On day one of the NFL Draft, the Atlanta Falcons targeted Desmond Trufant and traded up to pick #22 to get him. That pick fills a need for the Falcons at corner as it leaves them with Trufant, Asante Samuel and Robert McClain as the top three corners on the roster. In day two of the NFL Draft, the Falcons have one pick on the board (pick #60).
With one pick today the Falcons may look to trade up but they don't have quite as much ammunition as they did yesterday as they parted ways with their third and sixth round picks. Overall, the Falcons have eight picks left in the draft but only four of those are tradeable (#60, #127, #163, #236).
I look for the Falcons to take pick #127 (which is just six picks before their fourth round compensatory pick) and package it with their fifth or seventh round pick and look to move up. For the Falcons, this is a win now mentality and getting nine to ten rookies on the roster is not what the Falcons need. What the Falcons need are just a few rookies in the right spots that can contribute so look for the Falcons to trade back up if the right player is there.
While the Falcons may move up with pick #127 they could also move down out of the #60 pick if they have the ability to pick up additional picks in the third or fourth rounds. I said earlier that the Falcons don't need a lot of rookies but the sweet spot of this draft is going to be day two (and potentially early in day three) and the Falcons could be able to find contributors (even if just in a part-time capacity) on day two instead of practice squad players on day three. There are a lot of options for the Falcons in this draft. I would like to see them with more picks in the second through fourth rounds and less in the later rounds (although the three seventh round picks are not tradeable).
Let's take a look at the best players left in the draft at the Falcons positions of need (DE and LB):
- Tank Carradine, DE, FSU
- Margus Hunt, DE, SMU
- Cornelius Washington, DE, Georgia
- DaMontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
- Alex Okafor, DE, Texas
- Corey Lemoiner, DE, Auburn
- William Gholston, DE, Michigan State
- Arthur Brown, LB, Kansas State
- Kevin Minter, LB, LSU
- Jamie Collins, LB, Southern Miss
- Khaseem Greene, LB Rutgers
- Sio Moore, LB, UConn
- Brandon Jenkins, DE/LB, FSU
- Chase Thomas, LB, Stanford
- Nico Johnson, LB, Alabama
- Kiko Alonzo, LB, Oregon
- Jelani Jenkins, LB, Florida
- Jon Bostic, LB, Florida
In addition the Falcons still may look to find that heir apparent at tight end. Here is who is still available:
- Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford
- Gavin Escobar, TE, San Diego State
- Travis Kelce, TE, Cincy
- Vance McDonald, TE, Rice
- Jordan Reed, TE, Florida
Another guy that I really like that is still available is Jesse Williams, a DT from the National Champion Alabama Crimson Tide. As you can see there is still a bunch of talent left on the board and that's just look at three position groups. Will the Falcons stay in pick #60 and draft just one guy on day two or will they mix and match and end up with multiple picks on day two? I am expecting the Falcons to pick at least twice today. Tune in starting at 6:30 to find out.