When the draft kicks off in about two weeks, it will be ten years to the day that the Falcons and Browns completed a blockbuster trade. Atlanta traded up from #27 to #6 to draft Julio Jones. In total, Atlanta traded 2011 1st, 2nd, and 4th round picks, plus 2012 1st and 4th.
One of the scenarios the Atlanta Falcons could find themselves in on April 29 when the NFL Draft begins is with the opportunity to trade back and receive a haul of picks for the future. That's why having the No. overall pick is such a big deal because not only does Atlanta have the chance to draft one of the best prospects in the draft, if a team wants a quarterback, they could come up with an offer the Falcons would have a hard time denying.
The Atlanta Falcons have signed safety Duron Harmon and four-time All-Pro return specialist Cordarrelle Patterson to one-year contracts. Harmon started all 16 games for Detroit in 2020 and set a career high with 73 tackles. He helps to address a glaring void on the Falcons’ depth chart after the team lost Ricardo Allen, Keanu Neal, Damontae Kazee and Sharrod Neasman to free agency.