Falcons Dueling Mocks

Falcons Dueling Mock
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Welcome back to another Falcons Dueling Mocks article brought to you by the Falcons ATB team. Stephen won last week after Adam’s dominant run as the title holder. Will Adam regain his crown? Will Hunter finally taste success? Read the mocks and vote on the Falcons ATB Twitter page.

Hunter’s Falcons Mock (@hthompsonNFL)

Decided to go with this route of “my guys” for most of my picks this week, I had to have confidence in my players and myself to pick these guys because I’m getting desperate for a dub. So if you’ve seen them before, it’s because these are guys I’d be pounding the table for.

Round 1 Pick 12: Jordan Davis, NT, Georgia

  • Dear God watching Carolina run all over us was brutal. So here we have Jordan Davis being the first pick of my mock for the first time this season. He is a mountain in the middle of the field who can do it all for the Falcons. He has absoluetly dominated at the point of attack all season for UGA and would help free up Grady Jarrett and other pass rushers, and Davis would help create holes for our undersized LB group to go make plays.

Round 2 Pick 47: Derion Kendrick, CB, Georgia

  • So full transparency, Derion Kendrick is the only guy on this mock that isn’t one of “my guys” but he is still a great talent. Kendrick has dominated in college ball for years now. He is a high ceiling CB who is still learning the position after switching over from WR while at Clemson. Kendrick works well in both man and zone and really gives Arthur Smith and Dean Pees the ability to trust him against opposing WR’s like they do with AJ Terrell.

Round 2 Pick 63: Zach Charbonnet, RB, UCLA

  • Tweeted out the other day that Zach Charbonnet has a very real chance to become my highest rated RB this draft cycle. He has carried UCLA this season and has shot up draft boards each week. He displays good vision, hits the hole hard, and has great size at 6’1″ 220lbs to be a bell-cow in the Arthur Smith offense. If Atlanta lands Charbonnet, the running game will immediately improve and help the team get back on track.

Round 3 Pick 78: Jalen Tolbert, WR, South Alabama

  • I absolutely have loved Jalen Tolbert ever since Devin Jackson (@RealD_Jackson on Twitter) put him on my radar. You’ve seen me draft him before, but the 6’3″ vertical threat has sticky hands and is a great contested catch player. Tolbert is explosive with the ball in hand and could thrive as a YAC Daddy in the Arthur Smith offense. He needs some work in the route running department, but would still be a welcome addition to our weak WR Room.

Round 4 Pick 115: Cade Otton, TE, Washington

  • In this mock, I pick Cade Otton the 6’5″ 250lb TE from Washington. Otton lets us move on from Hayden Hurst without a massive dropoff. Otton is just a very solid player who does everything. He’s a solid pass catcher, solid size, and a solid athlete. He’s just solid. He does need to work on his blocking a bit, but other than that, feels like grabbing a guy who will let Arthur Smith keep running the two and three TE sets here is good value.

Adam’s Falcons Mock (@Damski32)

Round 1 Pick 12: DeMarvin Leal, DL, Texas A&M:

  • DeMarvin Leal makes his way back here. Other than Jordan Davis I’m still convinced Leal is one of the more logical fits for this defensive fronts. A&M uses a ton of over/under fronts and Leal lines up everyone and gives you juice. Coming off the EDGE is ideal in my opinion, but I don’t hate trying to work him inside along with Grady on twists and stunts. Brings some much needed size/nastiness to this front that’s been needed for a long, long time.

Round 2 Pick 47: Jermaine Johnson, EDGE, Florida State

  • Jermaine Johnson makes his first of what I’m sure is many visits to a mock draft for me. Johnson is a perfect fit for Pees scheme as an OLB or can stick his hand in the dirt and rush out of a 3-point stance. Johnson shows great length in his rushes but also shows incredible power while destroying gaps in the run game, he really could find himself in the first round come next years draft.

