Atlanta Falcons 2017 Draft Recap

2017 draft picks

1st round selection

The Falcons traded up five spots to get the defensive end from Richmond, CA, who played in 28 games for UCLA after playing a season at Contra Costa College. McKinley transferred to UCLA in 2014 and recorded 99 total tackles, 28.0 tackles for loss, 16.0 sacks, six forced fumbles, and 10 passes defensed over his three-year collegiate career.

3rd round selection

Riley is the fifth player from LSU General Manager Thomas Dimitroff has drafted during his time here – third time in three years. The 6-1, 230-pound linebacker played in 50 games with 13 starts for the Tigers over four years and tallied 144 total tackles, 10.0 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, one interception, and two fumble recoveries.

4th round selection

As a senior, Harlow served as a team captain and started the final nine games of the season at left tackle. He helped the Beavers set the OSU single-season record with 5.2 yards per carry and was named second team All Pac-12.

5th round selections

Kazee holds the SDSU career record for interceptions (17), and he was also named the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year for two straight seasons (2015-16). Kazee was the first player in Aztec history to record six or more interceptions in consecutive seasons.
Hill ran for over 4,287 yards on 775 carries during his career at Wyoming. He also recorded 35 rushing touchdowns and chipped in 41 receptions for 403 yards. Last season, Hill rushed for 1,860 yards on 349 carries with 22 touchdowns.
Saubert earned his fourth All-Pioneer-Football League after being named first-team PFL in 2016. He ranked 19th in the nation with 10 receiving touchdowns, and was second in the nation among tight ends with 70.5 receiving yards per game.

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General Manager Thomas Dimitroff has now selected 74 players since 2008. For the first time, he selected players from San Diego State, Wyoming, and Drake, making it 52 schools he has chosen from over 10 years.

Dimitroff completed his 14th draft day trade when he traded the 63rd overall pick to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for the 75th, 149th, and 156th picks on Friday Night.

roster built through draft

* - Player started at least one game. 40-percent of the current roster is made up of players drafted by GM Thomas Dimitroff.

deep drafts

GM Thomas Dimitroff and the Falcons have a successful history of selecting players deep in the draft who go on to become key contributors to the team. In the last nine drafts, Atlanta has witnessed 48 players drafted in the second round or later compete in a combined 1,545 games.

Top Right: CB Robert Alford drafted in 2nd round (2013); Top Left: RB Devonta Freeman drafted in 4th round (2014): Bottom Right: TE Austin Hooper drafted in 3rd Round (2016); DT Grady Jarrett drafted in 5th Round (2016)

Franchise cornerstones

The Falcons have utilized the NFL Draft as a means to develop the team for the future. Since 2008, only 12 of Atlanta’s 68 draft picks have not seen action on the gridiron during the regular season. The Falcons have been particularly solid in drafting starters and key contributors with picks in the first three rounds under Dimitroff.

S Keanu Neal (17th overall) recorded 105 total tackles (72 solo), which ranked second on the team team in and second among all rookies in 2016. He also added two tackles for loss, five forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and seven passes defensed.

Vic Beasley Jr. (8th overall pick in 2015) led the NFL with 15.5 sacks and added 39 tackles (32 solo), 15 quarterback hits, 10 tackles for loss, and six forced fumbles. He was also named to his first Pro Bowl and earned AP All-Pro honors for his breakout performance in 2016.

His 15.5 sacks are the second most by a Falcon in a single season since sacks became an official statistic in 1982. Only John Abraham had more with 16.5 in 2008.

T Jake Matthews (6th overall pick in 2014) Started all 16 games at left tackle, blocking for an offense that set a franchise record with 540 points and averaged 415.8 yards per game.

CB Desmond Trufant (22nd overall pick in 2013) started nine games, posting 30 tackles (25 solo) with one interception, 2.0 sacks, two forced fumbles, and three passes defensed before being placed on injured reserve.

Named to his first Pro Bowl after notching 43 tackles (35 solo) with one interception, one sack, and 11 passes defensed while starting all 16 games.

Julio Jones (6th overall in 2011 draft) Finished second in the NFL and led the NFC with 1,409 receiving yards in 2016. Caught 83 passes with six touchdowns, including a 75-yard score.

He was the only receiver in the NFL that averaged 100 yards per game last season.

QB Matt Ryan (drafted 3rd overall in 2008) Set career-best marks, completing 69.9 percent of his passes for 4,944 yards with 38 touchdowns and a 117.1 passer rating. Posted a QB rating above 100 in 12 of 16 games in 2016, tying Tom Brady and Steve Young for the second most such games in a single season.

Earned his fourth career Pro Bowl nod, his first AP All Pro selection, and was named MVP - first in franchise history.

Find them everywhere

With 74 draft selections in 10 years at the helm, General Manager Thomas Dimitroff has tapped into 17 conferences for players. Since 2008, Atlanta has selected more players from the SEC than any other conference, with 16 players coming out of the powerhouse league.
Dimitroff has drafted 74 players from 52 different schools since 2008. This season Dimitroff drafted players from Drake, San Diego State, and Wyoming - schools he's never chosen from before. Dimitroff drafted his second player from UCLA when chose Takk McKinley with the 26th overall pick.

history of the pick

The Atlanta Falcons traded up to the 26th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, marking the second time in team history the club made a selection in that spot.

DB Devin Bush was drafted with 26th overall pick in the 1995 Draft. He played four seasons for the Falcons, playing in 56 games with 36 starts. He recorded 198 total tackles, three interceptions and three fumble recoveries.

Only one player selected with the 26th overall pick has been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame (G Joe DeLamielleure - 1973). Additionally, 10 players have been first team All-Pro selections, and 21 players have been voted into one-or-more Pro Bowl games.

Several top draft picks by Dimitroff since 2008.
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