It’s mock draft season, Dirty Bird Flock! I don’t know if you are like me but every new name that Atlanta becomes linked to makes me giddy about the potential of the Falcons roster. The draft is where our Falcons thrive, not in the choppy waters of free agency. Every free agency period just feels like the months and holidays leading up to Christmas Day —not very interesting and leaving us wanting more. So let’s get to the goods! Here is who I think are the best fits for the Falcons in the 2019 NFL Draft.
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?
With the inaugural Alliance of American Football (AAF) season set to kick off on February 10, Falcons fans will have the opportunity to reunite with some familiar (and some less familiar) faces. So, whether you’re planning on re-living the heartbreak of premature training camp cuts or convincing yourself that you were correct in questioning a midseason practice squad addition, here are some former Falcons who you can keep an eye on:
The 2007 season was arguably the darkest in Atlanta Falcons history. Franchise quarterback Michael Vick’s dog fighting and head coach Bobby Petrino walking out before the end of the season left the team in an interesting position.
While his reputation had undoubtedly taken a hit and his NFL future was uncertain, Vick put the Falcons on the map. His unmatched athleticism and highlight reel plays were the reason why many started following the team. But rookie general manager/head coach team of Thomas Dimitroff and Mike Smith decided to hit restart and on April 26, 2008, the road to recovery started.
The best online sportsbooks had Tom Terrific and the New England Patriots opening at -1, but they are now listed as 2.5-point favorites over the Double-G (Goff & Gurley) and the Los Angeles Rams. Is this a fair number? Let’s break it down.
At the Falcons end of season press conference, Thomas Dimitroff declared that 2019 will be a busy offseason. And unlike other parts of the presser such as the qualifications of the next offensive coordinator, I believe we can take these words to heart.
Back in 2016, following a disappointing rookie season for Dan Quinn, the team went out and added two impact free agents in Alex Mack and Mohamed Sanu. A similar fate awaits the Falcons in 2019.
It’s been a year to forget for the Atlanta Falcons. Aside from a three game stretch in the middle of the season, what could go wrong for our beloved Dirty Birds has gone wrong.
While many will point to the injuries as the culprit, this season’s failures go much deeper than that. Truth be told, the coaching staff overestimated certain talent on the roster and no spot was that more evident at than defensive line.
Combine that with the regression of players like Ryan Schraeder, De’Vondre Campbell, Desmond Trufant, and Robert Alford, and you get a team flirting with a top five pick.
Allow me to be the first to say it. It’s time to start looking ahead to 2019. After three straight losses, following three straight wins which only served to give us false hope, the Atlanta Falcons are seemingly dead in the water in the NFC playoff picture at 4-7.
The Falcons essentially have to run the table, plus get some help from around the league, in order to make the playoffs at 9-7. And with tough games still remaining such as a home date with Baltimore and road games in Green Bay (where the Packers have not lost this season) and Carolina, that proposition seems futile.
Therefore, this article serves as the jumping off point into the offseason discussion of how Dan Quinn and Thomas Dimitroff retool the Brotherhood in 2019. So without further ado, here is part one of a three-part series which will run through who the Falcons could cut, sign, and draft in 2019.
What a nightmare season it’s been. Since we last checked in, the Falcons have lost their last three contests and the defense has been responsible for 114 points.
They also have lost two more defensive stalwarts in Ricardo Allen and Grady Jarrett. Imagine removing the heart of an organism and expecting it to continue to flourish. That is what’s being asked of the Falcons defense right now.