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2014 NFL Draft: Team by Team Recap

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Atlanta Falcons

Last season was a wake-up call for the Falcons as they got pushed around in the NFC South (1-5). They needed to get nastier up front on both sides of the ball. They did so in their first two picks by adding an experienced, technical offensive tackle in Texas A&M’s Jake Matthews and an explosive one-gap penetrator in Minnesota’s Ra’Shede Hageman. Wisconsin safety Dez Southward can compete with Zeke Motta right away for the free safety gig. Lacking a little pop in the backfield, they drafted Florida State’s Devonta Freeman for some depth. General manager Thomas Dimitroff did a nice job rounding out the draft with quality role players who could develop into future starters. Keep your eye on Yawin Smallwood. While the UConn linebacker had a lackluster path to the draft, he’s a three-year starter who will contribute on special teams. (AP Photo/Jason Getz)

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