Round 2 Pick 63: Brandon Smith, LB, Penn State

  • Brandon Smith is a BIG physical LB that shows fantastic range and can be a really good asset for ATL in terms of having a guy that can play man-up on TEs. Pees has shown that he wants to play a bunch of man, but doesn’t yet have that TE eraser. Combine that with the fact that ATL might lose one of their star ILBs this coming off-season due to the salary cap, Smith makes a ton of sense as a tone setter and just giving some really good talent on the defensive side of the ball.

Round 3 Pick 78: Jameson Williams, WR, Alabama

  • Jameson Williams is a walking home run threat for Alabama, it’s something ATLs offense sorely needs as the group here is really missing some real big time talent. Williams gives ATL something they don’t have in a big play WR that can also be a machine in getting YAC. Jameson is still a smaller WR, but he shows ability to go over the middle and play the ball well while maintaining explosive speed.

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

  • Amare Barno is another EDGE (yes, that’s four total trench picks) and I’m well aware of what I’m doing. Arthur Smith came out after the Carolina game and you could tell he was upset at the trench play, so I really made a focus to attack the front in a big pay and Barno is that next guy. He shows surprising strength for his size, but also is able to bend the corner. A bit of a liability in the run game, but I want him to be a dominate pass defender/rusher.

Stephen’s Falcons Mock Draft (@stevieraylee)

*Cues the Ric Flair intro music* You’re mock draft heavyweight champion is back with another banger! I ruffled enough feathers with my shameless (but successful) fan service mock draft last week, so this week I’m going back to something a little less tongue in cheek. The battering Atlanta took against the Panthers showed precisely how ineffective this team is in the trenches. 2022 is the year we try to turn that around.

Round 1 Pick 12: Jordan Davis, DT, Georgia

Y’all will get sick of seeing Davis’ name in these mocks by the time we get to the draft. I’ve said that already, and I’ll keep saying it. It’s not the most entertaining start to a mock draft, but watching Ameer Abdullah and Chuba Hubbard post a 70%+ rushing success rate isn’t fun either. Atlanta’s defensive front is broken beyond the point of scheming around weaknesses. This Atlanta defense will never be effective if they can’t win at the line, and Davis is a one-man wrecking crew at nose tackle. Plug him in and watch everyone around him get better. My only concern is he’ll be gone before we get a chance to pick him.

Round 2 Pick 47: Trevor Penning, OT, Northern Iowa

  • It’s a challenge to present new names in these mock drafts, of course. That said, I was happy to see that no one’s brought up the massive offensive tackle from UNI. Penning has an outstanding combination of size and athleticism, landing him on Bruce Feldman’s Freaks list for 2021. At 6’7 with 35″ arms, he has elite length and reportedly runs a 5.0 forty at 340lbs. Penning’s tantalizingly rare mix of size, strength, and athleticism will shoot him up draft boards this spring. Technically he’s more advanced than you’d expect from a small school prospect, but there is still work to be done there. Still, I’d much rather take a player that can do things you can’t coach and teach him the rest. Atlanta needs another option at tackle, a fact that is torturously apparent after watching Brian Burns and Haason Reddick assault Matt Ryan for 60 minutes on Sunday.

Round 2 Pick 63: Jermaine Johnson, EDGE, FSU

  • I’m going to enjoy taking Johnson here for as long as I can, but I suspect he’ll move into the first round in most projections before too long. It would be easy to phone it in playing for a Florida St. team that is dreadful, but Johnson is playing like his hair is on fire. He’s piled up 7.5 sacks and routinely finds himself in opposing backfields. He has the size and frame to play with his hand in the dirt and the athleticism to handle the coverage responsibility Dean Pees doles out to his outside linebackers. The defensive front is far and away Atlanta’s biggest weakness, and Johnson, especially paired with Jordan Davis, is a huge step towards solving this perineal problem.

