With the 68th pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Falcons select OL Jalen Mayfield

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The Falcons made one of the more surprising moves of the night, picking up a guy who was thought to be a first round pick a few weeks before the NFL Draft.

As you can see, Mayfield didn’t have a great Pro Day, but there’s still a reason for optimism. He won’t be playing tackle for the Falcons, so that’s a start.

He only allowed two sacks during his entire career at Michigan, so he should be able to contribute immediately at left guard. I think he has an incredibly high ceiling, but I trust Dwayne Ledford to coach him up to that level. I still believe the Falcons should trade back into the third round — there’s a ton of talent left on the board. Mayfield will need some work, but I like his potential long term. As you can see, he has a bit of an edge to him — something I think the Falcons are going to value going forward.


Welcome to Atlanta, Jalen!

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