The 2022 season has come to an in depth with the Falcons ending 7-10. The Falcons lastly beat Tom Brady, and it did not have an effect on their draft place. This goes to be an attention-grabbing draft for the Falcons, primarily as a result of they will have some huge cash to spend in free company to deal with the wants on their roster. That means they may goal a quarterback or go together with one of the best participant accessible. If you have been studying my Mock Draft Monday collection, the purpose was to combine up the picks and speak about completely different gamers the Falcons might goal. Now, I’ll be pivoting to what I feel the Falcons ought to do. This collection might be up to date as free company goes alongside, after the Senior Bowl, after the mix, compensation picks, and so on. I’ll even be doing later editions with trades. Draft Order is by way of Tankathon. Let’s get began:
Round 1, Pick 8: CB Joey Porter Jr. — Penn State
Operating below the idea (and praying) that the Falcons handle the trenches in free company, I’ll go together with the man that I see as one of the best participant accessible. The son of Steelers legend Joey Porter considerably impacted the Nittany Lions’ protection in 2022. Porter is an extended and imposing nook at 6’2 and 200 kilos, however his nostril for the soccer could also be what’s most spectacular. JPJ is continually across the soccer, breaking apart passes, and he is a participant you possibly can transfer throughout the secondary to help towards the run. Porter is certainly a defensive piece you could construct round, particularly when paired with AJ Terrell. This Falcons secondary has some promising younger gamers, however they nonetheless want a number of assist.
Round 2, Pick 45: TE Darnell Washington — Georgia
Okay, do not roll your eyes. Instead, shut them, and picture Darnell Washington paired with Kyle Pitts and Drake London. I feel Washington is one of the best participant accessible by a mile. He stands at a menacing 6’7 and 270 kilos. Not solely does he transfer like a man half that dimension, however he additionally has comfortable palms and is a tenacious run blocker. Don’t be shocked if Washington begins getting some first spherical love — he’s an absolute specimen. This workforce wants weapons, and Washington may very well be an enormous one. If the Falcons correctly handle the trenches in free company, Washington is the kind of decide that can provide a nasty offense a lift.
Round 3, Pick 76: EDGE Zach Harrison — Ohio State
Harrison’s inventory could have risen after Peach Bowl exhibiting, however that is round the place scouts have him going in the intervening time. I feel his athletic upside makes him a worthy decide for a workforce that has a cross rush that’s virtually nonexistent. Harrison could be a little stiff at instances, however he is a terrific athlete with the size and construct you need in a cross rusher. He does want some seasoning and training, so hopefully the Falcons get a couple of guys to patch up the cross rush whereas he develops. At worst, he is a rotational piece on a workforce that does not have a lot of a rotation. At finest, he is a gem within the third spherical.
Round 4, Pick 110 (by way of Tennessee): EDGE Dylan Horton — TCU
Even if the Falcons improve their cross rush in free company, they nonetheless want a couple of younger our bodies to groom and get into the rotation. Dylan Horton performed the sport of his life towards Michigan within the Fiesta Bowl, notching 4 sacks and forcing a fumble. At 6’4, 275, he is a man you possibly can play as a defensive lineman or lower some weight on and have him come off the sting. Horton’s effort is obvious on tape, and he performs throughout TCU’s protection. Don’t be shocked if he shoots up draft boards with a giant exhibiting towards Georgia.
Round 4, Pick 113: IDL Byron Young — Alabama
Maybe not the B. Young from Bama that you just had been searching for, however Byron brings loads to the desk. The Falcons want some bodily, robust guys up the center — and that is precisely what Young gives. The Senior is a robust, stable athlete who can eat up area for (hopefully) Atlanta’s new cross rushers and Grady Jarrett. Grabbing somebody like Young can actually improve a fairly poor Falcons protection.
Round 5, Pick 156 (by way of Jacksonville): RB Tyjae Spears — Tulane
The final fifth spherical operating again the Falcons took labored out fairly effectively, so how about including a bit of lightning to Allgeier’s thunder? Spears went nuts towards USC, dashing for 205 yards on 17 carries with 4 dashing touchdowns. He is a giant play again with distinctive burst, and if he can develop as a weapon within the passing recreation, the Falcons could have one other gem within the fifth spherical.
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