Draft Day is under a month away, which is pretty fantastic. The offseason fog is beginning to clear, and we’ll be knee-deep in post draft analysis in no time. Until then: Thursday’s Falcoholinks.
Depth Added to O-line
The Falcons added guards Jamon Brown and James Carpenter in free agency, and yesterday it was announced that they had signed veteran offensive lineman Adam Gettis. Gettis has bounced around the league; his last game action taking place in 2016. It’s obviously a pure depth move, with Gettis’ ability to play center and his familiarity with Dirk Koetter likely factoring into his signing.
Keeping Up With Keanu
Strong safety Keanu Neal’s recovery from his season-ending ACL injury is one that we’re obviously very invested in. He’s posted numerous videos online tracking his progress, but he’s also not setting a specific timetable for return.
In an interview with Sirius XM, Neal said that he wasn’t sure if he would be fully healthy for training camp. Now this should not be viewed as a setback at all, but just the natural tempering of expectations as Keanu works his way back from serious injury.
This may coincide with Dan Quinn recently listing strong safety as a position of need.
Trader Thomas and His Falcons History
Thomas Dimitroff enjoys wheelin’ and dealin’ on draft day. It’s simply in his DNA. If the Falcons’ GM has keen eyes on a prospect, he will not shy away from shedding draft capital to get his man. With the Falcons sitting at 14 in the 2019 NFL Draft and the bulk of top-flight prospects potentially off the board when Atlanta is on the clock, this feels like another year where Dimitroff moves up.
Falcoholic EIC Dave Choate detailed all of the trade-up moves that Thomas Dimitroff has made since he joined the front office in 2008; the franchise-defining move of course involving the deal for Julio Jones in 2011.