FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. – Atlanta doubled down on improving its offensive line in the first round on Thursday night, setting the Falcons up to make NFL history.
If both Chris Lindstrom and Kaleb McGary crack the Falcons' starting lineup this season, every starter on Atlanta's offensive line would be a former first-round pick. According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, that would mark the first time in the common-draft era that a team had all former first-rounders starting on the offensive line.
The Falcons already had two former first-round picks on their offensive line in Jake Matthews and Alex Mack. This offseason, they've added three new players with that distinction. In addition to drafting Lindstrom and McGary, Atlanta also signed guard James Carpenter, a first-round selection in 2011.
Atlanta's offensive line struggled for much of the 2018 season, allowing 42 sacks and averaging under 100 rushing yards per game. Perhaps putting five former first-round picks in the trenches will offer a course correction for the Falcons.