Kevin from Brentwood, CA
Hi Beek! Glad to see ATL making moves in free agency! I’ve seen a few mock drafts, including yours, over the last couple days and they show us taking a CB with our first pick. I think our secondary improved their level of play in the latter half of the season, even without Trufant. They’re capable of continuing/improving their level of play. I really think we should draft another D-lineman first, whether it be Javon Kinlaw, K’Lavon Chaisson, or A.J. Epenesa. Considering we may not retain Takk McKinley in 2021, we would have a replacement ready, if needed, with a year of experience. Dan Quinn and Thomas Dimitroff always talk about improving the pass rush and this is the chance! Realistically, do you see us taking one of the three players I mentioned earlier before a CB? I’d hope we can hold off on a CB until the second round.
Matt: I’ve noted this a number of times in this space and I’ll gladly do it again when it comes to my philosophy with the mock drafts. What the Falcons ultimately do with that first pick – should they hold on to it – will depend on what happens in free agency and those first 15 selections before them. So, as teams sign players, release players or make trades (including the Falcons), a lot can change need-wise from mock draft to mock draft – not to mention a whole lot of speculation. All I try to do each week is play out difference scenarios as the landscape changes. When it’s all said and done, I think the Falcons will take a defensive lineman or a cornerback at 16. Could I see them possibly taking a linebacker there? Maybe. So, to your point, I’d be thrilled with K’Lavon Chaisson, Javon Kinlaw or A.J. Epenesa.
Published at Wed, 25 Mar 2020 21:43:00 +0000