1st Round (22) - Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
The Falcons trade up to grab a smart corner who will immediately be called upon to start.
There is some discussion that the pick was a reach but it shows that Thomas Dimitrioff and Mike Smith really saw something in the former Husky that has two brothers in the NFL.
The Falcons love to be in the nickle, nearly 50 percent of the time. Even if Trufant doesn't earn a starting role opposite Asante Samuel, he will be playing a lot in their sub-packages. He has great size and good technique. He should earn the coaching staff's trust and will be put into action early.
2nd Round (60) - Robert Alford, CB, Southeastern Louisana
Atlanta selects another defensive back with good size and speed. He had an excellent showing at the Senior Bowl against top level competition which earned the praise of scouts and coaches there.
He could be put into the dime package as the fourth corner although his most immediate impact will be returning punts and covering kicks. Given time Alford could be a real steal.
4th Round (127) - Mallicah Goodman, DE, Clemson
Mel Kiper stated in his draft evaluation of Goodman that, "2012 was supposed to be the year he elevated himself into early round status."
He did not as the Clemson Tiger had an average year in comparison to his awesome measurables. Six sacks in his senior year was disappointing but Goodman has a chance to reach his potential with NFL coaching and experience.
There are always those players who blossom in the pros when they didn't reach their potential in college (i.e. Clay Matthews, Geno Atkins). Goodman might not have the impact the Falcons need him to have in 2013 but he does have a good shot of putting it all together within the next few seasons.
4th Round (133) - Levine Toilolo, TE, Sanford
The Falcons came into this draft obviously needing a young tight end and while that player wasn't Tyler Eifert or Zach Ertz, they managed to get a guy they can afford to be patient with.
At 6'8", Toilolo is a monster with decent speed for a guy that top heavy. He can block well, which will earn him playing time in 2013. He could (should) have stayed an extra year in college to be featured as the starting tight end instead of playing in the shadow of Zach Ertz. However, he is a great developmental guy the Falcons don't need to rely on until 2014. Given time, he could prove to be a match up nightmare for opponents.
5th Round (153) - Stansly Maponga, DE, TCU
Maponga followed a fantastic sophomore campaign with a decent senior year event though it was a bit underwhelming. He is a dynamic pass rusher who really could blossom given a few seasons. Osi Umenyiora is the only true pass rushing threat the Falcons have on their roster right now and its dangerous for the team to rely on two middle round ends with a history of inconsistency.
Maponga might never be a three-down defensive end like Goodman has the ability to be. However, he offers good third down pass rushing ability and should be given a chance due tot he lack of depth on the line. It's a good value selection in the fifth round but don't expect the pick to fill what the team needs now.
7th Round (243) - Kemal Ishmael, DB, Central Flordia
His 4.75 40-time relegates him to being a safety. However, Ishmael is great in run support and is aggressive in space. That bodes well for having a good special teams player who can provide a backup option that is good against the run. I wouldn't be surprised if he is stashed on the practice squad in 2013. He was the 115th ranked safety in Mel Kiper's draft guide.
7th Round (244) - Zeke Motta, S, Notre Dame
A big-name guy who was a key part of the best Notre Dame team in decades. Very durable and excellent against the run.
Motta plays with a nasty demeanor when attacking ball carriers. Won't be a great cover safety but the guy is smart and knows his limitations.
He has a better shot of making the team than Ishmael and will be a prime special teams player at the next level.
7th Round (249) - Sean Renfree, QB, Duke
One of the best late round picks in the draft. The greatest quarterback in Blue Devils history, Renfree was a three year starter who improved greatly each season.
Any quarterback that can do that for three seasons under QB master David Cutcliffe has some elite intangibles. While he might never be a full time starter, Renfree is a smart game manger that could really pay off for the Falcons as he has the chance to be the no.2 guy for the next four seasons.
I expect Dominique Davis to win the backup job but Renfree has too much going for him to not be the backup in 2014.
Bottom Line: Atlanta is banking on Trufant and Alford to be main parts of their defense during the championship run. It's a major gamble but it might be enough to get over the hump. Dimitroff is also rolling the dice that either Goodman or Maponga will produce the sacks the defense needs on third down.
I think it's appropriate to say that what Mike Smith and Dimitroff are doing on the defensive line is dangerous. Let me explain; there are massive holes that was addressed with raw players.
This is a Super Bowl-caliber team that is gambling on the age and inconsistencies of Osi Umenyoria to produce the sacks they need. Their other options are Kroy Biermann -- can he really start and produce for all 16 games?
Jonathan Massaquoi (unproven), and Cliff Matthews (not known for pass rushing). That's a bare roster for a team that is going for it all. Maybe the team will contemplate bringing back Jonathan Abraham.
The Falcons' 2013 draft class filled their need at corner and added depth. It is vital that this rookie class produce, otherwise it could easily be the downfall for the Falcons in 2013.