Falcons NFL Draft Picks, Team Needs & First Round Betting Odds
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Falcons Draft Needs
- CB/S: The Falcons’ pass defense was the laughingstock of the league last season. The team finished dead-last in passing yards allowed per game (293.6) and will need major upgrades at cornerback and safety to stay competitive in games heading into 2021.
- RB: Atlanta did acquire former Panthers running back Mike Davis and former Bears hybrid player Cordarrelle Patterson this offseason, but neither Davis nor Patterson have bell cow potential. The Falcons would be wise to make a move for one of the running backs in this year’s draft.
- OL: The Falcons’ pass protection was subpar last year and allowed 2.6 sacks per game which ranked 22nd in the NFL.
- DL/LB: Atlanta’s run defense was good on paper last year, possibly because opposing teams focused on their exploitable secondary. The Falcons ranked 24th in sacks per game (1.8) and could use an edge rusher.
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- RB: The top back on the depth chart is Davis, who has never carried more than 165 times in a season.
- LG: The top candidates on the roster are 2018 UDFA Matt Gono, who could kick inside after grading out as bottom-10th percentile tackle last season, and 2019 UDFA Willie Wright, who is yet to play an NFL snap.
- C: Losing Alex Mack to the 49ers leaves only 2020 third-rounder Matt Hennessy, who struggled mightily as a rookie, allowing 10 pressures on just 141 pass-blocking snaps.
- CB: Atop the depth chart are 2020 first-rounder A.J. Terrell, who allowed the most receiving yards (901); 2018 second-rounder Isaiah Oliver, who allowed the fourth-most (845); and 2019 fourth-rounder Kendall Sheffield, who allowed the 16th-most (688). Fabian Moreau, who has spent the majority of his career at safety, was also signed. Terrell may be the only one worth keeping around long-term.
- S: The Falcons lost their top three safeties entering Week 1 of last season (Keanu Neal, Ricardo Allen, Damontae Kazee) while adding only Erik Harris, who graded out 72nd of 99 safeties as a Raider last season.