1. Can’t Protect the Quarterback
Nov 17, 2013; Tampa, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (93) sacks Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan (2) during the first half at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
The Falcons went into the draft knowing that they would need to protect Matt Ryan after last season’s 4-12 implosion. They selected one of the best offensive linemen in the draft when they took Jake Matthews. While Matthews is a good rookie, he still has a big jump to make in order to dominate the way the Falcons want him to in the NFL, especially in noisy, high pressure conditions. Jon Asamoah from Kansas City gives them some stability, but this offensive line still has a way to go if they plan to be able to effectively protect Matt Ryan.