2021 NFL Draft: From the college perspective, Atlanta Falcons draft analysis, all the picks, best value selection and biggest reach.
Atlanta Falcons 2021 NFL Draft Analysis
– No one’s saying the Kyle Pitts call at the four wasn’t right. No one’s assuming he’s anything by a prototype NFL tight end who’ll be special right from the start. However, Atlanta is the team that passed on Justin Fields and Mac Jones for him. It had better be right.
– It was sort of a weird draft. The Falcons sort of addressed needs, but not really. Taking Darren Hall from San Diego State in the fourth round doesn’t solve the cornerback concern. Getting Adetokunbo Ogundeji out of Notre Dame in the fifth round doesn’t do much for the pass rushing concerns.
– Again, there’s no real faulting the pick – like the Pitts selection – but safety wasn’t a must and taking UCF’s Richie Grant at the 40 over TCU’s Trevon Moehrig – back concerns and all – was a bit of a reach. Overall, there just wasn’t much value to this draft.
Best Value Pick: (There wasn’t one, but if you really believe he’s the second best player in the draft …) Kyle Pitts, Florida, 1at round, 4th overall
Biggest Reach: OT Jaylen Mayfield, Michigan, 3rd round, 68th overall
Late Flier That Could Work: CB Avery Williams, Boise State, 5th round, 183rd overall
Atlanta Falcons 2021 NFL Draft Analysis: 2021 NFL Draft Picks
1 (04) – TE Kyle Pitts, Florida
2 (40) – S Richie Grant, UCF
3 (68) – OT Jaylen Mayfield, Michigan
4 (108) – CB Darren Hall, San Diego State
4 (114) – C Drew Dalman, Stanford
5 (148) – DT Ta’Quon Graham, Texas
5 (182) – DE Adetokunbo Ogundeji, Notre Dame
5 (183) – CB Avery Williams, Boise State
6 (187) – WR Frank Darby, Arizona State
Atlanta Falcons 2021 NFL Draft Analysis: Pre-Draft Analysis
The Falcons needed pass rushing help last year, didn’t get it in the draft, and now it’s going to have to get it at some point. They have four of the top 108 picks and can grab an edge rusher in the second round, but with the fourth overall pick, they have to do something special.
Matt Ryan is still good. It’s not time to panic yet, and if the team really wants a quarterback to develop for the future, it can almost certainly get Kyle Trask with the 68th overall pick, and if it really wants to shoot for the stars it can get Jamie Newman in the fourth round.
Here’s the big call … just how transcendent a talent is Kyle Pitts? If you’re taking a tight end at the four – especially with all that receiver talent available and with a chance to take a big pick at quarterback – he had better be just that good right out of the box.
Atlanta Falcons 2021 NFL Draft Analysis: 2020 NFL Draft Picks
1 CB AJ Terrell, Clemson
2 DT Marlon Davidson, Auburn
3 C Matt Hennessy, Temple
4 S Jaylinn Hawkins, Cal
7 P Sterling Hofrichter, Syracuse
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