The Draft Wire predicts Falcons first two draft picks in 2023
They always say that it is never too early to look ahead to the next NFL Draft, even if it might be, as the Atlanta Falcons’ scouts are already evaluating the players who will enter the draft next offseason.
The Draft Wire, which is a part of USA Today Sports, has put together their prediction for how the first two rounds could shake-up in the 2023 NFL Draft.
The Draft Wire predicts two big-named Alabama players will end up with the Atlanta Falcons
Luke Easterling put together his prediction for the first and second rounds of the 2023 NFL Draft and while Atlanta Falcons fans might love who he has the team ending up with, they will not love where they are selecting in the first round.
He has the Houston Texans with the first-overall pick followed by the Falcons with the second-overall pick, in other words, he thinks the Falcons will be the second-worst team in the league during this upcoming season.
And while it is never fun watching a terrible team, it might be the best thing that can happen since the Falcons have razor-thin odds to make the Super Bowl.
Anyways, he has the Texans selecting C.J. Stroud, the quarterback out of Ohio State with the first pick followed by the Falcons taking Alabama pass rusher, Will Anderson.
Here is what was said about the pick:
"The Falcons may have landed their quarterback of the future in Desmond Ridder, which should free them up to take the best overall prospect in this draft. Anderson is a dominant pass rusher who could challenge for the Heisman Trophy this year."
It would be interesting to see which Alabama star—Bryce Young or Will Anderson—the Falcons would choose in this position as it would truly tell everyone what they think of Desmond Ridder. In this mock draft, Bryce Young ended up going to the Seahawks with the third pick.
Moving on to the second round, once again he has the Falcons taking an Alabama defender in Jordan Battle who plays safety. He would be a big, rangy player for the backend of the Falcons defense.
If the Atlanta Falcons end up with these two guys about a year from now, it would totally change the outlook for the team and especially the outlook of the defense. Hard to be mad at either of these choices.