The 2021 NFL Draft kicks off on Thursday night and it would make a lot of sense to see the Atlanta Falcons take a wide receiver early on for a number of reasons. Rumors are beginning to swirl about a possible Julio Jones trade and it is no secret that he is getting up there in age.
Plus, the Falcons do not have much depth at the position behind Jones and fellow starter Calvin Ridley. With that being said, here are three wide receivers the Falcons can target in the second round.
1. Terrace Marshall Jr., LSU
LSU's Terrace Marshall Jr. has become a bit lost in the shadows playing alongside players like Justin Jefferson and Ja'Marr Chase over the last few seasons. However, he is shown he is capable of carrying an offense on his back as he averaged 104.4 receiving yards per game in 2020. Marshall has the frame necessary to play in the NFL (6-foot-2, 205 pounds) and has an impressive ability to haul in contested balls. With experience playing both outside and in the slot, he is someone the Falcons can use right away. He could develop into an NFL star.
2. D'Wayne Eskridge, Western Michigan
D'Wayne Eskridge flew under the radar during college as he didn't play at a Power 5 school. He was the No. 1 option in the passing game for the last few seasons with the Western Michigan Broncos. Eskridge racked up 1,617 receiving yards over his last 21 games on just 74 receptions (21.9 yards per reception). His ability to create yards after the catch and run crisp routes would become a huge benefit to the Falcons. Eskridge also has elite speed (4.38 40-yard dash time) and flashed some skills as a kick returner, too. His versatility would fit in well in Atlanta.
3. Dyami Brown, UNC
If the Falcons want to draft a player that just flat out produces, they should look no further than UNC's Dyami Brown. He has surpassed 1,000 receiving yards in each of his last two seasons and averaged an insane 18.7 yards per catch with the Tar Heels. Brown is a deep threat on every snap as he posted 8 touchdowns of 40 or more yards during his college career. He is great at creating separation from defenders and could quickly become an underrated target for quarterback Matt Ryan. Brown would be a solid pick for the Falcons at No. 35 overall.
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