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

  • Making his second appearance in my mock, ZTF completes my phase one rebuild of the defensive front. Atlanta has been bullied at the point of attack because they lack size and power. Tupuola-Fetui is a multiple tool pass rusher with the size and power to set the edge in the run game. After largely ignoring the defensive front, adding a mammoth NT and two 260+lbs edge rushers in the first three rounds is the type of heavy investment that should pay immediate dividends for the Falcons.

Round 4 Pick 115: Kenneth Walker III, RB, Michigan St.

  • Walker is another example of a player that won’t be available in the middle rounds for much longer. He’s here now, though, and I’ll happily sprint to the podium to get him with the 115th pick. Walker is the new favorite to win the Heisman after posting a five-touchdown performance this week. Walker’s contact balance and burst are exceptional. Pair that with his NFL-ready size, and he’s got the makings of a standout lead back.

Come vote on who’s mock was best over @falcons_atb on Twitter.

College Football Playoff Predictions: The 2021 Premiere

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Mandatory Credit: Robert Goddin-USA TODAY Sports

The first batch of the 2021 College Football Playoff rankings are set to be released tonight on ESPN. It’s been a thrilling ride to the halfway point with numerous big jobs vacant, close games, and not-so-close games. Who will likely debut in the top ten of the playoff committee’s first set of rankings?

1. Georgia (8-0)

Georgia has been far and away the best team in the country, blowing out every team on their schedule to date. Their defense has carried the day, setting a historically dominant pace rivaled by few select teams in the history of college football. It’s no question who the top team is at this point, and they have a soft landing at home against woeful Missouri after a somewhat rigorous WLOCP effort against hated rival Florida last week.

The offense has done more than its fair share of work, scoring 30+ multiple times despite not needing to most days. It can be argued that they haven’t pressed the hammer down yet and don’t have to until Atlanta. If they can win it all, expect some comparative talk to the 2001 Miami Hurricanes or 2013 Florida State Seminoles. 

Next Game: 11/6 HOME vs. Missouri 

2. Alabama (7-1)

The reigning national champions have been efficiently effective against their opponents, save that one loss on the road in primetime at College Station. Like Georgia, they haven’t been tested too strenuously throughout the season to this point. The defense has been worrisome under nominal DC Pete Golding’s watch, however.

Bryce Young has been on the fringes of Heisman contention, replacing first round selection Mac Jones as the point man. The offense is capable of exploding at any time due to its still litany of perimeter weapons such as John Metchie and prohibitive Biletnikoff favorite Jameson Williams. Next up is a post bye week home date against a reeling LSU team that just fired their head coach and has injuries out the wazoo.

Next Game: 11/6 HOME vs. LSU

3. Ohio State (7-1)

After a brief interlude that saw them struggle a bit coming out of the gates, it appears that head coach Ryan Day has the Buckeyes rolling again. CJ Stroud struggled mightily early on but has turned it on and has himself in Heisman contention (surprise, it turns out that freshmen struggle early).

The defense was a mess until revitalizing itself against a relatively soft schedule. It has too much talent to not to improve. It can be favorably argued that they have the “best loss” in the country coming against Oregon. Next for them is an away contest to horrendous Nebraska playing out the string for likely unemployed Scott Frost. 

Next Game: 11/6 AWAY @ Nebraska

4. Oklahoma (9-0)

9-0 is 9-0 no matter how you got there, but with the Sooners defense being its usual traditionally leaky self, it has been a journey. Freshman quarterback Caleb Williams has been a breath of fresh air compared to the now benched Spencer Rattler, who was struggling to put it mildly.

Williams led the improbable comeback against Texas and stole the game from Kansas. Yes, the very same Kansas that has struggled in football as much as the basketball program wins. The schedule is relatively light going forward but with the Sooners apt to get into trouble, it will likely lose a game it has no business losing. Up next, a road trip to Baylor who is ascending up the conference ranks quickly. 

