Atlanta Falcons: DL went from a weakness to a strength
What a difference a focused offseason can make for the Atlanta Falcons, especially when it comes to the defensive line.
The Atlanta Falcons defensive line under Thomas Dimitroff has been atrocious and seemingly an area he has refused to truly address. Sure, they have had good pieces at times – John Abraham from 2006-2012 and Grady Jarrett 2015-current, but they have never had an elite group. Dimitroff was not even responsible for Abraham, he inherited him and then let him walk the year before he had 11.5 sacks.
As we wrote about back in May, the Atlanta Falcons have not had a 40 sack season in almost 20 years. The last time they achieved that marker was in 2004. To go that long without a 40 sack season is embarrassing and one that the franchise should take seriously.
For the first time under Thomas Dimitroff, it at least feels like they are attempting to do something to change that.
Sure, fans can about how signing former first-round busts is not the way to go, but this is so much more than that. Since they drafted Grady Jarrett in the fifth round of the 2015 NFL draft, they actually used a high draft pick on a very talented and very collegiate defensive lineman.
Yes, Vic Beasley had a great career at Clemson, but coming out of college he was considered a one-trick pony and was going to have to develop other skill sets to be successful and he never did.
With the addition of Marlon Davidson to the defensive line, they added a very versatile piece. They added a player that can play inside and has the experience of playing with a dominant defensive tackle like he will have while with the Atlanta Falcons.
If you are a Falcons fans and are not excited about he brings to this franchise, you should probably pick a new team and if you have no idea who he is, you should probably pick a new sport to follow. Davidson is that good.
With Allen Bailey, Tyeler Davison, John Cominsky, Grady Jarrett, Marlon Davidson, Takk McKinley, Dante Fowler Jr, and Charles Harris along with the Atlanta Falcons defensive line in 2020, they have gone from a position of need to a strength.
This is something that we have wanted for a long time as Atlanta Falcons fans.