From here until the draft, I'll occasionally be taking a look at each position and giving a quick rundown on how badly we need to upgrade at that position and give a handful of prospects that we might be able to obtain that could help us at that position. This time, I'm getting the ball rolling with arguably the least needy position, quarterback.
Maybe it would be more fun if I pretended that the Falcons were going down with the ship and they needed to trade up and draft Cam Newton at #1 or something, but thankfully that isn't the case. For us, we do not have a quarterback controversy, and we have one of the better backups in the league in Chris Redman.
That said, there are still quarterbacks who are coming out of college that are worth taking a look at. Follow me after the jump and let's discuss some QB needs.You can never have too many good QBs. They're very helpful if the starter(s) go down and they can also be used as trade bait for a hefty amount of high draft picks if the need for those arises.
Thankfully, QB is the last of our needs. Matty figures to be around here for a long time and Redman, while not young, isn't so old that he can't be helpful for a few more years.
The third QB is more of an interesting prospect. Currently, that spot is occupied by former Alabama QB John Parker Wilson. For a time, there was a camp battle between him and local hero DJ Shockley, but with Shockley's departure to the UFL, that has since subsided.
There are some potential suitors for that third QB slot that are entering the draft this year. Colin Kaepernick out of Nevada is a raw, but mobile QB who could potentially add another wrinkle to the QB game if, for some reason, we were to ever use him. Jason posted a fanshot recently about Atlanta showing interest in the Nevada QB at one point. He's not likely to be drafted too, too high, so he might be worth looking at in the later rounds, if he hangs around that long.
Christian Ponder elevated his draft status during the senior bowl by having the best overall showing of the quarterbacks that played in that game. I don't expect him to be drafted too, too high, either, but he'll likely be taken before we would have any interest whatsoever.
We could always just draft Jake Locker. Heck, let's just draft 7 QBs and run a pentuple reverse pass to Usain Bolt every play. That'll teach them.
Other potential suitors include Andy Dalton, Greg McElroy, or if you want to get REALLY fun, Tyrod Taylor.
You're welcome to discuss any QB needs we have here. I think we should draft a leftover QB in the last round or two just to generate a little camp battle, but I wouldn't expect us to do anything more than take a flyer on a low end QB in the draft.