This week, Monday Morning Quarterback writer Greg Bedard released his list of the top 100 free agents in the National Football League. These are the guys that will provide a key piece in the upcoming season for a team with a glaring flaw.
The Atlanta Falcons, coming off a disappointing 4-12 season, obviously have a lot of holes that need to be plugged with talented players.
Seven of the top 100 free agents were declared by Bedard to fit better in Atlanta than with the other 31 NFL franchises, and while that’s not a huge percentage of available talent, it does give general manager Thomas Dimitroff enough names to keep in mind while trying to take some of the pressure off the draft. Not every addition has to come in the form of a rookie, and in fact, with the Falcons needing a major turnaround in 2014, it might be better to go the free agent route for quicker results.
As always, there are flashy players to be picked up in the free agent market, but none of those names are on the list for the Falcons. While that might sound bad, it’s actually a good thing, because those boring names are often linemen.
And what do the Falcons need, on both sides of the ball?
Below is the complete list of players Bedard said would fit best with the Falcons, and you can leave me a comment and weigh in on what you think of those names. Again, you may not have heard of them all, but the Falcons really need a few big uglies who can either block along the offensive line or create havoc along the defensive line.
99. Michael Oher, offensive tackle, 28 years old
90. Jonathan Babineaux, defensive lineman, 32 years old (has been with the Falcons for nine seasons)
84. Louis Delmas, strong safety, 27 years old
78. Willie Colon, guard, 31 years old
39. Chad Rinehart, guard, 29 years old
38. Jason Hatcher, defensive lineman, 32 years old
27. Randy Starks, defensive lineman, 30 years old