We’re already over the offseason doldrums, as much as we’re sure that you are. The quickest way to cut through some of the Falcons’ downtime? Falcoholinks.
What if Week
SB Nation has flagged this week as ‘What if Week,’ so we’re exploring some bizarro scenarios that would have shifted the Falcons’ fortunes or future. To begin, Falcoholic EIC Dave Choate exorcised some personal prediction demons by examining a scenario where the Falcons selected Glenn Dorsey over Matt Ryan in the 2008 NFL Draft.
To say it would have completely changed the franchise is an understatement, and the Falcons would not have formed into a perennial contender should they have gone in that direction in the draft. Way to go, Dave.
Constructing a powerhouse
Atlanta has possessed one of the NFL’s most potent offenses in recent years, but how did this unit evolve into its current form?
An extremely talented group of skill players tells the story of the Falcons’ offense between 2015-2018, with a sometimes effective but often shaky offensive line being one of its primary weak spots.
The Falcons are poised to once again field a terrifying offense in 2019, this time with a revamped offensive line featuring two first-round picks.
A sixth-round steal
Foyesade Oluokon opened many eyes in his initial campaign at the NFL level, eventually relegating former third-round pick Duke Riley to the bench. Foye is yet another late draft pick under the Quinn/Dimitroff regime to bear fruit on the football field, so what can we expect from him in his second NFL season?
Potential Pro Bowlers
The Falcons were represented at last year’s Pro Bowl by center Alex Mack, all world receiver Julio Jones, and late addition tight end Austin Hooper. Realistically, who on Atlanta’s offense stands a shot at cracking the Pro Bowl roster this season?
Judging the Judge
Ito Smith was another revelation for the Falcons in his rookie year, and his play created a situation where the franchise was comfortable allowing Tevin Coleman to walk in free agency. With a healthy Devonta Freeman returning to the fold, Ito is entrenched as the Falcons’ second running back. So what kind of numbers can he put up in his sophomore season? The Falcoholic’s David Walker provides his prediction.