Falcons: Could (or Should) Atlanta trade for the 2nd overall pick?

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Much to the dismay of Jets fans around the country, New York has let Trevor Lawrence slip away (for now). There’s a legitimate argument that the Jets should either roll with Sam Darnold and take Penei Sewell, address the defense, or trade the pick for a king’s ransom. Personally, I can’t properly evaluate Sam Darnold until he gets away from Adam Gase (see; Tannehill, Ryan). Regardless, with a team as terrible as the Jets — you have to think all options are on the table.

Enter the Falcons.

Atlanta fans are pretty split on what to do in this draft. The Falcons don’t even have a GM right now. I’m open to a few options; I’ll take an heir apparent QB to Matt Ryan or bolster a pretty thin defense. Atlanta is pretty set at linebacker, so unless Atlanta moves to a 3-4 (which they should), Micah Parsons doesn’t make much sense. The fifth pick may be too early for Gregory Rousseau, but Surtain II or Caleb Farley would patch up a dismal secondary. However, what if a new GM and HC combo decides to make a huge splash?

In case you missed my last Mock Draft, I’m in favor of trading DOWN, not up. However, the Falcons could be aggressive in the draft in an attempt to get “their guy” or win now. With as many holes as Atlanta has and a bloated cap sheet, I don’t think it’s a great idea. Matt Ryan showed last week that he still has some in the tank, but he’s in the twilight of his career. One thing I can guarantee — the asking price for the 2nd pick would not be cheap. It will be up to the new GM and HC to evaluate the roster and decide if making a bold move for a quarterback is the play, but I wouldn’t be surprised if a team moved up to #2 for one of the top quarterbacks, Micah Parsons, or Penei Sewell… and it could be Atlanta.

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