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  1. I was in the middle of that. Everybody was PUMPED UP! I can't wait to feel that way again.
  2. It's smart for them to hold on to some space until June 1st. You never know who may become available.
  3. I mocked him. I think that both he and Colt Lyerla are good risk/ reward type guys late in the draft. If they are a part of a strong locker room, these guys can be molded into solid players.
  4. The Seahawks have the ability to do things that we don't because their 2 best players make about $1.1M/yr combined. They are GOING FOR IT now, because they won't have that ability in about 2 years. Same thing for SF. Both teams have developed their talent better than we have, but I think Mike Smith got the loyalty conversation this off-season. Hopefully it works out.
  5. Just seeing this. I was ridiculed for suggesting that we'd make the switch a few months ago. I guess I'm not so crazy. Clowney won't be available. If Mack is there @ 6 then take him. If not, trade down for Nix (or Hageman), pickup Tuiit with the extra second, and sign Dee Ford in the second as well. Sign a tackle in FA. If we followed this plan and added Asamougha, Solia, & Mitchell, then the defense would be much harder to stop. Nix rotates with Solai and may even get to line up as a 5 technique in BIG situations alongside Solai and Tuitt. That would be ugly. The linebackers would be able to roam free, and you'd see them spend a lot of time in the backfield.
  6. I've said it before and I'll say it again; If our guys aren't there @ 6, do the following: Trade down to 10 and push for a second in return Draft Lewan @ 10 Trade back into the first and get your DT (Donald, Hageman, or Tuitt)
  7. I think pushing the draft back is genius for need based teams. It allows them to gauge the draft based on the holes left after free agency has started. It'll definitely help to shape the Falcons' draft this year.
  8. If our guys are off the board (Mack & Clowney), I'd love this. We should be able to get a 3rd and 4th. I'd take Lewan @ 10, Trade back into the 2nd (with that 3rd and 4th from the trade) and then grab DT. One of the good DT's will slide to our 2nd rounder. We could use the second one to pick up a guard, DE, or safety (depending on FA).
  9. I tend to agree, but this draft has guys throughout the first round that would be top 10 guys in other years. For instance, It could be argued that players like Justin Gilbert, Marques Lee, Nix, Hageman, & Lewan would have been top 10 just last year. They are collectively better than any of the top three OL taken last year. Also, Gilbert is definitely a better prospect than Milliner. Even in last year's draft, the two best D-linemen in the draft were picked up @ 13 an 14 (Richardson & Lotulelei). We got the best corner @ 22 (Trufant). The best receiver went @ 27. The point is that this draft consistently grades better than last years from top to bottom, and the studs last year still came from the middle to the end of the first round. Trading back is not only a viable option, but a sound one as well. Of course. If our guy is there at 6, then take him. But I'd rather have a team of all-pro's than one or two all-world players. Seattle just showed the world what that looks like.
  10. I've been thinking about potential trade partners for the Falcons if they decide to move back. The top of this draft will tell the story, but a see a few scenarios that would enable the Falcons to move back and get quality pieces. I want to know who TAFT thinks would be a good partner and why. For instance: If Bortles falls past #5:Tennessee or Minnesota could both look to move up as they compete for a quarterback. We could pick up a 3rd and a 4th from either team If Sammy Watkins falls past 5: NYG's, the Jets, or Tennessee could all look to leapfrog in front of Tampa or Minnesota. We could pick up 3rd & 4th's from Tennessee, 2nd from NYG, or a 2nd & 3rd from the Jets. This assumes that Watkins' value is much higher than Lee's. In all of these scenarios, the team trading up has to be in love with the guy, but we've seen stranger things happen. Personally, if Clowney and Mack are gone before 6, I'd love to trade with the Giants or Minny. A trade with the Giants could net us Nix in the first with many options in the second (Tiny Richardson, Donald, Tuitt, Jackson, Crichton, Yankey, etc.). I like any scenario where we end up with multiple second rounders. Let's here 'em.
  11. If I were him, I'd get fined by the NFL for conducting too many padded practices. It would be worth it to truly know how we look in the trenches before the games are real. I'd also hire Chuck Smith as the D-line coach and change back to a zone blocking scheme. That crap works everywhere it's installed.
  12. Mike Smith made mention of being worried about Baker's long-term health. Could there be an injury settlement in the works? Could part of his salary be covered by insurance and not count against the cap? I'm speculating, but this would be the best thing for us, as Baker probably won't play another healthy season in the NFL.
  13. Then bring him in as a consultant like Seattle, Denver, and Indy have. It really makes no sense. They guy is getting results.
  14. Chuck would help a lot. He's very well respected around the league for developing pass rushers. I may be in the minority, but I think that our coaching staff and FO has what I call "Coaching Arrogance". They don't change their schemes to fit their talent, and they don't bring in supporting staff to help develop the young guys. They really don't address their own internal weaknesses adequately. That's what will allow Chuck to be in Flowery Branch for a radio station during camp, and not coach up ANY of the young pups we have. To make it worse, he's a HUGE supporter of the Falcons. If Seattle as an organization recognizes his worth, why wouldn't the hometown team that Chuck played for give him the same respect?
