The Falcons (literally) dropped a heartbreaker to the Chargers, but they’re still in the postseason mix. Right now, Tankathon has the Falcons picking 15th, just outside the playoff picture. The previous editions are listed below if you think I missed out on a player:
- Falcons: 2023 Mock Draft Monday 1.0 (3 Rounds)
- Falcons: 2023 Mock Draft Monday 2.0 (3 Rounds)
- Falcons: 2023 Mock Draft Monday 3.0 (3 Rounds)
Round 1, Pick 16: RB Bijan Robinson — Texas
I prefer a defender here, but I haven’t talked about Bijan Robinson yet, so he’s the pick here. The Falcons are also looking at a ton of money available in cap space, so they may be able to fill some current needs with through free agency. Robinson would absolutely be the best player available. When you talk about the best players in the country, Robinson has to be in the conversation. He’s a complete back that can catch the ball and leave defenders behind in a hurry. The Texas Longhorn has tons of patience, vision, balance, and burst inside. He would make a very talented Falcons backfield even better from day one.
Round 2, Pick 48: CB Christian Gonzalez — Oregon
The Falcons may beef up their secondary through free agency, but they’ll still need some fresh blood in the mix. Gonzalez is a Colorado transfer with most of the qualities you want in a cornerback — long, rangy, and a willing tackler when supporting against the run. Gonzalez has reportedly hit 23.3 MPH on the GPS and has posted a 42″ vertical. The tangibles are there. He already has three interceptions on the season and is a guy you can really mold into a monster.
Round 3, Pick 79: WR A.T. Perry — Wake Forest
Calvin Ridley is in Jacksonville, so maybe the Falcons will look to grab another receiver after theoretically fortifying the trenches in free agency. Perry is Arthur Smith’s type of wideout — 6’5 and 205 pounds. After snagging 15 touchdowns last year, Perry is having another solid season. He uses his body to box out defensive backs and win 50-50 balls. Pairing another big, tall receiver with Drake London and Kyle Pitts could very well be part of the plan.
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