Cover 9@9: UPDATED -- D. Led’s Mock Draft 3.0 – Trade back, scoop up Parsons, picks

Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons (11) in action against Purdue Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, in State College, Pa. Parsons opted out of the 2020 college football season. (Barry Reeger/AP)

Credit: Barry Reeger

Credit: Barry Reeger

Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons (11) in action against Purdue Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, in State College, Pa. Parsons opted out of the 2020 college football season. (Barry Reeger/AP)

1. The No Spin Zone. Falcons coach Arthur Smith attended Alabama’s Pro Day on Tuesday.

Smith, general manager Terry Fontenot and offensive coordinator Dave Ragone attacked Zach Wilson’s Pro Day in Provo, Utah on Friday. Falcons coach Arthur Smith attended Alabama’s Pro Day on Tuesday.

So far, that’s Trevor Lawrence’s Pro Day, North Dakota State’s Trey Lance’s Pro Day, Mac Jones’ Pro Day and BYU’s Zach Wilson Pro Day. Ohio State’s Justin Fields in Tuesday in Columbus, Ohio.

After restructuring Matt Ryan’s contract, we believe the Falcons are bluffing to attract a trade partner.

More about that later.

Some of the Alabama prospects, including wide receiver DeVonta Smith, met with the media virtually Monday.

“The meetings have been going good,” Smith said of his virtual meetings with NFL teams. “Just getting in, talking and getting to know some of the coaches, just talking football is the best thing about it.”

The reigning Heisman Trophy winner has a simple approach.

“It’s nothing that you have to worry about,” Smith said. “Just go in and be yourself. At the end of the day, you are talking football. It just feels like another day in the meeting room here at Alabama.”

Smith, who’s projected to be a top-10 pick, discussed his approach to sizing up cornerbacks.

“Really just seeing if they are comfortable with being in front of me,” Smith said. “You can look at some guys and tell if this is something they really want to do or if it’s something they really don’t want to do. That’s the first thing, seeing if they are really comfortable or not. Then eventually going along in the game and just finding things they are uncomfortable doing. Just keeping them uncomfortable.”

As a freshman, Smith had the game-winning touchdown in Alabama’s 26-23 national championship victory over Georgia at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

With their first posession in overtime, Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa completes a 41-yard touchdown pass to freshman DeVonta Smith for a touchdown -- and the win. (Video by Ben Brasch / AJC)

He followed with 42 catches for 693 yards and six touchdowns as a sophomore in 2018 and 68 catches for 1,256 yards and 14 touchdowns as a junior.

Last season, he caught 117 passes for 1,856 yards and 23 touchdowns.

He waited his turn behind Henry Ruggs and Jerry Jeudy.

“I think just being around here, not just me but everybody, when you come to a place like this, the people that are ahead of you, you kind of look up to them and soak in everything that they are doing,” Smith said.

Smith, who said he weighs 170 pounds, believes he’ll be fine in the NFL.

“I feel like there are high expectations for everybody that wins the Heisman,” Smith said. “Everybody expects you to do this and that. I have my individual goals.”

Smith, who’s from Amite, La., believes he can play inside or outside receiver in the NFL.

“I haven’t come this far to just stop,” Smith said. “The journey is not over. Just continuing to write my story. Just keep pushing through everything that I’ve been through, knowing that it’s a lot of people that say I’m not supposed to be here.”

He said last season that when he decided to return to college is when he thought he could become a top-10 prospect.

The Falcons hold the fourth overall pick, which is worth 1,800 points on the NFL Draft Trade Value Chart. Going by the chart, the Falcons could get a top-10 pick and a second-rounder for the No. 4 pick. However, recent trades, suggest the Falcons can get much more.

In 2018, the Cardinals gave up the 15th, 79th and 152nd picks to the Raiders for the 10th overall pick, which was used to draft UCLA quarterback Josh Rosen.

In 2016, in a trade with the Browns the Eagles gave up the eighth, 77th, 100th picks in 2016, a first-round pick in 2017 and a second-round pick in 2018 to move up to six spots to the second spot. They drafted Carson Wentz and also received a fourth-round pick in 2017.

So, in Mock 3.0, we have Falcons general manager Terry Fontenot trading back with the Denver Broncos and picking up a bushel of picks and drafting Penn State edge rusher Micah Parsons with the ninth overall pick.

