Thursday, May 8, 2014

2014 NFL Draft First Round Grades: Atlanta Falcons



6th Overall Pick: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M

The Falcons were continually rumored to be trading up, but weren't willing to give up everything to get Clowney. They made the right choice sticking here and still being able to grab an elite tackle. Matthews was the consensus top tackle in this draft until Robinson's stock got a big boost in the past few months. The Falcons' main priority had to be getting protection for Ryan, who struggled last year with no blocking up front. Smart pick for Atlanta.

GRADE: A

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