Falcons staff out in full force at Cincinnati’s Pro Day, QB Desmond Ridder headlines Bearcat prospects

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The Falcons are in the market for a signal caller after the team traded Matt Ryan to the Colts. Atlanta signed Marcus Mariota to seemingly be the stopgap guy while the front office searches for the future at the position.

Many draft pundits have characterized this class as weak, but odds say at least one of these prospects will turn into a franchise quarterback. Malik Willis and Kenny Pickett headline this crop of quarterbacks, but a bevy of others should be available past the first round.

One of those prospects is Cincinnati’s Desmond Ridder, who participated in the team’s pro day on Thursday. The Falcons, as well as every team in the league, were in attendance. Moreover, Atlanta was the most represented organization in Cincy, but Ridder isn’t the only prospect they’re scouting.

Arthur Smith (HC), Terry Fontenot (GM), Charles London (QBs), Dave Ragone (OC), Dean Pees (DC), T.J. Yates (WRs), Frank Bush (LBs), and Jon Hoke (DBs) were all in attendance. Of course, Ridder headlines the Bearcat prospects; however, there are plenty of other players the Falcons are interested in.

Coby Bryant and Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner are two corners that could pair nicely with A.J. Terrell. The former is in play for the Falcons at No. 8, while the latter is more of a mid-round target.

Darrian Beavers is a former safety who displays an excellent understanding of defense and is by all accounts a very high-character player. He’s solid in coverage and has great attention to detail. I’m not sure if Beavers will be making an impact from day one, but he could be a difference-maker in the future.

Myjai Sanders is one of the most under-hyped prospects in this EDGE class and will be a productive pass rusher in this league immediately. Sanders projects as a 5-technique, but his combination of power and quick-twitch makes him position versatile.

There are also the lesser-known prospects like safety Bryan Cook, running back Jerome Ford, and wideout Alex Pierce that will be in play for the Falcons, given the team’s positional needs.

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