Atlanta Falcons Mock Draft Roundup 7.0
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 - Donahue (3/23)
4. Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
I do think the fourth pick in the draft will ultimately be a QB, whether or not Atlanta is the team making the pick, I'm not 100% sure of yet. While the Falcons remain committed to Matt Ryan for the upcoming season with a recent contract restructure, they have a chance to draft his heir apparent who happens to be from the Atlanta area in Justin Fields.
Once considered the consensus QB2 in this draft class, Fields has seen his stock drop a bit due to some inconsistent play in 2020. But his six-touchdown performance against Clemson in the national semifinals reminded everyone just how high his ceiling can be.
NFL.com - Brooks (3/23)
4. Zach Wilson, QB, BYU
Matt Ryan's presence allows the Falcons to add a young quarterback without the pressure of putting him on the field in Year 1.
The Athletic - Beat Writers (3/23)
4. Justin Fields, QB, Ohio State
The original school of thought when news broke about Matt Ryan getting his contract restructured again was that the move essentially wipes out any plans the Falcons may have had about drafting a quarterback at No. 4. Well, as the days have gone on, the Falcons have sent out feelers that they are still in the market for a quarterback. So expect the Falcons to draft a quarterback. Lance seems like a better fit than Fields, but if he doesn't fall to No. 4, then Fields can be their guy. -- Tori McElhaney
ESPN - Kiper (3/22)
4. Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota State
With its salary-cap situation, Atlanta mostly has to stay out of free agency, and it even had to restructure quarterback Matt Ryan's contract to get under the $182.5 million cap. As a result of that restructure, the organization can't move on from Ryan until 2022, at the earliest, but that's OK. Lance is going to need time to adapt to the speed of the NFL. He started only 17 games in college, all of which were against FCS competition, and it's a big jump to the pros. The Falcons need to start thinking about the future. They also are a prime trade-down option, particularly to try to get better value for a defender -- and acquire more picks.
CBS Sports - Wilson (3/22)
4. Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida
Are the Falcons going to stick with Matt Ryan for 2021 (and possibly 2022), because if so they'll need to continue to build around him, not to mention fix a floundering defense. Working from the premise that Ryan remains (there's a $24.9 million dead cap hit if he's a post-June 1 cut) and Atlanta adds arguably the best pass catcher in this class to the roster.
PFF - Renner (3/22)
12. Patrick Surtain II, CB, Alabama
Here we have a mini-run on the cornerback position, as Atlanta simply has to get better there if they're going to compete with the Bucs in the NFC South. Because of that, they take a page out of Tampa Bay's playbook and go secondary for the second straight year in Round 1.
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