Falcons: Without Julio Jones, Frank Darby could be a breakout sixth-round pick

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It happens every year; somebody picked on day three of the NFL draft breaks out and leaves scouts scratching their heads. Last year, Donovan Peoples-Jones and Michael Onwenu played significant roles after being 2020 sixth-round picks. When you think of sixth-round wide receivers that broke out, Antonio Brown immediately comes to mind for most people. While most guys don’t ever reach that level, I thought the Falcons picked up a gem in Frank Darby. After watching his tape, I expected Darby to play valuable snaps immediately, even before the Julio Jones trade. With the competition for Atlanta’s X wide receiver wide open, Darby could contribute in a big way immediately.

Darby is an incredible deep threat, and his catch radius is pretty impressive for a guy who can blow by defensive backs like that. He has a rare blend of size, athleticism, and jump-ball ability. He was going to work his way into this offense before the Julio Jones trade, but now, I expect Darby to have an incredible rookie season and help Kyle Pitts, Calvin Ridley, Russell Gage, and Hayden Hurst fill the void left by Julio Jones. He’ll be competing with the likes of Tajae Sharpe and Olamide Zaccheaus, but Darby should have the inside track, given the regime drafted him.

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