Well, we’re officially less than two weeks until the first night of the NFL draft, and I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to get this show on the road.
The Atlanta Falcons have been scouting a bunch of different positions at different spots (Dave’s got a great 2018 draft prospect to watch), so the picks could go to most any of the spots on the roster.
But, what spots will the Falcons not draft at? Which position groups on the team are unlikely to get a pick at the moment?
Well, here are a few ideas.
The stalwart Matt Bosher isn’t a free agent until 2020, and still continues to perform like one of the better punters out there. The team could opt to go cheaper down the road, but that’s not going to happen any time soon. Bosher’s got one of the most secure spots on the roster. So, no, the Falcons will not draft a punter.
The ageless wonder Matt Bryant is coming off one of his best seasons yet, and reportedly wants to play for a handful more. He’s the kicker for the team until he’s not, so don’t expect Atlanta to scout his successor this season, particularly with a draft pick. Not gonna happen.
Josh Harris will be a free agent in 2019, but let’s be real, can any of you people imagine a world without Harris as the Falcons’ long snapper. I think he’ll end up retiring with the team. How many long snappers can go out and lay the wood on special teams? Yeah, that’s what I thought. Harris’ spot is secure, and there’s literally no chance the team tries to being another long snapper in at any point in the future.
The Falcons have worked out a center or two, but methinks that’d solely be for undrafted consideration. With Alex Mack still with lots of time on his deal, and Ben Garland back in town, the team does not need to allot any draft capital at the center position. If the team sees Ohio State G/C Billy Price sitting there with their second round pick, they could take a flier on him, but he’d assuredly slot in as a guard to start his career. They have too many offensive linemen as it is, and it would just feel weird to spend a draft pick on a pure center who would likely be a practice squad face for 2018. It’s incredibly unlikely a center is drafted.
Quarterback, running back, fullback, wide receiver, tight end, offensive tackle, guard, defensive end, defensive tackle, inside linebacker, outside linebacker, free safety, strong safety and cornerback are all fair game for the Falcons on draft weekend. Mind you, a lot of those positions have starters entrenched, and would see depth fill in behind them with draft picks.
And, ah, it’s that time of year, so who do you want in a Falcons uniform? Leave your most recent mock drafts below.