The Atlanta Falcons entered the 2020 NFL Draft with six selections. Despite rumors of trading up from the 16th selection in the first round the Falcons stayed true to their original pick. Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff said Thursday, April 23, "We hung tough, and we had entertained other opportunities to think about potentially moving up but this is where we wanted to be." With the 16th pick the Falcons selected cornerback A.J. Terrell from Clemson. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound cornerback ran a 4.42 40-yard-dash at the 2020 NFL scouting combine.
"We went into this draft with a couple of needs, and our main need was at corner," Dimitroff said. "We were very excited to have the opportunity to pick A.J. Terrell at 16...This is a player we had targeted from the beginning of our draft preparations here...He's going to be a very important part of our defense."
Although there was no Falcons trade in the first round, there was plenty of movement in later rounds. In round two, the Falcons traded the 55th and 157th overall picks to the Ravens in return for tight end Hayden Hurst and the rights to draft safety Jaylinn Hawkins. The Falcons made another move by trading the 190th overall pick and linebacker Duke Riley in return for safety Johnathan Cyprien and the rights to select punter Sterling Hofrichter. Lastly in the seventh round the Patriots traded safety Jordan Richards to the Falcons for their 2020 conditional seventh round pick, which netted center Dustin Woodard.
Following the 2020 NFL Draft, Atlanta agreed to terms with 20 undrafted college free agents on Sunday, April 26.
Atlanta's 2020 draft picks:
No. 16: A.J. Terrell, CB, Clemson
No. 47: Marlon Davidson, DT, Auburn
No. 78: Matt Hennessy, C, Temple
No. 119: Mykal Walker, LB, Fresno State
No. 134: Jaylinn Hawkins, S, California
No. 228: Sterling Hofrichter, P, Syracuse