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Football in Atlanta hasn’t been the same since their trip to the Super Bowl in 2017. It seems like the team has been a perpetual rebuild for the last six seasons but things seem to be turning around. Under the guide of third year head coach Arthur Smith, the franchise seems to be building a team that can contend in the NFC South and beyond.
Christian Gonzalez, CB, Oregon
Keion White, Edge, Georgia Tech
Tyler Scott, WR, Cincinnati
The Atlanta Falcons have struggled on the defensive side of the ball for a good while now and need to shore up that unit with young talent. With only two picks in the top 60, they need to make them count.
One player who is almost a surefire bet to be productive in his first season is Oregon stud Christian Gonzalez. Gonzalez is a big body corner who can move and has the long speed to compete with shiftier receivers. He showed his worth at the combine and would be an instant running mate for A.J. Terrell.
Adding a young edge rusher like Keion White out of their backyard would help the back end as well. White is still developing as a pass rusher but has the raw athleticism to make waves early on at the next level. Atlanta has needed help creating pressure and would get a player with a high production ceiling in White.
The one thing we cannot deny is Smith is an offensive minded coach. He has plenty of weapons but will need more if he expects to keep pace in today’s NFL. Tyler Scott would be just the weapon that could put the Falcons’ offense over the top. Scott’s top end speed and athletic prowess would be a good pairing with last year’s top pick Drake London. He can be a chess piece that creates mismatches on the field and opens up the offense for young signal caller Desmond Riddder.
Atlanta is on the rise and this draft is one that will determine if that ascension continues.