Adam Schefter has reported an open secret among Atlanta Falcons fans. The Atlanta Falcons appear willing to move out of the No. 4 position in this month’s NFL Draft, and there is interest around the league.
Pro Football Focus yesterday posted a mock draft that included the Denver Broncos as a trade partner.
With this draft, the Broncos traded up to take quarterback Trey Lance, while the Falcons moved down to take cornerback Patrick Surtain from Alabama.
The Broncos appear to be a perfect trade partner for the Falcons. The draft is deep with impact players in the Top 10, and the Broncos pick ninth.
The Broncos have the ninth and the 40th pick in this draft. It would cost at least the Broncos second round pick to move from nine to four, and the precedent is closer to three second round picks across multiple drafts.
The Falcons could then bundle their pair of second rounders and trade back into the first round, or stockpile several players to fill positions of need including safety, running back and defensive line, assuming Surtain is taken with the first pick.
Getting a player like Surtain and pairing him with a defensive lineman like Penn State’s Jayson Oweh would be a huge win for new general manager Terry Fontenot.
This isn’t to say the Falcons and Broncos are the team most likely to make a deal, but it’s one of the teams that makes the most sense.
Should the Falcons stay in the Top 10 and get multiple picks in return, there are several impact players they could draft including ultra athletic linebacker Micah Parsons, cornerback Caleb Farley of Virginia Tech, or maybe their quarterback of the future if Mac Jones, Justin Fields or Lance happen to slide.
The Falcons aren’t one player away from competing for championships. The team would be best served, especially with salary cap implications, loading up on draft picks that can come in and make an immediate impact.
Surtain certainly fits the bill.