It is obvious the Atlanta Falcons are going to be in the quarterback market this off-season with it just as obvious that prospect Stetson Bennett is likely going to be a final-round pick or an undrafted free agent. Leaving a great possibility the Falcons will be able to attempt to bring the Georgia legend into camp if they choose.
No matter what happens from here to Stetson, he will forever be not only the best player in Georgia’s history but one of the best athletes in the history of Georgia sports. A state that has far too often been associated with choking or losing in the biggest moments now has the rare accomplishment of back-to-back college football titles. With the Braves winning the World Series a year ago and Georgia’s recent dominance the way Georgia sports is viewed is changing.
In the middle of all of this you have Stetson Bennett who put together an incredible highlight reel when Georgia demolished TCU in the championship leading to the obvious question will he get a shot at the next level?
While there are concerns with his size and age it is fair to point out that he is close to the same size as the expected number one draft pick Bryce Young. His size could be an issue but the quarterback has more than earned a chance at the next level. While the Falcons should be focused on landing a star quarterback this off-season it wouldn’t hurt anything to take a late chance on Stetson in the final picks of the draft or to sign him as an undrafted free agent and allow the rookie the opportunity of coming into camp.
Having watched Stetson play at such a high level over the last two seasons it is hard not to think he would be a clear upgrade over last season’s backup Josh Rosen or be able to provide a bit of competition for whoever the Falcons bring into camp as the expected backup.
There are clear reasons to be concerned about Stetson moving up to the next level, however, his incredible story and impressive arm strength should earn him a chance and what better place to continue his improbable story than in the state he will forever be a legend? Stetson taking over as a quarterback anytime soon in this league is unlikely but Bennett making the roster as a backup wouldn’t be at all surprising for a kid who spent his entire career defying those who didn’t believe what he was capable of.