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Arthur Blank wants to add toughness to Falcons

Admitted failures along the line of scrimmage in 2013. Aaron Wilson

Print This January 06, 2014, 03:19 PM EST

The Falcons were a trendy preseason pick to make a run in this postseason.

But that's why you play the games. The Falcons stumbled all the way through, finishing 4-12 in disappointing fashion. Namely, it was the offensive and defensive sides of the ball that let the Falcons down.

Owner Arthur Blank addressed that on Monday, telling reporters he wants to bring some toughness to the Falcons in 2014.

"I think the nature of the game is that it's a physically violent game," Blank said, via ESPN.com. "It is a tough game. To play football on the professional level and the college level or even the high school level, you've got to be a tough kid. You've got to be a tough person, I think. And I think a lot of our players are certainly that."

Blank said the Falcons will more than likely use their No. 6 overall selection to take a top tier offensive or defensive lineman.

Depending on how the early on run on quarterbacks shakes out, that could mean South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney is available. Texas A&M offensive tackle Jake Matthews figures to be in the mix too.

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun.

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