The Falcons were the benefactors of the early run on quarterbacks and teams ahead of them drafting for need. GM Thomas Dimitroff stayed patient, and Ridley fell into their laps at No. 26 as one of the best values in the first round. The Falcons addressed defense with two very solid picks on Day 2. Oliver will compete in nickel packages immediately, while Senat is a thick, squatty presence on the interior of the defense who will occupy double teams and clog rushing lanes.
Calvin Ridley comes along just when rumors started to surface about Julio Jones potentially being unhappy with his contract. Dimitroff brought in a fellow former Alabama receiver who could prove the perfect complementary threat. Ridley didn’t post big numbers in a run-first offense, but he is quick and runs the full route tree and his quickness will pose a threat alongside Jones and Mohamed Sanu.
Isaiah Oliver is tall and long with ideal man coverage skills and experience against top receivers in the pass-crazed Big 12. He’ll compete right away behind Desmond Trufant and Robert Alford.