Quarterbacks are anticipated to be taken with the primary three alternatives.
Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is broadly anticipated to be taken at No. 1 by the Jacksonville Jaguars, whereas the New York Jets signaled that they are going to draft a quarterback at No. 2 once they traded Sam Darnold to the Carolina Panthers on Monday. The San Francisco 49ers, in the meantime, traded up from No. 12 to No. 3 and have said they did so with the intention of drafting a quarterback.
Falcons basic supervisor Terry Fontenot stated in February that he believed the No. 4 spot is “a main spot to be in.”
“There are such a lot of completely different eventualities,” Fontenot stated at a information convention then. “There are going to be some actually good gamers there at No. 4. We are able to transfer up, and we are able to transfer down and purchase extra picks.
“There’s simply numerous completely different eventualities to essentially undergo.”
Again in February, Fontenot stated that the Falcons all the time have conversations with groups however that it doesn’t matter what he does, there will likely be “good worth.”
A kind of eventualities may very well be a quarterback — from whoever is left on the board after the primary three alternatives. The Falcons additionally may have a look at an offensive playmaker in Florida’s Kyle Pitts or the perfect lineman within the draft in Oregon’s Penei Sewell. Much less possible could be overflowing their receiver room with LSU’s Ja’Marr Chase or Alabama’s Jaylen Waddle or DeVonta Smith.
As many as 5 quarterbacks are anticipated to be chosen within the first spherical this 12 months: Lawrence, BYU’s Zach Wilson, Alabama’s Mac Jones, North Dakota State’s Trey Lance and Ohio State’s Justin Fields.
The Falcons haven’t got an instantaneous want at quarterback with Matt Ryan on the helm, though he will likely be 36 when the 2021 season begins. One determination Atlanta already made is restructuring Ryan’s contract, changing $21 million of his base wage from this 12 months to a signing bonus unfold out over three seasons, leaping his salary-cap quantity to $48,662,500 for 2022.
After all, this time of 12 months nearly each group listens to calls about attainable trades — some critical, some not — as groups attempt to set up the very best final result for his or her franchise.
“It is not someplace that we need to be in fairly often with this group,” Fontenot stated. “However we’re going to make the most of that and be open to all prospects.”