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    I lost the love of my life yesterday and I wanted you to know how much all your love and kindness meant to him and to me I love you guys. I just wanted you to know - and I won't be on here for a while. My heart is gone. https://www.currentobituary.com/obit/234344
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    Thank you God!!! My test results are negative for the acetylcholine. Which are cells that attack your muscles (aka myasthenia gravis). I know the doctor will say to do more testing to make sure, due to this is just the receptors. But enough is enough. I've been tortured mentally way to much. And none of this should have ever gotten to this point. I do not know if I'll address my double vision with seeing a new doctor. But right now I never want to see one again. NO ONE should ever have to go thru the mental games these doctors have done to me. I have never been afraid of dying. Not even when I had my tumor. And let me very clear. Even if I would have been positive. Even if I was struck with this horrible autoimmune disease. I would have trusted God!!! I literally have put all of this in God's hands. God is good, all the time. And all the time, God is good. Thank you to everyone for praying. That helped me so much. I literally have crawled the floor crying for help from my mind...... Again my brain tumor I was never afraid like this did.
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    My Father’s Day gift was my 1st grand. Welcome the newest little falcon Baby CJ.
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    From The Athletic: I'm hoping Hageman can make the roster. I liked him coming out and always thought he had sky high potential. It seems like he's learned a LOT of valuable lessons from his time away from the game. That it's a privilege, first and foremost, and can be taken away at a moments notice for not being in good standing as a citizen and player of the team. At the end of the day, if he has learned from his mistake and done everything to atone for it, you can't continue to shun him. He's earned his chance. But that's all it is: a chance. If he makes the most of it, we saw the last time he was on the field just how vicious he can be and that would be a major boon for this team. #RISEUP
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    My favorite part of social media is getting to see people talk about something they have absolutely no knowledge of and yet they speak on it like they're experts.
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    *****Please do not quote this post***** *****Think about our mobile users***** Chris Lindstrom What I Like Quick, I mean this man moves. You want a pulling guard? This is your man. Picks up stunts like he knows when they are coming Pass blocking is nooiicee, Matt will finally have a pocket to step into. Nasty player, he always is trying to hit someone even if he does not have to. Will do anything to pick up his block, I've seen him jump and stretch out just to get the tiniest push on someone to slow them down instead of letting them run by Gets to linebackers fast, will block them before the RB is even at the line of scrimmage What I Do Not Like Will not move anyone back in the run game. This is not to say he is bad at run blocking, just that he will not be a mauler or be pushing anyone back Needs to work on his balance some more Can get pushed back by more powerful guys Why He Will Succeed We are a passing team and he excels at pass blocking, the offense will allow him to play to his strength and his run blocking will be good but not great. Why He Will Fail He will get abused by strong powerful rushes who knock him off balance and either push him to the side or push him straight to the ground. Kaleb McGary What I Like His run blocking, when the team is running it is like this dude levels up, he can be blocking one man and then someone tries to run by and he will jump like a grasshopper and stonewall the second man Run blocking push, he will drive you back to the second level and push you out of the play because **** you that's why Confident he will out muscle any rusher you put in front of him Will ride speed rushers off the screen completely behind his QB If a defender runs right at him they are not going anywhere Super aggressive, will not wait for you. He is coming for you. What I Do Not Like Can struggle with guys who are quicker and swat his arms away so they can jump/run around him Not the best blocker in space, again quick guys can get around him His aggressiveness will lead to him jumping offsides at times That is really my only worry is quicker guys getting around him whether it be a run or pass Why He Will Succeed He is going to punch his opponents in the mouth and out muscle the man in front of him. Why He Will Fail He will struggle against the speed rushers of the NFL and be unable to get his hands on them consistently enough to block them. Against those speed rushers I suggest at times we use a RB/TE to chip them and help out McGary Bonus If he's on the team when Vacarro hit Ryan I would bet he gets ejected that game for retaliation. Kendall Sheffield What I Like Sure tackling Sticky man coverage Elite Speed Anticipates throws very quickly (when he's watching the ball) Active hands when he is thrown at Seems to get his head around when thrown at but could still use some work Violent hands when tackling (think Jalen Collins forcing fumbles in the playoffs) Not easy to block Can lay the boom given the chance Tracks the ball well What I Do Not Like Can get caught with his pants down if he has his back to the QB I fear he has gotten by in life on sheer speed and talent and may not feel the need to work on his craft Why He Will Succeed We move him to FS and let him roam, constantly watching the eyes of the QB and lurking. Or we get his technique down and he becomes a nice slot corner that allows Kazee to play FS. Why He Will Fail He does not improve on his technique and he never learns to find the ball after his back is turned I really think we move him to FS and he takes over for Rico next year. John Cominsky What I Like He fast When he does get low he seems untouchable for guards Stout in the run game, stands guys up and does not get pushed back When lined up at DT he pushes the guard back collapsing the pocket Nice swim move when he actually uses it Once he moved inside during the senior bowl they started to double team him Bats balls down at the LOS What I Do