This move is admittedly a bit of a reach for the Falcons, however, let me defend the selection for a moment. Matt Ryan is at his best when he has had backs who can catch out of the backfield or slot out and run routes think Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman.
Mike Davis isn’t that player and even if the Falcons retain Cordarrelle Patterson he will spend time at multiple positions. There isn’t a more perfect fit for Ryan and the Atlanta offense at this point in the draft than James Cook.
In their playoff game against Michigan, we watched Cook shift out of the backfield and easily beat the defense catching a deep pass for one of the biggest plays of the game. It is this skill set that Georgia has utilized sparingly throughout the season despite the fact James Cook is their best running back.
Cook would be a perfect fit in the Atlanta offense and is exactly the type of player Arthur Smith loves to utilize. He can motion out to receiver and play the position well or run between the tackles with a ferocity that has allowed him to break a lot of homerun plays for the Bulldogs. It is a risky pick that is a bit of a reach but it is the right move for a team that badly needs to find more weapons for an aging veteran in Matt Ryan.