FalconsIn2012 Posted June 12, 2020 Share Posted June 12, 2020 This is an interesting exercise. Some odd picks for sure considering Drew Lock & Staley are drafted ahead of Ryan. And I’m not sure Lamb is an upgrade over Ridley. Love the Okudah pick, though. Atlanta Falcons Drafted by Vaughn McClure, Falcons reporter Round 1 (16): Matt Ryan, QBRound 2 (49): Cameron Jordan, DERound 3 (80): CeeDee Lamb, WRRound 4 (113): Jeff Okudah, CB Eleven quarterbacks were drafted before my selection, and I'm one of those who believe Ryan is still a top-10 quarterback despite his age. You need your franchise QB, and he gives you almost a 70% completion rate and durability (one missed game over the past 10 seasons). A consistent pass rush is also a must, and Jordan has averaged 13.5 sacks over the past three seasons. Pressure up front then needs to be coupled with great coverage, and all signs point to Okudah being a shutdown corner for years to come. Lastly, one NFL executive said Lamb will be a Pro Bowl receiver this year. As a rookie. So imagine how bright his future is. -- McClure Stat to know: The Falcons get a big boost on defense with the addition of Jordan, who has the third-most sacks over the past three seasons (40.5). Atlanta ranks 27th in sack rate over that same period (5.6%). Mike Clay's draft grade: Tier 3. Ryan, 35, figures to have a few years left, so getting him 16th overall is a strong value. And the underrated Jordan is a nice get, too. But Lamb and Okudah went before many proven stars at their positions. Tribal Chief 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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