Here is another draft scenario. Let’s see how this plays out for the Falcons at number eight in the first round.
1. Tampa Bay- Jamies Winston – QB – FSU
Winston looks like the pick for Tampa Bay.
2. Tennessee- Marcus Mariota – QB - Oregon
Would the Titans take Mariota and then trade him? There may be some offers for this pick, regardless. But we’ll go with Mariota here in this scenario.
3. Jacksonville- Leonard Williams – DL - USC
Some support to go with the local boy Dante Fowler, but the Jaguars will take Williams as he’s the best defensive player in the draft.
4. Oakland - Amario Cooper – WR - Alabama
They want a receiver to pair with quarterback Derek Carr, and Cooper has been linked to the Raiders for some time.
5. Washington - Dante Fowler, Jr. – DE - Florida
They need defense, so this pick could come down to Fowler and Vic Beasley. This pick more than any could dictate which defensive player is available for Atlanta.
6. NY Jets - Shane Ray – DE - Missouri
The Jets won’t have Mariota available so they’ll turn to defense. In this scenario they take Ray, which will be a bit of a surprise.
7. Chicago Vic Beasley – DL - Clemson-
The Falcons may be holding their breath here, but they are disappointed when Beasley comes off the board with the Bears at seven.
This could be somewhat of an issue for the Falcons, if Fowler, Ray and Beasley are all off the board. They would be able to pick from Nebraska defensive end Randy Gregory, Kentucky defensive end Bud Dupree, Iowa offensive lineman Brandon Scherff, Michigan State cornerback Trae Waynes and Georgia running back Todd Gurley.
Do they gamble on Gregory, who most believe will be a boom or bust player in the NFL? Do they think they can trade down and get one of the other players? Scherff would likely come off the board at number nine to the Giants, who have taken offensive linemen early the last two years but still reportedly want another one.
Dupree would likely be a reach at eight, but they could trade down a few spots and grab another draft pick and then get Dupree. Or they may elect to simply take the best cornerback or the best running back in the draft.
Having the top three pass rushers off the board is what brings the most drama for the Falcons front office. They will have to make a critical decision in this scenario.
What would you do?
The Falcons don’t seem to believe their offensive line is in as much bad shape as others do, so I think they would pass on Scherff. I believe they would try to trade down here and then grab Dupree somewhere in the next four or five picks. But if they are stuck with this pick, I think they would gamble on the potential of Randy Gregory. In my opinion, this would be a mistake. This is too important a draft pick to gamble on someone who admits to having an issue with marijuana.
What would I do? I’d take Gurley, but even taking him at eight might be a reach. If they were in love with Gurley and preferred him over Dupree or Gregory, they might be able to move down and still get Gurley a few picks later. If they didn’t take Gregory here, I think Waynes might be second on their list.
This is the scenario they are probably afraid of, as this would not be an easy call. This might provide the most drama for the fans, as there could be a number of names on the card handed to the commissioner in this scenario.
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