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2017 NFL mock draft 2.0: Falcons select Jabrill Peppers with 31st pick

FLOWERY BRANCH – Falcons coach Dan Quinn was busy last week scouting.

He went to Georgia’s Pro Day, to Philadelphia to work out players at Temple and Villanova and then took a flight to Youngstown to work out Youngstown State standout Derek Rivers.

He finished his week at Georgia Tech’s Pro on Friday.

This week he’ll stay in the office and work with his coaching staff on draft preparation and scheme evaluations.

The following week, Quinn will attend the league meetings March 26 through 29 in Phoenix.

Quinn checked out Villanova’s Tanoh Kpassagon and Temple’s Hasson Reddick while in Philadelphia as the Falcon are trying to improve their pass rush.

Reddick is projected as an outside linebacker and a first-round pick by

Rivers is projected as a defensive end and second- or third-round pick and Kpassagon is projected as a defensive end and a third- or fourth-round pick.

“We had a good session with those guys and then after that I went to Youngstown State,” Quinn said. “I had a nice visit with those guys.”

The Falcons can sit at the 31st position in the draft and select the best player available as they won’t need to reach for a player to fill a need since they don’t really have a major hole to fill.

The key needs are are pass rusher, right guard, fullback.

Under the first post-combine mock draft, we have Michigan’s do-it-all guy Jabrill Peppers being selected by the Falcons with the 31st overall pick.

He will be too intriguing for the Falcons to pass up in the match-up NFL.

Here, in the post-combine Mock 2.0, we have the Falcons selecting former Michigan standout Jabrill Peppers:

  1. Cleveland. Myles Garrett, DE. Texas A&M
  2. San Francisco. Jonathan Allen, DT, Alabama
  3. Chicago. Solomon Thomas, DE, Stanford
  4. Jacksonville. Malik Hooker, S, Ohio State
  5. Tennessee. Michael Williams, WR, Clemson
  6. New York Jets. Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU
  7. Los Angles Chargers. Jamal Adams, S, LSU
  8. Carolina. Marshon Lattimore, CB, Ohio State
  9. Cincinnati. Rueben Foster, LB, Alabama
  10. Buffalo. Mitch Trubisky, QB, North Carolina
  11. New Orleans. Derek Barnett, DE, Tennessee
  12. Cleveland. Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson
  13. Arizona. O.J. Howard, TE, Alabama
  14. Philadelphia (winner coin flip). John Ross, WR, Washington
  15. Indianapolis (loser of coin flip). Garrett Bolles, OT, Utah
  16. Baltimore. Charles Harris, DE, Missouri
  17. Washington. Caleb Brantley, DT, Florida
  18. Tennessee. Ryan Ramcyk, OT, Wisconsin
  19. Tampa Bay. Takkarist McKinley, DE, UCLA
  20. Denver. Cam Robinson, OT, Alabama
  21. Detroit. Tim Williams, LB, Alabama
  22. Miami. Taco Charlton, LB, Michigan
  23. New York Giants. Hassan Reddick, DE, Temple
  24. Oakland. Corey Davis, WR, Western Michigan
  25. Houston. Dan Freeny, OG, Indiana
  26. Seattle. Forrest Lamp, OG, Western Kentucky
  27. Kansas City. Christian McCaffrey, RB Stanford
  28. Dallas. David Njoku, TE, Miami
  29. Green Bay. Carl Lawson, DE, Auburn
  30. Pittsburgh. Kevin King, CB, Washington
  31. Atlanta. Jabrill Peppers, FS, Atlanta

  32. New England. Tre'davious White, CB, LSU





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D. Orlando Ledbetter is the Atlanta Falcons beat writer for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.