2. Draft a quarterback in the top ten
Whether it is moving up or waiting to see which quarterback is still on the board at #8 the second-best move for Atlanta is drafting their own quarterback. Outside of having Tom Brady or Patrick Mahomes the easiest way to contend in the league is to have a complete roster and a good quarterback on a rookie contract.
While there are outliers to this consistently teams have their best years before they are forced to pay the quarterback and are unable to keep a complete roster together. Anthony Richardson, C.J. Stroud, and Bryce Young would all be interesting fits for Arthur Smith’s offense though there is a great chance all three are off the board before Atlanta’s number is called.
Richardson would be a huge risk considering the issues with consistency, however, the fit is Arthur Smith’s offense is too obvious to ignore completely.
If the Falcons are going to draft a quarterback they will likely need to move up and add either Stroud or Young if they want a clear upgrade over Ridder. Both quarterbacks would cost Atlanta, however, on rookie deals the team could pay a heavy trade price this season and still be in a great position moving forward.