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D. Led's breakdown of the tight ends in the 2016 draft

FLOWERY BRANCH -- The tight end position is lean for this draft, but South Carolina’s Jerrell Adams is an intriguing prospect. He could be a steal in the third or fourth round.

He played with three different starting quarterbacks last season. There was also the matter of Steve Spurrier leaving the team in the middle of the season.

“It was kind of hard, but you just had to focus on yourself and do the best you can when you got the ball in your hands,” Adams said. “The game plan kind of stayed the same.”

He started nine games last season and played in 12. He had just 28 catches for 421 yards and three touchdowns. NFL teams wanted to know about his paltry output.

“Sometimes they (asked about his production), but a lot of them know we struggled offensively with the quarterback and the coaching staff,” Adams said.

Teams in need: Atlanta, Green Bay, San Diego, San Francisco and Los Angeles.

Need area for Falcons? Yes. The Falcons were pleased with the play of Jacob Tamme last season as the receiving tight end and the blocking of Levine Toilolo. There is an opening at the third wide receiver position. Also, they could draft the heir-apparent to Tamme, who turned 31 this offseason and will be in the last year of his contract.

Sleeper pick for Falcons: Temarrick Hemingway, South Carolina State, courtesy of Gil Brandt. He likes Hemingway's combination of size, speed and willingness to block. Hemingway is 6-4 7/8 and 244 pounds. He has a fourth to fifth round grade. Brandt, on Sirius NFL Radio Monday night, recommended that the Falcons select Hemingway. He cited his 6.88-second three-cone drill time, which shows excellent quickness and fluid lateral movement. "(Hemingway) was the best tight end at the NFLPA (all-star) game. He was intriguing. He has size, length and upside. Someone is going to give him a shot to develop," a scout told Nolan Nawrocki in the NFL Draft 2016 Preview.

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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

Offensive linemen chart


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.