Not Like Needs to make sure he gets his pad level down (I do not wanna see your shoulders get pushed behind your butt John) Needs to be more violent with his hands, slap the **** outta some dudes my guy Not an edge pass rusher but that is ok, he did not get pushed back but instead drove guys back which would be awesome for a base DE who slides inside Needs better balance, got thrown off his feet a couple times Why He Will Succeed We will use him as a base DE on run downs and then slide him in at DT in passing situations. He will learn to be more violent with his hands and correct his pad level/balance. He will also actually use the spin move more regularly. Why He Will Fail He will never get his pad level down and will continue to be knocked off balance. We will utilized him poorly and try to make him an edge rusher. Qadree mutha ****in Ollison What I Like He's a freight train Falls forward cause those are his yards Has cut ability because Does not dance around. See hole, hit hole What I Do Not Like That he was not a Falcon sooner Needs to get lower at times, can be a little upright Could use just a little more patience Why He Will Succeed We run more power plays and let him do his thing. Wears down teams and allows Free/Green/Ito to tear it up even more Why He Will Fail We make him run outside, he can do this but it is not his strong suit. Jordan Miller What I Like Dem Hands Swagger, you can tell when buddy is feeling himself. He has an attitude. Tracks the ball better than some WR's he covers Can lay a hit Gets his head around (take notes Alford, dusty ***) Reads runs well and attacks His man coverage is sticky What I Did Not Like Looked a wee little grabby His drop back technique makes me feel like he is vulnerable to curl routes, but that could just be the coverage Wash ran Going for the big hit at times can lead him to getting pushed to the side and allow the WR to get YAC Why He Will Succeed He has experience in the cover 3 and cover 1. He already has nice coverage and nice hands Why He Will Not Succeed I find it hard to believe he will fail. I think barring an injury or radical change in play he will be awesome. Has the making to be my favorite pick Marcus "all i see is" Green What I Like FAAAAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSSSTTTTTTTTT Shifty, doesn't care about ya ankles Lowers the shoulder, yeah you read that right. He does not care about your well being Vision, I wear glasses and I bet he still sees the field better than I could. Not afraid to go over the middle What I Do Not Like Body catcher, attack the ball young man Could use work on his route running Always tries to get the edge, sometimes you gotta cut up and go Why He Will Succeed He will be our punt returner/kick returner and we will utilize him on screens, tosses, and as a change of pace to Olli and Free. Also will be excellent in the slot and help stretch the defense. Like @MSalmon said we could probably manufacture about 5 or so touches a game to let him bust one. Why He Will Fail We will only use him as a RB and not utilize him at WR. May not fail but will not reach full potential.
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    Some here know what's going on. And I just listened to a my voicemail a doctor call me with terrible news last week. I have no clue if I have 3 years before this starts to get bad or not. I'm seeing a specialist Friday for myasthenia agravis. Hopefully the specialist will tell me this other doctor is just a quack. And then look at me and tell me I don't have this. I've reached out to people who have it. And it's a snowflake auto immune. 15% it affects the eye only. Others it gets very bad. Some medicine helps a lot, others it's s fishing for which medicine. Some go they remission, some don't. ...... When I was 18ish with a brain tumor I felt I was to young to realize the life/death situation. Because without surgery I would have died within a couple months...... However now I remember what that news was like. Which is crawl under a rock and just cry and hold the Bible. I'm literally very afraid and scared. If you know me personaly. Please refrain from calling at the moment. You can text and I'll look at it when I feel like I can. However if you know anyone who had this or know anything about it. Call me or send a private message and I'll give you my number. ..... The thing that sucks is don't know the truth of the future. And it's causing me to just think the worse.
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    You obviously dont know anything about both of them. I'm not surprised
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    Feel like it isn't often our media folks turn out quality stuff like this so I just had to share. It's amazing. Every second. Especially the Ram running over the Saint in front of the ref. Well done...you have my admiration.
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    http://www.wtoc.com/2019/03/24/hospital-after-armed-robbery-berwick-shopping-center/ ****** is one of our members here. I am unsure of his member name here. but he is one of the people who reached out to staying with me during the playoff games in 2012. He is serving. I do not know how long he has served, but I know he has zero plans of ever getting out. he has been stationed in Savannah for a few years. Last night he was at a sports bar where 2 robbers came in from the back. Someone screamed they were getting robbed and people hit the floor, Except for him. He confronted the guys and took a bullet to his back, that passed thru to his hip. His actions literally saved 5 peoples lives. The 2 robbers ended up running and the he went outside looking for help. Several people were there helping him and being grateful for all that he did. He is not only a hero across seas, not just a hero who served, but also a hero for standing up and saving peoples lives II'm American soil. The last thing I know is that they have taken him of the breathing machine. They removed a piece of his lung. and he is still in ICU. I know with him being a fighter, he will be fine. And with God on his side, there is 100% no doubt in my mind. However still pray for him, his family and friends. Update:he has been released from ICU and has taken a few steps. Uodate 2: they are expecting a full recovery and he is looking to go home within the week As a respect to him. He has asked that no one say his name.
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    Better than them stinking Saints coming here!!!!!!
