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Team Building: Where to go for 2022 offseason

The game versus Dallas has shown that the Atlanta Falcons just aren't ready to be competitive this year. The roster is bare of talent and, as Dean Pees alluded to, the playbooks aren't even fully implemented yet. I think this game signals that it's time to start looking to the next season and how the roster might look. The following is a simulation of what I would consider a successful 2022 offseason for the Atlanta Falcons.

Here's a 2022 depth chart, based on players signed to contracts:

QB: Ryan, ---, Franks
FB: Smith
RB: ---, Davis, ---
WR: Ridley, ---, ---, ---, Darby
TE: Pitts, ---, ---, ---
LT: Matthews
LG: Mayfield, ---
C: Hennessy, Dalman
RG: Lindstrom, ---
RT: McGary, ---

DE: Jarrett, Graham
NT: Davison, ---
DE: Cominsky, Davidson, ---
OLB: ---, Ogundeji, ---
ILB: Jones, ---
ILB: ---, Walker
OLB: Fowler, ---
CB: Terrell, Hall
NCB: ---, Williams
S: Grant, ---
S: ---, Hawkins
CB: ---, Sheffield

K: ---
P: ---
LS: ---

I think there's a few players that could/should be moved to narrow the chart down even further. First, the contracts of Keith Smith, Mike Davis, Tyeler Davison, John Cominsky, and Kendall Sheffield should be immediately terminated. These are non-contributors that, apart from Davis, were selected by the previous regime and should be phased out this offseason.
Next, I would move Deion Jones's contract and get whatever I can for Kaleb McGary. Jones is still young and very talented, but he hasn't adjusted very well to the new regime's scheme and can still likely net a decent day 2 pick. McGary has had glimpses of above average play, but has largely been inconsistent and disappointing. It's time to reinvest into the RT position and find a long term solution opposite of Matthews.
I also considered moving Ridley because of his difficulty adjusting to the new scheme, but doing so would leave us with a completely empty room minus Frank Darby so I decided not to move his contract. An additional move I made to bolster the WR room was trading for Brandon Aiyuk, who has struggled to see the field with the 49ers.
With these corresponding moves, this becomes the updated depth chart:

QB: Ryan, ---, Franks
RB: ---, ---, ---
WR: Ridley, ---, Aiyuk, ---, Darby
TE: Pitts, ---, ---, ---
LT: Matthews
LG: Mayfield, ---
C: Hennessy, Dalman
RG: Lindstrom, ---
RT: ---, ---

DE: Jarrett, Graham
NT: ---, ---
DE: ---, Davidson, ---
OLB: ---, Ogundeji, ---
ILB: ---, ---
ILB: ---, Walker
OLB: Fowler, ---
CB: Terrell, Hall
NCB: ---, Williams
S: Grant, ---
S: ---, Hawkins
CB: ---, ---

K: ---
P: ---
LS: ---

Below are the draft picks and their results:
1st: OLB
2nd: OT
2nd (TENN): CB
2nd/3rd (D. Jones trade): ILB
3rd: WR
4th: OG
5th: Traded for Aiyuk
5th (K. McGary trade): DE
6th: RB
7th: TE

Filling in the roster with the draft selections and who I want in free agency, below is my finalized simulation depth chart for the 2022 season:

QB (3): Ryan, *Josh Rosen, Franks
RB (3): **James Conner, **Cordarrelle Patterson, [6th rounder]
WR (5): Ridley, [3rd rounder], *Brandon Aiyuk, *Zay Jones, Darby
TE (4): Pitts, **Maxx Williams, *Geoff Swaim, [7th rounder]
LT (1): Matthews
LG (2): ***Connor Williams, Mayfield
C (2): Hennessy, Dalman
RG (2): Lindstrom, [4th rounder]
RT (2): [2nd rounder], *Matt Gono

DE (2): Jarrett, Graham
NT (2): *Folorunso Fatukasi, *Anthony Rush
DE (3): **Bilal Nichols, [5th rounder], Davidson
OLB (3): [1st rounder], Ogundeji, *James Vaughters
ILB (2): ***Foyesade Oluokun, *Nick Vigil
ILB (2): [2nd/3rd rounder], Walker
OLB (2): Fowler, **Pernell McPhee
CB (2): Terrell, Hall
NCB (2): *Isaiah Oliver, Williams
S (2): Grant, *Tracy Walker
S (2): ***Marcus Maye, Hawkins
CB (2): [2nd rounder], *Fabian Moreau

K (1): *Younghoe Koo
P (1): *Sterling Hofrichter
LS (1): *Josh Harris

*Low tier F/A signing
**Mid tier F/A signing
***Splash F/A signing


Let me know what you liked, didn't like, and what you would do differently!

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