5. Marcus Mariota
Who wouldn’t be excited to see Feleipe Franks time in Atlanta? Perhaps no one but if you’re rebuilding and Mariota is having a serviceable year there is always a team looking for a quarterback to fill in due to injuries. Mariota isn’t a long-term answer at the position and Atlanta could trade Mariota with Franks on the roster or if they draft a quarterback. If they were to draft a quarterback allowing Mariota to start half the season before trading him makes a lot of sense for a team that knows Mariota is a bridge.
If the quarterback has any trade value heading to the deadline the team shouldn’t hesitate to move a player who isn’t a long-term solution. Even if Atlanta doesn’t draft a quarterback allowing Franks or a veteran option to start the rest of the season.
Tanking may not be the right word but this is a team that knows they cannot win this season. Mariota may not hold any trade value starting on a roster this bad but with a hot star could become a trade option due to the value of his position. The Falcons won’t have a hard time replacing a player who is a backup option for the majority of the league.