Who did the Atlanta Falcons select in the FanSided NFL editors mock draft? How does Shane Ray sound?
Over at With the First Pick, a FanSided editor from each team stepped up on the clock and took the player they thought would be the best fit for their team.
With the way the board fell, Shane Ray seemed the best fit for the team. Another tempting option would have been Alvin Dupree, but I went for Ray in this case, and here’s why:
Vic Beasley, Dante Fowler and Leonard Williams were already off the board. If I could have traded up for either Beasley or Fowler, believe me I would.
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In this case, Ray was a good fit.
Of course, there are a couple of concerns with Ray being a top-10 selection. First off, there were concerns with a toe injury that could have required surgery. Thankfully for Ray, he was cleared without needing surgery, but the injury must still be a concern for teams.
But now, reports are swirling that Ray was caught with possession of marijuana. According to an ESPN report, he was initially pulled over for speeding:
"“Ray was pulled over for speeding while driving westbound on Interstate 70 at 5:46 a.m., according to Missouri State Highway Patrol spokesman Cpl. Scott White. According to White, the officer detected the smell of fresh — not burning — marijuana, and after conducting a search found a “personal amount” in one of the car’s compartments.”"
Could his draft stock fall, causing him to drop out of the top ten?
It’s possible. But for now, we will take him for talent alone, and on that basis he is certainly worthy of an early draft selection.
What do you think? Would you want to see Ray drafted by the Falcons?
Check out the entire mock draft here.