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Atlanta Falcons 2021 NFL Mock Draft Tracker

Atlanta Falcons
23 Jan 2021, 17:57 GMT+10

Find out who experts across the country think the Falcons could select with the No. 4 pick Will McFadden

Editor's note: The mock draft tracker is comprised of mock drafts published by credible media outlets and will be updated weekly through the NFL Draft in April. Tracker reflects all mock drafts through Jan. 22.

For the first time since 2008, the Atlanta Falcons hold a top five pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. In 2008, the Falcons used that pick to select quarterback Matt Ryan, kicking off the most successful run in franchise history. Atlanta is at a similar crossroads in 2021, and there will be a new general manager and head coach deciding the new direction to take the franchise. Whatever that direction, the team's first-round draft pick will hopefully play a big role.

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As we get closer to the NFL Draft, our tracker will be updated each week to show who experts across the country think the Falcons could select with their No. 4 pick.

Matt Tabeek, AtlantaFalcons.com Date: Jan. 22, 2021 Falcons pick: No. 4 (Round 1) Selection: Zach Wilson, QB, BYU Analysis: "Arthur Smith and the Falcons know they can win with Matt Ryan. They also don't plan on picking in the top five of the NFL Draft again anytime soon. Now is the chance to secure their future at quarterback and have him sit behind Ryan and learn. They pounce on BYU's Zach Wilson, who looked like the best quarterback prospect in this class at times in 2020. The 6-foot-3, 210-pound Wilson is athletic, can make all of the throws and is extremely accurate. This past season he completed 247 of 336 passes (73.5 percent) for 3,692 yards and 33 touchdowns. He also tossed just three interceptions in 2020 - two were tipped balls and a third was a Hail Mary before the half. Wilson is smart, decisive, has a strong arm and can run. There's a lot to like, and many teams are moving him up their draft boards." Click here for Tabeek's complete mock draft.

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Jan. 8: Micah Parsons, LB/EDGE, Penn State Todd McShay, ESPN Date: Jan. 7, 2021 Falcons pick: No. 4 (Round 1) Selection: Zach Wilson, QB, BYU Analysis: "Atlanta will have a new head coach and a new GM for the 2021 season, and after it struggled to just four wins in 2020, it could be looking for a complete reboot. The Falcons will need to address running back, parts of the offensive line and the secondary this offseason, so moving back and acquiring some extra picks might be the smart call. However, quarterback Matt Ryan will be 36 years old when next season kicks off, and his contract allows an out after 2022. The chance to draft an heir this high isn't a guarantee in future years, so could Atlanta make the move here and now?" Click here for McShay's complete mock draft.

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Jan. 7: Zach Wilson, QB, BYU Ryan Wilson, CBS Sports Date: Jan. 19, 2021 Falcons pick: No. 4 (Round 1) Selection: Mac Jones, QB, Alabama Analysis: "NFL teams seem to like Jones more than media folks so this may seem way too high for the Alabama QB. While he's no real threat to run, he does everything else at a high level. Matt Ryan will be back for the '21 season for the Falcons and Jones can take over in Year 2." Click here for Wilson's complete mock draft.

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Jan. 5: Justin Fields, QB, Ohio St. Chris Trapasso, CBS Sports Date: Jan. 20, 2021 Falcons pick: No. 4 (Round 1) Selection: Zach Wilson, QB, BYU Analysis: "New GM Terry Fontenot was with the Saints for the Drew Brees era, so he decides to run it back with Matt Ryan for at least another season and but gets Atlanta an exciting quarterback of the future." Click here for Trapasso's complete mock draft.

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Jan. 6: Zach Wilson, QB, BYU Josh Edwards, CBS Sports Date: Jan. 21, 2021 Falcons pick: No. 4 (Round 1) Selection: Justin Fields, QB, Ohio St. Analysis: "The home state hero returns to deliver Atlanta from mediocrity. He could sit for a year behind Matt Ryan but the idea of selecting a franchise quarterback was likely appealing to first year head coach Arthur Smith." Click here for Edwards' complete mock draft.

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Jan. 5: Zach Wilson, QB, BYU Daniel Jeremiah, NFL.com Date: Jan. 22, 2021 Falcons pick: No. 4 (Round 1) Selection: Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota St. Analysis: "This decision will likely come down to Lance versus Ohio State's Justin Fields. I can make a strong argument for both players, but I'll stick with Lance because of his advantage as a decision-maker on the field." Click here for Jeremiah's complete mock draft.

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Joe Marino, The Draft Network Date: Jan. 7, 2021 Falcons pick: No. 4 (Round 1) Selection: Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota St. Analysis: "The Falcons are a perfect spot for Lance. Matt Ryan is still a more than capable quarterback but he is reaching the end of his run in Atlanta. The Falcons can take their time with Lance, who is a gifted quarterback, but with only 318 career passing attempts at the FCS level, is unlikely to be ready to start right away. Lance is a dual-threat quarterback with a big arm and led North Dakota State to a national championship in 2019. Atlanta can allow him to develop under Ryan and hopefully be set at quarterback for years to come." Click here for Marino's complete mock draft.

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Jan. 7: Trey Lance, QB, North Dakota St. Kyle Crabbs, The Draft Network Date: Jan. 1, 2021 Falcons pick: No. 4 (Round 1) Selection: Justin Fields, QB, Ohio St. Analysis: "The Atlanta Falcons ideally are looking at an elite upgrade to the current infrastructure of the roster, but at the same time the Falcons are incredibly lucky to find Justin Fields in their laps here at No. 4 overall. The value of a transitional franchise quarterback is too good to pass up and the Falcons can figure out the financials later. Whoever the new coach and GM are in Atlanta, they've nailed down a new quarterback to groom for the future." Click here for Crabbs's complete mock draft.

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Jan. 1: Justin Fields, QB, Ohio St. Mike Renner, Pro Football Focus Date: Jan. 4, 2021 Falcons pick: No. 12 - Trade with San Francisco (Round 1) Selection: Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida Analysis: "This pick will depend on the next offensive coordinator, but after seeing how well Matt Ryan performed under Kyle Shanahan, I'd be surprised if the Falcons didn't go back to that tree. In that case, a dynamic receiving weapon at tight end would be deadly in this offense. Pitts' 96.2 grade this past season is the highest we've ever seen at the position." Click here for Renner's complete mock draft.

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Jan. 4: Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida

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