New Tennessee Titans’ offensive lineman Peter Skoronski recounts an odd experience he had with the Atlanta Falcons during a pre-draft visit. This was odd to read, to say the least, and I think it speaks volumes about the Atlanta Falcons and the kind of program they are trying to run.
Former Northwestern OL and now Tennessee Titans rookie Peter Skoronski was drafted with the 11th overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. This is a good match for both sides. Skoronski might translate to a guard at the next level, but he’ll surely get a chance at tackle. Either way, the Titans are filling a huge need with this pick.
The Atlanta Falcons also have a need along their offensive line in the interior, and Skoronski could have filled that need for them. However, they made a baffling terrible pick by taking Bijan Robinson 8th overall.
Robinson is a great player but was the last position that a rebuilding Falcons team needed. They had a 1,000 yard rookie rusher in Tyler Allgeier in 2022 so it’s wild to say the least that they’d take a running back that high.
Here’s what Peter Skoronski had to say about his meeting with the Falcons:
"“The head coach was on me the second I got in there,” Skoronski said, via The Athletic. “I was giving them generic answers to their questions, and he said, ‘You’re really boring me right now. Your answers are so boring.’ The whole meeting, he kept looking at his computer. “I was kind of laughing to myself and said, ‘Sorry, I don’t know what you want me to do. I’m answering you honestly.’”"
This reeks of disrespect and overthinking, in my opinion. I get that NFL teams want to dig deep down into potential rookie prospects to see what their characters truly are, but some of the tactics that are deployed seem extremely over the top.
Hopefully, Arthur Smith was doing this on purpose and truly didn’t mean what he said, because if so, this is a terrible look.