Falcons Sign A.J. Terrell, Wrap Draft Class

It took a little while, but the Falcons wrapped their entire draft class in one shot. Per a club announcement, all six of their rookies have officially signed: 

1-16: A.J. Terrell, CB (Clemson)
2-47: Marlon Davidson, DT (Auburn)
3-78: Matt Hennessy, C (Temple)
4-119: Mykal Walker, LB (Fresno State)
4-134: Jaylinn Hawkins, S (California)
7-228: Sterling Hofrichter, K (Syracuse)

Per the terms of his slot, Terrell will receive a four-year deal worth $14.31MM – fully guaranteed. The Clemson star put himself on the radar in 2018 with 53 tackles and three interceptions, including a pick six at the expense of Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa in the 2019 title game. After an All-ACC season in 2019, Terrell had little reason to return for his final year of eligibility. Some saw him as a second-round type heading into the draft, but the Falcons nabbed him midway through the first, giving them some help in the wake of Desmond Trufant‘s departure.

Hennessy, a Temple product, agreed to terms with the Falcons on Monday. That selection brought disappointment in Denver – the Broncos wanted him at No. 79, but the Falcons struck first and nabbed him at No. 78.

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    • ahale224

      I didn’t love it either, but let’s see it on the field(hopefully) first.

    • braveshomer

      I actually like the top 3 picks, really good players and Hennessy especially was a steal imo. If AJ went in the 2and and Marlon went late 1st round people would feel better and give them a better ‘draft grade’….at the end of the day you still ended up with same players

  1. bravesfan

    From the eyeball test… sure might be our worse 1st round picks in recent history. The guy might have a decent career in the nfl, don’t get me wrong. But he wasn’t first round worthy and honestly could have traded back, pick a better qb and added additional value in that trade. We full well know teams wanted our pick

    • braveshomer

      the biggest rumor was Eagles wanting to swap picks which would’ve been great and AJ a better value at 22 combined with whatever other pick the Eagles thrown in which probably would’ve been at least a 3rd rounder….problem was he was never going to make it past the Raiders at 19. So if they were determined to get a top CB they had to take him at 16. Being stuck in the middle of draft sux and often leads to criticism of over drafts. Shouldn’t have won those meaningless last 6 games and could’ve had a top 8 pick, oh well

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