It's the start of a new era for the Falcons. Longtime quarterback Matt Ryan is gone, hoping to find succe s in Indianapolis.Ryan's time with the Falcons was full of promise but blighted by untimely errors, none more so than in the team's historic collapse in Super Bowl 51.After a disappointing, but unsurprising, 7-10 season in 2021, Atlanta is looking forward. It won't have Ryan. It won't have wide receiver Calvin Ridley, during the 2021 season.You know what the Falcons do have, though? Draft picks, and lots of them. They have nine in the 2022 NFL Draft, among the highest total this year. Five of those picks are in the top 100, which will set the stage for a quick retooling.Here's a look at the Falcons' picks in the 2022 NFL Draft:TSN's NFL DRAFT HQ | | Round 1, Pick 8:Drake London, WR, USCRound 2, Pick No. 38:Arnold Ebikete, EDGE, Penn StateRound 2, Pick No. 58: Troy Andersen, LB, Montana StateRound 3, Pick No. 74: Desmond Ridder, QB, CincinnatiRound 3, Pick No. 82:DeAngelo Malone, EDGE, Western KentuckyRound 5, Pick No. 151:Tyler Allgeier, RB, BYURound 6, Pick No. 190: Justin Shaffer, G, GeorgiaRound 6, Pick No. 213: John FitzPatrick, TE, Georgia . RoundPick18238 (from Giants via Jets via Panthers)258 (from Titans)374382 (from Colts)4114515161907213 (compensatory)MORE: Edge:Atlanta struggled to put pre sure on the pa ser in 2021. It accrued 18 sacks in 17 games, by far the fewest in the league. The 2022 NFL Draft cla s is loaded with edge talent, which presents Atlanta a bevy of options to solve its pa s-rush woes.Wide receiver:Ridley's suspension will loom large in 2022. The fourth-year wideout emerged as one of the league's breakout stars in 2020, racking up 1,374 receiving yards and nine touchdowns. While he was le s effective in 2021, Ridley no doubt would have gone into the upcoming season as Atlanta's No. 1 receiver. Kyle Pitts and Cordarrelle Patterson will help to fill the void. But if the Falcons want sustained succe s going forward, they'll need to find another jump ball threat.Offensive tackle:Jake Matthews and Chris Lindstrom have largely impre sed in Falcons colors, but there is uncertainty surrounding the other three line positions. Atlanta is still searching for its franchise quarterback; in the meantime, why not invest in the infrastructure needed to get the most out of a young QB?Quarterback:Ryan labored at times in his final year in Atlanta. The 14-year veteran was 21st in the league with a 46.1 QBR in 2021. Marcus Mariota will likely take the reins following Ryan's departure, and while the 2014 Heisman Trophy winner has flashed talent at times, he has largely been a backup during his pro career. The Falcons may kick the can down the road in 2022, hoping to secure someone like Bryce Young or C.J. Stroud next year. But it's clear Atlanta needs to find its quarterback of the future sooner rather than later.Cornerback:This need reflects the Falcons' current position more than anything. They did pick up the dependable Casey Hayward in free agency. He's capable of locking up the opposition's No. 1 receiving threat. Still, with the team years from seriously competing for the NFC South crown, adding another shutdown corner (Sauce Gardner, anyone?) could be appealing. Here are the latest 2022 NFL Draft projections for the Falcons, :RoundPickPlayerPositionCollege18Travon WalkerDE/DTGeorgia243Christian WatsonWRNorth Dakota State258Travis JonesDTConnecticut374Channing TindallLBGeorgia382Calvin Austin IIIWRMemphis4114Jelani WoodsTEVirginia5151Kyren WilliamsRBNotre Dame6190Cordell VolsonOTNorth Dakota State7213Jermaine WallerCBVirginia Tech