NFL Draft 2021: Atlanta Falcons ‘Open’ to Trading Fourth Overall Draft Pick

Published 04/06/2021, 1:25 PM EDT


The NFL Draft is inching closer and teams have already started drawing up plans for which players they are looking to get. This year’s draft class is quite top heavy, with several marquee talents already set to be in the Top-10.

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However, the last few weeks have seen several teams move up and down the draft ladder. And it seems like the Atlanta Falcons could be the next team to do so.

NFL insider Adam Schefter reported that several teams have contacted the Atlanta Falcons. Due to the Top-3 of the 2021 NFL Draft now locked in, franchises are trying to get the 4th overall draft pick in their hands.

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And it would seem that the Falcons are open to the idea of relinquishing the 4th overall pick and moving down the draft ladder.

With teams locked into the first three overall picks, the Atlanta Falcons now have received trade calls from multiple teams and “are open to moving” out of the No. 4 spot, per source.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 6, 2021

Given the situation with the Top-3 of the draft, it comes as no surprise that the Atlanta Falcons are being approached for their draft pick. This year’s draft class has 4 elite quarterbacks who will be in the Top-10 alone.

While the future of Sam Darnold and Zach Wilson seems secure, Justin Fields and Mac Jones will be up for grabs to any team that can get their hands on any of the remaining Top-5 picks.

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Several teams in the NFL are looking for a change at the quarterback position. This NFL off-season has been unprecedented in terms of how many quarterback changes, trades, and free-agency signings have taken place.

So any team that can get their hands on the Falcons draft pick will be desperate to land either Justin Fields or Mac Jones by the end of night 1 of the Draft.

For the Falcons, they will be hoping to bring in a good haul for their draft pick. The Miami Dolphins have set the bar in terms of what to demand for a Top-5 draft pick.

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The Dolphins traded their coveted #3 overall pick to San Francisco in exchange for the 12th pick, a 1st and 3rd-round pick in 2022, and a 1st-round pick in 2023. So the package the Falcons accept will be along these lines.

Dec 19, 2020; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback Justin Fields (1) drops back to pass against the Northwestern Wildcats during the first half at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

Who will the Atlanta Falcons trade their draft pick to? Several teams are looking for a way to break into the Top-5 of the draft. The New England Patriots, who have their eyes on Justin Fields, could tempt the Falcons into giving them the pick. Whereas other teams could also make major offers for the pick.

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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