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Report: Falcons prefer Khalil Mack to Anthony Barr

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The Falcons have made no secret of their desire to get tougher up front this offseason — on both sides of the ball.

But if they elect to go for a pass-rushing linebacker, they seem to have a preference.

According to D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the “word on the streets” at the Scouting Combine was that the Falcons prefer Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack to UCLA’s Anthony Barr.

They could have their choice of the two when they pick sixth, but there’s no guarantee that’s where they’ll stay. General Manager Thomas Dimitroff has already declared himself “open for business” with the sixth pick, and he’s not afraid to make a splash.

While either Mack of Barr could help them, they’d probably be better off moving up for a different player.

Whether it’s going to get South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, or their choice of the top tackles including Jake Matthews or Greg Robinson, the Falcons might be better served with a cornerstone piece of their lines than either of the dynamic linebackers.

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16 Responses to “Report: Falcons prefer Khalil Mack to Anthony Barr”
  1. 4allintensivepurposes says: Feb 25, 2014 1:58 PM

    They just lowered the Barr.

  2. chad504boy says: Feb 25, 2014 1:59 PM

    Please baby Jesus don’t let Atlanta draft Khalil Mack.

  3. reesesteel23 says: Feb 25, 2014 2:08 PM

    He’s going to Minnesota….so baby Jesus will answer your prayers

  4. ceraser45 says: Feb 25, 2014 2:12 PM

    I dont know why people don’t like Mack. It must be because they see the “Buffalo” next to his name so they assume he isn’t good. Guess those people should leave their shell and watch his tape

  5. phillyphannnn83 says: Feb 25, 2014 2:18 PM

    Intents and purposes?

  6. hartcarluncarlun says: Feb 25, 2014 2:19 PM

    Falcos will trade up for Clowney!!

  7. bigshirk says: Feb 25, 2014 2:23 PM

    Doesn’t everyone?

  8. southpaw2k says: Feb 25, 2014 2:39 PM

    ‘Tis the season for smokescreens….

  9. raidermike34 says: Feb 25, 2014 2:46 PM

    Mack will be looking sweet in Silver & Black when we roll up @ #5 .. Next after him is Aron Donald ..

  10. scoboscobs says: Feb 25, 2014 3:10 PM

    Isn’t it pretty much a given that EVERY team prefers Mack to Barr?

  11. qdog112 says: Feb 25, 2014 3:11 PM

    In his interview at the combine, Mack described himself as a finesse player and not power LB. If power is what they seek, the Falcons should pay attention to what the player himself says.

    Not saying Barr is that guy either, but Mack just told the world he’s not a thumper.

  12. raiderspy1 says: Feb 25, 2014 3:24 PM

    Falcons want Mack over Barr, take him hes yours, you will find out he can not cover. Plays flat footed, thinks to much and people run right by. Mack is real good towards the line of scrimmage, but BARR is still better over all.

  13. thegreatgabbert says: Feb 25, 2014 3:49 PM

    Mack looks like a PERFORMANCE ENHANCED version of Barr to me. He’s a couple of years older as well. I’d take Barr 10 times out of 10.

  14. rcali says: Feb 25, 2014 3:53 PM

    MAC is Division II football not matter what the NCAA tries to do to make sure nobody gets offended. Tread carefully. I know, I know, thumbs down MAC Alumni. Your attendance at home games says all you need to know about what you think of your league.

  15. realfootballfan says: Feb 25, 2014 7:49 PM

    Another small school overachiever who’s going to get somebody fired when they draft him too high.

  16. allyn84 says: Feb 26, 2014 1:34 PM

    As the Falcons need a TE, OL, DL, LB, S and a RB. Falcons need to stay put because sacrificing a pick for Clowney is the last thing they need.

    If we get Robinson, Clowney, Mack, Mathews at no. 6 , I’m happy. They still need a lot of help and a lot of free agents they need to get.

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