The Atlanta Falcons traded away their second-round pick (No. 35 overall) to the Denver Broncos, moving back five spots and acquiring an additional fourth-round pick. Then with pick No. 40, the Falcons took UCF safety Richie Grant.
With the 40th pick in the #NFLDraft, we have selected S Richie Grant.
Welcome to Atlanta, @rgrant1525!
— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) April 30, 2021
Primarily a free safety, Grant has first-round ability and could potentially start right away with versatile Duron Harmon at strong safety. Atlanta also signed Erik Harris, giving the team three players capable of starting at safety.
In 2020, Grant recorded 49 tackles, three interceptions, and two forced fumbles. Here’s Grant going up against Cincinnati.