For the second year in a row, the Atlanta Falcons finished with a 7-10 record under Arthur Smith but there should be reasons for optimism for the way the Falcons finished the season. They would go 3-4 over their final seven games but each of their four losses was by eight or fewer points.
With another offseason to improve the roster, and an NFC South that looks wide open with the recent retirement of Tom Brady, the Falcons could be competing for a division title in 2023. However, they will need to find a player with the eighth overall pick that can make an immediate impact.
These are four players that the Falcons could consider in the 2023 NFL Draft in the first round.
4 options for the Atlanta Falcons with the 8th overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft
The biggest question that the Atlanta Falcons are going to have to answer this offseason is whether or not they believe Desmond Ridder is their future quarterback. He was drafted in the third round of 2022 NFL Draft and started the final four games of the season.
While the Falcons would go 2-2 during that stretch, Ridder’s numbers don’t really stand out as he threw for only 708 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions.
If the Falcons aren’t confident in Ridder moving forward, then Will Levis could be an option for them when they are on the clock. The former University of Kentucky quarterback has all the physical traits teams want as he is a big quarterback with a strong arm that moves well.
The biggest concern with Levis though is his decision-making as he had 23 interceptions in two seasons at Kentucky.