NFL pundit’s “sources” mock draft has Falcons landing familiar prospect

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The Falcons are a week away from the NFL Draft, and most pundits feel confident about where Atlanta is going with their top pick.

Whether you trust Mel Kiper and ESPN’s slew of draft analysts, The Athletic’s expert Dane Brugler, or any other outlet’s draft pundit, the Falcons are expected to take Dallas Turner.

Now, there are the occasional mock drafts where Atlanta takes Rome Odunze, Jared Verse, Laiatu Latu, Quinyion Mitchell, Terrion Arnold or even trade back, but those are more so to put something new into the ether.

Peter Schrager’s mock draft does things a little differently. He prefaces his mock by saying, “As always, this isn’t what I would do — it’s what I’m hearing from my sources around the league.”

So, what do league sources believe the Falcons will do? You guessed it. Dallas Turner.

With a top-10 pick in each of the past three drafts, the Falcons have gone tight end, wide receiver, running back. Thus, I can’t see them targeting WR Malik Nabers┬áthis time around, as tempting as that might be. Instead, Atlanta fills a long-standing need on the edge with the explosive pass rusher out of Alabama.

Passing on Malik Nabers would send this LSU alumnus up a wall.

No, the Falcons don’t need another wide receiver like they need a pass rusher or cornerback, but if we are talking best player available, Terry Fontenot has to consider Nabers one of the top talents in the draft.

Granted, with Raheem Morris in the fold, tendencies could very well change. But based on Fontenot’s track record, Nabers and Rome Odunze should be seen as possibilities, even if the defense is in desperate need of talent at corner and edge.

With that being said… Schrager’s sources say Turner. Betting markets says Turner. Kiper and every other draft pundit say Turner.

If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck, and quacks like a duck, then it probably is a duck

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