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3 Players the Falcons Need to Avoid With Their First-Round Pick

By michael obermuller
The Falcons must ignore all wide receivers in 2020 and draft a defensive playmaker.
The Falcons must ignore all wide receivers in 2020 and draft a defensive playmaker. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images
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The Atlanta Falcons have a lot of holes to fill in the 2020 NFL Draft. By getting their 16th overall pick right, they can go a long way in solving at least one major area.

The experts have the Falcons drafting LSU's K'Lavon Chaisson or Florida's C.J. Henderson in the first round. Atlanta needs defensive playmakers in general, so either the No. 2 edge rusher or No. 2 corner in the draft both seem like smart draft picks. These three prospects would make less sense for the Falcons.

3. Grant Delpit, S (LSU)

The Falcons should prioritize cornerback over safety in 2020.
The Falcons should prioritize cornerback over safety in 2020. / Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The Falcons need defense, but safety is one area they have talent at already. Injuries have slowed down Keanu Neal in recent seasons, but the former first round pick is still a key cog for Atlanta. Ricardo Allen and Damontae Kazee then add to that depth behind him. Cornerback is the area of need in the secondary, and it would be foolish for Atlanta to go with Grant Delpit over a possible starting CB like C.J. Henderson.

2. Josh Jones, OT (Houston)

If the four top tackles are off the board, Atlanta should not reach for Josh Jones at 16.
If the four top tackles are off the board, Atlanta should not reach for Josh Jones at 16. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images

The Falcons still have problems on the offensive line, but chances are the top-4 tackles will be gone by the No. 16 pick in the draft, and there aren't any centers or guards particularly worthy of a first-round pick at this point in 2020. After reaching on Kaleb McGary at the bottom of round one last year, Atlanta should not do the same this time around. For better or for worse, McGary should get another opportunity at right tackle in 2020.

1. Henry Ruggs III, WR (Alabama)

Henry Ruggs could be a superstar in the NFL, but the Falcons don't need offensive weapons.
Henry Ruggs could be a superstar in the NFL, but the Falcons don't need offensive weapons. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Henry Ruggs, or any wide receiver that might slip to Atlanta, is the wrong choice for this franchise at No. 16 overall. I know it might be enticing for some fans to add yet another key talent to a WR corps that already has Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley, but offense alone does not win Super Bowls alone. Even the Kansas City Chiefs realized this when they brought in veteran defensive pieces last season. No offense to Ruggs or this stud wide receiver draft class, but the Falcons must focus on their areas of need.


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Michael Obermuller is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Michael Obermuller also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username king_mizzard. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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