With the NFL Draft approaching on Thursday April 27th, 2017, questions arise about the early picks in the draft, but what about the later picks? The main concern for the Atlanta Falcons fans is adding more talent to a talented team in hopes of winning the franchise’s first Super Bowl after falling short last year. Here are five potential prospects for the Atlanta Falcons to pick up with the 31st pick in the draft.
1. Adoree’ Jackson, CB, USC
Adoree’ Jackson was considered one of college football’s best defensive backs from this past season. In the Rose Bowl however, Adoree’ had a scary injury to the ankle that almost dropped his draft stock, but the injury turned out to be minor. The Falcons could use a player like Adoree’ in the not-so-strong secondary and maybe prevent another Super Bowl collapse.
2. Taco Charlton, DE, Michigan
Taco Charlton is that “rare breed” kind of defensive end that you don’t see often. He’s tall, strong, and extremely athletic for his size. Although Taco only received the starting job in his final season at Michigan, he still brings several skill-sets to the table.
3. Curtis Samuel, WR, Ohio State
Curtis Samuel’s highlight of his college career came against Michigan this past season where he scored the game winning touchdown in overtime. Listed at 5 feet 11 inches, he is undersized compared to receivers like Julio Jones, Mike Evans, or Alshon Jeffrey, just to name a few. Although his height makes the future of his professional career questionable, he still could possibly be a valuable asset to Atlanta.
4. Alvin Kamara, RB, Tennessee
Although he backed up Jalen Hurd for most of his time at Tennessee, Alvin Kamara wreaked havoc for SEC defenses. Atlanta has two great running backs right now in Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman, but they will likely not be there for long so Kamara would be a great player long-term for Atlanta.
5. Jabrill Peppers, SS, Michigan
As a Heisman finalist, Jabrill Peppers will have a lot of expectations going into the NFL. His professional career is already off to a shaky start and he hasn’t even been drafted yet, all because of a diluted urine sample. Peppers would bring his versatility and energy to the Falcons if Peppers is still on the draft board by pick number 31.