The Atlanta Falcons have a lot of holes and free agency should help them address some. But the draft is where they’re going to truly rebuild the roster. Their biggest holes are at edge, on the offensive line and at wide receiver. Atlanta should use the draft to address some of those holes in an efficient way. This mock draft shows how the Falcons can do exactly that
With help from the Draft Network’s Mock Draft Machine, we break down what the Falcons could do pending minimal free agency moves. Free agency will change a lot of of things for Atlanta, but this could help the Falcons should they focus more on re-signings than anything else.
Atlanta Falcons Mock Draft
Round 1, No. 8 overall: EDGE Jermaine Johnson, Florida State
The Falcons have terrible pass rush with the least amount of sacks in the NFL. A free agent signing would be ideal, but adding a premiere pass rusher in the draft would help. Jermaine Johnson is amazing as an athlete and can turn the Falcons pass rush into a solid one with his array of pass rush moves. He’s also one hell of a run defender who can set the edge and instantly upgrade the edge defense.
Round 2, No. 43 overall: OL Kenyon Green, Texas A&M
Jaylen Mayfield was terrible as a rookie and might be in over his head at this point as an NFL starting offensive lineman. Kenyon Green was amazing at Texas A&M. Green fits in well with what the Falcons need at left guard with his agility, speed and size. He’s a guy who will improve the terrible pass blocking that Mayfield provided and has the speed to get to the second level.
Round 2, No. 58 overall: WR George Pickens, Georgia
George Pickens is a big, fast target who could be a No. 1 receiver in the Falcons offense. His size at 6-foot-3″ allows him to be a threat in the red zone. His speed allows the Falcons to have a deep threat at wide receiver. Pickens and 2021 first-round pick Kyle Pitts would be a great combination for Matt Ryan. Pickens has some injury concerns, and that would be why he falls.
Round 3, No. 74 overall: WR John Metchie III, Alabama
The Falcons need a second receiver in this draft to replenish the wide receiver corps. John Metchie was amazing at Alabama and has shown through his three years there that he can be a great No. 2 or No. 3 receiving option in an offense. Metchie plays very similarly to Roddy White and has the same kind of athletic profile. Metchie only falls this far because of his ACL injury.
Round 4, No. 112 overall: EDGE Myjai Sanders, Cincinnati
The best fit in the draft outside of Kayvon Thibodeaux for the Falcons scheme is Myjai Sanders. He was a little light at the combine due to an illness, but has shown that he’s an elite athlete regardless. Sanders showed as a sophomore and junior that he can play the outside linebacker role flawlessly. Once he gets his weight up, he could be a perfect 3-down edge defender in the Falcons’ scheme.
Round 5, No. 150 overall: RB Rachaad White, Arizona State
The Atlanta Falcons will need a long-term option at running back that can be a true zone rusher. Rachaad White has a great frame and is similar to Tevin Coleman in his strengths as a zone running back. He has good vision and ridiculous speed for a man his size. His receiving ability is exceptional for a running back and his athletic profile is near the top at his position.
Round 6, No. 188 overall: DL Thomas Booker, Stanford
The Atlanta Falcons love athletes on the defensive line. In 2021, they selected Ta’Quon Graham and this season, adding Thomas Booker would add another athlete up front. Booker posted a 9.81 RAS and has shown that he can destroy an interior offensive line whether as a nose tackle, defensive tackle or defensive end. The versatility and athleticism up front will be a massive asset.
Round 6, No. 211 overall: S Smoke Monday, Auburn
The Falcons would love a player like Smoke Monday on their roster helping out their depth at safety and on special teams. Monday was a captain for Auburn and has incredible instincts in the field. His speed and athleticism fits in with the Falcons’ desire for top-tier athletes. The Auburn safety posted a 9.19 RAS at the Combine to rank in the 92nd percentile of athletes to ever test.