Atlanta Falcons: 15 best first-round picks of all-time
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By John Buhler

Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)

The Atlanta Falcons have made some outstanding first-round selections in their NFL Draft history. Here are their 15 best first-round picks of all-time.

It’s that time of the year again. The NFL Draft is upon us with all 32 teams aiming to build a better team. The Atlanta Falcons are no different. After making the NFC playoffs in back-to-back seasons in 2016 and 2017, Atlanta stumbled into a disappointing 7-9 campaign in 2018.

Injuries were clearly an issue, but if there is a positive besides a potential return to good health, it is that the Dirty Birds should have a great opportunity to land an excellent collegiate player picking at No. 14. This is an NFL Draft deep in offensive and defensive line talent, as well as capable playmakers in the secondary. Atlanta has needs in all three departments heading into 2019.

Given that the Falcons have almost no cap space to work with in NFL free agency, it really means two things for Atlanta entering the upcoming draft. The first is more obvious in that the Falcons will need to take advantage of their nine picks available to them this spring. The other is not as obvious, but admittedly, a very good problem to...



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