UPDATE: Thomas Dimitroff has confirmed that the Falcons plan to have Marcus Green listed at RB.
The 2019 NFL Draft has finally come to an end for the Falcons. With their sixth round pick, their fifth on Day 3 and their seventh in total, Atlanta selected RB Marcus Green from Louisiana-Monroe at 203 overall.
Green was an all-purpose player for the Red Hawks, leading the team in receiving (50 receptions, 855 yards, 17.1 YPR, 8 TD) but also contributing as an RB (20 carries, 193 yards, 9.7 YPC, 1 TD) and as a very dangerous kick and punt returner. Green tied for the FBS lead with four kickoff return TDs, and also added a punt return TD.
Marcus Green is small at only 5’8, 190, but he’s a dynamic athlete that ran a reported 4.39 40-yd dash at his Pro Day. Despite most of Green’s production coming as a receiver, the Falcons plan to play him at RB. It’s an interesting fit for a player that can do a little of everything, and Green has the potential to be a dangerous gadget player that can also become a very good return specialist. He’ll be competing with fifth round pick Qadree Ollison, Brian Hill, Kenjon Barner, and Jeremy Langford for the two RB spots on the roster behind starters Devonta Freeman and Ito Smith.
Green’s easiest path to the roster is probably on special teams, where he is up against veteran RB Kenjon Barner, WR Russell Gage, and WR Justin Hardy for the punt/kick return role. None of those players is anywhere close to as dynamic as Green, and none have his proven track record of production.
What are your thoughts on the Falcons’ final pick, Marcus Green? Do you think he’s the favorite to win the return job?