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Atlanta Falcons 2024 Team Mock Draft

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It looked for a while like Falcon’s Owner Arthur Blank was not going to get any of the big fish he was looking to land in VFA. And then just as the 2024 VFA opened in March he got perhaps the biggest fish of all in QB/KIRK COUSINS. A ripple of excitement went through Atlanta Falcons Land.

Blank wrote a darn big check (with more to come) to get the deal done, but like many Octogenarian sports owners, Mr. Blank is looking for one last successful Super Bowl trip (and victory) to crown his franchise ownership stint. The signing lit the fuse for a successful run in re-signing many of their own VFA, plus a few more on the open market. Now they approach the Draft with their final chance to plug in some talent that can lift the team to serious contender status. 

The team currently has 8 Draft Picks in their quiver and the luxury of being able to pick the best prospects overall regardless of position more often than not. Just about every team says that is their desired mode of picking, but when the Draft weekend rolls around the: “need” word comes into play quite often for many teams. I will be looking to grab some serious talent with the 4 Picks they have in the Top 79.

2024 Atlanta Falcons Team Mock Draft

Round 1, Pick 8       DALLAS TURNER    OB/ER    Alabama   6’4/242      PP#8    RAS/8.82                                    

This is currently the favorite name being floated into this slot in the majority of Mocks I have seen. And it makes a lot of sense. TURNER is a seasoned Crimson Tide starter, with good, if not great athleticism, and solid production. I particularly like his explosive style and desire to play in the opponent’s backfield. He’s disruptive and should provide a talent upgrade for their edge-rush productivity. He had a successful 2023 season posting 53 tackles, 2 FF, and 10 sacks. He should provide a healthy boost to the Atlanta Falcons pass rush.

Round 2, Pick 43     RICKY PEARSALL    WR     Florida  6’1/195    PP# 48    RAS/9.90.                                            

I am not amongst those who see PEARSALL only playing in the slot as a pro. He has too much size and athleticism to be limited to a singular role. Ricky Pearsall shows good hands and has explosive jumping ability, to the frustration of defenders. He should make a positive contribution to the Falcons receiving group. He improved every season in college. Pearsall’s almost 1,000-yard receiving in 2023 was impressive for an offensively challenged Florida team last year.

Round 3, Pick 74      RENARDO GREEN     CB    Florida State     6’0/185     PP# 83     RAS/8.19                  

GREEN truly blossomed as a quality starter for the Seminoles in 2023. He also became a serious candidate for ranking as a Top 100 Draft Prospect. He is NOT a speedster (4.49/40) but reacts well to the moves of most receivers he is asked to cover. At the least, he should make a solid sub-package member of their secondary early on. Though he recorded only 1 Pick in 2023 he was credited with 12 Passes Defensed. 

Round 3, Pick 79       MASON McCormick    OG    S. Dakota State    6’4/310      PP#88     RAS/9.96      

More and more FCS-level athletes are showing up as legit prospects for an NFL career these days. McCormick is one of multiple Jack Rabbits who will hear their name called during the 2024 NFL Draft. He has the size and strength to play at the highest level. At his size I felt his Combine vertical of 35 1/2″ was impressive. His 82″ wingspan is also exceptional for an Interior OL. Looks to have starting potential long range.

Round 4, Pick 109     TREY TAYLOR     S      Air Force     6’1/213         PP#R4        RAS/9.33                                

The military academies have also seen a rebirth in having multiple pro prospects come from their ranks each year recently. TAYLOR had a fine season in Colorado Springs, followed by outstanding play at the Shrine Bowl. He posted a 4.53/40 at the Combine, which should be adequate for a S slot at 213 lbs. He moves well as indicated by his award-winning performance at the Shrine venue. With his work ethic and leadership attributes he may make his mark as a team leader in short order.

Round 5, Pick  143    BRANDON DORLUS     DL     Oregon     6’3/283       RAS/8.58                                    

DORLUS was a versatile part of the Ducks’ Defense who could play inside or outside, ably handling some duties collapsing the pocket, and holding the edge against the run. I had him ranked higher than this initially last season but was disappointed when he showed up weighing only about 270 in Mobile and getting washed away in the garbage in line-of-scrimmage action way too often. But he bounced back a bit in Combine drills, while also weighing 283 lbs. and could surprise overall as a rotational piece in the NFL.

Round 6, Pick  187    A.J. WOODS     CB    PITT     5’10/185          PP#NR    RAS/9.45  

A 5-year vet including a limited Covid year. His RAS got my attention. Might make a solid addition to the DB room. In 2022 he posted an impressive 14 passes defensed. His final attention-grabbing stat was a 4.39/40-time. If he can carve out a couple of Special Teams roles, he might find a roster spot on the 53-man come September.                    

Round 7, Pick  197     JACKSON SIRMON      ILB    CAL    6’2/235     PP#200+     RAS/7.39   

SIRMON was nowhere on my radar screen as the 2023 college football season came to a close. But thanks to Jim Nagy and his Senior Bowl scouting staff he got a late invite to their All-Star venue. He was hard to miss once they put the pads on in Mobile. He was particularly effective in coverage duties notching 2 Interceptions during practice sessions. I detect a burning sense of desire in this young man.  I expect him to win a roster spot with the Atlanta Falcons primarily with Special Team roles, at least at first. 

You may have noticed, I hope, the one or two added numbers in the prospects info line. PP# is for my rankings, which only go to Round 4 at this point. RAS/ is a tip of the cap to MATH BOMB @ X for MR. PLATTE. RAS stands for Relative Athletic Score. Not all players have a PP# or RAS score… yet.

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