Atlanta Falcons: Re-sign the 2016 draft class sooner rather than later

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 06: Keanu Neal /
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The Falcons were able to select another Pro Bowler in this class when they selected TE Austin Hooper out of Stanford, in the third round. Hooper has been a solid TE for the Falcons and one of the more underrated players on the team. Hooper had a great rookie campaign as he stepped up after Jacob Tamme went down to injury in 2016. 2017 was a disappointing year for Hooper as he had several crucial drops, but bounced back in 2018 with a strong season and being named to his first Pro Bowl. In three seasons Hooper has 1,457 yards and 10 touchdowns.

When talking about a new contract for Hooper, the Falcons should look at Vikings TE Kyle Rudolph because they have had similar numbers. Rudolph’s contract is $36.5 Million over 5 years. I think that is a perfect contract for both Hooper and the Falcons. Hooper has less receiving touchdowns than Rudolph but based on the market and his production this would be a good contract. Just like Keanu and Deion, Hooper is also young and will be turning 25 in November of this year.