Post-Draft Review: Atlanta Falcons
Sean Weatherspoon (Getty Images)
Sean Weatherspoon (Getty Images)
Senior NFL Reporter
Posted May 5, 2010


The Falcons had three top needs coming into last month's draft. They addressed two of them, but was that enough to help get them back to the playoffs?

Pre-Draft Needs: DE, CB, LB
 

Players Added

Round 1-Sean Weatherspoon/LB - He figures to play behind veteran Mike Peterson at WLB this season, but Weatherspoon is capable of backing up all three positions. He'll eventually start and was one of the top linebackers available for this year's draft.


Round 3-Corey Peters/DT - Peters was a high-riser on draft boards within the last few months prior to the draft. His addition should give Atlanta a solid four-man rotation for the interior of their defensive line.


Round 3-Mike Johnson/G - Atlanta was looking to add depth for the interior of their offensive line in this draft. Johnson could push for a starting job as a rookie.


Round 4-Joe Hawley/G - Hawley can be brought along slowly, but he'll challenge for a roster spot as the team's fourth guard.


Round 5-Dominique Franks/CB - The physical defensive back figures to compete for a dime role this season, but could eventually compete for a starting job down the line.


Round 5-Kerry Meier/WR - He's big and physical, but a slow 40-yard dash time at the combine pushed him down draft boards. Still, Meier should challenge for a roster spot as their fourth receiver this season.


Round 6-Shann Schillinger/S - Schillinger is a nice late-round prospect who will take some time to develop his skills.


Post-Draft Needs

Defensive End - They surprisingly didn't select a defensive end in this draft. The hope is that second-year DE Lawrence Sidbury will be able to take a large step in his development as a pass rusher this season opposite veteran DE John Abraham.


Cornerback - After trading veteran CB Chris Houston, that left an opening recently signed CB Dunta Robinson. They didn't add a cornerback until the fifth round.



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