Top quarterback prospect had “very good” meeting with Falcons

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The Falcons are in the market for a quarterback, and they just might be in the market for two.

It will be an aggressive search as they aim to fix the single biggest issue that has hamstrung the organization since they traded Matt Ryan to the Colts. The hope is that they can move up in the draft and select one of Jayden Daniels, Caleb Williams, or Drake Maye. But the reality is that probably won’t be possible.

Everyone expects the Bears to trade Justin Fields and take Caleb Williams with the first overall pick. Recent reports have also suggested the Patriots will take a quarterback with the third pick. That leaves the Commanders; perhaps they get cold feet and move back for a haul of picks, but they are also desperate for a franchise quarterback. It feels unlikely the Falcons can convince any of these teams to move off their spot, but there are still other options available.

Doubling up on the position seems like the most logical solution, signing a veteran quarterback and then taking one in the draft to sit behind him. In that scenario, Michael Penix Jr. could be the Falcons guy. At the NFL Combine, he said he had a “very good” meeting with the Falcons, who asked some “tough” questions.

I’m not as high on Michael Penix Jr. as some. He definitely shouldn’t be in play for the Falcons in the first round if they stay at pick #8, but in rounds 2-3,  that’s an entirely different story. Terry Fontenot and Raheem Morris have to take several shots at this until they get it right. If they don’t, they’ll face the same dreaded fate as Arthur Smith.

Photographer: Jesse Beals/Icon Sportswire

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