3 Potential Successors for Matt Ryan the Atlanta Falcons Could Take in the 2020 NFL Draft

Matt Ryan during a game against the Buccaneers in 2019.
Matt Ryan during a game against the Buccaneers in 2019. / Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Matt Ryan is still performing at a high level for the Atlanta Falcons, but by the same token, its never a bad idea to prepare for the future well in advance. Ryan still has four years left on his deal, but there is a potential out after the 2021 season. Regardless, it's conceivable this could Ryan's last contract in Atlanta.

With that in mind, let's take a look at three potential replacements for Ryan the Falcons could target in the 2020 NFL Draft.

1. Jordan Love

Jordan Love could be a first-round pick.
Jordan Love could be a first-round pick. / Grant Halverson/Getty Images

Jordan Love has been rising and falling on draft boards for what seems like the last year. Now less than a week away from the start of the draft and we could see Love go anywhere from the top 10 to the early second round or later. The Falcons have the No. 16 pick in the first round and the No. 47 pick in the second round, but the Utah State product will need some development before he's ready to start after leading the FBS in interceptions last season with 17, which could be perfect for the Falcons.

2. Jacob Eason

Jacob Eason could be the Falcons answer for the future.
Jacob Eason could be the Falcons answer for the future. / Abbie Parr/Getty Images

Jacob Eason is another guy that possesses all the physical tools and attributes you want in a quarterback. Standing almost 6-foot 6-inches, with a rocket arm, Eason can probably be had in the third round. Throwing for more than 3,000 yards and 23 touchdowns, compared to only eight interceptions in 2019, Eason's numbers certainly back up his ability. While he's still viewed as somewhat of a raw prospect, he was once the No. 1 high school QB recruit and has proven he can compete highly at the next level. Skills can be taught, but Eason's physical abilities cannot be. If Atlanta can help refine those skills, Eason has the chance to be the best one on this list at the next level.

3. Jake Fromm

Jake Fromm during the 2019 Sugar Bowl.
Jake Fromm during the 2019 Sugar Bowl. / Sean Gardner/Getty Images

Jake Fromm is already beloved in Georgia, and bringing him on the short trip from Athens to Atlanta could be just the thing that can get the fans excited about life after Ryan. Fromm has the accuracy and is a pro-style quarterback, but it might take him some time to get acclimated to the game at the next level and build up his physical attributes. Sitting behind Ryan with the freedom to concentrate on development for a few years, all in a place where he's clearly comfortable, could be the perfect recipe for both Fromm and the Falcons.

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