Could the Atlanta Falcons move into the Top 5 for Isaiah Simmons?
The Atlanta Falcons are quietly making waves as we near the 2020 NFL Draft.
With the 2020 season potentially being the last year that general manager Thomas Dimitroff and head coach Dan Quinn are at the helm of the Falcons, they are trying to do everything within their power to make sure that this team is equipped to perform its best.
There have now been grumblings from both Dimitroff and those that cover the NFL that the Atlanta Falcons could be working the phones in order to make a big splash like they did in 2011 when they moved up in the draft to take Julio Jones out of Alabama.
When looking at the needs of this team and who they could take in the Top 5, all signs seem to point to Clemson hybrid linebacker, corner, and safety Isaiah Simmons. He is so elite that there literally is not one thing that he cannot do on the defensive side of the ball and there has never been a player like him in college or the NFL.
The two areas that the Falcons have struggled on defense has been their ability to cover out of the backfield or on tight ends. Sure, Deion Jones is the best cover linebacker in the NFL, but he cannot do both and the Falcons need a guy that can help him on the other side of the field.
Not only would this help out Jones, but this would allow Damontae Kazee to play more corner in certain packages as Simmons can slip to the back end and play safety.
If the Atlanta Falcons do end up moving into the Top 5 it won’t be Jeffrey Okudah or Chase Young, two guys that quite frankly do not have game tape versus elite offenses.
Say what you will about Clemson, but as spectacular as LSU was against them in the National Title game, Joe Burrow refused to throw the side of the field that Simmons was one and the few times that they attempted to look his way, the LSU offense was held in check.
Whether this will be worth the price will be determined at a later date, but if the Falcons make this happen, fans everywhere should be ecstatic that the front office to this giant leap forward.