Atlanta Falcons admit defeat with former #1 pick

By Jesse Reed
Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

After a heart-breaking loss to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI, the Atlanta Falcons hoped they had found a big-time playmaker that could prevent defensive collapses. With the 26th pick in the first-round of the 2017 NFL draft, the Falcons selected a Pac-10 defensive superstar. Unfortunately, he hasn’t delivered on expectations.

Falcons decline fifth-year option for Takkarist McKinley

The Atlanta Falcons have declined the fifth-year option on former first-round pick Takkarist McKinley, who announced the decision on Twitter Wednesday.

McKinley arrived on the NFL scene with much fanfare due to his wild interview after being selected 26th overall during the 2017 NFL Draft.

The former UCLA star pass rusher was utilized sparingly in his rookie campaign, then started eight games in 2018 before starting 13 games as a third-year pro in 2019. In 45 career games, he’s tallied 71 tackles, 16.5 sacks, and two forced fumbles