Over the last 20 years, the Atlanta Falcons have made two blockbuster trades.
While Matt Ryan has been the best quarterback in franchise history and will undoubtedly be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame one day soon, the Atlanta Falcons have to give serious consideration to making their third blockbuster trade before the 2021 NFL draft.
No one has been a bigger fan or apologist for Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan than myself whether it has been one the hundreds of articles I have written or on my former Atlanta radio show which aired on the Falcons flagship station.
If you live in the Atlanta area and pay attention to high school football, you have heard about and seen Trevor Lawrence for that last six years. He has been labeled a can’t miss quarterback since he played his first high school game as a freshman at Cartersville high school, just 45 minutes northwest of Mercedes Benz stadium.
Not only does a blockbuster trade make sense from a football standpoint for the Atlanta Falcons but it makes sense off the field for several reasons.
Atlanta has a history of defending those that don’t have a voice.
If you paid attention in middle school, high school or college during any of your US History classes, you know that one of the fundamental foundations of Atlanta is its rich history of civil rights and the countless people that have changed the world for the better.
Over the last two months, Trevor Lawrence has used his platform to create a Black Lives Matter march as well as help his college football brethren have their voices heard as University presidents cancel college football.
Trevor is not afraid to do what is right and be vocal in a way that not only helps those in need but does so in a way that makes sure that the message is received without any potential distractions.
Professional athletes love to give back to the cities and areas that they grew up in. While he is not from metro Atlanta, he is isn’t too far away and understands the fans, the area, and what needs to be done in order to make the metro area a better place.
Earlier in the pandemic, he got the NCAA to provide a waiver that would allow him to raise money via social media that was used to supply food to Bartow County and Clemson area food banks.
The type of leader every franchise dreams about
Not every gifted athlete is a natural leader and there is nothing wrong with that. However, when you draft a quarterback in the first round, you need him to be one.
Looking at Trevor’s history, he is a natural leader that draws people in. He cares for people and realizes that the light he shines upon others is more important than the light that shines upon himself.
Not only is he a generational talent on the field but he is a generational leader off the field and those two tangibles rarely align. Players want to play with guys like Lawrence and would flock to Atlanta in order to do so.
If the Atlanta Falcons have the chance to create a blockbuster trade that includes Matt Ryan and several first-round picks to acquire a quarterback like Lawrence, they would insane not too.