The Atlanta Falcons “open to move” from a No. 4 pick in this month’s NFL draft, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter, as the first three in the draft appear to have been locked.
The defenders are expected to be selected for the first three.
Clemson defender Trevor Lawrence is expected to be crowned No. 1 in the Jacksonville Jaguars, while the New York Jets signaled they will draft a No. 2 defender when they swap Sam Darnold with the Carolina Panthers. On Monday, while the San Francisco 49ers were traded from 12th to third and have indicated they did so with the intention of drafting a defender.
Falcons general manager Terry Fontenot said in February he believed that fourth place was “where the focus should be”;.
“There were a lot of different situations,” Fontenot said in a press release at the time. “There will be really good players at number four, we can advance and we can move down and get more selections.
“There are many different situations to go through.”
Back in February, Fontenot said the Falcons were always in talks with the team. But no matter what he does, there will be “Good value”
One of those situations could be a quarterback – whoever is left on the board after the first three selections. The Falcons can also look to the offensive playmaker in Florida’s Kyle Pitts, or the best-in-draft lineman in Oregon’s Penei Sewell, less likely to overflow the receiving room. Them with Ja’Marr Chase from LSU or Jaylen Waddle or Alabama’s DeVonta Smith.
As many as five defenders are expected to be picked in this year’s first round: BYU’s Lawrence, Zach Wilson, Alabama’s Mac Jones, North Dakota State’s Trey Lance and Ohio State’s Justin Fields.
The Falcons had no immediate need for defender with Matt Ryan at the helm, although he was 36 when the 2021 season began, one decision Atlanta had made was to restructure. Ryan’s contract, converting $ 21 million from his base salary from this year, to a signing bonus spread out over three seasons, increasing the maximum salary amount to $ 48,662,500 by 2022.
Of course, at this time of the year, almost all teams are listening to claims about a possible deal – some seriously, some aren’t trying to produce the best results for their franchises.
“It’s not somewhere that we want to be with this team very often,” Fontenot said. “But we’ll take advantage of that and be open to all possibilities.”