The Atlanta Falcons get a top pass rusher at pick eight, and attack offense heavily on day two of this 7-round 2022 NFL Mock Draft.
It’s clear that the Atlanta Falcons are in a rebuilt. After trading away Julio Jones to the Titans last offseason, and trading franchise quarterback Matt Ryan to the Colts this offseason, it’s giving general manager Terry Fontenot and head coach Arthur Smith a fresh start. They have five picks in the first three rounds of the 2022 NFL Draft, and in a class that has potential starters across the board on day two, they are in a perfect position.
The question that many have heading into the draft is if there will be pressure at all to secure a potential franchise quarterback early at pick eight. If someone like Malik Willis falls, will ownership take a passive-aggressive approach to coax Fontenot and the scouting department to go that direction?
Atlanta Falcons Mock Draft: Offense-Heavy On Day Two
Other than that, it’s all about the needs. Edge rusher and receiver are two important spots to address, and this is the perfect draft for it. The offensive line is still an area that needs work. Not to mention, adding a workhorse running back make sense as well.
Let’s look at how the 2022 NFL Draft could go for the Atlanta Falcons in this 7-round 2022 NFL Mock Draft, which features a heavy dose of offense on day two.
Note: This mock draft was completed using the NFL Mock Draft Database simulator.
Round 1, 8th Overall: Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon
We really, truly, know nothing ahead of the 2022 NFL Draft. Travon Walker could go first or be available here. Kayvon Thibodeaux could go to anyone between picks two to four, or he could be available here. We’re going to bet on the slide that has been talked about all process and believe that the Atlanta Falcons will get value here at eight.
The aforementioned need at edge rusher is massive, and Thibodeaux going at eight only ignites the chip on his shoulder. The motor concerns are ridiculous, and Thibodeaux is among the best at dipping and winning around the arc. Develop some more pass rush moves and the Falcons will finally have their long-term answer on the edge.