The Falcons will be doing their due diligence on every quarterback prospect until they find their long-term solution to succeed Matt Ryan. Marcus Mariota signed a two-year deal that is extremely team-friendly, making him the perfect candidate to start if Atlanta needs him to, but he could also mentor a rookie if they draft a signal caller.
During an interview with the NFL Network’s Rich Eisen, former Ole Miss quarterback Matt Corral confirmed that he is having a pre-draft visit with the Falcons, among seven other teams with first-round picks.
Corral passed for 3,349 yards, 20 touchdowns and just five interceptions during his final season with the Rebels, accounting for 6,686 yards, 49 touchdowns and 19 interceptions over his final two seasons. So he really cut down on the mistakes year-to-year. He’s also a threat with his feet, totaling 1,120 yards and 15 touchdowns on the ground as well.
Here is a rundown of Corral from SportsTalkATL’s self-proclaimed quarterback guru Jake Gordon, who has had him as his top passer for some time.
1. Matt Corral — Ole Miss
I called my shot at the beginning of the year, and I’m sticking to my guns — Matt Corral is the best quarterback in this class. I like the toughness he displayed this season, and it was clear he was very popular among his teammates. Even though he got hurt in his last game, it’s obvious that it meant something to him. While I don’t have very strong opinions on opt outs, he wanted to lead his team one more time and I respect that. Corral will have to adjust to an NFL offense, but he has an absolute hose for an arm and can move well outside of the pocket. He’s a smaller prospect at 6’1, so sitting behind an established quarterback with at least a decent offensive line would be ideal. I think he has the most potential in this class to lead his team to the playoffs in year one or two.
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