Atlanta Falcons Mock Draft Duel: Week 6 Edition

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The Atlanta Falcons currently hold the eighth overall selection in the upcoming 2022 NFL Draft. Because we’re all looking towards the future, it bears the question: who’s next? Atlanta’s in a tough spot currently, and it starts under center. Matt Ryan isn’t getting any younger, and the succession plan is TBD. Defensively, that question is just as tough for the Atlanta Falcons future. Who can be paired with the menace that is Grady Jarrett on the interior? Or who’s the next incredible pass rusher? Heck, what about the lackluster secondary?

In the last edition of Around the Block’s Atlanta Falcons mock draft duel, Hunter and Adam received a challenge from Stevie. Which mock draft is better this time around? Find out below, then go to @falcons_atb on Twitter to vote for your favorite!

Hunter’s Atlanta Falcons Mock Draft (@hthompsonNFL)

Round 1 Pick 12: Carson Strong, QB, Nevada

  • This was not the ideal pick to start our Falcons mock draft, but most other targets I wanted were off the board. But alas, I’ll attempt to put a positive spin on this. Carson Strong is a name you might not have heard of if you don’t keep up with draft Twitter, but the 6’4″ 215 lb Nevada product is my QB1 in the class. Strong has a cannon that allows him place dimes across the field as he posted 16 TD’s to 3 INT’s at this point in the season. He’s also an incredible pre-snap QB who works through his progressions while leading the Nevada Air Raid offense. Strong would be able to come sit behind Ryan for a year while we build the rest of the roster.

Round 2 Pick 45: Josh Jobe, CB, Alabama

  • A high character corner from Alabama, Jobe has the ability to be a great corner to grow next to AJ Terrell. Jobe is a long corner who plays well in press coverage. He is a smart IQ player who does well with his technique to go toe to toe with any WR’s. He is a bit older as a 24 year old rookie, but Jobe fits what the Falcons are going to try run defensively under Pees.

Round 2 Pick 54: Isaiah Thomas, EDGE, Oklahoma

  • Isaiah Thomas has really been a freak of nature at Oklahoma this season. He is a 6’5″ 265lb EDGE who has been used in a variety of ways in Norman this year. He is explosive with his first step and an aggressive monster at the LOS. His hands are strong and his arsenal of pass rush moves is pretty solid. Grabbing a freak like Thomas here is a steal for the Falcons in the draft.

Round 3 Pick 75: Daniel Faalele, OT, Minnesota

  • Faalele is a mountain of a man at 6-feet-9, 380 pounds. He’s been sliding a bit down boards, but adding the mauler here is a nice addition for the Atlanta Falcons’ o-line. Faalele is a massive bear of a RT who will be able to come in and push Kaleb McGary for a starting spot along this offensive line.

Round 4 Pick 115: Smoke Monday, SAF, Auburn

  • The Falcons adding Smoke Monday here would be a smart move. Smoke would be able to come in and compete right off the bat with Jaylinn Hawkins and Richie Grant for starting safety reps in the Dean Pees defense. Smoke Monday is a leader on the Auburn defense who is a physical safety who is strong in the run game.

Adam’s Atlanta Falcons Mock Draft (@Damski32)

Round 1 Pick 12: Jordan Davis, iDL, Georgia

  • This gives us a unique opportunity to see what a draft outside the top 10 looks like. I started this thing off with an ass kicker and world destroyer right smack in the middle of the defense. Jordan is proving to be a complete nightmare for IOL both vs the pass and vs the run. He’s in great shape and that motor runs hot constantly. His raw strength is absolutely ridiculous and the fact that teams double and triple team him and he still gets home says a lot. Falcons look to rebuild this DL from the inside out and what a heck of a starting piece like Jordan Davis.

Round 2 Pick 45: John Metchie, WR, Alabama

  • John Metchie has been hot and cold this year and he’s really taken a backseat to Jameson Williams in that Alabama O. Which is fine for ATL. They benefit from getting this YAC WR; a big bodied X WR who can create decent separation on his own — which is what ATL really needs from its X WR. Ideally, I wanted OL, but I wasn’t going to rush the need and the Falcons DO need skill positions, too, so I was fine with taking a scheme fit WR here.

