By now, you’ve heard it six ways to Sunday: The Falcons have one of the best rosters in the NFL. Because we never really getting tired of hearing that after all these years, let’s tackle it one more time from a different angle.
Our sister site Silver & Black Pride, which capably covers the Raiders, set out to show how well-regarded their young roster is by breaking down the recent NFL Top 100 list. What they also revealed is that NFLers recognize that the Falcons are one of the best rosters in football just as much as the analysts do, both by the number of players in the top ten and the number of players in there overall.
Atlanta had four players make the list (Vic Beasley, Devonta Freeman, Matt Ryan, Julio Jones), though they could have had 2-3 more and you wouldn’t have heard me quibble. That was good for 7th in the NFL, but they also had the highest average position for those players of any other team. Their elite guys are real #elite, as we know, and shortly three of them should be paid accordingly.
The question, if you care about this sort of thing, is whether the Falcons will have more guys a year from now, and whether they can get the likes of Matt Ryan or Julio Jones all the way to the top of the list. My guess is yes for the former question, no to the latter.
There are no guarantees in this life, but if all goes well, the Falcons should be getting this kind of recognition for a long time. So long as it also means a Lombardi, I’m in.