2013 NFL mock draft: Cornellius Carradine to Atlanta Falcons

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The Falcons may add more than just Osi Umenyiora to the pass rush this off-season.

When the Atlanta Falcons released veteran pass rusher John Abraham this off-season, it became clear that the team was planning on making a move - or moves - to bolster the position. One has already occurred; Osi Umenyiora was signed to a two-year contract. Might another move occur in the first round of the 2013 NFL Draft?

Team Player Position Height Weight Class
30. Atlanta Falcons Cornellius Carradine, Florida State DE 6'4" 276 SR

Dave Choate: "The Atlanta Falcons are a team in transition on defense. Since the the middle of the 2012 season, they’ve shed defensive ends John Abraham, Ray Edwards and Lawrence Sidbury, and added only Osi Umenyiora.

"It’s time for the defense to get young, and Carradine could be a building block. An intriguing mix of size, skill and general pass-rushing acumen, Carradine seems to be recuperating nicely from his injury and would qualify as a steal at 30. He would push for starter’s snaps at defensive end right away and give the Falcons a formidable rotation with Osi, jack-of-all-trades Kroy Biermann and promising second year end Jonathan Massaquoi. In a year or two under Mike Nolan, Carradine could be and should be better than any of them, and I believe he has potential to be a borderline dominant NFL defensive end.

"I could absolutely see the Falcons making a run at a cornerback or even a linebacker here, but Arthur Brown and Desmond Trufant are gone and Carradine is too tempting to pass up, even if Johnathan Banks is still on the board."

Here's our own Dan Kadar to break down the pick:

If Carradine were the pick, the Falcons may not have to wait that year or two for him to be the team’s best defensive end. As a pass rusher, is explosive and powerful. He has just about all the traits you look for in a top end prospect. He drops only because of concerns about his knee and his experience. Carradine played just two seasons at Florida State following junior college and was a backup until Brandon Jenkins got injured. He had 80 tackles and 11 sacks at FSU last season and often overshadowed the more highly regarded Bjoern Werner. To get him at 30 would be a steal.

That wraps up today's picks; the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens will round off Round 1 tomorrow. Until then, comrades.

Top 5 players remaining

# Player Pos. College Ht. Wt.
22 Damontre Moore OLB Texas A&M 6'5" 250
27 Barrett Jones C Alabama 6'4" 305
29 Manti Te'o LB Notre Dame 6'1" 241
30 Jesse Williams DT Alabama 6'3" 323
32 Khaseem Greene LB Rutgers 6'1" 241

2013 SB Nation NFL writers' mock draft results

No. Team Player Pos. College
1 Kansas City Chiefs Luke Joeckel OT Texas A&M
2 Jacksonville Jaguars Geno Smith QB West Virginia
3 Oakland Raiders Sharrif Floyd DT Florida
4 Philadelphia Eagles Eric Fisher OT Central Michigan
5 Detroit Lions Ezekiel Ansah DE BYU
6 Cleveland Browns Dion Jordan OLB Oregon
7 Arizona Cardinals Barkevious Mingo OLB LSU
8 Buffalo Bills Jarvis Jones OLB Georgia
9 New York Jets Chance Warmack OG Alabama
10 Tennessee Titans Dee Milliner CB Alabama
11 San Diego Chargers Star Lotulelei DT Utah
12 Miami Dolphins Desmond Trufant CB Washington
13 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Xavier Rhodes CB Florida State
14 Carolina Panthers Lane Johnson OT Oklahoma
15 New Orleans Saints Alec Ogletree LB Georgia
16 St. Louis Rams Tavon Austin WR West Virginia
17 Pittsburgh Steelers Cordarrelle Patterson WR Tennessee
18 Dallas Cowboys Jonathan Cooper OG North Carolina
19 New York Giants Sheldon Richardson DT Missouri
20 Chicago Bears Arthur Brown LB Kansas State
21 Cincinnati Bengals Kenny Vaccaro S Texas
22 St. Louis Rams Jonathan Cyprien S Florida International
23 Minnesota Vikings Bjoern Werner DE Florida State
24 Indianapolis Colts Datone Jones DE UCLA
25 Minnesota Vikings Johnathan Hankins DT Ohio State
26 Green Bay Packers Tyler Eifert TE Notre Dame
27 Houston Texans DeAndre Hopkins WR Clemson
28 Denver Broncos D.J. Fluker OT Alabama
29 New England Patriots Keenan Allen WR California
30 Atlanta Falcons Cornellius Carradine DE Florida State
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