For that reason, Quinn and the Falcons presumably are extremely interested in picking an edge rusher with the No. 8 pick in the draft.
But which ones will be there?
Jeremiah said Randy Gregory's positive drug test at the combine could cause him to slide, which could mean that teams needing edge rushers at the top of the draft will have fewer players from which to choose. Teams seeking edge rushers include Jacksonville at No. 3, Washington at No. 5, the Jets at No. 6, and Chicago at No. 7, as well as Atlanta. That's a lot of teams for a pool of players that potentially could dwindle by one.
Jeremiah said that picking Dupree, who is 27th on his list of the top 50 prospects, at No. 8 is "a little rich for me." But Jeremiah did note that Dupree is "a freaky athlete." Dupree measured 6-foot-4 and 269 pounds at the NFL Scouting Combine and turned in a 4.56 clocking in the 40; had a vertical jump of 42 inches; and a broad jump of 11 feet, 6 inches.
"I'm on the Dupree bandwagon," Conway said.
Conway said Dupree was asked to do different things than the rest of the top edge rushers. "He didn't rush the passer as much as the rest of the guys did," said Conway, who noted that Dupree appeared to have more responsibilities against the run than the other edge rushers.