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    Every Saints player is a DB. Oh, you meant “defensive back.” My bad.
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    Rule 17 states that it's illegal to have sex with more than 17 of your own siblings on the same day in Louisiana.
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    Let's be honest. That game was very one-sided when it came to officiating. The Rams have every right to be upset. Getting a crew that had screwed them multiple times over, and they again wind up with over double the penalties and penalty yards (7 for 64 yards vs the Saints 3 for 20 yards). Not to mention, the Rams would've won even earlier if not for the Goff no call. Need I mention all the other no calls? And then, the Saints get awarded a make up PI after a previous no call. Truly one sided officiating. The Rams should write in to the NFL about the egregious errors here. It's truly unfair. Thankfully they still won - it would've been heartbreaking if the zebras managed to steal another NFCCG away for the Saints. ... PS - **** the Saints. Sincerely, Every Other Teams Fans
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    Ledbetter is such a tool. Embarrassment to the city of Atlanta. What a douchbag move.
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    Brother, of course we did. By trading back into the FIRST ROUND, we manipulated the fifth year options for what will be the core of our starting Oline. While every other team that drafts their Olinemen in the second round and beyond will be trying to figure out how to pay to keep them, we will be exercising our fifth year options with these guys... Chess, not checkers
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    Put some respeck on DLed’s name...
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    I just was notified he has stepped down. I know some love him, some hate him, some go back and forth, and etc. But fact is he lasted for a long time and always tried to make the best for the community here (even though some are always going to disagree). I could never put up with the crying, hypocrites, two face, photo editing who try to get others banned, etc etc...... So my hat goes off to Monoxide for doing it, and doing it for such a long time. @Monoxide thank you!.
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    I get it, on both sides. It sucks. If we didn't have Tavecchio locked up there's no way this happens. Also, to any fans thinking of being jerks to Melissa - please don't. It's hard moving a family.
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    As the rage throughout Who Dat Nation continues following Sunday's no-call on a pass interference on Rams corner Nickell Robey-Coleman, L.A. prepares for the Super Bowl. The blatant non-call has led to a cavalcade of anger from New Orleans Saints players, fans, and many non-partisan spectators. In an odd twist, the pervasive bitterness now seems poised to morph into a locker-room rallying cry in Los Angeles. Respected veteran left tackle Andrew Whitworthjoined the Rich Eisen Show on Tuesday and noted the call wasn't the only one missed in the game. "You see the arguments from some of the Saints' players about the rule about the commissioner restarting the game over or from that point or whatever," Whitworth told Eisen, via Turf Show Times. "My argument to that would be, Rich, is then Jared Goff got a facemask on the second down on the possession before that was not called. That'd be first-and-goal at the 1 down three points. If you look at our odds from the 1 this season, that's seven points. So, they'd be down four, and a field goal wouldn't matter. They would have had to score in that situation either way. So, the reality is, where is the last foul that you want to argue? Whether it's blatant or not is not a matter. It's whether it's a foul. "So, it's just one of those things that's a slippery slope, and it's an excuse. [However] you cut it. And the reality is they got football after that snap. They played in overtime with the football. New England had the same situation and won the game. They didn't score; we did. "We can argue about it all day, but they had an opportunity to win the game and we won it." Heading to the first Super Bowl of his 13-year NFL career, Whitworth has had his experience with bitterness after playoff losses following referee's decisions. He was part of a Cincinnati Bengals team that fell to the Pittsburgh Steelersafter former assistant coach Joey Porter coaxed a personal foul penalty. "I've played a ton of games. I've had a ton of calls that could have gone one way or the other or should have or whatever that have claimed to have been missed," he said. "But I've lost a playoff game to a coach being on the field getting a personal foul drawn from our players. "So, I've experienced it, man, and I know it's tough. But the reality is, football was played after that snap, and you know what, whatever team tries to win the game from there and wins it won the football game."
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    U Just terrible signing, had no impact on Brady in the Super Bowl. He clearly can’t get to the QB as a backup rotating DT, BRING BACK AHTYBA RUBIN BEFORE ITS TOO LATE! Look how Hageman can’t shed blocks, can’t get penetration, just look at how these two offensive linemen stop him in his tracks, giving the QB time to get the ball out! Another situation where Cam Newton isn’t effected at all by Hageman Hageman cant even wrap up diminutive 250lb scat back. Everyone knows how easy these 250lb backs are to tackle. And here is another Super Bowl photo where Blount is running right over Hagemen No way this type of player rotating in on the defensive line could help this defense. No athletic ability, no pass rush ability, gets tossed around like a rag doll, gets run over by tiny scat backs, can’t shed blocks, has no power or playmakimg ability= “Camp Body”
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    Vic was on his way but over ran the location.
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    Guarantee that today is the day that you found out who Jamon Brown is.
