Falcons: 2023 Mock Draft Monday 7.0 (3 Rounds)

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After falling to the Saints, the Falcons are slated to pick 7th in the 2023 NFL Draft as I’m writing this (via Tankathon). The typical issues showed themselves. The Falcons couldn’t get to Andy Dalton and their secondary was diced up. There are a lot of directions Atlanta could go, and you have to consider they will have A LOT of money to spend in free agency. For that reason, they shouldn’t have to reach for needs, but I’ll try to consider need when making these picks. If you think I missed a player, I may have covered them; previous editions are below:


Round 1, Pick 8 : EDGE Tyree Wilson — Texas Tech

One of the big risers in the pre-draft process, Wilson has been a force for a respectable Texas Tech squad. He is a mountain of a man at 6’6, 275 pounds, and he chipped in seven sacks in a conference that features a lot of quick passes. Wilson has one of my favorite traits in a defender — he can play inside out. He can disrupt up the middle against the run and gain leverage on the edge to rush the passer or set the edge against the run. He is simply a physically dominant player, and outside of Grady Jarrett, the Falcons don’t have many of those. Wilson would make a great complement to the future ring of honor member.

Round 2, Pick 39: EDGE Nolan Smith — Georgia

I’ll double up on pass rushers; Nolan Smith is projected to fall to the second round after a season-ending injury, but I think his testing and overall likability will keep him in the first round conversation. It’s early, so I’ll take advantage now. Smith is a great athlete and extremely physical player — he’s not afraid to get his hands dirty. His lack of arm length could be a concern, but alongside Grady Jarrett, Tyree Wilson, and whoever the Falcons sign in free agency — he can let his raw athleticism shine. Smith needs some polish, but he gives great effort and has a hot motor. He could develop into a real weapon against the run and pass.

Round 3, Pick 71: CB Garrett Williams — Syracuse

I have had Williams on my radar for a while; the Freshman All American and All ACC Cornerback could be the perfect player to pair with AJ Terrell. Williams is a willing tackler with a nose for the football. He has extremely fluid hips and is a great athlete. He’s shown some good technique and is pretty sticky as a man corner. In 2022, Williams has a sack, two interceptions, three pass breakups, a forced fumble, and a tackle for a loss. He’s the type of do-it-all defensive back the Falcons should covet. I wouldn’t be shocked if he went in the first round in April, but for now, this is about his range. I like a lot of corners in this class, including Illinois’ Devon Witherspoon, South Carolina’s Cam Smith, Georgia’s Kelee Ringo, and Utah’s Clark Phillips.

Photographer: Matthew Visinsky/Icon Sportswire


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