Falcons select OLB Bralen Trice with the No. 74 pick overall in 2024 NFL Draft

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. — The Atlanta Falcons have selected Washington outside linebacker Bralen Trice with the 74th overall selection in the 2024 NFL Draft. Learn more about Friday’s Falcons third-round pick:

Statistics 2023: 15 appearances, 15 starts | 49 tackles, 11.5 for loss, seven sacks | Two assists, one forced fumble

Honors: Second-team All-American and first-time All-Pac-12 in 2022 | Led Washington in sacks (nine, seven) and tackles for loss (12, 11.5) in 2022 and 2023 | Third-team All-American, first-team All-Pac-12 and CFP Semifinal Defensive MVP in 2023

Tori McElhaney’s analysis:Did the Falcons need an edge? They had an advantage. Well, technically he will be an outside linebacker for the Falcons. Either way, Washington’s passer makes sense at No. 74 overall.

Trice has been the Huskies’ leading passer over the past two seasons, totaling 16 sacks over that span. However, more than just sacks, Trice consistently and consistently moved a quarterback out of his spot. He finished as the No. 1 player in the FBS in pressures in 2022 (70) and 2023 (78). If Trice can put an NFL quarterback in a tough position, chances are there will be someone else to clean it up.

According to Dane Brugler’s draft guide in The Athletic, Trice’s teammates nicknamed him “Enforcer” for his reliability and durability. He has played every game for the past three seasons.

It may be a small connection, but one connection between Trice and the Falcons nonetheless is defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake. Lake was the Huskies’ defensive coordinator in 2018-19. Trice’s redshirt year was 2019. For Lake and Trice, this could be a reunion of sorts after they first met on the recruiting trail years ago.

Essentially, Trice is violent and disruptive, exactly what the Falcons need at the position.

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