So, here are the picks for the Mock Draft 3.0 (trades allowed):

1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Trevor Lawrence (QB, Clemson)

2. New York Jets: Zach Wilson, (QB, BYU)

3. San Francisco 49ers: Trey Lance (QB, North Dakota State)

4. Denver Broncos (trade with Falcons): Justin Fields (QB, Ohio State)

5. Cincinnati Bengals: Penei Sewell (OT, Oregon)

6. Miami Dolphins: DeVonta Smith (WR, Alabama)

7. Detroit Lions: Ja’Marr Chase (WR, LSU)

8. Carolina Panthers: Mac Jones (QB, Alabama)

9. Falcons (trade with Broncos): Micah Parsons, (OLB, Penn State)

10. Dallas Cowboys: Patrick Surtain (CB, Alabama)

11. New York Giants: Kyle Pitts, (TE, Florida)

12. Philadelphia E: Caleb Farley (CB, Virginia Tech)

13. Los Angeles Chargers: Rashawn Slater (OT, Northwestern)

14. Minnesota Vikings: Gregory Rousseau (DE, Miami)

15. New England Patriots: Jaycee Horn (CB, South Carolina)

16. Arizona Cardinals: Christian Darrisaw (OT, Virginia Tech)

17. Las Vegas Raiders: Kwity Paye (DE/LB, Michigan)

18. Miami Dolphins: Najee Harris (RB, Alabama)

19. Washington: Jaylen Waddle (WR, Alabama)

20. Chicago Bears: Kadarius Toney (WR, Florida)

21. Indianapolis Colts: Greg Newsome (CB, Northwestern)

22. Tennessee Titans: Jaelan Phillips (DE/LB, Miami)

23. New York Jets: Ronnie Perkins (DE/LB, Oklahoma)

24. Pittsburgh Steelers: Travis Etienne (RB, Clemson)

25. Jacksonville Jaguars: Tylan Wallace (WR, Oklahoma State)

26. Cleveland Browns: Aaron Robinson (CB, Central Florida)

27: Baltimore Ravens: Creed Humphrey (C, Oklahoma)

28: New Orleans Saints: Trevon Moehrig (S, TCU)

29: Green Bay Packers: Asante Samuel (CB, Florida State)

30: Buffalo Bills: Alex Leatherwood (OT, Alabama)

31: Kansas City Chiefs: Zaven Collins (LB, Tulsa)

32: Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Azeez Ojulari (DE, Georgia)

2. Dickerson on Falcons: Alabama center Landon Dickerson, one of the top players at his position in the draft, started his career at Florida State.

He was a graduate transfer last season.

“It really means a lot to me that I was able to be a part of not only a national championship winning team, but a Joe Moore award-winning offensive line, an Outland (Trophy) winning tackle and me receiving the (Dave) Rimington (award),” Dickerson said.

Dickerson said he’s talked with the Steelers, Falcons and Giants.

“Quinton Nelson is a guy I enjoy watching,” Dickerson said. “I like the way that he plays.”

He also likes former Falcons center Alex Mack and Tennessee tackle Taylor Lewan.

“The biggest thing just watching (Mack’s) game, he’s extremely smart and athletic,” Dickerson said. “He’s gifted. He does a great job of putting himself in situations where he knows he can win.”

3. Forristall on blocking: Alabama tight end Miller Forristall, who lost his quarterback spot at Cartersville High to some kid name Trevor Lawrence when he was a junior. He moved to tight end and also is an NFL prospect.

Forristall said he improved his inline blocking.

“That’s one of the reasons I came to Alabama,” Forristall said. “In recruiting, coach (Nick) Saban told me you do A, B, and C really well, but you (are bad) at blocking. That was one of the things. That was brutally honest and no one said that to me. He said come here and be the best version of yourself. I think in five years, we’ve come pretty darn close.”

Would he like to play for the Falcons?

“I haven’t heard from the Falcons much,” Forristall said. “I’ve looked a little bit at their offense and the way they use (the tight ends), but nothing in depth yet.”

4. Mingo signing. Falcons linebacker Barkevious Mingo played 390 snaps (36%) from scrimmage last season for the Bears and 374 special-teams snaps (82%).

He has played in seven playoff games, including Super Bowl LI, when he was with New England. He played 23 special-teams snaps against the Falcons that day and made two tackles in punt coverage.

5. Falcons fans vote. One fan asked me on the Real Talk sports show with Minister Jonathan Simmons if the Falcons were ready to make the playoffs after the recent free-agent signings.

The fans approved of adding running back Mike Davis and Mingo in my Twitter poll.

6. Falcons stay in touch with Johnson: Taeden Johnson, 12, was struck by tragedy when his family’s house in Athens caught on fire earlier this year.

He lost his family and all of his possessions in the fire. In February, the NFL and the Falcons helped provide Taeden with a trip to Super Bowl LV in Tampa Bay. Grady Jarrett surprised Taeden with the news via Zoom on CBS This Morning.

The Falcons recently sent Freddie Falcon to check on Johnson and gave him some gaming toys including an Xbox on Friday.

Johnson was able to escape the fire and rushed to a neighboring house to call 911; however, the 12-year-old lost his mother, grandmother, little sister and all his family’s belongings in the fire.

Freddie Falcon, the team mascot, stopped by to see Taeden Johnson of Athens, who recently lost his family members in a house fire. (Courtesy of the Atlanta Falcons).

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7. Official draft order. The NFL released the official draft order for the coming NFL draft, which will be held in Cleveland from April 29 through May 1.

