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7 wide receiver prospects for the Falcons in the 2019 NFL draft

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https://thefalconswire.usatoday.com/2019/02/05/falcons-7-wide-receiver-prospects-2019-nfl-draft/

By: Scott Carasik    | February 5, 2019 12:25 pm

With Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, Mohamed Sanu, Russell Gage and Marvin Hall all returning, the Falcons don’t have a massive need for a wide receiver. However, there are a few players that could draw interest in the 2019 NFL draft. Someone who can run routes effectively, create separation and make contested catches in traffic is what they should be looking for.

Atlanta should be looking for a return specialist at receiver who can contribute on special teams while eventually becoming a competent third or fourth wide receiver option. But, if the right player is there earlier in the draft, picking someone to eventually take Sanu’s role would absolutely be the move. Here’s one wide receiver prospect for Atlanta in each round of the draft.

Round 1: WR Marquise “Hollywood” Brown, Oklahoma

There are literally zero wide receivers the Falcons should be considering at No. 14 overall. That being said, the one guy who could be worth it after trading down is Marquise “Hollywood” Brown out of Oklahoma. He’s a true burner who can line up inside or outside in formations. He also has experience in a verticals-based passing scheme similar to what Dirk Koetter loves to run. The Falcons could instantly put him into the rotation and have four legitimate deep threats.

Round 2: WR Deebo Samuel, South Carolina

Deebo Samuel is a highly-productive wide receiver from the SEC who would compete right away for the return specialist job and could make Sanu more expendable. He’s extremely talented and understands how to find open spots in zones while also providing the speed needed to burn defenses deep. He’s got great hands and a build that will make people think of Roddy White. However, he’s not a solid blocker, and a second-round pick is a big investment for that.

Round 3: WR Mecole Hardman, Georgia

Underutilized would be the best word to describe Mecole Hardman’s time at Georgia. He’s a former 5-star prospect who slid over to the offensive side of the ball once he made it to the college level. Hardman was primarily used as a return specialist and third wide receiver for the Bulldogs, and his role wouldn’t change much for Atlanta. He has insane speed, great vision and good enough route running – for now. Hardman has a lot in common with former Panthers great Steve Smith and would fit in well in Atlanta.

Round 4: WR Hunter Renfrow, Clemson

Whenever DeShaun Watson, Kelly Bryant or Trevor Lawrence needed that reliable third-down option to be open, it was often Hunter Renfrow who was found sitting in the soft spot of the zone or running a crosser to beat his man for an open catch. The Falcons could use someone like him to destroy slot defenders in the long term. In 2019, Renfrow could play Justin Hardy’s old role, then later slide into the primary slot role similar to how Adam Humphries did in Tampa Bay. Having a reliable slot option like Renfrow could really help open up the offense for Matt Ryan.

Round 5: WR Penny Hart, Georgia State

Penny Hart was the bell of the ball at the Senior Bowl, where he showcased his talents in practices beating some of the best corners from college football. His 2018 performance suggests he’s a legitimate return specialist option who could eventually grow into a solid depth wide receiver. In Atlanta, he’d be selected to compete for a starting returner role, special teams gunner role and depth receiver.

Round 6: WR Tyre Brady, Marshall

While the majority of the players on this list are standard slot-options with return ability, Tyre Brady is different. Brady is a quality all-around receiver who primarily plays on the outside. He’s a 6-foot-3, 205 pound play-maker who can go over the middle and make catches on crucial third downs. His ability to play a role similar to Justin Hardy would be useful. He also has a ton of special teams ability that would allow the Falcons to improve their gunner roles.

Round 7: WR Jalen Hurd, Baylor

The Falcons could always use another larger wide receiver to assist in the red zone. Jalen Hurd out of Baylor could be the best fit for a long-term replacement for Mohamed Sanu. He’s a 6-foot-4, 220-pound freak athlete with experience at both running back and wide receiver. In 2018, he caught 69 passes for 904 yards and four touchdowns despite missing the bowl game against Vanderbilt. While he was a running back at Tennessee, he would average 1,000 yards rushing while also showing some solid receiving ability out of the backfield.

