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A WR That Makes Sense for the Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons are in desperate need of at least one more wide receiver heading into the 2022 season.

Maybe two or three depending on the fate of free agent Russell Gage and assuming Calvin Ridley has played his last down in a Falcons uniform.

ESPN’s Todd McShay insists on mocking a wide receiver to the Falcons with their No. 8 overall pick in April’s draft, ignoring the strengths of this particular class (edge, defensive line, offensive tackle) and Atlanta’s strategy of taking the best player available.

It doesn’t take a 20-year NFL vet to figure out the Falcons will come out of the draft and free agency with several new options at wide receiver, and one player to watch is North Dakota State’s Christian Watson.

NDSU was in the news last draft cycle because of No. 3 overall pick Trey Lance who was selected by the San Francisco 49ers. The Bison’s will be talked about again this year because of Watson.

Watson is shooting up the draft boards and may sneak into the second round where the Falcons currently have picks 43 and 58. He measured 6’4 and 211 pounds with baseball glove-sized hands of 10 inches at the Reese’s Senior Bowl earlier this month.

An All-American kick returner as well as wide receiver with plus size, Watson had 43 catches for 801 yards and seven touchdowns as a senior with the Bisons.

NFL Mock Draft Database currently has Watson ranked as the 16th wide receiver in the draft and 115 player overall. Expect those numbers to rise as more media entities update their draft rankings post Senior Bowl and post NFL Combine.

Watson would provide much better value in the second or third round than ignoring the bevy of pass rushers available to the Falcons at No. 8.

Scott Kennedy
Scott Kennedy is an Atlanta native and 20 year media veteran including time as Director of Scouting at, Managing Editor at 247Sports, VP Content Operations at Sports Illustrated and more. Scott has appeared as a recruiting and NFL Draft analyst on dozens of media including ESPN, NFL Network, USA Today, NY Times, and more.

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