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    My guy Voch Lombardi, one of the best YouTube film guys, (Counter part to our friend @Unintentional Grounding) made a film of the OL vs DL drills at the Senior Bowl. Fortunately enough, we got to see a number of reps by Lindstrom and McGary. Take a look (Reminder: 1v1 OL vs DL drills give the advantage to the DL, given there is no threat of the run and the "QB" is already at a defined drop point. Keep that in mind.) I timestamped both guys reps for quick reference. 4:30 - Chris Lindstrom vs Renell Wren (6'5 318lb) 6:15 - Chris Lindstrom vs Khalen Saunders (6'0 324lb) 12:30 - Kaleb McGary vs John Cominsky (Falcon on Falcon violence) 12:50 - Kaleb McGary vs LJ Collier (6'4 275lb) 18:00 - Chris Lindstrom vs Greg Gaines (6'1 312lb) 19:15 - Kaleb McGary vs Zach Allen (6'4 281lb) 19:38 - Chris Lindstrom vs LJ Collier 22:35 - Kaleb McGary vs Sutton Smith (6'0 233lb) When you watch Lindstrom vs the other guards, I see exactly why they liked him and why he was more heralded than the others. He was much cleaner in these drills than the other guys. He was just good. Repeatedly. Yea, Gaines beat him, but it took pulling his head to get that win. Don't know how much I give that to Gaines beating Lindstrom more than just a cheap tactic in a drill. Other than that, he stoned everybody else by the time the ball would have been thrown. And his anchor! Boy! I'd say McGary and Scharping were the best OTs in these drills. You could clearly see McGary's "Mudd teachings" in play on each rep. He was getting the jump on guys and either pancaking them or riding them around the arc. But you could also see the nuance in his sets. He knew who he was up against and adjusted accordingly, which is impressive. Versus Zach Allen, he was prepared for the physical fight and hunkered down. Versus Collier, he knew he was gonna go for the edge and rode him around the arc fairly cleanly. Cominsky got a decent rush on him, but it was 3 seconds before Cominsky even attempted to spin back inside. Ball is gone. Vs Sutton Smith, you see him feint a jab to get Smith to commit then he just pummels him. It's quite impressive honestly. Also wanted to add this here, from Field Level Media Overall, I think this is a good video to watch and assess our new Falcons. It was also fun to see them next to each other in the drill and for Voch to call Cominsky small compared to McGary. That shows you just how big that man is when a 6'5 286lb DE looks small.
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    I say this without reservation: Mike Smith is the single most under-appreciated member of the Falcons family
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    I don't retract my disagreement with how we've spent our Draft and FA cumulatively. However, the picks themselves are something I think we may well look back on as really solidifying this line, potentially for the next decade. First off, some background. RAS stands for Relative Athletic Score. It's a metric created by Kent Platte, and it compares things like size, speed, explosion, and agility to previous prospects. It's remarkably effective at projecting future success for draft picks, especially on the OL. Of the 25 pro bowl tackles selected in the first round that have been measured by this metric, 21 have over a 8.00 RAS. Looking over all the metrics, low scores are consistently excellent at predicting bad players, and high scores are consistently excellent at predicting good players. The same logic seems to apply to Falcons drafts. Since 2008, we have made a total of 13 OL picks under Dimitroff. These are their RAS scores, already adjusted to account for the increase in athleticism of prospects coming out. Adjusted RAS Scores Sam Baker: 4.32 Garrett Reynolds: 1.35 Mike Johnson: 1.91 Joe Hawley: 6.71 Andrew Jackson: 6.34 Peter Konz: N/A (scores not calculated, didn't do anything but bench, which went poorly - a bad sign in and of itself) Lamar Holmes: 5.01 Jake Matthews: 9.50 Jake Rodgers: 6.93 Wes Schweitzer: 7.38 Sean Harlow: 5.96 Chris Lindstrom: 9.84 Kaleb McGary: 9.83 As you can see, I've already bolded the ones who were over that 8.0 score criteria. Pretty impressive, right? I'd be hard pressed to spend an early pick on a guy who didn't fit this criteria after looking up the details. https://relativeathleticscores.com/2017/01/17/ot-relative-athletic-scores-ras-table/ https://relativeathleticscores.com/2017/01/17/og-relative-athletic-scores-ras-table/ Look at the ones there that are first round picks. It's almost like there isn't a shot at them being busts. It's incredible, really. If all holds true, our line should look immensely improved this year. Still iffy on the defense...but, eh. Here's hoping.
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    Falcons under Dimitroff as GM: 102-74 Falcons under Mckay as GM: 30-34
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    Is a class act. I hope hes a falcon for a long time. I live in Louisville ky. Not only did he pay for the funeral of an infant, public pools this year arent able to open because of budget cuts, he donated 10k to help keep them open. There are a ton of kids in lower class neighborhoods who look forward to the pools in summer. If we contunue to take the few ways of recreation away from children they will find other uses of their time. Tyank you Mr. Brown for caring about our community.
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    On Facebook we have a brother going through an illness. His name is Tommy Spriggle and he’s a tough Falcons fan. Please family, let’s send our support the best way you can muster. We need our brothers to keep strong and see this season. Thanks.
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    https://www.seattletimes.com/sports/uw-husky-football/ex-husky-teammates-defend-first-round-nfl-draft-pick-kaleb-mcgary-following-critical-atlanta-article/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=article_inset_1.1 Props to @Goober Pyle for help with embedding the article DOL is terrible and that's not really a secret, but this was a pretty crappy thing to write just after he got drafted. Still, it's nice to see his teammates come to his defense.
