The Falcons have picks 44 and 75 on Friday, with the potential to add more. There’s a few names that have slid down the board, and Atlanta could go in a lot of different directions.
QB Will Levis — Kentucky
I doubt Levis falls to Atlanta with Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and New Orleans picking ahead of them. Still, I didn’t expect him to make it this far, so you never know.
Okay, I like the Bijan pick, but let’s not get crazy here.
WR Rashee Rice — SMU
WR Jonathan Mingo — Ole Miss
WR Cedric Tillman — Tennessee
WR Tank Dell — Houston
WR Josh Downs — North Carolina
WR Jalin Hyatt — Tennessee
WR Marvin Mims Jr. — Oklahoma
WR Jayden Reed — Michigan State
WR A.T. Perry — Wake Forest
I’d be cool with most of these guys, especially Rice, who should be available in the third round. Mingo has an AJ Brown-esque build, and I would expect Arthur Smith to be very interested in a guy like that. I’m perfectly happy snagging a receiver, even after grabbing Bijan Robinson in R1.
TE Darnell Washington — Georgia
TE Luke Musgrave — Oregon State
TE Michael Mayer — Notre Dame
TE Zack Kuntz — Old Dominion
TE Tucker Kraft — South Dakota State
This is a sneaky talented group, and even with Kyle Pitts in the fold, I’d be down to add another weapon.
OT Jaelyn Duncan — Maryland
I love Duncan as a developmental guy. He has the size, athleticism, and strength to be a franchise tackle. He needs a little seasoning, but the Falcons have the pieces in place to support his development.
Interior Offensive Line
IOL Cody Mauch — North Dakota State
IOL Chandler Zavala — North Carolina State
IOL John Michael Schmitz — Minnesota
If Mauch makes it to the Falcons, I expect him to get heavy consideration. He has the run blocking chops and athleticism in space the Falcons would covet at left guard. Chandler Zavala has connections to this staff, and with his athleticism, I wouldn’t be shocked if the Falcons picked him up. He makes a lot of sense in round three.
Interior Defensive Line
IDL Adetomiwa Adebawore — Northwestern
IDL Zacch Pickens — South Carolina
IDL Keeanu Benton — Wisconsin
IDL Colby Wooden — Auburn
I like all of these guys, but Adebawore is the most interesting. He’s super athletic and versatile, but I doubt he makes it to pick 44. With interior defensive line being less of a need, I doubt they tap into this position.
EDGE Derick Hall — Auburn
EDGE Keion White — Georgia Tech
EDGE BJ Ojulari — LSU
EDGE Byron Young — Tennessee
EDGE Zach Harrison — Ohio State
EDGE Isaiah Foskey — Notre Dame
EDGE Isaiah McGuire — Missouri
Contrary to a lot of these positions, any of these guys are on the table for the Falcons, and I’d be happy with all of them. Hall is my top choice, but a lot of these guys would be a great get in the third round.
LB Drew Sanders — Arkansas
LB Trenton Simpson — Clemson
If I was running the show, I’m probably going with one of these guys at pick 44. Sanders is an off-ball linebacker/EDGE hybrid that fills a few needs, and he’s a freak athlete. Simpson is a Swiss Army Knife who tested out of his mind. I think the value in the second round is tremendous.
CB Joey Porter Jr. — Penn State
CB Kelee Ringo — Georgia
CB Cam Smith — South Carolina
CB DJ Turner — Michigan
CB Garrett Williams — Syracuse
CB Tyrique Stevenson — Miami
CB Julius Brents — Kansas State
CB Clark Phillips III — Utah
CB Darius Rush — South Carolina
I’ll be shocked if Porter Jr. isn’t one of the first picks of the second round. The Falcons probably won’t get him, but if he falls to 44, there’s no question that he’s the pick. There’s a lot of great options here, and if the Falcons trade back or add an extra second round pick, they’d have to consider a few of these guys.
S Brian Branch — Alabama
S Sydney Brown — Illinois
Weak safety class, but I love the value of Sydney Brown and Branch here. Brown tested out of his mind, and Branch is a very versatile secondary piece.
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