Next Game: 11/13 AWAY @ Baylor

5. Cincinnati (8-0)

Ah, those lovable Bearcats from the state of Ohio. They get to the fifth spot based on merit but it is a tenuous hold as they haven’t looked good in a few weeks. Struggle wins against that schedule will look rather indefensible in the meeting room.

Notre Dame was the lone highlight on the schedule, and depending on the Irish is a fool’s errand historically. The Bearcats have a chance to go undefeated with their schedule but will it be enough to impress the voters to vault them over the big boys? Will Luke Fickell even coach them in a bowl game? 

Next Game: 11/6 HOME vs. Tulsa

6. Oregon (7-1)

The reigning Pac12 champions simultaneously own the biggest win of the season (Ohio State on the road) and probably the worst loss of the season (Stanford) to date. The Ducks have been a mixed bag of collective meh so far on both sides of the ball.

Quarterback Anthony Brown has been wildly inconsistent while 2022 EDGE1 Kayvon Thibodeaux has been a force to be reckoned with — when healthy. They have had way too many injuries as well. A spiraling Washington team awaits as a road game this week. The Ducks need some help getting in and they aren’t getting it from their bad conference mates. 

Next Game: 11/6 AWAY @ Washington

7. Michigan State (9-0)

Sparty is 9-0 and coming off a close victory against bitter rival Michigan last week. Mel Tucker has reignited a dormant team in East Lansing with an unexpectedly explosive offense. That offense is paced by running back Kenneth Walker III, who should be firmly in the Heisman conversation and a high draft pick.

Defensively, they will be stout as per usual. They are currently leading the Big Ten East pack as of this writing. A date at The Shoe awaits after two relatively winnable games. That game will likely determine the East representative in Indianapolis.  

Next Game: 11/6 AWAY @ Purdue

8. Wake Forest (8-0)

The Demon Deacons are exciting in every way this season with an equally sublime offense and a defense that needs work. One of the surprise teams this season, that’s for sure. They are the favorites to win the ACC Atlantic, but have a daunting schedule with three straight division foes capable of pulling off the upset.

An away date with the inconsistently consistent Tar Heels is coming this weekend. Can the Deacs muster enough defense to close things out to get to Charlotte unblemished?  

Next Game: 11/6 AWAY @ UNC

9. Michigan (7-1)

Jim Harbaugh’s charges are coming off a deflating loss but still are in the thick of things in the Big Ten East. They will need to win out and hope for the Spartans to lose twice in the coming weeks to secure the division crown.

Harbaugh has had a rough go of things against his rivals, including a glaring winless streak against Ohio State. He will need to correct that in order to likely extend his employment status in Ann Arbor. Still, the Wolverines have a good team anchored by dominant EDGE Aidan Hutchinson. Three consecutive winnable games before The Game. Can they rebound this week against Indiana? 

Next Game: 11/6 HOME vs. Indiana

10. Notre Dame (7-1)

Those Fighting Irish always seem to be in the conversation, yet so far away. Their only loss is to the second-ranked Bearcats. A home game against the United States Naval Academy is coming and you know what they say about games against triple option teams with very little prep time.

However, the schedule is set up for an undefeated November. They probably won’t be in the playoff this season as there are way too many programs to jump and the schedule has failed them spectacularly. 

Next Game: 11/6 HOME vs. Navy

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Falcons Dueling Mock Draft

Falcons Mock Draft

We are back today with another big edition of Falcons Dueling Mock Draft. With the win against the Dolphins, the Falcons now have the 17th overall pick in the draft. And now we are back with the Falcons ATB Crew’s dueling mock draft. Big thanks as always to nflmockdraftdatabase.com for the simulator we use.

