Post-free agency full NFL two-round mock: Redskins trade down
By Ian Cummings
With Desmond Trufant now out of the picture, cornerback is pretty comfortably the Atlanta Falcons’ top need in the 2020 NFL Draft. Mock drafters are all but penciling in cornerbacks at No. 16 overall, and while I’d love to go against the grain here, this just feels like the right pick, with the way the board has played out.
Had the Falcons not signed Dante Fowler in free agency, then perhaps K’Lavon Chaisson would have been the choice. But the Falcons actively added to their pass rushing unit, and decreased from their secondary, making a player like C.J. Henderson a fairly obvious match in the middle of the first round.
For the Falcons, a team lost in the zone between mediocrity and contention, Henderson is a smart investment; he has the immediate utility of a starter, with the elite athleticism to glean more production out of his game as he continues to develop. He’s an aggressive player with an elite play speed, and those traits will be evident from the start.