Matt Ryan: Ageing however serviceable.Photograph: Getty ImagesThe Atlanta Cockatoos should be cautious about buying and selling the quantity 4 decide on this 12 months’s NFL draft.
In accordance with ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Parakeets at the moment are fielding commerce calls from a number of groups and “are open to transferring” out of the No. 4 spot.With all the unfair scrutiny surrounding Justin Fields, the Ohio State product would probably be accessible to the group on the quantity 4 spot if Atlanta needed to decide on him.I perceive that the Storks nonetheless have an aging-but-serviceable Matt Ryan beneath contract, however I consider that this could possibly be a fantastic alternative for Atlanta to shore up their future on the place and permit for Fields to develop beneath a QB like Ryan.G/O Media could get a commissionWith Atlanta sporting a 4-12 report final season, I perceive the thought technique of attempting to fill a number of holes within the draft by buying and selling down and amassing extra picks. However whenever you’re ranked twenty ninth in complete protection, the chance of you discovering a mix of second or third-round picks that may change issues in a single day is slim. So you probably have a expertise like Fields who has proven you glimpses of having the ability to be a dual-threat franchise star, why would you cross him up?Fields may come again residence to Georgia and be a centerpiece for the crew transferring ahead after Ryan is completed beneath heart within the subsequent two to 3 seasons. Simply take into consideration how good it could look to see Fields scrambling exterior of the pocket and hitting Calvin Ridley for touchdowns. We’ve already seen a quarterback succession plan work within the league and it set Inexperienced Bay up for long-term success.If I’m Atlanta, I must suppose lengthy and onerous earlier than buying and selling this decide. Having endurance, and trusting in Fields, may work out for the group long run greater than a number of picks. High quality over amount.