Falcons’ 2020 NFL Mock Draft

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 28: A detailed view of the pick is in for the #17 overall pick by the Atlanta Falcons during the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University on April 28, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

Picture this. It’s April 23rd and the Falcons are on the clock with the 16th pick. Furthermore, cuts have been made and its time to see the future. The future seems dim but it appears general manager Thomas Dimitroff has a plan. The following are my picks in my Falcons’ 2020 NFL Mock Draft.

Falcons’ 2020 NFL Mock Draft

Round 1, Pick 16

C.J. Henderson, Cornerback, Florida

NFL Mock Draft selection C.J Henderson poses in the end zone with his fellow teammates
www.floridagators.com

According to a report by Tom Pelissero of NFL Network, the Falcons are releasing Desmond Trufant. This leaves them with a giant hole at cornerback that was otherwise a position the Falcons received lackluster production from. Insert C.J. Henderson and the Falcons are banking in on development. Henderson is arguably the 2nd best corner in the draft as he finished his career with 93 tackles, 20 pass deflections, and six interceptions. He adds much-needed potential to a talented group that includes Isaiah Oliver and Kendall Sheffield who have made huge strides.

Round 2, Pick 47

Antoine Winfield Jr., Safety, Minnesota

Minnesota defensive back Antoine  Winfield Jr. (11) intercepts the ball intended for Penn State wide receiver Justin Shorter (6) during an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

2020 NFL Mock Draft
Minnesota defensive back Antoine Winfield Jr. (11) intercepts the ball intended for Penn State wide receiver Justin Shorter (6) during an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

Keanu Neal has been on injured reserve back-to-back seasons. Even though the Falcons expect Neal to be ready and healthy it would be wise to find his replacement now. Despite this, defensive coordinator Raheem Morris has mentioned that he wants playmakers all across this defense. Insert Winfield Jr. who is a hard-hitting safety that has a nose for the ball. Adding young and hungry players in the secondary is a must for the Atlanta Falcons. For example, Winfield Jr. finished his career with 174 tackles, nine interceptions, and six pass deflections. This is what I call a perfect selection in the 2020 NFL Mock Draft.

Round 3, Pick 78

Julian Okwara, Defensive End, Notre Dame

DE/OLB Julian Okwara on his way to the QB.

2020 NFL Mock Draft
Notre Dame Insider

Earlier this offseason the Falcons elected to not re-sign former first-round pick, Vic Beasley. Despite the fan opinions about him, his departure does cause the Falcons pass-rush to take a hit. Okwara is a solid pass-rusher with an impressive athletic profile. He can also drop into coverage when called upon because he is built into that 3-4 edge mold. Okwara finished his career with 77 tackles, two interceptions, and 14.5 sacks.

Round 4, Pick 119

Hakeem Adeniji, Offensive Guard/Tackle, Kansas

Hakeem Adeniji sharpening his skills on the practice field

2020 NFL Mock Draft
KuSports.com

The fact of the matter is the Atlanta Falcons had one of the worst offensive lines in football last season. Matt Ryan was sacked 48 times which is completely unacceptable. Adeniji is a diamond in the rough and pops on film. For example, Adeniji is often the first guy off the ball in the rushing attack for the Jayhawks. Adeniji will immediately battle Matt Gono, Jamon Brown, and James Carpenter for the starting spot.

Round 4, Pick 129

Anthony McFarland, Running Back, Maryland

Anthony  McFarland breaking off a huge run versus Nebraska

2020 NFL Mock Draft
umterps.com

With the release of Devonta Freeman, the Falcons now have a hole at running back. However, the Falcons have 3 running backs who have all been inconsistent. McFarland would give the Falcons a dynamic back that can hit the holes fast and get much-needed yardage. He finished his career with 1,648 yards and 12 touchdowns while averaging 6.4 yards a carry in his two seasons as a Terapin.

Round 7, Pick 228

Robert Landers, Defensive Line, Ohio State

Robert Landers bends as he tries to sack the Maryland QB

2020 NFL Mock Draft
Buckeyes Wire USA Today

While some people view seventh-round picks as throwaways, they are good opportunities to get first dibs on an otherwise priority free agent. Landers was buried on the depth chart due to the Buckeyes opting for more speed. Landers has decent pass-rushing ability and could be in Dan Quinn’s plan moving forward. He finished his career with 65 tackles, 24.5 tackles for loss, and 2.5 sacks.


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Da'Vonte Hughes

Da'Vonte Hughes is a sports writer for HoopsHabit.com, GSHMGroup, and Overtime Heroics. He is an aspiring sports journalist and is looking to break out into the sports industry. Da'Vonte has been writing for years now and loves his fair share of Atlanta sports. When he graduates from the University of West Georgia with a degree in Sport Management he would like to work for a Georgia based sports team. What drives you? " I am passionate about developing and maintaining relationships within the sports industry. I want to make a mark on the industry and make sure that by the end of my career everyone is familiar with my work. I am driven by the want and need to be successful. I will let nothing stop me from accomplishing every one of my goals "

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