The Atlanta Falcons should trade down in the 2021 NFL draft

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The Atlanta Falcons have the fourth overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

While current mock drafts have the Atlanta Falcons selecting Justin Fields with that pick, it would be in the best interest of the team to trade this pick and collect more assets to build a better roster.

There are a few teams that could be looking to acquire a quarterback and the Falcons can leverage this pick to get even more assets.

Could the Colts, Texans, Broncos, or others be willing to move up to draft a quarterback? Denver has the ninth overall pick in the draft and that would have to be included in the trade. Even at number nine, the Falcons could still address issues like the pass rush with players like Jaelan Phillips and Gregory Rousseau.

The Bears could also be on the market searching for a new quarterback as well. The Falcons could essentially trade back to the 20th pick while also obtaining some extra second and third-round picks for this year’s draft and the next.

What could the Falcons do at the 20th pick…essentially anything they want like addressing the running back position. Najee Harris would be a good pick up for the Falcons. He knows how to run the football, catch the ball out of the backfield as well block for Matt Ryan when needed.

Atlanta Falcons should only keep their current pick for a couple players.

The Atlanta Falcons have quite a few problems they should address before thinking about drafting a quarterback this early in the draft.

The pass rush still needs work and if Micah Parsons is available, then by all means you keep the pick and select him as you can never have too much depth on the offensive line. If by chance the Jets decide to do the Jets thing and not draft Penei Sewell, the Atlanta Falcons have a prime chance to select someone to help keep Matt Ryan clean in the pocket.

The Falcons are in a prime position to possibly keep a crack in their Super Bowl window if they play this pick the right way. If the Falcons decide to go with a quarterback with their first selection, they are simply waiving the white flag for the next season.

Let’s face it, the Atlanta Falcons don’t need to rebuild, they need to retool, and it can all start with trading down in the draft.

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