Back in the 2012-13 NFL season, the Atlanta Falcons lost in the NFC Championship game to the San Francisco 49ers.  They won 13 games during the regular season.  They would only win 10 games over the next two seasons, before firing head coach Mike Smith and hiring former Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn.

Alongside general manager Thomas Dimitroff, Quinn has done a great job recreating what Seattle has on the defensive side of the ball.

YEARROUNDOVRNAMEPOSITIONSCHOOL
2016117Keanu NealSFlorida
2016252Deion JonesOLBLSU
2016381Austin HooperTEStanford
20164115De'Vondre CampbellOLBMinnesota
201518Vic BeasleyOLBClemson
2015242Jalen CollinsCBLSU
2015373Tevin ColemanRBIndiana
20154107Justin HardyWREast Carolina
20155137Grady JarrettDTClemson

While the defense was one of just 8 teams to allow 400 points, Atlanta was 4th in turnover differential at +11.

The Falcons won the NFC South with 11 wins and lead the NFL in points scored - 71 points better than the 2nd ranked New Orleans Saints.  Kudos to offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, who has become one of the top offensive minds in the NFL.  Will he leave to take over as the 49ers head coach?  Would Atlanta dare hire Chip Kelly to take his place?!

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Offense

Matt Ryan - Drafted 3rd overall in the 2008 NFL Draft by the Falcons.  The Dolphins and Rams passed on Ryan in favor of Jake Long and Chris LongJoe Flacco (18th) was the only other QB drafted in the 1st round.

Devonta Freeman - Drafted 103rd overall in the 4th round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Falcons.  There were no running backs selected in the first round.  Picks 54, 55 and 57 were Bishop Sankey (Titans), Jeremy Hill (Bengals) & Carlos Hyde (49ers).  Charles Sims (Buccaneers), Tre Mason (Rams), Terrance West (Browns), Jerick McKinnon (Vikings) & Dri Archer (Steelers) were all drafted in the 3rd round. 

Tevin Coleman  - Drafted 73rd overall in the 3rd round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Falcons.  Todd Gurley (Rams) & Melvin Gordon (Chargers) were first round picks.  T.J. Yeldon (Jaguars) and Ameer Abdullah (Lions) were selected in the 2nd round.  The Browns drafted Duke Johnson (77th) ahead of David Johnson (86th, Cardinals).

Julio Jones - Drafted 6th overall in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Falcons.  Atlanta swapped 1st round picks with the Browns and also sent them a 2nd, two 4th round picks and their 2012 1st round pick.

Mohamed Sanu - Drafted 83rd overall in the 3rd round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Bengals.  Signed a five-year $32.5 million deal with the Falcons in March 2016.

Taylor Gabriel - Undrafted in 2014, signed by the Browns and released on September 3, 2016.  Claimed off waivers by the Falcons on September 4th.

Austin Hooper -Drafted 83rd overall in the 3rd round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Falcons.  Hunter Henry (35th, Chargers) was the only TE selected before him.

Patrick DiMarco - Undrafted in 2011, signed by the Chargers and released that August after breaking his foot.  He would play for the Chiefs in 2012 before being released in 2013.  The Falcons signed him the same month he was cut.
Leading into Week 4 of the 2015 NFL season, DiMarco was graded out as the best fullback in the NFL by Pro Football Focus grading.[6] DiMarco won the Falcons' Walter Payton Man of the Year Award nominee for the 2015 Season.[7] Pro Football Focus listed DiMarco as a First-team All-Pro fullback for 2015.[8] In 2015, DiMarco was elected to his first Pro Bowl and was a second-team All-Pro.[9][10] In the 2016 season, DiMarco made his second consecutive Pro Bowl. - Wikipedia

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Offensive Line

Jake Matthews - Drafted 6th overall in the 2014 NFL Draft by the Falcons.  Mike Evans was selected next by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Alex Mack - Drafted 21st overall in the 2009 NFL Draft by the Browns.  Cleveland traded down just two spots, swapping first rounders with the Eagles and added a 6th round pick.  Philadelphia would select Jeremy Maclin.  On March 9, 2016, Mack signed a five-year $45 million deal with the Falcons - $28.5 million guaranteed.

Andy Levitre - Drafted 51st overall in the 2nd round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the Bills.  Buffalo traded a 3rd and 4th round pick in the '09 draft to move up and select Levitre.  On March 12, 2013, Levitre reached a six-year $46.8 million deal with the Tennessee Titans, just months after knee surgery.  The Titans would trade Levitre to the Falcons before the 2015 season for a 6th round pick.

Chris Chester - Drafted 56th overall in the 2nd round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Ravens.  Baltimore swapped 2nd round picks with the Giants and picked up a 3rd rounder.  New York would select Sinorice Moss.  July 2011, Chester signed a five-year deal with the Redskins but was cut in 2015, despite starting in all 64 games.  He would sign a one-year deal with Atlanta in 2015, before re-signing prior to the 2016 season.

Ryan Schraeder - Undrafted in 2013, signed by the Falcons.  Rated as the top offensive tackles in the NFL, Atlanta re-signed Schraeder to a five-year deal in November 2016.

Defense

Vic Beasley - Drafted 8th overall in the 2015 NFL Draft by the Falcons.  Beasley was the first player drafted by Head Coach Dan Quinn.  Ereck Flowers (Giants) & Todd Gurley (Rams) were the next two picks.  The Bears drafted Kevin White one pick prior Vic Jr.

Jalen Collins - Drafted 42nd overall in the 2nd round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Falcons.

Grady Jarrett - Drafted 137th overall in the 5th round of the 2015 NFL Draft by the Falcons.  Atlanta swapped 5th round picks with the Vikings (Stefon Diggs) and also sent a 6th round pick to Minnesota.

Keanu Neal - Drafted 17th overall in the 2016 NFL Draft by the Falcons. 

Deion Jones - Drafted 52nd overall in the 2nd round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Falcons.  Atlanta traded down two spots, acquiring the Texans 2nd round pick and a 6th round pick.  Houston drafted Nick Martin.

De'Vondre Campbell - Drafted 115th overall in the 4th round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Falcons.

Robert Alford -Drafted 60th overall in the 2nd round of the 2013 NFL Draft by the Falcons.  Atlanta passed on Eddie Lacy, Christine Michael and Travis Kelce who were the next three picks.

Ricardo Allen - Drafted 147th overall in the 5th round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Falcons.

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