2022 NFL Draft: From the college perspective, Atlanta Falcons draft analysis, needs, picks, best value selection, and biggest reach
NFL Draft 2022: Atlanta Falcons Draft Analysis
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Atlanta Falcons Draft Picks: NFL Draft 2022
1 (8) WR Drake London, USC
2 (38) DE Arnold Ebiketie, Penn State
2 (58) LB Troy Anderson, Montana State
3 (74) QB Desmond Ridder, Cincinnati
3 (82) EDGE DeAngelo Malone, WKU
5 (151) RB Tyler Allgeier, BYU
6 (190) OG Justin Shaffer, Georgia
6 (213) TE John FitzPatrick, Georgia
Atlanta Falcons Draft Analysis: NFL Draft 2022
– It’s a wonderful draft full of value and help. Desmond Ridder? Hated the idea of taking him in the first round – too much of a flier, lots of work needed – but as a third rounder to ease in and develop? Perfect – that’s a low risk shot at greatness.
– It’s not that Drake London won’t be great – and he was certainly a desperation need pick for the Falcon receiving corps – but that’s a massive call at the 8 ahead of Garrett Wilson, Chris Olave, and Jameson Williams going soon after. No pressure, new guy, but be a franchise No. 1 pass catcher.
– Atlanta keeps trying to fix the pass rush, and it threw a whole lot of high picks at the problem over the years. Troy Anderson from Montana State at the 58 and DeAngelo Malone out of WKU at the 82 were wonderful value gets who might stick.
Atlanta Falcons Best Value Pick, Biggest Reach, Late Flier: 2022 NFL Draft
Best Value Pick: 3 (74) QB Desmond Ridder, Cincinnati
Biggest Reach: 1 (8) WR Drake London, USC
Late Flier That Might Work: 5 (151) RB Tyler Allgeier, BYU
Atlanta Falcons Needs, Pre-Draft Analysis: NFL Draft 2022
– There’s a reason why Atlanta is drafting at the 8. The talent level has fallen off because the drafts have been borderline awful. The production from the later picks hasn’t been there, and the early picks have – for the most part – but serviceable more than great.
That’s why the team went off in free agency, loading up at wide receiver with bodies, bringing in a slew of defensive backs, and doing a whole lot for the O line, but the star power is lacking. That goes triple for …
– Quarterback. No, Marcus Mariota isn’t the answer to replace Matt Ryan, but he’s coming in as a cheap enough option to explore the possibilities at QB with the eighth overall pick.
With three of the top 58 picks and six of the top 114, there are chances to get other spots if the Falcons want to go quarterback earlier.
– So who’ll be there in the first round for Atlanta? The team desperately needs a No. 1 target with Calvin Ridley out of the mix, and the annual search for a pass rusher continues.
That leaves Florida State DE Jermaine Johnson as a good option, Ohio State WR Garrett Wilson right there, and …
Quarterback. It’s been way too quiet a discussion, but again, Mariota is coming in at a backup’s price. Don’t be totally shocked if the Falcons go with Liberty’s Malik Willis – if he’s there – or even Pitt’s Kenny Pickett. If not, a passer – maybe North Carolina’s Sam Howell – should be around at the 43.
Atlanta Falcons 2021 Draft Picks
1 (4) TE Kyle Pitts, Florida
2 (40) S Richie Grant, UCF
3 (68) OT Jaylen Mayfield, Michigan
4 (108) CB Darren Hall, San Diego State
4 (114) C Drew Dalman, Stanford
5 (148) DT Ta’Quon Graham, Texas
5 (182) DE Adetokunbo Ogundeji, Notre Dame
5 (183) CB Avery Williams, Boise State
6 (187) WR Frank Darby, Arizona State
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