Round 2 Pick 54: Isaiah Spiller, RB, Texas A&M

  • Isaiah Spiller is going to be a pick of mine in every mock, I think. Spiller has such great vision and patience when coming through the hole and shows tons of burst and contact balance on film. Arthur Smith will definitely be looking for his bell-cow in this draft, and I think Spiller, the ever talented RB out of A&M, could be that guy. To note, Arthur loves his backs who can block on third down too; Spiller might be the best of the bunch in that area.

Round 3 Pick 76: Zion Johnson, iOL, Boston College

  • Zion Johnson from Boston College was someone who was HIGH on my radar last off-season when I knew we’d be in the market for an IOL. Luckily for ATL, he went back to school and they have a shot at him this year. Zion possesses real functional strength and is a bully in the run game, really good at getting to the second level to seal blocks, and has some nasty in the pass game. Having Mayfield be average this whole year wouldn’t stop me from adding bodies to the position. The Falcons did draft Drew Dalman after having Matt Hennessy on the roster already last year.

Round 4 Pick 115: Amare Barno, EDGE, Virginia Tech

  • Amare Barno is such an intriuging prospect and I think four months from now he may rise up the boards and could be a Day 2 pick. He has some really good power and offers some really good hand play. He’s an intriguing Day 3 option at EDGE for us that could potentially log some early snaps as a designated pass rusher. I really didn’t like how this turned out in terms of EDGE cause this was such a strong class, but I was happy to nab a guy that was high on my board!

Stephen’s Atlanta Falcons Mock Draft (@stevieraylee)

Round 1 Pick 12: Andrew Booth Jr., CB, Clemson

AJ Terrell is living up to the immense preseason hype, but he can’t do it by himself out there. Booth would be an immediate starter whose ability in man coverage would allow Pees to open up his playbook more than we’ve seen so far this season. Excellent footwork and balance keep Booth comfortable with any assignment. He can play out of control at times, but, with a little polish, Booth could make the secondary a strength for the Falcons defense.

Round 2 Pick 45: David Bell, WR, Purdue

If Bell can continue to build on his 11 catch, 240 yard game against Iowa, we probably won’t get many more opportunities to draft him this late. Bell fits the mold of a bigger, contested-catch receiver that Terry Fontenot and Arthur Smith have been looking for since Julio Jones departed for Tennessee. Atlanta has Kyle Pitts and Calvin Ridley in the building for 2022, but that’s pretty much it. Even though there are other pressing issues, if the Falcons want to be competitive, they have to keep the offense running at a high level.

Round 2 Pick 54: Zion Nelson, OL, Miami

Nelson is an incredibly athletic offensive tackle that excels in pass pro against speed rushers. He moves well in space, and if he can put on (and keep on) weight, he has the potential to be an excellent run blocker in an outside zone scheme. The big question is whether he can maintain the requisite size to stick in the pros. Miami lists Nelson at 315lbs, but I’d bet dollars to doughnuts his playing weight is closer to 300 lbs. That’s not big enough to make it in the NFL, but he has steadily added weight since arriving in Miami. He’d be a bit of a project, but he has the tools to be a standout tackle if he pans out.

Round 3 Pick 76: Jermaine Johnson, Edge, Florida St.

Feel free to accuse me of copying Adam’s mock from last week, but a good idea is a good idea. Johnson is lighting it up this season in Tallahassee, piling up 6.5 sacks through six games. He is built perfectly to slot in at OLB in this scheme, and has the physical tools to play whatever role Dean Pees cooks up for him. The fact that he had to transfer out of UGA only shows how talented the Bulldogs roster is. Expect Johnson to continue to rise up draft boards as we move along, but for now, he’s an immense value in the third round.

