3 ways the Atlanta Falcons can earn an A in the 2022 NFL Draft

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No 3. Atlanta Falcons grab a starting running back or wide receiver

Targets: Breece Hall, Kenneth Walker III, Treylon Burks, Jahan Dotson

Atlanta is going to need a weapon to supplement the talents of star TE Kyle Pitts. The best way to do that is to go after a skill position player like a running back or wide receiver.

This year’s class is deep with wide receiver talent and short on running backs. Depending on which picks the Falcons have will be indicative of who they should be targeting.

If the Falcons are operating with their current draft capital, they’ll have the No. 43 overall pick, which falls near the upper half of the second round.

If available, the Falcons should consider taking Breece Hall, widely considered the top running back in this class. If he’s off the board, Kenneth Walker III should get some consideration with the team’s second-round pick. He was a Heisman trophy candidate for much of the season at Michigan State.

Also under consideration should be a player that could develop into WR1 on the Atlanta Falcons depth chart.

Someone like Treylon Burks, whose stock slipped slightly after a ho-hum draft combine. Or, perhaps someone like Jahan Dotson, a wide receiver out of Penn State that put up huge numbers last season in the Big Ten.

If the Falcons can obtain more draft picks, address their need for a quarterback, and add a skill position player, they will be well on their way to earning one of the best grades in the entire 2022 NFL Draft.