17. Atlanta Falcons- Emmanuel Ogbah, DE, Oklahoma State
Despite using last year’s 1st round pick on Vic Beasley, the Atlanta Falcons lacked a consistent pass rush. Beasley needs to show more than he did as a rookie, but more talent needs to be brought in to help. Oklahoma State’s Emmanuel Ogbah is a rare athlete who is starting to just scratch the surface of his potential.
Ogbah features a rare combination of size, thickness and athleticism. He’s able to power through a blocker or use speed to attack the edge. Ogbah is still learning how to play the game, but took a huge step in his development over the past year.
His ability to hold at the point of attack and play the run makes him a strong candidate to pair with the smaller Beasley.
Atlanta’s offense sputtered in the second half of the season and was arguably the more disappointing unit. The Falcons need to bolster the pass-catching talent where Roddy White is a shell of his former self.
TCU’s Josh Doctson is a big-play receiver who can make plays down the field. He’d make defenses pay for double teaming Julio Jones.
It might be a little early, but Arkansas’ Hunter Henry would finally give the Falcons a talented replacement for Tony Gonzalez at tight end.
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