Three and out: Atlanta Falcons' 2018 NFL draft needs, prospect fits
In the build-up to the 2018 draft, USA TODAY Sports will take a look at each NFL team's situation and needs.
1. The Falcons have a great young defensive tackle in Grady Jarrett, but they need to find a replacement for both tackle Dontari Poe and end Adrian Clayborn, who both departed in free agency.
Advice: Picking at No. 26 in the first round means the Falcons might miss out on Alabama’s Da’Ron Payne or Washington’s Vita Vea, but they could potentially land Florida’s Taven Bryan or Michigan’s Maurice Hurst.
2. When the Falcons offense is at its best, Julio Jones is being fed plenty as the No. 1 target – but even he can use some help. And with the departure of slot receiver Taylor Gabriel in free agency, the Falcons need a new No. 3 receiver to join Jones and Mohamed Sanu.
Advice: Receivers could fall in this draft, and the Falcons will have an interesting decision to make in the off chance that Alabama’s Calvin Ridley or Maryland's DJ Moore is still on the board late in the first round.
3: Deion Jones and De’Vondre Campbell are both standouts at linebacker, but the position could use even more help and depth with Vic Beasley moving to defensive end full time.
Advice: Falcons coach Dan Quinn is one of the most endlessly optimistic men in the NFL, and he could be the perfect person to bring along UCF’s Shaquem Griffen, who has the heart and skills Quinn craves in his defensive players. If available in the third round, Atlanta could put Griffen's athleticism and pass rushing ability to immediate use.
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