By: Michael Levell (@4HFAdvantage)
The NFL Draft is in exactly 4 weeks but there is no shortage of questions to be answered. With that being said, 4 Home Field Advantage will answer 4 burning draft questions, each week, from the fans. Just tag you question with #4HFADraft and maybe you can make next week’s post.
Is Vic Beasley a perfect fit for the Atlanta Falcons or are there better choices? – Marlon Copeland via Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/146384892235877/?fref=nf)
The Falcons are looking for an impact player at their pivotal Leo position. The Leo position, in Dan Quinn’s defense, must win one-on-one matchups in the run and passing game. Physically speaking, Vic Beasley is a perfect fit for the Atlanta Falcons. He has an explosive first step and he knows how to convert raw speed to raw power. This is what Dan Quinn wants from his players; fast and physical. However, from a scheme standpoint, Beasley does not always win his matchups in run defense. Therefore, there are better choices for the Falcons. The actual perfect fit for the Falcons is Dante Fowler Jr. Fowler Jr. is not only fast and physical, but he also has college experience setting the edge in run defense. Fowler also has shown the versatility to play linebacker, defensive tackle, and defensive end. Such versatility can have a similar impact like that of DE Michael Bennett of the Seattle Seahawks.
Should the Falcons trade back into the 1st round? If so, what pieces do they have to make a trade? – Cam Dozier via Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/146384892235877/?fref=nf)
The last time the Atlanta Falcons traded back into the 1st round, they selected LT Sam Baker (cries on the inside). That trade cost the Falcons two 2nd round picks and a 4th round pick in the same draft. The Falcons cannot afford to lose such valuable picks; even with the NFL’s penalty for pumping fake crowd noise into the Georgia Dome being enforced in 2016. Besides, this NFL Draft is deep at the edge rusher, running back, and linebacker positions. All of such are positions of need for Atlanta.
I see the Miami Dolphins trying to fill the linebacker void via the draft. Other than the LB position, what are some other needs for Miami? – Alex Dean via Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/146384892235877/?fref=nf)
The Miami Dolphins passing offense produced a nice passer rating for 2014 (92.5). However, that same passing offense racked up a mediocre 6.8 yards per passing attempt. Kenny Stills was brought in to help improve that number but I’m not sure that he is the long term answer. I think a playmaking running back or another speedy wide receiver should be on the list of needs for the Dolphins.
Will the Rams make a splash during the NFL Draft; in anticipation of moving back to Los Angeles? – Mike Barnes via Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/groups/146384892235877/?fref=nf)
The only type of trade that would garner “splash” level notoriety would be one for a top level quarterback like Drew Brees or Philip Rivers. I think that the Saints and Chargers, respectively, would be open to trading their franchise signal callers but I am unsure if the Rams are willing to pay the price of SEVERAL 1st round picks. My guess is that the Rams stay put and draft the best player available to stay competitive in the NFC West.