Atlanta Falcons assign New Jersey numbers to Drake London, Desmond Ridder and Rookies: NFL Draft Tracker

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MAY 6: ROOKIE JERSEY NUMBERS The Falcons officially released rookie jersey numbers…

WR Drake London – 5

DE Arnold Ebiketie – 47

LB Troy Andersen – 44

QB Desmond Rider – 4

Angelo Malone – 51

RB Tyler Allgeier – 25

G. Justin Shaffer – 75

TE John FitzPatrick – 87

So… Numbers 4, 5, and 6, in order, belong to Ridder, London, and Kyle Pitts.


APRIL 30 PITTS PARTNER The Atlanta Falcons closed out their draft class by drafting another Georgia Bulldog in tight end John FitzPatrick.

Fitzpatrick is a 6-foot-7, 262-pound tight end who is expected to rival Anthony Firkser for playing time as the primary tackle, allowing Kyle Pitts to be the primary receiver.

APRIL 30 HOME COOKING The Atlanta Falcons added to their offensive line with their first of two sixth-round picks, selecting Georgia inside lineman Justin Shaffer.

Shaffer was Georgia’s starting left guard in every game of its title run last season. He was named a 2021 All-SEC second-team selection.

Shaffer will have the opportunity to compete in the offensive line mix, especially with Kaleb McGary and Chris Lindstrom entering contract years.

APRIL 30 ALLGEIER IN ATLANTA The Atlanta Falcons bolstered their depth at running back with their first pick on Day 3, selecting BYU running back Tyler Allgeier.

Allgeier has rushed for over 1,000 yards in each of the past two seasons with the Cougars, and has scored 36 touchdowns in his last 24 games. Last season, his 1,601 yards ranked fourth in the nation.

Allgeier joins a backfield with Cordarrelle Patterson, Mike Davis and Damien Williams.

APRIL 29 CORRAL IN CAROLINA After the Atlanta Falcons ended the quarterback drought when they selected Desmond Ridder with the 74th draft pick and Malik Willis was drafted by the Tennessee Titans at No. Carolina have added their own QB.

NFC rival South Panthers selected Ole Miss QB Matt Corral with the 94th pick in the draft.

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Corral met the Falcons throughout the draft process, but he would eventually face them on the opposite sideline twice a year.

APRIL 29 FALCONS TAKE QB DESMOND RIDDER The Falcons took quarterback Desmond Ridder with the No. 74 draft pick.

After a huge slide from several of the league’s top QBs, the Falcons picked one with their first third-round pick, selecting the QB from Cincinnati.

Ridder will compete alongside Marcus Mariota for the starting job this summer.

APRIL 29 THE FALCONS PASS ON MALIK AGAIN After drafting Penn State’s Arnold Ebiketie with their first-round second-round pick, the Falcons again went on defense with Montana State linebacker Troy Andersen.

Andersen was an FCS All-American in 2021 with the Bobcats and is 6-4, while weighing 235 pounds.

APRIL 29 PASSAGE OF THE FALCONS OVER MALIK After drafting Drake London from USC with their first pick on Day 1, the Falcons went on the defense on Day 2 with Arnold Ebiketie.

The Falcons traded five places 43-38 while pitching No. 114 to select Penn State’s passer.

The team had the option of selecting Georgia native Malik Willis, but the team opted for a pass rusher.

APRIL 29 DRAKE LONDON NUMBER REVEALED While posting No. 1 on draft night, London will actually wear No. 5 for the Falcons, according to the team.

London wore number 15 at USC, but that number currently belongs to quarterback Feleipe Franks.

As the league relaxes its policy for talented players to wear single-digit numbers, London is the first Falcons receiver to wear No. 5.

APRIL 28 HOLLYWOOD IN ARIZONA The Arizona Cardinals acquired Marquise Brown and the No. 100 pick from the Baltimore Ravens in exchange for the No. 23 pick.

The trade reunites Brown with college quarterback Kyler Murray, who played with him in Oklahoma.

APRIL 28 THE FALCONS TAKE LONDON The Atlanta Falcons began their 2022 draft class by selecting USC’s Drake London with the No. 8 overall pick.

London, who turns 21 in July, is a three-year-old prospect who has recorded 2,153 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns for the Trojans since 2019.

APRIL 28 THIBODEAUX GOES TO NY Atlanta Falcons target and Oregon Ducks defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux has been selected by the New York Giants as the No. 5 draft pick.

Thibodeaux was considered a potential candidate for the Falcons as many analysts feared he was starting to fall on the selection committee. However, the Giants stopped his freefall and took him away with the fifth overall pick.

APRIL 28 THE GEORGIA WALKER GOES NO. 1 Atlanta Falcons target and Georgia Bulldogs defensive end Travon Walker was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars as their first draft pick.

Walker was considered a potential candidate for the Falcons before soaring through the drafting boards in the final weeks of the process.

APRIL 14 MALIK IN VEGAS Atlanta native Malik Willis, who is in the running to be the Falcons’ No. 8 pick, is one of 21 prospects who will enter the NFL Draft in Las Vegas on April 28.

The list also includes Georgia Bulldogs Devonte Wyatt, Jordan Davis and Nakobe Dean and Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral.

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