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2011 NFL Draft: Marcus Gilbert, Maybe Colin Kaepernick On Atlanta Falcons Senior Bowl Radar

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Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff expressed his high opinion of Florida Gators guard Marcus Gilbert to NFL.com’s Jason Feller at Senior Bowl practices on Tuesday. Gilbert is a six-foot-six, 329-pound senior (duh!) who’s expected to be a mid-rounder.

The Falcons are likely to need to resupply their offensive line depth this offseason, as one or both starting guards (Harvey Dahl, Justin Blalock) could be gone due to free agency.

Mocking The Draft’s eyes and ears also report the Falcons possibly showing interest in Nevada Wolf Pack QB Colin Kaepernick, that loping Ozymandias (tall thing in desert!) who ran the prolific Pistol offense. Big Kaepernick isn’t expected to be a first-rounder, but he’s impressed many with his accuracy and presence early on, which may have been surprising considering he played in a run-heavy offense.

Backup quarterback will be a need at some point, with Chris Redman not getting any younger out there. While it’s never an exciting pick to make, especially for a team with a solid backup and a third-stringer that nobody’s especially mad at, these things have to happen sometimes.

Some scouts have expressed concern about Kaepernick’s lengthy delivery, though he’s trying to work on it.

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