C Mack, Alex
DE Shelby, Derrick
WR Sanu, Mohamed
LB Weatherspoon, Sean
LB Reynolds, LaRoy
LB Upshaw, Courtney
QB Schaub, Matt
S Neal, Keanu 6’0 211 Florida 1(17)
OLB Jones, Deion 6’0 222 LSU 2(52)
TE Hooper, Austin 6`3 254 Stanford 3(81)
OLB Campbell, De’Vondre 6’3 232 Minnesota 4(115)
G Schweitzwer, Wes 6’4 300 San Jose State 6(195)
WR Fuller, Devin 6’0 194 UCLA 7(238)
TE Perkins, Josh 6’3 219 Washington UDFA
WR Glidden, David 5’8 173 Oklahoma State UDFA
WR Johnson, Daje 5’8 184 Texas UDFA
WR Mckissic, J.D. 5’9 190 Arkansas State UDFA
RB Wilds, Brandon 6’0 215 South Carolina UDFA
FB Ratelle, Will 5’9 252 North Dakota UDFA
G Ahmed, Shahbaz 6’3 303 Temple UDFA
G Elenz, Cody 6’3 290 Lamar(Tx) UDFA
C Reed, Jake 6’3 298 Indiana UDFA
DT Johnson, Corey 6’2 298 Kentucky UDFA
DT Mayes, Chris 6’3 338 Georgia UDFA
DE Dawson, Josh 6’3 263 Georgia UDFA
OLB Green, Torrey 6’2 238 Utah State UDFA
OLB McLennan, Ivan 6’3 238 Washington State UDFA
CB Johnson, Devonte 5’11 180 Weber State UDFA
CB Mims II, David 5’9 184 Texas State University UDFA
CB Neasman-Glover, Sharrod 5’11 206 Florida Atlantic UDFA
CB Poole, Brian 5’9 209 Florida UDFA
CB Sefon, Jordan 5’11 192 St Cloud State UDFA
For the Falcons, this offseason was all about addressing the porus defense, with one glaring exception.
The two big Free Agent moves were Mack at center and Sanu at WR. Both were big time overpays, but of the two Mack will have by far as he is A) a huge upgrade over what they had at the position, and B) will go a long way towards keep Ryan upright and healthy.
The Draft continued the theme of defense, with 3 of the first 4 picks on that side of the ball, but it will take a couple of years to find out just how good this draft actually is.
Neal was a reach at 17, the general thought is that while the Falcons were high on Neal, they would have preferred to trade down from the 17 spot to where Neal might have been better value, but that said he brings an ability to cover TE’s and some attitude to a secondary badly in need of it.
Jones is an undersized MLB who brings elite speed to the table. There are mixed opinions as to the quality of his instincts, coverage and tackling ability, the Falcons apparently feel whatever issues there are can be corrected with coaching, although you wonder if they waffled about taking another LSU talent after watching Collins struggle through last year.
Hooper is yet another attempt to replace Tony Gonzalez, is a good reciever in the red zone but lacks elite blocking skills at this point having not been asked to much of it in college. Stanford has a track record of spitting out decent TE’s. Look for a lot more 2 TE sets from the Falcons this year, as current TE Toilolo excells in that area
Campbell is another reach, being an outside version of Jones, although he doesn’t have the speed he makes up for it with better pass rush skills and atheticism. He might be more of a project, but has the confidence to come in and challenge for playing time.
Schweltzer can play mutliple spots on the line, but proably fits best at guard long term, is experinced as a 3 year starter and has the smarts to contribute sooner rather than later.
Fuller is a converted QB who will provide depth at WR and has the speed and skills to contribute as a return man if Hester gets hurt again or underachieves.
Of the UDFA’s, Johnson and Poole likely have the best chance to stick on talent, although in truth given the state of the defense, anyone on that side of the ball could play their way into a job with a good showing