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Fantasy implications of Falcons signing QB Feleipe Franks as a UDFA

The Atlanta Falcons have signed Arkansas QB Feleipe Franks as a UDFA following the 2021 draft. Will he be a fantasy football asset to start his career?

Quarterback Feleipe Franks #8 from Arkansas of the National Team is forced out the pocket to run during the 2021 Resse’s Senior Bowl at Hancock Whitney Stadium on the campus of the University of South Alabama on January 30, 2021 in Mobile, Alabama. The National Team defeated the American Team 27-24. Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images

The Atlanta Falcons have signed former Florida and Arkansas QB Feleipe Franks as a UDFA following the 2021 NFL Draft. Franks joins the QB Matt Ryan and recently signed backup, AJ McCarron.

Franks’ performance was underwhelming with Florida and wound up with Arkansas in 2020, which ended up being his best college season. In nine games, he completed 68.5% of his passes for 2,107 yards with 17 touchdowns and four interceptions for the Razorbacks.

Fantasy football impact

Rookie

As an undrafted free agent set to be the third string quarterback in Atlanta at best, Franks does not figure to be much of a factor in Year 1 of his NFL career. The Falcons selected Franks as a small gamble due to his big arm, but he is unlikely to see any meaningful playing time in his rookie season.

Long-term

Franks is a big-frame quarterback at 6-foot-7 and 234 pounds and can throw the ball a long way. However, it’s accuracy where he struggles the most. Inaccuracy is a difficult problem to fix at the NFL level, but he feels comfortable outside the pocket and can make plays with his legs. Franks is a project and if he develops well, he could be an undrafted steal for the Falcons.