The Atlanta Falcons totaled six picks in the 2020 NFL Draft and primarily focused on adding some defensive depth.
The Falcons drafted four defensive players, one offensive player, and one punter. The dirty birds didn’t really need a whole lot heading into the draft, but I still feel they could have done better.
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The Falcons selected four defensive players in the 2020 NFL Draft and wasted no time doing so. In the first round, they selected Clemson cornerback AJ Terrell and added more talent on the defensive side of the ball including Marlon Davidson, Mykal Walker, and Jaylinn Hawkins.
That’s not a bad group by any means but Atlanta’s lack of cornerback depth will surely show when they have to guard guys like Michael Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, and the Buccaneers incredible trio.
The Falcons also drafted center Matt Hennessy to help sure up the offensive line and attempt to keep Matt Ryan upright. I feel like this is a position they should have addressed a bit more, but when your head coach is a former defensive coordinator, it’s hard to acquire necessary weapons on the offensive ball.
The Falcons also drafted a punter in the seventh round to fill a void in the special teams unit. I feel like they could have waited until the draft’s conclusion to bring him in and address a different need.
Overall, the Falcons draft wasn’t bad and the guys they brought in should make an immediate impact. Although they will make an impact, it will be difficult for them to compete with the Saints and the Buccaneers for the top spots in the division.