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Breaking down the 47th overall pick, from 2000-2018

If the Falcons don’t swap away their second rounder, history suggests quality will be available.

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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.