Atlanta Falcons 7-Round 2022 Mock Draft: Adding Size, Speed At WR

2022 NFL Draft, Jalen Tolbert. Mandatory Credit: Bryan Lynn-USA TODAY Sports
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The Atlanta Falcons get a top edge rusher, a potential starting quarterback, and size/speed at wide receiver in this 7-round mock draft.

The Atlanta Falcons have navigated some tough waters this offseason. Wide receiver Calvin Ridley is suspended for the 2022 season, and outside of Kyle Pitts, the skill position room looks pretty bleak.

Then there was the debacle of trying to trade for Deshaun Watson, a move that ended with them losing out to the Browns. After that, Atlanta moved on from long time quarterback Matt Ryan, trading him to Indianapolis for the 82nd pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.

Atlanta Falcons Mock Draft: Size/Speed At WR

The Falcons did sign Marcus Mariota to be their starter in 2022, and they are officially in the rebuilding process. With five picks in the top 82 in the 2022 NFL Draft, they have the draft capital to land impact players at several positions.

How could the 2022 NFL Draft shake out for the Atlanta Falcons? This Falcons mock draft dives in to address the skill positions, the front seven, and much more!

Round 1, 8th Overall: Jermaine Johnson II, EDGE, Florida State

It starts at edge for the Atlanta Falcons in this mock draft. For years this team has struggled to find impact players who can sustain success on the edge. From Vic Beasley to Takk McKinley, even Dante Fowler, none have been able to be a cornerstone on defense. It’s time to change that.

In this edge class, getting a quality starter at the top is worth it. Jermaine Johnson II had a phenomenal 2021 season for Florida State, racking up 12 sacks and 17.5 tackles for loss. He’s phenomenal setting the edge, and will make an instant impact as a run defender. His pass rush toolbox is growing rapidly, as shown down at the Senior Bowl. That upside is there despite a low pass rush win rate in 2021. His best is ahead.