2020 Atlanta Falcons Draft Recap

Austin Mowell
Austin Mowell is an aspiring sports writer who is passionate about football and the NFL draft.

Today, we will be continuing our look at every team’s results from the 2020 NFL draft. For part two of this series, we’ll focus on the Atlanta Falcons draft.

The 2020 NFL Draft has come and gone, and 255 collegiate athletes have fulfilled their lifelong dream of hearing their name called to join an NFL roster. In this series, we will be looking at each NFL team’s individual draft and reviewing just how well the team did at adding the next wave of talent to their roster.

Here’s a look at the NFC South’s Atlanta Falcons.

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The Atlanta Falcons draft class from 2020 (via @AtlantaFalcons twitter).

The Selections

1st Round, Pick 16 overall: A.J. Terrell, Cornerback, Clemson

2nd Round, Pick 47 overall: Marlon Davidson, Defensive Lineman, Auburn

3rd Round, Pick 78 overall: Matt Hennessy, Interior Lineman, Temple

4th Round, Pick 119 overall: Mykal Walker, Linebacker, Fresno State

4th Round, Pick 134 overall: Jaylinn Hawkins, Safety, California

7th Round, Pick 228 overall: Sterling Hofrichter, Punter, Syracuse

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Falcons Draft: The Dive

A.J. Terrell

Overall value against my board: -23 (39th Overall)

The Falcons secondary was not good in the 2019 season, and the team moved on from longtime cornerback Desmond Trufant in the offseason. Terrell is a solid press man corner who has solid length and coverage ability. This selection makes sense, and Terrell will form a solid cornerback tandem with Isaiah Oliver, but there was some risk with taking Terrell. He struggled against Ja’Marr Chase in the National Championship game, and now will be asked to cover some of the best receivers on the planet on a week-to-week basis in the NFC South.

Marlon Davidson

Overall value against my board: -24 (71st Overall)

Despite the overall value on my board, I am more than okay with this pick. There has been talk about Davidson wanting to play on the edge, but he projects better to the interior at the next level. Davidson is a physical football player with a mean streak that should slot in nicely next to Grady Jarrett on the interior of this defensive line. 

Matt Hennessy

Overall value against my board: +6 (72nd Overall)

This selection was clearly made looking towards the future, with Alex Mack getting up there in age. Hennessy is just a solid all-around interior lineman that will provide great depth in 2020 for the Falcons. Taking Hennessy will allow the Falcons to see a seamless transition at the center spot when Alex Mack retires.


Falcons Draft: The Dive 

Mykal Walker

Overall value against my board: -44 (163rd Overall)

Walker is a player that provides the Falcons with intriguing versatility on their defense going forward, but he will need some fine tuning before he is ready to see significant playing time. The team lost De’Vondre Campbell to the Atlanta Falcons in free agency, so bringing in Walker here makes sense as a guy who can work his way into that role down the line.

Jaylinn Hawkins

Overall value against my board: -41 (175th Overall)

Hawkins was an interesting depth safety option going into the draft, and that is the role he will play here in Atlanta. He is an inconsistent run defender, but he shows flashes of being great when asked to come up and make plays in the box. There are times where he is undisciplined, which result in big yardage for the opposition, but he should be a decent backup for this team while he develops.

Sterling Hofrichter

Overall value against my board: N/A

Longtime punter Matt Bosher was not brought back in free agency after being injured in 2019. Hofrichter will compete for the Falcons punting job with Ryan Allen during the preseason, and could wind up being the Falcons punter of the future if he performs well. 

Overall Draft Grade: B-

The Atlanta Falcons did a good job of filling holes on the roster throughout the 2020 NFL draft, but they seemed to go in with the mentality of playing it safe rather than trying to make a splash. Most of their picks are guys who I believe will be contributors on the roster during their rookie contracts, but I don’t see this draft being a truly memorable class down the road.

Don’t miss the rest of our 2020 NFL Draft coverage, and don’t forget to follow @NFLDraftLounge on Twitter and Facebook!

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