According to NFL Insiders as well as Atlanta Falcons general manager Terry Fontenot himself, the team has taken phone calls and considered all of their options with the fourth overall pick.
However, apparently, this isn’t enough for former NFL safety Ryan Clark who bizarrely took to Twitter as well as the TV show ‘Get Up’ on ESPN to embarrass the Atlanta Falcons before the 2021 NFL Draft.
Reaction from fans as well as his own ESPN colleagues was virtually identical – a lot of laughter and bewilderment as to where the outburst came from. His outburst seems to catch a lot of people off guard and left a lot of people to question his frame of mind when he made the statement.
In the wee hours of Wednesday morning, Ryan Clark tweeted this out –
"“Are the Falcons even gonna fill out a card at 4 bruh? Dirty birds sit at 4 & we don’t even talk about them. Acting like it’s 28-3. I mean play the “we might draft a QB game”, or “oooh look what we might do, better make a move!”. Know what? Scrap it all & just draft day 2.”"
What exactly was he trying to say? The actual explanation of it was just as odd – you can see the video here.
The Atlanta Falcons have done their due diligence
Terry Fontenot understands that he holds all of the cards in the 2021 NFL Draft. When the Atlanta Falcons pick for the first time on Thursday night in Cleveland, at least two of the top five quarterbacks in this draft will be available.
In addition to the available quarterbacks still be on the board, Kyle Pitts, Ja’Marr Chase, Micah Parsons, Patrick Surtain II, Penei Sewell, and any other prospect that is rated highly on their draft board will be available.
Fontenot and head coach Arthur Smith have conducted hundreds of interviews, watched thousands of hours of tape, and discussed the pros and cons of each possible draft pick. To assert that they have done nothing like Clark so eloquently says is absurd.
The franchise knows how important this draft is to right the ship in Atlanta. There is no reason to assume that they are unprepared for the moment and will undoubtedly do whatever they believe is in the best interest of the franchise and its future.
Whether that means drafting Kyle Pitts, Justin Fields, or trading back and accumulating more assets for the future with a last-minute deal that they simply could not turn down.
Despite what Ryan Clark thinks, this franchise is ready and we should all be excited for tonight.