The Atlanta Falcons are currently rebuilding and the sun is finally shining on the other side of the hill for this franchise. They still have some key issues on the roster, but this offseason will allow this front office to construct a strong foundation to build upon. We take a look at how the Falcons can do that with our very own 2022 NFL Mock Draft.
We should see this organization take a balanced approach through the NFL Draft. There are multiple holes on this roster and it’d be wise to acquire talent on both sides of the ball. Although the Falcons could use an upgrade at quarterback, this franchise should consider building around Marcus Mariota instead. That would create a great foundation for an exciting rookie quarterback in 2023.
With that said, here is our full Atlanta Falcons 2022 NFL Mock Draft.
Falcons 2022 NFL Mock Draft
Round 1 – 8th Pick Overall: Garrett Wilson (WR)
Kyle Pitts is likely going to be a monster for the Falcons, but Atlanta desperately needs help in the wide receiver position. With the eighth pick overall, the front office can make a splash selection by taking Garrett Wilson. He’s viewed as one of the top two receivers in this year’s class and would immediately improve the passing game for this offense.
Round 2 – 43rd Pick Overall: Jalen Pitre (CB)
The Falcons have a chance to generate a top-level secondary. AJ Terrell looks like the next star cornerback in the NFL, however, he can’t defend wide receivers by himself. Jalen Pitre is a legitimate prospect who should make an impact from the get-go. Acquiring Pitre will only help Atlanta, as he has the potential to become the second shut-down cornerback on the roster.
Round 2 – 58th Pick Overall: Kingsley Enagbare (EDGE)
Atlanta’s defensive line is a concern, but with two picks in the second round, the front office can reel in an exciting prospect. Kingsley Enagbare is a solid pass rusher with all of the tools needed to succeed. A strong pass rush is a perfect complement to an elite secondary, so look for the Falcons to find a defensive lineman early in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Round 3 – 74th Pick Overall: Dylan Parham (G)
The Falcons have struggled in the trenches for quite some time, so the front office should aim to grab at least one offensive lineman on day two of the NFL Draft. Dylan Parham is shaping up to be a great prospect. He likely needs some time to develop, but he has the potential to become a weekly starter for years to come.
Round 3 – 82nd Pick Overall: Justyn Ross (WR)
Considering how bad the receiving room is in Atlanta, it wouldn’t be shocking to see the front office double-dip at wide receiver. Justyn Ross is a big-bodied target who would serve as a red-zone threat. Similar to Parham, Ross might need a year of development before earning a more prominent role. At the very least, the Falcons immediately strengthen their receiving core in 2022.
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Round 4 – 114th Pick Overall: Deangelo Malone (EDGE)
Here is where the Falcons could continue stacking up their defensive line. Deangelo Malone definitely needs time to develop, but he could serve as a rotational player until he’s ready for a bigger role. Regardless, Malone brings depth to Atlanta in a position they lack talent.
Round 5 – 151st Pick Overall: Noah Elliss (DL)
Noah Elliss plays like an old-school defensive tackle. He’s great at run-stopping and filling the lanes. If the Falcons are patient and develop Elliss the right way, he could become a solid contributor to this franchise in a year or two.
Round 6 – 190th Pick Overall: Nephi Sewell (LB)
Brother of Penei Sewell, Nephi Sewell is one of the most underrated linebackers in this class. He was a stud playing for the Utah Utes, as he showcased strong leadership throughout his final year in college. Like most late-round prospects, Sewell will need to develop. However, the Falcons could get lucky and find a gem in Nephi Sewell.
Round 6 – 213th Pick Overall: Luke Wattenberg (C)
With their final selection of the 2022 NFL Draft, we have the Falcons taking Luke Wattenberg. He’s been a decent center throughout his collegiate career and would be in line to be the immediate backup next season. Wattenberg could use a year or two of playing on the practice squad before he’s ready, but he fills a need for this franchise late in the NFL Draft.