Bold Predictions for the Falcons Heading into the NFL Draft

Zach Brunner
Three bold predictions for the Falcons heading into draft day.
Three bold predictions for the Falcons heading into draft day. / Alika Jenner/Getty Images
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After a pile-up of injuries during the 2019 season, the Atlanta Falcons are a candidate to be one of the most improved teams record-wise, since they need to get healthy more than they need to acquire more players. Still, they have plenty of solid picks in the NFL Draft to make some noise this week.

With rumors flying around and the possibilities of a virtual draft day being endless, these are three bold predictions for the Falcons heading into the NFL Draft.

Falcons NFL Draft Predictions

1. Falcons Trade Up for Jeff Okudah

Jeff Okudah is widely-regarded as the top cornerback in the draft.
Jeff Okudah is widely-regarded as the top cornerback in the draft. / Michael Hickey/Getty Images

Cornerback remains the largest position of need for the Falcons, and they may take an aggressive approach to go take their top player at the position in the draft. Currently with the No. 16 pick, Atlanta would likely need to trade into the top 5, which would take a lot, but the Falcons have the ability to do it. Jeff Okudah currently has -400 odds to be taken within the first five picks, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

2. Falcons Don't Draft an Offensive Player Until Round 4

Defensive-minded Dan Quinn needs to improve that side of the ball.
Defensive-minded Dan Quinn needs to improve that side of the ball. / Michael Reaves/Getty Images

The Falcons have four draft picks in the first 120 selections, with one first, one second, one third and their first of two fourth-round picks coming at No. 119 overall. While Atlanta could use some help on offense, head coach Dan Quinn, whose job is definitely on the hot seat after surviving last season, has to be feeling pressure to return this defense to a tough, dominating unit. The injuries last season showed the depth on defense is not great either, and they may attempt to address that early.

3. Atlanta Picks Trevis Gipson at No. 119

Trevis Gipson is a terrific late-round pass rusher.
Trevis Gipson is a terrific late-round pass rusher. / Don Juan Moore/Getty Images

The Falcons are in need of some pass-rush assistance, after losing Vic Beasley in free agency. One of the best middle-to-late round draft steals for the Falcons could be edge rusher Trevis Gipson out of Tulsa. He totaled 8.0 sacks and two forced fumbles last season, and he figures to be a great fit for this Atlanta defense.


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