How did the Falcons get so good, so fast?

Well, the season still has a long way to go, but it’s pretty much a slam dunk that the Atlanta Falcons have been the surprise of the NFL so far.  How did this happen? Well, just take a look at their 2008 draft, and you’ll find a lot of the answers. The Falcons had 6 picks in the first three rounds, and used them very adroitly. Three of the picks are starters, Quarterback Matt Ryan from Boston College, Offensive Tackle Sam Baker from USC, and Middle Linebacker Curtis Lofton from Oklahoma. Ryan and Baker were round one picks, and Lofton was a second round selection. Chevis Jackson from LSU came to the Falcons in the third round, is the 5th DB on the team, and has already made his presence felt. He’s a great player, and seems entirely destined to be a 10 year starter. Against Drew Brees and the Saints in their recent contest, Jackson returned an interception 95 yards for a touchdown. The third round also produced Safety Thomas DeCoud from Cal, who is in the defensive rotation, and has also been an invaluable special teams player. The “third”, third round pick, Wide Receiver Harry Douglas from Louisville, has already seen steady play time and is an accomplished punt return man as well.

Now let’s compare and contrast the Falcons draft to the Niners 2008 draft. Of course, the Niners did not have as many picks, but their first four selections, Kentwan Balmer, Chilo Rachal, Reggie Smith, and Cody Wallace have not contributed much, if anything, to the Niners to date. Only 6th round pick, Josh Morgan has been somewhat of a help to this year’s version of the Niners.  Maybe the Class of 2008 will turn out to be much, much better than we are seeing now. One can only hope. Sometimes players do not flourish in their rookie year.

Kudos to the Falcons for seemingly having their act together, for the first time, in a long time.


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One Response to “How did the Falcons get so good, so fast?”

  1. VANiner Says:

    One has to wonder if Nolan and McCloughan were on the same page. Nolan’s record of starting rookies is pretty spotty.

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