Round 4 Pick 115: Amare Barno, Edge, Virginia Tech

This draft class is far too deep at the edge to resist a double-dip. Barno isn’t a name that’s being kicked around a ton, but he led the D1 schools in TFL’s in 2020. He isn’t off to the same white-hot start that Jermaine Johnson is in 2021, but he has managed 2.5 sacks and a forced fumble so far. At 6’6, Barno has an ideal frame, though he could stand to add functional strength. Barno transitioned from off-ball LB to defensive end in 2020, making him an intriguing candidate for a scheme-diverse system like Atlanta’s. It’s a pick based on projection, but after investing in a polished rusher like Johnson, the Falcons can afford to roll the dice on a developments project.

Falcons Mock Draft Duel: A challenger approaches?

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Ladies and gentlemen, we are back with another Falcons mock draft duel, this time after a massive win over the Jets in London. Today we have a guest mock draft coming in hot, so let’s get this Falcons mock draft party started! And as always, thanks to RiseNDraft.com and nflmockdraftdatabase.com for the simulator.

Hunter’s Falcons Mock (@hthompsonNFL)

Tried to switch it up this week and go with a few guys who I haven’t talked about much, but I love this mock. I also tried staying put just to see what a potential board looks like, so enjoy the mock.

Round 1 Pick 8: Georgle Karlaftis, EDGE, Purdue

  • Karlaftis is a bigger EDGE at 6’4″ 275lbs. Karlafitis is a nasty run defender who also uses a variety of pass rushing moves to help win his hand fights against the OL. He dominates at the POA and displays a great football IQ. Karlafitis would be a good fit in the multi-look front we use in Atlanta.

Round 2 Pick 48: George Pickens, WR, UGA

  • Pickens actually started the season as my number 1 WR before the season. But the ACL injury has him sliding down the board, great for Atlanta though if they’re willing to gamble on it. The Falcons need a true big bodied X WR, and Pickens can be that. He is listed at 6’3″ 200lbs, fantastic contested catch WR who can help open up the downfield passing game because Ridley isn’t the guy to be winning 50/50 balls down field.

Round 2 Pick 55: Derion Kendrick, CB, UGA

  • Yes, another UGA player. Kendrick is AJ Terrell’s former running mate at CB when they made the Natty back in 2020 at Clemson. Now, he’s helping lead their secondary, as they have the best defense in the nation. Kendrick is a sticky CB who has had some off-the-field concerns, which is why he has slid to this point. But a talent like his here is too hard to pass up. Kendrick may not fit the prototype that the Falcons are looking for at CB with his 5’11” 190lb frame, but his coverage skills are very good and it’s hard to find a CB with the experience he has at this point in the draft.

Round 3 Pick 79: Zion Johnson, iOL, Boston College

  • The Falcons add another day 2, midround OL here with Zion Johnson. Johnson has experience at OT and OG so he offers versatility. Johnson is a high character guy that caught a senior bowl invite last season but chose to go back to school. Was one of my higher rated iOL guys going into this season too. Best case scenario is Johnson grabs the starting LG spot or beats our McGary at RT. Worst case Johnson could be a Matt Gono replacement while we build depth along the offensive line.

Round 4 Pick 116: Kevin Harris, RB, South Carolina

  • Now to one of my favorite picks to mock to the Falcons, Kevin Harris. He is a 5’9″ 225lb RB from SC. In 2020 he led the SEC in rushing TD’s with 15. This season he is starting off a bit slower due to coming off an injury right before the season started. when healthy, Harris is a powerful runner who isn’t afraid to hit the holes hard. There are areas of his game that need work, but grabbing a runner to potentially replace Davis in the 4th seems like solid value here.

Adam’s Falcons Mock Draft (@Damski32)

Round 1 Pick 9: DeMarvin Leal, DL, Texas A&M

  • *Trade back from 8 to 9 to get a 4th* DeMarvin Leal continued his strong draft year season with a stellar and I mean stellar game vs Bama. Before I stopped watching Leal had 3 pressures, 2 hits and a sack vs that Alabama OL and was just a physical tone setter for them in the game as a whole. I really think on a team that’s starving for a super star on the DL, Leal can really fill that void with his rare combination of power + speed.

