The Falcons selected Chris Lindstrom (left) from Boston College with the 14th pick before choosing University of Washington lineman Kaleb McGary (right) with the 31st pick.
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The Falcons selected Chris Lindstrom (left) from Boston College with the 14th pick before choosing University of Washington lineman Kaleb McGary (right) with the 31st pick.

 

The Atlanta Falcons added much needed depth to their offensive line with a pair of selections in the first round of the NFL Draft Thursday night.

 

With the 14th overall selection, the team drafted offensive lineman Chris Lindstrom from Boston College.

 

 

Lindstrom, who is one of the top ranked prospects at his position, will immediately compete for a starting job on the team.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kDd0JG2KfzI&ab_channel=BostonCollegeAthletics

 

But the Falcons weren't done after that pick. They traded back into the first round to select another offensive lineman,  Kaleb McGary from the University of Washington.

 

The Falcons paid a steep price for the trade, however, giving up their second and third round picks to the L.A. Rams in order to move up.

 

Both Lindstrom and McGary were chosen to help protect franchise quarterback Matt Ryan, who was sacked 42 times last season.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GmjZ67Kd_HE&ab_channel=AtlantaFalcons

 

With last night's trade, the Falcons aren't scheduled to make another selection until the fourth round, which takes place on Saturday.