Atlanta Falcons draft grades

Round 1: Keanu Neal (SS)  

Grade: A-

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Neal is a nasty physical safety who will be the backbone of the Falcon’s secondary. There have been a lot of comparisons to Kam Chancellor of the Seahawks. Neal will most likely be the same player as Quinn will coach him up. Looking back in a couple of years this could be one of the best picks in round one. I expect a monster rookie year from Neal. He will be a play maker for many years in Atlanta.

 

Round 2: Deion Jones (LB)

Grade: A-

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You talk about a fan favorite pick in the second round. Deion Jones from LSU is a fast linebacker with amazing athletic abilities. You cannot teach speed and athleticism. Jones is Atlanta’s Bobby Wagner as he has the same scouting report, and physical attributes as Wagner coming out of college. Both were deemed undersized, but look at Wagner now. I’m willing to bet Jones gets the call to start day one, and he will be a key player to watch throughout the season. The Falcons had a need for speed. Excellent pick on day 2.

 

Round 3: Austin Hooper (TE)

Grade: B+    

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There is no denying Falcon fans miss the great Tony Gonzalez. The Falcons have been missing a key Tight End ever since Tony Gonzalez’s absence. Well they found there guy here in the third round. In a weak tight end class this year the Falcons grabbed one of the top-notch tight ends in the draft. Hooper dominated at Stanford. Hooper will get to work immediately under Kyle Shanahan to help spread the field, and be a key new target for Matt Ryan. I gave this a B+ because i don’t expect Hooper to dominate defenses in his first year, however working with Matt Ryan this kid’s future looks bright.

 

Round 4: De’Vondre Campbell (LB)

Grade: C+ 

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De’Vondre Campbell is a project for Quinn, and his staff. I’m not saying Campbell is a bad player so don’t get me wrong here. He will see limited snaps in a situation role most likely in his rookie year. Campbell has nice pass rushing skills to be a linebacker, and his attributes are almost identical to K.J Wright of the Seahawks as well as his scouting report. Quinn is a teacher, and I expect him to polish Campbell. Campbell was one of the most athletic linebackers in this draft class. He is the type of guy we can watch grow up in front of us, and become a key player on this defense. As he develops he has a chance to be a starter in the next two years.

 

Round 6: Wes Shweitzer (OL)

Grade: C+ 

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Well not much is really known on this kid Shweitzer. We know he played left tackle at San Jose St. all four years as a starter. The Falcons will use him as a guard. As of this second he is a backup, and purely depth. That could change in the future as he will most likely compete with Mike Person for the starting role. However it’s never a bad thing to add depth at the least. He will be a player to watch going in to camp.

 

Round 7: Devin Fuller (WR)

Grade: B-  

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The Falcons needed to add WR depth. They did, and they got Devin Fuller who is an explosive return man. Fuller had 194 return yards in a game against BYU. Fuller is a very fast receiver, and its never a bad thing to add speed in the slot. We will have to see how his camp goes, but he will be competing to be the return man, and try to be the slot receiver. He’ll have to compete with Justin Hardy for that spot however. It’s likely we’ve found a great value receiver in round 7.

 

Overall draft grade: B+ 

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