Hunter’s Falcons Mock Draft (@hthompsonNFL)

Round 1 Pick 17: Kinglsey Enagbare, EDGE, SC

  • The 6’4″ 265lb EDGE is where I go with my most first pick of the day. The pass rusher has exploded at South Carolina over his career with 6 sacks in the shortened season and already has 4.5 this season. Box stats aren’t everything but Enagbare is a steal here and looks to be another great EDGE prospect in an absolutely loaded EDGE class. The toolsy EDGE dominants with his athleticism and long arms and would be a perfect addition to the Dean Pees defense. He needs to work on his run defense, so he isn’t perfect, but he does improve a lackluster pass rush.

Round 2 Pick 50: David Bell, WR, Purdue

  • Adding a nice WR talent here, we take David Bell. He’s a 6’2″ 205lbs WR from Purdue who can do it all. He is a physical receiver who wins with his blend of size and speed while dominating at the point of attack. Bell would give the Falcons a nice vertical threat to play opposite of Ridley and Pitts while they rebuild the offense to fit Arthur Smith’s dream and vision.

Round 2 Pick 58: Jalen Catalon, SAF, Arkansas

  • I will admittedly say I have not watched a ton of Catalon yet, but in the little I have watched I have liked. He is a very old school style safety who isn’t afraid to lay the hammer. He gets moved around the Arkansas defense as a versatile chess piece, with some action in the slot, in the box, and as a free safety. I’m a little concerned about his previous injury history. But his talent is hard to question. Adding Catalon would allow Dean Pees to roll out plenty of different looks for opposing offenses.

Round 3 Pick 81: Zion Tupuola-Fetui, EDGE, Washington

  • Yes I went EDGE again because our team needs help. Means isn’t it and Fowler is set to become a FA at the end of the season. Here we take my classic ZTF, after coming back from his achilles tear he was back with a sack the other night against Arizona. ZTF is a physically dominant EDGE who has a decent pass rush arsenal and dominates with his physical tools. Bit raw in some aspects, but if we have an EDGE group of Ogundeji, Enagbare, ZTF, and JTM going into next season, we will be looking good.

Round 4 Pick 120: Zach Charbonnet,, RB, UCLA

  • Zach Charbonnet has really emerged this season at UCLA. The Michigan transfer has come alive under the Chip Kelly and helped propel UCLA back into some form of the spotlight. The 6’1″ 220lb RB has put up 732yds and 7 TD’s on the ground while maintaining a 5.9 yards per carry. Charbonnet would be a great fit in Arthur Smith’s zone blocking offense and would be able to step right into the Mike Davis role and become the main back.

Adam’s Falcons Mock Draft (@Damski32)

Round 1 Pick 17: Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner, CB, Cincinnati

  • Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner is a sticky CB with good hips who can carry speed downfield. He understands man really well and shows constant ability to play through WR’s hands and even beat WR’s to the catch point on balls. I was extremely impressed with his tackling ability despite having a slender frame and from time to time ducking his head and putting his neck in danger, he shows really good physicality. One thing I LOVE from my CB’s is talking that talk on routes, meaning getting into WR’s faces and letting them know they’re getting locked up. Sauce shows confidence in bunches, and I love that about him. Pairing him with AJ Terrell would give ATL the most talent they’ve had at CB in quiet some time.

Round 2 Pick 50: Thayer Munford, OG, Ohio State

  • Thayer Munford is a LG from THE Ohio State Buckeyes and he’s in his first season as the starting LG, prior to he was the starting LT but the Buckeyes realized his future was at LG. This season Munford has given up very little and has been physically imposing in the run game, several times when the team needs yards they go up his alley. I know people will question this with Mayfield coming along, but imo you can always use bodies on the OL and we shouldn’t let Mayfield get complacent, I think Munford is the perfect scheme versatile player we need, who also can flex a little bit at OT if need be.

Round 2 Pick 58: Zach Charbonnet, RB, UCLA

  • Zach Charbonnet is an extremely talented RB out of UCLA, formally of Michigan. Standing at 6’1 225 he’s got a physical downhill style to him that’s reminiscent of what Arthur Smith likes in his back, guys who can just be physically imposing on defenders for all 4 quarters. He’s got great vision and good contact balance, when he’s in open field he shows that he can take is south/west to make defenders miss, or he can go right through you, he’s my kind of back, and I think the kind of back that Smith wants here in ATL.

