April is here and we are now only weeks away from the NFL Draft. And following a flurry of moves and signings in free agency, rosters are starting to take shape – and the landscape in each division has changed.
It also means that position needs are becoming more and more obvious, including teams like the Atlanta Falcons. After trading for tight end Hayden Hurst, signing defensive end Dante Fowler and reportedly agreeing to terms with running back Todd Gurley, the Falcons still have some holes to fill despite re-signing several players.
There's always room on any roster to add a top talent, regardless of position, and that's what the annual draft is (supposed to be) all about.
So, without further ado, here is mock draft 7.0. Let me know how you feel about the pick here. Enjoy.
1. QB Joe Burrow, LSU
Everyone knows the Bengals need a franchise QB and it's no secret they have eyes for the star out of LSU.
2. DE Chase Young, Ohio State
The Redskins can be unpredictable at times, but there's no way they can pass on the player atop most draft boards, right?
3. LB Isaiah Simmons, Clemson
Speaking of top-rated players, Simmons is rising up many draft boards and the ex-Clemson star can help the defensive-needy Lions.
4. OL Jedrick Wills Jr., Alabama
The Giants know they must do a better job of protecting QB Daniel Jones, New York's top pick from a year ago.
5. QB Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
The Dolphins have made some splashy moves in free agency and continue to overhaul their team by landing QB Tua Tagovailoa.
6. QB Justin Herbert, Oregon
It's a new era for the Chargers and now is the time to bring in a top talent at the most important position. Herbert is a stud.
7. CB Jeffrey Okudah, Ohio State
The Panthers desperately need help at cornerback and are thrilled to see the former Buckeye star still on the board.
8. OL Mekhi Becton, Louisville
Kyler Murray had a terrific rookie season but was hit and sacked too many times. Enter Becton, who turned heads at the combine.
9. DL Derrick Brown, Auburn
Forget the combine and watch the tape. Brown is a monster inside and will provide an immediate spark on defense.
10. OL Tristan Wirfs, Iowa
The Browns' top priority is to improve the protection up front and bolster that offensive line. Wirfs is more than capable.
11. WR Jerry Jeudy, Alabama
The Jets made a series of moves to fortify that offensive line in free agency and now they add a playmaker on the outside.
12. QB Jordan Love, Utah State
I know they have Derek Carr and signed Marcus Mariota, but Jon Gruden knows quarterbacks and won't pass on a talent like Love.
13. WR Henry Ruggs III, Alabama
They lost receiver Emmanuel Sanders in free agency but Ruggs should step in and provide a downfield threat for them.
14. OL Andrew Thomas, Georgia
They signed Tom Brady, and they better protect the six-time Super Bowl champ. Enter Thomas, who put his eye-opening athleticism on display at the combine.
15. WR CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma
The Broncos need a downfield threat to pair with Courtland Sutton on the outside. The speedy Lamb is more than capable.
16. DL Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina
With Dante Fowler and Takk McKinley coming off the edge, the Falcons pounce on Kinlaw and pair him up with Grady Jarrett inside. Talk about a nasty front four.
17. DE K'Lavon Chaisson, LSU
After losing Robert Quinn in free agency, the Cowboys take Chaisson, an explosive edge rusher who can also play the run and drop back in coverage.
18. OL Josh Jones, Houston
The Dolphins continue the rebuilding and take the athletic lineman out of Houston to help protect their new franchise quarterback.
19. LB Patrick Queen, LSU
Even though the Raiders signed a pair of linebackers in free agency, they take one more with their second pick and land the explosive, instinctive star from LSU.
20. DE/LB Zack Baun, Wisconsin
They go defense again, taking the versatile star out of Wisconsin. Baun is a sideline-to-sideline wrecking ball.
21. WR Tee Higgins, Clemson
The Eagles addressed one glaring need in free agency (cornerback) and opt to fill another major void at receiver, taking the speedy Higgins, who will also provide Carson Wentz with a large target.
22. WR Jalen Reagor, TCU
The Vikings pulled the trigger and traded receiver Stefon Diggs to the Bills. They fill the void here by taking Reagor, who is built like a running back but has downfield speed.
23. DE Yetur Gross-Matos, Penn State
The Patriots will likely sign or trade for a veteran quarterback and bolster the defense with one of the best edge rushers in this class.
24. CB C.J. Henderson, Florida
With the NFC South loaded with talented quarterbacks and explosive receivers, they take the smooth-and-speedy corner out of UF.
25. CB Trevon Diggs, Alabama
The Vikings secondary could take some hits in free agency and snag the star corner from Alabama.
26. DE Terrell Lewis, Alabama
Despite adding Lawson and Ogbah in free agency, Miami goes defense this time and takes Lewis, a tall and physical game-wrecker on the edge.
27. WR Justin Jefferson, LSU
Edge rusher and offensive line are needs but Russell Wilson needs some more weapons at his disposal. Jefferson is a playmaker.
28. LB Kenneth Murray, Oklahoma
C.J. Mosely's departure left a void in the Ravens defense and they tab Murray as the guy to fill it.
29. DE A.J. Epenesa, Iowa
The Titans added Vic Beasley in free agency and continue to bolster their pass rush by selecting Epenesa, a high-motor pass rusher from Iowa.
30. WR Denzel Mims, Baylor
Aaron Rodgers needs more weapons and the former Baylor star stood out at the NFL combine.
31. OL Cesar Ruiz, Michigan
The 49ers need help up front and Ruiz is considered the best center in this class and can also slide over and play guard.
32. RB D'Andre Swift, Georgia
The Chiefs' secondary has taken somewhat of a hit in free agency, but they jump on Swift, the best running back in this class.
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed here belong to Matthew Tabeek and and do not represent the opinions of the Atlanta Falcons' front office staff, coaches and executives unless noted otherwise.