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  1. 16. Atlanta Falcons (7-9) Javon Kinlaw, DT, South Carolina The Falcons addressed the edge in free agency by signing Dante Fowler Jr. so here they work to better flank Fowler and Grady Jarrett from the inside. Kinlaw (6-5, 324 pounds) knows how to use his size and arms to complement his strength and power at the point of attack. 47. Atlanta Falcons Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, LSU The Falcons need to get some fresh legs to supplement Todd Gurley in passing situations to give them again what they once had with Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman. Edwards-Helaire (5-7, 207 pounds) is a dynamic, versatile receiver out of the backfield and in the slot, making him a major asset for an NFL passing game. He also is extremely quick when getting the ball in the open field. 78. Atlanta Falcons Cameron Dantzler, CB, Mississippi State Dan Quinn needs a skilled zone cornerback to add to his defense Dantzler (6-2, 188 pounds) has nice size and uses his hands and hips to be disruptive against receivers downfield. 119. Atlanta Falcons: Jordyn Brooks, LB, Texas Tech 143. Atlanta Falcons (from Ravens) (compensatory): Calvin Throckmorton, OT, Oregon 228. Atlanta Falcons (from Buccaneers through Eagles): Daniel Thomas, S, Auburn https://www.sportingnews.com/us/nfl/news/nfl-mock-draft-2020-7-rounds-patriots-raiders-colts/x1p3hl1wxmkl14lasxq8y9xlx
  2. 1. K'Lavon Chaisson Edge LSU Thomas Dimitroff said he wasn't worried about being in "cap ****," and apparently he was telling the truth. Atlanta was able to fill major holes at EDGE, RB, and TE before adding much-needed depth at CB3, WR4, and along the OL. As of now, they still need help along the defensive line, linebacker, and cornerback, but they have a lot more flexibility in terms of what they need to target and when.In this mock, Javon Kinlaw goes right before their pick, but they are able to add an impact player who can move between the line and linebacker the way he did at LSU. With Takk McKinley recovering from yet another shoulder surgery (and his fifth-year option unlikely to be picked up), Chaisson can be a "game wrecker" at multiple positions while he adds some bulk to eventually move to the edge full time. This mock still allows Atlanta to add an impact linebacker and a nice developmental corner on Day Two. 2. Damon Arnette CB Ohio State 3. Josh Uche OLB Michigan 4a Jeremy Chinn S Southern illinois 4b Nick Harris OC Washington 7 Bravvion Roy DT Baylor https://www.drafttek.com/2020-NFL-Mock-Draft/2020-NFL-Mock-Draft-Round-1.asp
  3. 1. K'Lavon Chaisson Edge LSU Atlanta filled its most pressing pass-rushing needs by signing Dante Fowler to a three-year deal today. But Takk McKinley is likely gone next year, and Chaisson has shown his ability to play off the line of scrimmage. With De'Vondre Campbell apparently headed elsewhere, Chaisson can step in as a slightly-larger version of Isaiah Simmons. Chaisson can rush the passer, drop into coverage, and defend wide runs. He is the sort of "game wrecker" Quinn and Dimitroff have been looking for. With the loss of Desmond Trufant, they could be looking at a corner here or even trade back for more picks. 2. AJ Terrell CB Clemson 3. AJ Dillon RB Boston College 4a James Proche WR/Returner SMU 4b Shaun Bradley OLB Temple 7 Frederick Mauigoa OC Washington State
  4. 1. A.J. Epenesa DE Iowa Ideally, the Falcons would love for Chaisson to slide down to this pick, but Epenesa seems a safer bet to be there at #16. Not surprisingly, he tested poorly in the speed drills, but he did OK in the agility-based drills. He performed pretty decently in the power-based broad jump that Atlanta has traditionally valued in linemen.With Epenesa, you are drafting the floor, not the ceiling; the performance, not the ability. He's a reasonably safe pick, similar in his Combine scores to Clelin Ferrell. Epenesa was a tad slower, but he's also ten pounds heavier and more suited to bounce inside. He's not a "sexy" pick, but the young man can play. 2a. Julian Okwara Edge Notre Dame With Epenesa filling the hybrid DT/EDGE role, the Falcons will need to add a pure edge rusher at this point. Okwara comes with some durability concerns, but he has enough athletic talent to warrant a look here. His rush defense is frankly poor, but that didn't stop Atlanta from paying Vic Beasley almost $13 million last season, so it might not matter here.There are several other flawed-but-interesting edge rushers that might appeal to Atlanta in RD2-3 if they don't select Chiasson or Gross-Matos in the first round, including Zac Baun and Terrell Lewis. 