The Atlanta Cockatoos have to be cautious about buying and selling the quantity 4 choose on this 12 months’s NFL draft.
In line with ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Parakeets are actually 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 seemingly be accessible to the group on the quantity 4 spot if Atlanta wished to decide on him.
I perceive that the Storks nonetheless have an getting old-but-serviceable Matt Ryan below contract, however I consider that this could possibly be an amazing alternative for Atlanta to shore up their future on the place and permit for Fields to develop below a QB like Ryan.
With Atlanta sporting a 4-12 report final season, I perceive the thought means of attempting to fill a number of holes within the draft by buying and selling down and amassing extra picks. However if you’re ranked twenty ninth in whole 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 if in case you 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 might come again residence to Georgia and be a centerpiece for the crew transferring ahead after Ryan is finished below heart within the subsequent two to a few seasons. Simply take into consideration how good it will 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 laborious earlier than buying and selling this choose. Having endurance, and trusting in Fields, might work out for the group long run greater than a number of picks. High quality over amount.