With the 30th pick in the 2013 Dawgs By Nature NFL Community Mock Draft, the Atlanta Falcons select...
D.J. Fluker, OT, Alabama
This selection and write-up was made by Matt Wood:
The Falcons are in a tough spot. They lost their top three Cornerbacks, top pass rusher, and their tight end almost retired. I should be looking at those positions, but Fluker fell into my lap at pick 30.
The Falcons' franchise is Matt Ryan, and as long as he is standing he will make sure that the Falcons are in the playoff hunt. The Birds cut last year's starting RT Tyson Clabo. Fluker will step in and form a nice Tackle combo with LT Sam Baker. We as Browns fans know that solidifying both tackle spots can settle down an offensive line.
Fluker will also be a huge upgrade in the run game, busting open holes for newly signed Steven Jackson. In fact, these two additions could turn around the Falcons weak running attack from last year. The Falcons will have to address pass rush and secondary later on in the draft, but you have to keep Ryan clean and standing.
Atlanta has done a good job staying in the playoff hunt and came so close to making that leap to the Super Bowl in 2012. Will an offensive tackle help get them there? Not in particular, but it's a long-term stability move. If the Falcons are going to get to the Super Bowl, at this point, it just comes down to execution -- they already have the personnel to be in the hunt.
The San Francisco 49ers are up next, led by rufio.
2013 DBN Community Mock Draft Results (so far)
|1||Kansas City||Dee Milliner||CB||Alabama||BuenosAires_Dawg|
|3||Oakland||Luke Joeckel||OT||Texas A&M||TuckJob|
|4||Philadelphia||Eric Fisher||OT||Central Michigan||Chalmdeezy|
|8||Buffalo||Geno Smith||QB||West Virginia||Stigosaurus|
|9||New York Jets||Cordarrelle Patterson||WR||Tennessee||notthatnoise|
|11||San Diego||Lane Johnson||OT||Oklahoma||JamesPowell|
|13||Tampa Bay||Sherrif Floyd||DT||Florida||LessThanJake|
|15||New Orleans||Damonte Moore||DE/OLB||Texas A&M||Ted Washington's Belly|
|16||St. Louis||Tavon Austin||WR||West Virginia||nickjs21|
|19||New York Giants||Alex Okafor||DE||Texas||Red-Right-88|
|20||Chicago||Arthur Brown||LB||Kansas State||PaduaDSP|
|22||St. Louis||Alec Ogletree||LB||Georgia||nickjs21|
|23||Minnesota||Bjoern Werner||DE||Florida State||Legoman0721|
|24||Indianapolis||DeAndre Hopkins||WR||Clemson||Mike Krupka|
|25||Minnesota||Xavier Rhodes||CB||Florida State||Legoman0721|
|26||Green Bay||Johnathan Jenkins||DT||Georgia||Jon Stinchcomb|
|27||Houston||Keenan Allen||WR||California||The B-Train|
|29||New England||Johnathan Hankins||DT||Ohio State||roar888|
|30||Atlanta||D.J. Fluker||OT||Alabama||Matt Wood|