Falcons select QB in top 5, Penn State DE in Draft Wire’s new mock
The Atlanta Falcons were an utter disaster in 2020, but the team's one-season nightmare could pay off if the 2021 NFL Draft rolls around. At 4-10, the falcons are currently expected to reach fifth place overall in next year's draft.
This leaves the door open to a number of different scenarios. One of them, as our friends at Draft Wire predict, is that the team will select a new quarterback.
In Luke Easterling's latest mock-up, Atlanta takes QB Justin Fields from the US state of Ohio in 5th place. Fields is considered the second or third best quarterback prospect in this year's outstanding QB class. Two more, Clemson's Trevor Lawrence (pick # 1) and BYU's Zach Wilson (pick # 4) are expected to make the top five.
Fields has at least one game to go with the state of Ohio, which will face Clemson in the first round of the College Football Playoffs on New Years Day. In six games this season, Fields has thrown 1,521 passes, 15 touchdowns, five interceptions, and a pass rating of 174.5.
Watch Fields set Rutgers on fire for five touchdown passes.
In the second round of Easterlings Mock, the falcons get help at the end of the defensive. With the 36th election, the Penn State team picks Jayson Oweh.
The Nittany Lions only went 4-5 that season, but Oweh played well. Although he didn't record a sack this year, he was routinely one of Pro Football Focus's top-rated defenders. Oweh ended his college career with 63 tackles (37 solos), seven sacks, two forced fumbling, and two defended passes.
Check out this highlight video of Oweh playing Idaho in 2019.
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