Falcons get center for the future

The Atlanta Falcons just drafted the heir apparent to veteran center Todd McClure.

They took center Joe Hawley from UNLV with the 117th pick in the fourth round. Coupled with the choice of Alabama’s Mike Johnson at the end of the third round Friday night, the two picks suddenly gives Atlanta some decent depth on the offensive line. Hawley is projected as a center, but also can play guard. Johnson is projected as a guard, but also has experience at tackle.