There’s only one thing we know for sure about the 2021 NFL Draft and the Atlanta Falcons: Nothing’s for sure.
There are three distinct paths for the Falcons to take for this draft and there are plenty of people on each side of the discussion when it comes to what they think they will do:
- Draft a QB with that No. 4 pick
- Take the best available non-QB with the No. 4 pick
- Trade the No. 4 pick for more draft capital
No matter what you think the Falcons should do, you can’t argue that any of the three could happen when it comes time for them to be on the clock later this month.
The two best targets for the Atlanta Falcons at No. 4
There are two targets who stand out above the rest when it comes to the Falcons and who they might choose to go after if they stay put with that No. 4 overall pick.
There’s a chance that either of these two guys could be available at the latter part of the top-10 if the Falcons chose to trade back just a few spots, but nothing is guaranteed.
In my opinion, Atlanta doesn’t need to target a quarterback simply because of Matt Ryan’s contract and the nature of the way the franchise is trying to head over the next couple of seasons.
So, who does that leave?
TE Kyle Pitts (Florida)
I love what Pitts brings to the table. Putting him in an Arthur Smith offense and allowing him the opportunity to use his explosive playmaking ability just seems like a dream come true. Pitts has the ability to eventually be the best tight end in the league and he has impressed everyone with the insane combination of physicality and athleticism that he possesses.
OT Penei Sewell (Oregon)
If the Falcons don’t want to take a tight end that early, it seems like the other potential match is to take an offensive lineman. That Atlanta offensive line wasn’t bad in 2020, but they certainly could use a piece and Penei Sewell would be a big piece.
A legitimate starting tackle can make a huge difference, especially considering how Matt Ryan likes to hold on to the ball a little longer than most would like sometimes.
While it may seem strange to take an offensive lineman or especially a tight end that early, if the Atlanta Falcons came away with either of those two guys at No. 4, you’d have to look at that as a successful selection.