The clock is slowly ticking down to the 2020 NFL Draft,ev and thanks to the free agency period, the draft outlook has changed considerably for the Falcons. To give you a general synopsis of what we believe will transpire, Falcoholic writers Everett Glaze and Eric Robinson have decided to team up and put together what they truly believe will occur. Let’s take a look.
Round 1 –16th Overall
Javon Kinlaw – DT- South Carolina
Given the signing of edge rusher Dante Fowler and the release of cornerback Desmond Trufant, there are many ways this pick can go. However, I’m going with the premise I had before free agency even took place and going best player available on defense.
Kinlaw is a beast at 6’5’ and 324 lbs and would be a terror next to Jarrett in the nickel. Considering the fact we have so many drop back QBs now in the NFC South with questionable arms, interior pressure is paramount and Kinlaw adds another difference maker up front. - Everett Glaze
Round 2 - 47th Overall
Trevon Diggs - CB - Alabama
As Everett stated, the Falcons decided to move on from long-time starter Desmond Trufant early during this free agency period in what was a somewhat shocking move for some. While corners Isaiah Oliver and Kendall Sheffield played very well coming down the stretch last season, the departure of Trufant leaves a sizable void at the position.
In a very deep cornerback class, the Falcons decide to take the lengthy Diggs from and add his athleticism to the equation. Diggs is still rounding out as a prospect but his length and past history as a receiver, makes him an ideal fit on the boundary for the Falcons. - Eric Robinson
Round 3 – 78th Overall
Jeremy Chinn– S – Southern Illinois
Did Eric say athleticism?? The safety position is another position that’s in flux due to the uncertainty of Keanu Neal’s health and Ricardo Allen’s future beyond next season.
Chinn has ideal NFL size, great speed and has great athleticism. I also love his footwork, which is ideal for man coverage responsibilities when needed against tight ends. Chinn also has good ball skills for the position. Given the starters are already in place, drafting Chinn can allow him to develop, give him special teams responsibilities initially and set him up to start in 2021 if the team ultimately moves on from Neal. - Everett Glaze
Round 4 - 119th Overall
Alton Robinson - DE - Syracuse
In a league where the passing game rules the universe, you can never have a roster with too many pass rushers. Now that the Falcons have to deal with Tom Brady twice a season, it is imperative that getting to the quarterback becomes a priority going forward. Signing Fowler does add plenty of speed to the edge and drafting Kinlaw helps the Falcons collapse the pocket.
Robinson allows the Falcons to have even more of a variety of skill setswhen it comes to attacking the quarterback. Refinement is needed from Robinson, but the Falcons can’t afford to be below average once again in this department, and he brings intriguing tools to the table. - Eric Robinson
Round 4 - 134th Overall
Logan Stenberg - G - Kentucky
I wanted a linebacker by this point but I also could not resist giving the offensive line a needed shot of improvement. The Falcons missed rookie Chris Lindstrom for much of the season last year but his presence along with Kaleb McGary’s developing should bolster the right side of the line. At left guard however, is a different story.
There should be competition for the starting spot in training camp but I’ll be cheating most of you if I did not express that I don’t feel confident in any of the current competitors to win the role. Stenberg is a punch in the mouth as a blocker. While he is not the greatest athlete, his physicality is something that has been consistently unmatched by recent Falcons blockers. - Eric Robinson
Round 7 – 228th Overall
Rodrigo Blankenship – K – University of Georgia
Now what draft do the Falcons have where they don’t have a pick out of left field? Coach Quinn stated earlier this year he wanted competition at the Kicker position, and some of you Georgia fans would probably be ecstatic over the pick. Blankenship has a big leg and was pretty accurate during his stint at UGA, notwithstanding his 6 missed kicks in 2019. Don’t be surprised if this happens as Quinn is looking for a permanent solution at the position. - Everett Glaze