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Falcons Trade… UP?

If the Atlanta Falcons are serious about getting one of the Top 3 quarterbacks in the NFL Draft, it’s possible they’ll have to move UP to get one of them. 

There’s a very real possibility that the Miami Dolphins trade out of the No. 3 spot to a team looking to draft a quarterback. If that were to happen, the top three picks in the draft would likely be Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence, BYU’s Zach Wilson, and Ohio State’s Justin Fields.

That’s a scenario that PFF plays out in their two round Mock Draft in which the Falcons trade up to take Justin Fields. Fields is a pick that we’ve advocated for on multiple occasions and discussed the very real possibility that Atlanta may need to move up to No. 3 to insure getting either Wilson or Fields.

PFF has the Falcons trading away this year’s third and fourth round picks and next year’s third rounder to move up a spot. That seems a reasonable price to pay to get a franchise quarterback. In January we mentioned to guarantee getting Fields, the Falcons may have to move up to No. 2.

If they Falcons are going to move up, why not shoot for the No. 1 overall spot and Lawerence, a Cartersville, Ga. native? For a couple of reasons. Moving from four to three will be much less expensive than to one, and Jacksonville wants Lawrence. Persuading the Jaguars to give up the best quarterback prospect in several years would be prohibitive to a team rebuilding like the Falcons.

Should the Falcons sit tight and watch the three quarterbacks get drafted ahead of the No. 4 position, Oregon offensive tackle Penei Sewell would be an ideal building block at four.

Scott Kennedy
Scott Kennedy is an Atlanta native and 20 year media veteran including time as Director of Scouting at Scout.com, Managing Editor at 247Sports, VP Content Operations at Sports Illustrated and more. Scott has appeared as a recruiting and NFL Draft analyst on dozens of media including ESPN, NFL Network, USA Today, NY Times, and more.