Falcons among three teams to trade up for QBs in latest mock draft

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In the latest CBS Sports mock draft, the Falcons are one of three teams to trade up in the first 10 picks to draft a quarterback.

The Steelers move up to the No. 9 pick to draft J.J. McCarthy. The Vikings move up to the No. 4 pick to land Drake Maye, and Terry Fontenot works out a deal with Adam Peters for the No. 2 pick to select Jayden Daniels.

“In this scenario, the Commanders had their hearts set on Williams, and once he’s off the board, they decide to move down. The Falcons are more than happy to accommodate and swoop in to get the quarterback they hope can lead an offense with plenty of talent. Like every rookie QB, the reigning Heisman winner has kinks to work out, but his talent is enticing.”

I still don’t believe the Bears, Commandeers, or Patriots will come off their respective picks, but Peter King isn’t so sure. The future Hall of Famer announced his retirement while also dropping a significant nugget at the end of his column.

“I suppose the Bears are going to trade the top pick. I know nothing, but that seems to be the way the wind is blowing,” King said.

The NBC pundit painted a scenario where Chicago moves down one spot in a deal with Washington. The Commanders get their pick of the litter, while the Bears trade down again, which is where the Falcons come into play.

“Then suppose Poles traded the second pick to Atlanta at eight, and the Falcons picked one of the other quarterbacks. In return, Chicago gets the eighth pick, Atlanta’s second-round pick, and first- and second-round picks next year,” King added.

I am cautiously optimistic about the possibility of the Falcons trading up in the draft. It’s easily the most attractive avenue the club could take this offseason to attack the quarterback position, but it’s still unlikely in my estimation.

Photographer: Rich Graessle/Icon Sportswire


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