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Falcons beef up offensive line on day 2 of NFL Draft

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Falcons pick Wisconsin guard-center Peter Konz
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -
The Atlanta Falcons have used their first pick in the NFL draft to select Wisconsin guard-center Peter Konz.

The Falcons made Konz the 55th overall pick with the second-round selection. A run on offensive tackles earlier in the round helped convince the Falcons to draft Konz, who has good size at 6-foot-5 and 314 pounds.

Konz could be an eventual replacement for center Todd McClure, who is 35 and entering his 14th season.

The Falcons have five in this year's draft after trading a seventh-round selection to the Eagles for Pro Bowl cornerback Asante Samuel on Wednesday.

The team traded this year's first-round pick to move up in the first round of last year's draft to select receiver Julio Jones.

Falcons pick So. Miss OT Lamar Holmes in 3rd round
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -
The Atlanta Falcons continued to work on improving their offensive line when they selected tackle Lamar Holmes from Southern Miss in the third round on Friday night.

The team selected Wisconsin guard-center Peter Konz in the second round.

Holmes, listed at 6-foot-5 and 323 pounds, will have a chance to compete for playing time behind Tyson Clabo and Will Svitek. He played two years at Southern Miss and was a first-team All-Conference USA selection by the league's coaches in 2011.

Holmes transferred to Southern Miss from Itawamba Community College.

The Falcons moved down seven spots in the third round in a trade with Baltimore. Atlanta added the 29th pick of the fifth round, No. 164 overall, in the trade.

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