  15. Another Georgia Boy here. I love them all. They frustrate the mess out of me, though.
  16. By D. Orlando Ledbetter - The Atlanta Journal-Constitution FLOWERY BRANCH — Steven Jackson’s offseason of transition has been buzzing along at a frenetic pace. After spending the past nine seasons toiling on mostly bad St. Louis Rams teams, the Falcons’ new running back has a new bounce in his step these days and has already made an instant impact during the Falcons’ offseason workout program. He will take the field with the team when it starts organized team activities next Tuesday. “I look forward to seeing both Steven (Jackson) and (free agent addition defensive end) Osi (Umenyiora) get on the field,” Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said. “They have done a great job so far with their leadership and that’s one of the reasons that we wanted them on board. They are just top-notched leaders in their own right.” Jackson has been shuttling between Atlanta and St. Louis, transplanting both his football and civic roots here. “Things have not quite settled down,” Jackson said recently. “That probably won’t happen until after minicamp. It’s still a new team. I have to learn a new offense, new coaches, new people and how things work within a new organization. But so far, so good.” The decision to leave St. Louis was difficult for Jackson, who voided the final year of his contract with the Rams in order to become a free agent. The Falcons have big plans for Jackson, who signed a three-year, $12 million deal ($4 million guaranteed). He received a $3.5 million signing bonus and has base salaries are $1.75 million (2013), $3 million (2014) and $3.75 million (2015). He’s expected to assume the rushing chores of Michael Turner, who was released, and blend in his pass-catching talents into the team’s potent offense. A did Turner, he’ll split the position with Jacquizz Rodgers. Last season, Turner handled 66.4 percent of the carries by Falcons running backs (222 of 334 carries). Rodgers had 28.4 percent (94 carries) and Jason Snelling had 5.2 percent (18 carries). Jackson had 70.4 percent of the Rams carries (257 of 365) by a running back in 2012. If the Falcons use a similar 70-30 split of the carries, Jackson will be pleased. “That would be fine with me,” Jackson said. “One thing that really makes me excited about the new chapter in my career is that I don’t have to shoulder such a heavy load anymore. I will still take great pride in being a three-down running back and I will not give up that trademark of mine that I’ve continued to hold onto for so long.” Falcons coach Mike Smith and Dimitroff are quick to point out that Jackson is also a capable receiver. Last season, he caught 38 of 53 targeted passes (71 percent). Turner caught only 19 of 30 targets (63 percent). Rodgers caught 53 of 59 (89.8 percent). When Turner was in the game, defenses did not have to concentrate on his pass-catching ability. “I’m from an era of running backs that has pretty much died off,” Jackson said. “With that being said, a 70-30 split is fine with me. The only thing that I ask for, and will continue to ask for throughout the season, is that I need to get quality carries and touches because that is going to make the offense better.” Also, Jackson believes splitting the duties with Rodgers may help him extend his career and allow him to possibly play out the life of his three-year deal. “That would put me at 12 years which is phenomenal,” Jackson said. “I think not only a 70-30 possible split on the carries, but also some of these rule changes that have taken place (will prolong a career). The game is starting to become a lot safer.” Jackson will be missed in St. Louis. He was a tireless worker in the community for various children causes, including illiteracy, health, nutrition and life skills for displaced foster children through his “The Little Bit Foundation.” “It will be a perfect fit for me to come right in and continue to promote and educate kids on why I believe they should stay in school or why it is important that they continue their education,” Jackson said. “There are a lot of things we do, but a lot of it has to do with empowering people, especially children.”
  17. Yes there are, and this is why I'd trade down. You'll be able to pick up an extra pick or two and use those to trade back into the second for more talent. I like the idea of having 2-3 second round selections over 1 homer pick. Players like Hankins, Jenkins, the Williams boys, or Logan will be there in the second. Why not snatch them, trade back into the second for a LB/DE, and use our selection @ 60 for a guard? I could see a scenario where we could pick up talent like Jenkins, Jaimie Collins and Larry Warford in this scenario. ALL have a chance of being there.
  18. Dannell Ellerbe anyone? He and spoon as ILB's would be a poor man's Willis & Bowman. Phillip Wheeler could be a possibility as well.
  19. The Falcons ran more heavy formations up front to help baker out. That leaves 2-wide sets = no HD.
  20. Don't forget you have a healthy Renardo Foster this year as well. It's been a couple of years since he was 100%, but he looked like a very serviceable tackle when he was.
  21. I think that English is more LB than DE. I do like the fact that he can put his hand in the dirt, but I doubt that he'll be an every-down DE. However, MJ will be. All he needs is a little coaching. The other thing is that (IMO) MJ is judged based on potential and not production. It's not like he put up BAD numbers, he just didn't do what everyone expected. The bottom line is that MJ's BAD numbers are comparable to English's GOOD production. With that said, you have to take MJ. He is a pure DE with great special teams talent. He has the tools to drop back in coverage on stunts and zone blitzes. He knocks down passes, etc. These are things that the English pick doesn't really give you.
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