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The team’s success has largely been in spite of the D."Ryan’s place in team and NFL history Black Ryan Schraeder Jersey , for the twin reasons that he’s one of those rare Falcons with a shot at Canton and because it seems apropos to look back at his career now with Dirk Koetter and Mike Mularkey returning. For all the time we spend on the good times, though, it’s worth noting that a dark cloud has hung over the Falcons nearly his entire career. That dark cloud is the state of the defense. We’ve known for some time now that the Falcons have often won in spite of their D, but this tweet from Austrian analyst ViennaFalcons is beyond sobering, in that it erases the couple of feel-good years and puts Ryan’s entire run in the context of the defenses he’s been working with.Simply put, the Falcons have made the playoffs in 2008, 2010, 2011 Ryan Schraeder Jersey 2019 , 2012, 2016, and 2017 despite a bottom ten defense, and nearly won a Super Bowl with one that was just a bit better. The offense has been prolific in almost every single year of Ryan’s career, and some years that hasn’t even been enough to overcome the team’s ongoing struggles to stop opposing teams. Given this, it’s all the more remarkable that the Falcons have been a good team so often in Ryan’s career, and it’s a testament to Ryan, his stellar supporting cast Black Julio Jones Jersey , and the team’s long-suffering good defenders, not to mention the leg of Matt Bryant. It’s remarkable how much draft capital and free agent dollars have gone into these defenses under two defensive head coaches with tangible progress so often being erased the very next season. There’s a reason Dan Quinn is seizing the reins of the defense this offseason, and it’s primarily because he both senses that his time in Atlanta might grow short if he doesn’t improve the defense, but also because the defense he has is talented enough to start to break out of this unfortunate mold. It would be fair to say we’re well overdue for that. FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons have bolstered a thin position by moving up in the fourth round to select cornerback Kendall Sheffield from Ohio State in the NFL draft.The Falcons traded a sixth-round pick to Detroit to move up six spots in the fourth round. Atlanta general manager Thomas Dimitroff again moved up later in the fourth round, trading a seventh-round pick to the Raiders, to select Charleston defensive end John Cominsky. It was Dimitroff’s third trade of the draft.Sheffield brings speed to coach Dan Quinn’s defense. The 5-foot-11, 193-pound Sheffield set Ohio State’s school indoor record by running the 60-meters dash in 6.63 seconds. He told Atlanta media on Saturday he ran the 40-yard dash in 4.26 seconds early in his Ohio State career.Cornerback was a position of need after the team released Robert Alford Julio Jones Jersey 2019 , who signed with Arizona and lost Brian Poole and Justin Bethel as free agents. The Falcons plan for Isaiah Oliver to join Desmond Trufant as the starting cornerbacks. Damontae Kazee, who played at free safety last season, is expected to play the nickel spot.Sheffield was the Falcons’ first selection since the team picked two offensive linemen — Boston College guard Chris Lindstrom and Washington offensive tackle Kaleb McGary — in the first round. Atlanta traded second- and third-round picks for the No. 31 overall selection used on McGary.Cominsky (6-5, 286), who played quarterback in high school in Barbeton, Ohio, had 16 career sacks for Division II Charleston (West Virginia).