The Falcons updates are coming in fast and furious right now, the product of the team building up a
If the Colts grant permission, it appears that Morocco Brown will be interviewing for the Falcons general manager job. Brown, the team’s college scouting director for much of the past four seasons.
Brown has been the Browns vice president of player personnel (from 2014-2015) and the Washington director of pro personnel (2008-2013), so he’s a season executive with a long personnel history. In Indianapolis, he took on his role in time to work with GM Chris Ballard on three drafts, which have yielded studs like Quenton Nelson, Darius Leonard, and Jonathon Taylor, as well as contributors dotting the roster. His stint in Cleveland coincided with that team snagging Joel Bitonio, Christian Kirksey, Danny Shelton, and Duke Johnson, while his time in Washington saw that team pick Brian Orakpo, Trent Williams, Ryan Kerrigan, Kirk Cousins, and the immortal Tom Compton. The classes the Colts have assembled, in particular, are rife with decent late round contributors, something Atlanta obviously could use more of.
As you’d expect, all the names above are the highlight reel, and these teams had the kind of mixed draft classes overall that define every team. It’s also always hard to know how much blame/credit you should give someone in Brown’s position for that, but Atlanta’s interest is obviously piqued by his track record and experience and that will make him a strong candidate assuming he interviews well.
Brown is one of two interesting candidates from the Colts front office, with assistant general manager Ed Dodds also a potential fit for the Falcons, though we’ve heard nothing about the team’s interest in him to this point. The Panthers have indicated an interest in Dodds, which means there’s a real chance the NFC South could have two members of the Colts front office holding GM roles next year.
We’ll see if the Falcons get permission to interview Brown, and whether they will ultimately bring him aboard as their next general manager.