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Falcons draft picks 2022: All of Atlanta’s selections, NFL draft results, team order

Not running the 40 yard dash ended up not being a problem for receiver Drake London as he heads to the Falcons as the eighth overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, but he still needs someone to throw to him in Atlanta.

The Falcons finished 7-10 in their first season under Arthur Smith, an improvement from their 4-12 season in 2020 and an encouraging start to Smith’s tenure. That being said, Atlanta is going to look quite different in 2022. For the first time in 15 years, somebody other than Matt Ryan will be under center for the Falcons in Week 1. Atlanta traded their long-time QB to the Colts in March for Indianapolis’ 3rd-round pick this year. The leading candidate to replace Ryan (at least right away) is Marcus Mariota, who the Falcons signed to a 2-year deal earlier this offseason.

Atlanta heads into the 2022 Draft with nine picks, including the 8th overall pick and two picks in both the second and third rounds (thanks to the Ryan trade and last year’s Julio Jones trade with the Titans). That is good news for a club that has work to do all around the roster.

The two most pressing needs are at edge rusher and wide receiver. Last season, the Falcons finished with a league-worst 18 sacks, which was 11 fewer than any other team. Signing OLB Lorenzo Carter (5 sacks in 2021) in free agency was a start, but look for Atlanta to target pass rushers in the draft. It would likely take a trade up to land either Aidan Hutchinson (Michigan) or Kayvon Thibodeaux (Oregon), and given the Falcons have other needs and have multiple picks in both the 2nd and 3rd rounds, that type of move would come as a surprise. Other DEs like Travon Walker (Georgia) or Jermaine Johnson II (Florida State) could also be an option at No. 8.

The Falcons lost two top WRs this offseason. WR Calvin Ridley is suspended indefinitely for betting on games during the 2021 season, and last year’s leading WR Russell Gage signed with the division rival Buccaneers in free agency. That leaves TE Kyle Pitts and WR Olamide Zaccheaus as Mariota’s top pass-catching options, meaning the Falcons are a team primed to take a wide receiver or two in this year’s draft.

Atlanta will also need to replace LB Foyesade Oluokun, who led the NFL in tackles last season. He departed for Jacksonville in free agency.

Click here for the entire 2022 NFL Draft order and keep reading to see where the Falcons will be making picks in the 2022 NFL Draft. Coverage of the latest news from around the NFL is available all year round on PFT’s Peacock channel.

Atlanta Falcons 2022 Draft Picks:

Round 1: No. 8 - Drake London, WR, USC

Round 2: No. 38 (from NYG via NYJ via CAR) - Arnold Ebiketie, DE, Penn State

Round 2: No 58 (from TEN) - Troy Andersen, LB, Montana State

Round 3: No. 74 - Desmond Ridder, QB, Cincinnati

Round 3: No. 82 (from IND) - DeAngelo Malone, LB, Western Kentucky

Round 5: No. 151 - Tyler Allgeier, RB, BYU

Round 6: No. 190 - Justin Shaffer, G, Georgia

Round 6: No.213 - John FitzPatrick, TE, Georgia

Click here to see all of Atlanta’s picks in the 2021 NFL Draft.

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Click here for the full schedule for the 2022 NFL Draft.