Round 1 Pick 20: Kenyon Green, OL, Texas A&M

  • *Traded 4th and early second to move up* So I cheated a bit this week, I traded back with my first pick and collected a fourth, moved up from the second with my early Second and selected Kenyon Green, the IOL/Do it all lineman out of Texas A&M (I promise I’m not a super fan of A&M) Green is super versatile OL that has logged snaps everywhere across the OL, kind of like Elgton Jenkins is for GB. Green is a mauler in the run game and has steady feet + hands in the pass game, he’s able to get to the second level and ceil blocks, he’d be a day one starter somewhere across this OL, it’s just a matter of finding the right spot for him.

Round 2 Pick 55: Drake London, WR, USC

  • The beauty of that trade-up is I only had to give up a 4th to move up to secure Green. Now, with my second pick I went WR Drake London out of USC. The massive 6’5 210lb WR out of USC is exactly what this offense needs at the X WR. Drake can be a physical player after the catch while being a jump ball WR when the times called for. Drake has a serious knack for attacking the ball at it’s highest point and really injects that “Mike Williams” type of WR into this offense to help out Matt and to set the tone on those short/intermediate routes that Arthur Smith loves to call. Lacks ideal deep speed, but boy can he find the ball in the air with great body control.

Round 3 Pick 79: Daniel Faalele, OT, Minnesota

  • Daniel Faalele is a super talented OT out of Minnesota, I don’t think I projected him yet in this mock draft series, but Faalele represents everything this teams missing on the OL. Big, physical, body snatcher that’s able to inflict his will on opponents. He lost roughly 40 lbs from last year to this year and looks absolutely fantastic moving laterally and being able to move to wall off blockers at the second level. Has a fantastic “Catch technique” That shows the raw power that he truly posses.

Round 4 Pick 116: Jermaine Johnson, EDGE, FSU

  • Jermaine Johnson out of FSU (transfer from UGA) is a talented EDGE that has the ability to drop into coverage in the flats as well. He shows a really strong bull rush, while having some OK bend around OT’s. I think he needs to work on consistency, but one thing I noticed that did improve from UGA to FSU was his motor, he runs hot all the time and is always looking to set the tone for the D. Does a very good job on stunts moving inside, and uses some really good power. I think he’d be a solid young rotational pass rusher to start the year, with a big upside!

Stephen’s Falcons Mock Draft (@stevieraylee)

Trade down: Maybe it’s cheating, but I can never help myself when a trade-down scenario makes sense. In this case, I open the door for the Steelers to move up six spots to grab their quarterback of the future and net a pair of third-round picks and a 2023 fourth in return. It’s not the haul I’d like, but the Falcons need to restock the cupboard. The team has less than $16 million in cap space in 2022 and only twenty-nine players under contract; we need bodies.

Round 1 Pick 14: Jordan Davis, DT, Georgia

  • Is this too high to take a nose tackle that has historically played limited snaps? Not when it’s Jordan Davis. Dean Pees has had a monster nose tackle at every stop in his NFL career, and the Falcons continue that trend with this move. At 6’6 and 340 pounds, Davis gives the Falcons something they haven’t had in decades, an imposing force inside that will elevate the play of everyone around him.

Round 1 Pick 47: Nik Bonitto, Edge, Oklahoma

  • Bonitto is potentially the answer to multiple issues for Atlanta. His 28.6% pass-rush win rate was the best in college football in 2020, and he already has four sacks in the 2021 season. Pees likes his outside linebackers to be more than just full-time pass rushers, and Bonitto has the requisite athleticism to bend the corner and play in space. While he may need to bulk up a bit before he is ready for a full-time job, his pass rush skill set and athleticism will allow him to carve out a role early.

