With the twenty-seventh pick in the 2011 BGN Mock Draft, Skulman7 selects...
Justin Houston - DE, Georgia
The Atlanta Falcons are a very good football team with not too many holes. However one glaring need for the Falcons is a pass rusher opposite of John Abraham. Last season, the Falcons recorded only 31 sacks during the regular season, 13 of those sacks belonged to Abraham. Also, I think it's pretty safe to say that after 5 seasons Jamaal Anderson is not going to become the dominant defensive end the Falcons had hoped for. Another concern should be the age of Abraham, who will be turning 33 in May.
Enter Georgia defensive end Justin Houston. Although this past season Georgia switched to a 3-4 and Houston played outside linebacker, before that he was a defensive end in the 4-3 scheme. This guy is a monster when it comes to the pass rush. He is explosive off the edge and has an incredible gift of getting in the backfield. With John Abraham often commanding to be double teamed, Justin Houston could make a significant contribution right away as a pass rush specialist and eventually an all around defensive end. Justin Houston is a physical freak. He just ran a 4.57 at his Georgia Pro-Day and had an incredible combine. He is an extremely versatile player who in the past two seasons recorded 17 ½ sacks (one season as a DE on season as an OLB), he can excel in both schemes.
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Wide receiver was also a possibility but with Torrey Smith off the board and Titus Young being a reach at this point I think they would pass at that position given this situation. I also strongly considered Nate Solder, but improving the pass rush should be Atlanta's main focus this offseason and local product Justin Houston of Georgia would be a great start.
Next on the clock will be JLDawk with the New England Patriots.
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