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Falcons Admit They Plan On Drafting A Quarterback

A general view of the Falcons stadium.

ATLANTA, GA - NOVEMBER 18: A general view of Mercedes-Benz Stadium during the game between the Atlanta Falcons and the Dallas Cowboys on November 18, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

For the first time since 2008, Matt Ryan won't be quarterbacking the Atlanta Falcons. Ryan was dealt to the Indianapolis Colts this offseason for a package of draft picks. And according to the team, they plan to use one of those on a QB.

Per Pro Football Focus' Ari Meirov, "Falcons GM Terry Fontenot said they want to add to the quarterback room in the draft and they've done all the work necessary on this year's class."

Noting, "Atlanta has five picks in the top-82."

The Falcons are slotted to pick No. 8 in the first round. Followed by a pair of picks in the second and third rounds (No.'s 43, 58, 74 and 82). Unless Atlanta goes quarterback with its first pick, Malik Willis and Kenny Pickett will likely be off the board. Leaving prospects such as Desmond Ridder, Sam Howell and Matt Corral as the next in-line.

The Falcons chose to accelerate their rebuild by dealing trading away their aging franchise quarterback, and starting to build around generational tight end talent Kyle Pitts.

The team was said to be in the mix for Georgia-born Deshaun Watson. However, those talks eventually fell through. And Watson now finds himself as the $230 million man in Cleveland, Ohio.