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Atlanta Falcons Mock Draft Tracker

Posted Apr 26, 2018

The Atlanta Falcons Mock Draft Tracker is an aggregation of reputable mock drafts throughout the country showing who the experts predict the Falcons will pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

Editor's note: The Atlanta Falcons Mock Draft Tracker is an aggregation of reputable mock drafts throughout the country showing who the experts predict the Falcons will pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. The tracker has been updated to reflect all mock drafts published through April 26 and will be updated every week.

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – The 2018 NFL Draft is just hours aways, and experts are churning out their final mock drafts predicting what some teams may do this year. 

Now that we're in the home stretch, let’s take a look at what the current mocks project the Falcons to do in the draft.

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EXPERT: Matt Tabeek - AtlantaFalcons.com

PICK: Da'Ron Payne, DT, Alabama

LAST MOCK PUBLISHED: April 25

TABEEK'S ANALYSIS: "With only one defensive tackle off the board to this point, the Falcons are beyond thrilled to see Da'Ron Payne sitting there at No. 26. Payne is 6-foot-2, 308 pounds and has been described as a wall of granite. Atlanta not only fills a major void at defensive tackle after Dontari Poe signed with the Panthers in free agency, but it comes away with perhaps the most complete defensive lineman in the draft." To see all of Tabeek's latest mock draft, click here.

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EXPERT: Mel Kiper - ESPN Football Analyst

PICK: Will Hernandez, OG, UTEP

LAST MOCK PUBLISHED: April 26

KIPER'S ANALYSIS: “This is another great fit for a team that could have one of the best rushing offenses in the league in 2018.” To see all of Kiper's latest mock draft, click here.

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EXPERT: Todd McShay - ESPN Senior Writer

PICK: Taven Bryan, DT, Florida

LAST MOCK PUBLISHED: April 26

MCSHAY'S ANALYSIS: “Atlanta needs a player to help replace the departed Dontari Poe, and Bryan is a good fit. Bryan has elite first-step quickness, is extremely disruptive for offenses and looks like he's shot out of a cannon sometimes on film. He'll need time to develop his technique and instincts, but there's some Fletcher Cox in his game.” To see all of McShay's latest mock draft, click here.

PREVIOUS MCSHAY PICKS:


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EXPERT: Charles Davis - NFL.com Media Analyst

PICK: Da'Ron Payne, DT, Alabama

LAST MOCK PUBLISHED: April 24

DAVIS' ANALYSIS: “Plays fast, very good pass-rush skill, speed, power -- exactly the type of player head coach Dan Quinn covets. He will pair nicely with DT Grady Jarrett.” To see all of Davis' latest mock draft, click here.

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EXPERT: Peter Schrager - NFL.com Media Analyst

PICK: Jaire Alexander, CB, Louisville

LAST MOCK PUBLISHED: April 25

SCHRAGER'S ANALYSIS: “You can never have enough cornerbacks in this league. The Falcons go to Bobby Petrino's team (of all places) for their next defensive back. The Charlotte native has the height, speed, and, most importantly, attitude to work well in Marquand Manuel's defense.” To see all of Schrager's latest mock draft, click here.

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EXPERT: Daniel Jeremiah - NFL.com Media Analyst

PICK: Austin Corbett, OG, Nevada

LAST MOCK PUBLISHED: April 26

JEREMIAH'S ANALYSIS: “There are always a couple of surprising names in the first round. Corbett is rock solid on tape and he would plug in at guard right away.” To see all of Jeremiah's latest mock draft, click here.

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EXPERT: Charley Casserly - NFL.com Media Analyst

PICK: Taven Bryan, DT, Florida

LAST MOCK PUBLISHED: April 17

CASSERLY'S ANALYSIS: “Bryan is an upfield defensive tackle who fits coach Dan Quinn's scheme.” To see all of Casserly's latest mock draft, click here.

