Peter King: Falcons ‘definitively’ want to trade back in draft

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The NFL draft is rapidly approaching, and every insider is flooding the media with rumors and reports. The Falcons are among the most frequent teams mentioned.

Todd McShay believes one of Christian Gonzalez or Devon Witherspoon would be the preferred choice but mentioned trading back is a possibility if neither is available. Albert Breer also noted that Atlanta is looking to trade down. And Peter King went as far as to say the club definitively wants to move back in the draft, the insider told The Morning Shift on 92.9 The Game.

Those are three of the most connected people in this business, stating the Falcons are looking to move back in the draft. There are a number of different situations where Atlanta could do just that.

The ideal scenario would be one of the signal callers — C.J. Stroud, Anthony Richardson, Will Levis — falling to the 8th pick, thus enabling Terry Fontenot to auction off the chance to land a potential franchise quarterback. The Titans, Texans (12th pick), Commanders, Steelers, Lions (18th), and Seahawks (20th) could all be trade-up candidates in search of a quarterback.

Another situation could be an offensive lineman-needy team looking to jump the Bears for the opportunity to land their preference of the top linemen — Broderick Jones, Peter Skoronski, Paris Johnson Jr.

I assume the Falcons would love to trade back, acquire more draft capital, and land one of Bijan Robinson or Nolan Smith.

Terry Fontenot learned from Mickey Loomis, who is one of the most active GMs in the sport. The Falcons GM has moved around in both of his drafts, trading back in the second round of the 2021 cycle and moving up in the second last year. It’s fair to expect some sort of movement from Fontenot and the Falcons.

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