When the final draft order was solidified and the Falcons were slotted at number six several things were apparent. The first thing that came to my mind was how close this team could be to the second overall pick. The tipped pass in the final seconds of the win against the Redskins is the difference between picking where we are now and picking four spots sooner. I don’t begrudge a Falcons win, and it was a great play by Desmond Trufant, who I am glad to say has an exceptionally high ceiling However, it would be nice to be in the second spot and have a guaranteed shot at one of the exceptional pass rushers in Jadeveon Clowney or Khalil Mack, or the franchise offensive tackles Greg Robinson or Jake Matthews.
A second idea is apparent when we look at the draft order. Every team in front of the Falcons in the top-5 has significant issues at quarterback. None of those teams has a signal caller that is talented enough to take a team to the Super Bowl. When we really got into investigating what might go down at the top of the NFL Draft in May, we Falcons fans got a new breath of hope. What if the Falcons still go a shot at Clowney or one of the franchise changing offensive tackles? There are so many QB needy teams before us that every one that picks up a passer is essentially pushing a player Atlanta needs down to them. What if four quarterbacks go in the top-5 and the Raiders simply can’t pass on a player as flashy as Sammy Watkins. Clowney might fall into this city’s lap!
Then in the post-Combine dead period the Falcons fan base became a little deflated. The quarterbacks that we so desperately needed to blow up the combine were underwhelming. We got the sense that maybe there weren’t three or four franchise QBs in this year’s class. Add to it how impressively Clowney, Mack, and Robinson all preformed in their workouts there is less reason to believe that any of these potentially franchise shifting prospects will just fall past the first five teams.