Falcons looking for explosive players in draft

By Charles Odum

Associated Press

Published: Friday, April 22 2011 12:10 p.m. MDT

In these handout photos released by the NFL and taken in February 2011, top NFL Draft prospects are shown at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. They are, top row from left: Stanley Havili, FB, Southern California; Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio State; Justin Houston, LB, Georgia; Rodney Hudson, C, Florida State; Kendall Hunter, RB, Oklahoma State; Henry Hynoski, FB, Pittsburgh. Bottom row, from left: Benjamin Ijalana, OG, Villanova; Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama; Greg Jones, LB, Michigan State; Julio Jones, WR, Alabama; Cameron Jordan, DE, California; Lance Kendricks, TE, Wisconsin.

NFL, Ben Liebenberg, Associated Press

ATLANTA — Thomas Dimitroff is looking at more than just defensive ends as the Falcons' general manager considers his options for the first round of the NFL draft.

Sure, defensive end looks like a top need for the Falcons, who had only 31 sacks last season. John Abraham had 13 sacks, but he'll be 33 in two weeks.

There should be first-round talent at defensive end at the Falcons' No. 27 overall selection on Thursday night. Possible options to boost Atlanta's pass rush are Ohio State's Cameron Heyward and Georgia's Justin Houston.

Dimitroff stresses he's also looking for more explosiveness on offense. Kentucky's Randall Cobb and Maryland's Torrey Smith are receivers who could be available.

The Falcons also need more speed at running back behind Michael Turner.

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