Falcons trade for QB Sam Howell in the latest fake draft of ESPN

After trading Matt Ryan to the Golds for the third round selection, there is a clear need for a long-term solution in the Falcons quarterback. Atlanta has apparently found their stopcap signal caller in Marcus Mariotta and signed the former Titan to a two-year contract. While the Falcons have not grown to this point behind Mariotta, Atlanta can still create a quarterback by 2023 and make him sit a year behind the former Heisman Trophy winner.

The Falcons will be linked with every quarterback opportunity, and although they may not find it worth the 8th overall pick in this class until the end, I think it’s worth picking up one of the latter rounds. Instead of playing big on a signal caller at # 8, the Falcons can use a pickup pick on a QB, which will allow him to move at their own pace. This is what Todd McShey is doing Falcons in his latest ESPN (subscription required) fake draft.

In the team’s first-round selection, Maxie Falcons picks Drake London, throwing the ball to Mariotta rather than Kyle Pitts.

8. Atlanta Falcons

Drake London, WR, USC

The Falcons did not make every effort to clean up a dull receiver room at the free agency. They currently rely on Olamide Zaccheaus and Damiere Byrd as the first two goals of the new quarterback Marcus Mariotta. We have only seen teams use the top-10 choices in pass-catchers in back-to-back drafts three times since 1967 (Atlanta took the tight end Kyle Pitts at No. 4 last April), but London is the right choice here. He is a former basketball player who can box on defensive backs and take tough, competitive catches. Returns to London from right ankle fracture but should be ready to go to training camp.

As for the quarterback puzzle, Atlanta Day 2 can talk about the future with one of four choices, wait until the most exciting signal-caller class in 2023, or run some combination of the two tracks.

When McShay made fun of the London Falcons, Evan Neil was still on board and I can not back down from that. Neil is a top-five prospect in this class no matter what the level, and the Falcons have a tough time defending the quarter and producing yards before their running packs can be contacted. In this league Neil seems to be an above average starter, having a much harder time getting it right than the receiver.

Despite having two young defenders in the lineup of Richie Grant and Jailin Hawkins, McShay was ousted by the Falcons next to Louis Cindy from Georgia.

43. Atlanta Falcons

Louis Cini, S, Georgia

The intuition of the sugar and the ability to read the receivers’ paths from a single high alignment stand out on the tape. Atlanta allowed 6.7 yards for a dropback last season (26th), and it lost to Drone Hormone in the free agency, opening a place in second place.

Cindy joins Hawkins, Grant, Eric Harris and Dean Marlow in a very crowded security room. However, with Terry Fontaine stubbornly the Falcons will add strength due to their excellent player availability draft strategy. Now, to select the draft: Select McShay Falcons Trade with Bears to select Sam Howell.

The Bears have only six choices in 2022, and not a first-rounder. So call Atlanta and number the third tier player (No. 82). Rising from 58th to 48th, the new GM Ryan Poles will be interested. Chicago needed a receiver, but the number of pass-catchers on Day 2 was deep. With nine choices this year the Falcons, if you want to get ahead of someone, there are few places to act. This is especially true if someone is a quarterback.

48. Atlanta Falcons (by Fake Trading with CHI / LAC)

Sam Howell, QB, UNC

Marcus Mariotta is not a long-term answer – he is not even a short-term answer – and Howell is the last of the five quarterbacks in this class for any real shot to develop as an NFL starter. Just like Seattle with Matt Coral, that doesn’t mean the Falcons found their boy. Howell offers them another option to reset the list after the Matt Ryan trade. He has to work consistently in his footwork and expectation throw, but he is very accurate in deep shots, bringing quick release and little agility in short shots.

Here’s Howell’s solution from Jack Gordon’s Pre-Combine Big Board, the self – proclaimed quarterback guru of Sports Talk ADL.

6. Sam Howell – North Carolina

Sometimes it shines that Sam Howell may be an NFL star, but sometimes he makes some confusing throws at RPO-serious crime. I included Howell in the Project Quarterback section because he has good athletic ability and good hands, but he needs a lot of work before he can prepare to advance to the NFL. He can easily get off the stage and he does not have the subtleties required for that position when dealing with defensive backs with his eyes. Regardless, the physics tools are absolutely there, and he can develop into a Baker Mayfield type player who can get a good team to the playoffs.

I would not be against taking any of these quarterback chances in the second round because the Falcons did not take their wagons with them. If he doesn’t quit, investing in a second round pick is not the worst thing in the world. I really like the idea of ​​taking a flyer about an opportunity that could grow under Arthur Smith and behind Marcus Mariotta.

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