NFC South: Falcons execute a brilliant draft strategy on Day 2 of NFL Mock Draft

The Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and New Orleans Saints all add pieces to their respective puzzles, while Falcons continue building a dynasty in Atlanta in Day 2 of the NFC South mock draft.
Allstate Sugar Bowl - Texas v Washington
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. . 49. player. 44. . Bralen Trice. Bralen Trice. Bralen Trice. EDGE

Back on the clock at No. 49, the Falcons select another Washington Husky player, Bralen Trice. Trice is a bad man with extensive playmaking abilities; Atlanta is stocked on the offensive side, and getting a pass rusher that comes up big on third down is a monster pick. 

Trice stands at 6-foot-4 and nearly 275 pounds, an excellent size for an NFL edge. His upper-body strength and capability to read blocks and set the edge against offensive tackles are noteworthy. He is especially good at converting speed-to-power when rushing the passer. He has a thick build and good movement skills for his size. He is physical and robust when making contact and can shed blocks well. He also has a cross-chop technique, which helps him to defeat blocks. Moreover, he is proficient at playing the offensive lineman's hands when trying to pressure the passer.

In 2023, Trice saw action in 13 games and was involved in 797 offensive snaps. He was credited with 28 tackles and 13 assists, as well as 23 stops. As a pass rusher, he was able to generate 70 pressures, which included 49 QB hurries, 15 QB hits, and 6 sacks. He is proficient with his hands and is able to demonstrate violence, speed, and has long arms to keep blockers at bay. His motor is always running and he has the ability to make plays in the late part of the down. He can move laterally and pursue the ball carrier.

Trice is a hard-hitting tackler who has a sense of awareness when dropping into coverage. He has great length for an edge rusher and can add more weight to his frame. He is a tenacious defender who can make an impact when setting the edge against the run. He possesses quickness and strong hands when going up against interior lineman. Additionally, he plays with a stable base and has the strength to stack and throw off blockers. His handwork is also remarkable.

While scouting Odunze and Penix, the Falcons must have seen something they liked in Trice; they jumped the gun at 49th overall. Especially with Oregon’s Brandon Dorlus still on the board. But having familiar friends in the locker room makes the NFL transition easier and sets these three rookies up for success. What gets me excited for Trice is the five tackles and two huge sacks he came up with in the Sugar Bowl; he is a big game player.