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NFL Mock Draft 2013: Falcons select LSU DE Sam Montgomery

Atlanta could solidify its pass rush by taking Montgomery in the first round.

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The Falcons are still playing football in January. That's a good thing — a very good thing. But it's never too early to start looking ahead to April's NFL Draft and trying to project how the Dirty Birds can get even better.

One area Atlanta could look to improve is along the defensive line, particularly in terms of improving its pass rush.

The Falcons were one of the worst teams in the NFL in generating sacks. They recorded just 29 on the year, the fifth-lowest total in the league and second-worst in the NFC.

CBS Sports' Rob Rang thinks Atlanta will address this need with their first pick in this year's draft, selecting defensive end Sam Montgomery from LSU.

While the Falcons possess the best record in the NFC their inability to supply consistent pressure on the opposing quarterback has to be a major concern. The 6-5, 260 pound Montgomery has a quick first step, long arms and the passion to excite scouts but is viewed by some as a bit stiff. At this point in the draft, however, Atlanta might see him as a steal and a potential replacement for the aging John Abraham.

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