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With the defensive-minded Dan Quinn taking over as the head coach of the Falcons, Atlanta needed a defense-heavy draft filled with talent to give Quinn the personnel he needs to execute his schemes like he did as the defensive coordinator in Seattle. The Falcons got plenty of defensive firepower as well as some extremely productive offensive players that can really give QB Matt Ryan a much-needed hand.
Here is the Falcons’ 2015 draft class:
Round 1, Pick 8 – LB Vic Beasley – Maybe the best pure-athlete in the entire draft, Beasley has the size and speed of some of the all-time greats. The question is whether he can translate that into a transition into the 3-4 defense of Dan Quinn.
Round 2, Pick 42 – CB Jalen Collins – Considered a first round prospect by many, Collins is a great cover corner and the kind that a defensive mind like Dan Quinn needs to run his defenses to perfection.
Round 3, Pick 73 – RB Tevin Coleman – At long last the Falcons have a young stud RB who can take the pressure of QB Matt Ryan. They got an absolute steal in Coleman, who finished 2nd in the NCAA in rushing yards in 2014.
Round 4, Pick 107 – WR Justin Hardy – An extremely productive receiver out of East Carolina, Hardy would make an excellent slot receiver or even a decent returner.
Round 5, Pick 137 – NT Grady Jarrett – Dan Quinn still needs defensive linemen to run his defense and Jarrett is certainly big enough to fit the bill.
Round 7, Pick 225 – OT Jake Rodgers – A nice camp body out of Eastern Washington, but very little chance of earning a starting job.
Round 7, Pick 249 – DB Akeem King – Though versatile, King will struggle to make the roster.