DoYouSeeWhatHappensLarry Posted April 16, 2008 Share Posted April 16, 2008 Atlanta FalconsThe Falcons used the first overall pick in 2001 on Michael Vick, but he's sitting in a federal penitentiary and his career could be over. New coach Mike Smith might be facing the biggest rebuilding job in history after the Vick debacle and the disastrous tenure of coach Bobby Petrino. Harrington, Shockley and Chris Redman are the only quarterbacks on the roster. Harrington showed more moxie and savvy last year than people previously gave him credit for. On a good team, Harrington might be a solid quarterback, but the Falcons are far from a good team. They got rid of running back Warrick Dunn and tight end Alge Crumpler early in the offseason, and will ask former San Diego backup running back Michael Turner to carry their offense. What Atlanta needs is a franchise quarterback, and it wouldn't hurt the box office if he has mass appeal and no interest in pit bulls. There's only one quarterback in this draft who fits that description: Boston College's Matt Ryan. Though Atlanta has plenty of other needs, and a team runs the risk of ruining a quarterback by drafting him high and throwing him in right away (see David Carr), the Falcons would make their biggest mistake since the hiring of Petrino if they pass on Ryan with the third overall pick. Few coaches and front office people think Ryan is the next Peyton Manning or Tom Brady, but there's a strong consensus he's the best quarterback in this draft. Just selecting him would give Atlanta fans more reason to be excited about the Falcons than the city has been for a few years. Ryan is smart, charismatic and has no off-field issues in his background. It might be wise to let Harrington take some lumps as Ryan gets comfortable. But this scenario make sense on every level, and Ryan would give an instant face to a franchise that doesn't have one.http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/columns/stor...&id=3339606 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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