Wild Card weekend did a lot to clarify where the Falcons will pick on the first couple of days of the 2020 NFL Draft. Given that this is a crucial class for this team, which elected to keep the band together in hopes of pushing out of two sub-.500 seasons, a little clarity is important.
Compensatory picks have yet to be awarded for the 2020 NFL Draft, which will impact where Atlanta selects in round three and later. Those are marked with question marks for the moment, but the overall number of selections is well-known, and the top three picks are locked in.
2020 Falcons draft picks
Round 1, Pick #16
Round 2, Pick #47
Round 2, Pick #55
Round 3, Pick ???
Round 4, Pick ???
Round 5, Pick ???
Round 7, Pick ???
The Falcons only have seven selections this year, and they should probably strongly consider using all of them, if not moving down for once to grab additional picks. They have an ongoing need for the kind of young, capable players they’ve been snagging the last couple of years out of the draft and as priority free agents, including Chris Lindstrom, Kaleb McGary, Calvin Ridley, Russell Gage, John Cominsky, Isaiah Oliver, Kendall Sheffield, and so on. It’ll be tempting to swing a trade up for one big piece, but Atlanta continually shows us they are not one piece away from much of anything.
Those top three picks will be critically important. Atlanta’s only had one second round pick in the last three seasons and now have two of them, and while their track record in that round is quite mixed, the Falcons have nabbed the likes of Robert Alford, Oliver, and William Moore there in Thomas Dimitroff’s tenure. Again, we just have to hope the team uses them both, rather than chasing after a single player.
Stay tuned for more updates as the postseason wears on, but we’re basically just waiting on the compensatory picks to finalize this list. Who do you want Atlanta to get?