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Atlanta Falcons Mock Draft Roundup 5.0

Throughout the year and leading up to the 2022 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:

SI - Hanson (3/11)

8. Garrett Wilson, WR, Ohio State

The Falcons may be in an ideal position to trade back with a team interested in securing its choice of QB while still being able to get a quality wide receiver later in the first round. Edge was also a consideration here, but Calvin Ridley is suspended for the 2022 season, and Russell Gage and Tajae Sharpe are heading toward free agency. Wilson ran faster than expected in Indianapolis (4.38 40-yard dash) and is the best all-around talent at wide receiver in this draft class.

CBS Sports - Fornelli (3/11)

8. Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State

I wonder if Calvin Ridley will bet on the Falcons to take a WR with this pick now that he's been suspended. I think it's worth a shot because while Atlanta has other needs, a player like Olave could slot right into Ridley's role. Olave is a smooth athlete who looks effortless in everything he does and has a great sense of how to find open space and excellent footwork to help create separation.

San Diego Union Tribune - Brown (3/10)

8. Travon Walker, EDGE, Georgia

I don't anticipate the Falcons being active in free agency with their salary cap issues, so that means addressing the pass rush here. Walker offers premium versatility and immense power. He is an elite run defender, but will need to sharpen his technique to become a more consistent pass rusher.

The Draft Network - Crabbs (3/9)

8. Travon Walker, EDGE, Georgia

Wow. Walker put on a display during Saturday night's testing. For a player who used to play around 290, Walker is certainly shining with premier athleticism. The end result? A top-10 projection here. Walker has more density than David Ojabo, more power than Jermaine Johnson, and more length than George Karlaftis. That'll play. And the Falcons benefit by getting a dynamic presence on the edge.

ESPN - McShay (3/9)

8. Drake London, WR, USC

Eight Falcons players caught at least 10 passes last season, but only two of them -- tight end Kyle Pitts and running back Mike Davis -- are expected to be in uniform for Atlanta in 2022, after receiver Calvin Ridley was suspended on Monday for betting on games. A team has used top-10 picks on pass-catchers in back-to-back drafts three times since 1967, but there might not be another team in the NFL more in need of a top-tier receiver right now. London plays outside and in the slot, threatens vertically and can make plays over the middle. He played in only eight games last season (right ankle fracture), but he had at least 130 receiving yards in six of them.

TRADE - 29. Matt Corral, QB, Mississippi

Quarterback Matt Ryan has two years left on his deal, but the Falcons could get out of his contract with a much lighter dead-cap hit next offseason ($15.6 million). In the meantime, why not draft a quarterback with upside and let him learn from Ryan for a full season? Corral didn't workout at the combine as he recovers from an ankle injury sustained in Ole Miss' bowl game, but he brings a quick release, a good arm and plenty of mobility to the table. Atlanta's passing game needs a total revamp, and this pick could be a home run if Corral takes the next step under Ryan's tutelage.

NFL.com - Zierlein (3/8)

8. Kayvon Thibodeaux, EDGE, Oregon

Hard to imagine the Falcons passing on a player with such immense upside at a position of desperate need.

Touchdown Wire - Schofield (3/8)

8. Drake London, WR, USC

One might think that quarterback is in play with this selection from the Atlanta Falcons, and Malik Willis could be an ideal fit for Arthur Smith.

But, in the wake of the Calvin Ridley news, have you taken a look at their receiver depth chart at the moment?

This is an intriguing wide receiver class, but Drake London offers a solid NFL skill-set including the ability to win against press-coverage defenders on a variety of routes. Others might look at different options for WR1, but London gives the Falcons a solid option for their receiver room on Day One.

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