Round 3 Pick 81: Isaiah Foskey, EDGE, Notre Dame

  • I constantly talk about having these big OLB’s that can destroy gaps and create lots of havoc in the pass and run game, Foskey is that kind of guy, and pairing him with Ogundeji (former Notre Dame DE himself) would be something I’d be in on. He’s a long, powerful rusher, that doesn’t have quiet as much pass rush sense as Ogundeji did coming out, but he rushes with a plan and understands that he has to have different pitches when rushing the passer, and for the most part he does. I love his size 6’5 260, he’ll have a lot of room to put on the weight he needs to and be a physically imposing OLB for us in the future.

Round 4 Pick 120: Sam Williams, EDGE, Ole Miss

  • Sam Williams is another one of these long, physically imposing OLB’s, I think, at least from what ATL has done last off-season you’ll see the trend of these kind of pass rushers come to ATL. Why double dip ? Well, pass rush comes in layers and having two shots at the target (upgrading the pass rush) in a talented pass rusher class is something I’m really about in this class. I think Williams is a great late round guy that presents big time upside with the power that he has. Against Alabama you see him numerous times just fold OT’s, and even at times he lines up inside standing up and uses his strength to push the pocket.

Stephen’s Falcons Mock Draft (@stevieraylee)

Ok, guys, I’m going out on a limb this week since I’ve finished a distant third in the voting for two weeks straight. It’s a risky proposition, but sometimes you have to give the people what they want. I’m not above shamelessly pandering to the fan base.

Round 1 Pick 17: Jordan Davis, DT, Georgia

  • Y’all will get sick of seeing Davis’ name in these mocks by the time we get to the draft. I’d imagine he’ll be my pick in the first in the overwhelming majority of these, but he is a perfect fit for what Atlanta needs. So many of the defensive breakdowns for the Falcons start with their inability to control the line of scrimmage. Davis’ ability to command double teams and wreak havoc inside will elevate the play of everyone around him.

Round 2 Pick 50: Derion Kendrick, CB, UGA

  • Kendrick won’t set records at the combine or blow people away with freakish athletic traits. However, he’s a heady, versatile cornerback that fits what Dean Pees wants to do perfectly. A solid man coverage who truly excels in zone coverage, where his background as a receiver makes him especially dangerous. There is room to grow, and that growth may have painful moments, but Kendrick has the tools to be an excellent CB2 to pair with AJ Terrell.

Round 2 Pick 58: Nolan Smith, EDGE, UGA

  • A former five-star recruit, Smith, has the length, flexibility, and athleticism to excel as a pass rusher in Atlanta. He’s having a less productive season than many expected, but I suspect he will turn heads when he makes it to the combine and solidify his positioning as a Day 2 edge rusher. Sub-240lb edge defenders generally get pigeonholed into this role, so Smith will need to add some mass. Still, the traits are all there. It’s just a matter of development.

Round 3 Pick 81: Jamaree Salyer, IOL, UGA

  • I am committed to this all-UGA draft, no question. This, however, puts me in a position where I have to discuss a prospect I don’t know particularly well. Salyer was a five-star recruit and, at 6’4, 325lbs should immediately upgrade the physicality of the Falcons offensive line. Salyer has played all over Georgia’s D-line, and that versatility would prove invaluable on an incredibly thin Falcons roster.

Round 4 Pick 120: Zamir White, RB, UGA

  • I’ll round out my attempt to win votes by unabashedly appealing to UGA fans by selecting Zamir White in the fourth round. White is a bit of a limited player. He isn’t particularly shifty or much of an asset in the passing game. However, he is an excellent north-south power runner and could easily fill Mike Davis’s role with the Falcons.

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.