The 2012 NFL Draft is now in the books. The Atlanta Falcons were short on draft picks this season after having to complete their trade last season with the Cleveland Browns in order to move up and acquire WR Julio Jones. Atlanta did not have a selection this season until the 55th overall selection in the second-round. I do not assign draft grades to teams until after players actually take the field but I will review team selections and decide whether or not they addressed team needs during the NFL Draft.
Atlanta Falcons team needs- OL, CB, LB, TE
The Falcons used their first two selections of the 2012 Draft in order to address an aging offensive line. At number 55 overall, they drafted a versatile offensive guard/center, Peter Konz of Wisconsin, a school which has a rich history of producing quality offensive linemen. In the third-round, Atlanta selected OT Lamar Holmes, a tackle which can play either side of the line.
Atlanta wound up with two fifth-round selections. FB Bradie Ewing and DE Jonathan Massaquoi. Massaquoi can work his way into the starting lineup and become a productive player for Atlanta on the defensive line.
In rounds six and seven, Atlanta selected SS Charles Mitchell and DT Travian Robertson. Expect Mitchell to be a special teams role player with Robertson struggling to make the final roster.
Falcons Grade addressing needs- B- The Falcons addressed their CB need with the signing of veteran CB Asante Samuel prior to the draft. They did a good job at addressing offensive line issues. For the second year in a row, Atlanta ignored the tight end position, Tony Gonzlaez isn’t going to play forever.