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Author: Jon Kuzma
The Atlanta Falcons have made some good moves this offseason and now with the draft coming up this month. They will have the opportunity to put themselves in a very good position entering the 2016 season. The team made some good upgrades to their offense in free agency by signing Alex Mack and Mohamed Sanu, Now it will be up to General Manager Thomas Dimitroff to upgrade the team via the draft process. The Falcons can do that by improving their number 16th ranked defense. The Falcons were allowing nearly 350 yards a game to opposing offenses. They also were ranked dead last in the league when it came to sacking the quarterback, with only 19 sacks in all of 2015. In order to address those needs the team will have to improve its defensive front. Andrew Billings would be a great addition to the Falcons and he would provide defensive penetration that would help generate sacks for this defense. In the second round the team should go back to defense and select a line backer like Su’a Cravens out of USC. Those two players would go a long way in solidifying Atlanta’s defensive efforts and we all know defense wins championships. In the later rounds look for the Falcons to add a few more offensive players, maybe another wide receiver for Matt Ryan to throw to. At the end of the day though it’s all about defense when it comes to the Atlanta Falcons. They have the pieces to get the job done on offense already. They just need that boost defensively to potentially snag a wildcard in the NFC. The Panthers are tough division rival but the Falcons did start the 2015 season with 5 straight wins. A few more defensive players and those 5 wins could easily turn into 8, 9, or even 10 wins. It’s all about building a football team that plays fundamental football, and fundamental football means dominating the trenches, and stacking as much talent as you can on the defensive side of the ball. Look for the Falcons to go a similar route April 28th in Chicago.
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