When the Atlanta Falcons (2-7) take on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-8), the only thing left for these two teams to play for are the rights to the No. 1 pick in the 2014 NFL Draft. At this stage of the season with playoff hopes overwhelmingly out of reach and no redemption for a team that astronomically failed to meet high expectations, the Falcons should tank their season and draft an impact player on defense in Jadeveon Clowney.
For any team to purposefully tank their season in order to get the first overall pick in the NFL Draft can been seen as despicable, and most likely despised around the league. Not only would teams around the league and their peers bash them to do such a thing, but fans may whine as well only because their team wasn’t smart enough to deploy this scheme.
For the future of the Falcons and for the team’s sake on defense … who cares?
The 6-foot-6, 249-pound defensive end with the ability to sprint like a cheetah, tackle like a bear and scare opposing quarterbacks like James P. Sullivan does to little kids in Monsters Inc., I would do anything and everything to get a once in a lifetime player that was meant to be a star in the NFL.
Let’s be very honest here, unless the Falcons start fixing their problems with long-term solutions and stop trying to cover up iceberg holes on their team with a dynamic offense, they will never become an elite team in the league. In fact, their team will sink faster than the Titanic.
Despite what type of season Clowney is having in terms of not producing the stats that everyone was expecting him to, the truth is, he is a dynamic player that can single-handedly alter a game. In simplest terms, he is like a Darrell Revis type of player on the defensive line, as he is that good of a player.
Before this “Lackluster” season, in his first two years of college, he posted 21 sacks and 35.5 tackles for loss. Let that sink in for a second … there are players who play five years in college that still can’t get those type of numbers and he did it in two years in the Southeastern Conference (SEC), considered to be the best college football conference in the country.
Again, although his stats this year are completely unimpressive with two sacks and only 6.5 tackles for loss, this guy is worth tanking for and the Falcons should consider their possibilities.
If the Falcons can nab the first overall pick and select Clowney, he has the potential to make up for all the wrong draft selections the Falcons made in the past three years in finding someone to be an impact on defense for them.
As the Falcons have nothing to play for at this point of the season and injuries racking up to key players, the Falcons best option is to start eyeing the future, which is committing to the 2014 NFL Draft. The Falcons most likely will not deliberately lose games anytime soon, but Dirty Birds’ fans will be secretly rooting that their team just bad enough to grab the top pick and possibly select a player that could change the Falcons’ defense in a heartbeat.