The Falcons filled a massive hole at defensive tackle with a massive man in Dontari Poe. Defensive tackle, a position of need that likely warranted a first-round pick prior to the Poe signing, can now be reasonably considered further down on Atlanta’s list of draft priorities.

The most glaring voids on Atlanta’s roster are at the guard and defensive end positions, but will the Falcons break from established expectations — as they did last year with Keanu Neal — and target a safety with their number one pick?

If you’ve been following analysts for the daily prospect reports and attempting to find meaning amid the tea leaves from Flowery Branch, the announcement of the Falcons bringing in Washington safety Budda Baker for a visit this week may have scrambled your draft predictions a bit.

Cue Rapoport with some fresh developments to ponder:

Kicking the tires and getting some face time with an array of prospects is normal protocol before the draft — whether there’s a realistic chance of a player joining the team or not. Budda Baker’s stock has been steadily rising since his electric performance at the NFL Scouting Combine, and it’s increasingly likely that his number is called before Atlanta is even on the clock in the first round.

But if he is, he deserves strong consideration from the Falcons. His visit this week signals that Atlanta is preparing for that possibility, however unlikely it may be.

 

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