Atlanta Falcons Head Coach Dan Quinn would much rather install his game plan for Super Bowl LII instead of evaluating talent at the 2018 Senior Bowl. However, he and General Manager Thomas Dimitroff have a plethora of needs they must fill as they head into the offseason.
Atlanta currently holds the 26th pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Last year, the Falcons selected linebacker Duke Riley and defensive back Damontae Kazee, both of whom participated in last year’s Senior Bowl. In addition, Matt Ryan, Robert Alford, Desmond Trufant, Grady Jarrett, Justin Hardy and Deion Jones previously participated in the Senior Bowl.
“We look at a number of guys,” Quinn told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “For me, I can’t look at everybody here, but because of the scouting staff and what they know, I’ve got a number of guys that I can dial in on.
“At this (North team) practice, these are the four or five guys that I want to leave with an evaluation that I really free strongly about. There will be some other guys that catch your eye, but when I leave after a couple of days of practice, I have a very good sense of those players, that they said, ‘Dan, we’d really like you to dig in on these guys.’”
Guards Isaiah Wynn (Georgia) and Colby Gossett (Appalachian State, North Forsyth HS) are possible targets to shore up a position left wanting by many fans. Wes Schweitzer, Andy Levitre and Ben Garland under-performed at key moments during the season. It is certain the Falcons will spend a pick on a Guard, when it happens is to be determined.