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Khalil Mack to visit with Falcons next week as well

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The Falcons went into this offseason hoping to put together a defense that makes more impactful plays than the 2013 version and they’re devoting a good chunk of next week to meetings with players that might help them do that.

We’ve already seen reports that South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr are headed for visits with Atlanta next week and Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports that the Falcons are also expected to meet with Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack. That gives them a clean sweep of the top three defensive edge players in this year’s class.

The Falcons aren’t locked into going that route, however. They’ve also shown interest in the top two offensive tackles — Auburn’s Greg Robinson and Texas A&M’s Jake Matthews — and they can use the help in either area.

Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff made a big trade up to get wide receiver Julio Jones a few years ago and the Falcons could make another move this year if they don’t think the player they want will make it to the sixth pick. Next week’s meetings will likely help inform that decision.

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7 Responses to “Khalil Mack to visit with Falcons next week as well”
  1. lovemyqueens says: Apr 17, 2014 4:05 PM

    Where ever he goes he going to make an impact. I hope he lands in purple but somebody ahead of 8 will grab that talent.

  2. touchdownroddywhite says: Apr 17, 2014 4:31 PM

    Would love to see him fall to number 6.

  3. dualprime says: Apr 17, 2014 4:39 PM

    He would be the perfect fit in Romeo’s 3-4 at Houston! No questions about his dedication either.

  4. realnflmaster says: Apr 17, 2014 4:54 PM

    Bust.

  5. beckzhere says: Apr 17, 2014 5:38 PM

    It would be nice, but no way he slides to 6.

  6. ncphinsfan says: Apr 17, 2014 6:26 PM

    Does anyone think he might not be all that based on the quality of competition he faced in College? He is a hard working, play-maker and will be a good LB in the NFL, but going in the first 7 picks makes me wonder.

  7. jkaflagg says: Apr 17, 2014 10:00 PM

    People who are sold on Mack often cite his play in the opening game against Ohio State and the bowl game against San Diego State – those teams (and most other Buffalo opponents) either designed their offenses to avoid Mack or double-teamed him, and he was still pretty effective. That said, agree that it’s no guarantee he’ll become the next Ray Lewis in the pros, and teams are often disappointed when they think they drafted a star and instead merely got a solid player, especially if they take him in the top 5 picks.

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