The Atlanta Falcons made it clear last night that they weren’t satisfied with their offensive line even after recent investments in the unit during free agency. Both Dan Quinn and Thomas Dimitroff stated in their press conference that they entertained offers to move up, but ultimately decided to stay put and select former Boston College guard Chris Lindstrom.
Then, after watching Cody Ford and Jawaan Taylor fall towards the end of the first, the Falcons surprised us all by trading their second (45th) and third-round (79th) picks to Los Angeles for the Rams’ 31st (and 203rd pick) to select Kaleb McGary, the athletic right tackle from Washington.
When the Atlanta Falcons entered the 2019 offseason, they had question marks at three of their five offensive line positions and a defensive line that hasn’t lived up to its lofty draft status. Since then, Atlanta added two new starters at guard in James Carpenter and Jamon Brown. Both figure to add some much needed physicality to a unit that’s relied on finesse the last four seasons.
The front office also decided to give Ty Sambrailo, the guy who finished the season at right tackle, a handsome new payday, leading many to believe he’s the front runner to man that position in 2019 as well. Given these three moves and some of their other cost-effective signings on offense (Luke Stocker, Kenjon Barner, and resigning Justin Hardy), one would figure the Falcons have positioned themselves to address the defense heavily in the draft.
That’s proved to be a wise strategy for Dan Quinn in the past (see Grady Jarrett, Keanu Neal, Deion Jones, De’Vondre Campbell, Takk McKinley, Damontae Kazee, Isaiah Oliver, and Deadrin Senat) so that begs the question—is more of the same in store for the Falcons in this year’s draft?
The new league season is just around the corner and, while free agency and the draft are the hot topics, there will be no shortage of players whose teams would consider moving on from them for a price. Thomas Dimitroff has shown that he’s happy to make trades in the past, acquiring Jordan Richards, Ty Sambrailo and Andy Levitre in recent years, but the Falcons’ cap situation is tighter than it has been previously.
The Falcons currently have around $6.8 million in cap space for 2019 per Over The Cap. There is an assumption that the team will pay the incoming rookie class out of the money freed up by designating Ryan Schraeder as a post-June 1st cut or lowering Grady Jarrett’s cap number through a long-term extension. Given that the team likes to carry some cap space into the season for emergencies then they can probably afford to use about $3-4 million without restructuring any contracts.
So, if we
look around the league, which players should the Falcons try to trade for and
what would their likely prices be?
The offseason is in full swing, with trades (the Chiefs got absolutely fleeced), mock drafts, and your favorite draft “expert” giving Lamar Jackson a second-round grade. The Atlanta Falcons are coming off an above average 10-6 redemption season that fell flat on its back on the two-yard line in the Divisional Round of the playoffs. This Super Bowl-depraved team is starving for a ring, and so is the rest of the fan base. Maybe 2018 will be the year?
Let’s take a step back and have an honest review of each of the positional groups for Atlanta. First off, the receivers. Continue reading →
It’s draft day, and you’re probably sick and tired of these mock drafts already, but if you’re reading this, it’s already too late. The months of waiting are about to come to a close, but not without one last shot in the dark at who will join The Brotherhood in the 2017 draft. Here are Cory and I’s final guesses after a wild week of trade rumors. Continue reading →
We’re back in the saddle for another fine episode of the Rise Up Reader Podcast, only our fearless leader/dapper fellow Michael Aprile is in absentia. Have no fear, though, because co-host Cory is joined this week by The Falcoholic’s Charles McDonald as a special guest host! Continue reading →
By now, most of us have had enough time to try and digest what happened on February 5th, 2017. That day will forever be a scar in Falcons’ history—one that only a Super Bowl victory will be able to help us forget. Now that they’ve reached the cusp of greatness, many will be expecting Atlanta to get back there very soon, as soon as next season.
Thanks to drafting extremely well the past few seasons, signing impact free agents, and intelligently filling out the roster, the Falcons are in a position to get right back to the top, and this time they’ll be equipped to finish the fight. The Falcons don’t have many needs, but we’ll address the most glaring ones here, in no particular order. Continue reading →