2b. Hunter Bryant TE Wahington Austin Hooper is currently too expensive for Atlanta's cash-strapped budget. (Frankly, back-up TE Luck Stocker is too expensive). Adding a Tight End from a relatively weak class isn't ideal, and perhaps Atlanta will look to a second-tier free agent. If they don't, they might have to reach for a tight end.Hunter Bryant is one of the better receiving threats in this class, although he has had some drop problems this year after catching 11-for-11 last year. The question is whether Dirk Koetter's offense will require a tight end with better blocking chops, or whether they will prioritize adding a weapon for Matt Ryan. 3. Clyde Edwards-Helaire RB LSU 4. Lamar Jackson CB Nebraska 5. Keandre Jones OLB Maryland 7. Darrion Daniels DT Nebraska https://www.drafttek.com/2020-NFL-Mock-Draft/2020-NFL-Mock-Draft-Round-1.asp
  5. 1. A.J. Epenesa DE Iowa Since arriving in Atlanta as GM, Thomas Dimitroff has struggled to find an impact edge rusher --despite employing two head coaches who started as defensive line coaches. Only Vic Beasley's single season in 2016 qualifies as a success, and one that proved unrepeatable. He's been much more adept at finding interior rushers like Grady Jarrett and his 22% pass-rush win rate , which was second only to Aaron Donald's this season. They've also found success with players like Adrian Clayborn and Jack Crawford, who can play inside on clear passing downs and outside in base packages.Enter AJ Epenesa. Unlike Beasley, who he would be tasked to replace, his game is about power and surprising quickness. He's a high motor player with a massive wingspan and the ability to disrupt in both the run game and the passing game. When you're drawing comparisons to Trey Flowers and (gulp) JJ Watt, I think it's safe to say you can be an asset for a defense that has struggled to collapse the pocket. Pairing Epenesa's power game with a (hopefully healthy) Takk McKinley and Pro Bowler Grady Jarrett could give Atlanta a defensive front stout enough to help out a young secondary. 2a. Jake Hanson OC Oregon Last year's draft plan was to rebuild the entire right side of the offensive line to help protect Matt Ryan and open holes in the running game. Chris Lindstrom's Week One injury scuttled that plan; Matt Ryan was hit like a pinata; the running game covered less ground than a picnic blanket. However, there were some encouraging signs after he returned, and Caleb McGary should improve in his second season.Left Guard, however, remains a problem despite the signing of two veteran free agents. The O-Line ranked 29th in pass blocking win rate. Jake Hanson is a technically-sound player who can eventually take over for Alex Mack at the pivot. Perhaps the Falcons sweat it out and try to nab a player like Matt Hennessy later, but that approach got them in this jam in the first place. 2b. Julian Okwara Edge Notre Dame If the Falcons could combine a power rusher like Epenesa in the first round with a speed rusher like Okwara in the second, they would have to be ecstatic with this draft. Okwara has a lot of Vic Beasley in his game, for better or worse. He's a speed rusher off the edge with little ability to set the edge against the run or play the power game. He has struggled to translate his athleticism to production --only 4 sacks this year-- but the intensity and football IQ are there to become the LEO edge player that Dan Quinn has needed since the 2017 season opened. 3. Hunter Bryant TE Washington 4. Dele Harding OLB Illinois 5. Olohi Gilman S Notre Dame 7. Bryce Perkins QB Virginia https://www.drafttek.com/2020-NFL-Mock-Draft/2020-NFL-Mock-Draft-Round-1.asp
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