Falcons message clear after draft: Physicality

The Midday Show w/ Andy & Randy
April 29, 2019 - 1:10 pm

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The Atlanta Falcons made seven selections as the 2019 NFL Draft is now complete. The team added two offensive players in the first round, guard Chris Lindstrom from Boston College and tackle Kaleb McGary out of Washington.

The Falcons also added defensive back Kendall Sheffield, defensive end John Cominsky, running back Qadree Ollison, corner back Jordan Miller and running back Marcus Green.

What did we learn now that the Falcons draft is over? Randy McMichael said the message is clear: physicality.

"First of all, they want to protect No. 2 (Matt Ryan), and they want to be physical," McMichael said. "They want to go to a point where they're moving people. You've got two guys (in Lindstrom and McGary) that move people against their will."

Randy was especially high on McGary, who the Falcons gave up a second and third round pick to move up to No. 31 to take.

"You got a right tackle; I'm telling you, he is nasty. There's going to be plenty of flags. There's going to be plenty of head-slaps and face-mask grabs when he's on the football field," McMichael continued. 

Andy Bunker said now that the draft is over, the Falcons first round draft picks make a lot of sense.

"When you step back now, and see what they did and think about why they did what they did, it does make quite a bit of sense to spend money and draft picks on your offensive line which was a disaster in 2019," Andy said.

The ability to run the football and protect your quarterback will help the defense. The Falcons were at their best when Matt Ryan had his MVP year in 2016 behind an offensive line that stayed healthy the entire year.

"That unit right there is probably the identity of your football team a lot of times," McMichael said of the Falcons offense. "If you ever go into a football locker room, there's nobody tighter than the offensive line...and when you bring in two young horses like that, I'm telling you, that's building blocks."