WHO WILL THE FALCONS TAKE AT #26????
Assuming We don’t trade up (LOL) or trade back (bigger LOL) who will the Falcons take in the 1st round, #26 overall, in the upcoming draft?
No 2 draft boards look alike, so that makes things a bit difficult. For these purposes, I’m using nfl.com. Picking at #26, I’m looking at the top 40 prospects that nfl.com lists.
1st off, I think we can safely scratch off any QB’s (Rosen, Darnold, Allen, Mayfield, Jackson)
Down to 35 targets
Given our 1 big free agent signing (OG Brandon Fusco) coupled with Quinitroff’s sweeping proclamation that rookie Olinemen need time to mature at the next level, I believe we can safely omit them (Nelson, Brown, Wynn, Hernandez, Daniels, Price, McClinchey).
28 targets remain
We are set at RB, even though we are facing the possibility of losing Tevin in 2019. So, drafting a RB in the 1st round would be a waste of a pick (unless Dimitroff did something clever like drafting a RB then immediately trading Tevin to gain assets in this draft). Believe we can safely assume that ain’t gonna happen (Barkley, Jones, Guice).
Going out on a limb, but I think edge rusher can be removed. No, you can never have too many pass rushers, but with Vic and Tak already on board, I believe we can rule out (Landry, Davenport, Turay).
Leighton Vander Esch is an intriguing prospect. I believe his future is as an inside linebacker, not outside. I don’t believe the thought has ever crossed Quinn’s mind to replace Deion in the middle to move him outside. Believe the only way that will happen is an injury forces the move, or a late round draft prospect or UDFA really shows out in camp and preseason and forces Quinn to make the move. Anyway, I don’t believe it’s a plan. Vander Esch is out.
Some players will absolutely be gone by the time we pick at #26. It’s hard to pinpoint who might slide inexplicably. I think it’s safe to assume nfl.com’s top 10 players will be gone by the time we pick. Some have already been removed above because of positions, meaning (Edmunds, Bradley Chubb, Smith, Ridley, Payne, Vea, James) are off our list.
This now leaves 14 players who could be targets for our pick at #26. In no particular order….
DT’s-Taven Bryan, Maurice Hurst, Tim Settle
CB’s-Denzel Ward, Josh Jackson, Carlton Davis, Isaiah Oliver
S-Minkah Fitzpatrick, Justin Reed, Ronnie Harrison
TE’s-Mike Gesicki, Hayden Hurst
Assuming all of the above is true, including who the top 40 prospects are……
LET THE GAMES BEGIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Using the remaining 14 players I just listed…
1-which 1 of the 14 players left would you run to the draft podium, card in hand and thank the football Gods that he somehow fell in to our lap?
2-of these 14 players, who do you assume will be available for us to choose? (some of these 14 will be off the board). 2nd choice? 3rd?
3-who from these 14 would you trade up for? How far?
4-would you go “off the board” not from the 14 but also not from the ones I eliminated?
5-do you think you could trade down and still get 1 of these 14? How far do you think you could trade down?
1-very doubtful, but if S Minkah Fitzpatrick were still available, even though its not a pressing need, I would choose him. He could learn for a year, playing nickle back, then take over at FS in 2019 and we wouldn’t need to spend big $ on re-signing Ricardo Allen.
2-LB Rashaad Evans would be my first choice of who could be available, 2nd would be DT Taven Bryan, 3rd would be TE Mike Gesicki.
3-There is no one from this group I would trade up for. I believe any of these 14 players could make our team stronger and fill a need.
4-pretty much the same answer as #3. If these are indeed the top 40 available, I don’t see a need to venture farther out than that.
5-I believe at least 7 of the players will still be available to us at #26. Meaning we could trade down to #32 and still get one of the top prizes.