For the second year in a row, the Atlanta Falcons are off the season with a Top 10 pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. The last time this happened, the team chose left tackle Jake Matthews in 2014 (6th overall), and edge mover Vic Beasley in 2015 (8th overall).
ESPN Project Analyst Mel Keeper has unveiled his first simulation of the holiday season, and the Hawks have targeted a knockout pairing with AJ Terrell.
First Round 8 pick: CB, Derek Stingley – LSU
“So what about a corner player to play on the other side of rising star AJ Terrell? Stingley looked like a potential #1 pick when he dominated as a real freshman on the LSU National Team in 2019, but has been inconsistent in 2020 and has only played three games this season.” Because of a foot injury. The team will have to take a leap of faith with Stingley because he hasn’t played great for two seasons. The draft is about the upside, and he has the potential to be a star. I hope he can practice in a group to ease some of the concerns.”
A leap of confidence may be required for this choice, but the secondary team needs to be addressed. In 2021, Atlanta signed Fabian Moreau, who has struggled to keep on his own and may not return in 2022.
However, Kiper’s expectations of the hawks to go with Stingley Jr. It means the team will pass options like Nakobe Dean, Drake London, Ahmad Gardner and Garrett Wilson.
Face Stingley Jr. Some problems maintaining his health, as he has played only 10 games in the past two seasons. Kiper also discussed the Falcons’ midfield selection with the eighth overall pick, but noted Chris Mortensen’s report on the team holding on to Bryan for the 2022 season.