 

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1 minute ago, athell said:

If we draft a WR before like, round 5, I'm gonna be pissed lol

Trenches.  All day.

Round 5 is a great place to target either a RB or WR I believe in this draft. By then we should have already made 5 picks ( counting our comp 4th ) and we better have already picked up a lot of OL/DL beef by then. I might even use the comp 4th on one if the target was right. 

Got to go with trenches though early and often.

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1 minute ago, Geneaut said:

Round 5 is a great place to target either a RB or WR I believe in this draft. By then we should have already made 5 picks ( counting our comp 4th ) and we better have already picked up a lot of OL/DL beef by then. I might even use the comp 4th on one if the target was right. 

Got to go with trenches though early and often.

Preach!  Totally agree.  We are one nailed draft away from being a front runner in the league.

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This is about the only thing we should be considering.

Round 6: SPECIAL TEAMS GUY/WR Tyre Brady, Marshall

He has a ton of special teams ability that would allow the Falcons to improve their gunner roles.

Brady is also quality all-around receiver who primarily plays on the outside. He’s a 6-foot-3, 205 pound play-maker who can go over the middle and make catches on crucial third downs. His ability to play a role similar to Justin Hardy would be useful.

 

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3 minutes ago, Knight of God said:

Sills from WV

6'4" former QB

PROS: Releases against press coverage well with active feet and solid lateral agility. Does a good job fighting pressure and fighting through physicality at the line of scrimmage. An innate understanding of coverages stemming from his quarterback background. Processes defenses quickly and can threaten the leverage of defensive backs no matter the technique being played against him. Does a good job of selling routes with his eyes, and pumping his arms through breaks as a means to accelerate. Settles and find voids in zone coverage well, especially up the seam and over the middle. Wins inside with ease when necessary which allows him to produce well in the redzone and against man coverage. Excellent downfield production and developed chemistry with quarterback Will Grier.

Uses that agility to be a slippery runner that can glide by potential tacklers. Turns into a runner immediately after the catch, picking up yards with solid contact balance. Has shown the toughness to go over the middle and make plays through contact. There are flashes of dominant body control where he high points the football above the rim. Progressing in his consistency in the ways he extends back towards the football. When he is able to climb the ladder, one of the better jump ball receivers in the class. 

Has shown solid effort as a blocker, occasionally working through the whistle and taking multiple shots at the defensive back.

CONS: Somewhat inconsistent hands with too many drops and can struggle to adjust to off-target throws. Hand placement comes and goes, too often looking to cradle a pass that is at pec-level. Though there are flashes of body control, it is too inconsistent and he needs to do a better job of always flipping his hips towards the flight of the ball. Will let the ball come into his body with too much regularity, especially while operating over the middle. Tracking of the football seems rather inconsistent. When he doesn’t release immediately at the line of scrimmage, he can get ridden in his route stems. Realistically, a good portion of his intermediate production comes from being schemed open or selling blocks before snapping into his routes.

Route tree is limited and will mostly runs quick screens and hitches as apart of West Virginia’s RPO packages. Can hop into his breaks and telegraphs by leaning into them with poor eye discipline, peaking at the quarterback rather than keeping them downfield. Has more of a slender build, without overly powerful strength. Can lack overarching strength as a blocker, as well as whiff in space.
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45 minutes ago, athell said:

If we draft a WR before like, round 5, I'm gonna be pissed lol

Trenches.  All day.

Was about to say, WHY ARE WE EVEN TALKING ABOUT RECEIVERS!?, when that’s not even close to a need.

If we draft a one before the eighth round imma be pissed! TBH

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4 minutes ago, OilFuturesTrader19 said:

This is a no brainer. They have to draft Hurd. You get a big red zone target Wr and an all purpose running back in the same player. This saves a roster spot. Anyone would be stupid not to draft this guy. Versatile and good at everything.

