I’ve talked about the Falcons roster in depth before, and they currently still have the lowest amount of players in the NFL with 56 — the Chargers have the second-lowest with 61. Of course, Atlanta will likely add at least eight more names before dipping into the undrafted free agent pool, an area I expect them to be heavily involved in. I absolutely love the Kyle Pitts selection, and while I was a big fan of trading down in the first round, the option to move back a few spots on day two is looking very appealing right now.
I did not expect the board to be THIS flush with talent going into the second round. If you want to read my big board for day two, you can see those who fell out of the first round. I expected a good group of names to pick from, but the Falcons are guaranteed to be in a position to pick a player that contributes from day one with the 35th. I’m a big fan of adding Javonte Williams, but I was shocked to see Azeez Ojulari and Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah still there after round one. If the Falcons can add one of those two, it would be hard for me to resist snagging one of them. However, if that isn’t the case, moving back is a very enticing option.
Some teams may want to get their hands on a first-round talent very badly, and there’s plenty on the board. Elijah Moore, Dyami Brown, Terrace Marshall, and Javonte Williams are a few names that come to mind. Christian Barmore, Daviyon Nixon, Azeez Ojulari, Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Asante Samuel Jr, Trevon Moehrig, and many others lead the way on defense. The fact that I just rattled off ten names off the top of my head puts the Falcons in a pretty good spot. If you look at some guys who could get pushed down the board, it would be greatly beneficial for the Falcons to pick up an extra third or fourth-round pick.
You can still grab an enforcer on the line of scrimmage like Creed Humphrey or Wyatt Davis, or even snag a super talented safety like Jevon Holland or Jamar Johnson. There should still be a wealth of plug-and-play starters at positions of need if you move back, and I’m sure Terry Fontenot is well aware of that. If Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah is available at the 35th pick, I don’t think you can resist selecting him with his versatility and potential to start day one at safety and sub linebacker. However, if the front office thinks that the guy they like could be there a little bit down the board, don’t be shocked to see them get some extra draft capital and still get the player they wanted all along.