Falcons currently own No. 7 pick in 2019 NFL Draft

Knox Bardeen
November 26, 2018 - 12:28 pm
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan

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Most of you should be over all forms of hangover from the Thanksgiving holiday weekend: Food coma… gone. Alcohol binge… flushed from system. The Falcons’ loss to the New Orleans Saints?

Are you guys over the 31-17 beatdown the Saints laid on Atlanta; a game that wasn’t even as close as the score shows? It doesn’t matter.

What matters is where you go from here, Falcons Nation.

Even though there is a mathematical chance the Falcons can still make the playoffs, does anyone believe Atlanta can fix whatever’s been the issue of late and sneak into postseason play?

Better question: Even if Atlanta does put together enough wins to get into the playoffs, does just making it in and then exiting early make up for the pain of a season lost that should have been great?

Back to the decision: Do you root for the Falcons to do the improbable and make it into the playoffs or do you start hoping for a top-10 draft pick in the 2019 NFL Draft?

Most of the noise on social media seems to be looking at the draft. And with what played out around the NFL in Week 12, the Atlanta Falcons are in position to draft seventh overall.

This is a very fluid position. There are still five weeks of regular-season football left. Lots can happen to push the Falcons’ draft pick higher or lower. But let’s look at some of the names floating around that could land at No. 7, because it’s just too early for me for a mock draft.

Zack Rosenblatt, over at NJ Advance Media for NJ.com, did publish a mock draft. He has the Falcons landing Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver.

Oliver was the consensus No. 1 pick before the season, and he's only fallen this far in part because of the rise of other players and team needs for quarterbacks. Even with some injury concerns, Oliver remains a dominant force who should make an impact right away in the NFL.

Ryan McCrystal, over at Bleacher Report, also has Atlanta taking Oliver.

Since it's early for a plethora of mock drafts, here's a look at a few NFL draft items that could make sense for the Falcons' areas of need:

  • Mel Kyper's current big board only has three offensive players on it. That means the 2019 draft has the feel of a defense-heavy haul.
  • Here are the top defensive tackles currently available, or declared, in the 2019 draft, according to Walter Football.
  • Here are the top offensive guards currently available, or declared, in the 2019 draft, according to Walter Football.