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D. Led's breakdown of the offensive linemen in the 2016 draft


FLOWERY BRANCH -- Mississippi's Laremy Tunsil and Notre Dame's Ronnie Stanley are going to be Pro Bowl tackles.

Alabama's Ryan Kelly will anchor a line in the NFL.

Here's our story on Kelly.

3 questions with Tunsil

Q: How has the SEC prepared you for the next level?

A: I think the SEC is the best conference, so playing against the Alabamas, the LSUs gets

you ready for the next level.

Q: During the suspension did you give thought of leaving Ole Miss?

A: Of course you have thoughts, missing seven games, the NCAA not returning your calls or nothing like that. You’re going to have thoughts. I had to sit down with coach (Hugh) Freezeand really talk to him about it. (What made you stay?) I talked to my mother, talked to coach

Freeze. I wanted to be with my teammates.

Q: Do you pay attention to mock drafts?

A: No I don’t. I try not to man.

Teams in need: Indianapolis, Seattle, Atlanta, New York Jets, and Cleveland.

Need area for Falcons? Yes. The Falcons need to add a guard. Andy Levitre makes too many penalties and Chris Chester is 33 years old.

Sleeper pick for Falcons: Joe Dahl, G, 6-4 1/8, 304 pounds, Washington State. The Falcons went to Washington State and put him through a workout. Dahl is a good fit for the Falcons outside-zone blocking scheme.

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The AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter gives his top players for the Falcons to draft at #17, talks about the interest in LB Myles Jack & tells CineSport’s Noah Coslov where the team may go in round 2.

NFL DRAFT 2016 – POSITION BY POSITION SERIES

Sunday, April 17 -- QUARTERBACKS

Rams quest for franchise quarterback behind big trade --Wentz or Goff?

D. Led’s breakdown of the Quarterbacks

A look at the top 10 Quarterbacks in the draft

Monday -- RUNNING BACKS

D Led’s breakdown of the Running backs -- Is Derrick Henry the next Charles Muncie?

A look at the top 10 Running backs

Tuesday - WIDE RECEIVERS

D. Led’s breakdown of the Wide receivers

A look at the top 10 Wide receivers

Wednesday -- TIGHT ENDS

D. Led’s breakdown of the Tight ends

A look at the top 10 tight ends

Thursday -- OFFENSIVE LINEMEN

D. Led’s breakdown of the Offensive linemen

Offensive linemen chart

Friday -- DEFENSIVE LINEMEN

D. Led’s breakdown of the Defensive linemen

Defensive linemen chart

Saturday, April 23 -- LINEBACKERS

Falcons searching for hybrid linebacker/safeties

D. Led’s breakdown of the Linebackers

A look at the top 10 linebackers

Sunday, April 24 -- CORNERBACKS

D. Led’s breakdown of the cornerbacks

A look at the top 10 cornerbacks

Monday, April 25 -- SAFETIES

D. Led’s breakdown of the Safeties

A look at the top 10 Safeties

Tuesday, April 26

D. Led’s breakdown of the Specialists, kickers, punters and returners

Position by position: Specialists chart

Wednesday, April 27

Final mock draft


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