Atlanta Falcons will take unexpected route in 2020 NFL draft


The Atlanta Falcons under general manager Thomas Dimitroff have rarely drafted the choice that experts and fans have clamored for.

The 2020 NFL draft is just two weeks away and the mock drafts are coming in hot and heavy, even the absurd takes like the Falcons are going to trade Matt Ryan to move up in the draft to take one the surefire busts that will go in the Top 10.

Most intelligent mock drafts have the Atlanta Falcons drafting one of three guys with their 16th overall pick; K’Lavon Chaisson, C.J. Henderson or Kristian Fulton. All would be solid picks and help in much-needed areas that Falcons have to address.

However, none of them will end up in an Atlanta Falcons uniform. Chances are the Falcons are going to trade completely out of the first round in 2020. Dimitroff really believes that this draft is deep enough at the positions the Atlanta Falcons need most and will attempt to pick up additional picks in either the second or third round or pick up an additional first in 2021.

With the exception of 2008, Thomas Dimitroff has never made the traditionally expected pick. No one saw the mega trade he pulled off in 2011 to draft Julio Jones, only Mel Kiper thought the Falcons would pick Ridley in 2018 (everyone thought he was insane) and no one saw the Falcons drafting two offensive linemen in 2019.

Expect much of the same in a couple weeks. With a lot riding on the 2020 season, Thomas Dimitroff and Dan Quinn are going to do everything that they can in order to make this team a contender and if they believe that trading from the first round to pick up additional day two picks, they will do so.

Regardless of where the Falcons make their initial pick, it will be a corner. Whether they take Henderson at 16 or Atlanta native A.J. Terrell at the top of the second round, there is no doubt that they will address defense in a major way with their first several picks.

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Whatever happens in two weeks, by now we should expect the unexpected with Thomas Dimitroff and that is usually what we get and 2020 will be no different.