2013 NFL Draft Grades: Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons Draft Grade:
Round 1, #22 – CB Desmond Trufant, Washington – Grade: A
-The Falcons made a smart trade up here to land Trufant here. He was the second best corner in the draft and fills a major need for the Falcons as they look to rebuild their secondary.
Round 2, #60 – CB Robert Alford, SE Louisiana – Grade: B+
-Though they had other pressing needs, the Falcons doubled up at corner. That isn’t the worst idea considering their depth chart and the potential Alford brings, but it is slightly risky.
Round 4, #127 – DE Malliciah Goodman – Clemson – Grade: B-
-Goodman is a nice addition here as he adds to the Falcons defensive end rotation. He’s a solid player and should at least boost the Falcons depth.
Round 4, #133 – TE Levine Toilolo, Stanford – Grade: C+
-Tight end was definitely a need for the Falcons, but Toilolo is a reach at this point. He’s got intriguing size, but there were better tight ends on the board.
Round 5, #153 – DE Stansly Maponga, TCU – Grade: C+
-Definitely a reach pick here, but Maponga has some natural pass rushing ability that could help the Falcons out down the road.
Round 7, #243 – DB Kemal Ishmael, Central Florida – Grade: C+
-Atlanta adds some safety depth here which was definitely a need going forward.
Round 7, #244 – S Zeke Motta, Notre Dame – Grade: B
-The Falcons doubled up on safeties here and got some nice value. Motta has some future potential and should be a star contributor on Special teams.
Round 7, #249 – QB Sean Renfree, Duke – Grade: B-
-The Falcons could use a quality back-up quarterback to Matt Ryan. Renfree may never develop into a starter, but he’s got a high floor and should at least be an adequate back-up. He’s the type of guy who could be back-up in this league for 10+ years given his poise, leadership and accuracy.
-Given their extra picks I would have liked to seen the Falcons maybe get more aggressive in this draft. I liked them trading up in the first round, but felt they maybe should have done that again in the 2nd round. Alford is a nice player, but essentially the Falcons spent their first three round picks on corners. Add in the two safeties drafted later and that is a bit of overkill for the secondary. The Falcons added a pair of defensive ends which was needed, but they aren’t likely to make a huge impact this year. Overall solid draft by the Falcons, but maybe not the overall impact they were hoping for.