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Atlanta Falcons Mock Draft Tracker
April 20, 2018 04:30 PM | Will McFadden
Editor's note: The Atlanta Falcons Mock Draft Tracker is an aggregation of reputable mock drafts throughout the country showing who the experts predict the Falcons will pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. The tracker has been updated to reflect all mock drafts published through April 20 and will be updated every week.

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. - The 2018 NFL Draft is less than a week away, and experts are churning out mock drafts predicting what some teams may do this year. Between Thursday's 2018 schedule release and next weekend' draft, it feels as though football is finally back in our lives.

Now that we're in the home stretch, let's take a look at what the current mocks project the Falcons to do in the draft.

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EXPERT: Matt Tabeek - AtlantaFalcons.com


PICK: Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan


LAST MOCK PUBLISHED: April 5


TABEEK'S ANALYSIS: "The Falcons address perhaps their biggest need with one of the best defensive tackles in the land by taking Maurice Hurst. The former Michigan standout is a disruptive force in the trenches and has outstanding initial quickness once the ball is snapped. Hurst possesses a high motor and is often too quick for blockers to reach or trap - and should fill the void left by Dontari Poe, who signed with the Panthers in free agency. The All-American and team MVP was held out of the NFL combine after an irregular EKG was discovered during a routine physical. He has since been cleared to play and participated in Michigan's pro day." To see all of Tabeek's latest mock draft, click here.

PREVIOUS TABEEK PICKS:

> March 21 - Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn State
> March 9 - Will Hernandez, OG, UTEP
> March 1 - Taven Bryan, DT, Florida

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EXPERT: Mel Kiper - ESPN Football Analyst

PICK: D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland


LAST MOCK PUBLISHED: April 10


KIPER'S ANALYSIS: "The Falcons have a strong roster. They don't have any gaping holes. They did loseDontari Poe,Taylor Gabriel,Adrian ClaybornandAndre Robertsin free agency, but defensive line could be addressed here. But I went with one of my favorite receivers in this class in Moore, who would give Atlanta a devastating wideout trio alongsideJulio JonesandMohamed Sanu."To see all of Kiper's latest mock draft, click here.

PREVIOUS KIPER PICKS:

> April 4 - Will Hernandez, OG, UTEP
> March 28 - Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama
> Feb. 21 - Isaiah Wynn, OG, Georgia
> Jan. 18 - Christian Kirk, WR, Texas A&M

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EXPERT: Todd McShay - ESPN Senior Writer


PICK: Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan


LAST MOCK PUBLISHED: April 10


MCSHAY'S ANALYSIS: "Assuming his medical checks out, Hurst would be a nice fit in Atlanta to help fill some snaps the Falcons lost withDontari Poe's departure."To see all of McShay's latest mock draft, click here.

PREVIOUS MCSHAY PICKS:

> April 4 - D.J. Moore, WR, Maryland
> March 7 - Justin Reid, S, Stanford
> Feb. 6 - James Daniels, OG/C, Iowa
> Dec. 13 - Ronnie Harrison, S, Alabama

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EXPERT: Charles Davis - NFL.com Media Analyst


PICK: Isaiah Wynn, OG, Georgia

LAST MOCK PUBLISHED: March 27

DAVIS' ANALYSIS: "Wynn is a projection as he spent the bulk of his career at OT, but he had an excellent week at the Senior Bowlmaking the transition. QBMatt Ryanneeds consistency from his guards so that he can step up in the pocket and deliver."To see all of Davis' latest mock draft, click here.

PREVIOUS DAVIS PICKS:

> Feb. 20 - Isaiah Wynn, OG, Georgia


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EXPERT: Peter Schrager - NFL.com Media Analyst


PICK: Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan


LAST MOCK PUBLISHED: April 3


SCHRAGER'S ANALYSIS: "Dontari Poe and Adrian Clayborn are gone, and Ahtyba Rubin remains unsigned. Hurst is an elite interior pass rusher who has the smarts to get on the field for the Falcons right away."To see all of Schrager's latest mock draft, click here.