The Falcons have nine picks in the draft. Here are their official draft positions:

Falcons 2021 draft picks

First round: No. 4 overall

Second round: No. 35 (third pick of the round)

Third round: No. 68 (fourth pick of the round)

Fourth round: No. 108 (third pick of the round)

Fifth round: No. 148 (fourth pick of the round)

Fifth round: No. 182 (38th pick of the round. Compensatory pick)

Fifth round: No. 183 (39th pick of the round. Compensatory pick)

Sixth round: No. 187 (third pick of the round)

Sixth round: No. 219 (35th pick of the round. Compensatory pick)

Seventh round: No. 232 (4 picks of the round) Tennessee has this pick from Falcons through Miami in Charles Harris deal.

8. Free agency tracker: Here’s a look at the Falcons’ free-agency situation after the first stage of free agency:


Ricardo Allen, FS: Released Feb. 18.

Allen Bailey, DE: Released Feb. 18.

James Carpenter, OL: Released March 9.


Erik Harris, S: Agreed to terms March 18.

Brandon Copeland, LB: Agreed to terms March 18.

Mike Davis, RB: Agreed to terms March 23.

Barkevious Mingo, OLB: Agreed to terms March 23.


Lee Smith, TE: Sent a seventh-round pick in 2022 to Buffalo.


Keanu Neal, SS: Did not receive the franchise tag. He attracted interest from six teams before agreeing to terms with Dallas and reuniting with former Falcons coach Dan Quinn.

Damontae Kazee, FS: The Cowboys reportedly have some interest. He was set to visit Detroit.

Alex Mack, C: Signed with the 49ers.

Darqueze Dennard, CB: Played on a one-year contract in 2020.

Todd Gurley, RB: Unrestricted free agent (UFA).

Charles Harris, DE: Played on a one-year contract. Signed with Detroit.

Brian Hill, RB: Was a valuable special-teams player.

Justin McCray, OL: Was backup offensive line help. Set to sign two-year, $4 million deal with the Texans.

Steven Means, DE: Played in all 16 games and made 11 starts. Finished with three sacks.

Sharrod Neasman, FS: Solid backup and special-teams player.

LaRoy Reynolds, LB: Speedy special-teams player.

Edmond Robinson, LB: Provided quality depth while playing in 13 games in 2020.

Luke Stocker, TE: Blocking tight end who spent time with Arthur Smith and the Titans in 2017 and 2018.

Laquon Treadwell, WR: Played last season on a one-year contract. Made a couple of nice plays late in the season.

John Wetzel, OT: Basically has been veteran insurance at tackle.

Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB: Has provided quality depth at cornerback spot. Played in 15 games last season and had three interceptions


Matt Gono, OL: $3.384 million, second-round tender March 15.

Brandon Powell, WR: No tender. Was the kickoff and punt returner last season. He’s now a free agent.

The team can place three levels of tenders on these players for a non-guaranteed one-year deal. Other teams can sign an RFA to an offer sheet, with the current team having a chance to match, or a team can allow the player to leave and receive draft compensation based on the tender level.


Younghoe Koo, PK: Signed March 11.

Jacob Tuioti-Mariner, DE: Signed March 11.

Tyler Hall, CB: Signed March 11.

Christian Blake, WR: Signed March 11.

Jaeden Graham, TE: Signed March 12.

9. Updated depth chart: Here’s a look at the Falcons’ updated depth chart after Davis and Mingo agreed to terms:


WR 11 Julio Jones, 13 Christian Blake

LT 70 Jake Matthews

LG 73 Matt Gono, 66 Willie Wright

C 61 Matt Hennessy

RG 63 Chris Lindstrom

RT 76 Kaleb McGary, 72 Willie Beavers

TE 81 Hayden Hurst, Lee Smith, 87 Jaeden Graham

WR 83 Russell Gage, 16 Greg Dortch

WR 18 Calvin Ridley

QB 2 Matt Ryan

HB Mike Davis, 25 Ito Smith, 30 Qadree Ollison, 26 Tony Brooks-James

FB 40 Keith Smith


DE 91 Jacob Tuioti-Mariner

DT 97 Grady Jarrett, 90 Marlon Davidson, 94 Deadrin Senat

DT 96 Tyeler Davison, 50 John Cominsky, 79 Chris Slayton

DE 56 Dante Fowler

OLB Brandon Copeland

LB 45 Deion Jones, 46 Edmond Robinson

LB 54 Foyesade Oluokun, 43 Mykal Walker

OLB Barkevious Mingo

RCB 20 Kendall Sheffield, 29 Chris Williamson

LCB 24 A.J. Terrell, 44 Tyler Hall

NCB 26 Isaiah Oliver, 42 Delrick Abrams

FS Erik Harris, 39 T.J. Green

SS 32 Jaylinn Hawkins


K 7 Younghoe Koo, 1 Elliott Fry

P 4 Sterling Hofrichter, Dom Maggio

LS 47 Josh Harris

KO 7 Younghoe Koo

KR 14 Chris Rowland

PR 14 Chris Rowland

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