The Falcons need pass-rush help.
And while they might choose to find it elsewhere, new coach Dan Quinn said the team would not disqualify Missouri’s Shane Ray from consideration because of his recent marijuana arrest.
Assuming, of course, you believe anything that comes out of the mouth of a coach this week.
During an appearance on SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Sports Radio with Adam Schein, Quinn said they were comfortable with their evaluation, and that Ray was “absolutely” still on their board, as they prepare to pick eighth overall.
“That was why it was important for us to, when you get a chance to connect with a player, not just at the combine, but oftentimes when you get a chance to go to their school or go to their hometown and visit with them, that’s [why] those visits are so important,” Quinn said, via the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “So, fortunately for Thomas [Dimitroff] and I, we were able to go to a number of guys’, whether it was hometowns or schools, to visit with the guys, and it is such a valuable time as you could imagine. But we felt great about meeting Shane and the guys we did. . . .
“As we’re going through the process we felt good about him. I think he had a setback. It was hard, and hopefully one that, like I said, he learns from and can move on from.”
Of course, the Falcons might prefer a different pass-rusher that doesn’t carry that baggage in the door with him, and if they move up as has been speculated, it’s likely they have someone else in mind anyway.
But as far as you know, Ray is someone they’re “absolutely” still considering.