2014 NFL Mock Draft: Matt Miller's Latest Offseason Projections


The Pick: DT Louis Nix, Notre Dame

The runner-up last year in the NFC, the Atlanta Falcons are expected by experts in Las Vegas to make another run deep into the playoffs in 2013. This is a talented roster, but there are holes on defense that could come back to bite them.


Team Need

There is talent in the middle of the Falcons' defensive line, but they lack a star player who can draw the attention of the offense. Guys like Corey Peters and Jonathan Babineaux will get the job done as tough, gritty defenders in the middle, but they won't create enough pressure to draw a double-team consistently.

The Falcons need their own Geno Atkins or Ndamukong Suh, and that's what they find available on the board.

The Player

Arguably the top senior defensive lineman in the country, Louis Nix will realistically not be on the board this late when the 2014 NFL draft rolls around, but on this too early look, Nix falls due to team needs and the fact that he's more of a nose tackle than a pass-rusher.

That's just fine for the Atlanta Falcons, a team that's willing to let Nix unleash his talents and strength on the interior of opposing offensive lines. At Notre Dame he hasn't been asked to rush the passer in the middle of their 3-4 defense, but that doesn't mean he can't, and the Falcons are in a great position to reap the benefits should a talented all-around athlete like Nix slip to them.

Should Nix be off the board, look for general manager Thomas Dimitroff to concentrate on running backs, tight ends or other defensive tackles.

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Source : https://bleacherreport.com/articles/1677075-2014-nfl-mock-draft-matt-millers-latest-offseason-projections

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