It’s Atlanta Falcons Reunion Week, which means it’s a good time to turn our attention to the latest mock designs out there.
And luckily, Draft Wire’s Luke Easterling released a shiny new three-round mock-up just in time. Easterling doesn’t have Atlanta taking Matt Ryan’s future replacement straight away in the first round – instead they turn to Texas A&M defensive lineman – DeMarvin Leal in 8th overall.
From there, the Falcons further bolstered the Falcons in round two with Zach Harrison, the Edge of Ohio State and then, Pittsburgh quarterback of Kenny Pickett with their second choice in round two – the most intriguing and underrated choice we make here will dive deeper. And finally, Easterling rounds off his mock draft with Atlanta selecting Notre Dame in the third round, which Kyren Williams will bring back.
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Pickett has made a name for himself since signing with the University of Pittsburgh class in 2017. But this season he’s turned heads.
The Panthers star has scored 19 touchdowns on just one interception so far this season and currently holds the nation’s highest PFF rating with some very important people speaking and calling him a Dark Horse Heisman candidate.
As a 2020 senior, Pickett was well on his way to stepping into the 2021 draft but was unable to come up with the numbers Scouts wanted to see due to an ankle injury. As a result, he took full advantage of the NCAA-granted permission “thanks” to the pandemic.
Before the Panthers beat Georgia Tech 52-21 on Saturday October 2, Pickett threw 389 yards and four touchdowns in that game alone.
After the win, Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi nodded to him.
“He should be a Heisman candidate,” said Narduzzi via ESPN. “He is right now. The guy is so smooth, he’s so calm. … He’s a smart soccer player and it takes time to get him where you want him to be. He put the work into it and deserves what he’s getting. “
Pickett is also setting new standards as a Super Senior, having thrown 15 touchdown passes in the last three games, breaking Dan Marino’s school record for the most TD passes in a three-game run (13 in 1981).
Pickett also threw at least four TD passes during those three games – the longest run of an ACC quarterback since Seattle’s Russell Wilson, doing it for NC State in 2009.
In Week 6 of the CFB, Pickett currently ranks in the nation’s top 5 in seven different categories, including Pass Yards Per Game (346.2), Pass Efficiency, Pass Yards (1,731), Passing TDs (19), Overall Offense (374, 6 YPG), overall QBR and TDs responsible for (21).
For a look at the dark horse QB for yourself, Pickett and Co. are recording Virginia Tech on the Road on Saturday, October 12th.