The Falcons emerged from this past weekend’s NFL Draft secure in second behind the Patriots in NFL.com’s post-draft power rankings. It’s right where they ended last season, and the draft seems to have done nothing to dampen the momentum at Flowery Branch.
NFL.com media analyst Elliot Harrison wrote, “Let's quit viewing the Falcons' 2016 campaign negatively just because of the bum ending. Those guys balled out, and this team hasn't gotten any worse.”
There weren’t a ton of big splashes for the Falcons in this draft, but they continued their focus on getting DQ guys. And they traded up to get Takkarist McKinley, who’s already been welcomed into The Brotherhood by Matt Ryan.