You’ve got questions about the Falcons and we’ve got answers — Straight from the ‘Beek
Welcome to Straight from the ’Beek! The NFL Draft kicks off Thursday night in Arlington, Texas, and the Falcons currently hold the 26th overall pick in the first round. You’ve got lots of questions – and I’ve got some answers, so let’s get after it. Just remember, all opinions here are mine unless noted otherwise.
And we begin with questions about uniforms and Julio Jones.
Charles from Atlanta, GA
Hey Matt! Enjoying SFTB, especially this offseason. I’m still hoping for a uniform redesign! With elements of both old and new (read red and silver). I also still believe that there will be a surprise first-round pick for the birds! BTW, what is all the chatter about Julio Jones leaving based on his social media removal of Falcons references? I hope it’s just his focus on the season and fan speculation!
Matt: There’s nothing planned as far as a uniform change goes, but should I ever learn about official plans to change them, I’ll be sure to let you know here. As far as all the hubbub about Julio Jones and his social media accounts … look, it’s really much ado about nothing. Someone saw some changes to his profile, read into it and then – like most unsubstantiated rumors about high-profile athletes on Twitter – it blew up like a pile of dry leaves soaked in gasoline. And then the oh-so-predictable meltdown by fans (and even media types who know better by now) ensued. Just to be clear, Julio Jones isn’t going anywhere. He updated social media profiles. That’s it.
Robert from Acworth, GA
Is Julio Jones really being traded for picks at the draft?
Matt: C’mon, guys. Stop. You’re better than this. (And that also goes for the dozens of others who asked similar questions last night and this morning.) I will leave you with this tweet from Brian Cearns, the Falcons’ director of communications:
If you want some insight on Julio’s mindset when it comes to social media take a listen at the 5:30 mark. He is one of the most unique men, not athlete’s I have ever been around. I respect his approach as a man on and off the field. #InBrotherhood https://t.co/lGZ9ACoQ0F
— Brian Cearns (@FalconsBCearns) April 24, 2018
Justin from Melbourne, Florida
Hey Beek, here’s a question for ya. Who do the Falcons pick as their Mr. Irrelevant pick this year?
Matt: OK, in case some Falcons didn’t know, Atlanta currently owns seven picks in the 2018 NFL Draft. Here they are, including the very last pick of the draft, a.k.a., Mr. Irrelevant:
Now you do know that if I had the answer to that, Justin, I would’ve already purchased a few Powerball tickets and be sitting on some beach somewhere in the Florida Keys with an umbrella in my drink and not a care in…