Okay. Okay. I personally like the Falcons’ draft (Grade B+). If they hadn’t lost pick#9, it would have been an "A-". That’s the best I’ve seen for the Falcons in most years.
So, what if we had a do-over? Could the draft in hindsight been any better with some luck? I start with the premise that they had set out to draft a QB (Ridder). If I pursued a trade down at #8 to acquire more picks, what might it have looked like.
Atlanta trades #8 + #43 to HOU for #13 + #37 + #68. HOU drafts OT Charles Cross.
1P13 - SS Kyle Hamilton - (BPA Overall) Game-changing defensive talent.
2P37 - OLB/EDGE Arnold Ebiketie – (BPA EDGE)
2P58 - WR Jalen Tolbert – no mismatch like London, but better vertically with speed/hands.
3P68 - NT Travis Jones – competition for Rush at Nose with better pass rush and upside.
3P74 - QB Desmond Ridder – a low risk (3rd round) pick on a potential starting QB.
3P82 - ILB Nakobe Dean – a future All-Pro MIKE that slipped due to fake news.
4P114 - DT/DE Eyioma Uwazurike – a versatile pass rusher for 34DE/DT5 opposite Jarrett.
5P151 - RB Tyler Allgeier – He’s the right RB pick for an Arthur Smith offense
6P190 - OG/OT Jamaree Salyer – a versatile O-lineman that was Captain of the Bulldawgs
6P213 - OT Rasheed Walker – a high upside OT is more valuable than a blocking TE.
Considering that most draft experts feel the Falcons drafted two immediate starters, this haul should yield 5-6 starters depending upon whether Allgeier plays more snaps than CP at RB. Ten picks enables the Falcons to cover more holes and get younger in the process.
How did we do in hindsight?