Monday mornings are for draft rumblings and ruminations, podcast and review content and nothing else. Do not let your boss tell you otherwise.
Dive in to today’s Falcoholinks.
Ah, the 4th pick
The Falcons find themselves in an unprecedented position in the 2021 NFL Draft — sitting at fourth on the draft board, Atlanta is in a spot to make a decision that will affect the future of the franchise. History at that slot on the board suggests a quarterback can be taken here, but there are a number of potential suitors who could be eyeing a move up — especially Washington.
Regardless what happens on draft night, it’s likely that many Falcons fans will be awash their chemical vice of choice.
Scouting report: Alijah Vera-Tucker
Atlanta definitely needs some help along its offensive line — Could that assistance be found via a trade down in the first-round of the 2021 NFL Draft? USC’s Alijah Vera-Tucker is one of the most versatile offensive line prospects in the draft, and our Everett Glaze evaluated his game in his latest scouting report.
Arthur Smith & the Three C’s
We’re all anxious to see Arthur Smith’s formal debut as Atlanta’s head coach when the season officially gets underway. Until then we’re left to mine his interviews for his football philosophy and what he looks to bring to the table as the Falcons’ new coach.
Smith appears to embrace coaching, culture, and competence as three pillars that will make Atlanta a contender in 2021.
Falcons film review: Safety Erik Smith
Safety Erik Smith was one of the Falcons’ first free agent acquisitions, and our Kevin Knight recently reviewed his tape and elaborated on ways Atlanta can use its new DB in Dean Pees’ defense.
The Falcoholic Podcast
Jeanna Kelley and David Walker were joined this week by The Athletic’s Tori McElhaney, discussing the lead up to the 2021 NFL Draft and the new regime in Atlanta.