Dane Brugler of The Athletic, who was early to the Travon Walker party last year, has released his first mock draft of the offseason. Obviously, we’re a few months away; free agency and the combine are still on the horizon, but he has two interesting picks for the Falcons:
🚨Mock Draft 2.0🚨
– Two rounds
– Three trades (all three are teams going up for a QB)
– A few new names in the 1st roundhttps://t.co/hyTPO9uJYd
— Dane Brugler (@dpbrugler) January 17, 2023
First, Brugler has Atlanta selecting OT Peter Skoronski out of Northwestern, which I don’t hate:
8. Atlanta Falcons: Peter Skoronski, OT/G, Northwestern
Originally, I had the Falcons keeping Georgia left tackle Broderick Jones in his home state with this pick, but Peter Skoronski would give Atlanta a little more flexibility on the offensive line. While his lack of length is a legitimate concern, Skoronski has outstanding tape due to his feet, technique and processing. Scouts believe he has five-position versatility, which would allow the Falcons to move him around and get their five best blockers on the field.
I do think that Broderick Jones is a superior prospect, but Brugler is right that Skoronski can play more positions, and Atlanta could still very well bring back Kaleb McGary. Regardless, I think Atlanta should look to address the trenches and go for the best player available in the draft. In my Mock Draft 1.0, I have the Falcons selecting Joey Porter Jr., who Brugler has going 10th. Next, Brugler has the Falcons selecting Cincinnati WR Tyler Scott in the 2nd Round, who should have some rapport with QB Desmond Ridder. Here’s what The Draft Network has to say about Scott:
Pros: Tyler Scott is a big-play vertical receiver who can truly stress a defense. He aligns both outside and in the slot and garners a ton of respect via off-coverage due to his speed. He’s a true vertical receiver with the speed to get behind the defense. He is outstanding on go routes and posts/corners utilizing his speed to get vertical. He shows an ability to sell underneath and make corners bite and then take off creating easy separation. He has strong hands and very good ball-tracking ability both over the top and also working his way back to the football. A weapon with the ball in his hands, all he needs is an angle and he can take it the distance. He projects as a strong option as a punt returner.
Cons: Size and three-down value are limiting factors for Tyler Scott. He is short and slight, and that shows up when he is pressed at the line. He gets re-routed during his stem when faced with contact and physicality. He projects as more of a one-trick pony with his vertical speed rather than an every-down receiver who runs the full route tree. I appreciate his toughness and competitiveness, but his slight frame makes breaking tackles very challenging.
I have other prospects in mind, but the Falcons could absolutely use some help at wide receiver.
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