With the top three teams seemingly locked up, all eyes are set on what the Atlanta Falcons will do with the No. 4 overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. There are rumors that the Falcons are open to ultimately trading down in the first round if they receive a massive haul of draft compensation in return.
Plus, this kind of move would allow the Atlanta to still grab an elite prospect while also building up future assets. With that in mind, here are three players the Falcons should target if they trade down in the NFL Draft.
1. Patrick Surtain II, Cornerback
Drafting Patrick Surtain II in the first round would give the Falcons a player to pair with developing star A.J. Terrell in the secondary. Surtain showcased his shutdown coverage abilities at Alabama by breaking up 24 passes, forcing 4 fumbles and totaling 4 interceptions during his three seasons of play. Atlanta gave up the most passing yards per game last season (293.6) and needs any help they can get on the defensive side of the ball. This is defensive coordinator Dean Pees' first year with the team and he would benefit from having a young playmaker like Surtain out on the field.
2. Alijah Vera-Tucker, Offensive Lineman
Another area of need the Falcons could still address if they trade down in the draft is along the offensive line. Alijah Vera-Tucker is a player that sticks out in this scenario given his ability to play multiple positions. He would likely be ready to step in right away as Atlanta's starting left guard as he has the size and athleticism needed to compete in the NFL. Vera-Tucker blocks well in the passing game and rushing attack, so his mobility and versatility should greatly excite the Falcons' coaching staff. He would be a great trade down target here.
3. Micah Parsons, Linebacker
Micah Parsons has the potential to be a game-changing linebacker in the NFL if he can be developed correctly to fit into an NFL defense. He is more of an edge defender than a linebacker as he shined rushing the passer during his time at Penn State. Parsons racked up 191 tackles (18.0 for loss) and 6.5 sacks in 26 games played. He has sideline-to-sideline speed and an ability to shed blocks that should easily translate to the next level. Pairing Parsons with starter Deion Jones would create a nightmarish duo for opposing offenses to face. This would be a smart move by Atlanta.
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