Atlanta Falcons have been said to be taking phone calls and gauging interest on what their fourth overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft is worth to some.
The Atlanta Falcons’ fourth overall pick has become a little more coveted in the last 24 hours.
With the Jets trading former first-round draft pick Sam Darnold to the Panthers for a Cookout shake and a tank of gas Monday, the Jets have let the other 31 NFL teams know they will indeed draft another quarterback in this year’s first round.
Teams that are hoping to sneak into the sweepstakes for one of the five quarterbacks that are expected to go in the first round just got more interesting.
However, everyone needs to calm down, Adam Schefter letting everyone know that the Atlanta Falcons are simply doing what every team – look at all available options.
This doesn’t mean the Atlanta Falcons are going to make a deal.
At this point, the Atlanta Falcons control the draft because they are the first team in the draft that no one knows what they will do. They don’t need a quarterback and will have every non-QB available to them, all of which could help the team.
This is a great position to be in especially since the team does not need a quarterback.
Matt Ryan haters have been all over social media for five years now and want everyone to believe like they do – that Ryan is trash, overrated and his best days are behind him. While his best football may have been played already, he is far from trash and is still among the best in the game.
What those same Matt Ryan haters fail to take into account is that there is no guarantee that any of the five first-round choices will be better than Matt.
In the 84 years of the AFL/NFL draft, there have been 1,034 picks spent on quarterbacks. Of those 1,034, 26 are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and another 20 either should be or will be soon – including Matt Ryan.
Looking at 84 years of draft history, there is a 99.6 percent chance that these five quarterbacks will be simply average while a guy at another position is the real steal in this draft. Looking good against the air in a scripted Pro Day or having one elite game in college cannot and does not replace a guy with 13 years of elite production and with a few more years left in the tank.
Remember this time last ESPN’s Chris Mortenson reported last year that the Atlanta Falcons were trying to move up in the draft and were going to be the “most aggressive”. As we all know that never panned out as teams send out a lot of smoke screens this time of year.
Don’t let the speculation drive you insane.
The Atlanta Falcons are simply doing whatever responsible team does with a couple weeks left before the draft – weighing all their options and creating a plan of what they believe will be the best pathway to a Lombardi Trophy.