The Atlanta Falcons hold the 8th pick in this year’s draft a position that before the combine is a huge question mark with Jalen Carter, C.J. Stroud, Bryce Young, and Will Anderson all likely off the board already. The question for the Falcons in the first round is what position they will choose to target?
After two years of having a terrible defense and drafting Drake London and Kyle Pitts in back-to-back off-seasons, this team is going to take the best player on the board as they should. Targeting a position in any round this off-season shouldn’t be an option for the Falcons. Reaching isn’t worth the risk when the team has nine draft picks and the second most cap space in the league this off-season.
Two names to watch for Atlanta early on is Clemson pass rusher Miles Murphy and TCU receiver Quentin Johnson both players should still be on the board and have an argument as the best players Atlanta will have a shot at.
It wouldn’t be at all surprising to see Atlanta draft a pass catcher for a third straight season when you consider the team has lost Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley in back-to-back years. Add in the fact that Olamide the team’s second receiver is headed to free agency, and they are in desperate need of help and depth at the position.
Atlanta should approach the draft with an open mind willing to trade in either direction and with a willingness not to reach for a pass rusher or receiver but to draft who they believe to be the best player on the board. This front office has shown an impressive ability to draft considering the value they found in Drake London, Desmond Ridder, Tyler Allgeier, and Arnold Ebiketie in last year’s draft. No question the Atlanta Falcons are in for the most exciting off-season in recent memory.