Everyone is doing their mock drafts right now since there’s basically nothing else to talk about with the NFL right now until free agency starts, and I try not to put too much weight into them. Let people have their opinions and have fun with the scenarios. However, I really like this one from Justin Melo of the Draft Network:
How can the Falcons use the 2023 NFL Draft to their advantage? Here's a 7-round look at what Atlanta could do in April to help them rise in the NFC South.#NFLDraft | #DirtyBirdshttps://t.co/TIyWmHYvq0
— The Draft Network (@TheDraftNetwork) February 23, 2023
Melo takes a similar approach that I do — drafting high upside defenders and pieces on offense that contributed at a high level in college. I don’t agree with all of the picks, but I would give this draft an A or higher if it came to fruition.
As you can see, it starts off with Joey Porter Jr., who I’m a huge fan of. I probably like someone like Christian Gonzalez and especially Devon Witherspoon a little more, but Porter Jr. has the makings of a fantastic pro. Here’s how their picks shook out:
Round 1, Pick 8: CB Joey Porter Jr. — Penn State
Round 2, Pick 45: EDGE Felix Anudike-Uzomah — Kansas State
Round 3, Pick 76: DT Keeanu Benton — Wisconsin
Round 4, Pick 111: WR Cedric Tillman — Tennessee
Round 4, Pick 114: RB Kenny McIntosh — Georgia
Round 5, Pick 162: OL Nick Broeker — Ole Miss
Round 7, Pick 227: CB Jaylon Jones — Texas A&M
Round 7, Pick 248: S Ji’Ayir Brown — Penn State
I highly encourage you to read the full mock, his rationale is well thought out and something that Falcons fans should read leading up to the draft.
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