2013 NFL Draft: Looking Back at the 39th Pick Since the Year 2000, Part II

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Nov 29, 2012; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons kicker Matt Bryant (3) celebrates a 55-yard field goal with guard Justin Blalock (63) in the second half against the New Orleans Saints at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons won 23-13. Mandatory Credit: Daniel Shirey-USA TODAY Sports

Again, an offensive lineman was taken with the 39th pick overall, this time by the Falcons in 1997. Justin Blalock was selected out of the University of Texas, and after his selection in the 2007 draft, started almost every game through 2012 along the Falcons’ offensive line. It’s often hard to quantify the value of an offensive lineman, but when he steps in and starts for his entire career, it’s clearly a player worth assigning value to.

Tomorrow, we will finish up by covering the choices form 2008-present.

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