Steve Wyche has a nice summary of where the Falcons stand on a position-by-position basis. A couple thoughts:
1. I'm loathe to consider the notion that the Falcons should spend one of their second round picks on a running back, since they are stocked at the position and have holes elsewhere, but what about taking Michael Bush at that spot, letting him fully heal this year, and then having him and Norwood as a thunder and lightning combo starting in 2008? If Bush is still hanging around in the third round, he would be even more tempting.
2. OT and DE seem like the most likely spots for the Falcons to take a player with the #8 pick. A lot of the talk surrounds LaRon Landry and I like him as a safety, but a great DE or OT is more valuable than a great safety and it's almost certain that one of the top two defensive ends (Gaines Adams and Jammal Anderson) or top two offensive tackles (Joe Thomas and Levi Brown) will be available at #8. Plus, Reggie Nelson could be around in the second round (although that's unlikely) and he was a better college player than Landry. I also would be happy if the team took Alan Branch, who was consistently excellent in college. I'm a believer in the notion that a college team's fans are usually a good indicator as to whether a player is good (if you can filter out the yutzes who think that every one of their team's players are of the highest quality) and Michigan fans are almost universally big fans of Branch. (Leon Hall? Not as much. Ditto for Chad Henne. Keep this in mind if Henne shoots up the charts next spring because of his measurables.)
Meanwhile, David O'Brien has a typically good piece, not so much at the start where he describes how the Braves are learning to win in spite of their stats not matching their record, but at the end when he suggests that Cliff Floyd would be a perfect fit for the team, especially if he can platoon with Matt Diaz (and thus not wear down). This is a reason why I'm not overly worried about the left field production; it's not an especially hard position to fill through a trade. What concerns me more is that Kyle Davies has been shelled in his last two starts, which means that the Braves have three reliable starters right now. Acquiring a quality starter is a very tough task and just about every contender will be looking to do so in the summer.