History of Atlanta Falcons First-Round NFL Draft Picks All Time

From Deion Sanders and Michael Vick to Matt Ryan and Julio Jones, the Atlanta Falcons have had their share of success with first-round NFL Draft picks.

The Atlanta Falcons have a storied history of first-round picks on the NFL Draft circuit. Since the turn of the century, they’ve selected inside the top 10 on 10 occasions, adding impact players like Julio Jones, Matt Ryan, and Michael Vick. But the team’s track record of success spans even farther back, all the way to the mid-20th century.

Atlanta Falcons First-Round Draft Picks Throughout History

Across nearly 60 Falcons first-round picks since 1966, only two have gone on to make the Hall of Fame: 1968 defensive end Claude Humphrey and 1989 cornerback Deion Sanders.

That said, the Falcons may soon have another Round 1 selection to earn a golden jacket in receiver Julio Jones, who earned seven Pro Bowl berths and two All-Pro selections from 2011 to 2019.

2024

  • Michael Penix Jr. | Pick 8
    QB, Washington

2023

  • Bijan Robinson | Pick 8
    RB, Texas

2022

  • Drake London | Pick 8
    WR, USC

2021

  • Kyle Pitts | Pick 4
    TE, Florida

2020

  • A.J. Terrell | Pick 16
    CB, Clemson

2019

  • Chris Lindstrom | Pick 14
    G, Boston College
  • Kaleb McGary | Pick 31
    OT, Washington

2018

  • Calvin Ridley | Pick 26
    WR, Alabama

2017

  • Takkarist McKinley | Pick 26
    DE, UCLA

2016

  • Keanu Neal | Pick 17
    S, Florida

2015

  • Vic Beasley | Pick 8
    OLB, Clemson

2014

  • Jake Matthews | Pick 6
    OT, Texas A&M

2013

  • Desmond Trufant | Pick 22
    DB, Washington

2012

The Falcons traded their 2012 first-round pick to the Cleveland Browns when trading up for Julio Jones in 2011.

2011

  • Julio Jones | Pick 6
    WR, Alabama

2010

  • Sean Weatherspoon | Pick 19
    LB, Missouri

2009

  • Peria Jerry | Pick 24
    DT, Mississippi

2008

  • Matt Ryan | Pick 3
    QB, Boston College
  • Sam Baker | Pick 21
    OT, USC

2007

  • Jamaal Anderson | Pick 8
    DE, Arkansas

2006

The Falcons traded the 15th pick to the Denver Broncos. They then traded the 29th pick to the New York Jets.

2005

  • Roddy White | Pick 27
    WR, UAB

2004

  • DeAngelo Hall | Pick 8
    DB, Virginia Tech
  • Michael Jenkins | Pick 29
    WR, Ohio State

2003

The Falcons traded the 23rd pick to the Buffalo Bills.

2002

  • T.J. Duckett | Pick 18
    RB, Michigan State

2001

  • Michael Vick | Pick 1
    QB, Virginia Tech

2000

The Falcons traded the fifth pick to the Baltimore Ravens.

1999

  • Patrick Kerney | Pick 30
    DE, Virginia

1998

  • Keith Brooking | Pick 12
    LB, Georgia Tech

1997

  • Michael Booker | Pick 11
    DB, Nebraska

1996

The Falcons traded the 19th pick to the Indianapolis Colts.

1995

  • Devin Bush Sr. | Pick 26
    DB, Florida State

1994

The Falcons traded the seventh pick to the Indianapolis Colts.

1993

  • Lincoln Kennedy | Pick 9
    OT, Washington

1992

  • Bob Whitfield | Pick 8
    OT, Stanford
  • Tony Smith | Pick 19
    RB, Southern Miss

1991

  • Bruce Pickens | Pick 3
    DB, Nebraska
  • Mike Pritchard | Pick 13
    WR, Colorado

1990

  • Steve Broussard | Pick 20
    RB, Washington State

1989

  • Deion Sanders* | Pick 5
    DB, Florida State
  • Shawn Collins | Pick 27
    WR, Northern Arizona

1988

  • Aundray Bruce | Pick 1
    LB, Auburn

1987

  • Chris Miller | Pick 13
    QB, Oregon

1986

  • Tony Casillas | Pick 2
    DT, Oklahoma
  • Tim Green | Pick 17
    LB, Syracuse

1985

  • Bill Fralic | Pick 2
    G, Pittsburgh

1984

  • Rick Bryan | Pick 9
    DE, Oklahoma

1983

  • Mike Pitts | Pick 16
    DT, Alabama

1982

  • Gerald Riggs | Pick 9
    RB, Arizona State

1981

  • Bobby Butler | Pick 25
    DB, Florida State

1980

  • Junior Miller | Pick 7
    TE, Nebraska

1979

  • Don Smith | Pick 17
    DT, Miami (FL)

1978

  • Mike Kenn | Pick 13
    OT, Michigan

1977

  • Warren Bryant | Pick 6
    OT, Kentucky
  • Wilson Faumuina | Pick 20
    DT, San Jose State

1976

  • Bubba Bean | Pick 9
    RB, Texas A&M

1975

  • Steve Bartkowski | Pick 1
    QB, California

1974

The Falcons traded the 17th pick to the Minnesota Vikings.

1973

The Falcons traded the 14th pick to the Houston Oilers.

1972

  • Clarence Ellis | Pick 15
    DB, Notre Dame

1971

  • Joe Profit | Pick 7
    RB, Louisiana-Monroe

1970

  • John Small | Pick 12
    DT, The Citadel

1969

  • George Kunz | Pick 2
    OT, Notre Dame

1968

  • Claude Humphrey* | Pick 3
    DE, Tennessee State

1967

The Falcons traded the third pick to the Houston Oilers.

1966

  • Tommy Nobis | Pick 1
    LB, Texas
  • Randy Johnson | Pick 16
    QB, Texas A&M-Kingsville

* Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame

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