NFL Network’s Lance Zierlein: “Falcons will likely shop” first round pick

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Given the Falcons’ bevy of personnel needs, fans have been clamoring for Atlanta to trade back from their 8th overall pick to acquire future draft assets. This is a much different position than Terry Fontenot found himself in during the 2021 NFL draft. There aren’t many elite-caliber prospects in this year’s draft class like last spring; the strength lies in the next tier of prospects because many have mid-to-late first-round grades. At least one national draft pundit has reported the Falcons will likely shop that No. 8 pick.

The Falcons will likely shop this pick, as they have an abundance of needs, but they must come away with a wideout either way — and the earlier, the better.

Despite claiming Atlanta will shop the pick, Lance Zierlein of the NFL Network had the Falcons selecting Garrett Wilson with the 8th pick. Still, he didn’t say it for no reason. The Falcons have an abundance of needs, and a trade-back scenario would likely land them multiple picks, depending on how far they trade down.

With more cap space than almost any team in 2023, the Falcons will be big spenders in free agency next offseason. It would help whichever quarterback Atlanta eventually selects be the team’s long-term answer if the Falcons have a solid foundation of young players to build around. With more chances in a trade-down situation, the Falcons are more likely to hit on some of these picks.

Still, if a blue-chip caliber prospect slides to the Falcons at No. 8, Atlanta will have to really weigh whether trading back is best for the future of the team. Draft night always comes with a few surprise selections and trades, so Terry Fontenot will likely stand pat until the Falcons are on the clock.

What do you think the Falcons should do?

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