GM believes Falcons most likely to trade up to draft Caleb Williams

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The Falcons are one of a handful of quarterback-needy teams.

The Bears, Commanders, Patriots, Giants, Vikings, Raiders, and Broncos are the obvious ones. Four in front of Atlanta in the draft, and three behind them. That means there will be a lot of competition if the Falcons want to find their answer in the draft.

Most expect Chicago to trade Justin Fields and draft Caleb Williams with the top pick in April. From there, most expect Jayden Daniels and Drake Maye to be the next two picks to Washington and New England in some fashion.

At that point, your guess is as good as mine. J.J. McCarthy going in the top five has picked up steam, with Dianna Russini going as far as to say it wouldn’t be surprising if the draft went quarterback, quarterback, quarterback, quarterback.

If that’s the case, the Falcons will be drafting the best player available, as they have in each cycle with Terry Fontenot as general manager. That doesn’t mean he won’t try like hell to trade up for one of those prospects if the club comes to the conclusion that one of them is worth mortgaging a haul of draft picks for.

In that same vein, an anonymous general manager said that the Falcons were the most likely to trade up to the No. 1 pick for Caleb Williams… or Justin Fields.

“They are the most likely to trade to 1 and get Caleb Williams, or trade for Fields,” this GM said to Mike Sando of The Athletic.

The Falcons are expected to be aggressive in their search for an upgrade at the quarterback position. Moreover, the club is in a position with its roster, draft capital, and salary cap space to go for it at the quarterback position, whereas that might not necessarily be true for other quarterback-needy teams.

I expect Fontenot to spin the wheels on any and all options, but I still believe Williams goes to Chicago and Fields is traded. Whether it’s to Atlanta is another conversation.

Photographer: Matthew Visinsky/Icon Sportswire

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