Round 2 Pick 55: Thayer Munford, OT, Ohio St

  • We’ve waited patiently for Kaleb McGary to develop into a consistent right tackle, but that patience has gone unrewarded. Munford isn’t necessarily a flashy player that wows you with his power or athleticism, but he does check all the boxes. His tape has progressively improved since a rocky outing in 2019. His handwork, though sometimes inconsistent, is more refined than most of the other options in this area of the draft. I won’t classify this as a “sexy” pick, but the Falcons desperately need to invest in both lines, and Munford would be a welcome addition.

Round 3 Pick 76: Jaquan Brisker, S, Penn St

  • Brisker isn’t a prospect that will win any medals at the underwear Olympics, but he is a steady, physical player willing to punish receivers and ball carriers. He has the ideal size (6’1, 205) for the position and is a perfect fit for a split safety defense, though he is plenty physical enough to play as a box safety in cover three looks too. Steadiness and versatility are hallmarks of a Dean Pees safety, and Brisker fits that to a tee.

Round 3 Pick 78: Zion Tupuola-Fetui, Edge, Washington

  • Adam and Hunter could (accurately) accuse me of cheating off their paper for this pick, but the value here was too good to pass up. ZTF has abundant size, power, and athleticism and would serve as the perfect complimentary piece to Nik Bonitto. With three early picks invested in the defensive front, the Falcons can immediately flip their fortunes and field a dangerous pass rush.

Round 3 Pick 97: Dohnovan West, IOL, Arizona St

  • Atlanta has invested mid-round picks at guard/center two years in a row, but I chose to double down again this year. West has experience playing all three interior positions but is probably best suited to play center. He excels when blocking on the move and, at worst, represents quality depth at a position where the Falcons are struggling this season.

Round 4 Pick 115: Noah Daniels, CB, TCU

  • This pick is based purely on physical traits because the film on Daniels is limited. He has all the tools you want from a corner. He has good size and excellent speed (10.34 in the 100m), and he doesn’t shy away from contact. The Falcons only have four cornerbacks on their roster for 2022, so adding to this group will be a priority. We’ll get a better picture of Daniels as we get more tape on him, but for now, his traits are too compelling to pass up.

Atlanta Falcons Dueling Mock Drafts

Atlanta Falcons mock draft

Well Atlanta Falcons fans, we are back again using a mock draft simulator to cheer us up. Anyway, Adam and myself are competitive, so we’re updating our Dueling Mocks from last time. Whose mock was better in terms of fixing our precious Falcons? Let us know!

(Shoutout to our friends at RiseNDraft.com for the mock simulator where we got the picks and draft order.)

Hunter’s Atlanta Falcons Mock Draft (@hthompsonNFL)

Round 1 Pick 5: Andrew Booth Jr., CB, Clemson

  • Grabbing Booth here felt like a no brainer to me; we are desperate for talent alongside Terrell. Even though Fabian Moreau has looked decent, you can’t pass up on a talent like Booth. He is a twitchy, athletic CB who could be the perfect running mate for AJ Terrell. He and Terrell would create a duo that can lock WR’s on islands and let Dean Pees be a mad scientist with the rest of the defense.

Round 2 Pick 36: John Metchie III, WR, Alabama

  • Atlanta needs to do something about the WR opposite of Calvin Ridley, and adding Metchie brings something they’re missing – an explosive WR who can take the top off the defense. Metchie is a fast WR who Smith could use as YAC daddy or as an over the top deep threat that makes the defense be honest. Adding Metchie would do wonders for opening up the offense for Arthur Smith’s play calling.

Round 2 Pick 52: Daniel Faalele, OT, Minnesota

  • I’ve done this pick before, but it just felt right the way the board was falling. Anyway, Kaleb McGary has been rough this season, Matt Gono hasn’t been cleared yet, and we need help at RT. Insert Faalele, the 6’9″ 380lb tackle to fix these issues. After opting out in 2020, Faalele is back and better than ever. Faalele is a mauler in the run game and moves much better laterally than you would think someone at his size moves. Adding Faalele next to Chris Lindstrom would create one of the best right sides of an OL in football.

