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Atlanta Falcons



ATLANTA FALCONS TEAM NEEDS
Most recent team needs update: TEAM

Starter Need High (P1, P2)
EDGE
SFTY

Starter Need Medium (P3)
RB
OG
NT
OLB
CB

Mid Round Fill High (P5)

Depth Fill (P4)
QB
RBC
DL3T
DL5T

Late Round Fill (P6)
WR
WRS
OT
OC
TE
ILB

Minimal Need (P9)


FALCONS PICKS/COMMENTS MOST RECENT MOCK
Results from Consensus Mock Draft: Draft
Most recent mock draft update: 5/1/2021

R1
4
Atlanta
Kyle Pitts
Florida
TE
Reach/Value:
-1
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
239
Kyle Pitts NFL Draft photo
In the end, Arthur Smith decided that Matt Ryan has plenty of football left in him and the former Tight Ends Coach went with one of the highest-rated TE prospects in recent history. Also, Terry Fontenot actually went with the "best available player." A "cheat code" of an athlete with an impossible combination of height, weight, and speed, Pitts will combine with Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley to create nightmares for opposing defenses. Atlanta struggled to convert in the Red Zone under Dirk Koetter, scoring TDs only around 50% of the time in the last two seasons, and that will hopefully change under Smith's tutelage. Adding a weapon like Pitts could be the key to unlocking touchdowns rather than field goals.

We might never know if the option to move down was available to them, but adding Pitts opens up a lot of options. Could Atlanta trade Julio Jones, having added a comparable talent? Could they patch together a defense and hope to simply bludgeon opponents to death? Whatever the plan is, there will be plenty of highlights from Falcons' games this fall.

Grade: A
R2
40
Atlanta (Trade)
Richie Grant
UCF
S
Reach/Value:
+10
Height:
6'0"
Weight:
194
Richie Grant NFL Draft photo
ATL g DEN (Draft Trade)
With the signing of AJ McCarron to back up Matt Ryan, Safety became the barest cupboard in Atlanta's kitchen. Richie Grant provides the sort of versatile Safety play that teams increasingly covet. He will likely spend a lot of time at the back of the defense, but he can come forward and support in the box, too. Safety seemed the, ahem, safe pick, but there has to be a story to Trevon Moehrig's slide. Still, Atlanta chose the player they wanted at the position they needed badly to fill.

A-
R3
68
Atlanta
Jalen Mayfield
Michigan
OT
Reach/Value:
+29
Height:
6'5"
Weight:
320
Jalen Mayfield NFL Draft photo
Atlanta has needed to work on the trenches, and Jaylen Mayfield is an interesting addition to the offensive line. He has played RT at Michigan, but he was announced as Guard in the draft. Kaleb McGary seems to have the RT spot locked up, but there is a yawning void in the interior. Presuming that last year's 3rd-round pick, Matt Hennessy, seizes the C position, Atlanta has assembled a very interesting, athletic OL to protect Matt Ryan.

Grade: B+
R4
108
Atlanta
Darren Hall
San Diego State
CB
Reach/Value:
-47
Height:
6'0"
Weight:
190
Darren Hall NFL Draft photo
R4
114
Atlanta (Trade)
Drew Dalman
Stanford
OC
Reach/Value:
-93
Height:
6'3"
Weight:
300
Drew Dalman NFL Draft photo
ATL g DEN (Draft Trade)
R5
148
Atlanta
Ta'Quon Graham
Texas
DL3T
Reach/Value:
+0
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
294
Ta'Quon Graham NFL Draft photo
R5
182
Atlanta (Comp)
Adetokunbo Ogundeji
Notre Dame
EDGE
Reach/Value:
-114
Height:
6'4"
Weight:
268
Adetokunbo Ogundeji NFL Draft photo
R5
183
Atlanta (Comp)
Avery Williams
Boise State
CB
Reach/Value:
-56
Height:
5'9"
Weight:
188
Avery Williams NFL Draft photo
R6
187
Atlanta
Frank Darby
Arizona State
WR
Reach/Value:
-74
Height:
6'1''
Weight:
200
Frank Darby NFL Draft photo


FALCONS HISTORICAL DRAFT PICKS

Reach/Value (R/V) Explained
The difference between where a player is selected in the NFL draft versus where the player was listed on the final Drafttek Big Board for the season in question.
Example: A player who was listed at #50 on the Big Board and was selected at #35 will be a "Reach" of -15. Alternately, a player listed at #35 on the Big Board who was selected at #50 is a +15 "Value".

