The Falcons sit at 4-4 following a horrible loss against the Titans, and might be going with Taylor Heinicke at quarterback with Desmond Ridder getting benched. Right now, Tankathon has them picking 19th in the 2024 NFL Draft. Let’s take a look at some potential options. Previous editions of this series are linked below:
Round 1, Pick 19 : CB Kalen King — Penn State
After talking about his teammate Chop Robinson in the 1.0 Mock, let’s talk about another Penn State defender. The timing on this isn’t great, as King had a rough afternoon against Ohio State’s Marvin Harrison Jr. However, there are plenty of NFL corners that guy would abuse. King is a smooth, physical corner that doesn’t waste a lot of movement. He can be a bit grabby at times, but that’s just a product of his aggression. I like him as a CB3 alongside Terrell and Okudah. You can never have enough talented corners in today’s NFL.
Round 2, Pick 52: QB Jayden Daniels — LSU
The Falcons have Taylor Heinicke under contract for one more season, but I want to talk about Jayden Daniels. He hasn’t rocketed up draft boards like you would expect, but he has been a fantastic passer in 2023, and if not for LSU’s horrendous defense, he would probably be at the top of the Heisman conversation. Daniels has a smooth throwing motion and solid mobility; don’t be surprised if he’s getting first round talk in a few weeks. He’ll have plenty of time to develop behind Heinicke.
Round 3, Pick 83: WR Brian Thomas Jr. — LSU
Why not stick with a successful NFL strategy and pair Brian Thomas Jr. with his college quarterback? Thomas is another guy I expect to rise during the draft process, but for right now, this is his range. He’s a big-bodied receiver with strong hands and jump ball capability. Even though the Falcons are allergic to throwing the ball at times, I love Thomas as a potential WR2 in this offense.
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