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EXPERT: Bucky Brooks - NFL.com Analyst

PICK: Taven Bryan, DT, Florida

LAST MOCK PUBLISHED: April 26

BROOKS' ANALYSIS: “Dan Quinn loves athletic defensive linemen with non-stop motors. Bryan fits the bill as a dynamic athlete with the size, strength and quickness to overpower blockers at the point of attack.” To see all of Brooks' latest mock draft, click here.

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EXPERT: Lance Zierlein - NFL.com Media Draft Analyst

PICK: Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan

LAST MOCK PUBLISHED: April 3

ZIERLEIN'S ANALYSIS: “Talented, gap-shooting pass rusher meets a defensive line with a need for immediate help and they live happily ever after? Hurst didn't work out at the NFL Scouting Combine earlier this month after being diagnosed with a heart condition, but he was cleared to participate in Michigan's pro day last week, which was a good sign.” To see all of Zierlein's latest mock draft, click here.

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EXPERT: Chad Reuter - NFL.com Draft Analyst

PICK: Taven Bryan, DT, Florida

LAST MOCK PUBLISHED: April 20

REUTER'S ANALYSIS: "Bryan is not the same sort of tackle that Dontari Poe was for the Falcons, but his active nature should complement the powerful Grady Jarrett." To see all of Reuter's latest mock draft, click here.

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EXPERT: Chris Trapasso - CBS Sports

PICK: Taven Bryan, DT, Florida

LAST MOCK PUBLISHED: April 23

TRAPASSO'S ANALYSIS: “Bryan is a lite version of J.J. Watt. Head coach Dan Quinn would love his versatility as an occasional two-gapper and upfield disruptor in obvious passing situations.” To see all of Trapasso's latest mock draft, click here.

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EXPERT: R.J. White - CBS Sports

PICK: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama

LAST MOCK PUBLISHED: April 20

WHITE'S ANALYSIS: “The Falcons make a small trade back and pick up a fifth-rounder before taking Ridley, who should be a dynamo No. 2 receiver for the offense and is a great value this late. He'd be a perfect fit for a team with an established No. 1, and if he gets out of the top 20, Ridley could make a playoff-caliber offense that much more dangerous.” To see all of White's latest mock draft, click here.

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EXPERT: Will Brinson - CBS Sports

PICK: Taven Bryan, DT, Florida

LAST MOCK PUBLISHED: April 24

BRINSON'S ANALYSIS: “Just of those guys and teams that makes a lot of sense from a fit perspective.” To see all of Brinson's latest mock draft, click here.

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EXPERT: Jared Dubin - CBS Sports

PICK: Taven Bryan, DT, Florida

LAST MOCK PUBLISHED: April 13

DUBIN'S ANALYSIS: “The Falcons love nothing more than taking plus athletes on defense in the first round. Bryan fits that mold nicely, and would also be a fantastically helpful player for the current iteration of their defense.” To see all of Dubin's latest mock draft, click here.

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EXPERT: Pete Prisco - CBS Sports

PICK: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama

LAST MOCK PUBLISHED: April 19

PRISCO'S ANALYSIS: “They have a good 1-2 combo in Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu, but this would be a nice addition for an offense that could use another threat.” To see all of Prisco's latest mock draft, click here.

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EXPERT: Ryan Wilson - CBS Sports

PICK: Taven Bryan, DT, Florida

LAST MOCK PUBLISHED: April 18

WILSON'S ANALYSIS: “The Falcons lost Dontari Poe and Adrian Clayborn in free agency and Bryan should still be on the board late in Round 1.” To see all of Wilson's latest mock draft, click here.

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EXPERT: Albert Breer - MMQB

PICK: Taven Bryan, DT, Florida

LAST MOCK PUBLISHED: April 17

BREER'S ANALYSIS: “Atlanta lost Dontari Poe, and we all know the premium Dan Quinn puts on building depth on his defensive front.” To see all of Breer's latest mock draft, click here.

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EXPERT: Steve Palazzolo - Pro Football Focus

PICK: James Washington, WR, Oklahoma State

LAST MOCK PUBLISHED: April 26

PALAZZOLO'S ANALYSIS: To see all of Palazzolo's latest mock draft, click here.

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