Atlanta Falcons fans are in need of some positive news right about now. The team has posted a losing record in each of the last four seasons and have a multitude of holes all over the roster. Todd McShay projects Atlanta to fix that problem by nailing the first two rounds in his latest NFL mock draft.
Falcons Mock Draft
McShay projects the Falcons to take wide receiver Drake London (No. 8) and safety Lewis Cine (No. 43) before the second round comes to a close. Not only that, but he also has Atlanta making a trade to select quarterback Sam Howell at No. 48 overall. All three picks address major needs for the team.
The Falcons will be without top WR Calvin Ridley for the entirety of the 2022 season and could use a fresh face to take over the primary role. London has the physicality to break away from defenders at the line of scrimmage and racked up 1,084 yards alongside 7 touchdowns during his junior season.
Meanwhile, Cine shined on one of the best defenses in the country. The Georgia standout posted 144 tackles (3.5 for loss), 14 pass breakups and 2 interceptions over the course of 31 college games. His ability to drop into coverage or step up in rush defense gives him a ton of upside at the NFL level.
A second-round QB may not be what Falcons fans were envisioning, but Howell has the talent to outwork expectations. The 21-year-old threw for at least 3,000 yards and 24 touchdowns in each of his three seasons at North Carolina. Developing Howell behind Marcus Mariota may be worth the risk.
The 2022 NFL Draft is set to get underway on Thursday, April 28.
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