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The Falcons have been very quiet since signing CB Dunta Robinson last month, but they still have needs to fill and are expected to use their first-round draft pick on a defensive end or outside linebacker. Missouri LB Sean Weatherspoon was due to visit the Falcons this week and reports indicate a contingent of team representatives, including GM Thomas Dimitroff and head coach Mike Smith, will be on hand while USC DE Everson Griffen and UCLA DT Brian Price work out over the weekend. Some draft analysts have Michigan DE Brandon Graham, PFW's second-highest rated defensive end, going to the Falcons with the 19th overall pick. Atlanta had 28 sacks last season, which tied for 26th in the league, and the pass defense suffered because of a pass rush that didn't generate enough pressure.
While there will be some intriguing players available at other positions when it's time for the Falcons to make their first pick, Dimitroff has said he drafts based on need. He doesn't subscribe to the best-player-available approach that other teams take.
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