I am passionate about Atlanta real estate…I am also passionate about Wisconsin Badgers football. The NFL Draft is Thursday night. I smell a blogortunity!
So here’s the deal- I’m going to profile three Wisconsin Badgers, all of whom could potentially be drafted by the hometown Atlanta Falcons. Below is a snapshot of who they are, why the Falcons should draft them, and my unsolicited Atlanta real estate advice for them.
Who is he? He’s the Quarterback, the field general, the All-Big Ten Quarterback who led the Badgers to their second straight Rose Bowl in 2012. Magentic personality, cannon arm and superior football intelligence.
Why should the Falcons draft him? There’s no doubt that Matt Ryan is the franchise, but he needs a backup. With all due respect to current backup Chris Redman, he’s nearing the end of his career. He’s been in the league since the days when Bill Clinton was President, Gladiator was a box office champ, Napster was the free music hub du jour. The Falcons are a twisted ankle away from Chris Redman putting down the clipboard and running the franchise. It might be time for a new alternative.
Where should he live? Buckhead. More specifically, the Ritz-Carlton Residences. Word on the street is that Matt Ryan purchased a place there last year, so it’s the perfect spot for Russell. He can enjoy the full service amenities that the Ritz-Carlton has to offer, while also learning from a pro’s pro what it means to be a quarterback in the NFL.
Who is he? At 6-5, 315 lbs., Peter Konz is- even by NFL standards- a very, very big man. Konz is a center, the anchor of the offensive line.
Why should the Falcons draft him? The Falcons are in desperate need of more offensive line depth, and their current center, Todd McLure, is about at old as… Chris Redman.
Where should he live? Country Club of the South. The Falcons’ training center is in Flowery Branch, and the ‘Birds obviously play down at the Georgia Dome. Country Club of the South is, geographically speaking, a decent compromise. That, and it offers a ton of great amenities that’ll help the rookie ease his way in to his post collegiate, baller lifestyle.
Who is he? Phillip Welch is a kicker. He kicks. That’s all I know about him. He’s a kicker, after all. Am I supposed to know more than that?
Why should the Falcons draft him? Welch is money. Current Falcons’ kicker Matt Bryant has proved to be serviceable, but Welch could take the position to the next level. While I wouldn’t reach too far for him, Welch would be a smart pick in the later later rounds.
Where should he live? Cabbagetown is wonderfully eclectic, the perfect home for a young NFL kicker searching for an identity in the big city. The kicker is typically the outcast, the nerves-of-steel outsider who spends much of an NFL game inside his own head. Cabbagetown would provide the perfect respite for Welch, a hipster-laden enclave ready to embrace a rising star with a golden boot.
Photo Credits: Chicago Tribune (Wilson), Business Insider (Konz), Scout.com (Welch)