An injury-riddled 2019 season for the Atlanta Falcons showed just how important having quality depth is. While last year was a disappointment for Falcons fans, the team is using this offseason to get healthy and prepared to face a new-look NFC South.
The silver lining of the poor season is that Atlanta gets a more favorable draft position and will be able to address their obvious needs early in the draft. However, finding quality players later on in the draft will help to prevent falling apart during times of unlucky injuries.
With that in mind, these are three late-round steals the Falcons should target in the 2020 NFL Draft.
3. James Proche, WR, SMU
James Proche put together back-to-back productive seasons for the Mustangs, totaling a combined 204 receptions, 2,424 yards and 27 touchdowns. He played well enough this past season to earn an invitation to the Senior Bowl, but he is still projected to be a day three pick. Proche has the build and skills to be a productive slot receiver, and he could push Russell Gage for that job.
2. Nick Tiano, QB, Chattanooga
Matt Ryan isn't getting any younger and Matt Schaub isn't getting any better, so taking a flier on a late-round quarterback with potential could be a wise use of a pick. The 6-foot-5-inch Nick Tiano has been generating some buzz lately, with a big arm and skills that look much more impressive than what his stats showed. Tiano could sit behind Ryan, work on his accuracy and become a solid value in this draft.
1. J.J. Taylor, RB, Arizona
While the Falcons did just sign Todd Gurley, it is only a one-year deal, which could also prove all his knees can handle at this point. Atlanta could get 5-foot-5-inch running back J.J. Taylor later on in the draft with steal potential. Due to his size and quickness, he is a matchup nightmare for linebackers, who quite honestly might even struggle to even find him at that height. He has good vision and is a capable receiving weapon out of the backfield.
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