With just over a month until the annual NFL Draft, writers across the country are trying their hand at predicting what player each team will select. Draft “experts” typically mock a player based on a team’s primary position of need.
However, that does not always occur, as some teams select the best player available regardless of position. Other teams select a player at a position they will need one year from now, when one of their incumbent players contract expires. Successfully predicting a mock draft typically means getting ten picks correct, if you are lucky. It is not as much science as it is gut instinct and luck.
That said; let us look at players the experts believe the Falcons could select with the 31st overall pick.
Daniel Jeremiah and Bucky Brooks of NFL.com has the Falcons selecting outside linebacker T.J. Watt from Wisconsin
This is a very popular choice to mock for the Falcons. Watt is a solid prospect, but he does not fit what the Falcons typically scout for on defense: Speed and explosiveness. Watt might be a better fit for the Steelers or Packers, who pick right in front of the Falcons.
Mel Kiper of ESPN has the Falcons selecting Taco Charlton from Michigan
Taco Charlton is highly unlikely to be available at 31, meaning the Falcons would have to trade up to acquire him. With just six picks in the draft, that is unlikely.
Todd McShay of ESPN has the Falcons selecting Cam Robinson from Alabama
This is an interesting pick, because Robinson has a lot of upside. That said, at 6’6 322 pounds he is not an ideal fit in the Falcons zone blocking system. If they were to take an offensive lineman at 31, it is more likely to be Forrest Lamp or Dan Feeney.
Josh Schultz is a staff writer for Pro Football Spot’s Atlanta Falcons Coverage. Follow Josh on twitter @draftblackboard and on his Facebook page: Josh Schultz, Pro Football Spot.