Ladies and gents, we are officially just one week away from the 2021 NFL Draft with the Atlanta Falcons slated to draft nine players, the first one being at No. 4 overall.
We have looked at different mock drafts featuring every possible first-round pick the Falcons might look to, however, we still really don’t know what could happen come next Thursday.
Falcons owner Arthur Blank gave an update to The Falcholic’s Evan Birchfield on where head coach Arthur Smith’s and general manager Terry Fontenot’s heads are at with the No. 4 pick. According to Blank, they’re still considering all of their options.
“We have nine picks, obviously we have No. 4, and what we do with that pick remains to be seen,” Blank said. “They’re giving all options a fair hearing, which is really important. They haven’t made up their minds — I don’t believe, from my conversations with them. I have a couple formal meetings with them this week, along with Rich McKay. We’ll sit down and go over their thinking on options like staying where we are, trading down — probably not trading up. But I would certainly consider all of the options that they’re looking at.”
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The Falcons Have Nine Draft Picks
The draft begins next Thursday, April 29th and Atlanta currently has nine picks listed below:
First round: No. 4 overall
Second round: No. 35 overall
Third round: No. 68 overall
Fourth round: No. 108 overall
Fifth round: No. 148 overall, No. 182 overall, No. 183 overall
Sixth round: No. 187 overall, No. 219 overall
If the Falcons decide to trade out of the No. 4 slot, then the Falcons will add some more picks to their list, which could benefit them as they begin a massive re-building stage.
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Top 10 NFL Draft Prospects
The teams set to pick before the Falcons are the Jacksonville Jaguars at No. 1, New York Jets at No. 2, and the San Francisco 49ers at No. 3. With the Niners trading up to grab their future signal-caller, all three teams are expected to draft quarterbacks, which gives the Falcons the first shot to draft outside the QB position.