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    1) it takes another team for us to trade back, maybe no one wanted to trade up 2) "we could have gotten him later" drop that ****. No one saw Ferrell going #4, no one here saw Savage going #21, no one saw Ford and Taylor falling like they are. WE DON'T KNOW WHERE TEAMS VALUE GUYS. If you are going to ***** about the pick then ***** about the player because you don't think he would help the team not when he was drafted.
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    @3:08..... "I wasn't too upset that it was the Rams that made it"
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    I was just telling somebody about Campbell in another thread after a few said he wasn’t good. I had to explain he does the dirty work. He doesn’t get glory since moving to SLB. I said almost the exact same thing ulbrich said. Maybe now what I said will be recieved differently now that a coach said it. In other words Campbell does HIS job. Last year was terrible for the defense as a whole but he was one of the guys that did his job well. It doesn’t look good because it’s a dirty work job and when the players next to him aren’t doing their jobs right it makes him seem bad. This is where PFF gets it wrong. They’re never right on the dirty work players unless they get sacks or picks. The game is more than just splash plays and highlight reels. Some players do the dirty work for other players to be stars.
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    I'll get these early UDFA reactions out of the way first, before we get into the 'meat' of the post:(Devon Johnson through Logan Scott were just now added at 4:19 AM on Monday) - Devon Johnson OL Ferris State - Johnson is a mammoth at 6'7" 338 lbs. Unlike most UDFA, he actually got to display his skills at the combine. At the combine, he posted a 5.16 40, 27.7" vertical, 7'5" broad jump, 8.34 3-cone, 5.28 SS, and 26 reps on the bench. He was a first team All conference the last 3 years, the conferences OL of the year in 2018, and played in the D-II championship in 2018. Due to his size, and lack of movement, he is projected to only be able to play RT. He will be facing an uphill climb against McGary, Samrailo, and Gono. - Tre Crawford UAB LB - Another out of this world athlete at LB. Crawford, standing 6'1" 228 lbs., rand the 40 in 4.61, posted a stunning 42" vertical, a 10'5" broad jump, a damaged to throw up 19 reps on the bench. Kyle Crabbs of DraftNetwork.com called Crawford a "stud" after that pro day performance. Crawford was a player I was interested prior to his pro day because he posted 12.0 TFL and 8.0 Sacks in 2018. He is a undersized pass rusher with a solid build for a situational pass rusher, and incredible burst and motor. He's simply relentless. - Jayson Stanley WR Georgia - With only 4 rushes for 81 yards, and 3 catches for 32 yards in his career, you can guess why he's picked up. At the Georgia Pro Day, he posted a low 40 of 4.37, and did it at 6'2" 207 lbs. Even more surprising he got this opportunity after getting a DUI and possession of marijuana(both later dropped) at one point in his college career. He's described as a player the coaches love, because he comes to practice everyday, treats it like his job, and does his best to improve. He was also a member of the UGA track team. - Shawn Bane Jr. WR Northwest Missouri State - Coming in at 5'11" 169 lbs., Bane Jr. had one of the most interesting statistical careers at NW Mizzou State. Its interesting because he peaked his stats in his freshamn year, then dropped every year after. In 2015 he posted 82 Rec, 1,207 yards, and 8 TD. In 2016 he had 31 Rec, 707 Yards, 10 TD. In 2017 he had 51 Rec, 675 yards, and 6 TD. He capped off his career in 2018 with 32 Rec, 589 Yards, and 5 TD. Bane Jr. is also a stellar return man, and posted a 4.38 40 yard dash. He's an electrifying player with the ball in his hands, and he has that 2nd level of speed that many players would kill for. - Tony Brooks-James RB Oregon - Brooks-Jamea posted 1,863 yards in his career, 18 TD, on 283 carries, for a 6.6 Avg. He also has 40 Rec for 392 yards and 2 TD. He comes in at 5'9" 190 lbs. and ran a 4.45 40. He also posted a ridiculous SS(4.17) and 3-cone(7.2). Brooks-James also put up another impressive number in the broad jump, with a 10'7". - Kahlil Lewis WR Cincinnati - Lewis has decent size at 6'0" 195 lbs. He had a solid career with 168 Rec, 2,116 Yards, and 21 TD. He has been consistent, but not stellar, as he has never hit 1,000 yards in a season, but hit atleast 600 his last 3 seasons. - DaVondrick Lison DL Southern Arkansas - Similar to Shawn Bane Jr., Lison peaked statistically in his freshman season. In 2015, he tallied 17.5 TFL and 9.0 Sacks. 