ATLANTA — Falcons general manager Terry Fontenot, coach Arthur Smith and offensive coordinator Dave Ragone were at Ohio State’s first Pro Day on March 30, and three members from the franchise are set to attend Justin Fields’ second Pro Day on Wednesday, according to Albert Breer of the TheMMQB.
Fields, who played at Harrison High in Kennesaw, Ga., and started his college career at Georgia, is the AJC’s second-rated quarterback in the draft.
The Falcons hold the fourth pick in the draft, which is set for April 29 to May 1.
Jacksonville, the New York Jets and the San Francisco 49ers hold the first three picks in the draft and are projected to select Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence, BYU’s Zach Wilson and Alabama’s Mac Jones. If San Francisco, which didn’t attend Fields’ first Pro Day, selects Jones, the Falcons would have the option to take Fields with the fourth pick.
Fontenot and Smith also attended the Pro Day for former Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence and for North Dakota State’s Trey Lance. Smith was seen on camera at Jones’ first Pro Day.
The Falcons are in the quarterback market, with only Matt Ryan on the roster. Ryan is set to turn 36 in May and backup Matt Schaub retired. Kurt Benkert, who was being developed by the former regime, was released.
The Falcons restructured Ryan’s contract to get under the salary cap and would have to take massive salary-cap hits to release him. While signaling that Ryan is their quarterback, the Falcons have continued to scout the top quarterback prospects in the draft.
Lawrence is widely considered the top quarterback prospect in the draft.
Fields, along with Wilson, trained with former BYU and NFL quarterback John Beck. Beck led Fields’ portion of his first Pro Day workout.
In addition to a strong passing performance at his first Pro Day, Fields ran the 40-yard sash in 4.44 seconds. The only quarterback to run a faster time at the NFL scouting combine was Robert Griffin, who ran the 40 in 4.41 seconds in 2012. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the NFL did not hold the scouting combine this year, making the Pro Day workout more important in the draft process.