This guy here would like to see the Falcons pick Kenny Pickett

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Falcons coach Arthur Smith, GM Terry Fontenot speak before the 2022 NFL draft.

Credit: D. Orlando Ledbetter

Asked if the Falcons would consider this draft a failure if they don’t take a quarterback, Fontenot said: “No. We could draft a quarterback in any of the rounds. There are multiple ways to add a quarterback.”

There are, but the easiest – and cheapest – way is to draft one. From coach Arthur Smith: “It’s the most important position in professional sports.”

At issue is whether the best quarterbacks of this class – Kenny Pickett of Pitt, Malik Willis of Liberty, Desmond Ridder of Cincinnati, Matt Corral of Ole Miss – are worthy of a high Round 1 pick. There’s a thought that the Falcons could fill a different position at No. 8 and land a later Round 1 pick to spend on a quarterback.

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Fontenot again: “We could come out of this draft with a quarterback. We need to add to that (meeting) room.”

A few days ago, this correspondent suggested the Falcons’ draft priority should be a quarterback. That’s not to say they don’t need to upgrade elsewhere/everywhere. (Fontenot: “There’s not a position we don’t want to add to.”) But a rebuilding team that finds a quarterback is a team that has hastened its rebuild.

Another school of thought holds that the Falcons would be better…

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