It's officially NFL Draft season, which means GMs are doing their due diligence of each and every possible move with April's showcase on the horizon.
Matt Ryan's been the Falcons starting QB since he was selected with the third overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft. However, after the peak of Ryan's tenure in Atlanta ended in a Super Bowl defeat to the New England Patriots in embarrassing fashion, the Falcons haven't yet recovered, finishing the past two seasons 7-9 and missing the playoffs.
In need of a dramatic move, Thomas Dimitroff might do the unthinkable.
On Complex's Load Management podcast, Ian Rapoport mentioned that the Falcons have been in the market to trade up from their No. 16 slot for their QB of the future. This is a major indictment of Ryan, whose leadership style could be growing stale in the ATL.
The Boston College product hasn't made the Pro Bowl since 2016, and finished last season with a respectable touchdown-to-interception ratio of 26;14. That's by no means horrible, but considering the Falcons' weapons, their offense ought to be borderline unstoppable. As currently constructed, that's not the case, and Ryan could be the odd man out despite his rather large contract.
There is one scenario in which the Falcons keep Ryan on the roster while grooming a young QB, but the 34-year-old wouldn't be thrilled up such a mentorship.
Picking a second-round QB would make sense for the Falcons pretty soon. But sacrificing draft capital to move way up in the first? We didn't see that one coming.