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Falcons trade up to draft Clemson defensive tackle Grady Jarrett

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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) - The Atlanta Falcons have traded up eight spots to choose Clemson defensive tackle Grady Jarrett in the fifth round of the NFL draft.
    
Jarrett teamed with pass rusher Vic Beasley, whom Atlanta selected with the No. 8 overall pick on Thursday, during the last four years at Clemson.
    
The Falcons dealt the Minnesota Vikings a fifth- and sixth-round pick to acquire the top spot of the fifth round.
    
Improving quarterback pressure has been the top priority of new coach Dan Quinn. Atlanta's defense allowed the highest combined passer rating over the last two years under his predecessor, Mike Smith.
    
Quinn and the Falcons upgraded their coverage in Friday's second round by picking LSU cornerback Jalen Collins.
    
Jarrett had 29.5 career tackles for minus yardage and 37 quarterback pressures at Clemson.

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