Terry Fontenot: Falcons plan to draft best player available

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New Falcons General Manager Terry Fontenot will have myriad important decisions to make in his time with the franchise. But one coming up sooner than later will be who the Falcons choose to draft at No. 4 overall.

Atlanta hasn’t made a selection in he top five since drafting Matt Ryan with the third pick in 2008. Ideally, they won’t pick that high again for another decade, so it’s important that they get this pick right.

To that end, Fontenot made it clear all positions are on the table and Atlanta won’t be drafting for need.

“You definitely want to take the best player available,” Fontenot said, via William McFadden of the team’s website. “There’s not going to be a position where you say, ‘Oh, we’re good there, we’re not going to draft there.'”

That leaves open a lot of possibilities for the Falcons, not just at the fourth pick, but also throughout the draft. And with a team that’s gone 18-30 over the past three seasons, there are plenty of areas for improvement.

7 responses to “Terry Fontenot: Falcons plan to draft best player available

  1. Very good chance DeVonta Smith could be there at 4 and he would easily be the best player available there. Has an NFL team ever had 3 WRs from the same school on the roster at once?

  2. bassplucker says:
    January 19, 2021 at 6:47 pm
    Very good chance DeVonta Smith could be there at 4 and he would easily be the best player available there. Has an NFL team ever had 3 WRs from the same school on the roster at once?

    Nope and they won’t – if they draft Smith, Julio Jones will be gone for a draft pick

  3. It’s not just that ATL has a lot of needs, they’re also in very bad shape cap wise with so much going towards Ryan and Julio. With how deep the WR class looks to me I’d say smart move would be the get Ryan’s heir apparent at 4 whether that be Fields, Wilson, Lance or whoever and grab a good WR later as a Julio replacement.

  4. So the coach is gonna maximize Ryan and the GM is gonna draft the best available? Game changers here. Hitting them gains hard. Winning.

  5. Wow.!!!! Insightful and brilliant. Why didn’t other teams
    Think of that

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