You already know the story of the 2018 Atlanta Falcons. A season plagued by injuries and inconsistent play will be soon forgotten once the final whistle of week 17 blows. The Falcons find themselves sitting at 5-9 on the season and are projected to finish between 6-10 to 7-9. Currently, they’re slotted at 6th in the draft order, so I will be picking from that position in this mock.
Clemson DT Dexter Lawrence
Wisconsin OT David Edwards
Wisconsin OG Michael Deiter
As much as the Falcons need help with their pass rush, they need just as much work on the other side of the ball. The draft should be all about the trenches, and Deiter projects to be a quality lineman in the NFL. At Wisconsin, he played a little bit of everywhere from center to left tackle, but at 6’6″, 320 pounds, guard is the position he will fit the best as he transitions to the next level. With both guard spots being open for competition this upcoming off-season, selecting Deiter will add some youth and athleticism to that conversation. By the Falcons drafting two offensive linemen in the top half of the draft, it all but ensures that protecting Matt Ryan won’t be an issue next season
Louisiana Tech DE Jaylon Ferguson
Ferguson is a polarizing prospect as he racked up 42.5 sacks during his four years at Louisiana Tech. His combination of speed and athleticism has scouts intrigued with is potential. Although, there are concerns of how that success will translate to the NFL. Many of his sacks came from being unblocked, creating questions about his technique.
Nevertheless, he has all the tools to become a solid pass rusher. He just needs the right fit, and I believe that’s right here in Atlanta. Adding Ferguson would give Dan Quinn another piece to install into his NASCAR nickel packages.