From Defense To Offense: Areas Atlanta Falcons Need To Address During 2024 NFL Draft

The Atlanta Falcons had high expectations going into the 2023 NFL season, and its supporters were thrilled about the possibility of making a postseason berth. However, the team fell short of expectations for the seventeenth time, and in December they were knocked out of the playoff race. The Falcons have a chance to strengthen their team in the 2024 NFL Draft.
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The Atlanta Falcons had high expectations going into the 2023 NFL season, and its supporters were thrilled about the possibility of making a postseason berth. However, the team fell short of expectations for the seventeenth time, and in December they were knocked out of the playoff race.
The Falcons have a chance to strengthen their team in the 2024 NFL Draft. Attention is required at three key positions: offensive lineman, edge cornerback, and tight end. Examining how the Falcons can draft the best prospects to increase their chances of making the playoffs is our goal.

1. Cornerback

A.J. Terrell is a reliable cornerback whose abilities were evident to all during the previous season. The Falcons can, however, maximize his potential by adding a capable backup running back to the secondary.
The Falcons may still choose a top prospect on Day 2 even if the majority of the top cornerback prospects will be selected by the end of Day 1. The tall and adept ball hawk Kamari Lassiter of the Georgia Bulldogs is a lockdown cornerback who the Falcons should seek. Lassiter has the potential to develop into a fantastic starter in the upcoming years, even though he might need some polish.

2. Edge Rusher

The Atlanta Falcons have increased their edge rush by being active in free agency. Although they added Justin Jones and Bilal Nichols, they still have room on their roster for a talented rookie edge rusher. getting someone like that to Kirk Cousins' target list makes more sense than giving in to fan pressure and getting another pass catcher.
Jared Verse of Florida State is maybe the greatest edge rusher available in this year's NFL class, and the Falcons ought to select him first.
Verse just finished two straight seasons with nine sacks at FSU, and his playing philosophy ought to work well in the NFL. It makes sense that the Falcons would attempt to sign the best sack artist in the next draft.

3. Offensive Tackle

Kirk Cousins is on the wrong side of 30, and we've seen what can happen to an aging quarterback who plays without solid protection from his O-line (cough, cough, Aaron Rodgers). The Atlanta Falcons have a glaring need at the offensive tackle position, and they'll need to figure something out in the 2024 NFL draft.
Missouri offensive tackle Javon Foster could be a solid pick in this year's draft. The former college star could provide depth for Jake Matthews and Kaleb McGary. Foster could use year one to learn from such seasoned pros and break out by the time they get up there.
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