Falcons: 2023 Mock Draft Monday 8.0 (3 Rounds)

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This will be the final Mock Draft Monday of the season! After this, we’ll be shifting to the 2023 offseason Mock Drafts, and I’ll be doing full seven round selections for the Falcons. After beating the Cardinals, the Falcons are slated to pick 7th via Tankathon.

This is a good spot for the Falcons — the Bears are in a position to trade the second pick to a quarterback needy team, which should leave the Falcons with a lot of good defensive options. Atlanta doesn’t have to take a defender here. They will have money to spend in free agency, but I’m not inspired by this EDGE class and an EDGE is probably going to end up being the best player available. I’ve been mixing up my picks, which is the point of Mock Draft Monday, so if you think I’m missing someone — they may be listed below:

 

Round 1, Pick 7: EDGE Myles Murphy — Clemson

Although the last pass rusher the Falcons took out of Clemson wasn’t exactly a huge success, Murphy is a completely different player. He’s a rare type of athlete at the position with good bend and technique. Additionally, coaches and scouts rave about his character — he seems like a really good kid. The former top recruit profiles as a plug and play starter who should be able to improve an abysmal pass rush almost immediately. That’s a pretty good start for a team that simply can’t get to the quarterback regularly.

 

Round 2, Pick 40: CB Devon Witherspoon — Illinois

Witherspoon is a physical, sticky corner that loves to press and is very good at it. He has good hands at the point of attack, and he has the size and length you want in a modern NFL cornerback. He has a good frame and is pretty technically sound. He’s a strong tackler that, at worst, should be able to contribute on special teams immediately. At best, you have a plug and play starter and AJ Terrell’s running mate for at least the next four years.

 

Round 3, Pick 72: EDGE Zach Harrison — Ohio State

Harrison’s stock may have risen after a good Peach Bowl showing, but this is around where scouts have him going at the moment. I think his athletic upside makes him a worthy pick for a team that has a pass rush that is almost nonexistent. Harrison can be a little stiff at times, but he’s a great athlete with the length and build you want in a pass rusher. He does need some seasoning and coaching, so hopefully the Falcons get a few guys to patch up the pass rush while he develops. At worst, he’s a rotational piece on a team that doesn’t have much of a rotation. At best, he’s a gem in the third round.

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