Back before his team elected not to draft any RBs, new Falcons HC Arthur Smith said he plans a committee approach in the backfield. “We’re not going to have Derrick Henry here,” Smith told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in April. “So, it’s not like I think we’re going to have Derrick Henry. The reality is that we’ll get multiple backs in here, and we’ll have the way we trust our schemes and the way we teach the details of it, and we’ll commit to it." Mike Davis stands as the clear leader in a group who's next most accomplished rusher is Cordarrelle Patterson. But Patterson will factor in. Atlanta signed Javian Hawkins after the draft. We'll see about Qadree Ollison. And the Falcons could still add pieces. Davis makes for a solid target in current best-ball drafting. Just beware of projecting him too many touches simply because we can't see exactly where else they would go yet.
Despite going undrafted, Louisville RB Javian Hawkins might have landed in the best possible spot. Hawkins delivered impressive production over 2 years with the Cardinals. (He redshirted after 2 games as a 2018 freshman.) Hawkins racked up 1,525 rushing yards in his full debut and averaged 5.9 yards per rush across the past 2 seasons. The obvious limitation is his size. Hawkins checked in at just 5’9, 183 pounds at his pro day. There’s not much recent history of NFL production at RB from players in that size range. It doesn’t help Hawkins’ outlook that he caught only 20 passes over his 2 starting seasons. He’ll need to average much more than 1 reception per game if he’s to present any fantasy value in the pros. Mark us down as skeptical that Hawkins will emerge as a fantasy factor. But Atlanta's backfield is probably his best shot at early relevance. The Falcons drafted no RBs and thus finished the draft with only Mike Davis, Cordarrelle Patterson, Qadree Ollison and Tony Brooks-James on the roster at the position. We'll see how Hawkins' summer goes, but the landing spot makes him more interesting near the end of dynasty rookie drafts.