Falcons Trade Down, Take Lamar Holmes

With the 91st overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Falcons selected Lamar Holmes, offensive tackle from Southern Mississippi. Originally slated to pick at 84, the Falcons instead opted to trade down and acquired a fifth-rounder from the Baltimore Ravens.

Holmes is 6-foot-5 and weighs 323 pounds. The selection makes sense, but Holmes will need some grooming before he’s a starter; he wasn’t rated highly.

Both the Falcons’ selections have been offensive linemen (Peter Konz was the first selection). Boring picks, yes, but it’s imperative to build up the offensive line. Quarterback Matt Ryan was under duress a lot last season, and the Falcons have addressed the problem spots at left tackle and right guard.

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