Atlanta Falcons ring of honor WR correctly ID’s next QB
Could the Atlanta Falcons make a play for Deshaun Watson?
Everyone knows that Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan is on the back nine of his career and while the organization has been lucky to see him take nearly every snap since 2008, it is time to think about his future replacement.
This week, ESPN NFL draft expert Mel Kiper, had the Atlanta Falcons trading up to the number two spot and taking BYU quarterback Zach Wilson.
If that were to happen, it would cost the Falcons several picks not just swapping picks two and four. Former Atlanta receiver Roddy White brought up a great point – if the franchise is going to trade multiple firsts for a quarterback why would you not simply make the play for Deshaun Watson?
White has a history of saying some really outlandish things on Twitter over the years, but he may have a point here.
We don’t have to go too far back to see what it has cost teams in recent years to trade up just a couple of spots in the Top 5 to draft a player they wanted. We can start with the Jets in 2018.
For the Jets’ to move from sixth overall to third in the 2018 NFL Draft, it cost them their sixth overall, two 2018 2nds (37th and 49th overall), and a 2019 2nd-round pick for the right to draft Sam Darnold.
The Bears did something similar in 2017 to draft Mitch Trubisky and all they did was move up one spot.
Then there is 2012 when the Washington Football Team made a trade with the Rams in order to draft RGIII after Andrew Luck was taken by the Colts.
The Washington Football Team gave up the bank for that move – 2012 1st-round pick, their 2012 2nd round pick, and their 1st-round pick in the 2013 and 2014 NFL drafts just to jump four spots.
Roddy White seems to be correct, if the Atlanta Falcons are going to make such a drastic and foolish move to draft a franchise quarterback, why not trade for one that is under 25 and has been among the best quarterbacks in the league over the last four seasons and one that has shown he can dominate on an NFL field?