The other night on Falcoholic Live, we brought together Eric Robinson, Adnan Ikic, Evan Birchfield, and Dave Choate for a 7 round live mock draft with a little help from The Draft Network. The goal was to give Atlanta the best possible draft class, with trades
Things got wild pretty quickly, as the top five shook out very differently than it is likely to in real life. That meant we were confronted with some interesting choices about what trades to make, who to pick up, and how to best emulate Terry Fontenot’s dedication to best player available. With a little help from the Broncos, Bears, and Colts, we got there.
You’ll find the full mock below along the recorded show on YouTube. Let us know how you think it went and what direction you would’ve gone in.
TRADE — Round 1, Pick 9: QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State
Falcons trade pick 4 to the Broncos in exchange for picks 9, 41 (2nd), 114 (4th), and a 2022 1st.
Falcons trade down, picking up significant additional resources including an extra 2nd and a 2022 1st and still get their QB of the future in Trey Lance.
TRADE — Round 1, Pick 20: EDGE Gregory Rousseau, Miami
Bears trade pick 20 to the Falcons in exchange for picks 36 (2nd), 109 (4th), and 149 (5th).
The Bears offered an enticing trade-up option as all 4 QB options were off the board and it was a little early for Mac Jones. Falcons jump up to take a swing at one of the top EDGE prospects in the class in Miami’s Gregory Rousseau, who has the ceiling of an elite player but might need a year or two of development.
Round 2, Pick 41: CB Asante Samuel Jr., Florida State
A pick that is both BPA and fills a significant need, FSU CB Asante Samuel Jr. is undersized but has all the athleticism and instincts teams covet in the secondary.
TRADE — Round 2, Pick 53: S Richie Grant, UCF
Colts trade pick 53 and pick 206 (6th) to the Falcons in exchange for picks 114 (4th), 181 (5th), and a 2022 3rd.
Colts offered an enticing trade-up and the Falcons pounce on the opportunity to add their Ricardo Allen replacement in UCF safety Richie Grant. Grant has high-end range and ballhawking instincts and impressed at the Senior Bowl.
Round 3, Pick 68: TE Brevin Jordan, Miami
The BPA at this point in the draft, the Falcons target a future TE1 to pair with Hayden Hurst in the short term to form a dynamic 2 TE pairing. Arthur Smith used 2 TE sets at the highest rate of any team in 2020.
Round 5, Pick 183: WR Ihmir Smith-Marsette, Iowa
The trade-ups to secure premium talent meant a big gulf between picks here. WR Ihmir Smith-Marsette is a deep threat with size who also offers a dynamic presence as a returner.
Round 6, Pick 190: RB Jermar Jefferson, Oregon State
Despite missing out on the premium prospects are RB, the Falcons still secure a high-upside option in Oregon State’s Jermar Jefferson. Jefferson could be a starter in a zone-scheme attack and offers exciting receiving ability.
Round 6, Pick 206: EDGE Malcom Koonce, Buffalo
The Falcons still need a lot of depth at EDGE even after the addition of Rousseau. Buffalo’s Malcom Koonce is a developmental project with outstanding athleticism.
Round 6, Pick 218: OL Alaric Jackson, Iowa
In this mock, we worked under the assumption that the Falcons signed G Joe Thuney in free agency. They could still use depth, and Iowa’s Alaric Jackson has G/T flexibility to go along with excellent size.
Round 7, Pick 226: CB D.J. Daniel, Georgia
A depth addition at CB who can also fill a role on special teams.