The Falcons currently hold the 9th overall pick after dropping their third straight to the Cardinals. If the status quo is the status quo, the club would be selecting in the first ten selections for the fourth consecutive draft cycle.
If that’s the case, Atlanta would’ve missed the playoffs for the sixth time in as many years and will certainly be looking for a long-term answer at quarterback after watching mediocrity since the new regime took over.
Believe it or not, the Falcons have a mathematical chance of ending up with the 1st overall pick, which would surely be used on one of Caleb Williams or Drake Maye. Realistically, they won’t be in the sweepstakes for one of the generational prospects, but they could be in line to land another potential franchise quarterback.
The latest Sports Illustrated mock draft has Terry Fontenot and Arthur Smith selecting Michigan’s J.J. McCarthy with the 9th overall pick.
This offense is loaded with playmakers, but Atlanta needs the right quarterback to take full advantage of that talent at the other skill positions. McCarthy is a complete passer who knows how to make plays inside or outside of the pocket, throws with accuracy and efficiency, and boasts an underrated ability to impact the game with his athleticism.