PFF draft board: Atlanta Falcons

Which players should Atlanta target in the first three rounds? Plus, PFF's team-specific draft rankings for the Falcons.

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PFF draft board: Atlanta Falcons


PFF is putting together team-specific draft boards for all 32 teams, using our draft rankings and our evaluation of how each player fits in specific schemes.

Included are three ideal targets for each team with their first-, second- and third-round picks, along with the complete interactive team-specific draft board including every player in PFF’s draft rankings.

Here is the entry for the Atlanta Falcons:

Round 1 (17th overall)

Corey Coleman, WR, Baylor

Even with the Mohamed Sanu signing, Atlanta could stand to load up with skill-position talent, as the Julio Jones one-man show is simply not enough. Adding Coleman would provide QB Matt Ryan with another dynamic threat, capable of separating at all levels of the field and creating after the catch.

Leonard Floyd, OLB, Georgia

One of the best fits for the Falcons in the draft, Floyd adds a versatile option, as his dabbling as an off-the-ball linebacker at Georgia can give him an early-down role in the Falcons defense. He’ll then rush off the edge in passing situations, taking advantage of his No. 4 pass-rush grade in the draft class.

Cody Whitehair, G, Kansas State

Whitehair will be an unexciting, yet necessary, pick for some team in the middle of the first round, and the tackle-convert would fit in nicely in Atlanta’s zone scheme. Whitehair was the nation’s top-graded offensive tackle in 2015.

Round 2 (50th overall)

Christian Westerman, G, Arizona State

Westerman is another good fit for Atlanta’s system and he’s one of the best pass-protecting guards in the draft. He’s not as clean as a run-blocker, but he has the athleticism to excel for the Falcons.

Adolphus Washington, DT, Ohio State

The Falcons have tried a number of different options on the defensive line in recent years, and Washington adds another big body who can play either 3-technique defensive tackle or perhaps 1-technique DT in a pinch. He’s not great in any one area, but his +32.0 pass rush grade ranked third in the nation last season.

Su’a Cravens, S, USC

A possible linebacker at the next level, Cravens fits the strong safety position in Atlanta’s system as it’s essentially an in-the-box position. He’s strong all-around, taking on blocks in the run game and showing the instincts to play short zones in coverage.

Round 3 (81st overall)

Nick VanHoose, CB, Northwestern

VanHoose isn’t a fit for every team, but he’s strong in zone coverage and that would fit in nicely in Atlanta’s cover-3 system. He posted the top coverage grade among the cornerbacks in the draft class.

Darius Latham, DT, Indiana

Another interior pass-rushing option, Latham is very good mid-round value as he can step right in as an interior rusher (eighth in the nation in 2015) while he develops as a run defender. He uses his hands well and would slot in as a big 3-technique defensive tackle for the Falcons with the ability to play their 5-technique DE role if necessary.

Kyler Fackrell, DE/OLB, Utah State

Similar to Floyd, Fackrell can work as a base outside linebacker, setting the edge in the run game, while rushing the passer in nickel situations. His +25.3 pass-rush grade on 212 rushes ranked 11th in the draft class, and he proved competent on his 192 drops into coverage (+2.0).

