The Falcons have spent back-to-back top ten picks on pass catchers in Kyle Pitts and Drake London. Terry Fontenot also found a gem in the firth-round in Tyler Allgeier. All three have posted franchise records, and Pitts has broken a league rookie record. The club has surrounded Desmond Ridder with enough talent to enable him to succeed. The skill-position group has been regarded highly by Sports Illustrated’s Conor Orr, who ranked Atlanta’s skill positions the 12th-best in the NFL.
Falcons (Drake London, WR; Kyle Pitts, TE; Tyler Allgeier, RB)
This is my dark-horse candidate for a unit that will end up in the top five on this list a year from now. Over his final five games of the season last year, London had weeks of 95, 96 and 120 receiving yards. In two of those games, his quarterback’s rating when targeting him was more than 110. Pitts’s credentials at this point are established, even though he played in only seven games last year. Allgeier is so underrated, with the same efficiency rate (the manner in which he gets upfield without extraneous movement) as Nick Chubb last year, with Chubb obviously being the gold standard for nonreceiving backs.
It must be noted that quarterbacks weren’t included in the ranking, but Orr didn’t even mention Cordarrelle Patterson, who was widely considered one of the best dual-threat running backs in the league over the past two years.
The Falcons have an impressive stable of running backs and two exceptional pass catchers. Orr is correct; this group might even be underrated in these rankings. Kyle Pitts has the potential to be the top player at his position; he was the highest-drafted tight end for a reason. He’s a unicorn that just needs the ball in his hands.
Drake London proved last year that he’s capable of shouldering the load as a WR1 in this league; it’s not crazy to think he can be one of the ten best receivers in the league at some point.
And there might not be a more underrated running back than Tyler Allgeier, who was undoubtedly snubbed in the Offensive Rookie of the Year voting. Add the versatile Corddarrelle Patterson, and the Falcons have a more than formidable core of skill position players.
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