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Falcons mock draft: Atlanta selects Michigan DT Maurice Hurst

Our first local prospect comes off the board.

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The Atlanta Falcons are on the clock, and they better get their pick in before the clock is under 10 seconds, or I will demand that the NFL hits them with a 10-second runoff and puts the Saints on the clock. The NFL listens to me. Do you know who I am?

Anyways, the Falcons’ acting general manager in our Pride of Detroit Community Mock Draft is Ryan Anton. With the 26th pick in our mock, Anton has selected Michigan defensive tackle Maurice Hurst for the Falcons. Here is the rationale for the pick:

After coming off that dreaded Super Bowl loss to the Patriots, please no more 28-3 jokes. We bounced back and went a respectable 10-6, only to lose to the eventual Super Bowl champions in the playoffs. Now it’s time for this team to rise up and get back to the Super Bowl, and it starts with the draft.

Lucky for us, our needs are not as big as other teams. I could’ve went guard here but we just signed Brandon Fusco. He’s not the best guard but he’s adequate just like the host on that Pride of Detroit PODcast. So I went with what I believe is our biggest need which is defensive tackle. Dontari Poe recently signed with our rival, so getting someone to play next to Grady Jarrett was a must. That’s why I selected Maurice Hurst from Michigan.

Hurst did have a health scare at the NFL Combine when doctors found an irregular EKG. But since then, Hurst has been cleared by doctors at the University of Michigan and Harvard. Although Hurst may be a risk, any player in the draft carries risk. Now I know how much everyone loves Pro Football Focus. They recently just put out that in 2017 Hurst had the highest grade ever for an interior defender in college football at 96.8. Now that’s a player I’m willing to take a risk on.

To sum it up, Maurice Hurst is a penetrating 3-tech that has the knack to get to the quarterback. Hurst combined with Grady Jarrett, Takk Mckinley, and Vic Beasley could become the most dangerous set of pass rushers in the whole league. So to all the QBs facing us this year—as the guy in the movie with Liam Neeson said—“Good luck.”

Catch up with all of the picks with our POD Community Mock Draft tracker.


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