After the 49ers traded up to the No. 3 spot to seemingly select a quarterback in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Atlanta Falcons now hold the proverbial keys to the first round.
Atlanta will have plenty of options of what to do with the No. 4 pick given the current state of their team. They could keep the pick and select the best player available, like tight end Kyle Pitts or trade the pick to a QB-needy team for a massive haul. Atlanta could also draft a quarterback of their own.
We have heard varying rumors that include every one of those above listed possibilities over the last few weeks. However, now we seem to have a clue on what owner Arthur Blank is thinking.
Atlanta Falcons 2021 NFL Draft Rumors
According to Peter King, Blank is fascinated by the five quarterbacks at the top of this year's draft. And part of that is he believes that Falcons won't be picking high enough in future years to have a shot at a top-tier QB. But, Blank reportedly won't stand in the way of new GM Terry Fontenot and head coach Arthur Smith on whatever decision they make.
While Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson are expected to be taken with the first two pick picks, Justin Fields, Mac Jones and Trey Lance have all been tied to the 49ers at No. 3, so Atlanta would be looking at two of those three being available at No. 4.
Matt Ryan is still seen as someone with at least a few years of good football left in him, so taking a quarterback to replace him this year might be too soon. On the flip side, if you do select one now, Ryan still possesses some trade value.
Atlanta should have plenty of options when they are on the clock at No. 4 and each one could be justified.
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