It almost doesn’t seem real given the year we’ve had, but in less than two weeks the Atlanta Falcons will kick off their 2020 season. But before we get there, one more checkpoint stands in the way of the week one clash with the Seattle Seahawks: roster cutdown day.
Thanks to an economic shutdown not seen since the 1920s, Americans have been forced to live life day-by-day since mid-March. When it comes to writing about the Falcons, however, that’s never really been my M.O.
The Atlanta Falcons entered the 2020 NFL Draft with very obvious holes to fill at cornerback, interior pass rusher, backup center, and linebacker. By the time their fifth pick came around, Atlanta had addressed all four needs.
Here were the main takeaways from the Falcons’ sixth draft under Dan Quinn and Thomas Dimitroff.
We made it to another NFL Draft, and it’s fair to say this is the most important one yet for Dan Quinn and Thomas Dimitroff. As linebackers coach Jeff Ulbrich put it on an episode of the Bird Noises podcast, “we absolutely have to nail free agency.”
The 2020 NFL Draft could not have come at a better time. As many of us are staying home to stay safe and healthy, the extended absence of sports is making most of us a bit stir-crazy. We still have a couple of weeks until draft day, but for now, mock drafts are all we’ve got.
In this mock draft, Michael Aprile and Matt Karoly put on their GM hats to draft a full seven-rounds for the Falcons with a few house rules:
This draft is what we would do if we were the Falcons’ GM.
We limited ourselves to a single trade, using the trade value chart for reference.
We used the same instance of The Draft Network’s Mock Draft Simulator (no refreshes).
You are what your record says you are in the National Football League. And Dan’s Quinn 39-37 regular season record as head coach of the Atlanta Falcons says one of two things:
It says either the Falcons are a mediocre football team or Dan Quinn is a mediocre head coach. The truth often lies somewhere in the middle. However, given the Pro Bowl caliber talent the team has invested at quarterback, wide receiver, tight end, running back, defensive tackle, linebacker, and in the secondary, coaching deserves the lion’s share of the blame.
Heading into the 2019 offseason, the Atlanta Falcons had three priorities. They accomplished all three when they locked up Grady Jarrett, Deion Jones, and Julio Jones for the next three seasons, at which point the Falcons have an out in their contracts.
The Atlanta Falcons enter the 2019 season with one burning question to answer and that’s whether or not they can return to prominence following an injury-riddled 2018 campaign. Outsiders are quick to forget that this team was one quarter away from hoisting the Lombardi trophy and a Julio Jones catch from returning to a second consecutive NFC championship game in the previous two years.
On Saturday evening, former Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez will reach the pinnacle of his profession as he is officially inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
And while Gonzalez played 12 of his 17 seasons in Kansas City, Dirty Bird Nation proudly calls the greatest tight end one of their own and for good reason. Gonzo ranks first in receptions (409), third in yards behind Jim Mitchell and Alge Crumpler (4,187), and tied for first in touchdowns (35) by a tight end in Falcons history. All of this despite Gonzalez playing in 55 and 28 fewer games than Mitchell and Crumpler, respectively, in his Falcons career.