The Falcons currently hold the No. 6 pick in the 2023 NFL Draft with two games left to play, and there is a ton of wiggle room. Atlanta could finish as high as the No. 2 overall pick and as low as the No. 13 overall pick, depending on how the team’s final two contests shake out. Right now, though, the Falcons will be selecting No. 6, so here are six prospects the team could target at that spot:
EDGE Myles Murphy, Clemson
Murphy could go higher than No. 6 because of his physical attributes alone. He is a freak at 6-5 and 275 pounds and will garner attention for the same reasons as Travon Walker, according to Dane Brugler. His size should give Dean Pees more flexibility in his alignments. The Falcons need to get better along the defensive front in the worst way possible.
OT Paris Johnson Jr., Ohio State
The Falcons will likely re-sign Kaleb McGary this offseason; hopefully, it’s at a reasonable price point, but tackles don’t come cheap. I wouldn’t be surprised if the Falcons drafted multiple offensive linemen, including an eventual successor for McGary. Johnson is physically gifted but has plenty to clean up.
DT Bryan Bresee, Clemson
Bresee’s physical profile is similar to Murphy’s in that both will garner top 10 selections because of it. Bresee and Grady Jarrett would be a force along the interior. The pair of Clemson defenders will be the best Falcons tandem, maybe ever, if Bresee pans out.
QB C.J. Stroud, Ohio State
Stroud should garner a top 10 pick, but I’m not going to pretend to be some quarterback guru. He could go as high as No. 3 or potentially fall out of the top 10. What I do know is that the Falcons don’t have the luxury of passing on a potential franchise quarterback because of Desmond Ridder. He certainly projects to be a respectable starter in this league, but nothing is guaranteed. And when it comes to quarterbacks, I believe teams should take as many swings as possible.
DT Jalen Carter, Georgia
This is an absolute pipe dream at No. 6, but if a run on quarterbacks happens, the Falcons could stand to benefit. Carter is arguably the best player in this draft and rivals Will Anderson for the most physically dominant player in football. Carter and Grady Jarrett would give Atlanta a menacing tandem on the inside. It’s doubtful, but stranger things have happened.
QB Will Levis, Kentucky
Will Levis might not be a top 10 pick. I wasn’t that impressed with his season for the Wildcats, but it’s probably not his fault. Rich Scangarello was fired, and Kentucky had no offensive weapons. He’s got all the tangible skills to warrant a top pick if the franchise believes they can develop the other parts of his game. He’s a huge guy, uber-athletic, and has a hose for an arm.
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