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Falcons Draft Southern Mississippi OL Lamar Holmes

By Jake Saltzman

The Atlanta Falcons made two things clear in making their second overall selection Friday. One, draft at the position where you need the most help.

Two, size matters. A lot.

With the 91st overall pick in the draft, the Atlanta Falcons took their second straight offensive lineman, Lamar Holmes from Southern Mississippi.

Holmes is a tank in pretty much every sense of the word, and at 6’5, 320 pounds, is just what new offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter needs to ensure Matt Ryan stays off of the Georgia Dome turf this year. Ryan was sacked 26 times in 2011.

Holmes excels at straight-ahead run-blocking, and shows pretty good athleticism for a man his size. He can be exposed in the passing game though, as well as in certain facets of the run game. Both of those things will have to improve before he starts consistently on Sundays.

Conference USA produced an impressive crop of prospects this year, with Dontari Poe (Memphis, 11th overall) and Vinny Curry (Marshall, 59th overall) both selected ahead of Holmes. All three project to see the field a great deal next year, especially Poe (KC Chiefs) and Holmes who fill glaring needs for their respective teams.

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