The Falcons have prioritized defensive key positions and largely left the offensive line and safety alone."As our pre-draft coverage rolls on Marcus Green Atlanta Falcons Jersey , it’s time once again to look at Falcons draft tendencies with Dan Quinn as the head coach of the team. Today, I want to look at the positional preferences this team has shown with Quinn calling the shots, because they may help us suss out where the Falcons are going in the draft ahead. WR 4CB 4LB 4RB 3DT 2DE 2G 2TE 2S 1OT 1Unlike with schools, where the Falcons have a clear LSU bias and not much else, this team absolutely has positional needs and preferences under Dan Quinn. They’ve drafted four linebackers, four cornerbacks, and four wide receivers over his four years in charge, which reflects Quinn’s strong desire to stack his team with quality corners and linebackers, and the team’s desire to add speed and talent to the bottom (and with Calvin Ridley, the top) of their corps. Those positions are followed closely by running back, where the Falcons have nailed their Tevin Coleman and Ito Smith picks and added useful depth in Brian Hill, and then defensive tackle (Grady Jarrett and Deadrin Senat), guard (Wes Schweitzer and Sean Harlow, hardly huge investments), tight end (Austin Hooper and Eric Saubert) 2019 Marcus Green Jersey , and defensive end (Vic Beasley and Takkarist McKinley, or the only position where Quinn has invested two first rounders). They’ve never drafted a QB (obviously), true center, kicker or punter under Quinn, but every other position is covered here in some capacity. What does this mean? The Falcons have been pouring enough resources into linebacker that they now have a position group that is pretty strong at the top and genuinely deep. To a lesser extent, the same is true at cornerback, though they hurt their depth by cutting two players this offseason. They’ve also stacked up receiver and running back pretty well, mostly with their draft selections, and shouldn’t need to add to either group unless they find great value late. What that means, where the Falcons have nine draft selections and no pressing holes at positions they’ve traditionally prioritized spending draft capital on, is that we’re likely to see them dive into positions they’ve typically neglected. That’s especially true at tackle and center, where the team invested a seventh round pick (OT Jake Rodgers) and zero selections respectively, but currently “enjoy” a situation where they have no obvious long-term starter at right tackle and no young player to groom at center behind Alex Mack. They’re likely to remedy both of those situations come late April.They’ll also finally break out of their habits along the defensive line, one suspects. The Falcons have only made two major investments in DE, choosing to fill the rotation with useful veterans beyond them Marcus Green Atlanta Falcons Jersey , but are about to either wash their hands of Vic Beasley after 2019 or potentially lose him as he chases a big contract after a big year. Whether it’s a first rounder or a late rounder, the team needs a developmental end to step in next year when Beasley, Clayborn, and Means’ contracts are all up. Ditto defensive tackle, where Jack Crawford is a free agent after next season and the team could use young help. The team may not do both—Dan Quinn has said he wants a group of eight or nine players on the defensive front, and the team has seven players who would seem to be locked in—but one is a virtual lock.Finally, there’s safety, and it’s a position that looks strong on paper but could turn into a quagmire if even one thing goes wrong. Damontae Kazee is expected to get more run at cornerback, Keanu Neal and Ricardo Allen are both returning from major injuries, and the team’s “we need depth at strong safety” comments seem to suggest they’re not in love with the very solid Sharrod Neasman, who isn’t on a long term deal in the first place. They’ll definitely draft one, even with a strong free agent group.Let’s hear your takeaways on this positional breakdown. Week 10 of the NFL season is here, and it will kick off with a Thursday Night Football tilt between the Carolina Panthers (6-2) and Pittsburgh Steelers (5-2-1). The matchup, from Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, will begin at 8:20 p.m. ET on NFL Network and FOX (live streaming via FuboTV Youth Marcus Green Jersey , NBC Sports, NFL).Carolina has stumbled here and there, with losses to teams they certainly feel like they should beat — the Falcons and Washington — but they’ve won their last three games, and are just a game back of the very tough Saints in the NFC South. Carolina has been average on offense this season, but they boast the league’s eighth-ranked defense.That’s one spot higher than the Steelers, who rank ninth, but also have the league’s seventh-ranked offense. Pittsburgh is on a four-game winning streak after starting the season off 1-2-1. They’re coming off three consecutive wins over divisional rivals on top of that.Below is all you need to know to watch the action on Thursday.Time, TV, and streaming infoTime: 8:20 p.m. ET********: Heinz Field, Pittsburgh, Pa.TV: NFL Network, FOXStreaming: Amazon Prime, FuboTV, NBC Sports, NFLOdds: Pittsburgh opened as 5.5-point favorites Youth Terrell McClain Jersey , but the line has narrowed throughout the week.Panthers vs. Steelers newsOf course, the top headline for the Steelers if still Le’Veon Bell’s holdout. We now know that Bell can become a free agent at the end of the season even if he doesn’t report, but he still does have to report by Nov. 13 or he cannot play at all this season.More directly related to this game, the Steelers ruled out Marcus Gilbert and Dan McCullers on their final injury report, and they were the only names listed.When the Steelers and Panthers meet, it’s going to be a showdown between two of the beefiest quarterbacks in the game in Cam Newton and Ben Roethlisberger.For the Panthers, Torrey Smith is set to miss the game, while offensive lineman Ryan Kalil is a game-time decision. Eric Reid, Daivd Mayo and Mario Addison are expected to play.The big test for the Panthers will be taking on a rising Steelers defense on a short week.Be sure to peep the weekly heat index over at Cat Scratch Fever.And after you do that, check the latest podcast from the folks at Behind The Steel Curtain.Panthers vs. Steelers predictionIn the Week 10 SB Nation expert picks, four of the seven picking are going with the Steelers, leaving three to pick the Panthers. The OddsShark computer is also picking Pittsburgh, while the coin flip landed on Carolina.