For the better part of the season, the Falcons had one of the best special teams units in the NFL. Younghoe Koo, Thomas Morstead and Josh Harris didn’t miss a kick attempt or have a bad punt the entire time Morstead was with the Falcons.
The Atlanta Falcons have a young safety group with a ton of potential if Dean Pees will start the younger guys instead of focusing only on the veterans they bring in.
Cornerback could be a strength for the Falcons in 2022. The Falcons have one of the best corners in the NFL in A.J. Terrell to build around.
Linebacker was somewhat a strength for the Atlanta Falcons during the 2021 season. Between Deion Jones, Mykal Walker and Foye Oluokun, the Falcons group had 365 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, four sacks, 16 pass deflections, four interceptions and a fumble forced. That being said, money may end up breaking up the Falcons grouping from 2021 and cause one of the three primary linebackers to play for another team.
Calvin Ridley is holding the Atlanta Falcons wide receiver and tight end situation hostage and his decision will shape this group in 2022.
The biggest issue for the Falcons defense is a lack of talent at edge defender both in the pass rushing and run defending aspects of the defense. Atlanta’s defensive line has needs, but edge defender has more needs than the defensive line does. Atlanta will need to find two starters and a speed rotational rusher to take advantage of defensive coordinator Dean Pees coverage and zone blitzing concepts.
The Atlanta Falcons defensive line is one of the worst units in the NFL in terms of pass rushing and run defending. Adding more talent should be imperative for the Falcons moving forward on their defensive line.