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2013 NFL Mock Draft: Falcons expected to get pass rushing help

SB Nation's latest mock draft has the Falcons taking UCLA DE Datone Jones with the 30th pick

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The Atlanta Falcons hold the 30th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft. After releasing John Abraham, they have significant holes on the defensive line, and most people expect them to address that hole in the draft.

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SB Nation's Dan Kadar released his latest mock draft on Monday. In it, he has the Falcons selecting UCLA DE Datone Jones in the first round:

The Falcons need pass rushers. Given where they're picking, they won't find a speed rusher at this point in the draft. Jones may not be a John Abraham replacement, but he can get into the backfield. If Atlanta wants to move to a 3-4, Jones is strong enough to play end in that kind of system.

Other possibilities: Alex Okafor, Johnthan Banks

Atlanta could also use help at cornerback after releasing Dunta Robinson, so a guy like Banks or Desmond Trufant would make sense here. Banks disappointed at the Combine, but had a much-improved pro day and his stock remains on the cusp of the first round.

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