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McShay's mock 3.0: Falcons select Ohio State's Darron Lee

FLOWERY BRANCH -- ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay has the Falcons selecting speedy Ohio State linebacker Darron Lee with the 17th overall pick in his latest mock draft 3.0 which was released today.

The Falcons were the worst defense in the NFL at covering running backs and tight ends last season, allowing 213 combined completions, according to ESPN Stats & Information research. Selecting Lee -- a very good cover linebacker with 4.47 speed -- would go a long way toward addressing that weakness. The former Buckeye fits into today's NFL very well and would provide an immediate upgrade to Atlanta's LB corps.

He has Clemson defensive end Shaw Lawson going to the Chicago Bears with the 11th pick.

He has the Falcons passing on Georgia's Leonard Floyd (18th to the Colts),  Eastern Kentucky's Noah Spence (20th to the Jets) and Mississippi's Robert Nkemdiche (26th to Seattle).

Here's Lee's Ohio State bio.

Can you live with Lee over Floyd, Spence and Nkemdiche?

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The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s D. Orlando Ledbetter joins CineSport’s Noah Coslov to identify the players that the Falcons may be able to land with the 17th pick in the Draft & discuss impressive players on offense.


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Ex-Georgia linebacker Jordan Jenkins has met with the Falcons

Clemson's Shaq Lawson interviewed with the Falcons

Nkemdiche has uphill battle to improve NFL draft status

Nkemdiche would love to play for the Falcons

14 questions with Georgia Tech standout Adam Gotsis

Falcons checking out interior linemen at the combine

18 questions with Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff

Quinn still evaluating the roster -- Nothing new on Roddy White

7 players the Falcons are watching at the combine

13 questions with Falcons coach Dan Quinn

5 questions with Duke punter Will Monday (Flowery Branch High)

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Falcons' Smith leaving to run Ohio State's alumni association

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Dimitroff, Quinn have activated the '100-day' plan

Stay or go: Pick Falcons' defense

Stay or go: Pick Falcons' offense

Falcons owner Arthur Blank vows to fight cancer, move on Super Bowl bid

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Arthur Blank on Dimitroff, PSLs and Super Bowl bid

Falcons leaning toward keeping Roddy White



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