Atlanta Falcons 7-Round 2022 Mock Draft: Offense-Heavy Day Two

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2022 NFL Draft, Justyn Ross
2022 NFL Draft prospect Wide receiver Justyn Ross #8 of the Clemson Tigers (Photo by Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images) /

Round 3, 74th Overall: Cole Strange, OL, Chattanooga

The Atlanta Falcons haven’t been a team to ignore addressing the offensive line. They took both Chris Lindstrom and Kaleb McGary in the first round in 2019, and stayed aggressive on the interior, drafting Matt Hennessy in 2020 and both Jalen Mayfield and Drew Dalman in 2021.

With important options to pick up in Lindstrom and McGary, and not much from the latter three, adding someone to the room should be addressed in the 2022 NFL Draft. Cole Strange would be a phenomenal selection here for the Falcons. He can play any of the three interior spots, has impressive quicks for his size, and has the power to anchor and the active hands to fight in pass protection.

Round 3, 82nd Overall: Justyn Ross, WR, Clemson

Is this early for Justyn Ross? Yes, probably. The medicals aren’t great for Ross with the neck surgery and the long return to action.. However, he looked solid in 2021, and would provide some more size for the receiver room.

Ross was a phenom as a freshman, showing off the ability to win on a vertical plane, dominate the catch point with a ridiculously large catch radius, and had the ability to sink his hips and make defenders miss in space. Some of that athleticism has been sapped, but he’s as technically advanced a route runner as almost anyone in the class, and he’s still got the ball skills at the catch point. If he can be 80 percent of his former self, look out.