Round 3 Pick 67: Zion Tupuloa-Fetui, EDGE, Washington

  • This might be one of my favorite picks to make for the Falcons in mocks. ZTF is a perfect EDGE for the Atlanta defense, he has the size, length, and athleticism to thrive in the Falcons defense. He slides to the third round due to missing time from an Achilles injury. When healthy ZTF is a dominant EDGE who displays an incredible first step and dominates at the point of attack. His athleticism gives him all the tools in the world, we just need to see how he plays when he gets back.

Round 4 Pick 114: Grayson McCall, QB, Coastal Carolina

  • Not sure if McCall will declare, but he could be an interesting mid round QB prospect for teams. He is lower in many QB rankings due to his strange college system. However, McCall can be more than a gimmick QB. He’s 6’3″ 200lbs and is athletic enough to get by at the next level. McCall also has an arm that is good enough for the NFL in most schemes and offenses. If McCall declares, Atlanta should take a look at him to be the potential successor to Matt Ryan.

Adam’s Atlanta Falcons Mock Draft (@Damski32)

Round 1 Pick 5: DeMarvin Leal, DL, Texas A&M

  • First time I’ve put him in an Atlanta Falcons mock draft for ATB but definitely not the first time I’ve talked about A&Ms DeMarvin Leal. Super freak in every sense is already stout vs the run but straight up bullies OL in the pass game with a variety of moves. I say OL cause Leal’s position versatility is so intriguing to me and as a team that runs multiple fronts having a strong 6’4 290 lb chess piece that can lineup anywhere from 0-7 tech and stand up even to rush the passer is ultimately what I want in this front 7.

Round 2 Pick 36: Isaiah Spiller, RB, Texas A&M

  • Isaiah Spiller is in every way an Arthur Smith style back. He’s physical, has great vision, fights for yards and has great contact balance. Also, his pass blocking is a plus trait. Schematically, he reminds me of former Titans RB DeMarco Murray; both lacked ideal top end speed but were bruisers between the tackles. Even better, both had great vision to set up blocks and cut up the backside of plays.

Round 2 Pick 52: Ikem Ekowonu, iOL, NC State

  • Ikem Ekowonu is probably the meanest/nastiest IOL in this draft. In the run game he looks like a heat seeking missile who’s trying to strike defenders and bounce them straight out of plays; in the pass game, he’s physical but sometimes can get caught being overly aggressive. The Mayfield project isn’t turning out super great and he’s definitely not making me not take Ekowonu. I think adding more competition and being nastier in the trenches is what Atlanta needs to do to get better.

Round 3 Pick 67: David Bell, WR, Purdue

  • Bell is a former basketball player who understands how to attack the ball with his body at its highest. Has strong hands and can be a physical YAC if needed be too. The game yesterday made it extremely evident that the Falcons absolutely miss Julio. To be blunt, they have too many of the same WRs; they need someone who can go get it, and it isn’t Ridley.

Round 4 Pick 114: Isaiah Foskey, EDGE, Notre Dame

  • Isaiah Foskey is another Notre Dame pass rush that I could see ATL being intrigued by. Long armed, big bodied pass rusher that just understands that he can destroy gaps and cause havoc. Foskey struggles with consistency, but when on, he’s a really physical player. At this point, I’m 100% going to gamble on a high upside guy with good length and size.

Falcons vs Washington Football Team Preview

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Hello Falcons fans! The Falcons are coming off an ugly (sorry Dean Pees) win against the Giants this past Sunday and now face the Washington Football Team. This will be a quick preview and things to look for going into Sunday’s matchup. So lets get this started:

Overall Team Record

The Falcons are currently 1-2, which is the same record as Washington. The Football Team is coached by Ron Rivera, a coach with plenty of familiarity with the Falcons during his tenure in Carolina. This Football Team, however, is different than some of those Carolina teams.