If he drops to the 7th we should be all over this.

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Just now, Ezekiel 25:17 said:

Was about to say, WHY ARE WE EVEN TALKING ABOUT RECEIVERS!?, when that’s not even close to a need.

If we draft a one before the eighth round imma be pissed! TBH

Hardy FA ( probably gone ) and Sanu possibly gone in 2 years. I don't mind looking at one 5th or later.

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5 minutes ago, OilFuturesTrader19 said:

This is a no brainer. They have to draft Hurd. You get a big red zone target Wr and an all purpose running back in the same player. This saves a roster spot. Anyone would be stupid not to draft this guy. Versatile and good at everything.

Hurd is going to be a combine warrior that will shoot up the ranks so if you want him, gonna have to use a mid round pick on him more than likely.

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There are a lot more than 7. Parris Campbell & Anthony Johnson are 2 guys I like who might be available in the mid rounds.

If for some reason we go WR earlier, Deebo Samuel and Ridley's younger brother are 2 talented guys.

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1 hour ago, Geneaut said:

Hardy FA ( probably gone ) and Sanu possibly gone in 2 years. I don't mind looking at one 5th or later.

I am exaggerating, but IF we don’t draft a WR at all this year, we would still have a better receiving core than both of the teams that just played for the Championship. 

So I won’t be mad in the least. 

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44 minutes ago, Ezekiel 25:17 said:

I am exaggerating, but IF we don’t draft a WR at all this year, we would still have a better receiving core than both of the teams that just played for the Championship. 

So I won’t be mad in the least. 

Understood. If we didn't have the Comp Picks I probably wouldn't be that extremely interested in one, and even then I'd want them to be someone they are certain on instead of just taking one to take one if you know what I mean. 

If Gage continues to play fast and physical like he showed us last season I feel good about him and Hall with our main 3 as a very deep group of WRs.

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1 minute ago, HEIST said:

Just because we're gonna be trench focused doesnt mean we're gonna take [Total # of picks] linemen lol

We should have 9 picks in this draft - our full allotment of 7 plus a projected 4th rounder (Dontari Poe) and 5th rounder (Taylor Gabriel).

I would suspect at least 2 offensive linemen and 1 defensive linemen in the first 4 picks and probably 2 defensive linemen overall.   So if the lines of scrimmage take up 4 of 9 picks - the other 5 would probably have at least 1 CB, 1 LB, 1 RB, 1 WR and who knows what else.

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3 hours ago, athell said:

If we draft a WR before like, round 5, I'm gonna be pissed lol

Trenches.  All day.

If a WR's the BPA? Draft him. Just like Dimi did with Ridley last year when we needed a DT. Get stacked. 

If we get over stacked at WR, trade Julio for draft capital, cut Sanu and free up $20M.

Use that $20M on the trenches. NT, LG, RT, RG. That's where Bowls are won.

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1 minute ago, FalconFanSince1970 said:

If a WR's the BPA? Draft him. Just like Dimi did with Ridley last year when we needed a DT. Get stacked. 

If we get over stacked at WR, trade Julio for draft capital, cut Sanu and free up $20M.

Use that $20M on the trenches. NT, LG, RT, RG. That's where Bowls are won.

Or just draft BPA in the trenches in a loaded class?

Julio is not getting traded.  He will be a Falcon for life and this next extension will guarantee that.

They do have an out with Sanu, and that is a possibility, but he has been productive and I'm not sure rolling Julio with Ridley (who while flashed also struggled with drops) and a rookie is the best option at least for this year.

I see where you are going, and I don't hate it.  We both want the trenches shored up, just different approaches I guess.

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6 minutes ago, FalconFanSince1970 said:

If a WR's the BPA? Draft him. Just like Dimi did with Ridley last year when we needed a DT. Get stacked. 

If we get over stacked at WR, trade Julio for draft capital, cut Sanu and free up $20M.

Use that $20M on the trenches. NT, LG, RT, RG. That's where Bowls are won.

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