Best Prospects Available for the Falcons on Day 2 of the 2023 Draft

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The Falcons have picks 44 and 75 on Friday, with the potential to add more. There’s a few names that have slid down the board, and Atlanta could go in a lot of different directions.


QB Will Levis — Kentucky

I doubt Levis falls to Atlanta with Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and New Orleans picking ahead of them. Still, I didn’t expect him to make it this far, so you never know.

Running Back


Okay, I like the Bijan pick, but let’s not get crazy here.

Wide Receivers

WR Rashee Rice — SMU

WR Jonathan Mingo — Ole Miss

WR Cedric Tillman — Tennessee

WR Tank Dell — Houston

WR Josh Downs — North Carolina

WR Jalin Hyatt — Tennessee

WR Marvin Mims Jr. — Oklahoma

WR Jayden Reed — Michigan State

WR A.T. Perry — Wake Forest


I’d be cool with most of these guys, especially Rice, who should be available in the third round. Mingo has an AJ Brown-esque build, and I would expect Arthur Smith to be very interested in a guy like that. I’m perfectly happy snagging a receiver, even after grabbing Bijan Robinson in R1.

Tight End

TE Darnell Washington — Georgia

TE Luke Musgrave — Oregon State

TE Michael Mayer — Notre Dame

TE Zack Kuntz — Old Dominion

TE Tucker Kraft — South Dakota State

This is a sneaky talented group, and even with Kyle Pitts in the fold, I’d be down to add another weapon.

Offensive Tackle

OT Jaelyn Duncan — Maryland

I love Duncan as a developmental guy. He has the size, athleticism, and strength to be a franchise tackle. He needs a little seasoning, but the Falcons have the pieces in place to support his development.

Interior Offensive Line

IOL Cody Mauch — North Dakota State

IOL Chandler Zavala — North Carolina State

IOL John Michael Schmitz — Minnesota

If Mauch makes it to the Falcons, I expect him to get heavy consideration. He has the run blocking chops and athleticism in space the Falcons would covet at left guard. Chandler Zavala has connections to this staff, and with his athleticism, I wouldn’t be shocked if the Falcons picked him up. He makes a lot of sense in round three.

Interior Defensive Line

IDL Adetomiwa Adebawore — Northwestern

IDL Zacch Pickens — South Carolina

IDL Keeanu Benton — Wisconsin

IDL Colby Wooden — Auburn

I like all of these guys, but Adebawore is the most interesting. He’s super athletic and versatile, but I doubt he makes it to pick 44. With interior defensive line being less of a need, I doubt they tap into this position.


EDGE Derick Hall — Auburn

EDGE Keion White — Georgia Tech

EDGE BJ Ojulari — LSU

EDGE Byron Young — Tennessee

EDGE Zach Harrison — Ohio State

EDGE Isaiah Foskey — Notre Dame

EDGE Isaiah McGuire — Missouri

Contrary to a lot of these positions, any of these guys are on the table for the Falcons, and I’d be happy with all of them. Hall is my top choice, but a lot of these guys would be a great get in the third round.


LB Drew Sanders — Arkansas

LB Trenton Simpson — Clemson

If I was running the show, I’m probably going with one of these guys at pick 44. Sanders is an off-ball linebacker/EDGE hybrid that fills a few needs, and he’s a freak athlete. Simpson is a Swiss Army Knife who tested out of his mind. I think the value in the second round is tremendous.


CB Joey Porter Jr. — Penn State

CB Kelee Ringo — Georgia

CB Cam Smith — South Carolina

CB DJ Turner — Michigan

CB Garrett Williams — Syracuse

CB Tyrique Stevenson — Miami

CB Julius Brents — Kansas State

CB Clark Phillips III — Utah

CB Darius Rush — South Carolina

I’ll be shocked if Porter Jr. isn’t one of the first picks of the second round. The Falcons probably won’t get him, but if he falls to 44, there’s no question that he’s the pick. There’s a lot of great options here, and if the Falcons trade back or add an extra second round pick, they’d have to consider a few of these guys.


S Brian Branch — Alabama

S Sydney Brown — Illinois

Weak safety class, but I love the value of Sydney Brown and Branch here. Brown tested out of his mind, and Branch is a very versatile secondary piece.

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