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“Who will the Atlanta Falcons take at No. 4 overall?” has been emphasized all week.

Falcons’ team reporter, Kelsey Conway, sat down with NFL analyst Mine Kimes to ask her thoughts on the Falcons draft situation.

Just like many of us, Kimes has no idea who the Falcons will take, calling their slot at 4th overall the “most intriguing” in this year’s draft.

“I’m going to be honest with you, I have absolutely no idea. That’s why I think it’s the most interesting pick in the draft. Every mock you look at seems to have a different answer,” Kimes said.

Kimes adds that San Francisco’s move up for a QB made it more “wide open.” If the Falcons don’t like the quarterbacks left on the board, they could look to Kyle Pitts or Ja’Marr Chase, or trade back.

Either way, the Falcons can’t really make the wrong move.

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Kimes Backs Up the Falcons Drafting Kyle Pitts

One player who analysts can’t seem to get enough of is Kyle Pitts and that’s the player Kimes can see heading to Atlanta over another quarterback.

“The prospect of Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, Hayden Hurst, and Kyle Pitts on the field at the same time is absolutely terrifying,” Kimes explained. “As far as needs versus best player available goes, just last year, Kansas City ended up taking a running back. But it was reported, I’m not breaking news here, that they were interested in Henry Ruggs, the speedy wide receiver out of Alabama. That sounds crazy because they already have an insane group of wide receivers.

“I think given what we’ve seen in the NFL with the explosion in offense, sometimes doubling down on what you’re good at actually is the right approach. I would not fault Atlanta one bit if they took Kyle Pitts there and anyone who has seen Kyle Pitts highlights would understand why.”

Pitts would bring versatility to Atlanta as a tight end or wide receiver which is why he’s considered the draft’s “unicorn.” Falcons head coach Arthur Smith is a fan of running an offense featuring two tight ends, so between him and Hurst, Matt Ryan would have a dream team to work with.

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The Falcons Plan to Take the Best Player Available

Trevor Lawrence and Zach Wilson are expected to be the two players drafted first, leaving the Falcons still left to choose from a wide array of players.

Falcons’ general manager, Terry Fontenot, plans to take the “best player” available.

“In the draft, you’re going to take the best player,” Fontenot said via “You can’t be afraid to continue [to add] at every position. There’s not a position that you’re going to say, ‘Oh, we’re good there, we’re not going to draft there this year.’ That’s just what I believe. … We’re never going to be afraid to take a player at any position and build strength.”

In recent years, the Falcons have been known to hone in on their needs over the best talent on the board, which hasn’t impacted the club in the best way.

“You never want to reach for needs,” Fontenot added. “I think it’s cool listening to Ozzie Newsome tell stories about where there were certain players on the board, in certain areas, and they took the best player available, and he ends up taking Hall of Fame players as opposed to reaching for a need.”

With Lawrence and Wilson set to be off the board by No. 4, Pitts is arguably the best player to draft next.


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Miami Heat Can Sign Promising 7-Foot Big Man to Complete Roster

Getty Free agent Thon Maker makes for an intriguing option for the Miami Heat.

The Miami Heat have yet to fill their 15th roster spot and it’s clear the franchise desperately need to add a big man to help propel them into a successful postseason run. While the pool of free agents available continues to dwindle, the Heat should take a strong look at Thon Maker.

Maker, who turned 24 in February, is a true 7-footer who first entered the NBA when the Milwaukee Bucks selected him as the No. 10 overall pick in the 2016 Draft. The Bucks traded Maker to the Detroit Piston during the 2018-2019 season where he averaged 4.9 points and 3.1 rebounds during 15 minutes of play per game.

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After Detroit chose not to extend his contract in November 2020, Maker was picked up by the Cleveland Cavaliers, who signed him to a non-guaranteed training camp deal.

Maker appeared in five games with the Cavaliers, where averaged 3.8 points with 56% shooting rating during just 9.5 minutes per game. Maker has been an unrestricted free agent since Cleveland waived him on January 13, and over the past few weeks, the Sudanese star has emerged has one of the most intriguing available players to sign for the numerous teams looking to add an extra big man before the playoffs.

While Maker’s stats are not super impressive, between his height, age, and 7-foot-3 wingspan, he could be a great option for the Heat.

It Benefits the Heat to Sign a New Player By Monday Night

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There are only three requirements needed in order for the Heat to add another player: he either was waived by April 9, hasn’t played at all this season (like Dewayne Dedmon, who was signed to a veteran’s minimum contract), or signed a 10-day contract before the deadline.

It’s in the Heat’s best interest to sign a new player by April 19, as it’s the first day Miami “can sign a 15th player to a prorated veteran minimum contract and still avoid the luxury tax,” Miami Herald’s Anthony Chiang reported.

Aside from Maker, playoff-eligible players still available include the following:

Former Heat guard Dion Waiters, Austin Rivers, Michael Beasley, Cam Reynolds, Skal Labissiere, Kyle Korver, Allen Crabbe, Troy Daniels, Allonzo Trier, Brandon Knight, Courtney Lee, Wilson Chandler, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Quinn Cook, Isaiah Thomas, Gerald Green, Shabazz Napier, Emmanuel Mudiay, Jodie Meeks, Jamal Crawford, Glenn Robinson III, Marquese Chriss, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Justin Jackson, Joe Johnson, Courtney Lee, Patrick McCaw, Ian Mahinmi, Greg Monroe, Amir Johnson, Glenn Robinson III, JR Smith, Lance Stephenson, and Jeremy Lin.

With the newly acquired Victor Oladipo out indefinitely, and no new update on his recovery as of April 18, the likelihood that Miami fills their final open roster spot increases. As long as the new player is signed by May 16, he will be eligible able to play during the postseason.

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