Falcons rookie defensive end Takk McKinley sacks Ryan Fitzpatrick of the Buccaneers in the second half at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on November 26 in Atlanta.
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Falcons slated to pick 26th overall in NFL draft  

The Falcons are slotted at the 26th position, the same place they traded up to last season to select defensive end Takkarist McKinley.

The 2018 NFL Draft will be held April 26-28 in Dallas. 

Last season, the Falcons were slated to pick 31st overall, but traded with Seattle to move up five spots. The Falcons gave up their 31st overall pick, a third-rounder (95) and a seventh-rounder (249) to move up.

Seattle traded the 31st pick to San Francisco, who selected Alabama linebacker Rueben Foster. Seattle selected Michigan safety Delano Hill with the 95th pick and Oklahoma State running back Chris Carson, of Parkview High, with the 249th pick.

McKinley played in all 18 games last season and finished with eight sacks, two forced fumbles and 30 tackles. He played 401 of the defensive snaps (38 percent).

The Falcons currently have six picks in the upcoming draft. They traded their fifth-round pick (154) to Denver for offensive tackle Ty Sambrailo on Sept. 1, 2017.

Here are the Falcons’ projected picks: second round (58 overall), third round (90), fourth round (122), sixth round (186) and seventh round (218).

Here’s the draft order: 

1. CLEVELAND
2. NEW YORK GIANTS
3. INDIANPOLIS COLTS
4. CLEVELAND (via Houston)
5. DENVER
6. NEW YORK JETS
7. TAMPA BAY
8. CHICAGO(tie)
9. SAN FRANCISCO(tie)
10. OAKLAND
11. MIAMI
12. CINCINNATI
13. WASHINGTON
14. GREEN BAY
15. ARIZONA
16. BALTIMORE
17. LOS ANGELES CHARGERS
18. SEATTLE
19. DALLAS
20. DETROIT
21. BUFFALO
22. BUFFALO (vis Kansas City)
23. LOS ANGELESS RAMS
24. CAROLINA
25. TENNESSEE
26. ATLANTA 
27. NEW ORLEANS
28. PITTSBURGH

Not set: Philadelphia, Minnesota, Jacksonville, New England

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