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Where are the Falcons drafting in 2024 NFL Draft? Who might they pick in mock draft?

We look at the Falcons’ draft position in the 2024 NFL Draft and break down who they may select in the first round.

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The Atlanta Falcons ended the 2023 season in ugly fashion on Sunday, getting blown out by the New Orleans Saints 48-17 in Week 18. The loss officially eliminated them from playoff contention as they finished with a 7-10 record for a third straight season.

The first order of business for the team’s front office will be determining the future of head coach Arthur Smith and the early assumption is that owner Arthur Blank will make a change. Once a new coaching regime is installed, then the 2024 NFL Draft will come into focus.

Falcons draft order: No. 8 pick

Atlanta will have the No. 8 pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, the third straight year it will select from that spot. The team tied the New York Jets and Minnesota Vikings in record, but got the better pick due to strength of schedule tiebreaker.

Falcons mock draft: Potential first-round pick

No. 8: QB Jayden Daniels, LSU

Major change is needed at quarterback as neither Desmond Ridder or Taylor Heinicke are long-term solutions for the franchise. So why not go get the franchise guy by taking the Heisman Trophy winner here? Daniels just had an unbelievable campaign at LSU and has carved out a spot near the top of a loaded quarterback class. The Falcons already have talented skill position weapons in Bijan Robinson, Drake London, and Kyle Pitts, so there’s a chance that Daniels could have them in contention for the playoffs right out the gate.

However, everything in the first round hinges on what the Chicago Bears will do with their No. 1 pick acquired from the Carolina Panthers. Many have long projected them using the pick on USC QB Caleb Williams, but there’s a growing sense that they will keep current starter Justin Fields. In the event that the Bears decide to use the top pick on Williams, that would create a ripple effect where Daniels would be gone from the board by the time Falcons’ pick comes around at No. 8. If that were the case, Atlanta could shore up its pass rush by taking someone like Alabama edge rusher Dallas Turner here.