2016 was an inury plagued year, as he only posted 2.0 TFL and 2.0 Sacks in minimal games. He bounced back in 2017 though, to the tune of 16.5 TFL and 7.5 Sacks. In his final season, he was solid with 10.0 TFL and 3.5 Sacks. Lison is another undersized pass rusher to be an UDFA this year, as he is listed at 6'2" 235 lbs. - Logan Scott TE UAB - Coming in at 6'5" 250 lbs, Scott may surpaide you by his numbers, as he finished his career with only 6 Rec, 70 yards, and 2 TD in his career. He had 51 career Rec yards and was named to the John Mackwy watch list prior to 2018(top TE in CFB). He was named to the watch list because he is a dominant run blocker, and was a huge factor in blocking for UAB's stellar rushing attack. Having a TE like this on the roster is key to any versatile ground game. If Stocker doesn't pan out, or gets injured, Scott could potentially be kept on the 53-man or practice squad as our long term option as a blocking TE. - Olamide Zaccheaus Virginia WR/RB Virginia - Listed at 5'8" and 188 lbs., Zaccheaus had a pretty productive career at UVA. After a 2018 season that tallied up 1,058 yards and 9 TD, he finished his career with 2,753 yards and 22 TD in 4 productive years. He has some experience running the ball with a career accumulation of 551 yards and 2 TD on 7.0 YPC. I wonder if his size and experience at RB would allow him to move their during cam, but that's all speculation . - Alec Heldreth DL Clarion - Heldreth has had one of the most unlikely trips to have a chance at an NFL roster spot. He started his career at Lake Erie College, and was only mildly productive. In his Freshman season(2014), he notched 2.0 TFL and 1.0 sacks. He made improvements in his Sophomore season(2015), and his production rose to 6.5 TFL and 6.0 sacks. He did not compete in 2016, and I'm trying to look more into finding the reason why. In 2017, he continued to chase his dream while attending Clarion University. In his first season at Clarion, Heldreth had 8.0 TFL and 4.0 sacks. 2018 was his best year to date, as many would imagine if he wanted any shot at a 53 man roster, and he took advantage of the opportunity with 12.0 TFL and 5.5 sacks. Heldreth cimes in at a listed 6'4" 270 lbs. He has a solid frame, and has the looks of a raw NFL lineman. - Jaelin Robinson OL Troy - Robinson is a tlbug man at 6'3" 336 lbs. Shared RT duties in 2016, and his role expanded in 2017 as the team's designated 6th lineman. 2018 was his first opportunity to start, and he gained alot of experience alog the whole OL in 2018. He started out 2018 as the starting RT, moved to LT while preparing for week 3, and moved to RG after week 10. He started all 11 games in 2018, and has the look of a raw, powerful OG prospect. - Rashard Causey CB UCF - Listed at 6'0" 195, Causey saw his first consistent PT in 2018. He did not record a INT in his career, but had 7 PBU, 4.0 TFL, and 2.0 sacks in his career, all of which came in 2018. - Trevon Sanders DT Troy - Listed at 6'2" 327 lbs., Sanders is much quicker and has a better burst than those numbers would suggest. He was at least a heavy contributor all 4 years at Troy, and became a full time starter about halfway through his sophomore year. In his 4 years, he totalled 108 tackles, 16.5 TFL, and 6 sacks. The only Pro Day related numbers I found was that he put up 22 reps on the bench. - Durrant Miles DL Boise State - Miles has great size at 6'5" 261 lbs. He is also an underrated athlete. At Miles' Pro Day, he posted a 4.81 40, 4.30 SS, 7.14 3-Cone, 34" vertical, 9'5" broad jump, and out up 24 reps on the bench. If you take out his freshman season(pretty much didn't record anything other than 3 Tackles), he recorded 17.0 TFL, and 7.5 sacks in his final 3 seasons. Each season was a statistical improvement on the previous season. - Parker Baldwin SS San Diego State - Baldwin was a steady contributor for SDSU, as he played in all 54 games of his collegiate career, becoming a starter early on in his sophomore season. He was the team leader on the field and in the locker room. Over his career, Baldwin accumulated 258 Tackles, 7.5 TFL, 21 PD, 6 INT, 3 FF, and 2 FR. Listed at 6'1/2" 202 lbs, Baldwin was regularly used as an in-the-box SS. He posted a 4.56 40, 7.07 3-cone, 4.27 SS, 10'4" broad jump, 32" vertical, and 15 reos on the bench. Baldwin is my early favorite, even over Wilcox, to be the backup to Kanu Neal. He is a great athlete, and a former HS track star. His bread and butter is making big hits in run supports, and often lines up near the LOS. A year or two in an NFL weight training program, and he could be a very solid backup SS, with his athleticism separating him from other run stuffing SS's. - Kyle Vasey LS Penn State - Listed at 6'2" 231 lbs., Vasey is a great LS from a powerhouse school. I'll be honest, its been near impossible to find anything of note on him, other than he is a great LS prospect, and even had a pre-draft visit with teams. That's quite uncommon for LS's. - Del'Shawn Phillips LB Illinois - Phillips is a LB that fits the DQ mold. Listed at 6'2" 220 lbs., Phillips is that slightly undersized freak athlete at LB that Quinn loves. At his Pro Day, he posted a 40 of 4.59, vertical of 37", broad jump of 10'1", and 20 reps on the bench. Over his 2 years at Illinois, he racked up 180 Tackles, 10.0 TFL, 2.5 Sacks, 4 INT(all in 2018), 5 PD, 1 FF, and 1 FR. Phillips flies around the field, and plays up to his timed speed. - Preston Gordon DT Texas Tech - After playing his first 3 season at Rice, Gordon graduated and would use his final year of playing eligibility at Texas Tech, in hopes of getting more attention from the NFL. Gordon did not produce as well at Texas Tech as he had hoped. In 2018, he posted only 2.0 TFL and 0 sacks. In his 3 years at Rice, he must much more productive with 18.0 TFL and 7.5 sacks. Gordon is the stereotypical undersized, quick DT, and is listed at 6'1" 280 lbs. - Willie Yarbary DT Wake Forest - Another potential 3-tech, as Yarbary is listed at 6'2" 285 lbs. Other than a 0.5 TFL his freshman year, all his production came over the past 3 years(most over last 2). In the last 3 years, Yarbary notched 21.0 TFL and 12.0 sacks. In 2018, he had career highs in both, with 11.0 TFL and 5.0 sacks. That's good