The Atlanta Falcons felt good about their first round draft pick. Keanu Neal will be the team's starting strong safety from day one. Whether he can write a theme song as good as William Moore's "W.A.R." remains to be seen. But I'm optimistic. Heading into day two of the NFL Draft, Falcons fans were hoping Myles Jack and Hunter Henry would somehow plummet and land in Atlanta. But alas, like Dave's sobriety, it wasn't meant to be.
Hunter Henry gone now to San Diego. Oh well, Falcons. #atLPICK— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) April 29, 2016
Goodbye, sweet Myles Jack.— The Falcoholic (@TheFalcoholic) April 29, 2016
The Falcons started off the second night of the NFL Draft with a trade, sending the 50th overall pick to the Houston Texans in exchange for the 52nd overall pick and a sixth round pick. The Falcons now have six picks to worth with.
Details of the Falcons/Texans trade: Atlanta moves back to the No. 52 pick in the second round, and got Houston’s sixth-round pick in return— FalconsKelsey (@FalconsKelsey) April 30, 2016
Given that the Texans ultimately jumped ahead two spots and drafted a center, the trade worked out pretty well for the Falcons. (Think about it: they jumped ahead of the New York Jets and the Falcons and both teams have very capable centers.) Then the Falcons did the predictable thing, adding speedy linebacker Deion Jones.
Falcons get their speed at LB with LSU's Deion Jones. He ran a 4.38 at his Pro Day. https://t.co/r4SoWTbxIb— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) April 30, 2016
The selection angered New Orleans Saints fans everywhere. He's a New Orleans native and his dad is a huge Saints fan.
The stupid Falcons just picked Deion Jones. Speed, that's what you need. Saints should have picked him. GOT TO HAVE a speed rusher!!!!— Kevin Foote (@FooteNote) April 30, 2016
Setting aside the fact that Jones doesn't profile as a speed rusher in the NFL, it's pretty funny watching Saints fans squirm.
Waiting for the Falcons' third round pick got interesting when the Tampa Bay Buccaneers inexplicably traded up in the second round and drafted Florida State kicker Robert Aguayo.
I have Buccaneers fans in my mentions defending trading up for a kicker in the second round. I've never felt so alive.— The Falcoholic (@TheFalcoholic) April 30, 2016
The Falcons took Stanford tight end Austin Hooper in the third round, solidifying their status as the official employer of Stanford tight ends everywhere.
Falcons snag TE Austin Hooper who has great hands. That now makes 2 Stanford TEs for Atlanta. #ATLDraft— FalconsKelsey (@FalconsKelsey) April 30, 2016
Spoiler alert: Hooper isn't a pass rusher, nor is he a basketball player. (Shocking!) The Falcons apparently don't care, believing Cooper has what it takes to develop into a quality option for franchise quarterback Matthew Thomas Ryan.
Ability and blocking is already there with Hooper. If he cleans up drops and adds a little muscle, he could be terrific.— The Falcoholic (@TheFalcoholic) April 30, 2016
So there you have it, Falcons fans. Day two of the NFL Draft is officially in the books. Your thoughts?