The 2020 NFL Draft stayed on track and started on Thurs. April 23. Of course, all football fans and sports fans tuned in. The world thirsty for some type of sporting event during this coronavirus pandemic, the draft came just on time. The Atlanta Falcons was on the clock with the sixteenth overall pick.
Pre-draft reports leading up to the week of the draft was that the Falcons wanted to trade up to go after Clemson Linebacker Isaiah Simmons. There were also some rumblings that the Falcons tried to jump to the second overall pick to draft Ohio State defensive end Chase Young, which would’ve been a trade with the Washington Redskins.
All that being said, the Falcons didn’t move up and stayed put. They saw Isaiah Simmons go to Arizona with the eighth overall pick, and the backup plan defensive lineman Javon Kinlaw from South Carolina go to San Francisco. So, they improvised and draft defensive back from Clemson and hometown kid A.J. Terrell.
Terrell grew up on the southside of Atlanta and attended Westlake High School. Terrell had some rough moments in 2019, especially in the National Championship game. Terrell is no stranger to big games playing at Clemson and was a three-year starter. Terrell has given up some big plays, but has a good combination of size and athleticism. He also ran a time of 4.42 in the 40-yard dash, so he has some wheels as well. If Terrell can put it all together, he can help a need for the Falcons with a such a young secondary now with the departure of their pro bowl corner, Desmond Trufant.
Only time will tell, but Terrell has some pressure with half of Atlanta fan-based not sold on him after a few bad college games and a bad showing the last time in the national spotlight. To the Falcons’ fan-base, though, give the kid some time because young corners are going to have bad games in their rookie season and a few bad games your last year in college shouldn’t define you if you have been consistent your whole college career.