There are other, small position battles, but this is the last one that could have real import for the Falcons in 2017. If an injury strikes at tackle, the team will need a capable backup swing tackle who can play on the left or right side. The question is whether they have one, and the roster battle here ought to help clarify that.
Unlike nearly every other position we’ve discussed thus far, there is not clear favorite here. We’ve all latched on to one candidate for reasons we’ll discuss, but it’s possible that the 2017 swing tackle isn’t even currently on the roster, and the Falcons will dip into free agency to address it.
Let’s break it down.
Andreas Knappe: 0 career starts, 2017 UDFA
Daniel Brunskill: 0 career starts, 2017 UDFA
Will Freeman: 0 career starts, 2017 UDFA
Marquis Lucas: 0 career starts, 2016 UDFA
Kevin Graf: 0 career starts, 2014 UDFA
Knappe is the guy everyone’s latching on to, probably because he was pretty solid in college, he was a guy the Falcons considered a priority in this undrafted free agent class, and he’s got the most interesting story. He’ll be the first Danish-born NFL player since Morten Andersen if he sticks around. I also consider Knappe the early favorite out of this list
Brunskill comes into the NFL incredibly undersized for tackle, so chances are Atlanta will have him bulk up or move him inside to guard. He was a well-regarded blocker in college, though, and could impress if he can even get up to 280-plus pounds.
Freeman has good size (6’6”, 300 pounds). I don’t know much about him, but as is the case with everyone else on this list, we…
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