We have been expecting the Falcons to go heavy on defense in the upcoming 2019 NFL draft. The top offensive need remains offensive linemen, with need at tackle and depth at guard and center, probably in that order. So team’s heavy interest in this small school OT/OG should be noted.
The #Falcons spent today visiting with Alabama State OT prospect Tytus Howard at the school, with their entire offensive staff on the premises, source said. One of the more intriguing prospects, he has 16 visits scheduled. The #Giants and the #Vikings are up next.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 19, 2019
Tytus Howard, who played both right and left tackle at Alabama State, is believed to be sneaking up draft boards. He has impressive athletic ability and his quickness would fit in Atlanta’s (potentially still existing) zone blocking scheme. His negatives are what you expect out of a small school player: he needs coaching and development.
Atlanta’s coaching staff clearly wants to see more from Howard, with the full offensive staff suggesting there is real interest in fitting him onto the team. Some draft sites have Tytus sneaking into the first round, while most generally think he could come in between rounds 2 and 4. He probably won’t end up going in the first unless a team really falls in love, but becomes an interesting prospect on day 2.
For the Falcons, Howard likely starts off his career competing for both guard spots and the right tackle spot. There’s a good chance he’d become Atlanta’s top reserve lineman then replace a shaky veteran with no guaranteed money left in 2020 like Ty Sambrailo.