The draft is nearly upon us."Only one more Falcoholinks until the quasi-Christmas morning that is the draft! Ra’Shede Hageman returns The big news came on Friday Blue Deion Sanders Jersey , when your Atlanta Falcons re-signed Ra’Shede Hageman. The former second round pick had an uneven three seasons in Atlanta before pleading guilty to domestic violence misdemeanors, ending up on the Commissioner’s Exempt List, and getting cut just ahead of the 2017 season. He had been out of the league since, and still has to serve a two game suspension for a DWI back in June.All that makes him a surprising addition for the Falcons, who have prioritized stacking up bodies along the defensive line. Hageman’s most likely a flier for Atlanta, which knows him well, is familiar with his positional versatility and flashes of unstoppable strength, and is hoping the time away will serve to make him a better player. Hageman has pledged to put everything behind him and we’ll hope he’s able to do so. The Falcons make trades and land big fish in Eric’s last mockEric Robinson has now delivered six versions of his Falcons mock draft this offseason, and his takes on who the team will pick have evolved as we’ve seen them make moves. His latest and final mock gives the Falcons a potentially potent edge rusher in Brian Burns, an extremely promising tackle in Tytus Howard Best Takkarist McKinley Jersey , and utilizes two trades to land the Falcons a promising receiver and interesting late round linebacker. The Falcons still make seven picks and hit virtually every draft need, making this a strong class if it comes to fruition. Atlanta’s close with Julio Jones? The Grady Jarrett and Julio Jones contracts are Atlanta’s biggest offseason priority once the NFL Draft is over, and we’ve received very little insight into the state of those negotiations to this point. The most recent update has the Falcons close to re-upping with #11, which we’ve heard once before but not from a plugged-in local writer like Jeff Schultz at The Athletic.Just how close are we talking? That’s not as important as knowing it’ll get done, certainly before the season but ideally before mandatory minicamp. If the Falcons can lock up Jones and Jarrett for the next few years and give themselves a little more cap space to play with in the short-term, all will be well in Atlanta. Where do the Falcons still have holes? Over the weekend, we took a closer look at the state of the Falcons roster and tried to determine which positions were still weaknesses. Atlanta’s done a stellar job of adding capable depth across the roster, getting themselves a swing tackle candidate (John Wetzel), young reserves with upside along the defensive line (Chris Odom, Tyeler Davison) Adult Takkarist McKinley Jersey , and adding safety depth (Chris Cooper, Afolabi Laguda). That improves their draft flexibility, at the very least.The holes are still there, though. The Falcons have conspiciously left cornerback alone thus far, increasing the odds that they get a player early in the draft, and have long-term needs at tackle and defensive end that must be addressed. We’re only days from finding out how they intend to do so. Green’s collegiate productivity in the slot suggests it’s a role he could slip into down the line."WhiteFanposts Fanshots Library FalcFans Podcast on The FalcoholicContact The FalcoholicFalcons StoriesScheduleRosterStatsYahoo Falcons NewsYahoo Falcons Team PageYahoo Falcons ReportYahoo Falcons Depth ChartYahoo Falcons TransactionsYahoo Falcons PhotosOdds About Masthead Community Guidelines StubHub ✕Marcus Green’s slot numbers could suggest a bright Falcons future New,32commentsGreen’s collegiate productivity in the slot suggests it’s a role he could slip into down the line. EDTShareTweetShareShareMarcus Green’s slot numbers could suggest a bright Falcons future The Falcons have recently fallen in love with the idea of drafting Louisiana collegiate wide receivers in the sixth round, nabbing both Russell Gage and Marcus Green there in the last two drafts. The two both have definite special teams value, but it’s worth asking whether Green might be able to carve out a significant role on offense down the line. Gage, of course Authentic Julio Jones Jersey , was drafted primarily for his special teams prowess, not his skill as a receiver. His entire collegiate production consisted of 28 receptions for 232 yards and a touchdown, which is part of why his flashes of potential as a receiver in 2018 were so intriguing. There’s still upside there, but if we’re talking about which one of the team’s last two sixth round picks at receiver is likeliest to make a big impact, it’s Green by a landslide.Green’s production, meanwhile, was stellar. He wasn’t playing at LSU as Gage was, but he put up 202 receptions for 2,698 yards and 23 touchdowns at Louisiana-Monroe, using his blazing wheels and quality hands to make an outsized impact. Notably Authentic Calvin Ridley Jersey , he did most of his damage as the team’s slot receiver. Why is this relevant, especially given that Green has been linked to both receiver and running back here in the early going, not to mention as the team’s probable kick returner? Because the team doesn’t actually have a long-term slot option at this point, what with Mohamed Sanu entering the final year of his deal in 2020, Justin Hardy on a one-year deal and, and Gage not (to my knowledge) being considered for that role. Green’s productivity and comfort level there suggests that he can be impactful at least in relief of Sanu, not to mention giving the team a very different look than they have with the 6’2”, physical playmaker there today.Green’s closest analogue for Falcons fans is probably Taylor Gabriel, though it’s not a perfect comparison and the two would be working in different offenses with Kyle Shanahan and Steve Sarkisian turning things over to Dirk Koetter. The two are similar in height and athletic profiles, with Green’s clocking in some 25 pounds heavier Brett Favre Jersey 2019 , and Green’s speed and versatility (the team suggested he’d be an RB before Thomas Dimitroff walked it back) could see him getting involved out of the backfield as well, as the team sometimes (though not often enough) did with Gabriel. I don’t want to overstate this possibility, because the rate of late round receivers panning out isn’t exactly stellar, but it’s an intriguing thought. Green may never become the team’s #3 receiver, but his blend of speed, quality hands, and experience do suggest he could at least fill in capably in the slot in the years to come.