- LT: Jake Matthews
- LG: Bill Fralic
- C: Alex Mack
- RG: Justin Blalock
- RT: Mike Kenn
Starting off with Jake Matthews, he has been the least of the Atlanta Falcons offensive line problems since he was drafted. For numerous years he has allowed Matt Ryan to confidently turn his back on that side and not worry about getting hit.
Matthews may not be the best run-blocker there is but he more than makes up for it in his pass protection. Hopefully, he will remain on the left side for many more years.
Bill Fralic played seven years for Atlanta during the late ’80s and early ’90s, while also amassing four consecutive Pro Bowls and three All-Pro selections. The Falcons could certainly use him right now.
The center position was between Alex Mack and Jeff Van Note. The choice went to Alex Mack because he is more suited – obviously – for today’s game. Van Note only weighed 250 pounds, so he may have struggled with the big guys that play today.
Alex Mack really kick-started a resurgence for the Falcons offensive line when he signed with the team in 2016. He finally brought the consistency to the middle of the line and helped the team reach their second Super Bowl. He even managed to play through a leg fracture during the Super Bowl, he was one tough player.
Justin Blalock is someone that you may recognize. He came in as a second-round pick and played 125 games over his seven-year career with the Falcons. He may not have any Pro Bowls but he certainly deserved some for his consistent play.
Mike Kenn – much like Jeff Van Note – should be in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It is a crime that neither of them are.
Kenn played his whole 16-year career with Atlanta and should have been to more than five Pro Bowls, but much like most players on the Falcons back then, they were on really awful teams so they got no credit.
Too bad Mike Kenn cannot play right tackle for the Falcons this year.