production from a DT at a big school. He could be a sleeper in camp. - Jackson Harris TE Georgia - Listed at 6'6" 250, Harris brings some much needed size to the TE room. He only has 8 career catches for 79 yards. He is an above average blocker though, and his frame and length offers potential as a pass catcher with a big catch radius. Now, on to the main attraction: R1:P14 - Chris Lindstrom RG Boston College - Like many, I was shocked when we saw Roger Goodell announce Lindstrom's name. In years 2008-2018, TD would have called the OG improvements good enough after FA. That's why we were surprised I think, because all we wanted was OL before FA. We were used to TD patching it up, and focusing on other positions com draft time. TD grew as a GM this year, because he didn't stop at FA for OL improvements. He now has a phenomenal RG prospect, and hungry veterans pushing him for a starting job in camp. That competitive environment is what grooms young prospects into successful veterans. Other than Nelson and Martin, Lindstrom's my highest rated OG prospect since Brandon Scherff. He's got that rare combination of top level power, athleticism, and grit. He's the type of player that will probably end up being the highest rated rookie OL by PFF this year. I have no doubt in my kind that he will be a top 7-8 guard by the end of year 3, and possibly sooner. Lindstrom has the skillset and tools you look for in an elite OG in today's NFL. Having Mack next to him will also benefit his play, and learning curve. He is a great pass blocker, and an elite run blocker. I think you could qualify him as an elite pass blocker, had he been in a more pro-style offense. Heck, I think he would've been drafted before 14 had he been in a more balanced offense. If the offense is clicking early in his career, expect at Pro Bowl nod before year 4. R1:P31 Kaleb McGary OT Washington - When I saw we traded up, I was sure it was for Cody Ford or Greedy Williams. After I let it sink in, this pick made too much sense. I think we wanted Tytus Howard, but McGary was a close 2nd. I think McGary is about 1-2" of additional arm length from being a top 20 pick, and an elite RT prospect. The fact that he will be playing right next to Lindstrom, will be even better because they are both 2 of the grittiest OL in this draft. Like Lindstrom, McGary also excells in north run blocking, and pass blocking. While I think he will win the starting job by week 1, I think the coaching staff wants him to truly take it from current RT Ty Sambrailo. He's not going to ascend to elite level as quick as Lindstrom probably will, but I think he will be a top 6-8 RT by the end of his 4th year. With a line of McGary - Lindstrom - Mack - Carpenter/Brown - Matthews, we will have one of the best OL in the NFL for 2019. R4:P9 Kendall Sheffield CB Ohio State - Sheffield is arguably the most athletic CB in this entire draft class. I think he has the versatility and athleticism to play either outside CB, NB, or FS. He is going to excel in press man coverage at CB, and his speed is going to be a real weapon on this defense. We can match him up against the Brandon Ccooks and Tyreek Hill's(if he's playing) of the world. He has the potential to be what we always wanted Robert Alford to be. He usually sticks with his matchup like glue. We now have Sheffield to potentially matchup with the opposing teams fastest WR, Oliver to matchup with the opposing teams longest/tallest CB, and Trufant to match up with the opposing teams best overall WR. Opposing offenses are going to have trouble finding matchups to exploit. R4:P33 - Cominsky has been someone who I think I've had in all my mocks since the Senior Bowl. Other than Lindstrom, Cominsky is my favorite pick in this draft class. He is an upper echelon athlete at 286 lbs. He has the versatility that Quinn lives, as he can line up at any position on the DL. I want this to be clear, I'm NOT making an overall comparison to JJ Watt, but the blend of size and athleticism has reminded me of JJ Watt when he was coming out since I saw him at the Senior Bowl. He's nowhere near as polished as JJ when he was coming out, but he physically and athletically reminds me of JJ as a prospect. He is already a stellar run defender from the inside or outaide. He has showed plenty of flashes for me to believe he could become a solid pass rusher down the line. I simply love this pick, and have been wanting him under the tutelage of DQ for months. NFL strength programs will take his already great strength to a whole new level. When he matches his production with his potential, he will be dominant at times. When you hear him talk, you can sense he us someone who will steadily improve due to high character, work ethic, and toughness. R5:P14 - Qadree Ollison RB Pittsburgh - Along with Cominsky, Ollison has been my RB of choice for this team since January. He is NOT JUST a power back. He has great vision, and enough breakaway speed to make defenses hurt. He rarely goes down on first contact, and will be the PERFECT compliment to Ito and Free. It's his vision and deceptive speed that has sold me on him from the get go. Not comparing his build to Turner, but his combination of power, vision, and deceptive speed is what reminds me of Michael Turner. Ollison may even take Ito's spt as the #2 RB on run plays, or the success of him and Ito could make Freeman expendable if he does not stay healthy/return to form in 2019. R5:P34 - Jordan Miller CB Washington - I had him on a long wish list of