The NFL recently announced the select few (13) of prospects who will be in-person on draft night, 45 virtual participants, but the most intriguing part is the crop of 32 current and former players who will present their team’s second or third-round picks — some of whom are Pro Football Hall of Famers.
The Falcons’ spokesperson will be current right guard Chris Lindstrom, who will announce the team’s second-round pick — unless the team trades it, which he would then announce the third-round selection. The prospects within reach of the Falcons are divided among virtual and in-person attendance. Trey Lance and Kyle Pitts will be on-site for the draft in Cleveland, while Penei Sewell and Justin Field will participate virtually.
But Lindstrom will be announcing the Falcons pick on the second day of the draft, which entails a bevy of possibilities for Atlanta. Below are just a few of the prospects Jake has presented as possibilities for the team’s 35th overall pick.
CB Greg Newsome II, Northwestern; CB Eric Stokes, Georgia; CB Caleb Farley, Virginia Tech; CB Kelvin Joseph, Kentucky; CB Asante Samuel Jr. Florida State; CB Aaron Robinson, UCF; S Trevon Moehrig, TCU; S Jevon Holland, Oregon; S Richie Grant, UCF; S Jamar Johnson, Indiana
Anyone who has ever read any of my articles knows I’m the president of the Greg Newsome II fan club, and you can read my full breakdown on him here. I think he’s the best corner in the class, and in the wake of Caleb Farley’s injury that may drop him to the second round, Newsome could be the second or third corner off the board. Eric Stokes could go in the first; I love his ball skills. Kelvin Joseph has a pretty small sample size, but he has terrific measurables and instincts.
A safety hasn’t gone in round one in a while, so Trevon Moehrig could be there for the Falcons, and he’s a fantastic ballhawk. Jevon Holland and Richie Grant’s versatility as a box and high safety along with nickel corner capability should appeal to Dean Pees. Grant had some chops on the boundary at the Senior Bowl, and he’s my S1 in this class. I do want to talk about Jamar Johnson in depth. He is a dream hybrid safety; he hits like a freight train in the box and has very impressive ball skills. Johnson doesn’t have the same nickel capability (yet) as some of these other prospects, but physically, athletically, and instinctively, he’s one of my favorite sleepers in the whole class.
IDL Levi Onwuzurike, Washington; IDL Daviyon Nixon, Iowa; IDL Christian Barmore, Alabama; IDL/EDGE Milton Williams, Louisiana Tech; IDL/EDGE Carlos Basham, Wake Forest; EDGE Joe Tryon, Washington; EDGE Joseph Ossai, Texas; LB Zaven Collins, Tulsa; LB Baron Browning, Ohio State; LB Jabril Cox, LSU
Daviyon Nixon and Levi Onwuzurike have sky high potential; Christian Barmore is probably the most ready; and Carlos Basham can play inside-out — making him a fantastic scheme fit for Dean Pees.
If you don’t know the name Milton Williams — learn it. While it is impossible for him to have the same type of impact, his athletic and physical measurables almost match up to Aaron Donald.
Joe Tryon and Joseph Ossai are both great scheme fits in a 3-4, and Zaven Collins is easily the most versatile defender on this list. I think he makes it into the first round. Baron Browning blew up his pro day, and he’s a good fit as a SAM or MIKE, and Jabril Cox is one of the two or three best coverage linebackers in this class. He would immediately bolster a position of strength for the Falcons. It would be difficult to pass over the middle on Deion Jones, Mykal Walker, and Jabril Cox with Foyesade Oluokon at the SAM.
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