Who will the Falcons take in the first round of the 2023 NFL draft on Thursday night? Texas running back Bijan Robinson has become the popular projection, but until someone’s name is called when Atlanta is on the clock at pick No. 8, it’s all speculation.
Would Robinson make the Falcons a better team? Undoubtedly, but drafting a running back in the top 10 is hard to justify in today’s NFL. Not to mention, Atlanta drafted a 1,000-yard back in the fifth round last year.
A new feature from CBS Sports breaks down each draft rumor and tells fans whether to buy or sell. Here’s what they had to say about Robinson.
CBS Sports' Jordan Dajani on Robinson's draft stock
Robinson is CBS Sports’ No. 5 prospect in this class, but he plays the position the league doesn’t seem to value anymore. The Texas product avoided a whopping 113 tackles last season. That’s the most tackles avoided by any FBS player over the past five years! When it comes to him as a prospect, it’s also thought he may be at the next level. Bottom line, Robinson has so much potential that he’s going to be a first-round pick.
Now, how high he will go on Thursday night remains to be seen. Some believe the Atlanta Falcons at No. 8 overall are a potential landing spot, and the Philadelphia Eagles have been a popular mock destination as well. I say both pass on Robinson, as he falls out of the top 10. – Jordan Dajani, CBS Sports
Measurements and Stats
Weight: 215 lbs
Arm: 31 1/8″
Hand: 9 3/4″
Production Score: 99 (1st)
Athleticism: 85 (2nd)
Prospect Grade: 6.84 (year 1 starter)
Many scouts and executives reportedly believe Bijan Robinson to the Falcons is looking “more and more” likely.
Several scouts reportedly “don’t see a way” Robinson makes it out of the Top-10 with the Falcons, Bears, and Eagles bottoming out the first 10 picks.
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