Going into this off-season, many Falcons fans have had concerns about the offensive line. After a horrid 2013 and an inconsistent 2014, it's easy to understand why. But per PFF, one of those young players on the line is the secret superstar for the Atlanta Falcons: right tackle Ryan Schraeder.
While Schraeder did not start the 2014 season as the starter at right tackle, he took over the duties there in week 8 and never looked back. In that time, Schraeder allowed only 3 sacks, 2 hits and 13 hurries over 9 games (2 of those sacks were against Charles Johnson in week 17). He would finish the season with a +7.1 overall score, very strong +8.2 pass blocking grade and -2.7 in run blocking (which is really about league-average for the position). He was our highest graded offensive lineman on the year.
PFF goes a bit further speculating that Schraeder's run blocking could get better in the ZBS that Shanahan runs, which should be encouraging for those wondering how the schematic change may impact our line. No matter what you think about advanced stats like PFF, Schraeder does seem to have a lot of potential and his play last year was an indicator that he may be able to cash in on it.
What do you think about the Falcons secret superstar?