Atlanta Falcons draft picks 2022: Round-by-round selections

Here is a 2022 NFL draft pick-by-pick breakdown for the Atlanta Falcons:

Round 1 (No. 8 overall) – Drake London, WR, USC: The 2021 trade of Julio Jones, 2022 suspension of Calvin Ridley and free agent departure of Russell Gage evidently moved wideout right to the top of GM Terry Fontenot’s wish list. A 6-4, 219-pounder, London reminds many of Tampa Bay’s Mike Evans, partially due to their basketball backgrounds. London and 2021 first-round TE Kyle Pitts should provide new QB Marcus Mariota quite a pair of capable rebounders-“twin towers” as London said. Draft tracker

Round 2 (38, from Panthers through Jets and Giants) – Arnold Ebiketie, DE/LB, Penn State: After transferring from Temple last season, he burst onto the scene in Happy Valley by posting 9½ sacks and 18 TFLs. He’s not the stoutest guy (6-2, 250), but his specialty-hunting quarterbacks-immediately improves a team that finished last (by far) in 2021 with 18 total sacks. Draft tracker

Round 2 (58, from Titans) – Troy Andersen, LB, Montana State: Really good athlete (6-4, 243 pounds, 4.4 speed), he could take the starting gig left behind by departed Foyesade Oluokun, who led the NFL in tackles in 2021. Draft tracker

Round 3 (74) – Desmond Ridder, QB, Cincinnati: He’s a renowned leader, winner and worker – plus a very good athlete to boot. He’ll need to work on his accuracy, but plenty going for Ridder, including an opportunity to play fairly soon depending on how things work out in Atlanta with stopgap QB Marcus Mariota. Draft tracker

Round 3 (82, from Colts) – DeAngelo Malone, LB, Western Kentucky

Round 5 (151)

Round 6 (190)

Round 6 (213, compensatory)

Atlanta Falcons’ last five top draft picks:

  • 2021 (No. 4 overall): Kyle Pitts, TE, Florida

  • 2020 (No. 16 overall): AJ Terrell, CB, Clemson

  • 2019 (No. 14 overall): Chris Lindstrom, OG, Boston College

  • 2018 (No. 26 overall): Calvin Ridley, WR, Alabama

  • 2017 (No. 26 overall): Takkarist McKinley, DE, UCLA

2022 NFL draft: Team-by-team picks

AFC East: Bills | Dolphins | Jets | Patriots

AFC North: Bengals | Browns | Ravens | Steelers

AFC South: Colts | Jaguars | Texans | Titans

AFC West: Broncos | Chargers | Chiefs | Raiders

NFC East: Commanders | Cowboys | Eagles | Giants

NFC North: Bears | Lions | Packers | Vikings

NFC South: Buccaneers | Falcons | Panthers | Saints

NFC West: 49ers | Cardinals | Rams | Seahawks

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Atlanta Falcons picks in 2022 NFL draft: Round-by-round selections

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