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Thursday, April 10, 2014
Analyzing McShay mock 4.0: Falcons

By Vaughn McClure

As the Atlanta Falcons inch close to the NFL draft, adding an offensive tackle, pass-rusher and safety appear to be the priorities.

The team continues to work out players from coast to coast trying to determine which draft-eligible players are capable of helping them most this coming season.

Currently sitting with the sixth-overall pick, the Falcons should have their choice of impact players on both sides of the ball. And the latest selections in ESPN draft expert Todd McShay's updated two-round Mock Draft 4.0 Insider are names associated with the Falcons throughout the draft process thus far.

McShay has the Falcons selecting Texas A&M tackle Jake Matthews in the first round and Auburn pass-rusher Dee Ford in the second.

Matthews, the player ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper Jr. also had going to the Falcons in his latest mock draft, would be a safe choice no matter how you look at it. Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff already raved about how NFL-ready Matthews is entering the draft. Plus the Falcons already got a closer look at the big tackle during a private workout.

I still believe addressing the offensive tackle position has to take priority over adding a pass-rusher, so Matthews make sense. I'm sure the Falcons would rather have Auburn tackle Greg Robinson, but Robinson will likely be off the board.