After weeks of speculation that they might trade up or even trade down, the Atlanta Falcons ultimately opted to stay put at 16 and selected Clemson cornerback AJ Terrell in the first round of the NFL Draft.
The pick addresses an area of need for the Falcons as former cornerback Desmond Trufant departed for Detroit this offseason and left a gaping hole at the position.
One of the more memorable moments of Terrell’s career came in the 2019 National Championship when he recorded a pick-6 early on in the Tigers’ resounding victory over Alabama.
While some have pegged Terrell as more of a second-round type of player, it’s perhaps better that the Falcons drafted him earlier on in the draft and assured that their defensive backfield got addressed with their first round pick.
He’ll be integrated into a defense that is looking to rebound after a year in which it was annihilated for the majority of the season before bouncing back somewhat after their playoff fate had already been sealed.
They hope he can provide stability in a position that has severely lacked it in recent years.