The Falcons are now at 1-7, something that you may have heard by now. They have largely stunk the house out this season, which has turned the Falcons fanbase into an inferno of angry opinions and doomsday predictions, many (if not most) of which are now justified. The Falcons have enough good players to at least be competitive next year, but they’re gonna have to pull out some floorboards and change the wallpaper at the very least if they want to be more than an improved also-ran in the NFC.
One of the best ways to get this thing headed in the right direction would be to draft an elite player for this ailing defense, and right now, Atlanta’s on track to be able to do just that. The Falcons are currently lined up to pick 4th, with Miami, Washington, and Cincinnati just ahead of them and the Jets lurking just behind them. It is sort of insane that there are five teams with zero or only one win this season, but it’s been that kind of year.
If the Falcons keep losing—and since they’ve lost six in a row at this point, that still seems like a solid bet—they’ll probably hover around that spot in the 2020 NFL Draft. I don’t need to tell you that there are some elite defenders coming out and that teams like Miami and to a lesser extent Washington and Cincinnati are going to be looking hard at quarterback. The Bengals and Washington need a little bit of everything, but there’s a realistic scenario in which the Falcons could scoop up everyone’s draft crush of the moment, OSU’s Chase Young, who is setting the world on fire as a pass rusher at the moment.
That’s months away, though, and the Falcons aren’t trying to tank. That means they could ping pong around the top ten a bit, but if we’re being perfectly honest, this is probably right around where they’ll end up, given what we’ve seen from them on the field in 2019.