By Scott Carasik
The Atlanta Falcons have quite a few roster needs in 2019, despite some recent articles suggesting otherwise. Even with the projected fourth and fifth-round compensatory selections for the losses of Dontari Poe and Taylor Gabriel, Atlanta could still look to add more picks come draft day to help fill out the roster in a cost-effective manner.
Recently, Trevor Sikkema of The Draft Network brought up an interesting scenario for the Falcons in his latest 2019 NFL mock draft. He has Atlanta trading the No. 14 overall pick and fourth-round pick to the Browns for a three-spot drop to No. 17 and two third-round picks.
They also somehow still get fan favorite Ed Oliver out of Houston at prime value. Using his mock draft as a template, the Falcons could end up having a draft with five picks within the first 100 selections. Our latest seven-round Atlanta mock draft is based on this scenario.
There’s a lot of buzz about Ed Oliver going lower than his talent level would suggest and it all has to do with him being undersized. A lot of NFL coaches don’t know what to do with a guy who’s 6-foot-2, 285 pounds playing defensive tackle. Dan Quinn isn’t one of those NFL coaches. Oliver would do nothing outside of his comfort zone in Atlanta. He’d play in the 3-technique (lined up between the guard and tackle) almost every play and would be asked to either penetrate against the run or burst through the line to get to the...