NFL Draft Order: Atlanta Falcons must keep building for the future through 2022 Draft

The future of the NFC South is up in the air following the retirement of quarterback Tom Brady from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers – meaning the Atlanta Falcons have the opportunity to establish themselves as the team the more dominant in the division.

For the Falcons to achieve the feat, Atlanta must build a respectable and competitive team via the NFL Draft, a goal the franchise began after drafting tight end Kyle Pitts to the No. 4 pick in 2021.

The Falcons will continue the process of overhauling their franchise in the 2022 NFL Draft, which begins Thursday, April 28 at Caesars Forum Convention Center in Las Vegas. Out of 32 first-round picks, the Falcons are in a good position to add college talent to their young core with the No. 8 draft pick.

No. 1 Jacksonville Jaguars

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#3 Houston Texans

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No. 4 New York Jets

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New York Giants No. 5

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Carolina Panthers No. 6

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No. 7 New York Giants (via Chicago Bears)

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No. 8 Atlanta Falcons

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Denver Broncos No. 9

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No. 10 New York Jets (via Seattle Seahawks)

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Washington’s No. 11 Commanders

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No. 12 Minnesota Vikings

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No. 13 Cleveland Browns

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No. 14 Baltimore Ravens

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No. 15 Philadelphia Eagles (via Miami Dolphins)

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No. 16 Philadelphia Eagles (via Indianapolis Colts)

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No. 17 Los Angeles Chargers

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No. 18 New Orleans Saints

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No. 19 Philadelphia Eagles

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No. 20 Pittsburgh Steelers

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No. 21 New England Patriots

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No. 22 Las Vegas Raiders

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No. 23 Arizona Cardinals

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No. 24 Dallas Cowboys

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No. 26 Tennessee Titans

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No. 27 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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No. 28 Green Bay Packers

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No. 29 Miami Dolphins (via San Francisco 49ers)

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No. 30 Kansas City Chiefs

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No. 31 Cincinnati Bengals

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No. 32 Detroit Lions (via Los Angeles Rams)

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