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Proposed Trade Ships Falcons QB With ‘Rare’ Traits

Over the last week, rumors connecting the Atlanta Falcons to quarterback Kirk Cousins have begun to heat up. The Athletic’s Dane Brugler didn’t rule out that possibility. However, on March 5, Brugler projected the Falcons to address quarterback in the 2024 NFL draft.

In his latest mock draft, Brugler predicted the Falcons to select quarterback Jayden Daniels. Brugler proposed the Falcons move up to the No. 3 selection to land the LSU signal caller.

“After years in salary-cap hell, would the Falcons be open to throwing a massive check at Kirk Cousins? Many in the league believe so, which speaks to Atlanta’s craving to upgrade at quarterback,” Brugler wrote. “But if Cousins elects to stay in Minnesota, the Falcons trading up to No. 3 feels like the next likeliest option.

“Owner Arthur Blank once signed off on a trade that surrendered a massive haul of draft picks to jump up for a wide receiver (Julio Jones). He won’t hesitate to do it again if it means landing the upgrade at quarterback his franchise has been coveting. Is Daniels that guy? It’s a strong possibility.”

In Brugler’s proposed trade, the Falcons sent the No. 8 and 43 selections from this year’s draft along with a 2025 first-round pick to the New England Patriots. In exchange, the Falcons received the No. 3 overall selection.

Daniels was the third quarterback off Brugler’s board in his latest mock draft. USC’s Caleb Williams and North Carolina’s Drake Maye went first and second, respectively.

But Daniels is hardly a consolation prize in the eyes of most NFL scouts.

“With five seasons of starting experience under his belt, Daniels possesses a rare blend of playmaking talent and command from the pocket,” NFL.com’s Lance Zierlein wrote. “He lacks ideal size and arm talent, but he’s much more capable as a runner and passer than most of the quarterbacks who have moved on to the next level lately.

“Daniels is positioned to become a very good NFL starter in a spread-based passing attack.”

Daniels began his college career at Arizona State. With the Sun Devils, he posted a 62.4% completion percentage with 8.3 yards per attempt in three seasons.

With LSU the past two years, Daniels completed 70.2% of his passes and averaged 9.4 yards per pass. During 2023, he threw for 3,812 yards and 40 touchdowns with just 4 interceptions.

Whether through a trade up the board or free agency, the Falcons must address quarterback this offseason. Atlanta was 22nd in passing yards with 17 touchdowns and 17 interceptions last season.