WFT: Defensive Line= Dangerous for Falcons line

Washington might have the best defensive line in football, even with five sacks being labeled as “under achieving”. That said, concern is still prevalent with the Falcons offensive line, especially on the interior. The matchups of Daron Payne/Jonathan Allen vs Jalen Mayfield will be more baptism by fire for the rookie. And Kaleb McGary vs Chase Young/Montez Sweat seems like a disaster waiting to happen. Expect Washington’s DL to be a major problem for Atlanta throughout the game, and expect Arthur Smith to dial quick passes, counters, screens, and other plays designed to offset a dominate defensive line. Enough with the depressing part, lets talk about what we have in our favor.

Is Heinicke the long-term plan?

The Football Team is running their backup quarterback and cult hero Taylor Heinicke, which could be favorable matchup for the Falcons defense. Heinicke is a player who has no fear while passing, and this is something Atlanta can take advantage of to create turnovers for the defense. An issue though is that Heinicke is from Atlanta and is really enjoying the homecoming for him:

Matchup to Watch: WFT WR McLaurin vs. Falcons’ CB Terrell

Heinicke’s top target, Terry McLaurin, will be matched up with one of the NFL’s best young CB’s in AJ Terrell this week. Terrell has really stepped up this season and is starting to look like a star for this Atlanta defense. The battle between these two will be incredible if you love WR and DB play.

Final Thoughts

Long story short, these two teams have a lot of intriguing matchups to be focusing on and both teams have been struggling in the win column. This game could be the key to kickstarting each team’s season if they’re hoping to make a playoff push. The best outcome for Atlanta, win or loss, is to show true competitiveness for 60 minutes. This team has had moments of brilliance and others where they look like they need to be a JV team. Which Falcons team will we get? Let us know!

Way Too Early Falcons Dueling Mock Drafts

Ladies and Gentlemen, nothing screams a week 1 overreaction like a Way Too Early Mock. After the major let down that the Falcons had week 1 against the Eagles, 32-6 loss at home, Adam Holloway (@Damski32 on Twitter) and I decided to kick back and have some fun with RiseNDraft.com’s mock draft simulator. We each ran two separate mocks, only four rounds long, and ran it differently to show the possibilities on the board for Atlanta. So lets get this underway:

Hunter Thompson Mock

In my mock, I chose to go with a route that many fans may not love at first glance. I don’t really bolster the trenches early, I grab Matt Ryan’s successor even though we may have more pressing needs, and I grabbed a couple of the more “raw” prospects that fill more of a role than can become immediate starters. It isn’t necessarily as flashy as some, but I do think a mock like this would do wonders for filling out the roster and giving our Falcons a solid foundation to be building on:

Round 1 Pick 6: Kyle Hamilton, SAF, Notre Dame

Right, its not someone to add to the trenches, but hear me out. Hamilton is one of, if not the best, prospect in this upcoming draft class. Hamilton is a 6’4″ 220lb safety that can do it all. He can be the TE eraser, he can step up in the box, he runs the single high, he can blitz, and his tackling is top tier. He has six interceptions in his collegiate career already (four as a true freshman and already two on this young season). Giving the Falcons a budding safety trio of Hamilton, Richie Grant, and Jaylinn Hawkins would give Dean Pees the ability to create all kinds of different defensive looks and mismatches. Plus Hamilton is an Atlanta kid, so that’s just an added bonus.

Round 2 Pick 37: Matt Corral, QB, Ole Miss

Once again, not trenches but once again, hear me out. Matt Ryan isn’t getting any younger and him currently behind this offensive line is not a good recipe for extending his shelf life. Here we have the Falcons grabbing Matt Corral from Ole Miss. Corral is one of the most exciting QB’s in this upcoming draft class. He has a great arm and is mobile enough to extend the pocket and make all the throws on the field. Corral is a vocal and charismatic player who could bring a lot of fun energy to the Falcons while providing us the opportunity to stabilize the position for the long term. Only con to Corral is that a redshirt year would really really benefit him because as high as his highs are, his lows are incredibly low.

