FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- The Atlanta Falcons have used the 24th pick in the NFL Draft to take Mississippi defensive tackle Peria Jerry.
The Falcons already made a big move two days before the draft, acquiring 10-time Pro Bowl tight end Tony Gonzalez from the Kansas City Chiefs for a second-round pick in the 2010 draft.
Gonzalez filled a major hole on the Matt Ryan-led offense, freeing up Atlanta to pursue defensive help in this year's draft. On Saturday, the Falcons landed Jerry to bolster a thin front line.
Atlanta must replace five defensive starters lost in free agency: tackle Grady Jackson, linebackers Keith Brooking and Michael Boley, cornerback Domonique Foxworth and safety Lawyer Milloy.