Falcons 2023 Offseason: One Free Agent, One Draft Pick, One Trade — Running Back

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The series rolls on! We’ve already covered quarterbacks, so let’s move on to the backfield. This is actually one of the stronger positions on the Falcons, but this is still a pretty stacked draft class. Tyler Allgeier has been a breakout rookie, and Cordarrelle Patterson is one of the best players on the team. Unfortunately, Caleb Huntley tore his achilles, but he was having a nice season before the injury. Still, we’re doing this with every position, so we’re going to cover it no matter what. Let’s get started. Previous editions are listed below:

One Free Agent: Justin Jackson

This was the most difficult part of the exercise. The Falcons adding anything more than an RB3 in free agency doesn’t make much sense, so that’s what I did. I pondered Jamaal Williams here since I wanted him so badly in 2021, but Tyler Allgeier has clearly become this team’s thumper. They would be best off keeping Caleb Huntley when he becomes an exclusive rights free agent. Nobody is going to pay him big bucks coming off of an achilles injury, and he’s still a good player. The Falcons have a lot to spend, but spending it on a running back would be misguided. Instead of Williams, I went with another Lions running back. Justin Jackson is solid and can catch the ball out of the backfield. He shouldn’t cost too much and would be one of the better RB3s in football.

 

One Draft Pick: Blake Corum

Unfortunately, I LOVE this running back class. Picking one was difficult. You can sub out Corum for Robinson, Charbonnet, Gibbs, Ibrahim, Evans, Tucker, Bigsby, McIntosh, Achane — I wouldn’t complain. The Falcons probably don’t need to spend a pick on a running back, but I love Corum if they do. He’s a very physical runner with good vision, and if his most recent injury drops his draft stock, I wouldn’t hesitate to pounce on him on day three.

 

One Trade: JK Dobbins

JK Dobbins has been riddled with injuries, and you can tell at times he was hobbled. Fun fact — the pick the Ravens used on Dobbins was the pick they got from the Falcons for Hayden Hurst. If the Ravens decide to draft a back and move on from Dobbins, I’d be willing to buy low on him. He’s a dangerous player when he’s healthy, and he’s only 24 years old.

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