Falcons draft targets: 16 players to watch in CFP semifinals

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The most successful way to build a team in the NFL is through the draft, especially one that is as low on salary cap space as the Atlanta Falcons.

With three selections in the first two rounds of the 2022 draft — thanks to the Julio Jones trade — the team can potentially find a few long-term starters while adding some immediate depth to one of the league’s thinnest rosters. Falcons fans can watch some of the top prospects in the state and country during Friday’s College Football Playoff semifinals.

No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 Cincinnati will kick things off at 3:30 p.m. ET on ESPN in the Cotton Bowl. Then, No. 2 Michigan and No. 3 Georgia face off (7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN) in the Orange Bowl.

Let’s check out 16 potential Falcons draft prospects playing in Friday’s College Football Playoff semifinals.

QB Desmond Ridder - Cincinnati

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RB Brian Robinson Jr. - Alabama

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CB Ahmad Gardner - Cincinnati

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CB Josh Jobe - Alabama

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RB Jerome Ford - Cincinnati

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OL Evan Neal - Alabama

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EDGE Myjai Sanders - Cincinnti

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WR Jameson Williams - Alabama

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CB Coby Bryant - Cincinnati

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EDGE Aidan Hutchinson - Michigan

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LB Nakobe Dean - Georgia

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RB Hassan Haskins - Michigan

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WR George Pickens - Georgia

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LB David Ojabo - Michigan

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DL Davonte Wyatt - Georgia

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DB Derion Kendrick - Georgia

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