Under Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff, the team has taken on a couple of medical risks in the past.
They selected defensive tackle Peria Jerry in the first round with the 24th overall pick in 2009. He had an extensive injury history at Mississippi.
In 2011, when they were looking for support in the secondary they signed cornerback Kelvin Hayden, who had a neck injury and wasn’t medically cleared by several teams.
“When you start talking about medical issues. . .you get a risk‑reward scenario, and every team is different with how they assign risk versus reward,” NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said on Monday’s conference call. (Mayock, friend of the blog, was awesome!!! He rolled for two hours-plus, dropping knowledge on the tailback from Rutgers to the tight end from Sam Houston State!!! THANKS MIKE!!!).
Late in the second round, the Falcons will likely be confronted with a dilemma: Pull South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore card off the draft board or pass?
Should the Falcons draft Ex-Gamecock Marcus Lattimore?
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