FLOWERY BRANCH —Taking an offensive lineman in the fourth round (Pick 136 overall) wasn’t a closely guarded secret; the Atlanta Falcons were expected to add depth up front after losing Chris Chester to retirement. Sean Harlow also didn’t hide any truth when asked if the team planned to move him inside to guard after starting 37 games at Oregon State at tackle.
“Yeah, definitely,” said the newest Falcons rookie. Even team representatives told the media Harlow was drafted as a guard. How easy will it be for the 6-foot-4, 305-pound lineman to move inside upon arriving in the NFL?
“I think it’ll be fine,” Harlow said. “I practiced it a bunch in college. I’m comfortable doing it. It’s something that I thought I was going to have to do from high school to college — move inside — but I just ended up out on the edges all four years.”
The Falcons now have their guard from the 2017 draft. He’ll push into the open competition on the right side with Wes Schweitzer, Ben Garland and Matt Thronton. However, with head coach Dan Quinn raving about the strides Schweitzer has made in the offseason and Atlanta waiting until the fourth round to address this need, one could guess Harlow isn’t top on the depth chart.
Harlow is excited to get involved with the Falcons’ scheme:
“I know they run a lot of outside zone, which is great,” said Harlow. “They’re a run-heavy team, which is something I really pride myself in.”