Over the weekend, we took a closer look at some of the great players who have been available at #14, where the Falcons are currently poised to pick in the first round. Today, we’ll dive into the second round and #47 overall to see who teams have been able to dig up since 2000.
2018: WR Christian Kirk, Arizona
2017: LB Tyus Bowser, Baltimore
2016: WR Michael Thomas, New Orleans
2015: CB Eric Rowe, Philadelphia
2014: DE Trent Murphy, Washington
2013: TE Gavin Escobar, Dallas
2012: LB Bobby Wagner, Seattle
2011: TE Lance Kendricks, St. Louis (Rams)
2010: LB Daryl Washington, Arizona
2009: S Mike Mitchell, Oakland
2008: DT Trevor Laws, Eagles
2007: LB David Harris, New York Jets
2006: G Daryn Colledge, Green Bay
2005: K Mike Nugent, New York Jets
2004: DT Tank Johnson, Chicago
2003: LB Kawika Mitchell, Kansas City
2002: WR Andre Davis, Cleveland
2001: LB Jamie Winborn, San Francisco
2000: WR Jerry Porter, Oakland
Going back to 2010, this has been a pretty hit or miss grouping that has nonetheless turned up a fair number of quailty players. Michael Thomas is a star (except when his team really needs him to make a play on the ball in the Conference Championship game), Wagner is one of the better linebackers in football, and Washington was a very good player for several years. Murphy, Rowe, Bowser, and Kendricks have had their moments, and I’m quite high on Christian Kirk, so it’s clear you can unearth quality players with the 47th pick in the NFL Draft.
Going back to 2000 the pickings are a little slimmer, but Mitchell, Porter, and Colledge turned into quality pros and grabbing a kicker in the second round is always hilarious.
If the Falcons don’t swap away their second to move up in pursuit of a player they love, they should be able to snag two starters in the first two rounds. The depth in this class and the team’s ability to snag quality in the second round—minus the character problems they’ve experienced with some of their recent second rounders—give us reason to be hopeful if they’re not on the move.