Falcons 3 Biggest NFL Draft Needs Following Free Agency

Max Staley
Dante Fowler was a great addition to the Falcons' D-Line, but that unit could still use more help.
Dante Fowler was a great addition to the Falcons' D-Line, but that unit could still use more help. / John McCoy/Getty Images
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The Atlanta Falcons have had a relatively quiet, though admittedly solid, offseason. Franchise mainstays like Vic Beasley and Austin Hooper are gone, though the team has done a great job replacing them with talent like Dante Fowler and Hayden Hurst.

But contributors like Devonta Freeman and Desmond Trufant have also left town, and the team is still looking for replacements, or upgrades, at a ton of key positions. With that in mind, let's break down the Falcons biggest needs heading into the 2020 NFL Draft.

1. Cornerback

The Falcons need to find a replacement for Desmond Trufant.
The Falcons need to find a replacement for Desmond Trufant. / Todd Kirkland/Getty Images

As mentioned above, the Falcons lost Trufant this offseason, and adding a replacement for him should be a top priority. Last season, the team had the eighth-worst pass defense, according to Football Outsiders' DVOA metrics. That unit is only poised to get worse without Trufant, and the team will need upgrade its secondary if it hopes to compete in a division that boasts Tom Brady and Drew Brees.

2. Guard

Atlanta could use an upgrade at guard this offseason.
Atlanta could use an upgrade at guard this offseason. / Norm Hall/Getty Images

There has been a story about the Falcons boasting 11 first-round picks on their offense. While that's true, James Carpenter received some really poor marks from Pro Football Focus in 2019, posting a 45.3-overall grade. Despite his draft pedigree, that's undoubtedly a position Atlanta will hope to upgrade on, whether its via free agency or the draft.

3. Pass-Rusher

Takkarist McKinley and Dante Fowler could form a nice duo on the edge.
Takkarist McKinley and Dante Fowler could form a nice duo on the edge. / Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

Takkarist McKinley and newcomer Dante Fowler will be a great duo off the edge, as the two racked up a combined 15 sacks last season. Still, the team could use a couple more rotational pass-rushers. Outside of McKinley, no edge rusher that's still with the team racked up more than 1 sack in 2019. Adding a rotational option could help take pressure off McKinley and Fowler, allowing them to stay fresh when it matters most.


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