It's no secret. The Atlanta Falcons need to address their pass rush this offseason, and because of salary cap constraints, the pass rush upgrade will have to come through the NFL draft.
But adding a great pass rusher in the draft could have another affect -- it could greatly benefit beleaguered defensive end Vic Beasley.
The 26-year-old was an All-Pro in 2016 when he recorded 15.5 sacks. But over the last two years, he only has 10 sacks combined.
One factor to remember, though, is in 2016, which was Beasley's second season, the Falcons also had defensive ends Dwight Freeney and Adrian Clayborn. Freeney was at the end of his career and only played about 37 percent, but still, he posted 10 quarterback hits, which was third on the team. Clayborn had 15 quarterback hits that season -- that was just one behind Beasley, who had the team lead.
While Clayborn was on the Falcons in 2017 -- when Beasley began to struggle -- he wasn't in 2018. Freeney left after the 2016 season.
Beginning in 2017, offenses no longer game planning to stop Freeney and Clayborn. Instead, Beasley received the double teams. Even though Grady Jarrett and Takk McKinley burst onto the scene, it didn't help Beasley enough.
Granted, Beasley can't blame his teammates for all of his struggles. He has to play better. But if the Falcons could add another pass rusher defenses need to be concerned with, that would help Beasley find his form again.