It’s Super Bowl week in Atlanta, so we’ve got some super links to start your Monday. Continue reading for today’s edition of Falcoholinks.
Our positional reviews roll on, and last week we focused on the 2018 performance of the cornerbacks. It was a rough year for the group, especially for Robert Alford, who likely played his way into a cap casualty situation. Alford was downright dreadful, and his recent struggles combined with his age and contract means he’s probably wearing a different uniform next year.
So how can the Atlanta Falcons turn a weakness into a strength for 2019? Dave Choate looks at some possibilities that are on the table.
Mock Draft: Third Edition
‘Tis the season for mock drafts, and The Falcoholic’s resident draft analyst Kevin Knight tries his hand at how things may shake out for Atlanta on draft night. In his third mock draft, Kevin sees the Falcons snagging a premiere defensive tackle and going heavy on the trenches through the first four rounds.
Whet your appetite for the 2019 NFL Draft right here.
The saga of the Saints and the NFC Championship game marches on, and this week brought us massive joy in the form of galaxy brain overreactions. Lawsuits, Senate floor speeches, participation parades: it’s all here, and it’s all great.
There’s no denying that the now infamous non-call was terrible. Nickell Robey-Coleman flat-out admitted that he committed pass interference to save a potential touchdown. But unfortunately blown calls happen, and the Atlanta Falcons are acutely familiar with one that could have turned the tide in the 2012 NFC Championship Game.
So with Saints fans content to gripe or boycott the Super Bowl altogether, we’ve got a preview of the Patriots and Rams match-up.
What To Do About Beasley
Save for his 2016 season where he led the NFL in sacks, Vic Beasley has yet to string together the consistent production that you’d expect from a former first-round pick. That disturbing trend continued in 2018, as he was another one of the Falcons that you’d file under “letdown” last season.
Beasley is in line for a significant raise next year, and his performance to date certainly doesn’t equate to the $12.9 million he’s owed. Vic Beasley is likely headed elsewhere in 2019.