Who will be the next Peter Konz? Exploring 2nd Round options for the Atlanta Falcons
Jalen Collins, Ra'Shede Hageman, Peter Konz. What do these players have in common? No they did not all go from the Falcons to the XFL. They were all unfortunately ill fated second round picks made by Thomas Dimitroff. This year we don't have the luxury to miss on our first four picks.
Due to the holes on our defense and the misses from past years we really need peak Dimitroff in this draft. We need the alpha male below to step up and help this team rise up in 2020.
Fortunately, when you have so many holes, there are a lot of right answers.
2nd Round Options
The Todd Gurley and Hayden Hurst acquisitions do a lot to solve the issues on offense but we could use upgrades at most of our defensive positions. We had one of the poorest defenses in the league last year and we lost several key contributors such as Adrian Clayborn and De'Vondre Campbell. Going into the draft it would seem that our main positions to target in the second round would be OG, CB, RB and DT.
Below we will explore our preferred option at each position.
Lloyd is a natural center but many believe he would transition very well to a guard as well. With Mack being near the end of his Falcons career this pick would allow the team flexibility with the center and guard position after this year. Lloyd is noted for his strength and should be able to handle the rush of the middle that we had so many problems with last year. Cushenberry is a quality blocker in the passing game and has the quickness to be an effective blocker in the run game.
He had a nice career at Alabama and would have probably been a top 20 pick if he would have came out last year. He projects to be a nose tackle and would be a great fit to bring in and put next to Grady Jarrett. He should help anchor against the run defense and provide enough of an issue inside to create opportunities for Takk and Fowler on the outside. This would be my preferred pick if he is still available for the Falcons in round 2. His sack numbers have been down from his high in 2017 of 8.5 but I believe he would be a pick that would be a huge upgrade in the middle.
I know we just signed Todd Gurley but it is for one year and we don't know how much he has left or if he is a long term option. Dobbins would seem to be a perfect back to come in as a rookie and serve as the number 2 back behind Gurley. The Gurley deal allows him to reprove his value and it is hard to believe the team would be looking to pay full market value after this year. Dobbins had over 2000 yards last year and 21 tds. He is my favorite rb in this draft and I would be very happy to go into 2020 with him as the rb of the future. With Gurleys' injury history the future could come before you know it.
This was the most difficult picks because i still have nightmares of a former LSU CB we drafted in the second round with drug issues who will remain nameless. Fulton is a very athletic CB who most believe can step in at Nickle and contribute from the beginning. Since we released Trufant we are really desperate for someone who can come in and play immediately. We will probably go with a CB in round 1 but this would be a decent pick in the second round.
The Falcons have a variety of options in the second rounds. Where do you think they go with their 47th pick in the NFL Draft? Let us know on Twitter @atlsportpodcast and be sure to tune into the Podcast each week! Interested in our thoughts on our potential first round pick? Check out our post HERE.