With the fourteenth pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Atlanta Falcons select…
14. Atlanta Falcons: Greedy Williams CB | LSU
Man I really wanted to see Houston’s defensive tackle Ed Oliver make it to the Falcons here at pick #14, but after his dominant pro day workout there’s no way he lasts this long. Most mock drafts I’ve seen have the Falcons taking an offensive lineman such as Alabama’s Jonah Williams here and I guess it makes sense when you think about it. Starting quarterback Matt Ryan was sacked 42 times last season, second worst of his career. This offense also finished 27th in rushing as they just couldn’t get any push up front. Still, with a healthy Devonta Freeman returning at running back and with the signings Atlanta has made in free agency, including guards James Carpenter and Jamon Brown, this offensive line should perform much better in 2019. Despite some of the offenses struggles, the Falcons still finished top ten, whereas the numbers on the other side of the ball were not so good.
Atlanta’s defense was bad last season, finishing fifth worst in the league. The defensive line is still struggling to create pressure on opposing quarterbacks despite investing its first round picks on two young edge rushers in Tak McKinley and Vic Beasley within the last few years. Grady Jarrett will be back at defensive tackle after getting slapped with the franchise tag, but that other DT spot could use an upgrade. I mentioned Ed Oliver earlier and another name to keep an eye on is Clemson’s Christian Wilkins. While Atlanta should certainly do whatever they can to build up in the trenches, I don’t like the value here at #14 with an interior o-line or d-line. This cornerback draft class has gotten a bad rap and most mocks I’ve seen don’t have a corner coming off the board until the mid to late 20s. I call bs. I’m saying it now, at least one, possibly two corners will be drafted within the first twenty picks come draft night and one of those names to be called will be LSU corner Greedy Williams. LSU has continued to produce top talent cornerbacks over the last decade with names like, Patrick Peterson, TreDavious White, Morris Claiborne, and Donte Jackson. I realize cornerback is not a pressing need for the Falcons but they did lose Robert Alford and Brian Poole in the offseason and while they snagged Isaiah Oliver in the second round last year. more depth is needed. Let’s not forget that the Falcons didn’t necessarily need wide receiver Calvin Ridley when he was on the board for them last year at pick #26, and look at the stat line he put up in his rookie year (64 rec, 821 yds, 10 tds). I’ve been pretty conventional with my mock draft picks over the years, leaning heavily on the media and “expert” mock drafts for influence. So how’d you do? Well, last year I went 0-32 in the first round… so I think it’s time to shake things up a bit. Oh, did I mention Atlanta has drafted at least one LSU player in the last four straight drafts? I probably should have led with that.