Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff will hope to find the right player to spark a rebound season. (Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
The Atlanta Falcons were expected to be far better than 4-12 last season. On paper, they seem to have more talent than that record would indicate.
The Falcons find themselves with the No. 6 pick in their year's draft, and they may have been looking to trade up even higher in the draft - with a top pass rushing prospect believed to be at the top of their list.
Atlanta could also look to draft a replacement for future Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez, who retired after the season.
Needs: Pass rusher, offensive tackle, tight end
Here is the list of the Falcons' picks in this year’s draft:
Last Updated: May 9, 10 a.m.
Round 1, Pick 6 (6): Jake Matthews
Round 2, Pick 5 (37)
Round 3, Pick 4 (68)
Round 4, Pick 3 (103)
Round 4, Pick 39 (139)
Round 5, Pick 7 (147)
Round 6, Pick 6 (182)
Round 7, Pick 5 (220)
Round 7, Pick 38 (253)
Round 7, Pick 40 (255)
For a full list of first-round picks, click here.
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BURKE: Reaches and steals of Round 1
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