Chicago Bears Mock Draft

Chicago Bears Mock Draft
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This season has been brutal for Chicago fans. At this point it feels like the Bears are playing just to get Justin Fields more experience in the NFL. With the 2021 season looking as bleak as ever, let’s look ahead into the 2022 NFL draft. Here is my November Chicago Bears mock draft. Grab yourself your favorite beer, cocktail, or a cup of coffee and let’s run through it!

Round 2

Jameson Williams, Wide Receiver, Alabama

The Bears offense is set to lose Allen Robinson this off-season and doesn’t have a very great receiving corps to begin with. Darnell Mooney has been solid, but Chicago’s front office must give Justin Fields the weapons to help him succeed at the next level.

Let’s give this Bears offense some more juice. Jameson Williams is a burner out wide, as evidenced by this video. Williams also has some chemistry with Justin Fields already, as both were at Ohio State in 2019 and 2020. In those two seasons, Williams had 266 yards and three touchdowns on 15 receptions, that’s good for 17.7 yards per catch.

This season, Williams has taken his game to the next level. Williams, through eleven games, has 59 receptions that have gone for 1,218 yards and 13 touchdowns, good for 20.6 yards per catch.

That kind of game-breaking ability is exactly what this Chicago offense needs. Vertical passing is probably Justin Fields’ greatest strength as well.

Round 3

Jarrett Patterson, Interior Offensive Line, Notre Dame

Protect Justin Fields at all costs. Jarrett Patterson is one of the better pass protectors on the interior in this draft class. Patterson also has the capability to play all three positions on the interior of the offensive line.

This Bears offensive line is still a work in progress even after drafting Teven Jenkins and Larry Borom last off-season. With James Daniels still without a contract extension, this could be a huge need for Chicago. If Daniels does get his extension — which in my opinion he should — the Bears can easily drop Patterson in as their starting center day one.

My summer scouting report on Jarrett Patterson can be found here!

Round 5

Cam Hart, Cornerback, Notre Dame

The Bears secondary is still going to be an issue in 2022. Jaylon Johnson has been solid, but the rest of the secondary has been poor. Good teams have depth in the secondary and Chicago has none.

Cam Hart may not be a sexy name, but he has been a rock-solid cover man for the Fighting Irish this season. As the draft nears closer and closer, he might be a guy who won’t even make it out of Day 2 of the NFL Draft.

I have some thoughts on him after I attended the ND-USC game this season that you can find here!

Round 6

Cade Mays, Interior Offensive Line, Tennessee

As I mentioned above, this Chicago Bears offensive line needs improvement. Even after selecting Jarrett Patterson, Chicago could add a depth piece in Cade Mays late in the draft.

A nice complement to the Teven Jenkins pick last year, Mays will bring the intensity this offensive line room lacks at times. Mays isn’t afraid to block defenders through (and sometimes after) the whistle.


Clearly you can see that I think the biggest objective for the Chicago Bears this off-season should be to build up this offense around Justin Fields. He has shown glimpses of incredible arm talent already this season, even in a poor situation.

With only four draft picks (not including any comp picks that will be coming Chicago’s way), it is tough to imagine this team getting much better though the draft.

Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace are almost definitely gone after this season. You can read my thoughts on that here. It’s hard to predict how a new general manager will draft and what he prioritizes, but I will continue to do Chicago Bears mock drafts throughout the season and in the off-season. Until then, peace!

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Atlanta Falcons Mock Draft: Dueling Edition

Ladies and gentlemen we are back with another Atlanta Falcons mock draft dueling edition. After that abysmal beatdown in Dallas we need something to look forward too. Lets have at it, vote on the winner only @falcons_atb on Twitter! As always thank you to RiseNDraft and nflmockdraftdatabase for the simulator!

Atlanta Falcons Mock Draft
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Hunter’s Atlanta Falcons Mock Draft

Round 1 Pick 12: Kenyon Green, iOL, Texas A&M

  • The Falcons OL needs help. With the Falcons likely committing to Matt Ryan for the long term, they need to keep him upright. Kenyon Green is a great start to that. The Aggie is an incredibly versatile piece who can play along the interior Offensive Line. Adding Green would be an immediate upgrade over Mayfield or McGary and help the Falcons Offensive Line set the tone for the future.

Round 2 Pick 45: Trevor Penning, OT, NIU

  • Here we have the Falcons double dipping on the OL with Trevor Penning. Penning is one of the biggest risers and has been shooting up Draft Boards. I don’t expect for Penning to be here at this point, but since he is we take him. Penning is a 6’7″ 320lb bear who just bullies opposing defenders. Penning could immediately step in for Kaleb McGary and then eventually take the reigns for the blindside when Matthews hangs it up.

Round 2 Pick 63: Travon Walker, DL, Georgia

  • Walker is a strong side EDGE in the Georgia defense who weighs in at a strong 6’5″ 275lb. Walker has the versatility to thrive in the Dean Pees multifront defense while serving as a formidable running mate to pair with Grady Jarrett. He isn’t a true nose tackle, but he should be able to replace the lackluster performances we have gotten from Marlon Davidson so far.

Round 3 Pick 76: Zion Tupuloa-Fetui, EDGE, Washington

  • Here we have the Falcons taking ZTF who is one of my favorites. I know I always talk about ZTF but he would be a nice addition to a defense who is missing a spark. ZTF has rebounded from an Achilles injury and has been starting to get back to his 2020 level of play. ZTF brings a motor that runs hot, a good toolbox, and high levels of athleticism. Adding ZTF would give the Falcons a solid prospect to help grow the defense while getting younger.

