam Chancellor.

Leonard Floyd, linebacker, Georgia: Although his slender frame is a concern, Floyd's versatility is what has the Falcons so intrigued. They view him as an inside linebacker capable of covering tight ends such as Greg Olsen across the field while also dominating as a blitzer. He is likely to be gone if the Falcons stay at No. 17.

Shaq Lawson, defensive end, Clemson: Of course the Falcons drafted two Clemson defensive standouts last season in pass-rusher Vic Beasley and nose tackle Grady Jarrett. Lawson would love to reunite with his former teammates. But like Floyd, Lawson is likely to be off the board before the Falcons pick.

Deion Jones, linebacker, LSU: Quinn said improving speed at linebacker a priority. Well, Jones is one of the fastest linebackers around and worked out for the Falcons during the pre-draft process. Jones, from New Orleans, said his father is a die-hard New Orleans Saints fan but would have to get over it if he's drafted by the Falcons.

Joshua Garnett, guard, Stanford: Garnett, is a big, tough, intelligent player who will start a lot of years in the NFL. He's a projected second-rounder, which might be too high for the Falcons' desires. But guard remains a concern despite the re-signing of veteran right guard Chris Chester and the return of left guard Andy Levitre.

Austin Hooper, tight end, Stanford: Everybody's talking about Arkansas' Hunter Henry, who grew up a Falcons fan. But Henry could be off the board in the first round. So, Hooper, who worked out for the Falcons, is a big target who might not be ultra athletic but can catch the ball. He'd be a better red-zone threat than Henry or Ohio State's Nick Vannett.

Kyler Fackrell, linebacker, Utah State: The outside linebacker can also line up and play the traditional defensive end role. Fackell was given a first-round grade by some teams around the league. He might be someone the Falcons have to consider if available in the third round, although he could go in the second.

Trevor Davis, wide receiver, Cal: Davis impressed during his private workout with the Falcons and has drawn comparisons to Emmanuel Sanders. He brings value as a return man as well, and there's uncertainty with Devin Hester coming off toe surgery. Davis is projected to go early on Day 3 (Rounds 4 through7).

Arjen Colquhoun, cornerback, Michigan State: Quinn said he'll always be mindful of two positions: pass-rusher and cornerback. Well Colquhoun, from Ontario, knows how to make plays on the ball. He had a private meeting with the Falcons at Michigan State. Colquhoun is projected to go in the sixth or seventh round.

Moritz Boehringer, wide receiver, Germany: Boehringer has generated a buzz ever since his workout at Florida Atlantic. He visited the Falcons last week and is willing to put on the weight to play tight end. He is a late-round possibility.