The consensus just a month ago from the national media was that the Atlanta Falcons would be taking a quarterback with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Well, that’s not the case anymore.
Following the Falcons’ restructure of Matt Ryan’s contract, most NFL analysts have begun to change their tune when it comes to what the Falcons will do with that first-round pick and most have them either taking an offensive weapon like TE Kyle Pitts or trading back to take a player later in the first-round and earning future draft capital as a result.
In a seven-round mock draft for the Atlanta Falcons, CBS sports’ Cody Benjamin unveiled what he thinks the franchise could do later this month when they’re on the clock.
Benjamin has the Atlanta Falcons taking Florida TE Kyle Pitts, and then another Florida offensive playmaker later in the draft
It’s not that controversial of a take anymore to have the Falcons draft Kyle Pitts. Atlanta needs to give Matt Ryan playmakers and Pitts is a transcendental playmaker who could immediately elevate that offense to another level.
But the third-round pick made by Benjamin will be one that half of the Atlanta Falcons fan base won’t necessarily agree upon.
“If the Falcons are serious about injecting some long-term possibilities into the QB spot, though, you could do a lot worse,” Benjamin wrote. “Who’s to say Smith wouldn’t be excited at the possibility of grooming Trask and his accurate arm for the future? As a bonus, Pitts is familiar with the ex-Gators QB from his own time in college.”
Could Trask potentially develop into a top-tier quarterback in the league? Yes. Is he likely worthy of a third-round pick to find out? Probably not.
Trask showed flashes when he was at Florida and, as Benjamin pointed out, you could do worse. The problem with Trask is that he just doesn’t show the arm strength to be able to excel at the next level and you have to wonder how much of his success at Florida had more to do with the playmakers- headlined by Pitts- around him rather than what he was able to accomplish on the field.
That being said, it’s not the worst idea to look at Trask in later rounds to provide a backup to Matt Ryan and to see what might could happen with him gaining a couple of years of develop in Arthur Smith’s system.