Terry Fontenot and Arthur Smith spoke to members of the media on Tuesday afternoon ahead of the NFL draft on Thursday. Many answers of the two men were opaque, which should be expected at this point; the new regime plays everything tight to the vest.
However, there were a couple of interesting answers. Fontenot addressed the elephant in the room about a long-term solution at quarterback by saying they ‘could’ come away with a signal caller, including they want to ‘add’ to that room.
#Falcons GM Terry Fontenot: "We could come out of this draft with a quarterback. We want to add to that room."
— Kris Rhim (@krisrhim1) April 26, 2022
After trading away Matt Ryan to the Colts for a measly third-rounder, the Falcons quickly went out and signed Marcus Mariota to a team-friendly, two-year deal. Given his history in Tennessee with Arthur Smith, Mariota should be the shoo-in starter when you consider the 2022 crop of quarterbacks.
It doesn’t mean the Falcons won’t select one of the prospects to develop behind the former Heisman Trophy winner, but fans shouldn’t take this comment as the team targeting a quarterback with their first round pick. I think it’s much more likely the Falcons will take a signal caller at the end of the first round or later.
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