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The Atlanta Falcons made some Georgia Bulldogs fans happy in the NFL draft. Atlanta selected Georgia tight end John FitzPatrick and offensive guard Justin Shaffer.
The Falcons picked FitzPatrick in the sixth round of the 2022 NFL draft with the No. 213 pick.
FitzPatrick is a strong blocking tight end and could be more of a receiving threat this upcoming season. FitzPatrick played through a foot injury during much of the 2021 football season with Georgia.
The 6-foot-7, 250-pound tight end and Atlanta native played soccer with the Falcons owner’s son growing up. FitzPatrick is a little big to be a soccer player these days and that suits the Falcons just fine.
Here’s the Falcons’ NFL draft call with Georgia’s John FitzPatrick:
When new TE John FitzPatrick found out he was staying home 📞 pic.twitter.com/0pazktD5nx
— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) May 1, 2022
It is always awesome when hometown players get to play at home during the NFL draft.
FitzPatrick played in all 15 games for Georgia during the 2021 season. He finished the year with six catches for 83 yards, and his career-long catch of 28 yards came in a win against Vanderbilt. FitzPatrick did not see many targets partially because he was behind Brock Bowers and Darnell Washington on the depth chart.