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5 things to know about the Falcons on Day 2 of the draft

FLOWERY BRANCH -- The second day of the draft, which includes the second- and third-rounds, starts at 7 p.m. tonight in Chicago.

The fifth-, sixth- and seventh-rounds will start at 12 noon on Saturday.

The Falcons hold the 19th pick (50th overall) of the second-round and the 18th pick (81st) of the third-round.

Here are five things to know before Day 2 starts:

1. Plenty pass rushers left. The Falcons passed on Clemson’s Shaq Lawson and Kevin Dodd, Oklahoma State’s Emmanuel Ogbah and Eastern Kentucky’s Noah Spence in the first round. Lawson went four picks later to Buffalo and Falcons fans will be sick if he turns in a Pro Bowl level rusher in years to come. Ogbah, Dodd and Spence are still available, but are not expected to be around when the Falcons picked 19th in the round.

2. Plenty of linebackers left. The Falcons pass on linebacker Reggie Ragland and Ohio State’s Darron Lee in the first round. Lee went 20th to the New York Jets. Ragland is still on the board and news about his enlarged aorta is clearly a factor. Myles Jack who has problems with his knee is still on the board.

3. Others to track today. Some others to track who the Falcons heavily scouted include: LSU’s Deion Jones, Florida State’s Terrance Smith, Stoneybrook’s Victor Ochi, Georgia’s Jordan Jenkins, Brigham Young’s Bronson Kaufusi and USC’s Su’a Cravens.

4. Mixed reviews. The Keanu Neal pick is getting mixed reviews. Pro Football Focus just flat out called the pick a massive reach. Other see it as a scheme fit. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist Mark Bradley signed off on the pick of Neal. He's fine with the safety from Florida.

5. Fans are split. Shortly before noon, the fans in the AJC poll were nearly split down the middle on if they liked the pick of Neal. 53.76 percent liked the pick and 46.24 percent do not like the pick.

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The AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter and CineSport’s Pete Mundo break down Atlanta’s selection of Florida safety Keanu Neal at #17 and look ahead to other needs the Falcons must address.


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