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Draft picks to put Falcons back on top

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 22, 2014 at 1:24 pm •  Published: April 22, 2014

ATLANTA -- The Falcons are in the final stages of setting their draft board for the NFL draft, which is set for May 8-10.

Several of the top prospects including UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr, South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack are scheduled to visit Flowery Branch next week.

The Falcons have also been connected to all of the top tackles in the draft including Auburn's Greg Robinson, Texas A&M Jake Matthews and Michigan's Taylor Lewan.

It's clear that they are going either edge rusher or offensive tackle in the first round of the draft.

After that, the Falcons still have many other needs. Here is who the Falcons should take with their 10 picks:

Round 1 -- No. 3 overall (projected trade) -- Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn: He's considered the most athletic tackle in the draft. He has the highest ceiling.

Round 2 -- No. 37 overall -- Dee Ford, DE, Auburn: Ford terrorized tackles in the SEC last season as he finished the regular season with 12.5 tackles for loss, including 8.5 sacks. He was named to the coaches and Associated Press' all-SEC team. He was the arguably the best player at the Senior Bowl. He solidified his draft status at the Tigers Pro Day. He had a 35 1/2-inch vertical, 10-foot, 4-inch long jump, he lifted 225 pounds 29 times on the bench press and 4.59 on his first 40-yard dash attempt and 4.53 on his second. "They said 4.53," Ford said. "Some said 4.4 and half. But it's all good. I'm just glad that I got out there and ran."

Round 3 -- No. 68 overall -- Telvin Smith, LB, Florida State: Smith, 6-foot-3, 218 pounds, helped the Seminoles win the national championship. He was the team's leading tackler with 90. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.54 seconds at the combine.

Round 4 -- No. 103 overall -- Kenny Ladler, S, Vanderbilt: Ladler was an all-SEC selection. He has a nose for the football. He was the only FBS player last season with five interception and five forced fumbles.

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