Falcons select Iowa EDGE in NFL.com’s latest mock draft

The Atlanta Falcons drafted wide receiver Drake London with the No. 8 pick in last year’s draft, but most are expecting the team to go in a different direction with the eighth pick in the 2023 draft.

Defense is where the Falcons need the most help after recording just 21 sacks and allowing 231.9 passing yards per game last season. This is why most analysts believe Atlanta will target a defensive player in the first round.

NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah released his first 2023 mock draft and has the Falcons selecting Iowa EDGE Lukas Van Ness. While fans are likely unfamiliar with the Hawkeyes pass-rusher, Jeremiah believes Van Ness could climb into the top 10 with a strong performance at the NFL scouting combine:

In 2022, Van Ness racked up 36 tackles (18 solo), 6.5 sacks and 46 total pressures for Iowa. Pro Football Focus lists Van Ness as its 16th-rated prospect on its 2023 big board.

Watch below as the Iowa pass-rusher uses his athleticism to chase down Purdue’s quarterback for a red-zone sack.

This content is not available due to your privacy preferences.
Update your settings here to see it.

Related

Bengals' win costs Atlanta chance to host AFC Championship game

Falcons Highlights: Top 10 plays from the 2022 season

Former Falcons coach Dan Quinn interviews for Colts' HC opening

10 quarterback prospects to watch in the 2023 NFL draft

What would the Falcons have to give up for QB Lamar Jackson?

2023 NFL mock draft: Falcons land SMU WR Rashee Rice

List

Falcons draft Texas Tech EDGE Tyree Wilson in new 7-round mock

Story originally appeared on Falcons Wire