3. Atlanta will keep their draft options open
One of the final things that Fontenot said when discussing the draft was pointing out Atlanta’s flexibility in the first round focused not on a position but getting a good player whether that is moving up or down in the draft. Atlanta has hit on each of their first round picks in Terry’s first two seasons with the team picking Drake London and Kyle Pitts in the 2022 and 2021 off-seasons respectively.
It is interesting that moving up or down in the draft was mentioned considering Atlanta’s current push to contend. Moving up would be a surprise for a team that isn’t simply a player or two away from being a contender.
Moving down in the draft would make far more sense if C.J. Stroud and the best three pass rushers are off the board as expected. If that happens the Falcons could look to trade down with a team willing to reach for a quarterback or a player inside the top ten. Fontenot has shown an ability to add players late in the draft that have an impact on the team. Adding more picks and moving down in the first round wouldn’t be a bad move for a team with a lot of roster spots to address.