It is never too early to make predictions on who will make the Atlanta Falcons depth chart. Obviously, this is a complete guess, but it is worth a shot to try and predict everything that might happen between now and when the Falcons suit up for the first time in the 2021 NFL season.
The NFL draft is rapidly approaching and the Atlanta Falcons have a lot of pressure on them to nail it.
Part of predicting a depth chart for before the draft requires a mock draft and a few free-agent signings to fill out the rest of the 53-man roster. It is certainly not going to look exactly like this, however, you can still make assumptions based off of holes.
The Atlanta Falcons 2021 opening day depth chart starting with the quarterbacks.
- QB1: Matt Ryan
- QB2: A.J. McCarron (Free Agent)
A lot of fans are lobbying for the Falcons to select a quarterback with the fourth overall pick, but that is not the direction I decided to go.
Matt Ryan still has many years left in him. He has shown that he can take the Falcons to the biggest stage and almost win it all. Hopefully with Arthur Smith, this offense will look more like the 2016 offense that lit the league on fire.
If they can become that, then they will have a great chance to make it to the biggest stage again, and hopefully finish the game out.
Every team needs a QB2, and instead of selecting one in the draft to develop, I went instead with a veteran backup who has the experience to come in, if need be. Arthur Smith could help McCarron like he did with Ryan Tannehill on the Titans.
Not to say McCarron is the successor to Matty Ice, because he isn’t, but he is a solid backup and the Falcons can afford to wait a year or two before selecting a quarterback in the draft.