Ranking the Falcons top 10 players going into 2022
10) Mykal Walker – LB
This partially speaks to how thin the Falcons are as a whole since Walker is not exactly the most well-known player at his position. Avery Williams was also considered for this spot as he is a great returner but, again, going back to positional value, returners are not known to be the most valuable of players.
In limited snaps as a rookie, Walker was sensational as a coverage linebacker. In year two, he took a little bit of a step back, as expected, with an increased role, but he was still a very good player as he helped to cover up for Deion Jones’ major struggles.
9) Isaiah Oliver – CB
Isaiah Oliver had his career turned around once the previous coaching staff decided to move him to slot cornerback, ever since then he has excelled as a corner.
In 2021 he was off to a fantastic start before he sustained a season-ending injury just a few weeks into the season. The Falcons wisely resigned him to a one-year deal and while this is a bit of a projection, he should be able to re-establish himself as a quality slot corner.
8) Casey Hayward – CB
Speaking of corners, Casey Hayward came to Atlanta on a cheap deal as a veteran corner who has had success where ever he has gone. It is hard to imagine that that will change as he will be playing behind one of the best corners in the game—someone you know will be high up on this list.
7) Younghoe Koo – K
As mentioned before, Younghoe Koo is one of those players who could be much higher up on this list since he is a top-three player at his position, but it is hard to put him up there because of the position he plays.
This is not to say that kickers are not important, because they are, just ask the Chicago Bears, but he is not on the field nearly as much as the guys ahead of him on this list. Nonetheless, he is one of the best in the league and one of the easiest players to root for in the NFL.