Simply put: a positive number is a Value pick, a negative number is a Reach.

YEAR RD PK NAME SCHOOL PSN R/V RV Val
2020 1 16 A.J. Terrell Clemson CB Reach -22
2020 2 47 Marlon Davidson Auburn DL5T Reach -18
2020 3 78 Matt Hennessy Temple OC Reach -27
2020 4 119 Mykal Walker Fresno State ILB Reach -55
2020 4 134 Jaylinn Hawkins California S Reach -71
2020 7 228 Sterling Hofrichter Syracuse P Value +6
YEAR RD PK NAME SCHOOL PSN R/V RV Val
2019 1 14 Chris Lindstrom Boston College OG Reach -18
2019 1 31 Kaleb McGary Washington OT Reach -6
2019 4 111 Kendall Sheffield Ohio St CB Reach -60
2019 4 135 John Cominsky Charleston DL5T Value +3
2019 5 152 Qadree Ollison Pittsburgh RB Reach -47
2019 5 172 Jordan Miller Washington CB Reach -78
2019 6 203 Marcus Green UL Monroe WRS Reach -97
YEAR RD PK NAME SCHOOL PSN R/V RV Val
2018 1 26 Calvin Ridley Alabama WR Value +11
2018 2 58 Isaiah Oliver Colorado CB Value +26
2018 3 90 Deadrin Senat South Florida DL1T Reach -59
2018 4 126 Ito Smith Southern Miss RBC Value +9
2018 6 194 Russell Gage LSU WR Reach -129
2018 6 200 Foyesade Oloukun Yale OLB Reach -113
YEAR RD PK NAME SCHOOL PSN R/V RV Val
2017 1 26 Takkarist McKinley UCLA EDGE Value +2
2017 3 75 Duke Riley LSU OLB Reach -18
2017 4 136 Sean Harlow Oregon State C Value +48
2017 5 149 Damontae Kazee San Diego State CB Value +23
2017 5 156 Brian Hill Wyoming RB Value +18
2017 5 174 Eric Saubert Drake TE Reach -37
YEAR RD PK NAME SCHOOL PSN R/V RV Val
2016 1 17 Keanu Neal Florida S Reach -27
2016 2 52 Deion Jones LSU OLB Value +0
2016 3 81 Austin Hooper Stanford TE Value +1
2016 4 115 De'Vondre Campbell Minnesota OLB Reach -185
2016 6 195 Wes Schweitzer San Jose St OG Reach -300
2016 7 238 Devin Fuller UCLA WR Value -180
YEAR RD PK NAME SCHOOL PSN R/V RV Val
2015 1 8 Vic Beasley Clemson EDGE Value +2
2015 2 42 Jalen Collins LSU CB Value +15
2015 3 73 Tevin Coleman Indiana RB Value +27
2015 4 107 Justin Hardy East Carolina WR Value +17
2015 5 137 Grady Jarrett Clemson DL3T Value +78
2015 7 225 Jake Rodgers Ea. Washington OT Reach -178
2015 7 249 Akeem King San Jose State DB Reach -234
YEAR RD PK NAME SCHOOL PSN R/V RV Val
2014 1 6 Jake Matthews Texas A&M OT Value +0
2014 2 37 Ra'Shede Hageman Minnesota DL5T Value +9
2014 3 68 Dezmen Southward Wisconsin S Reach -61
2014 4 103 Devonta Freeman Florida State RB Reach -79
2014 4 139 Prince Shembo Notre Dame OLB Reach -36
2014 5 147 Ricardo Allen Purdue CB Reach -107
2014 5 168 Marquis Spruill Syracuse OLB Reach -22
2014 7 253 Yawin Smallwood Connecticut ILB Value +145
2014 7 255 Tyler Starr South Dakota OLB Value +89