ESPN Insider's NFL draft experts are here to provide a full recaps of every team. Wes Schweitzer has made more than 20 starts over the last two seasons and De’Vondre Campbell has started in 39 of the 43 games he has appeared in. Jones, Keanu Neal, and Austin Hooper have all made at least one Pro Bowl in their first three seasons wearing the Red & Black. On its face, this draft looks like another head-scratcher. He has the ability to diagnose quickly, meaning he gets an early break on the ball. Although Jones didn't have a lot of starting experience at LSU, his speed is such an asset and something the Falcons sorely need at inside linebacker. He brings a physical edge that defensive coordinator Richard Smith will welcome and need to infuse within the defense. Login Register. He played for current Falcons assistant offensive line coach Keith Carter, who was San Jose State's offensive line coach/run-game coordinator. Inside journey of Steelers' Chase Claypool, from Canada to NFL record books, Week 6 Love/Hate: Reinvent your fantasy football season with a new format, Everton, Liverpool, VAR serve up Merseyside derby with everything ... except fans, How Luka compares to LeBron, Magic and Bird, Sue Bird turns 40: The evolution and revolution of Seattle's point guard, Helwani: It's never easy with Conor McGregor and the UFC, but end result is always worth it, Broncos RB Gordon, TE Fant out against Patriots, Ex-Angels employee indicted in Skaggs' OD death, Catarina Macario ready for new chapter with USWNT, Vietnam officially cancels debut F1 race for 2020. Sports Illustrated:D “The Falcons’ personnel brain trust of Scott Pioli and Thomas Dimitroff has had iffy results in the last few drafts, with Dimitroff as the more tenured veteran in the organization. I feel like [secondary coach] Marquand Manuel can really help me out as a person and a player. ``And that was one of things that I knew I needed to work on because I have the skill-set to be a dominant pass-rusher.'' Last year is was cornerback Akeem King, who showed some flashes in limit duty as a rookie. Mainly, he did not have the instincts to play linebacker in the NFL. Hooper performed well at the combine and the Falcons were elated he was sitting there with the 81st pick in the third round. The Falcons did little to address their defensive line needs, instead, spending the 17th pick on (Keanu) Neal, who looks like a reach there. While the Falcons drafted another Stanford tight end in 2013, Levine Toilolo, he was turning out to be a much better blocking tight-end than he was a pass catcher. The Falcons are not fully sold on their guard situation, particularly on the right side. "I'm not coming in to sit or redshirt or wait. Buccaneers, Saints, Falcons.
And they didn't have confidence in Kemal Ishmael to step in as the starter. In the Cover 3 scheme, Jones' speed can be utilized as he drops in coverage and closes on the ball. Round 1, pick 17: Keanu Neal, S, Florida | Highlights Here is what he said about the Falcons about a week ago when asked if Atlanta was the best fit: "For me, schematically, yes. However, Dan Quinn was looking for another Kam Chancellor-type safety to add to the mix. So, expect him to improve his blocking with time. How have the Atlanta Falcons fared in the 2016 NFL Draft? Veteran Chris Chester was re-signed to a one-year contract but is coming off shoulder surgery with no definite timetable for a full recovery. Atlanta Falcons select linebacker De’Vondre Campbell in fourth round of 2016 NFL Draft, Atlanta Falcons select G Wes Schweitzer in sixth round of 2016 NFL Draft, Top 15 Best First-Round Draft Picks All-Time, Atlanta Falcons: Deion Jones will run Paul Worrilow out of town, Desmond Trufant's Contract Option Picked Up by Falcons, Atlanta Falcons News: Pass rush still a concern after 2016 NFL Draft, Atlanta Falcons 2016 scouting report: LB De'Vondre Campbell. Neal was named to the all-rookie team in 2016 and made the Pro Bowl in 2017. AP Defensive Player of the Year: Khalil Mack. Build your custom FanSided Daily email newsletter with news and analysis on Atlanta Falcons and all your favorite sports teams, TV shows, and more.
You wonder if the Falcons had maybe just a little hesitation after taking another LSU player, cornerback Jalen Collins, in the second round last season then seeing Collins struggle as a rookie.
What might hurt Jones is he's not the most instinctive player. The rest of this class might not be able to start over the next few years, something that doesn’t bode well for a team in need of talent.” – Matt Verderame. Already an ESPN+ subscriber? Jones has never lived up to expectations as a pass rusher with just five sacks to his name over three seasons. Toilolo can continue to carve out his niche as a blocker, he could stick. After losing their initial 5th round pick for pumping in fake crowd noise at the Georgia Dome, the Falcons made one draft day trade in 2016 when they sent the 50th overall pick to the Houston Texans in exchange for the 2016 52nd overall and the 2016 195th overall (in the sixth round). Having two different offensive coordinators in his first two seasons did not help Hooper. The coaching staff is authentic. On its face, this draft looks like another head-scratcher. Your favorite teams, topics, and players all on your favorite mobile devices. ESPN Insider's NFL draft experts recap the 2016 draft for the Atlanta Falcons, including Mel Kiper's draft grades, Todd McShay's favorite pick and more. Devin Fuller is the lone draft pick from 2016 that was never able to catch on and that was due to injuries. Even LSU fans were puzzled by this pick. ", Round 2, pick 52: Deion Jones, LB, LSU | Highlights. Deion Jones is the best cover linebacker in the NFL.
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