players I wanted in rounds 4-7. While I think Sheffield may bring more to the defense as a whole because of his speed and versatility, I think Miller has the higher potential as as an outside CB. The selection of Miller makes me believe that Sheffield will be competing for either NB or FS snaps, along with outside CB. I think Miller will solely be an outside CB though. Miller is an incredible athlete and has ridiculous length. He will give us a nice #3 option for the outside, behind Trufant and Oliver. R6:P31 - Marcus Green KR/PR/WR - One of the best EARLY competitions in camp will be the veteran-rookie battle at KR/PR between Kenjon Barner and Marcus Green. I emphasized early because I think Green will win it, while also adding some deep speed at the WR position. Green is an ELECTRIC return man, and that's something we have been lacking since Allen Rossum's prime/a few games of Devin Hester. A dynamic Returner is something that can add a couple wins to a teams season record. He's going to out us in better field position regardless, but will also be a threat to out 6 points on the board with every return he takes. I am really excited about this addition. All in all, I think this is one of those drafts that will confuse the casual fan, but people who regularly scout as a passion will already acknowledge that this was a phenomenal draft FOR THIS TEAM. Thus may have been a horrible draft for 20-30 other teams. That's what makes our draft since DQ got here so successful. He has a clear vision for each player and if you are familiar with the prospects, you should be able to see that vision as well. I see it. It may not be a star studded draft, but we got a ton of 'role players' that all championship teams need, and the ones that bring REAL depth and contributions to a team. Role players are starters as well, and the backbone of a team. A role player brings a new specific dynamic to a team. Thus draft, we added: - stud at OG, which Matt Ryan is at his best with a solid interior. - a gritty RT, that will now give us bookend blockers to throw out against even the best pass rushing teams(will take experience to improve of course). - a versatile DB that has all the speed in the world, and may be the fastest player on the team now. We can now matchup better with the smaller WR's that burn most corners. - a DL that can play all along the DL, and stuff the run from day 1. He can give us an extra pass rusher in nickel situations from the inside of the DL. - a RB that has the power to wear down opposing teams. When they are tired from tackling him, we hit them with the speed of Freeman and ito. - a long, tall CB that can add depth to our CB group, and give us more favorable matchups when going against teams with multiple big WR's. - a dynamic return specialist, who will give us better field position, thus allowing things to be easier on the offense. This draft was like hitting a home run in an empty ball park. You may not hear the cheers from the fans, but it sure does add points on the board and help a team succeed for the long haul. When you are able to understand the method to the front offices moves all Offseason, you will understand this draft. Getting our pick of the FA litter before the draft was genius. It also gives our rookies better competition to go up against every day, while also adding more talent to the squad. One thing is for certain, the Brotherhood will breed a very strong competitive nature in 2019, and we are starting the competitiveness in-house. That's the best place to build a competitive foundation..... Another reason we will never be a team to 'tank' under DQ. He can't get enough competition lol. I love it. This team is going to be special!
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    My teammates and I had a very sobering experience that really hit us all today as we watched the news. The Ethiopian Airways plane that crashed was the same plane we had previously flown to South Africa on. Merely hours later a horrible event occurred and many lost their lives and many families are forever heartbroken. Originally our team was scheduled to travel on this plane to Nairobi. I am lucky to write this very post. Do not fret for me, as I live every day to its fullest and am convinced after this bit of luck, divine intervention or whatever cosmic act occurred that there is no other way to live. The moral of the story is simple. Be grateful for every breath, be decent as you can and live and love to the fullest. There is no other way. So kiss your loved one, maybe call an old friend, or better yet warch a Falcona game in a different and more grateful way. I challenge you all to remember just how beautiful the sport of football is, but also remember it’s not everything and there’s no reason to be cruel or petty or spiteful in our discussions. Because in the end it’s a blessing to interact with fellow fans, and to develop friendships in this forum that for me go back two decades.
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    Alford gave me two of my very favorite memories as a Falcons fan. I was 1-2 in the 3 games I was able to make at The Georgia Dome. The “1” was his overtime pick 6 against the Redskins. SO much fun. The other happened exactly two years ago today and had me running around my apartment in utter jubilation, certain we’d just built a lead that would hold until the Lombardi was in our hands. If only ..... Thanks for the memories, Alf.
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