Terry Fontenot has preached the Falcons must hit on the later-round draft picks and the lower-priced free agents to be competitive in 2021.
“We’re going to have to find players because you can’t just build your roster with overpaid players in free agency or top draft picks. We have to really dig and find value in free agency,” Fontenot said via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “That’s working with the coaches and finding exactly what they need and going and finding the players that they need. That’s throughout the entire draft, and that’s in undrafted free agency. So, we have to be scouts and go find good players that can really fit the make-up and profile that we are looking for.”
This continues our series of mid-to-late round draft prospects at positions of need for the Falcons. If you missed any of the previous parts to this series, please click the links below.
Although he’s a more slender wide receiver, Tylan Wallace plays a physical brand of football, possessing great leaping and high-pointing ability to tip 50/50 balls into his favor. Call him a poor man’s Julio Jones, if you will. Wallace is always trying to get yards after the catch; an extremely physical runner, who loves to lower his shoulder at the end of runs. He has strong hands to pluck the ball away from draping defenders, and his routes are impressive, too, driving hard on defensive backs then quickly decelerating to break off his route — a Julio Jones’ specialty.
Tylan Wallace >>> pic.twitter.com/nWXvZCrzL4
— Trevor Sikkema (@TampaBayTre) August 31, 2019
Every mock draft I have seen has Kadarius Toney going ahead of Elijah Moore, and I don’t get it. Despite playing in five fewer games than fellow SEC wideout Devonta Smith, Moore was second in the country in receptions and receiving yards. His speed and short-area quickness allowed him to generate a large amount of production that made him the primary driving force for his offense. He isn’t just a gadget player and actually runs routes to all areas of the field better than Toney. Moore is a perfect complement to what Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, and the rest of the receivers do well.
Elijah Moore is one of the most skilled WRs I’ve seen. He’s as good as it gets as far as tracking/catching, and Moore isn’t bothered by contact. He “steps on the DBs toes/chases his blindspot,” wins inside & out, creates YAC, and is sneaky# fast.
Comp: Shades of Doug Baldwin pic.twitter.com/aZC1lkRb2k
— KP (@KP_Show) March 1, 2021
Rodgers isn’t even rated in the top 15 wide receivers by many draft networks, but I see the former Clemson Tiger being drafted sometime in the third round. He is built like a running back and thrived in manufactured touches using his physicality and vision after the catch. “I’ll say second round to the Packers,” Rodgers said when asked about his dream draft scenario by former NFL wide receiver Brandon Marshall at the 2021 House of Athlete Scouting Combine Showcase. I don’t think he goes that high, but I don’t think he would be too upset to come to play with Calvin Ridley, Julio Jones, and Matt Ryan in Arthur Smith’s offense. He is also a different kind of receiver than Ridley and Jones but could benefit greatly from the two advanced route runners.
— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) February 22, 2021
Seth Williams isn’t even the highest-rated receiver from Auburn, behind teammate Anthony Schwartz — according to WalterFootball. Williams highlights this talented receiver class’s lower-end and provides a red zone threat the Falcons surely need. His large frame, combined with incredible leaping ability and strong hands, make 50/50 balls more 60/40. Williams could serve as a role player in the red zone, and the best part, many analysts don’t expect him to go before the fourth round.
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