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Which Atlanta Falcons player would the Philadelphia Eagles take?

There are a few intriguing options.

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A theme post the SB Nation NFL sites have been done in the past and will continue to do throughout this season is "Which [opposing team's] player would [your favorite team's] fans take?" With the Philadelphia Eagles set to play the Atlanta Falcons on Monday night, it's time to address the question.


Julio Jones is the obvious name here. The 6-3, 220 pound wide receiver is an athletic freak.

Jones has the size and speed combination that any coach would love, including Chip Kelly. A starting wide receiver corps of Jones and Nelson Agholor/Josh Huff outside with Jordan Matthews in the slot would be very dangerous. Jones will present a big test for Philadelphia's revamped secondary on Monday night.

The guy throwing the ball to Jones isn't too shabby. Matt Ryan, who grew up an Eagles fan, doesn't have the injury issues Sam Bradford has dealt with. With that said, Jones is still the only choice here.


The Falcons defense ranked dead last year by Football Outsiders, so there aren't a lot of great options. Desmond Trufant is the best candidate. The second-year cornerback shined as a rookie. At 6-0, 190 pounds, he's big enough to play on the outside for the Eagles. With Trufant and Byron Maxwell starting on the outside, the Eagles could let Nolan Carroll mostly play in the slot.

Another potentially intriguing option is rookie pass rusher Vic Beasley. The Eagles don't need starting 3-4 outside linebacker but having him rotate in behind Connor Barwin and Brandon Graham would help Philadelphia's defense.


This one wasn't all that difficult. The Falcons' roster isn't exactly loaded with desirable talent.

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