The NFL Draft is expeditiously approaching. Rumors and reports are coming out at a dizzying rate, and the Falcons have been one of the most mentioned clubs, as all signs point to Bijan Robinson being the pick.
Albert Breer believes Terry Fontenot is targeting the Texas running back, ideally in a trade down scenario.
Peter King, who correctly predicted Atlanta selecting Drake London and Kyle Pitts, projected Robinson to the Falcons in his final mock draft. Todd McShay believes the Falcons will target a cornerback — Christian Gonzalez or Devon Witherspoon — but Robinson could be the pick if neither is available.
Most recently, ESPN insiders Jordan Reid and Dan Graziano are hearing Robinson to the Falcons. Moreover, the betting markets have Bijan Robinson as the overwhelming favorite to be the 8th overall pick:
- Bijan Robinson +250
- Nolan Smith +550
- Christian Gonzalez +650
- CJ Stroud +650
That is a staggering amount of signs pointing to Bijan Robinson being the Falcons’ first-round draft pick. It makes sense too.
For a regime that has preached taking the best player available, he’s arguably the most talented non-quarterback prospect in this class and would’ve been in the conversation for the 1st overall pick in a different era.
The schematic fit is also seamless. Arthur Smith wants to run the ball, and the club values positionless football players. Robinson is one of the best pure runners I have seen in a decade. In addition, he’s one of the more developed receivers at the position. Smith can use Robinson in two running back sets, splitting him out wide.
There are so many different angles that work for the Falcons and Bijan Robinson.
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