Despite a disastrous win against the Arizona Cardinals at the end of the 2022 season, the Falcons have worked hard in the offseason. They’ve recruited a lot of “pretty good” to “ok” players after having numerous holes on both sides of the ball. At #8, the falcons are in a bit of an awkward position: do they solidify the offensive line with a guard? Do they swing at an edge rusher? Let’s back up and evaluate how the Falcons got here.

On the first two days of free agency the Atlanta Falcons tested the loyalty and mental health of their fans. Instead of attempting to sign Lamar Jackson, the team appears to have participated in a collusion scandal and, in the meantime, used their newly found cap space on:

A guard (a very good one).

A safety (a pretty good one).

A backup tight end (a formerly pretty good one): many will scoff and point to Arthur Smith’s desire to use two tight ends.

A punter (an okay one).

A backup quarterback.

Casually thrown into the two days of moves was an average defensive tackle, a position of paramount need, and “Kaden Elliss.” For what it’s worth the latter is coming off a very good year, at least on paper. Kaden Ellis posted 7 of his 8 career sacks in 2022 which, for someone turning 28 this summer, seems hard to believe. 1.5 of Kaen Ellis’ sacks came against the Rams when Bryce Perkins had to relieve an injured Mathew Stafford mid-game and chaos ensued. Another 1.5 sacks coming against Gardner Minshew with the backups for the Eagles surrounding him in week 17.

Let’s vote on it. You can submit a guess every rolling 24-hours as the news cycle changes.

What should the Falcons Do with the #8 pick?

Previous Atlanta First Round Picks (2010-2022)

  1. 2022: Drake London (WR) – USC 8th overall pick)
  2. 2021: Kyle Pitts (TE) – Florida (4th overall pick)
  3. 2020: A.J. Terrell (CB) – Clemson (16th overall pick)
  4. 2019: Chris Lindstrom (G) – Boston College (14th overall pick), Kaleb McGary (OT) – Washington (31st overall pick)
  5. 2018: Calvin Ridley (WR) – Alabama (26th overall pick)
  6. 2017: Takkarist McKinley (DE) – UCLA (26th overall pick)
  7. 2016: Keanu Neal (S) – Florida (17th overall pick)
  8. 2015: Vic Beasley (OLB) – Clemson (8th overall pick)
  9. 2014: Jake Matthews (OT) – Texas A&M (6th overall pick)
  10. 2013: Desmond Trufant (CB) – Washington (22nd overall pick)
  11. 2011: Julio Jones (WR) – Alabama (6th overall pick)
  12. 2010: Sean Weatherspoon (LB) – Missouri (19th overall pick)