The word value has different meanings to different people as we all don’t value the same things in life. That is even true when it comes to our sports team – we all have different aspects that we value about the Atlanta Falcons, it sure isn’t their ability to compete for and win championships.
Michael Renner over at Pro Football Focus recently published his thoughts on which player provided the best value based on their initial draft spot since 2006 and it should be no surprise who represents the Atlanta Falcons on this list.
Since 2006, the Atlanta Falcons have successfully drafted players like Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, and Jake Matthews but the pick that has provided the best value is none other than Grady Jarrett.
Grady Jarrett will go down as an Atlanta Falcons great
When his career is all said and done, Grady Jarrett will join his father, Jessie Tuggle, in the Atlanta Falcons Ring of Honor. His work ethic is second to none, his leadership is unrivaled and his talent is undeniable and Falcons fans have a front-row seat to his greatness.
Throughout NFL history, lots of guys have been taken late in the NFL draft but very few have provided the value that Grady Jarrett has provided the Atlanta Falcons. In a day and age where social media, cameras, and scouts are everywhere, it’s absurd that Grady was overlooked because he is just six feet tall.
Grady has turned into one of the top three or four defensive tackles according to every NFL expert, though we would say only Aaron Donald is better and even then it’s not by a large margin.
As the roster continues to evolve and turnover during the next few years under Terry Fontenot and Arthur Smith, Grady Jarrett is the one player that will be untouchable. Elite defensive tackles don’t come along very often and when you have one, you do everything you can to make sure they stay with you during their prime years.