What The Calvin Ridley Pick Means For The Falcons


What did this pick mean for the team?

The Falcons surprised most of us last night and drafted a WR in the first round. Many thought they would go with a defensive tackle due to the lack of depth at the position. This move shows that the Falcons were in a best player available situation, instead of picking a need. Ridley was definitely the best player available at 26, and possibly the best WR. With this move, there are some things to take away going forward.

Quality Options At DT Later In The Draft

There was a lot of talk of the Falcons possibly going with a DT with their pick. Trading up to take someone like Da’Ron Payne was in the talks as well.  Well, Payne was drafted by the Redksins so he was out of the question. Taven Bryan or Maurice Hurst were players the Falcons could’ve picked too. Taven Bryan was still on the board and Hurst has yet to be drafted. This can tell us that the Falcons may see some other talent in the later rounds that can make an immediate impact. Remember where Grady Jarrett, Deion Jones, and DeVondre Campbell were drafted and see the impact they’re making for the team.

They Weren’t That High On Marvin Hall and Reggie Davis

When it was a guarantee that Taylor Gabriel wouldn’t return, many questioned who would be the WR3. The team stated that Marvin Hall or Reggie Davis would compete for that 3rd spot. It looks like now they’ll be competing for a deeper position on the WR corps. Marvin Hall had a touchdown last year, but besides that didn’t see much time on the field. Calvin Ridley will most likely bring more talent to the team that Hall and Davis, and the Falcons realized that.

They’re Trying To Help Sark

Not that Sark didn’t have a lot of help last year with the offensive talent, but now there is no excuse. He has 3 special receivers in Jones, Sanu, and Ridley. He has a young tight end in Austin Hooper. Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman are one of the best running back duos. The offense took a step back last year, but they should be better this time around. Sark and Ridley have some history together at Alabama, so that should make things even easier. With another year under his belt as the offensive coordinator, Sark will know what to do.

Malik Brown | @_MalikATL

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