2020 NFL Draft: Atlanta Falcons Draft Report Card

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Todd Gurley
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The Atlanta Falcons had six selections in the 2020 NFL Draft. How well did they do?

The Atlanta Falcons have had some inconsistencies regarding their draft success under general manager, Thomas Dimitroff. With Dimitroff and head coach, Dan Quinn, likely on the hottest seats in the NFL, they had to make a splash in the 2020 NFL Draft. Early success in their draft picks was necessary for the Atlanta Falcons to have an impressive season and for Dimitroff and Quinn to retain their positions for another year.

The key positions of need for the Atlanta Falcons quickly changed after an eventful free agency period. After parting ways with Devonta Freeman and Vic Beasley, running back and edge rusher looked as if it was going to be the forefront of needs for Atlanta heading into the 2020 NFL Draft. Dimitroff, however, signed big-name replacements for the two of them in Todd Gurley and Dante Fowler.

The Atlanta Falcons, though, failed to bring in a replacement at the cornerback position after parting ways with former Pro Bowler, Desmond Trufant. In a division with Drew Brees and, now, Tom Brady throwing the football to some of the NFL’s best wide receivers in Michael Thomas, Mike Evans, and Chris Godwin, it is imperative that you have a good cornerback room that can compete with the best. Their most dire need at this point is at the cornerback position.

Pre-Draft Trade:

This was a great trade for both sides. The Atlanta Falcons desperately needed a tight-end after letting Austin Hooper walk. In a weak group at the position in the 2020 NFL Draft, Atlanta decided to utilize this selection to get a younger, yet experienced tight-end. With the available targets at the position in this spot, the Falcons made a wise decision to bring in Hurst.

Grade: A-