As the draft gets closer we will be going position by position and looking at some potential targets that the Falcons might be looking at in the draft. We will start with the QBs and that probably has you scratching your head. Matt Ryan has been very durable during his NFL career as he's only missed two games. But as it sits right now, the Falcons only have one other quarterback on their roster and he has thrown exactly zero passes in the NFL. We like Dominique Davis a lot but we aren't quite sure if he's ready to take the clipboard and be the man behind the man.
With eleven picks in the draft it's a possibility that the Falcons could spend one of their picks on a QB. If the Falcons do select a QB it will most likely be at the end of the draft so let's take a look at some of the guys who might be available when the Falcons are drafting in the later rounds and beyond....
Here are some capsules on some potential targets and what some scouting sites had to say about them:
Ryan Griffin, Tulane, 6'5/220 (projection: 7th round- UDFA)
Matt Waldman: Griffin lacks an elite arm, but he has a starter-caliber arm right now with room to improve that arm strength. Griffin is a classic pocket passer. What Griffin’s game displays that’s as good or better than the likes of Barkley or Glennon is his in-game acumen, pocket presence, maneuverability, and accuracy down field.
Alex Carder, WMU, 6'2/221 (6th- UDFA)
MiamiDolphinsDraft: Carder is the type of football player that every coach would love to have on their team. Has displayed a great ability to throw a bunch of touchdowns while keeping the number of interceptions limited. Carder is always fired up on the field but remains poised in the pocket and he will do whatever it takes to get to the endzone; whether it be stepping up into the arms of a defensive end and making the throw, running a quarterback dive on a fourth-and-one or even just turning around and handing the ball off. The Kansas native is a natural leader and will have a spot on an NFL roster saved for him next season.
Jordan Rodgers, Vandy, 6'1/205 (7th- UDFA)
Edraft: Rodgers will be worth a look in the mid-to-late rounds. Teams that are looking for value instead of reaching for top quarterbacks in a mediocre class will look at him. Moreover, teams who have solid starters might view Rodgers as a solid project guy moving forward. He doesn't translate as a starter in the NFL.
Sean Renfree, Duke, 6'5/230 (7th- UDFA)
GangGreenNation: Renfree is very technically solid. He has excellent technique and, physically, has everything you could ask for. He's got a big arm that is accurate. His biggest weaknesses can be fixed in the film room. I've seen him compared to Joe Flacco. I think it's an interesting comparison.
Jeff Tuel, Washington State, 6'3, 223 (6th- UDFA)
CBSSports: When healthy, Tuel has demonstrated the combination of intelligence, mobility, and accuracy that every scout is looking for in a developmental quarterback. He possesses good size and enough athleticism to buy time in the pocket and scramble for yardage when the defense is caught napping. Tuel's best asset might be his touch. Tuel appears to have just average arm strength, overall. Perhaps the biggest concern scouts will have is his struggles with durability.
Brad Sorensen, Southern Utah, 6'4, 237 (7th- UDFA)
NYJetsDraft: Sorensen has the ideal size and arm talent to be a successful quarterback in the NFL, but his inconsistencies outweigh his physical ability. While he’s nowhere close to being NFL-ready, Sorensen is still worthy of being drafted in April’s draft. Sorensen’s ideal frame and natural arm talent will lead an NFL team to believe that he is a quality project quarterback. With proper coaching, the 6’4 quarterback could develop into a player who can stick around on an NFL roster.
Colby Cameron, Louisiana Tech, 6'2, 212 (7th- UDFA)
RotoBahn: If Rotobahn was running an NFL team and we wanted to use a late pick on a quarterback, we’d be looking to draft Colby Cameron. Why do we like him? General smarts, ability to read the defense and do it quickly, quick release, accuracy, timing on the deep ball, natural athleticism, played in a pass-first offense and excelled. There was a guy a lot like Colby Cameron in the 2012 draft class. His name was Kellen Moore.