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When Atlanta Falcons general manager Terry Fontenot watches Space Jam, he must root for the Monstars because he’s building his skill positions in the same manner as the film’s antagonists. The Falcons are placing a basketball team around their unsettled quarterback position, and it’s the franchise’s best path toward respectability.
Entering the NFL draft, an argument could easily be made that Atlanta featured the league’s worst roster. A similar discourse can still ensue, though Fontenot and head coach Arthur Smith veered off a traditional path in an attempt to be as competitive as possible this offseason.
An adage has circulated in the NFL about building a wide receiver corps much like an NBA roster. Varied skill sets make the position, thus making the entire offense more difficult to defend. The group should include a shifty point guard (quick underneath slot receiver), a post-up center (big red-zone