It’s always much more fun to do these after a win. The Falcons moved down to the projected 8th overall pick on RiseNDraft. I’m going to mix up my picks over the season, so I’ll link the previous mock drafts below. Once again, I’ll be using RiseNDraft’s simulator, so if you disagree with my picks, you can make your own.
Round 1, Pick 8: IDL Jordan Davis, Georgia
Putting Jordan Davis next to Grady Jarrett would be a scary sight for any defense. Even though he’s 6’7 and 340 pounds, Davis moves like a player half that size. His rare combination of size, strength, and athleticism should appeal to the Falcons, who badly need help on the defensive front. Davis has the potential to play all across the defensive front. His raw gifts and inside-out ability could seriously get him some top-ten consideration.
Round 2, Pick 47: EDGE Adam Anderson, Georgia
Okay, last homer pick, I promise — but the fit and need are too perfect to pass up on. The Rome, Georgia native has finally found his footing in Athens, and he fits the physical profile of an elite pass rusher in today’s NFL. At 6’5 and 230 pounds, Anderson has some insane get-off and agility. If you want to give a comparison to a player in the 2021 draft, think Odafe Oweh out of Penn State. Oweh was the 31st pick in the draft, and I think Anderson will rise to that range eventually. Regardless, the Falcons may need to replace Dante Fowler, but even if they don’t, Anderson would be a welcome injection of talent at the position.
Round 2, Pick 55 (From Tennessee): WR Jahan Dotson, Penn State
The Falcons used one of the picks they got for Julio Jones to help replace him. Dotson is a burner, a super athletic receiver with tons of downfield ability. The Falcons have had issues taking the top off of the defense this year, and Dotson should help create mismatches downfield for himself, Calvin Ridley, and Kyle Pitts. Georgia’s George Pickens is also on the table here, but the Falcons are going to have to spend a higher draft pick on a receiver. It seems they aren’t in love with sixth-round pick Frank Darby just yet, and they’re already looking very thin at the position. We’ve seen Dotson high point balls in the Red Zone and create seperation, so I like his potential as an all-around weapon.
Round 3, Pick 78: S Jaquan Brisker, Penn State
Doubling up on Nittany Lions here, Brisker looks to be the type of player that the Falcons would target for Dean Pees. Brisker is a bigger safety at 6’1 and 200 pounds, but he has the athleticism to keep up. He’s more of your thumper type safety that would play some sub-linebacker, but he did lead Penn State in interceptions in 2019, even though he wasn’t a starter. Jaylinn Hawkins has impressed this year, and Richie Grant looked pretty solid in his first taste of big action against the Jets. Brisker adds another talented, young safety to that group.
Round 4, Pick 115: IOL Alec Lindstrom, Boston College
Yes, Alec Lindstrom is the brother of Falcons Right Guard Chris Lindstrom. The former Lindstrom is a Redshirt Senior and plays Center for the Eagles, but just like his brother, he’s an incredibly smart player and technically sound. Interesting to note, but Lindstrom is also left handed, so perhaps a move to guard could be in his future. The Falcons need to build some depth on their offensive line, so it wouldn’t surprise me if they choose to target a tackle instead with Kaleb McGary’s future in Atlanta cloudy at best.
Round 5, Pick 154: QB Jayden Daniels, Arizona State
Matt Ryan has looked incredible over the past two weeks, so I think the Falcons can afford to wait on a quarterback. Jayden Daniels in the fifth round would provide a lot of value. Daniels has looked comfortable in the pocket at Arizona State, but he can make some big plays with his legs when he needs to. Accuracy can be a bit of a concern, but he rarely lets pressure spook him, and he can deliver some big time throws. I think he’s a project quarterback with starter upside, but that’s exactly what the Falcons need right now.