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2013 DBN Mock Draft: Atlanta Falcons Select D.J. Fluker at No. 30


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)

Pick Team Player Pos School User
1 Kansas City Dee Milliner CB Alabama BuenosAires_Dawg
2 Jacksonville Dion Jordan DE/OLB Oregon Adrock2099
3 Oakland Luke Joeckel OT Texas A&M TuckJob
4 Philadelphia Eric Fisher OT Central Michigan Chalmdeezy
5 Detroit Ezekiel Ansah DE/OLB BYU macdowellm03
6 Cleveland Jarvis Jones OLB Georgia Cedarpoint2k3
7 Arizona Chance Warmack OG Alabama Mudville
8 Buffalo Geno Smith QB West Virginia Stigosaurus
9 New York Jets Cordarrelle Patterson WR Tennessee notthatnoise
10 Tennessee Kenny Vaccaro SS Texas pt_999
11 San Diego Lane Johnson OT Oklahoma JamesPowell
12 Miami Desmond Trufant CB Washington Weeden2Gordon
13 Tampa Bay Sherrif Floyd DT Florida LessThanJake
14 Carolina Star Lotulelei DT Utah rossn2007
15 New Orleans Damonte Moore DE/OLB Texas A&M Ted Washington's Belly
16 St. Louis Tavon Austin WR West Virginia nickjs21
17 Pittsburgh Sheldon Richardson DT Missouri HenryDawg
18 Dallas Jonathan Cooper OG UNC jimkanicki
19 New York Giants Alex Okafor DE Texas Red-Right-88
20 Chicago Arthur Brown LB Kansas State PaduaDSP
21 Cincinnati Jonathan Cyprien SS FIU troy145
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
28 Denver Barkverious Mingo DE LSU KillerNut
29 New England Johnathan Hankins DT Ohio State roar888
30 Atlanta D.J. Fluker OT Alabama Matt Wood
31 San Francisco

32 Baltimore