Falcons Senior Bowl Spotlight: Wide Receivers

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The Falcons could have a completely different group of receivers going into 2022, with the exception of 2021 draftee Frank Darby. Calvin Ridley could be traded, and everyone else is a free agent. I think Atlanta gets something done with Russell Gage, but regardless, they need a ton of help at the position. Good for the Falcons, even outside of the Senior Bowl, there is plenty of talent at the position. I’ll be covering all of the offensive groups while Alex tackles the defense. Previous editions are listed below:

National Team

Christian Watson – North Dakota State

Let my get my gushing over Christian Watson out of the way now. I think he’s going to fly up draft boards, especially after the combine. He moves exceptionally well for a 6’5 wide receiver, and he fights for the football at the point of attack. He should be in serious consideration for the Falcons in the second round if he’s available; he’s a guy you can build a wide receiver core around.

Alec Pierce – Cincinnati

Pierce is another dynamic playmaker with the football in his hands, and he has the ideal blend of size, speed, and quickness you want in an NFL wide receiver. Even at 6’3, he plays like a slot receiver with excellent hands. He’s a prospect fans should be watching very closely this week.

Romeo Doubs – Nevada

Doubs was one of Carson Strong‘s favorite targets at Nevada, and for good reason. Along with having great size, he can make big plays at the point of attack and has a massive catch radius. He has fantastic potential as an NFL prospect.


Jahan Dotson – Penn State

Another one of my favorite receiver prospects, Dotson has been featured in multiple mock drafts I’ve posted. He is a smooth route runner with exceptional hands and is a guy who can make an impact on an NFL roster from day one.

Braylon Sanders – Ole Miss

Onto one of Matt Corral‘s favorite targets, Sanders has one of the best catch radiuses in college football, and he’s a good athlete that can get vertical in a hurry. He could be the big time deep threat the Falcons need in a later round of the draft.



American Team

Jalen Tolbert – South Alabama

I’ve been a fan of Jalen Tolbert for a while, and he uses his body perfectly to adjust to the football and win against press coverage.

Tre Turner – Virginia Tech

Turner is another big bodied X receiver that can adjust to the ball when it’s in the air and beat man coverage on intermediate routes, which, as you can see, is a trend among these guys. Turner has fantastic vision after the catch as well, and he’s definitely on my radar.


Calvin Austin III – Memphis

Although he doesn’t fit the mold of some of the previous receivers (Austin is only 5’7), he’s a dynamic athlete that can leave a defense behind in a hurry. The Falcons value guys who can make plays in space, and Austin can do a whole lot of that.

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