Due to the second real-life trade during our mock draft, I was forced to do some patch-work on the picks that have been made thus far, which you can read about here. Ultimately, the only difference in the actual players selected are Wentz now going to the Eagles at No. 2 and Bosa now going to the 49ers at No. 7.
Picking up where we left off, with the No. 17 pick in the 2016 DBN Community NFL Mock Draft, the Atlanta Falcons select...
Shaq Lawson, DE, Clemson
The selection and write-up were made by Mudville:
The Falcons were all over the place last year, winning their first 5 games of the season, before losing to the Saints and then barely squeaking by the Titans. Sitting at 6-1, the Falcons then imploded to lose 6 straight games, including one to the 49ers. They finished the season on a high note by handing the Panthers their only loss of the regular season in week 15.
The Falcons made some noise in the off season by signing Free Agents: Alex Mack, Courtney Upshaw, Derrick Shelby, and Mohamed Sanu. With only 5 picks in this year’s draft (1-4, 7), the Falcons will need to really make them count.
If we thought the Browns had problems getting after the QB last year, then the Falcons pass rush was absolutely atrocious. They ranked dead last in sacks last year with 19 total and their first round draft pick from a year ago, Vic Beasley, led the team last year with a whopping 4 sacks.
Solid at both stopping the run and rushing the passer, Lawson is a disruptive force as evidenced by his NCAA-leading 25.5 tackles for loss last season to go along with his 12.5 sacks. He should be able to step into the starting line-up and complement his former teammate on the other end.
The Indianapolis Coltsare up next, led by fjblessi.
2016 DBN Community Mock Draft Results (so far)
|1||Los Angeles Rams||Jared Goff||QB||California||michael.hamper|
|2||Philadelphia Eagles||Carson Wentz||QB||North Dakota St.||Bizono
|3||San Diego Chargers||Jalen Ramsey||DB||Florida State||Crawford_T|
|4||Dallas Cowboys||Ezekiel Elliot
||Manly and Loving It|
|5||Jacksonville Jaguars||DeForest Buckner||DE||Oregon||Bob Stalnaker|
|6||Baltimore Ravens||Laremy Tunsil||OT||Ole Miss||pt_999|
|7||San Francisco 49ers||Joey Bosa||DE||Ohio State||apocrylle|
|8||Cleveland Browns||Myles Jack||OLB||UCLA||Robo Dawg|
|9||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||Vernon Hargreaves III||CB||Florida||Ezweav|
|10||New York Giants||Ronnie Stanley||OT||Notre Dame||mrwhitman|
|11||Chicago Bears||Jack Conklin||OT||Michigan State||Barnestorm|
|12||New Orleans Saints||Sheldon Rankins||DT||Louisville||Rube Sports
|13||Miami Dolphins||William Jackson III||CB||Houston||Brocolis154033|
|14||Oakland Raiders||Andrew Billings||DT||Baylor||makeaplay59|
|15||Tennessee Titans||Taylor Decker||OT||Ohio State||aszabo1|
|16||Detroit Lions||Laquon Treadwell||WR||Ole Miss||Mean Ol' Pete|
|17||Atlanta Falcons||Shaq Lawson||DE||Clemson||Mudville|
|20||New York Jets||troy145|
|22||Houston Texans||Royce Groff|
|26||Seattle Seahawks||Southern Cali Dog|
|27||Green Bay Packers||Matt Wood|
|28||Kansas City Chiefs||Ted Washington's Belly|
|30||Carolina Panthers||Suppa Bob|
|32||Cleveland Browns||Adam Rice|