Five post-free agency needs for the Atlanta Falcons
The Falcons aren't in dire need of a wide receiver, and they just recently signed Leonard Hankerson. With that said, Roddy White turns 34 this season, so finding his future replacement isn't a bad idea. The 2015 NFL Draft has plenty of depth at receiver; look for the Falcons to target someone like Nelson Agholor, Sammie Coates, Rashad Greene or Devin Funchess.
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The Falcons wisely chose to cut Steven Jackson, while also letting Jacquizz Rodgers leave town. This means that Devonta Freeman is looking like the workhorse, with Antone Smith the No. 2 guy. The decision to re-sign Smith this offseason was a good one, as he's the definition of a homerun hitter. While those two are an interesting pairing, I still expect the Falcons to use a mid-round draft pick on a running back like Mike Davis, David Johnson or David Cobb.
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The Falcons currently have Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford as their starters but could absolutely use an upgrade at cornerback. It would be excellent to see Kevin Johnson land in Atlanta, but it's unlikely as he should be gone before their second-round pick. This means that the team could look toward a player like Jalen Collins, Ronald Darby or Marcus Peters. If the Falcons could manage to get Peters in the second round, it would be a huge steal.
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The Falcons are at least attempting to address their need for a tight end. It seems that Levine Toilolo isn't the answer, but Atlanta signed by Jacob Tamme and Tony Moeaki in free agency. Are either of those the long-term answer? It's pretty unlikely, but Moeaki is an interesting guy to take a flier on. With that said, if the Falcons can manage to land a guy like Maxx Williams, it could be a huge steal. If they choose to wait on tight end or Williams isn't available with their second pick, they could target Clive Walford or Nick O'Leary a round or two later.
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Dante Fowler Jr., Vic Beasley, Randy Gregory, Shane Ray, Bud Dupree. These are all names to watch for at pick No. 8 for the Falcons. Atlanta is almost locked in to go with a pass-rusher with their top pick, even after re-signing Kroy Biermann. The Falcons badly need help getting to the quarterback and there are plenty of great options in the 2015 draft. Look for one of those names above to end up as a Falcon.