Mock Monitor 1.0

Mock Monitor 1.0

Jay Adams

Published February 5, 2013 at 11:55 AM

The mocks this week have four different defensive ends slated as options for the Falcons at No. 30 overall.

The Mock Monitor is back again as we keep a close eye on what the experts are saying in their mock drafts about the Falcons. This year should be significantly easier to keep up with since the Falcons are back in the first round after a year out of it due to the 2011 trade to get Julio Jones.

You can view the first Mock Monitor here, but I’ll go over some of the highlights.

As I wrote a week ago, tight end and defensive line are at the top of the list of needs in the eyes of mock draft creators for the Falcons. The first consensus pick for the Mock Monitor is a tie between Notre Dame tight end Tyler Eifert and Stanford tight end Zach Ertz. Both are big targets in the passing game as well as solid blockers.

The thought here is that the Falcons will be looking to replace tight end Tony Gonzalez and will pull the trigger on a top-flight tight end in 2013 after two years of projections that they’d identify the heir apparent to that position.

At defensive line, the Mock Monitor shows four different defensive ends going to the Falcons. The class at defensive end is thought to be extremely deep in this year’s NFL Draft, so there’s likely some strong value that will be available late in the first round when the Falcons pick at No. 30 overall.’s Gil Brandt and’s Pete Schrager go off the beaten path for the Falcons and select an offensive guard and cornerback, respectively, at No. 30.

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