PREVIOUS SCHRAGER PICKS:

> March 1 - Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan

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EXPERT: Daniel Jeremiah - NFL.com Media Analyst


PICK: Taven Bryan, DT, Florida


LAST MOCK PUBLISHED: April 17


JEREMIAH'S ANALYSIS: "Bryan is ultra-twitched up and he's exactly what theFalconsare looking for in their defense. There's a chance he could go much earlier than this spot, but if he's still on the board, I can't see theFalconsgoing in another direction."To see all of Jeremiah's latest mock draft, click here.

PREVIOUS JEREMIAH PICKS:

> March 6 - Jessie Bates, S, Wake Forest

> Jan. 19 - Harrison Phillips, DT, Stanford

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EXPERT: Charley Casserly - NFL.com Media Analyst


PICK: Taven Bryan, DT, Florida


LAST MOCK PUBLISHED: April 17


CASSERLY'S ANALYSIS: "Bryan is an upfield defensive tackle who fits coach Dan Quinn's scheme."To see all of Casserly's latest mock draft, click here.

PREVIOUS CASSERLY PICKS:

> Feb. 20 - Isaiah Wynn, OG, Georgia

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EXPERT: Bucky Brooks - NFL.com Analyst


PICK: Taven Bryan, DT, Florida


LAST MOCK PUBLISHED: April 12


BROOKS' ANALYSIS: "Dan Quinn loves athletic defensive linemen with non-stop motors. Bryan fits the bill as a dynamic athlete with the size, strength and quickness to overpower blockers at the point of attack."To see all of Brooks' latest mock draft, click here.

PREVIOUS BROOKS PICKS:

> March 22 - Da'Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
> March 19 - Da'Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
> Jan. 26 - Billy Price, OG/C, Ohio State (AP photo by Michael Conroy)

EXPERT: Lance Zierlein - NFL.com Media Draft Analyst


PICK: Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan


LAST MOCK PUBLISHED: April 3


ZIERLEIN'S ANALYSIS: "Talented, gap-shooting pass rusher meets a defensive line with a need for immediate help and they live happily ever after? Hurst didn't work out at the NFL Scouting Combine earlier this month after being diagnosed with a heart condition, but he was cleared to participate in Michigan's pro day last week, which was a good sign."To see all of Zierlein's latest mock draft, click here.

PREVIOUS ZIERLEIN PICKS:

> March 8 - Isaiah Wynn, OG, Georgia

> Jan. 30 - Isaiah Wynn, OG, Georgia

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EXPERT: Chad Reuter - NFL.com Draft Analyst


PICK: Da'Ron Payne, DT, Alabama


LAST MOCK PUBLISHED: April 5


REUTER'S ANALYSIS: "Payne will wreak havoc in the middle on Sundays." To see all of Reuter's latest mock draft, click here.

PREVIOUS REUTER PICKS:

> March 22 - Da'Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
> Feb. 27 - Harrison Phillips, DT, Stanford

> Feb. 6 - Harrison Phillips, DT, Stanford (AP photo by Elaine Thompson)

EXPERT: Chris Trapasso - CBS Sports


PICK: Vita Vea, DT, Washington


LAST MOCK PUBLISHED: April 16


TRAPASSO'S ANALYSIS: "Vea is the ideal versatile defensive tackle to play next toGrady Jarrettin Dan Quinn's defense."To see all of Trapasso's latest mock draft, click here.

PREVIOUS TRAPASSO PICKS:

> April 9 - Vita Vea, DT, Washington
> April 2 - Da'Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
> March 26 - Da'Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
> March 19 - Mike Gesicki, TE, Penn State
> March 12 - Da'Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
> March 7 - Da'Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
> Feb. 26 - Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan
> Feb. 19 - Tim Settle, DT, Virginia Tech
> Feb. 15 - Vita Vea, DT, Washington

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EXPERT: R.J. White - CBS Sports


PICK: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama


LAST MOCK PUBLISHED: April 20


WHITE'S ANALYSIS: "The Falcons make a small trade back and pick up a fifth-rounder before taking Ridley, who should be a dynamo No. 2 receiver for the offense and is a great value this late. He'd be a perfect fit for a team with an established No. 1, and if he gets out of the top 20, Ridley could make a playoff-caliber offense that much more dangerous."To see all of White's latest mock draft, click here.

