The 2022 NFL draft has come and gone and the Atlanta Falcons addressed a handful of needs as this team begins a rebuild as it officially kicks off a new era following the Matt Ryan trade to Indianapolis.
The Atlanta Falcons roster is under construction and this team will likely be picking inside the top five or ten come the 2023 draft and although we’d rather stay away from an early selection, we should brace ourselves for the reality of the upcoming season.
Atlanta opted to draft Desmond Ridder in the third round which likely takes any QBs off the table, meaning CJ Stroud and Bryce Young won’t make an appearance on this board but that doesn’t mean they won’t be in play come next April. It is worth remembering the Cardinals took a QB in the top 10 in back-to-back drafts a couple years back in Josh Rosen and Kyler Murray and it worked out with flying colors.
If Desmond Ridder is unable to put together a solid season there is no reason Atlanta cannot follow the same path as the Cardinals. Ridder was a third-round pick meaning parting ways with Ridder wouldn’t be difficult or badly hurt Atlanta’s cap space.
However, for this particular exercise let’s assume Ridder shows enough in Atlanta to be considered their quarterback for the 2023 season. Who could Atlanta target at the top of next year’s draft? Here are ten top non-QB prospects that Atlanta should consider taking and would push the rebuild in the right direction.