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3 Players the Falcons Should Target if They Don't Draft a Quarterback at No. 4

Isaiah De Los Santos
Three players the Atlanta Falcons should target if they don't select a quarterback fourth overall in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Three players the Atlanta Falcons should target if they don't select a quarterback fourth overall in the 2021 NFL Draft. / Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

A down 2020 season for the Atlanta Falcons led to the team earning a rare top-five pick heading into April's draft.

This talented draft class means there's plenty of high-impact players for new GM Terry Fontenot to consider with the No. 4 overall selection. The team could pursue a quarterback to eventually take over for Matt Ryan, but their true direction has been kept under wraps to this point.

If Atlanta doesn't go with a QB, here's three players they should target.

3. Ja'Marr Chase, WR, LSU

Do the Falcons need another top wideout? Maybe not. But would it be fun to add LSU star Ja'Marr Chase to this receiving corps? Absolutely. The top wideout prospect racked up 84 catches, 1,780 yards and 20 TDs as a sophomore in 2019 before sitting out the 2020 season. The 21.2 yards per reception he averaged that year showcases his elite ability to stretch the field and burn defenses. Chase could join a WR room with Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley, giving the Falcons a three-headed monster on offense that would be a nightmare to cover. There's no telling when Jones might finally fall off in production, and nabbing a future WR1 in Chase now would be a smart move if the Falcons don't plan on picking this high again anytime soon.

2. Penei Sewell, OT, Oregon

Penei Sewell is considered a generational offensive line talent, and it'd be hard for the Falcons to pass him up at No. 4. The 6-foot-6, 325-pound left tackle overpowered opponents on the line in two seasons at Oregon and doesn't even turn 21 until the fall. He earned a truly elite 95.8 grade from ProFootballFocus for his 2019 campaign, demonstrating his excellence in both run- and pass-blocking scenarios. His ability to get down the field and make an impact at his size adds to his long list of attractive qualities. Drafting Sewell would require some maneuvering on the Falcons' O-line with talented LT Jake Matthews already in place, but it makes a ton of sense to give an aging Matt Ryan the best protection possible in his final few years.

1. Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida

Florida tight end Kyle Pitts has been a rumored Falcons draft target, which is no surprise. He's a 6-foot-5, 235-pound athletic freak who can beat both linebackers and cornerbacks one on one with his mix of size and speed. He grabbed 97 catches for 1,419 yards and 17 TDs over his sophomore and junior seasons with Gators, making things difficult for SEC secondaries. Pitts could immediately give Atlanta a top TE duo alongside Hayden Hurst, and he'd add a huge safety blanket for Ryan when defenses focus on Jones and Ridley. The Falcons' best course with the top pick is to double down on their offense as they hope to get the most out of their former MVP quarterback. Placing a boatload of weapons around Tom Brady worked pretty well for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Atlanta could challenge their division rivals in offensive firepower if they go with Pitts.

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