The Falcons’ first-year general manager Terry Fontenot holds the No. 4 overall pick and could use it to find a quarterback to replace Matt Ryan upon the All-Pro signal caller’s eventual retirement. Assuming Trevor Lawrence goes first overall and Zach Wilson second, the 49ers will take Mac Jones, Justin Fields or Trey Lance third. That leaves the other two quarterbacks for Falcons to choose from, but Fontenot and first-year head coach Arthur Smith might opt to go a different direction with Ryan under contract through 2023. Instead, the Falcons could opt to take tight end Kyle Pitts fourth overall.
In 2020, the Falcons lost their last five games and finished at the bottom of the NFC South with a 4-12 record. Todd Gurley, who was playing under a one-year deal, was not re-signed after the season. But that hole in the running back depth chart was filled when the Falcons signed Mike Davis, who stepped in for the Panthers when Christian McCaffrey was injured this year.
In the 2020 draft, the Falcons focused on defense, drafting cornerback A.J. Terrell in the first round. Terrell finished the season with 74 tackles and three forced fumbles. Linebacker Mykal Walker and safety Jaylinn Hawkins — both selected in the fourth round — started six games and two games, respectively. While Hawkins could be a bigger contributor in 2021, Atlanta could still use the draft to add to the secondary, as Ricardo Allen, Keanu Neal and Damontae Kazee all departed during free agency.
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Atlanta Falcons 2021 Draft Picks:
- Round 1, pick 4 – Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida
- Round 2, pick 40 (from DEN) – Richie Grant, S, UCF
- Round 3, pick 68 – Jalen Mayfield, OT, Michigan
- Round 4, pick 108 – Darren Hall, CB, San Diego State
- Round 5, pick 148 – Ta’Quon Graham, DT, Texas
- Round 5, pick 182 – Adetokunbo Ogundeji, DE, Notre Dame
- Round 5, pick 183 – Avery Williams, CB, Boise State
- Round 6, pick 187 – Frank Darby, WR, Arizona State
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The Falcons have agreed to terms with all six draft picks, the team announced Monday night.
They reached agreement with cornerback A.J. Terrell, defensive tackle Marlon Davidson, offensive lineman Matt Hennessy, linebacker Mykal Walker, safety Jaylinn Hawkins and punter Sterling Hofrichter.
Atlanta made Terrell the 16th overall choice after he started 30 consecutive games and played 44 at Clemson, making 107 career tackles, 22 pass breakups, six interceptions and two forced fumbles.
Davidson, the 47th overall choice,started all four years at Auburn. He played 51 games, totaling 175 tackles, 29.5 for a loss, 17 sacks, nine passes defensed, four forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and three blocked kicks.
The Falcons have reached agreement with the first of six selections they will have to sign this week.
Third-round choice Matt Hennessy will sign his contract Monday night, Vaughn McClure of ESPN reports.
He and the team’s other rookies are expected to start their COVID-19 testing Tuesday.
The Falcons still must get first-round cornerback A.J. Terrell, second-round defensive end Marlon Davidson, fourth-round linebacker Mykal Walker, fourth-round safety Jaylinn Hawkins and seventh-round punter Sterling Hofrichter under contract.
Atlanta made Hennessy the 78th overall choice. He played center at Temple but will compete for the left guard spot wit the Falcons.
In his college career, Hennessy appeared in 38 games. He made 35 starts at center and one at left guard.
Falcons coach Dan Quinn and General Manager Thomas Dimitroff were among 3,000 people who marched to the Governor’s Mansion on Sunday.
Assistant coaches Bernie Parmalee and Doug Mallory, defensive tackle Tyeler Davison and rookie linebacker Mykal Walker also participated in the peaceful protest.
“Yeah, the locker room is a special place,” Quinn told D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “But I also recognize that not everybody has the same experience when they leave the locker room, and I hate that. That’s not OK.”
Quinn, who instituted a social-justice committee within the team in the wake of the Colin Kaepernick protests in 2016, was eager to march in the “Buckhead4BlackLives” march.
“I wish the world could be like [the locker room], but it’s not,” Quinn said. “So, let’s change it.”