Falcons to host SMU WR Rashee Rice on pre-draft visit

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The Falcons are clearly in the market for another pass catcher. After hosting two of the top receiver prospects in this draft class in Jaxon Smith-Njigba and Quentin Jonhston, Atlanta is now hosting SMU wideout Rashee Rice on a pre-draft visit.

The Falcons need receivers. Despite acquiring Scotty Miller and Mack Hollins this offseason via free agency, the future of the position isn’t bright. Drake London is WR1 and will be for the next decade, but it’s grim behind him. Expect the Falcons to land a receiver at some point in the upcoming draft, and Rashee Rice makes a lot of sense.

He’s one of the better players at his position and fits the mold of what Arthur Smith’s offense needs in its receivers. He stands 6-foot-1 and weighs slightly north of 200 pounds. He is an all-around physical player — physical before and after the catch, threatening defenses with the ball in his hands.

His game against Maryland was an absolute masterclass, displaying elite instincts — body control and tracking ability — as well as his talent with the ball in his hands. Despite his height, his long frame makes 50/50 balls more like 60/40. After the catch, he’s explosive and doesn’t shy away from contact.

He shares a lot of similar characteristics as current Falcons receiver Drake London. He’s a dynamic, versatile pass catcher willing to block and line up anywhere on the field. Look for Rashee Rice on Day 2.

Photographer: George Walker/Icon Sportswire
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