Needs: DL, LB, S, CB
The Falcons nabbed the offensive rookie of the year last season in QB Matt Ryan, what does this years draft hold for them? A defensive player, for one. The Falcons offense is solid at every position (but, could use a little more help at receiver) therefore, the Falcons should look to replenish their defense that gave up nearly 350 yards per game.
Choice #1: Peria Jerry, DT, Mississippi
Jerry is excellent value and can lend a hand with rush defense. The Falcons gave up 127.5 rushing yards a game last season and 17 touchdowns on the ground. Jerry is explosive and can be an interior lineman or could be moved outside to be a pass rusher. Either way, the paring of Peria Jerry and sackmaster John Abraham could turn to be a nightmare for opposing offenses.
Choice #2: Louis Delmas, S, Western Michigan
If the Falcons are satisfied with their current defensive line, their secondary is the next place they should look to build upon. The Falcons pass defense was ranked 21 in the league last year. Louis Delmas is the highest rated safety in the draft and should be available at pick number 24. Delmas plays bigger than his 5 foot 11 size, notching 111 tackles in 2008. Delmas was also named All-MAC first team in 2008. The fact that he played for a mid-major school brings in the question: was his competition up to par?