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3 Most Likely Falcons Draft Targets With the 8th Overall Pick

Larry Rupp
Three of the most likely draft targets for the Atlanta Falcons with the No. 8 overall pick.
Three of the most likely draft targets for the Atlanta Falcons with the No. 8 overall pick. / Kevin C. Cox/GettyImages

Atlanta Falcons fans cannot help but be disappointed after watching their favorite team finish below the .500 mark for the fourth consecutive season. Playing in the NFC South is no joke and it's safe to say that the Falcons will need to make some changes in the offseason in order to keep up.

Atlanta's focus now turns to the offseason and the upcoming 2022 NFL Draft. Nailing their first-round pick should be a top priority. With that being said, here are three of the most likely draft targets for the Falcons with the No. 8 overall pick.

Atlanta Falcons NFL Draft

1. Kyle Hamilton, S (Notre Dame)

Kyle Hamilton
Drafting Kyle Hamilton would give the Falcons a playmaker on defense. / Scott Taetsch/GettyImages

Grabbing the best player available may be the Falcons' best strategy to take in the first round. That could easily be safety Kyle Hamilton, who shined during his final season with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The 20-year-old posted 34 tackles, 3 interceptions and 4 pass breakups in 7 games played this past fall before going down with an injury. Hamilton has the ability to play a couple different positions in the secondary and his consistency should allow for a smooth transition into the NFL. Adding him to the mix could easily improve a team that finished with the fourth-worst pass defense DVOA rating in the NFL.

2. Jameson Williams, WR (Alabama)

Ja'Corey Brooks, Jameson Williams
Jameson Williams could be the Falcons' No. 1 WR in 2022. / Ron Jenkins/GettyImages

The uncertainty surrounding wide receiver Calvin Ridley's future with the Falcons suddenly creates a gaping hole at the position. Atlanta cannot expect to compete with the best of the best in 2022 with Russell Gage as their top pass-catcher. Drafting Jameson Williams at No. 8 overall fixes that issue immediately. Williams has elite speed and has improved his route-running skills enough to play at the next level. Quarterback Matt Ryan thrives when he has a deep threat available on offense and Williams averaged 20.1 yards per receptions during his lone season with the Crimson Tide. Atlanta has had a lot of success drafting Alabama wideouts in the past. It would make a lot of sense to give it a go once again.

3. George Karlaftis, DE (Purdue)

George Karlaftis
Drafting George Karlaftis would improve a weak Atlanta pass rush. / Steven Branscombe/GettyImages

It's not hard to figure out that the Falcons need help when it comes to their pass rush. Atlanta finished dead last in the NFL with just 17 sacks on the year and failed to put consistent pressure on the opposing quarterback. Defensive end George Karlaftis was constantly in the backfield during his final season at Purdue, though. The star Boilermaker logged 39 tackles, 4.5 sacks and 2 forced fumbles over the course of 12 games played. Karlaftis also dropped back into coverage and broke up 4 pass attempts. The 6-foot-4 pass rusher has the endurance to stay on the field for entire defensive possessions and a motor to make an impact on every snap.

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Larry Rupp is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Larry Rupp also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username phillyfan424. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.