Posted April 18, 2014

Atlanta Falcons Mock Draft Tracker

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Atlanta Falcons 2014 NFL Mock Draft Tracker: Greg Robinson, Auburn

Greg Robinson, Auburn (Todd Kirkland/Icon SMI)

What will the Atlanta Falcons do in the 2014 NFL draft? Keep track of all the predictions made in our mock drafts leading up to Round 1 on May 8.

April 17, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 7.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 6: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

We said: As luck would have it, the Falcons stay put at No. 6 — watching Tampa Bay and Minnesota leapfrog them in trades — and still get their choice of offensive tackles. Clowney or Mack might be the preferred option, but this is far from a disappointing fallback plan. If the Rams do not stay put at No. 2 and take a tackle, Matthews or Robinson are likely to be on the board for Atlanta’s pick. In Matthews, the Falcons land a more polished product for a team hoping to engineer a quick turnaround.

April 10, 2014  2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.0 (Don Banks)

Round 1, pick 6: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo

We said: Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff has all but worn a sandwich board advertising Atlanta’s interest in trading up from No. 6, presumably for Clowney, who has the pass-rush-starved Falcons drooling and dreaming. But if the No. 1 Texans foil those intentions by taking Clowney themselves, Atlanta should be well-satisfied to sit tight and let either Mack or one of the two premier offensive tackles, Matthews or Robinson, fall to it. Either way the Falcons check off a major need and give up nothing in return.

April 1, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.0 (Doug Farrar)

Round 1, pick 6: Anthony Barr, OLB/DE, UCLA

We said: The Falcons spent a lot of money on their defensive line in free agency with the additions of Paul Soliai and Tyson Jackson, but this team has lacked a young, consistent pass rusher throughout the Thomas Dimitroff/Mike Smith era. Barr, though a relatively undeveloped player, has the unquestionable physical attributes to change that. The former running back has the speed, agility and lateral burst to become a top-level pass rusher; he now needs to get his next-level technique together and become better against the run.

March 25, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 6.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 6: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo

We said: The Falcons have to decide if they want to cross their fingers or get aggressive to acquire some defensive pop. With a switch to a 3-4 defense apparently in the cards, an edge rusher is an obvious need. And should both Clowney and Mack be elsewhere by this spot, trading back would be the ideal play.

March 18, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 (Don Banks)

Round 1, pick 6: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo

We said: If the Falcons don’t make a bid to move up to No. 2 in pursuit of Clowney, a very satisfying consolation prize would be Mack at No. 6, a player who could provide a jolt of electricity to the pass rush and three-down skills at outside linebacker. In free agency the Falcons focused like a laser on toughening up their two lines, adding the likes of guard Jon Asamoah, and defensive linemen Paul Soliai and Tyson Jackson. Now it’s time to add a disruptive, playmaking force to the Atlanta linebacking corps, which is expected to lead the way in the Falcons’ new 3-4 alignment.

March 5, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 (Doug Farrar)

Round 1, pick 6: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

We said: Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff is one of the league’s brighter minds, but he’s been paying for his misses on both sides of the line. Last season, Lamar Holmes and Sam Baker failed to protect Matt Ryan’s blind side and create openings for the run game. Matthews, as the 2014 draft’s most practiced and polished lineman, should be a plug-and-play option for the next few years.

Feb. 26, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 5.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 6: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

We said: Clowney may be the best fit for the pass rush-deficient Falcons, so much so that they might give one of the top three teams a buzz to gauge trade wishes. Sitting at No. 6 and having the choice between Matthews and Khalil Mack would not be too disappointing as a backup plan. The choice here is Matthews because of how porous the Falcons are on the edges offensively. With how much they throw the football, adding a tackle comfortable dropping into protection would be a huge boost.

Round 2, pick 37: Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, Washington

We said: Atlanta gets its Tony Gonzalez replacement and a guy who should aid the run game with his blocking.

Feb. 19, 2014  – 2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (Don Banks)

Round 1, pick 6: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

We said: Everyone from owner Arthur Blank on down in Atlanta has conceded that the offensive line’s struggles were a big component of the Falcons’ downfall in 2013. After watching quarterback Matt Ryan take a pounding last season, Atlanta should be in position to sit back and let either the gifted Robinson or Texas A&M’s ultra-solid Jake Matthews help them upgrade the offensive tackle situation at No. 6. Robinson is an athletic freak at 6-foot-5, 320 pounds, with both the power to clear holes for the running game and the agility to handle speed rushers in pass protection.

Feb. 6, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (Doug Farrar)

Round 1, pick 6: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn

We said: Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff is one of the league’s most respected personnel men, but his failures on both lines are coming home to roost more and more. This team lacks a consistent pass rusher, can be beaten inside in the run game, and protection is a fairly major issue. In Robinson, the Falcons will at least have a player capable of taking care of Matt Ryan’s blindside and clearing the way in the run game. Robinson is a mauler who needs technical refinement, but the Falcons need to start amassing pure physical talent at the heart of their franchise.

Jan. 9, 2014 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 4.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 6: Khalil Mack, OLB/DE, Buffalo

We said: The Falcons’ pass rush (like its offensive line) was a complete mess in 2013 — it generated just 32 sacks all season, third-worst in the league. Atlanta needs to adjust, both in scheme and in personnel. Mack would upgrade the latter while driving changes to the former. The Seahawks have popularized the “Leo” linebacker position, which combines elements of the DE and OLB positions. Mack could play that role for the Falcons.

Dec. 5, 2013 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 3.1 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 4: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

We said: Disappointing turn of events for the Falcons, who would love to add Clowney. (How about a trade up to Jacksonville’s spot, with the Jaguars sliding down and taking Derek Carr here?) That O-line needs a makeover, too, and Matthews is the best tackle available.

Sept. 24, 2013 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 2.0 (Chris Burke) 

Round 1, pick 22: Khalil Mack, OLB/DE, Buffalo

We said: Mack’s stock shot through the roof with a strong season-opening performance against Ohio State (nine tackles, 2.5 sacks and an interception return for a touchdown). Though undrafted rookie Joplo Bartu has been a pleasant surprise for the Falcons thus far, they could use a disruptive force outside.

April 30, 2013 — 2014 NFL Mock Draft 1.0 (Chris Burke)

Round 1, pick 30: David Yankey, G/T, Stanford

We said: Yankey slid out to tackle from guard for 2012. His NFL future might be back on the interior of the line. Either way, that versatility will only serve to drive up his draft stock. Tennessee’s Antonio Richardson is another tackle to watch.