U P D A T E: Washington QB Michael Penix Jr. is the Falcons’ first-round pick in the NFL Draft

Atlanta pulled off the biggest shocker as the NFL draft got underway Thursday night by taking Washington’s Michael Penix Jr. with the eighth pick less than two months after signing Kirk Cousins to a four-year, $180 million deal in free agency.

“If we see a player that we believe can be a franchise quarterback at any point, whether it’s this draft, next draft, whether it’s a player we can trade for, whatever it is, you have to bring that player in because we’re talking about the next four to five years plus when we’re talking about guys that we’re drafting,” Falcons general manager Terry Fontenot said.

More on Thursday night’s action can be found here: The first round of the NFL draft turns into a QB bonanza with a record-setting 6 taken in the top 12 – SRN News