Round 2 Pick 43: Daniel Faalele, OT, Minnesota

Finally got to the trenches. First let me clarify, I am a Kaleb McGary believer so this pick could easily change as the season goes on. But, right now the OL needs a remodel. Matthews and Lindstrom are the only current players I am convinced are worth keeping, and there wasn’t a great iOL on the board so looks like McGary is the odd man out in this mock. Faalele is a monster of a human being measuring in at 6’8″ 370lbs. He didn’t look amazing in 2019, but came out firing on all cylinders this season looking so much better. He has long arms and has a good base in pass pro, not to mention he is an absolute mauler in the run game. Adding Faalele to the Falcons OL would be a good step to helping Smith and Fontenot in turning this team into a contender.

Round 3 Pick 68: Nolan Smith, EDGE, Georgia

The former number one overall prospect, Nolan Smith has been a little underwhelming so far in his UGA career. But Smith is looking to turn those fortunes around this season. In his season opener against Clemson, he was constantly generating pressure for the Bulldogs defense, with three tackles and a sack. Smith is a smaller EDGE at 6’3″ 235lbs who could be a good DPR (Designated Pass Rusher) for the defense that Atlanta is trying to build. Smith is raw and has plenty of areas to improve, but we grab him in the third to help our underwhelming pass rush.

Round 4 Pick 105: Zacch Pickens, DL, South Carolina

And the last pick in this mock I have the Falcons grabbing DL Zacch Pickens from the university of South Carolina. The former 5-star recruit is incredibly similar to Nolan Smith in the sense that we are still waiting for them to burst out. But Pickens looks like he is starting to do it. Pickens, the 6’4″ 305lb DL, is a solid run defender who could be a good rotational piece along the DL with guys like Marlon Davidson, Ta’Quon Graham, and Grady Jarrett already in place to help further his development. Pickens needs to really improve as a pass rusher, to be justified at this pick, but it’s week 1 and I am banking on his growth as a player this year.

Adam Holloway Mock

Round 1 Pick 6: Evan Neal, OT, Alabama

  • Evan Neal presents something that ATL hasn’t had since the Bob Whitfield days, and that’s a legit body mover. Neal is about to forklift defenders and acts like a bouncer and takes his opponents out of the club. Has massive size and when he gets his massive hands on you it’s basically over. Has incredible ability to finish blocks and asserts himself physically.

Round 2 Pick 37: Jordan Davis, DL, Georgia

  • Jordan Davis gives you some moxie on the DL in the form of a NT. Davis isn’t your typical NT; he’s the new era of NT who can be effective in the pass game as well. With an undersized NT now in Tyler Davison, it’s clear the defense struggle to maintain gap control with linebacker Deion Jones. Not only does Davis help the DL and give Pees a key cog in the middle, but he’ll help see less double teams.

Round 2 Pick 43: Jordan Battle, SAF, Alabama

  • Jordan Battle gives ATL a much needed Swiss Army knife on the backend and a tone setter in the secondary. Battle is really coming along in man and zone coverage but he’s also a load in the box. Battle doesn’t shy away from tackle and relishes the idea of taking on a RB in the hole. Atlanta lacks this kind of player and double dipping into Alabama’s program really sets the team up for the future.

Round 3 Pick 68: Kyren Williams, RB, Notre Dame

Williams gives you that hard running outside zone RB who can hit a hole fast and on time. Arthur Smith also puts a huge emphasis on RBs blocking out of the backfield and can do that. Also features soft hands receiving. What really stands out to me is his patience and explosion; he can take off quickly and is effective at setting up his blockers.

Round 4 Pick 105: Ty Fryfogle, WR, Indiana

The 6’2″ 215lb boundary WR from Indiana could be a solid running mate to pair with Calvin Ridley and give Matt Ryan a safety net target and a new potential weapon for inside the red zone. Ryan has typically struggled in the red zone, so another big WR with solid hands is a good fit. We have to add weapons who can impact the short term and long term pictures, Fryfogle does that.