Atlanta Falcons 2021 NFL Draft Class Breakdown

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Any time a team makes a change at general manager and head coach, the first draft with that combination together is always interesting to learn about what they value and how they approach their initial set of draft picks to set the foundation moving forward. So what did general manager Terry Fontenot and head coach Arthur Smith accomplish in their first draft leading the Atlanta Falcons? 

Let’s take a look back at the Falcons’ 2021 NFL Draft class: 

Round 1: Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida

Going into the draft, the direction Atlanta went with the No. 4 selection was always going to reveal a lot about how the team viewed itself. Passing on the likes of Justin Fields and Mac Jones in favor of Pitts indicates the Falcons believe they can win now and make another run with Matt Ryan as the quarterback. Adding an elite talent like Pitts surely helps maximize Ryan’s ability to produce in the late stages of his career. Pitts is a unicorn. His blend of size, speed, quickness, ball skills, and route-running ability make him a nightmare matchup to defend. Putting him on the field with Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley presents a world of problems for defenses. Being the highest-drafted tight end in NFL history comes with lofty expectations, but Pitts has the skill set to deliver. 

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Written By:

Joe Marino

Senior NFL Draft Analyst

Joe Marino is a Senior NFL Draft Analyst at TDN. Marino comes to TDN after serving as a draft analyst for NDT Scouting, FanRag Sports and Draft Breakdown dating back to 2014. In 2017, Marino became a Huddle Report Mock Draft Champion when he produced the most accurate mock draft in the world.