Round 4 Pick 115: Kevin Harris, RB, South Carolina

  • Kevin Harris is another one of my guys in this draft cycle. Harris is a powerful runner who can help the Falcons RB room improve. Mike Davis has been struggling and we have seen the Falcons use Cordarrelle Patterson in a variety of ways, which means we could use some RB help going forward. Adding Harris in R4 just feels like good value here for the Falcons who need to upgrade the running game.

Adam’s Atlanta Falcons Mock Draft

Round 1 Pick 12: Kaiir Elam, CB, Florida

  • Falcons need CB help bad. Elam gives them a running mate for AJ Terrell. Elam is a long CB who dominates in press coverage and can clamp up any opposing WR. Adding a player like Elam, gives Dean Pees the freedom to be more creative with some of his defensive schemes.

Round 2 Pick 45: Nicholas Petit-Frere, OT, Ohio State

  • Athletic OT from the Buckeyes has versatility at RT and LT. Immediately competes with McGary for the RT position and gives you that more prototypical type of RT that people want with long arms and a really good kick-step. Can maul you in the run game as well, won’t be surprised if a team takes him at the backend of the first, has day 1 starting traits for Arthur Smith and company.

Round 2 Pick 63: Brandon Joseph, SAF, Northwestern

  • Joseph is a young safety who would give us versatility on the backend of the defense, He dominates in zone and Pees can roll him and move him around as a defensive chess pieces. Joseph has the single high ability and could slot down into the box. He’s incredibly smooth in coverage as we have seen him play well against Ohio State WR’s in the past. Joseph is just a playmaker for a defense sorely missing them.

Round 3 Pick 76: Isaiah Spiller, RB, Texas A&M

  • Spiller’s been in a few of my mocks, but rightfully so. He’s a physical RB who is probably the best pass blocker in the class as well — something that Arthur Smith is high on. Spiller shows good contact balance and patience while running, and looks to finish runs physically. I think Arthur needs a bell cow to get back to being that balanced offense and I think Spiller fits the bill.

Round 4 Pick 114: 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. 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 Atlanta Falcons Mock Draft

After picking Jordan Davis in (basically) every Atlanta Falcons mock draft so far, I decided to switch it up a bit this week. The theme for this week is physicality. The Falcons just suffered the worst loss they’ve had since 2004, and the inability to be the bigger bully has plagued them all season. For this mock, I went (mostly) with the meanest player available.

Round 1 Pick 12: George Karlaftis – Edge – Purdue

  • There’s been a lot of chatter lately about Karlaftis’ less-than-ideal arm length, but his tape shows it’s not a consistent issue for him. Fontenot showed a strong preference for long-armed rushers in the 2020 draft, so I won’t be surprised if the Falcons pass on him. I couldn’t bring myself to do it, though. Atlanta needs help everywhere, but an utterly invisible pass rush has been the most troubling storyline this season. Karlaftis has room to grow as a run defender but will enter the NFL as a polished and powerful pass rusher.

Round 2 Pick 45: Mykael Wright – Cornerback – Oregon

  • Wright isn’t the biggest cornerback in this draft, but you wouldn’t know it from his playstyle. He’s only 5’11, 182lbs, but has the attitude of a linebacker and doesn’t shy away from contact. Despite his size, Wright excels in press coverage and has the athletic ability to disrupt plays at the catch point. He’ll probably run in the low 4.4s, so long speed isn’t a concern. AJ Terrell has been excellent this season, but the rest of the secondary has been up-and-down at best. Wright gives Atlanta a pair of aggressive young corners to serve as cornerstones for this defense.

Round 2 Pick 63: Darian Kinnard – Offensive Tackle – Kentucky

  • If the pass rush is the most apparent need for Atlanta, an upgraded run game is a close second. Kinnard, at 6’5, 345lbs, is one of the most dominant run blockers in the nation. He isn’t asked to be much of a pass protector at Kentucky, and there are some valid concerns that he may struggle at tackle in the NFL, but his ability to single-handedly cave in a defensive line makes him an asset. Kinnard absolutely buries defenders, and the Falcons sorely need that sort of physicality on the roster.

Round 3 Pick 76: John Metchie III – Wide Receiver – Alabama

  • I’m not in love with the idea of drafting a receiver early(ish), but Atlanta doesn’t have any choice but to add to this group. Calvin Ridley’s future is in question, leaving Frank Darby as the only receiver left on the roster in 2022. Metchie has a similar skill set to Ridley, which would be a bit redundant if/when he returns, but at this point in the draft, Metchie was the best player available. He may not have blazing speed, but his ability to win routes early makes him a big-play threat. Paired with a deep threat to open things up, Metchie and Pitts can be lethal in the intermediate part of the field.

Round 4 Pick 115: Travis Jones – Nose Tackle – Connecticut

  • You didn’t think I’d get out of this exercise without adding a massive nose tackle, did you? Anthony Rush has brought some strength to the Falcons interior, but I can’t help but add another 350lb+ hog to this defensive roster. No one will mistake Jones as a premier pass rusher, but he has all the makings of a dominant run-stuffing nose tackle and can help collapse a pocket when he isn’t double-teamed. If Jordan Davis isn’t the pick in the first, Travis Jones is a solid silver medal option.

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

Falcons mock draft

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.

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.