The Falcons had a pretty solid draft, and I gave them some favorable marks in my way-too-early draft grades. I didn’t expect Atlanta to be as active with undrafted free agents as they have in the past, mostly because they had the salary cap room to actually fill out the roster. In the two previous years of this regime, they needed bodies and added upwards of 15-20 undrafted guys to their camp roster. This year, they don’t have as many, but I think a few guys could end up making the practice squad at a minimum.
EDGE Ikenna Enechukwu — Rice
With a crowded EDGE room, Enechukwu will have an uphill fight to make the roster, but it’s not out of the realm of possibility. Ade Ogundeji is probably on the roster bubble, and Enechukwu easily could have been drafted. He has the body and athleticism to be an NFL pass rusher, but his technique is very raw. If he shows out in camp, he’s going to force the Falcons to make a tough decision.
WR Justin Marshall — Buffalo
The Covington, GA native transferred to Buffalo from Louisville and had a great 2022-2023 season. He has a great frame and strong hands to go along with pretty good straight-line speed. He isn’t super quick, but he could be a decent intermediate threat if he can develop a route tree. I like his upside in a shaky wide receiver room, but if the Falcons manage to grab a free agent wide receiver after cuts, his battle for a roster spot gets even tougher.
LB Mike Jones Jr. — LSU
Who? The former Clemson and LSU Tiger had a rough combine, but there’s a lot to like about this signing. He profiles as a nickel linebacker who can stick with smaller receivers, but that’s about where he caps out. He could be a decent special teamer, so we’ll see if he can stick in a thin linebacker group.
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