TheFootballExpert has the Falcons taking Peria Jerry, DT, Mississippi with their first round pick.
Atlanta Falcons – Peria Jerry, DT, Ole Miss.
Brandon Pettigrew is tempting as he would provide Matt Ryan not only with another great blocker, but also a huge target to throw to. But with a deep draft of tight ends, the Falcons can afford to pass on a tight end in round 1. With Grady Jackson gone the Falcons have very little at the defensive tackle position. Last year, almost all the experts thought the Falcons would take DT Glenn Dorsey. The Falcons made the right decision with Matt Ryan, but now they get their defensive tackle. A hole at your defensive tackle position is much more of a concern than a hole at your tight end position.
That is better than the Atlanta burns their first round pick on Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma State, mock drafts that I continue to read. According to this article, the Falcons only got 211 yards out of the TE position last year, which was good for dead last.
I like the idea of addressing the TE position in the 3rd or 4th round. I think the Falcons must go defense with the first few selections.