2018 Disaster Draft: The Atlanta Falcons

Keeping sixteen players on the Atlanta Falcons roster in the face of a drastic disaster draft was much, much easier than the Arizona Cardinals. It makes sense, as the Falcons are an ascending team with plenty of talent (who blew a 28-3 lead in Super Bowl LI). They are going to have to part ways with some talented players, but such is the life of a perennial playoff team in the face of chopping up your roster.

Quick reminder of what exactly it is we are doing can be found here.

 

Notable Free Agents:
Dontari Poe, Adrian Clayborn, Matt Bryant, Taylor Gabriel

The No Doubters:

PLAYER POS. 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Matt Ryan QB $23,750,000 $21,650,000 UFA
Julio Jones WR $13,900,000 $12,900,000 $14,900,000 $11,426,000 UFA
Robert Alford CB $9,600,000 $9,600,000 $9,100,000 $9,100,000 UFA
Alex Mack C $8,300,000 $11,050,000 $11,050,000 $10,550,000 UFA
Desmond Trufant CB $4,526,000 $12,900,000 $13,900,000 $15,150,000 $16,150,000
Devonta Freeman RB $4,418,106 $5,000,000 $6,750,000 $9,500,000 $9,250,000
Takkarist McKinley DE $1,857,551 $2,321,939 $2,786,326 $3,250,714

Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Alex Mack and Devonta Freeman are the heart and soul of the Atlanta offense, and if you wonder why they would be held back in a disaster draft, I’m going to assume you don’t understand how football works. Robert Alford and Desmond Trufant are a devastating CB duo that are the core of the Atlanta defense. Takk McKinley is a hyper-popular and even more talented edge rusher on a rookie deal. He’s not going anywhere.

The More-Than-Likely Staying:

PLAYER POS. 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Mohamed Sanu WR $7,400,000 $7,400,000 $7,400,000 $7,900,000 UFA
Andy Levitre G $6,625,000 $8,375,000 UFA
Jake Matthews LT $5,227,569 $12,496,000 UFA
Derrick Shelby DT $4,250,000 $5,750,000 $5,750,000 UFA
Vic Beasley DE $3,953,244 $4,612,118 UFA
Keanu Neal S $2,440,374 $2,928,449 $3,416,523 UFA
Ryan Schraeder RT $2,300,000 $6,500,000 $7,750,000 $7,350,000 $7,500,000
Deion Jones ILB $1,033,099 $1,239,719 $1,446,342 UFA
Tevin Coleman RB $866,311 $977,939 UFA

After locking down the core of the team, it’s all about making sure they have the pieces around them to work. The entire O-Line makes the cut except the weak spot (RG Wes Schweitzer). Derrick Shelby and Vic Beasley join Takk McKinley to form an extremely strong defensive front. Tevin Coleman makes it as the lightning to Devonta Freeman’s thunder and is spared the disaster draft cut with the hopes the Falcons will keep him around. Keanu Neal and Deion Jones are as talented as they are inexpensive, so they make the cut, as well.

The Leftovers:

Submitted for the approval of the Midnight Society, the Conquistadors and the Arches.

PLAYER POS. 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021
Brooks Reed DE $5,040,000 $5,440,000 $5,440,000 UFA
Matt Schaub QB $3,500,000 $5,500,000 UFA
Matt Bosher P $2,700,000 $2,700,000 $2,450,000 UFA
Levine Toilolo TE $2,500,000 $4,500,000 $5,000,000 UFA
Jack Crawford DE $2,083,333 $3,358,333 $3,358,334 UFA
Josh Harris LS $880,000 $905,000 UFA
Ty Sambrailo LT $784,633 $959,447 UFA
Austin Hooper TE $768,357 $858,357 $943,357 UFA
Justin Hardy WR $750,205 $840,206 UFA
Duke Riley LB $687,438 $838,938 $948,938 $1,042,438 UFA
De’Vondre Campbell OLB $681,382 $771,382 $861,382 UFA
Grady Jarrett DT $676,963 $766,964 UFA
Sean Harlow G $601,624 $691,624 $781,624 $871,625 UFA
Wes Schweitzer G $573,095 $663,095 $753,096 UFA
Brian Poole S $541,166 $631,168 RFA
Damontae Kazee CB $537,230 $627,230 $717,230 $807,230 UFA
Eric Saubert TE $521,847 $611,847 $701,847 $791,847 UFA
Devin Fuller WR $366,446 $648,446 $738,447 UFA
Martin Ifedi DE $348,000 $555,000 ERFA
Quincy Mauger S $348,000 $555,000 $645,000 RFA

 

Disclaimer goes here: Roster is as of January 1, 2018 and salary figures are from Spotrac.com

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