Atlanta focused on line depth with their two 3rd round picks. These picks are far from exciting, however if they pan out, Atlanta should have a couple of new guys for their offensive and defensive rotations.
19(83) Corey Peters DT Kentucky
What he brings: Peters is a one-gap defensive tackle with adequate quickness and ability to find the ball. He also shows pass-rushing capabilities, but he needs to add more moves to his repertoire. He has an inconsistent motor, which is a concern, and he will probably be a rotational guy.
How he fits: Peters fits the mold of the Falcons? attacking style defensive front. Atlanta needed a player like this with the ability to make plays on the move and rush the passer, especially given the fact that last year?s first-rounder, Peria Jerry, missed his rookie season due to a knee injury.
34(98) Mike Johnson OG Alabama – Compensatory Pick
What he brings: Johnson is a very intelligent, instinctive and nimble athlete for the position. He does a good job taking proper initial angles and has great lateral movement to reach or cut off defenders down the line of scrimmage. He could develop a more aggressive and tougher mentality and needs t obe more of a finisher at this point.
How he fits: The Falcons’ offensive line has an abundance of toughness, but the depth is lacking. Johnson can compete for a backup role with Jose Valdez and Quinn Ojinnaka. [ESPN.com]
OG Mike Johnson looks like he will contribute regularly, and at the start of the season. He played both guard and tackle positions, and was graded a decent 6.1 by the NFL.com crew. Not so much for DT Corey Peters, who was graded a rough 2.5 by NFL.com; makes you wonder what the Falcons saw that no one else noticed. To be it is also scary going after someone that takes plays off; has lazy written all over him, and could be a quick ticket out of the NFL.
“Football intelligence is a big part of what we are trying to develop here. Both of our picks today fall in the line with what we are needing on this football team, as far as football intelligent guys, players that are going to handle themselves properly off the field.” — Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff [SportingNews.com]
So there you have it; Mr. Dimitroff went after depth, football intelligence, and character guys. Let’s hope Day Three produces a WR, a future starting TE, and some sort of pass rush. Please.