Atlanta Falcons Draft Report
Round 1 Pick 16: AJ Terrell
This was a desperate pick by the Falcons. They had a hole at cornerback after Desmond Trufant left, but they could've drafted a pass rusher, which was a need or traded back into the late first or early second round to select Terrell. Many mocks had Terrell going in that range so this pick is a reach. However, Terrell will provide an immediate upgrade and boost to this weak secondary as he is a lengthy and physical corner with great speed which can lead to him guarding both speedy and bigger receivers.
Round 2 Pick 47: Marlon Davidson
Davidson is a defensive end but is better suited to play inside. Davidson led Auburn with 7.5 sacks last season but didn't get much attention due to him being in Derrick Brown's shadow. He is a great run stopper and is very versatile as he can play on the outside or inside of the defensive line. He is very quick off the line of scrimmage, both with his feet and hands, shown in his three blocked kicks last season. Davidson could create a nasty one-two punch alongside Grady Jarrett on the interior defensive lineman.
Round 3 Pick 78: Matt Hennessey
With Alex Mack on the back end of his career, Hennessey will be a great depth signing who will learn from Mack and can be plugged right in when Mack retires/leaves and be a solid center. He is a versatile player and can play either guard or center and he plays very physically and tough while being athletic for his size.
Round 4 Pick 113: Mykal Walker
This pick was another reach as he was given a sixth-round grade by many analysts. However, the Falcons lacked depth behind Deion Jones and Foye Oluykun. Walker is an elite tackler and versatile player and he has a great football IQ as well.
Round 4 Pick 134: Jaylinn Hawkins
Hawkins was projected to go in the seventh round so yet again, this is another reach by the Falcons. However, with recent injuries suffered at the safety position they needed depth at the position. Hawkins has great instincts and is a playmaker who creates a lot of turnovers.
Round 7 Pick 228: Sterling Hofrichter
Hofrichter will come in and compete with Ryan Allen for the punting job. Hofrichter gets great hangtime on his punts and had a 62% touchback ratio in college.