Falcons pick Dezmen Southward in 3rd

May, 9, 2014
May 9
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videoFLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The pick: Dezmen Southward, S, Wisconsin.

My take: The Falcons had a pressing need at safety but might have dipped a little too deep to address the need. There have been questions about Southward's range and ability, although he has size at 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds. Plus, there are some injury concerns, with spine and wrist issues surfacing at the NFL combine and keeping him from competing. But the Falcons obviously hope he brings something to the table. Veteran Dwight Lowery is the stopgap at free safety right now.

Badger issues? The Falcons haven't had much luck with draft picks from Wisconsin as of late. Center Peter Konz, a second-round pick in 2012, lost his starting job last season and will be hard-pressed to get back into the lineup this year. Fullback Bradie Ewing, a fifth-round pick the same year, was injured last season and released this offseason. Maybe Southward will have better luck.

What's next: The Falcons missed out on targeted running backs and tight ends on Day 2 and could address those needs still. It wouldn't be a surprise to see them add a linebacker or a few more defensive backs. Getting a pass-rusher sounded great early on, but not so much now.

Vaughn McClure

ESPN Atlanta Falcons reporter

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