The Falcons drafted RB Bijan Robinson 8th overall in this year’s draft – not because they needed a running back, but as a luxury pick. Bijan is unquestionably one of the best, if not the best, prospects to enter the NFL since Saquon Barkley in 2018, and the Falcons made the right move in not passing up on him. However, Robinson steps in ahead of another talented RB entering his second year in Atlanta: Tyler Allgeier.
The Falcons' offense was largely dysfunctional in 2022, spending most of the year with Marcus Mariota under center. However, as a rookie, Tyler Allgeier was one of the few bright spots in the Atlanta offense, racking up impressive numbers and contending with the league’s best in a few key metrics.
Among 22 RBs with 200+ carries in 2022, Allgeier ranked 5th in yards per carry (4.93), 3rd in yards after contact per attempt (3.58), and 8th in missed tackles forced (51). Bijan Robinson is going to see a majority of the work, and rightfully so – but Tyler Allgeier can be a plus handcuff with serious value if anything would happen to Bijan this year.