Atlanta Falcons Mock Draft Roundup 3.0
Throughout the year and leading up to the 2021 NFL draft, we will update our Atlanta Falcons Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the Atlanta Falcons from several prominent sites and draft analysts.
The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Falcons:
EDSFootball - Hanson (1/1)
Barring a trade, this scenario would allow Fields the opportunity to serve as Ryan's apprentice for a season. While he's had a couple of multi-INT games in his past three, the dual-threat quarterback is a top-five prospect and has thrown 56 touchdowns (and rushed for 15 more) while throwing a total of eight interceptions in his two seasons with the Buckeyes.
San Diego Union Tribune (12/31)
Touchdown Wire - Schofield (12/31)
When an organization has the chance to make a top-five pick, sometimes it makes the most sense to grab a quarterback for the future, even if it does not intend on playing him right away. You hope to never be back picking here, so it makes sense to take advantage of the opportunity.
Fields is likely the player who is hurt the most by the rise of Zach Wilson, as that has led to a corresponding slide of the Ohio State passer from the No. 2 to No. 3 QB on some boards. Some might even point to a rather dismal record of Ohio State quarterbacks in the NFL as a reason to avoid drafting him, but Fields has the athleticism necessary to succeed as a quarterback in the modern NFL. When he's ready, Atlanta will be glad they made him the selection.
PFF - Gayle (12/29)
PFF's 10th-ranked signal-caller in terms of passing grade in 2020, Ryan offers trade value if Atlanta's brass can find a suitor or can continue to start ahead of a rookie quarterback with what should at least be an improved coaching situation and two top-flight wide receivers (Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley).
Fields has his fair share of concerns as a prospect, but he's still the No. 3 overall player on PFF's board and the first-ranked college quarterback in terms of PFF passing grade over the past two seasons (2019-20).
CBS Sports - Wilson (12/29)
Pro Football Network - Miller (12/26)
4. Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
As a linebacker, coverage isn't necessarily a strength for him, and that hurts his value a bit because linebackers will be picked on at the NFL level if they struggle in coverage.
However, Atlanta is a great fit for him because his real value is as a pass rusher. He went to Penn State as an edge rusher, and his natural ability shines in those opportunities. Take an interior mammoth off the field, drop him down to the edge, and let him hunt QBs on third downs. ATLiens will love the pick.
PFF - Renner (12/23)
5. Kwity Paye, EDGE, Michigan
Bleacher Report - Miller (12/22)
5. Micah Parsons, LB, Penn State
Previous update: Atlanta Falcons Mock Draft Roundup 2.0
MORE TEAMS: All NFL Team Mock Draft Roundups
More Atlanta Falcons content:
- Atlanta Falcons 53-man roster projections
- Atlanta Falcons fantasy football projections
- Atlanta Falcons fantasy football strength of schedule
- Atlanta Falcons snap counts
- Atlanta Falcons franchise stat leaders
- Atlanta Falcons tickets
- 2021 NFL Mock Draft
- NFL Mock Draft Database
- 2021 NBA Mock Draft
- Fantasy Football Rankings
- Fantasy Football Strength of Schedule (SOS)