The Falcons are at a crossroads — they could either be a team that surprises a lot of people like last season or contend for the first pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. I don’t think Atlanta is done adding to their roster, especially with guys coming available after June 1st. Offensive line is still a need, and depth remains an issue at the skill positions. I’m a big fan of the Bryan Edwards trade, but is that enough to field a competent offense? There’s still plenty of time before camp and June 1st cuts, so let’s take a quick peek at what the Falcons may do in the coming weeks before their opener against the Saints. I’ll cover the defense and special teams later this week.
Nothing too crazy here. We know how Arthur Smith treats rookies, and I think Ridder’s talent will give him the edge over Franks here. I’m not sure if the Falcons will carry three quarterbacks. If they really like someone else, Franks could be moved to the practice squad. Until camp starts and we hear about some UDFAs making noise, I’ll stick with him.
Pretty easy list here, too. I could see this regime easing Allgeier into the system unless he really blows it up early. Caleb Huntley may show up and steal Qadree Ollison’s spot, but until then, I think this is the four that the Falcons will roll with.
FB1 Keith Smith
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Geronimo Allison is a guy who could work his way onto this list, but with Frank Darby being a pick by this regime in the last draft, I give him a slight edge for now. He’s going to have to prove something because he was only a sixth-round pick. He’s definitely on the roster bubble.
Arthur Smith loves his tight ends, so I think four is a reasonable number for this group. Maybe they would sneak a fifth one in, but nobody currently on the roster is moving the needle for me.
Wilkinson is probably going to be a swing tackle, but Jake Matthews is your obvious starter.
LG1 Jalen Mayfield
LG2 Justin Shaffer
I could see the Falcons snagging a veteran like Quinton Spain, but when putting this roster together, I didn’t have anywhere to put him. I’m already rolling with nine offensive linemen, and I’m assuming the regime will give their former third-round pick Jalen Mayfield one more chance to prove himself.
Center is a position that could absolutely be upgraded, but this late in the process, I could see the Falcons giving Hennessy another shot while continuing to develop their 2021 fifth-round pick, Drew Dalman.
RG1 Chris Lindstrom
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RT1 Kaleb McGary
RT2 Tyler Vrabel
I have Tyler Vrabel snagging a roster spot over Germain Ifedi, and although Ifedi is a bit more versatile, I think Vrabel has a lot of upside as a developmental right tackle. I had Vrabel in a few of my mock drafts in the sixth round, but the Falcons got him as an undrafted free agent. They need to develop someone behind Kaleb McGary after his fifth-year option was declined. I like Vrabel to break camp and serve as a swing tackle for now.
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