10. Atlanta Falcons
In the last two drafts, the Atlanta Falcons have thrown a bit of caution to the wind. Kyle Pitts was the fourth pick in the 2021 draft. Drake London was picked eighth in 2022. Now, even with some pressure to get another edge rusher to get after the quarterback, it could be “positional value be darned” again in the 2023 NFL Draft. Bijan Robinson continues to be rumored to Atlanta at pick eight, because Arthur Smith wants to run, run, run. Robinson getting 15-20 carries a game with Allgeier supplanting him with 10-15 more is exactly how you keep things off of Desmond Ridder’s shoulders.
But, if it isn’t Robinson at pick eight, there will be options for them. Nolan Smith is the popular selection right now, as he has the star by him as a Georgia guy, something that general manager Terry Fontenot talked about this offseason. Smith plays with impressive power as a run defender and hand usage to counter as a pass rusher. Maybe they get Jalen Carter, and one of the corners could still be enticing for them even after acquiring Jeff Okudah.
What’s going to be real interesting for the Atlanta Falcons in the 2023 NFL Draft is the depth with smaller receivers, edge rushers, and some value for guards and defensive tackles on day two. They can address a lot of their remaining holes this way. Josh Downs, Tyler Scott, or Marvin Mims give the Falcons a different type at receiver. Felix Anudike-Uzomah would be a great addition at edge rusher. There are so many options for these guys to potentially lift themselves to NFC South champs in 2023.