3 Atlanta Falcons most likely to have a breakout season
By Nick Halden
3. Justin Shaffer
Shaffer isn’t a player who is going to get much attention this off-season despite being a potentially impactful add for the Falcons. If they open up the left guard spot for competition (as they should) it would be surprising to see Jalen Mayfield keep his job. Mayfield is coming off of what was one of the worst seasons Atlanta has had from an offensive lineman in the last decade.
An accomplishment when you consider the bad offensive lines Atlanta has put in front of Matt Ryan. Justin Shaffer was a potential steal for Atlanta and a player who has a lot of potential despite an up-and-down college career.
He is a mauling guard who is great at run blocking and certainly could not be worse than Mayfield and pass protection. Shaffer could prove to be a rare impact player found in the late rounds of the draft.
If given the chance he will win the starting job at left guard and give the Falcons much-needed improvement along the offensive line. Shaffer spent last season with Georgia making him a potential fan favorite. He was one of two late-round Georgia Bulldogs taken with the Falcons selecting John FitzPatrick as well.