Sunday, January 15, 2023

Atlanta Falcons 2023 NFL Mock Draft Roundup 3.0

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2023 NFL Draft, we will update our Atlanta Falcons Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the Atlanta Falcons from several prominent sites and draft analysts.

The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Falcons:

CBS Sports - Stackpole (1/13)

8. Tyree Wilson, EDGE, Texas Tech

The Falcons ranked last in the NFL in sack percentage in 2022 (3.61%), which was actually better than their performance in 2021 (3.03%). Simply put, they need an alpha edge rusher to make plays in the backfield. Tyree Wilson, who racked up a combined 27.5 tackles for loss and 14 sacks the past two seasons at Texas Tech, can be that player.

San Diego Union Tribune - Brown (1/12)

8. Myles Murphy, EDGE, Clemson

The Falcons simply can't pressure the quarterback. Murphy features very similar dimensions/traits to 2022 No. 1 overall draft pick Travon Walker, and could potentially crack the top-five.

NBC Sports Chicago - Morgan (1/12)

8. Bryan Bresee, IDL, Clemson

Bresee is freakishly quick for a man his size (6-foot-5, 305 pounds) having registered a 40-time of 4.7 seconds. In addition to his short area quickness, Bresee's weight room strength (435 pound bench press) translates onto the field by consistently out-leveraging opponents. Bresee's ability to align as either a three-technique or five-technique defender makes his versatility an asset many NFL coordinators covet.

Yahoo! Sports - McDonald (1/11)

8. Tyree Wilson, EDGE, Texas Tech

No team has fewer sacks than the Falcons over the past two seasons. Their pass rush has been an issue for almost a decade now, and it's time to get serious about fixing it. Wilson is a freak athlete who can play a couple positions on the line, but he'll make his money on the edge in the NFL.

Walter Football (1/11)

8. Myles Murphy, EDGE, Clemson

The Falcons have been ranked dead last in pressure rate in each of the past two seasons. With plenty of defensive line talent in the 2023 NFL Draft, the Falcons should walk away with a blue-chip player to help in his department.

Myles Murphy has immense potential as a 3-4 defensive end in the NFL, but can also be a 4-3 edge.

CBS Sports - Trapasso (1/11)

8. Tyree Wilson, EDGE, Texas Tech

The Falcons defense has a giant void on the outside rusher position, and Wilson is a huge, athletic specimen with serious pass-rush ability.

USA Today - MMS (1/10)

8. Tyree Wilson, EDGE, Texas Tech

While going into Year 3 of a regime with a third-round quarterback might seem risky, Arthur Smith and Terry Fontenot might be content to entrust the reins to Desmond Ridder — or at least stave off using a high selection on a passer. Instead, the shrewd move might be using that premium pick to bolster a pass rush that generated just 21 sacks. The 6-6, 275-pound Wilson can punish blockers whether operating inside or on the edge, though he'll need to prove he can consistently beat opposing offensive linemen at the next level with his speed.

Bleacher Report (1/9)

8. Jordan Addison, WR, USC

Whoever starts at quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons next season will feel like he showed up at one of Oprah's once-famous prize giveaway episodes.

"You get an offensive weapon! You get an offensive weapon! You get an offensive weapon!"

[Insert obligatory Oprah GIF.]

The Falcons spent back-to-back top-10 picks on tight end Kyle Pitts and wide receiver Drake London. Both are promising young targets who can be dynamic threats when used correctly with the right personnel around them.

A strong cockpit is the best way to make the Falcons an intriguing option for quarterbacks if the team isn't entirely comfortable drafting one at this juncture. As such, the addition of yet another standout wide receiver comes under consideration.

"The Falcons offense already has two oversized ball-winners," Klassen said. "What they need is someone with high-end movement skills to open up the field.

"USC's Jordan Addison brings that exact skill set. Though a bit thin at 6'0" and 175 pounds, Addison is electric. The 2021 Biletnikoff Award winner has snappy feet as a route-runner and dangerous stop-start explosiveness, which makes him especially dangerous in the underneath area and at the goal line. Addison also brings wicked burst and high-end speed as a ball-carrier to make him dangerous as a screen and jet-motion option. Both specialties fit perfectly within head coach Arthur Smith's system.

"Addison will get bullied sometimes by stronger corners, but this offense has other big, tough targets anyway."

The 33rd Team (1/9)

8. Myles Murphy, EDGE, Clemson

Atlanta registered just 21 sacks this season, ranking 31st in the league. The 6-foot-5 Murphy is a twitchy edge rusher who should be a good fit in Atlanta's scheme and allow the Falcons to climb those ranks next season. The junior was consistently productive for the Tigers, amassing more than 10 tackles for a loss every season in college and registering 14.5 sacks combined the past two seasons.

PFF - Renner (1/9)

8. Tyree Wilson, EDGE, Texas Tech

Wilson is just what the doctor ordered for the Falcons' defensive line. He's the kind of edge-setter that their defense has been missing for some time. The 6-foot-6, 275-pounder has a wingspan over 7 feet long and uses that length to consistently win the first-contact battle against offensive tackles. He racked up a career-high 50 pressures this past season.

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