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:
- Falcons Senior Bowl Spotlight: Quarterbacks
- Falcons Senior Bowl Spotlight: Running Backs
- Falcons Senior Bowl Spotlight: EDGE
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.
Christian Watson demonstrated the ability to create separation as early as high school where he averaged 2.6 yards of separation, per our tracking data. Watson’s Athleticism Score of 83.5 is indicative of a strong athletic background.
— Recruiting Analytics (@RAanalytics) February 3, 2022
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.
Alec Pierce is a bigger receiver and the ability to move laterally well like he does here is going to be a huge asset. He redirects his momentum so smoothly to the inside and creates a large throwing lane. pic.twitter.com/ECfTjnfBKH
— Ben Glassmire (@BenGlassmireNFL) February 2, 2022
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.
Beautiful route by Jahan Dotson pic.twitter.com/XhUyGItxFO
— Billy M (@BillyM_91) November 13, 2021
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.
BRAYLON SANDERS CATCH OF THE YEAR NOMINEE 📸#CFB
— PFF College (@PFF_College) October 2, 2021
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.
Going back through the tape of Day 1/Day 2 of the @seniorbowl
One of my favorite reps from day 1 7on7s is the last play of the period…
Jalen Tolbert adjusts to the football beautifully down the sideline and makes a fantastic catch. He’s really impressed me. pic.twitter.com/lhpLNyBvCG
— JWack (@JaredWackerlyFF) February 3, 2022
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.
Tre Turner is putting on a CLINIC today🤲#CFB
— PFF College (@PFF_College) September 25, 2021
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.
Calvin Austin: Cushion Destroyer pic.twitter.com/P4DfHwML0x
— Joe Broback (@joebroback) February 2, 2022