After starting the 2019 NFL season 1-7 the Falcons managed to end 7-9. Amid heightened expectations, because of overall talent, the Falcons had an abysmal season on all levels. The Atlanta Falcons have the 16th overall pick which is perfect for this kind of draft. The following are 5 players the Falcons should target in the 2020 NFL draft.
1. South Carolina DT Javon Kinlaw
It’s time to give Grady Jarrett a running mate and Javon Kinlaw is a perfect fit. Kinlaw has the size and the athleticism that Dan Quinn covets and would fit seamlessly. Because of the sheer amount of defensive free agents Kinlaw would be only one piece of the final puzzle. He finished the 2019 NCAA season with 35 tackles, six tackles for loss, and six sacks. I project Javon Kinlaw to be a top-15 pick who has the potential to skyrocket his value at the NFL combine.
2. Iowa DE A.J. Epenesa
Two words perfectly describe A.J. Epensa and that’s “pass-rush specialist”. The Falcons pass-rush finished 31st in the league only ahead of the Miami Dolphins. Adding Epensesa would certainly boost the defensive line while adding an interchangeable piece. He can play defensive end as well as defensive tackle in sub-packages. A.J. Epenesa finished his senior season with 49 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, and 11.5 sacks.
3. LSU LB Patrick Queen
Deion Jones burst on the scene showcasing his ability to play sideline to sideline and make plays. Insert Patrick Queen who can do the same thing as Jones and provide stellar coverage. Because of De’Vondre Campbell‘s impending free agency status, the Falcons’ have a hole at linebacker and the Falcons can replace him with Queen. However, Queen does necessarily play the same position as Campbell but can replace his inconsistencies with amazing linebacker play. Patrick Queen finished his junior season with 85 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, three sacks, and one interception.
4. Wisconsin OL Tyler Biadasz
Left guard has been seen as a constant problem since before the 2019 NFL season began. The signings of Jamon Brown and James Carpenter haven’t worked out and the Falcons would be wise to build through the draft. Experts regard Tyler Biadasz as one of the best interior offensive linemen in the draft. Biadasz is an excellent run blocker who opened holes for running back Jonathan Taylor who is also expected to be drafted this year. Biadasz is versatile as he can play center and guard so it would be expected of him to be the eventual replacement for Alex Mack. Because of this, the Falcons will be smart to key in on Biadasz on day two.
5. Georgia OG Solomon Kindley
Solomon Kindley is a powerful run blocker that would breathe life into the Falcons rushing attack. Should the Falcons choose to keep Devonta Freeman I believe he would have a bounce-back season. Kindley was a part of a Georgia offensive line that boasts multiple high potential draft picks. Kindley would slot in nicely at left guard and the Falcons would have a key cog to build with towards the future.