Falcons Getting Calls On The Number Four Pick, Sending More Eyes To QB Lance’s Second Pro Day

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Possibly the most interesting pick in the top 10 of the upcoming NFL Draft belongs to the Atlanta Falcons, who have the fourth pick overall.

Atlanta’s number four pick is coveted by a number of teams, and the Falcons have reportedly been getting phone calls on what the NFC South club might want for the pick.

If the Falcons keep the pick, one player that has their eye is that of North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance.

NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero is reporting that the Falcons are set to send a full slate of scouts and coaches to Lance’s second pro day, which is set to take place on Monday at North Dakota State.

Lance’s first pro day did see some Falcons coaches and scouts attend. Now they will get even more eyes on the youngster to decide if he’s worthy of that 4th overall pick.

The Falcons still boast a pretty good starting quarterback in Matt Ryan, but clearly Ryan’s best days as a pro are behind him at age 35.

Ryan last season threw for 25 touchdowns and 11 picks. He has played 13 seasons in the NFL, his best coming arguably in 2016 when he threw 38 touchdowns and just 7 picks as the Falcons made it to the Super Bowl.

Drafting Lance could be a solid payoff in the end for the Falcons, as he could start the season as the backup to Ryan, and then if the veteran quarterback falters they could always give the ball to the 2020 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game MVP.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."

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  1. Hey Matt…the TD/INT ratio was a little below Ryan’s usual numbers, but you forgot to mention his 4,581 passing yds were 4th behind Watson (4,800), Mahomes (4,700), and Brady (4,600). Not too shabby.
    Hey…how’s Jordan Love doin’ up in Cheeserville? Right. And you think Trey Lance will learn the playbook faster than Carson Wentz (previous NDSU NFL pick) did? Not sure Wentz has mastered it yet.
    Didn’t think the Dirty Birds could be that misinformed, but now I actually hope they do draft the Bison QB so we can watch history repeat in real time.

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