- Mercedes-Benz Stadium
- Head Coach
- Dan Quinn
- Offensive Coordinator
- Dirk Koetter
- Defensive Coordinator
- Dan Quinn
- Special Teams Coach
- Ben Kotwica
- Defensive Scheme
Atlanta Falcons running back Devonta Freeman (groin) has looked like his usual explosive self during organized team activities this week. Freeman was a huge bust last year, playing in just two games and carrying the ball 14 times for 68 yards before being shut down for the season. He's still just 27 years old, though, and should see more of a workhorse role in the backfield with Tevin Coleman now in San Francisco. Ito Smith will spell Freeman here and there, but there is bounce-back potential for Freeman if he can stay on the field. He could be a nice value pick as a low-end RB1/high-end RB2 in 2019.
The Atlanta Falcons made it a priority to get quarterback Matt Ryan some more protection on the offensive line in last week's draft, selecting two offensive linemen in the first round last Thursday after Ryan was sacked 42 times in 2018, the second highest total of his career. Guard Chris Lindstrom was the 14th overall pick and right tackle Kaleb McGary went 31st overall. It was just the second time the Falcons took two offensive linemen with their first two picks since 2012. Head coach Dan Quinn is hesitant to name both rookies immediate starters, but there's a chance they both slot in right away.
The Atlanta Falcons have shown a willingness to trade up into the top 10 picks of the first round on Thursday. The Falcons currently own the No. 14 overall pick in the first round, but they are expected to use one or more of their nine draft picks this year to move up, most likely to take a defender early in the first round. Atlanta has been linked mostly to Michigan linebacker Devin Bush. Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins is another logical fit for the Falcons.
The Atlanta Falcons selected Boston College offensive guard Chris Lindstrom with the No. 14 overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft. Lindstrom was extremely durable in college and should bring stability to a Falcons offensive line that has been pretty solid in its own right in the last few years. He played some tackle in college, but he should be a pure guard in the NFL. Lindstrom is big and physical and could wind up being the best offensive guard in this draft. Atlanta should have an easier time running the ball up the middle with Lindstrom around for the long term.
The Atlanta Falcons traded up with the Rams and selected Washington offensive tackle Kaleb Mcgary with the No. 31 overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft. Mcgary doesn't have great length but is physical and is just a solid athlete overall. The Falcons really put an emphasis on their offensive line in the first round, which is great news for quarterback Matt Ryan and the team's running game. Mcgary could wind up playing right tackle in his rookie season in Atlanta.