2024 NFL Mock Draft: Trades impact each NFC South team's first-round selection

Carolina Panthers traded last year, Atlanta Falcons move down, New Orleans Saints move up and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers win in our NFL Mock Draft featuring NFC South teams.

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Nsmd18. WR. 44. Washington Huskies. Rome Odunze. 18. Rome Odunze. player. .

With all three of the Falcons targets still available, they can't decide; they balk and trade down with the Bengals for No. 18 and 49th picks.

With the 18th pick in the NFL Mocks mid-season mock draft with the NFC South, the Atlanta Falcons selected a wide receiver out of Washington, Rome Odunze. Both Daniels and Keon Coleman were available at 18, so it's a bit of a shock they went with Odunze.

Odunze, the star wide receiver for Washington, is well-known for his ability to produce big plays due to his speed and skill in route-running. As a result, he is projected to be a top pick in the upcoming NFL draft. The 6 foot 3, 217-pound player led the Huskies in receiving production despite competing with Jalen McMillan and achieving career highs. He had 81 receptions, 1,428 receiving yards, and 13 receiving touchdowns in his third season with the program.

Washington wide receiver Rome Odunze has an impressive frame and an enormous wingspan that gives him an extensive catch radius, unlike other receivers of his size. He has remarkable focus and reaction skills when contorting his body to make a catch. Odunze uses his strength, size, and concentration to overpower defenders at the catch point. His footwork and awareness help him to be successful on double moves. He is additionally able to overpower cornerbacks on slanting routes.

Odunze will add a dynamic dimension to the Falcon's receiving core alongside Drake London and Kyle Pitts. Both of them are aching for breakout seasons but are being held back by the lack of competence and talent at the QB position, which may be the biggest mistake the Falcons made going with Odunze instead of Daniels.