The Atlanta Falcons need look at LSU players in the 2020 NFL Draft


The Atlanta Falcons need a lot of help to improve their roster and they will heavily rely on the 2020 NFL Draft to fix the team’s needs. They need help at arguably every position on defense and the Falcons need to make smart decisions in the draft.

One school the Atlanta Falcons need to look heavily at is the LSU Tigers. LSU just had a perfect 15-0 season and are loaded with NFL talent. Many players on LSU’s roster can fix the Atlanta Falcons needs.

One of the biggest areas of need the Atlanta Falcons have is the defensive line and LSU has two players that would make an instant impact. K’Lavon Chaisson and Rashard Lawrence from LSU are both defensive line prospects the Atlanta Falcons need to take a good look at.

K’Lavon Chaisson is the second-rated edge player on multiple big boards behind future NFL star Chase Young. Chaisson is 6’4, 250 pounds and is extremely explosive coming off the line. Falcons fans might be hesitant of drafting another explosive speed rusher after Vic Beasley, but Chaisson compares more to Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter. The only red flag of Chaisson is an ACL tear he suffered in 2018.

Rashad Lawrence is projected to be a second-third round pick during the 2020 NFL Draft at 6’2 weighing 308 pounds. The Falcons could be in a position to take him with one of their second-round picks. Lawrence’s best trait is his competitive toughness and motor. The only reason why he is projected to go later is his length. If Grady Jarrett has taught us anything its length does not matter if a player is talented and has a relentless motor.

Linebacker is another area of need for the Falcons and LSU has a great prospect at the position with Patrick Queen. Ever since the national championship, Queen has risen up draft boards. Queen is 6’1 weighing 227 pounds and has a similar body type to Falcons star linebacker Deion Jones. He is projected to be a late first-round pick so if the Falcons desperately want him they will have to take him in the first round.

Queen would make an instant impact and would be an upgrade over DeVondre Campbell. Outside of Duke Riley, teams cannot go wrong drafting a linebacker from LSU because Deion Jones, Kwon Alexander, and Devin White are great coverage linebackers NFL teams are looking for.

Another position of need for the Atlanta Falcons is a corner and LSU has a great prospect, Kristian Fulton. He is 6’0 200 pounds and a really good coverage corner. Like Patrick Queen, Fulton has risen up draft boards so if the Falcons want him, they have to use a first-round pick on him. While Fulton is very good in coverage, his worst trait is tackling. The Atlanta Falcons will need to take this into consideration when they draft him.

LSU has a ton of talent on defense that can help the Atlanta Falcons. However, they also have plenty of talent on the offensive side of the ball to help them. Two LSU prospects that can help the Falcons on offense is running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire and tight end Thaddeus Moss.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire would be an awesome selection for the Atlanta Falcons. He is a very talented running back but short at 5’7 but weighs 209 pounds. Running back is a need for the Atlanta Falcons because they need a running back that can catch out of the backfield like Tevin Coleman. Edwards-Helaire is a great receiving back and has so much balance he will have plenty of plays on Sports Center’s Top 10.

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The last prospect from LSU that can help the Atlanta Falcons is tight end, Thaddeus Moss. He will not become Austin Hooper’s replacement right away, but he is a good player that can fill the need at tight end. Moss is the son of Hall of Fame wide receiver Randy Moss, so he has the proper genes to play at the next level.