Falcons Mock Draft: Atlanta finds a quarterback of the future

Hunter Haas
The Atlanta Falcons land a quarterback of the future in this seven-round mock draft

The quarterback position consistently held the Atlanta Falcons in 2023. According to reports, the front office will make a concerted effort to upgrade behind center this off-season.

At 7-10, the Falcons missed out on the postseason by two games as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers seized the NFC South crown.

However, of Atlanta’s ten losses, six came by one possession. The team was competitive in most games but regularly fell apart in crunch time, primarily due to poor quarterback play.

Desmond Ridder started 13 games, winning six, but his play was so up-and-down that the Falcons benched him on two separate occasions for veteran journeyman Taylor Heinicke.

Falcons Mock Draft: J.J. McCarthy heads to Atlanta

Entering the off-season, many around the league expect general manager Terry Fontenot to be aggressive in finding an upgrade. In today’s NFL mock draft, he does precisely that.

Round 1, Pick 8 — J.J. McCarthy, QB, Michigan

J.J. McCarthy led the Michigan Wolverines to a college football title last year, finishing his career with a 27-1 record. The Falcons select McCarthy at No. 8 overall, with scouts lauding his arm talent, athleticism, and untapped potential.

Round 2, Pick 43 — Chris Braswell, EDGE, Alabama

Besides quarterback, a pass rusher is far and away the most significant need for Atlanta. Chris Braswell set a career-high in sacks (8) for Alabama in 2023 and checks all the boxes physically.

Round 3, Pick 74 — Malachi Corley, WR, Western Kentucky

Drake London is the only above-average receiver on the roster for 2024. Malachi Corley is elite after the catch, though he’s still developing his route tree. Corley would give McCarthy a reliable target in the passing game.

Round 3, Pick 79 (via JAX) — Jermaine Burton, WR, Alabama

Back-to-back wide receiver selections show how prevalent a need it is for the Falcons. Jermaine Burton joins the fold after starring for the Georgia Bulldogs and Alabama Crimson Tide in college.

Round 4, Pick 110 — Khyree Jackson, CB, Oregon

Khyree Jackson checks in at 6’3” and 195 pounds with long arms capable of disrupting passing lanes. Jackson needs to put on muscle to stick around, but his skill set is that of a starting NFL cornerback.

Round 5, Pick 142 — Beau Brade, DB, Maryland

Another addition to the secondary comes via Maryland standout Beau Brade. His versatility shows up on tape, as Brade flexes the range to play deep as a safety and the instincts to perform in the box as a run defender.

Round 6, Pick 199 — Tanor Bortolini, OL, Wisconsin

Tanor Bortolini started over 20 games at Wisconsin and did so at several different positions along the offensive line. The ability to play anywhere on the line is Bortolini’s key to success in the NFL. He’s the optimal sixth lineman on the depth chart.

Check back tomorrow for our seven-round mock draft for the Washington Commanders. In the meantime, you can check out our past mock drafts for the Bears and Patriots.

About The Author

Hunter Haas is the Senior Sports Writer at Dexerto. Over the last two years he has worked as a writer and editor for FanSided at NFLMocks. He also served as an editor at The Raider Ramble and The Blue Stable. Hunter is an expert in all things MMA, WWE, and NFL. You can email him here: hunter.haas@dexerto.com