Falcons will select eighth in draft after ending season with two wins

Falcons' 2022 first round NFL draft pick Drake London, center, a wide receiver from USC, holds up his jersey with general manager Terry Fontenot, left, and head coach Arthur Smith, right, at the Falcons Practice Facility April 29, 2022, in Flowery Branch, Ga. (Jason Getz / Jason.Getz@ajc.com)

Credit: Jason Getz / Jason.Getz@ajc.com

Credit: Jason Getz / Jason.Getz@ajc.com

Falcons' 2022 first round NFL draft pick Drake London, center, a wide receiver from USC, holds up his jersey with general manager Terry Fontenot, left, and head coach Arthur Smith, right, at the Falcons Practice Facility April 29, 2022, in Flowery Branch, Ga. (Jason Getz / Jason.Getz@ajc.com)

FLOWERY BRANCH -- After winning in the regular-season finale, the Falcons’ draft position dropped from seventh to eighth as they ended with a 7-10 record. The Falcons won their final two games, both at home.

The NFL draft will be held April 27-29 in Kansas City.

The Falcons selected wide receiver Drake London with the eighth overall pick last season.

Alabama’s Will Anderson and Georgia’s Jalen Carter are the top two defenders in the draft. The Falcons will need to trade up to land one of them.

The top available quarterbacks will likely be selected early. Alabama’s Bryce Young, Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud and Kentucky’s Will Levis are considered the top three quarterbacks. Also, Florida’s Anthony Richardson and Tennessee’s Hendon Hooker will get NFL consideration, but eighth may be too high for either of them.

A main focus will be for the Falcons to improve their pass rush and secondary over the offseason.

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