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Proposed Trade Sees Falcons Package RB Bijan Robinson to Move Up in NFL Draft

It’s mock draft season. But it’s also trade rumor season, where NFL writers proposal fun hypotheticals for entertaining (and page views) purposes. NFL.com’s Ali Bhanpuri proposed one of the more outlandish trade possibilities involving Atlanta Falcons running back Bijan Robinson.

Bhanpuri suggested the Falcons deal Robinson to the Chicago Bears as part of a package to land the No. 1 overall pick in the 2024 NFL draft.

Along with Robinson, Bhanpuri proposed the Falcons sending the No. 8 overall pick, the No. 74 overall selection, a 2025 first-rounder and 2026 second-round choice in exchange for the No. 1 pick this year and running back Khalil Herbert.

“Trading for Fields makes a whole lot of sense for this franchise,” Bhanpuri wrote. “But if the Falcons want to provide new coach Raheem Morris with the shiniest of presents (and complete the elusive QB-RB-WR-TE draft grand slam over the span of four consecutive first rounds), they could make a play for the first pick.”

As Bhanpuri continued, he admitted that this trade proposal may not work for the Falcons because parting with Robinson “could be a non-starter” for Falcons general manager Terry Fontenot. It’s hard to say with 100% certainly, but that’s like to be the case.

Bhanpuri based the Falcons capital in the trade proposal on what the Carolina Panthers sent to Chicago to move up to No. 1 last year. The Panthers jumped from No. 9 to the top pick in 2023. The Falcons hold the No. 8 selection for the third offseason in a row.

As part of their trade to No. 1, the Panthers sent former first-round pick, wide receiver D.J. Moore, to Chicago.

Although still young and productive, Moore had already spent five seasons in Carolina before the trade. He also was the No. 24 overall selection.

Robinson is only a year removed from being the No. 8 pick. He experienced a strong rookie season with 1,463 yards from scrimmage. He also has potentially four more affordable years on a rookie contract.

Robinson should hold more trade value than Moore did a year ago. At least he does from the Falcons’ perspective. That’s why the running back is unlikely to be shopped in a trade.

Still, Bhanpuri’s proposal is a fun hypothetical. The Falcons trading up is certainly on the table. Just probably not in a deal that includes Bijan Robinson.