With free agency finally over, the Atlanta Falcons now have to assess their roster before this months draft. Recent reports state that head coach Dan Quinn wants Defensive End Vic Beasley to play more at the Linebacker position. Strongside Linebacker was played by Brooks Reed before he was usurped by current Falcon free agent O'Brien Schofield.
The Falcons made a couple of signings with most notably being Center Alex Mack, Defensive End Derrick Shelby, and Outside Linebacker Courtney Upshaw. Upshaw and Shelby will most certainly help on run downs but will be also featured on passing downs sparringly. Quinn has recently stated he sees Shelby in more of a Nickel DT role. The signing of Alex Mack solidfies the offensive line and it allows them to change Mike Persons position from center back to guard.
Mohammed Sanu will take over as the #2 Wide Receiver and hope to replicate Roddy Whites production from prior years. Sanu is a possession receiver that can also be used on gadget plays if Kyle Shanahan chooses to do so. Despite an unsual high contract after a down year, expect Sanu to have a breakout season with the Atlanta Falcons.
In 2014, Sanu finsihed with 56 receptions for 790 yards and averaged 14.1 yards per reception. The Atlanta Falcons will do everything in their power to make sure Sanu replicates that season. After Roddy Whites disappointing year they are expecting big things out of Mohamed Sanu.
Quarterback Matt Schaub played under Kyle Shanahan during is tenure in Houston and had a very similar year to what Matt Ryan had in 2015. The Houston Texans turned over the ball like there was no tomorrow under Shanahan during the first season though. Schaub's signing likely indicates that longtime backup Renfree will be cut after preseason.
Matt Schaub will help Matt Ryan with his footwork and timing in order to find success in the west coast scheme. The west coast scheme prides itself on footwork timing with Matt Schaub mastered many years ago. The following is a projected depth chart before the draft takes place:
QB- Matt Ryan, Matt Schaub, Sean Renfree, Matt Sims
RB- Devonta Freeman, Tevin Coleman, Terron Ward, Gus Johnson
FB- Patrick DiMarco
WR1- Julio Jones, Justin Hardy, Devin Hester, Jordan Leslie
WR2- Mohamed Sanu, Nick Williams, Eric Weems, Aldrick Robinson, C.J Goodwin
TE- Jacob Tamme, Levine Toilolo, D.J Tialevea, Beau Gardner
LT- Jake Matthews, Tom Compton
LG- Andy Levitre, Ben Garland, Adam Replogle
C- Alex Mack
RG- Mike Person, James Stone, Collin Rahrig
RT- Ryan Schraeder, Bryce Harris
4-3 Under/Over Base Defense
Leo- Courtney Upshaw, Adrian Clayborn
3T- Ra’Shede Hageman, Jonathan Babineaux
NT- Grady Jarrett, Joey Mbu
SDE- Derrick Shelby, Tyson Jackson, Malliciah Goodman
WLB- Sean Weatherspoon, Phillip Wheeler
MLB- Paul Worrilow, Laroy Reynolds
SLB- Vic Beasley, Brooks Reed, Tyler Starr
RCB- Robert Alford, Jalen Collins
LCB-Desmond Trufant, Akeem King, DeMarcus Van Dyke
FS-Ricardo Allen, Robinson Therezie
SS-Kemal Ishmael, Charles Godfrey, Damian Parms
4-2-5 Nickel Even Front Personnel
LEO- Vic Beasley
RDT- Derrick Shelby, Grady Jarrett
LDT- Jonathan Babineaux, Grady Jarrett
SDE- Adrian Clayborn