It is officially mock draft season. You know the drill— professional analysts attempt to predict how it’s going to go, who is going where and what holes need to be filled to make each team better than they were in their previous season.
I’m not a professional analyst but can tell you that the bulk of analysts agree on what the Atlanta Falcons should do with the No. 16 pick in the second round and that is choosing between a defensive end, strong cornerback, or an offensive lineman.
Many fans might argue we need another quarterback, but Julio Jones suggest the Falcons will not look into Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa because the Falcons already have their QB, Matt Ryan. And if you look at the stats Matt Ryan is incredibly underrated, by far the best quarterback and one of the top-performing players that the Falcons have had in franchise history. A good quarterback only works best if he has the rest of the squad doing their jobs too. And let’s face it, Tagovailoa will be long gone by the 16th pick anyway so no need to waste our time there.
The Falcons already announced this month they will be moving on from their former first-round pick and NFL sack leader, Vic Beasley. Now there’s a hole to fill for a game-changing edge rusher who can take down QBs like no other. LSU’s K’Lavon Chaisson is looking like the guy for that and if things go as planned, he will still be available by the 16th pick.
Chaisson is coming into the draft with a 2019 CFB National Championship ring to show off.
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K’Lavon Chaisson’s Scouting Report
Weight: 250 lbs
Career Stats: 24 career games, a total of 92 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, 9.5 sacks, four pass deflections, and one forced fumble
The Good & The Bad
Chaisson can indeed “hold that tiger.”
He is considered to be very consistent for an edge rusher and his NFL future is looking bright. During his time at LSU, Chaisson added on 30 lbs as a weak-side defensive end and has consistently used his speed and power through his three-year career as a Tiger.
It’s hard to judge Chaisson off of 24 games in three seasons, but you can tell he has given it his all each time he’s stepped on the field. He tore his ACL early in the 2018 season that caused him to miss the rest. However, he came back strong in 2019 and had his best collegiate season, hence a national title win.
Like any rookie, Chaisson still has some tweaks to make. There have been a few moments where he overruns the pocket taking himself out of the play, so this will be an adjustment that needs to be fixed during the offseason.
Atlanta Falcons 2020 NFL Draft Picks
The annual NFL Draft will begin on the 23rd of April this year and end with the seventh round concluding on the 25th.
The Falcons currently hold seven picks, including their first one at No. 16.
Atlanta will have three picks in the first two rounds with seven draft picks in total. Here is where the Falcons stand with draft picks for the 2020 NFL Draft:
Round 1, No. 16 overall
Round 2, No. 47 overall
Round 2, No. 55 overall
Round 3, No. 78 overall
Round 4, No. 109 overall
Round 5, No. 140 overall
Round 7, No. 206 overall
The 2020 NFL Draft will kick off on Thursday, April 23, at 8 p.m. ET. The schedule is as follows:
Round 1: April 23
Rounds 2-3: April 24
Rounds 4-7: April 25