Final Falcons 2024 Mock Draft (7 Rounds)

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: NOV 11 Indiana at Illinois

The NFL Draft is finally right around the corner, and the Falcons are a team with a plethora of options. As always, I want them to trade down, but the Falcons are a team that typically doesn’t trade within the first round. I’ll be exploring that scenario today. This mock draft is what my preference for the Falcons is, not what I think will happen.

Chargers Trade: Pick 11, Pick 37,

Falcons Trade: Pick 8, Pick 143, Pick 197

Round 1, Pick 11 (From Los Angeles): DL Jer’Zhan Newton — Illinois

Jer’Zhan “Johnny” Newton is one of favorite prospects for the Falcons, and if they can trade down and still grab him, I would be overjoyed. Newton can line up all over a defensive front, and his ability to disrupt the middle of the offensive line would be a welcome skillset for Atlanta. Watching him at Illinois, Newton looked like their version of Aaron Donald. Undersized but generated tons of pressure with a motor that runs red hot. The fact that he can move all around a defensive line is just icing on the cake. Will he be Aaron Donald in the NFL? Probably not, but if he can be anything close, this will be a hell of a pick for the Falcons.

Round 2, Pick 37 (From Los Angeles): EDGE Darius Robinson — Missouri

With the extra pick from the Chargers, the Falcons can not only grab Newton but can still pick up another front 7 defender in Darius Robinson. Robinson is a powerful edge setter who should be able to contribute as a run defender immediately. He won in college with his hands, arm length, and overall strength. If he can figure out how to leverage his gifts against NFL tackles, the Falcons will have a very solid defender on their hands.

Round 2, Pick 43: WR Ricky Pearsall — Florida

Pearsall is a real threat to score with the ball in his hands; his ability after the catch is extremely impressive. He can get open in a variety of ways, and he compliments the current weapons on this Falcons roster quite nicely. Darnell Mooney and Rondale Moore were nice additions, but the Falcons are going to need more at receiver to maximize this window with Kirk Cousins.

Round 3, Pick 74: CB Kyhree Jackson — Oregon

An Alabama transfer, Jackson boasts impressive length and size for the position; something NFL teams are going to covet this weekend. He is a physical corner and a willing tackler; two things that should appeal to Raheem Morris with a cornerback room that’s currently questionable at best. Coaches rave about his football IQ, and although his athleticism may draw some questions, I’m comfortable rolling the dice on him at this point in the draft.

Round 3, Pick 79 (From Jacksonville): S Cole Bishop — Utah

Bishop tested really well at the combine, and with a need for some depth in the secondary, I’d love to grab the Utah product here. Bishop is a physical tackler who can move all over a defense; he has very fluid short-distance movements for a guy his size. His top end speed isn’t the greatest, but he’s a guy who can contribute for the Falcons in multiple areas almost immediately.

Round 4, Pick 109: WR Javon Baker — UCF

I’m pretty fond of Javon Baker . He absolutely took over some games for UCF. The Gasparilla Bowl against Georgia Tech comes to mind. The Powder Springs native plays much bigger than his 6’1 frame, and his hands are as dependable as they come. I love his catch radius and physicality at the point of attack; even with Pearsall already in the fold, Baker can be a real weapon for Atlanta.

Round 6, Pick 187: OT Mason McCormick — South Dakota State

With the last pick in this scenario, I’ll go with a high upside project on the offensive line. McCormick’s testing numbers were very impressive, and he’s an extremely decorated player at the FCS level with multiple FCS All American honors. The NFL is clearly going to be a step up in competition, but he won’t have to play immediately, and the Falcons have a chance to develop him into a special player.

Photographer: James Black/Icon Sportswire

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