The Falcons have yet to finish up with their offensive line, and likely won’t even be completely done when they inevitably draft a young tackle toward the end of the month. As evidence of that, please see Ulrick John.
John, a Georgia State product, spent time with the Patriots but never got on the field for them in 2018. Before that, he spent time with the Colts, Dolphins, Cardinals, and Packers, starting three games and grading out well at right tackle for Arizona back in 2016.
Former New England Patriots offensive tackle Ulrick John takes a free agent visit with the Atlanta Falcons on Monday, according to a league source #NFL #Patriots #Falcons— Aaron Wilson (@AaronWilson_NFL) April 13, 2019
The Falcons likely view John as tackle depth, which they could use more of if they’re not going to invest heavily in the upcoming draft, and the 26 year old at least has some upside at the position. As things stand now, he’d be competing with Matt Gono behind Ty Sambrailo and Jake Matthews, but that’s likely to change with the draft coming.
The Falcons will be working out both John and former Air Force defensive end Ryan Watson on Monday, so we’ll see if one of them signs.