PREVIOUS WHITE PICKS:

> April 12 - Da'Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
> March 29 - Taven Bryan, DT, Florida
> March 20 - Taven Bryan, DT, Florida
> March 10 - Taven Bryan, DT, Florida
> Feb. 22 - Taven Bryan, DT, Florida

> Feb. 8 - Vita Vea, DT, Washington

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EXPERT: Will Brinson - CBS Sports


PICK: Mike Hughes, CB, UCF


LAST MOCK PUBLISHED: April 17


BRINSON'S ANALYSIS: "TheFalconshaven't been afraid to take chances on high-upside players, and even if they don't necessarily need a cornerback, they could certainly use depth." To see all of Brinson's latest mock draft, click here.

PREVIOUS BRINSON PICKS:

> April 10 - Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan
> April 3 - Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan
> March 27 - Mike Hughes, CB, UCF
> March 15 - Taven Bryan, DL, Florida
> March 6 - Rasheem Green, DL, USC
> Feb. 27 - Taven Bryan, DT, Florida
> Feb. 20 - Taven Bryan, DT, Florida

> Feb. 13 - Maurice Hurst, DT, Michigan

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EXPERT: Jared Dubin - CBS Sports


PICK: Taven Bryan, DT, Florida


LAST MOCK PUBLISHED: April 13


DUBIN'S ANALYSIS: "TheFalconslove nothing more than taking plus athletes on defense in the first round. Bryan fits that mold nicely, and would also be a fantastically helpful player for the current iteration of their defense."To see all of Dubin's latest mock draft, click here.

PREVIOUS DUBIN PICKS:

> March 15 - Taven Bryan, DT, Florida
> March 2 - Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, DE, Oklahoma
> Feb. 9 - Isaiah Wynn, OG, Georgia

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EXPERT: Pete Prisco - CBS Sports


PICK: Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama


LAST MOCK PUBLISHED: April 19


PRISCO'S ANALYSIS: "They have a good 1-2 combo inJulio JonesandMohamed Sanu, but this would be a nice addition for an offense that could use another threat."To see all of Prisco's latest mock draft, click here.

PREVIOUS PRISCO PICKS:

> April 5 - Harrison Phillips, DT, Stanford
> March 22 - Taven Bryan, DT, Florida
> March 13 - Isaiah Wynn, OG, Georgia
> March 1 - Isaiah Wynn, OG, Georgia

> Feb. 15 - Isaiah Wynn, OG, Georgia

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EXPERT: Ryan Wilson - CBS Sports


PICK: Taven Bryan, DT, Florida


LAST MOCK PUBLISHED: April 18


WILSON'S ANALYSIS: "TheFalconslostDontari PoeandAdrian Claybornin free agency and Bryan should still be on the board late in Round 1."To see all of Wilson's latest mock draft, click here.

PREVIOUS WILSON PICKS:

> April 4 - Taven Bryan, DT, Florida
> March 21- Da'Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
> March 7 - Taven Bryan, DT, Florida
> Feb. 22 - Da'Ron Payne, DT, Alabama
> Feb. 15 - Taven Bryan, DT, Florida

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EXPERT: Albert Breer - MMQB


PICK: Taven Bryan, DT, Florida


LAST MOCK PUBLISHED: April 17


BREER'S ANALYSIS: "Atlanta lost Dontari Poe, and we all know the premium Dan Quinn puts on building depth on his defensive front."To see all of Breer's latest mock draft, click here.

PREVIOUS BREER PICKS:

> March 21 - Billy Price, OG/C, Ohio State
> Feb. 21 - Taven Bryan, DT, Florida

> Nov. 7 - Orlando Brown, OT, Oklahoma

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EXPERT: Steve Palazzolo - Pro Football Focus


PICK: Michael Gallup, WR, Colorado State


LAST MOCK PUBLISHED: April 3


PALAZZOLO'S ANALYSIS: "Gallup projects as an outstanding No. 2 receiver, and that's exactly the role he'll fill opposite Julio Jones. Gallup has been one of the nation's most productive receivers over the last two years, leading the way with a 92.0 overall grade last year and ranking second with 4.34 yards per route in 2016. He can win with his route-running or after the catch, and he adds a perfect complement to Jones as the Falcons reload at wide receiver after the loss Taylor Gabriel this offseason."To see all of Palazzolo's latest mock draft, click here.

PREVIOUS PALAZZOLO PICKS:

> March 6 - Isaiah Wynn, OG, Georgia

> Jan. 18 - Denzel Ward, CB, Ohio State

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