Now that the 2015 NFL Draft is in the books, the Falcons may look to test the free agency market and monitor post-draft cuts in the coming weeks to fill needs. Let’s take a look at a couple of available veterans the Falcons could look to target:
Chris Myers, Center
One guy that I think should definitely be on the Falcons’ radar is Center Chris Myers, former member of the Houston Texans. Myers has had a decorated career for a former 6th Round pick, as he has seen two Pro Bowl berths. While Joe Hawley is penciled in as the starter, Myers can push him to win this job while serving as a veteran leader to a Falcons offensive line that seeks stability. At the very least, he can serve as high quality depth. Kyle Shanahan plans on incorporating a Zone Blocking Scheme up front in his first year here in Atlanta, and Myers is a ZBS connoisseur. A lot of Arian Foster’s success in past years all started with Myers up front in the very same line scheme in Houston. The ZBS is something that takes time for teams to master, and next year could be a transitional one up front in Atlanta. Having a guy who has mastered the system would be very beneficial to the team, and Myers wouldn’t come at a steep price tag. Pro Football Focus graded him out as the 16th best Center in the NFL last season, with exceptional run blocking. Myers is not by any means a long term option, but his familiarity could be invaluable.
Brandon Spikes, Inside Linebacker
If the Falcons sign Brandon Spikes, he and Paul Worrilow could combine for a nice inside linebacker tandem. Though Spikes fell off a bit last year in Buffalo, he is still a great player to put in on running downs. Pro Football Focus ranked Spikes 9th of all 60 qualifying inside linebackers last season against the run. Worrilow ranked 51st. Spikes is another veteran that Dan Quinn could sign to a one-year that could make a difference. He may not be an every down linebacker at this point of his career, but the longtime Patriot definitely still yields value. Spikes would give Richard Smith options, and could probably be had on a 1 year/ $2 million deal.