Position the Atlanta Falcons should target with each 2022 draft pick
Atlanta should be looking to take another cornerback for depth in the fifth round
As previously mentioned, this Atlanta Falcons cornerback group is about as bad as there is in the league—excluding A.J. Terrell who has been phenomenal this year.
While they addressed the position early, they can afford to add another corner in a later round.
The position just needs more talent, they currently have Darren Hall and Avery Williams who are rookies but Hall has struggled when forced into action and Williams should not be counted on as much as he already has.
Hopefully, both of them will continue to grow and possibly allow the team to look elsewhere in the later rounds, possibly by adding another receiver or defensive lineman.
Obviously, when you get to the later rounds, a lot of the decision comes down to who has the most talent and upside, not so much the position. You want to find those players who will contribute like Foye Oluokun or Russell Gage have, let’s hope it is at the corner position.
With their last two picks, the Falcons should look at adding a running back and a special teamer
When it gets to the last two rounds in the NFL draft, the chances that you hit on a player are extremely low, so you tend to look at less valued positions where a player could sneak through the cracks, and certainly running backs and any type of special teams player fit that mold, giving the Falcons a chance to hit the jackpot late in the draft.
Starting with runningback, this would be a great time to find an electric player to carry the ball. Currently, the team has Cordarrelle Patterson who has been spectacular, and Mike Davis who has been solid. They can afford to add another guy, especially if Patterson ends up landing a contract elsewhere.
There have been numerous running backs in the league that come from late-round picks. It is smart to target them late, as their careers usually do not last as long as the other positions.
This late in the draft there are a lot of diamonds in the rough and hopefully, Terry Fontenot will be able to find them like he did with New Orleans.
For the last selection in the draft, Atlanta should look for a punter or an ace special teamer.
Punter may not be the flashy move, but it is the seventh round and the team has struggled at the position this season. They have already used Sterling Hofrichter, Dom Maggio, Cameron Nizialek, and Dustin Colquitt at this one position.
It is time to find a new punter that will hold down the position for the next decade or so.
If they do not identify one, then move on to finding a player who can be a Pro Bowl special teams player like Justin Bethel or Matthew Slater would be beneficial.