By Scott Carasik
The Falcons have quite a few roster spots that they need to fill, but getting an impact player in the first round would be the best use of their draft resources. The big rumor right now is they will trade up with the Lions to No. 8 overall to select Ed Oliver if he’s there.
If that scenario plays out, then they should keep their second-round pick, trading down later to get another pick back. That’s what happened in our latest seven-round mock using Draft Network’s mock draft simulator.
The Atlanta Falcons send their first round (No. 14 overall), third round (No. 79 overall) and fourth round (No. 117 overall) picks to the Detroit Lions for their their first round pick (No. 8 overall).
The Falcons giving up their third and fourth round picks to move up into the top 10 seems like a lot. But it’s a perfect trade for both parties. Atlanta can trade up to eight and get Ed Oliver. Detroit trades down six spots, gets one of the guys they really want and picks up two mid-rounders.
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