The Atlanta Falcons finished the 2015 NFL season with the worst ranked defense in the league. That’s right, their defense ranked 32nd.

The Clemson Tigers finished the 2014– 15 college football season with the first ranked defense in the country. That’s right, the number one ranked defense in the nation.

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Flowery Branch, Georgia and Clemson, South Carolina are 88.5 miles apart.

I think everyone saw this coming.

Luckily for the Atlanta Falcons and their fans, new head coach Dan Quinn picked up on this fairly quickly.

With their first pick of the 2015 NFL Draft the Falcons selected the pass rusher from Clemson, Vic Beasley. And late Saturday afternoon they went back to the number one ranked defense in the nation and selected his college teammate, and son of Falcon great Jesse Tuggle, defensive tackle Grady Jarrett.

Vic Beasley and Grady Jarrett played flawlessly together at Clemson. They, along with Stephone Anthony (also taken in the first round), were the cornerstones of that defense. That’s right, the number one ranked defense in the nation.

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Luckily for Atlanta Falcons fans those two will get to continue that relationship in the NFL.

Grady Jarrett, only 24 hours before being drafted by the Falcons, learned that his house had burned to the ground in what appears to be an electrical fire. What a 24 hours that young man has had. Talk about a roller coaster of emotions. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and all of those who lost something in that fire. And I’m sure that goes for falcons fans across the South.

Arthur Blank said he did not realize that Jarrett’s house had burned down while speaking to him after they picked him. He was told Jarrett lost all his clothes and most of his possessions in the fire.

Blank told his staff that Jarrett was part of the family and go get him Atlanta gear for him to wear.


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Now, most of you, are probably Georgia fans. And let’s be honest, you have no love for Clemson. However, all of you, should be rejoicing today that two of the pillars of that mighty Clemson defense from a year ago will be training and preparing for the 2015-16 NFL season at Flowery Branch, GA and wearing red and black.