Atlanta Falcons make splashy first round decision in this mock draft
Round Five (149th overall): Charlie Kolar, Tight End (Iowa State)
This pick is going to be an honest assessment on two fronts: one, with Lee Smith retiring, the Falcons now lose a valuable run-blocking tight end, and two, the picks from rounds 5-7 will most likely be nothing more than camp bodies who have a better chance of sneaking a roster spot than the undrafted free agents that will come after.
This is where Kolar comes into play. While the young man is attempting to break into the league, should he be selected to the Falcons organization, his journey might be hard to see him make it past the preseason on the 53-man roster.
For starters, while his academic superiority (winner of the Williams V. Campbell trophy) is to be noted by this masters’ degree holder, his size (6-feet-6, 227 pounds), his path to Iowa State came at the expense of wanting to play Power Five football instead of for the military schools (Air Force and Army).
Despite that, while he was a Mackey Award finalist his last season, he just never seemed to truly pop off the screen while examining the tape. To be fair, this is from one aspect, and others may see it differently, which is perfectly understandable.
Aside from that, while he can make contested catches successfully, his upside is a huge risk to take, which is why he falls to the fifth round.
Who knows? Maybe Kolar this year (assuming the pick is correct) turns out to be Atlanta’s Gronk/Kelce/Kittle.
But really, what are the chances there since Kyle Pitts needed to wait until the PRO BOWL to score his first touchdown on American soil?