The NFL Draft has come and gone. Do you miss all the mock drafts and armchair GM takes? Didn’t think so. But now that you’ve had time to digest all the picks and stop cursing at your TV, it’s time for a little perspective. In truth, we won’t know how the Falcons fared with this draft class for at least 2-3 years. That doesn’t mean we can’t walk back some of the hysteria the Falcons first round picks induced.
Todd McShay wrote a piece highlighting each team’s best value picks. In short, where did each team get the most bang for their buck? It’s behind a paywall, and you should check it out if you’re already a subscriber. But here’s part of what McShay had to say about the Falcons:
It was maybe a little bit early to take Lindstrom, sure. But he’s a plug-and-play guy, and Atlanta desperately needed to find protection for Matt Ryan .... [t]he Boston College product turned heads with his 4.91 40-yard dash at the combine, and once you add in his length, you can see why he excels in pushing speed rushers past the pocket. He has very good lateral mobility as well, and he is very good when blocking at the second level (Atlanta’s run game was 27th in rushing yards in 2018). Combined with the team’s pick of Kaleb McGary at No. 31, the Falcons did a nice job targeting a need.
Lindstrom could be a fixture on the offensive line for the rest of Matt Ryan’s career and then some. Let that sink in for a second. There are no sure things in the NFL, but the Lindstrom pick is about as close as you can get. McShay sees that, and so should you.
Your thoughts, Falcoholics?