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D. Led's breakdown of the punters, kickers in the 2016 draft

FLOWERY BRANCH – Former Florida State kicker Roberto Aguayo, who entered the draft after his junior, wants to be drafted in the second round.

There hasn’t been a kicker taken that high since the New York Jets selected former Ohio State kicker Mike Nugent in the second round back in 2005.

The Falcons are in the market for a kicker, but have too many needs to select Aguayo in the second or even the third round.

“Conceptually taking a specialist that high, you'd better be really sure,” NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock said.  “Jacksonville took a punter in the third round, Brian Anger, a few years ago (2012), and they got roasted, and he didn't turn out to be good enough to take in the third round.

“This guy is different because he puts points on the board for you. . . .I know he's rated high, you'd better make damned sure you buy into that because there are a lot of good kickers who have been free agents over the years, and if you're going to put a second- or third-round value on him, you'd better be really good for a lot of years. It's extra pressure on the (general manager).”

Teams in need: Atlanta, Jacksonville, Dallas, San Diego and Cleveland.

Need area for Falcons? Yes. Matt Bryant, 40, is not going to kick forever. The Falcons didn't re-sign Shayne Graham because they want to get a younger kicker in the pipeline to develop as Bryant's eventual replacement.

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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.


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


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

A look at the top 10 Running backs


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


D. Led’s breakdown of the Offensive linemen

A look at the top 10 offensive linemen


D. Led’s breakdown of the Defensive linemen

A look at the top 10 defensive linemen 

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

Tuesday, April 26

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

A look at the top 5 punters and top 5 kickers

Wednesday, April 27

Final mock draft

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