On the clock: NFL Draft Pick No. 8: Atlanta Falcons – Tyree Wilson, EDGE, Texas Tech
Mock Draft 1.0 – Isaiah Foskey, EDGE, Notre Dame
The Atlanta Falcons are in desperate need for multiple pass-rushers. They’ve remarkably not signed anyone from the deep free-agent class despite the talent left at the position despite being dead last for pressure rate in the last two seasons.
Tyree Wilson is a very promising talent, and would be a good fit for Atlanta.
This season, Wilson totaled 61 tackles, one forced fumble and seven sacks before injury forced him out for the rest of the year. Wilson has only just been recently cleared and isn’t working out yet. He should give teams a private workout in April.
Wilson should affirm to teams exactly what his strengths are at his workout. Wilson is a good size at 6-foot-6 and 275 pounds, and he has amazing strength and power. While he doesn’t have the floor of Will Anderson, he arguably has the better ceiling.
Last season we saw Jacksonville take the better athlete in Travon Walker over the safer pick in Aidan Hutchinson. While Wilson’s interrupted draft process will probably preclude this happening again, it is a very similar comparison to have between him and Anderson.
This could be to Atlanta’s advantage. They need help desperately, and the highest ceiling could very well fall right to them at No. 8.