Atlanta adds a defensive lineman with length and potential, but one who needs time to grow.
The first of Atlanta’s back to back draft selections in the fifth round addressed the edge with Adetokunbo Ogundeji, who was a 2020 All-ACC honorable mention out of Notre Dame. He led the Irish with 7.0 sacks last season.
Our own Eric Robinson says that he is not the most fluid of edge rushers but is strong with heavy hands and can definitely hold his own on the edge, making him a smart addition to the rotation at defensive end for Atlanta.
Ogundeji has good size as a 270-pound defensive end and a lot of room in his game to grow. He’ll start out as a backup and special teamer, but the Falcons will hope his length and potential make him a valuable piece of the puzzle on a re-tooling defensive line. This is the first edge selection for Atlanta today, and could very well be the last.
This was a compensatory selection that the Falcons were awarded by way of Vic Beasley signing a $9.5 million with the Tennessee Titans last season.
Round 1, Pick 4: TE Kyle Pitts, Florida
Round 2, Pick 35: S Richie Grant, UCF
Round 3, Pick 68: OL Jalen Mayfield, Michigan
Round 4, Pick 108: CB Darren Hall, San Diego State
Round 4, Pick 114: OL Drew Dalman, Stanford
Round 5, Pick 148: DL Ta’Quon Graham, Texas
Round 5, Pick 182 DE Adetokunbo Ogundeji
Round 5, Pick 183
Round 6, Pick 187