The draft dust has settled, rookie minicamp is over, and we're left to look ahead to OTAs, training camp, and preseason. As we wait for those exciting times, I'll ask this: How are you feeling about the season ahead now that you've seen who the Falcons picked up in April?
This is a polarizing draft class, so I'm expecting a wide range of answers to this question. Many loved the athleticism of these players and their fits on Dan Quinn's team, while others felt nearly every pick was a reach and not, perhaps, the best player available for Atlanta. Both are perfectly valid perspectives before we've really seen them play, but depending on which side you come down on, you may be thinking of a better or worse season record for the Falcons.
Personally, I'm sticking with 8-8. I fully expect Keanu Neal to be an upgrade at strong safety and think Deion Jones and Austin Hooper will be legitimate contributors, but there's nobody here that promises to be the kind of massive difference-maker in their first year that would make me alter my projection. I do have high hopes for 2017, and do think it's possible this team could make more noise in 2016. I'm just not expecting it.
How about you?