The Super Bowl has concluded, which means the mock drafts continue to pour in. Chad Reuter, a draft pundit for NFL.com, most recently mocked the Falcons selecting Matt Ryan‘s successor in the second round — Carson Strong.
Three-round mock draft!
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— NFL Draft (@NFLDraft) February 14, 2022
Strong has the quintessential quarterback body type at 6’4″ and 215-pounds. He’s got a cannon arm, completing 70% of his passes for 36 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 2021. However, his 36 sacks this past season is cause for concern.
Strong has been hindered by multiple knee injuries and surgeries since high school, which raises some real red flags about his mobility. He even had to sit out Nevada’s bowl game to help his knee recover. Though I don’t think sitting out a bowl game should be held against a prospect, Strong’s string of injuries is concerning.
Reuter’s third-round mock for the Falcons: No. 8 — EDGE David Ojabo; No. 43 — WR Justyn Ross; No. 58 — QB Carson Strong; No. 74 RB Jerome Ford
To me, each of these was an overdraft considering what was still on the board. Derek Stingley, Sauce Gardner, George Karlaftis, Charles Cross, and Trevor Penning were still available when Reuter selected Ojabo for the Falcons. Travon Walker (!!!!) was still available when Ross was picked. Logan Hall and Max Mitchell were on the board when Reuter elected to pick Strong. The worst of the bunch is Ford. DeMarvin Leal, Myjai Sanders, Kingsley Enagbare, John Metchie, and Phidarian Mathis were all selected after the Jerome Ford pick.
All in all, I was not too fond of this mock draft for the Falcons. Still, it is just a mock.
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