By all accounts, the Atlanta Falcons aced their first test of the 2021 NFL draft. General manager Terry Fontenot knocked it out of the park when you wrote and submitted the draft card with the name Kyle Pitts on it.
The Atlanta Falcons fans who didn’t like pick simply think of him as a tight end and not the most versatile playmaker in the entire draft. There isn’t a linebacker, safety, or corner in the NFL that will be able to cover Pitts and he will make Atlanta better from the jump.
The Atlanta Falcons will enter tonight’s second and third round with two picks – 35th overall and 68th overall and they have some pretty important positions to fill on the roster with those two choices and they need to get at least one starter Friday night.
The important positions of need for the Atlanta Falcons in rounds two and three
By now, everyone knows that Terry Fontenot is going to take the best available football player and isn’t concerned with position, even if it is one of severe importance. That said, these are going to be positioned where the best available may very well work out in the Falcons’ favor.
As of this moment, the Atlanta Falcons need safety. They have Erik Harris, Duron Harmon, Jaylinn Hawkins, and TJ Green under contract.
Coming into the second round, TCU’s Trevon Moehrig is still on the board. He is the highest-rated safety in this draft and has Top 15 NFL talent. If for some reason both the Jaguars and Jets pass on his services, the Atlanta Falcons should sprint his draft card up to the podium.
Central Florida’s Riche Grant is still on the board as well – he is the second-rated safety in the 2021 NFL draft.
Second-year corner AJ Terrell proved he is well on his way to becoming one of the league’s best corners. As a rookie, he didn’t make a lot of mistakes and never made the same mistake twice. Now the Falcons need to find someone to line up on the other side of the field.
Currently, Asante Samuel Jr is still on the board as is UGA’s Tyson Campbell. Neither of them will be as good as Terrell but both are good enough to make an impact as a starter and improve cornerback play.
Currently, the Atlanta Falcons have Mike Davis and Cordarrelle Patterson in the backfield and are going to need to add another young playmaker at this spot.
While the draft’s two best running backs, Najee Harris and Travis Etienne, were snatched up in the first round by the Steelers and Jaguars, there are still a couple really talented backs in this draft that can run between the tackles and add an element to the passing game.
University of North Carolina runningbacks Javonte Williams and Michael Carter as well as Memphis running back Kenneth Gainwell are going to be steals in the second round.