The Falcons held their cards close to the vest during the NFL-mandated pre-draft news conference Thursday.
The Falcons hold the 14th pick in the draft and have nine picks overall. The draft is set for April 25-27 in Nashville, Tenn.
Here are five things we learned from Falcons coach Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff on Thursday:
1. Trenches strong. The Falcons are high on the defensive line and offensive linemen in the draft. Dimitroff said there are seven to 10 offensive lineman worthy of the first round.
2. Hole at cornerback. Dimitroff acknowledged that the team has holes in its depth chart at cornerback.
3. Running back. Dimitroff also acknowledged that the Falcons have to take into consideration running back Devonta Freeman’s injury history and can’t rule out drafting a running back.
4. Talking to Jones. Dimitroff said there was nothing to update on Grady Jarrett’s contract situation and that both sides were still talking on Julio Jones.
5. Hageman update. Former Falcons defensive tackle Ra’Shede Hageman had a strong workout with the team, but re-signing him was not imminent.
FALCONS 2019 DRAFT PICKS
Round 1, No. 14 overall
Round 2, No. 45 overall
Round 3, No. 79 overall
Round 4, No. 117 overall
Round 4, No. 137 overall (compensatory)
Round 5, No. 152 overall
Round 5, No. 172 overall (compensatory)
Round 6, No. 186 overall
Round 7, No. 230 overall
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