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Falcons up Big in’s Post-Free Agency Power Rankings

The Atlanta Falcons made a splash in free agency when they signed Kirk Cousins to a multi-year contract. He was the No. 2 free agent on’s big board, and the highest ranked player to change teams. likes what the Falcons did to shore up an offense that sputtered last season with poor quarterback play. Atlanta rose up 13 spots from No. 27 to No. 14 on their Post-Free Agency Power Rankings.

“The Falcons are probably now the favorites (or perhaps co-favorites, with the Bucs) to win the NFC South,” wrote Eric Edholm on “That’s what landing Kirk Cousins does for this team, assuming he’ll be all the way back from his Achilles injury at the start of camp, ahead of his age-36 season. The risks here are obvious. But Atlanta couldn’t afford to sit back and hope the right rookie QB would be within range to make a trade up and then hope again that said rookie is ready to start right away, something Desmond Ridder wasn’t able to prove in Year 2.

“I still want to see some pass rush added here, but almost everything else is at least in middling shape or better for a team that has clear and reasonable playoff aspirations, even if it appears right now to be short of Super Bowl expectations.”

Atlanta can address pass rush at No. 8 in the NFL Draft. Both Daniel Jeremiah of and Mel Kiper Jr. of ESPN have the Falcons taking Alabama Crimson Tide edge rusher Dallas Turner at eight.  

If Turner is gone, or even if he’s not, the Falcons could also land on FSU edge Jared Verse. The right edge rusher hasn’t been available in the last-three drafts for general manager Terry Fontenot. However, that won’t be a viable excuse in 2024.

Trading down a few spots can be an option for Atlanta as well. The Vikings (No. 11), Broncos (No. 12) and Raiders (No. 13) are all in the market for a quarterback. Atlanta trading back, picking up at least a second-round pick and getting Turner or Verse would be a dream scenario.

The Falcons did well in free agency. They addressed a huge need at quarterback without breaking the bank. They still have needs at edge, cornerback, and safety. With four picks in the top-80, expect several of those needs to be met in the draft.

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Scott Kennedy
Scott Kennedy is an Atlanta native and 20 year media veteran including time as Director of Scouting at, 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.