PlayerPositionSchoolPFF Draft BoardAtlanta Falcons Draft Board
Joey BosaEDGEOhio State11
Jalen RamseyCBFlorida State32
Myles JackLBUCLA63
Jared GoffQBCal44
Corey ColemanWRBaylor95
Laremy TunsilOTOle Miss56
Josh DoctsonWRTCU107
DeForest BucknerDIOregon28
Shaq LawsonEDGEClemson119
Ezekiel ElliottRBOhio State710
Cody WhitehairGKansas State1711
Sheldon RankinsDILouisville812
William Jackson IIICBHouston1513
Leonard FloydEDGEGeorgia1914
Chris JonesDIMississippi State1215
Jaylon SmithLBNotre Dame2516
Ronnie StanleyOTNotre Dame1617
Hunter HenryTEArkansas3218
Leonte CarrooWRRutgers3519
Emmanuel OgbahEDGEOklahoma State3719
Sterling ShepardWROklahoma2321
Rashard HigginsWRColorado State4022
Reggie RaglandLBAlabama2623
Jonathan BullardDIFlorida2723
Michael Thomas (OSU)WROhio State2425
Jarran ReedDIAlabama2026
Andrew BillingsDIBaylor2227
Kevin ByardSMiddle Tennessee State5728
Robert NkemdicheDIOle Miss4429
Kalan ReedCBSouthern Miss5630
Michael Thomas (SM)WRSouthern Miss3831
Jason SpriggsOTIndiana4732
Isaac SeumaloGOregon State6732
Vernon HargreavesCBFlorida1834
Carl NassibEDGEPenn State6435
Jack ConklinOTMichigan State1336
Su'a CravensLBUSC4937
Kyler FackrellEDGEUtah State6938
Vernon ButlerDILouisiana Tech3339
Sheldon DayDINotre Dame3439
Joe ThuneyOTNC State5441
Tyler HigbeeTEWestern Kentucky5042
Darron LeeLBOhio State8143
Laquon TreadwellWROle Miss2844
Paxton LynchQBMemphis6045
Nick MartinCNotre Dame4546
Joe SchobertEDGEWisconsin5347
Jeremy CashSDuke5547
Austin JohnsonDIPenn State3949
Karl JosephSWest Virginia3150
Christian WestermanGArizona State8451
Maliek CollinsDINebraska6552
Adolphus WashingtonDIOhio State4353
Xavien HowardCBBaylor8054
Kenneth DixonRBLouisiana Tech4855
Paul PerkinsRBUCLA5155
Nick VanHooseCBNorthwestern8757
Nick KwiatkowskiLBWest Virginia7658
Malcolm MitchellWRGeorgia7059
Daniel BravermanWRWestern Michigan6659
Ryan KellyCAlabama4261
Kevin DoddEDGEClemson7362
Darius LathamDIIndiana8363
Cre'Von LeBlancCBFlorida Atlantic9363
Joshua GarnettGStanford5265
Cyrus JonesCBAlabama7766
Joshua PerryLBOhio State8567
Hassan RidgewayDITexas6168
Carson WentzQBNorth Dakota State1469
Mackenzie AlexanderCBClemson2170
A'Shawn RobinsonDIAlabama4171
Kyle MurphyOTStanford7572
Devin LucienWRArizona State9273
Braxton MillerWROhio State9773
Tyler BoydWRPittsburgh9573
Devontae BookerRBUtah10476
Jerell AdamsTESouth Carolina6377
Shilique CalhounEDGEMichigan State2978
Kevin PetersonCBOklahoma State9479
Javon HargraveDISouth Carolina State7979
Keyarris GarrettWRTulsa6881
Will FullerWRNotre Dame7181
Pharoh CooperWRSouth Carolina10081
Ronald BlairEDGEAppalachian State10381
Joe DahlOTWashington State11385
Kentrell BrothersLBMissouri10985
Bronson KaufusiEDGEBYU7487
Eli AppleCBOhio State3088
Noah SpenceEDGEEastern Kentucky3689
Taylor DeckerOTOhio State5890
Jordan HowardRBIndiana5990
De'Vante HarrisCBTexas A&M7292
Dean LowryDINorthwestern9893
Scooby Wright IIILBArizona4694
Taveze CalhounCBMississippi State14395
Jayron KearseSClemson12296
Will AnthonyEDGENavy11996
Thomas DuarteTEUCLA8898
Willie HenryDIMichigan10199
C.J. ProsiseRBNotre Dame10699
Will RedmondCBMississippi State117101
Tavon YoungCBTemple116101
Austin HooperTEStanford127103
Demarcus RobinsonWRFlorida131103
Justin SimmonsSBoston College91105
Jack AllenCMichigan State124106
Steven DanielsLBBoston College102107
Cody KesslerQBUSC107108
Brandon DoughtyQBWestern Kentucky111108
Nick VigilLBUtah State135110
B.J. GoodsonLBClemson140110
Max TuerkCUSC129113
Aaron BurbridgeWRMichigan State144114
Demarcus AyersWRHouston139114
Le'Raven ClarkOTTexas Tech121116
Joe HaegOTNorth Dakota State118116
Shon ColemanOTAuburn90118
Daniel LascoRBCal134119
Matt IoannidisDITemple126119
Nelson SpruceWRColorado120121
Byron MarshallWROregon123121
Connor CookQBMichigan State99123
Brandon AllenQBArkansas105123
Kamalei CorreaEDGEBoise State78125
Jordan PaytonWRUCLA133126
Jake McGeeTEFlorida125126
Kenny ClarkDIUCLA62128
Vernon Adams, JRQBOregon112128
Kendall FullerCBVirginia Tech132130
Vonn BellSOhio State89131
Anthony ZettelDIPenn State115132
Matt SkuraCDuke114133
David MorganTEUTSA147134
Spencer DrangoGBaylor108135
Alex CollinsRBArkansas86136
Eric MurrayCBMinnesota148137
Nile Lawrence-StampleDIFlorida State142139
Trevone BoykinQBTCU136139
Kevin HoganQBStanford137139
Jeff DriskelQBLouisiana Tech138139
Derrick HenryRBAlabama96143
Terrell ChestnutCBWest Virginia130144
D.J. WhiteCBGeorgia Tech149144
Cory JohnsonDIKentucky150144
Matt JohnsonQBBowling Green110145
Jacoby BrissettQBNC State145146
Darian ThompsonSBoise State82147
Sebastian TretolaGArkansas128148
Artie BurnsCBMiami141149
Nila KasitatiGOklahoma146150

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