Why Falcons fans have rooting interest in Titans-Bengals AFC playoff game

Falcons own Titans second-round NFL Draft pick from Julio Jones trade

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UPDATE: The Falcons second-round NFL Draft pick, acquired in trade from Tennessee, will sit in the Nos. 57-60 range after the Titans lost to Cincinnati Bengals on Saturday evening. Stay tuned to this site on Sunday evening for the exact spot where the Falcons will use one of the picks received as part of the Julio Jones trade.

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Falcons fans should have a rooting interest one of Saturday's NFL playoff games. They're impacted, after all, by the outcome of Saturday’s AFC divisional round contest between the Cincinnati Bengals and Tennessee Titans.

Pulling for the Bengals is the move in this one, with a Cincinnati victory improving the draft slot for a pick acquired back in June for Julio Jones.

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The Falcons received a 2022 second-round pick and a 2023 fourth-round pick for Jones and a 2023 sixth-round pick, and that second-rounder would come just a little bit earlier if the Titans fail to advance.

It was already placed deep into the second round after the Titans earned the AFC's No. 1 seed and got a bye through the wild card round.

The best spot the Titans second-rounder could land is No. 57 overall, though it would take a series of upsets to land there. It would drop into the round's bottom four with a Tennessee victory.

And while the pick can only fluctuate eight selections based on the Titans playoff performance, the highest possible pick is always advantageous when trying to secure a desired prospect.

The Falcons currently own the Nos. 8 and 43 overall selections, earned with a 7-10 record in 2021 and strength-of-schedule tiebreakers.

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