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Atlanta Falcons draft Jake Matthews No. 6 overall

NEW YORK -- The Atlanta Falcons flirted with the idea of trading up to the top of the NFL draft. Instead, they stayed put and fortified a serious area of need.

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The Falcons selected Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews with the sixth overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft on Thursday, giving the team an instant starter.

Matthews comes from royal bloodline. He is the son of Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews and nephew of Clay Matthews Jr., a Pro Bowl linebacker for the Browns. Packers linebacker Clay Matthews III and Eagles linebacker Casey Matthews are cousins.

The Falcons struggled mightily at both tackle positions last season, and Matthews has the ability to play all over the line. He is a very strong candidate to take over at left tackle, a move that would kick Sam Baker to the right side.

It's not the sexy pick that landing Jadeveon Clowney would have been, but it certainly improves the team. Matt Ryan will sleep better tonight.

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