Atlanta Falcons: Post first wave of free agency mock draft
Round 5, Pick 148 – RB Trey Sermon, Ohio State
The Atlanta Falcons are going back-to-back Buckeyes here as they look to shore up the running back position and do so with Trey Sermon. Atlanta ranked 27th in rushing offense a season ago, lacking explosiveness from its talented group of backs but for Smith’s offense to work.
Sermon doesn’t exactly fit the bill of a speed back but he has a lot of impressive qualities that can be useful. He is a tough runner, that also bursts through lanes and has the agility to stay on his feet in the open field which goes hand in hand with his vision.
His vision is masterful as he quickly diagnosis space and despite the lack of athleticism which hurt’s his overall upside he is a good player that can be an asset in this offense.
Round 5, Pick 179 – T Alaric Jackson, Iowa
Alaric Jackson has the upside to mold into an impressive offensive lineman with a lot of good tools but it could take some time.
The lack of Jackson’s length could lead him to be moved inside to guard but that versatility due to his experience at LT makes him an underrated prospect. Jackson is explosive and can reach the second level and with improved strength to his lower body to combatant, his lateral movement and agility could mold him into a really good ballplayer.
Round 5, Pick 182 – S Tariq Thompson, San Diego State
Tariq Thompson does a lot of things really well that could make him a hidden gem.
Thompson typically plays in the slot and could thrive as the third DB but also possess the skills of being a willing downhill tackler against the run, while also showcasing his ball skills recording 12 Interceptions and 23 pass deflections in his four seasons at SDSU.