The Falcons have a myriad of weapons on the offensive side of the ball. Adding Todd Gurley into the mix could give the Falcons a dangerous running and passing game. However, the success of the offense hinges upon how the offensive line performs. I have to give credit where credit is due to the front office: This offensive line is filled with youth and talent, maybe more so this year than in any year in recent memory. There is only one spot that is unsettled on the offensive line, and that is left guard, where the Falcons also wound up being unsettled a year ago.
As it stands right now, here’s how the starting group could look:
RT- Kaleb McGary
RG - Chris Lindstrom
C - Alex Mack
LG- Matt Hennessy
LT- Jake Matthews
Now obviously, there will be a big camp battle for Left Guard between Hennessy, James Carpenter, Jamon Brown and Justin McCray. Although I would love for Matt Gono to get a shot to start at LG, he likely makes the final 53 as the swing tackle. I listed Hennessy as the presumptive starter due to what was mentioned in Coach Quinn’s post draft press conference. He’s going to give Hennessy every chance to start at left guard this coming season, which would leave at least one very expensive reserve yet again.
Although this is what I expect will happen, what I would love to see is Gono starting at LG. That gives Hennessy a chance to get stronger and learn from one of the best to ever do it in Alex Mack. At that point, you have your future center and left guard already on the roster.
I must say, this may be the deepest I’ve seen the offensive line in quite some time. If McGary takes the next step in his development and we get at least average play at LG, this offensive line can be an above average unit this coming season.