The Atlanta Falcons general manager and head coaching duo of Thomas Dimitroff and Dan Quinn just completed their fifth NFL draft together. Safe to say, they are becoming quite the team in the war room.
Atlanta Falcons first Round picks Chris Lindstrom and Kaleb McGary are instant upgrades to what has been a mediocre offensive line. Blogging Dirty has discussed Chris Lindstrom internally, and we are of the consensus that he has All-Pro potential as a guard. Atlanta fans may have coveted a certain defensive tackle, but ultimately drafting Lindstrom was the right call.
Kaleb McGary has said all the things you want to hear out of an offensive tackle. He doesn’t want “Matt Ryan or any of the running backs to worry about a thing“. If he can live up to those words then the sky is the limit for the Falcons offense going into this season and it makes the trade back into the first round worth the third round pick, which despite all the nonsense being said is all they gave up.
Thomas Dimitroff and Dan Quinn may have pulled off the best third day of any NFL Draft in franchise history. Every pick from the fourth to the sixth round has the potential to be a star in Atlanta and have an instant impact.
Kendall Sheffield has the one thing you can’t coach, speed. Recognition and technique can be taught as long as you have the tools to work with. Ohio state has become “DBU” and if Sheffield holds to that tradition then this a solid home run for Dimitroff and Quinn.
John Cominsky is the most intriguing athlete that Atlanta drafted in 2019, if not all-time under Thomas Dimitroff. This pick has all the signs of being THE draft pick Atlanta Falcons fans discuss for years to come. Cominsky has a lot to play for as the first player to be drafted from the University of Charleston (WV) in over 70 years of football. If his talent can “RISE UP” to the NFL level then we have an instant upgrade to the run defense at the least. Dan Quinn has a player in Cominsky, if he can coach up his pass rush skills, that has tremendous potential on the defensive line.
Lets face it, the last several years Atlanta’s short yardage game has been abysmal. In drafting Qadree Ollison, Atlanta has added a power back to the stable and hopefully that will translate into being able to convert the short third down opportunities that have evaded this team in recent years. The University of Pittsburgh is known for producing great running backs, Ollison is the next one to add his name to that list.
The Falcons final pick of the fifth round, Jordan Miller, was drafted out of Washington and it seems that while the Falcons were looking at Kaleb McGary they may have found another big physical DB that can contribute in a lot of ways this season. Dimitroff does have a history of drafting DBs out of Washington as he drafted Desmond Trufant from there in the first round of the 2013 draft. Miller has excellent ball skills and seems, at this point, to be the biggest question mark of the Falcons 2019 draft class.
Another area of concern for the Falcons in the past few years has been in the return game. In the sixth round, Atlanta may have found their answer in Marcus Green-RB/WR out of Louisiana-Monroe. Green looks to have been drafted for his return skills, should he come in and add a spark to Atlanta’s kickoff and punt returns, then Thomas Dimitroff, Dan Quinn and the rest of the Atlanta Falcons staff may have just had the most complete draft any team could hope for.