3 Prospects the Atlanta Falcons must avoid in the first round
3. Anthony Richardson
A lot of the same reasoning on Will Levis applies to Richardson who is also gaining momentum as a possible first-round pick. A lot of this will change based on the combine and pre-draft interviews. However, for now, it appears that Richardson is a very possible top-ten pick. Just as was the case with Levis, Richardson has a great arm and the raw talent to have a lot of success at the next level.
Richardson is great outside the pocket and would fit Arthur Smith’s system with the ability to create big plays and run the read option. Richardson would also give Atlanta fans a lot of comparisons to Marcus Mariota in that his biggest issue is accuracy and at times struggles to make what should be easy throws at the next level.
With the progression that Desmond Ridder showed through four games this season Atlanta can only take a quarterback in this spot if they know it is a franchise-changing player. Richardson could be in the perfect situation with time to develop. Two things Atlanta clearly cannot give a quarterback prospect who is increasingly likely to be an early first-round pick.