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Steve C

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  1. I wish Akeem Dent would fake an injury so he could go on IR. He's just going to be a season-long inactive if/when he makes the team. 2011 will be a redshirt year for him either way - it would be better for us if the roster spot were freed up.
  2. I admit that I thought there was a good chance that Harry Douglas was not going to make the team this year. Before the team traded up for Julio, I had been hoping that they'd grab Randall Cobb or Jerrel Jernigan to replace Harry in the slot. Because frankly it didn't seem to me that Ryan had much faith in Harry last season - their timing looked off in a number of games and Harry was basically lower in Ryan's comfortability pecking order than guys like Finneran and Peelle. But I'm very happy to see HD make strides this preseason and hope that he builds on what he's shown thus far and becomes a dynamic threat for the offense during the season.
  3. I've been wondering why it's taking so long for the Falcons to announce the J. Sanders and Hayden signings. My guess is they're working on a trade to free up a roster spot and/or restructuring(s) to free up cap room. Because if it were simply a matter of cutting 2 scrubs, they probably would have done so by now. As for restructurings, I have to imagine it would be in Chauncey Davis' best interest to take a pay cut to stay with the team; he's not going to make much more than the veteran minimum if he hit the open market at this point. And I think in their heart of hearts, the team would much rather hold onto Chauncey than Sidbury if cost weren't a factor. I also could see the Falcons extending Redman's contract and lowering his '11 cap number in the process. As for trades, I could see them shopping Svitek or Valdez for a future late round pick since it seems unlikely post-Romberg signing that they have room for both on the opening day roster. Minnesota would seem to make some sense since Musgrave is familiar with both players and the Vikes' O-line is in such bad shape that either one of those 2 could be forced into action. Also wouldn't surprise me if Dimitroff is working the phones with St. Louis or Detroit, who have a recent tendency to pick up players the Falcons have lost interest in keeping around.
  4. I'm skeptical that the Chiefs would be interested in this deal - they have a ton of needs, are still converting from a 4-3 to a 3-4 and have new coordinators on both sides of the football. Pioli's track record suggests he'd be more likely to stockpile 2nd round picks than give them up. On the Falcons side, it all depends on Dimitroff's board to be honest. I think the scouts have earned the benefit of the doubt, so if they think that there's not a big drop-off between what the team can get at 19 vs. what they can get in the 2nd, then this move makes a lot of sense. Personally, I think our depth is more than serviceable so I'm more in favor of moving up within the first 3 rounds to get players Dimitroff and co identify as future starters. I wouldn't be opposed to trading a 2009 pick for a 2010 pick if the right offer came along.
  5. Compensatory picks can't be traded. But the team can certainly package its actual 3rd round pick with any other non-compensatory picks to move into the 2nd.
  6. in his AFC North recap. http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=4104791&a...egoryid=2459789
  7. Add Jose Valdez OT Arkansas to the list http://www.kfsm.com/sports/razorbacks/kfsm...0,7440602.story I wonder if Bobby Petrino recommended him... :P
  8. I'm not convinced that we were targeting McKinley and Brandstater. And even if we were, I'd rather have Vance Walker and Garrett Reynolds anyway.
  9. Looks like the 3rd round is set up well to be a run on TEs. All the better for us.
  10. Found confirmation on Rotoworld: "NFL Network's Mike Lombardi reports that the Seahawks have taken the franchise tag off LB LeRoy Hill, making him a free agent. A stunner. We didn't quite see how rookie Aaron Curry and Hill fit together, but we figured Seattle would find room for their solid veteran player. Hill immediatley becomes the best free agent on the market, but we don't think he'll find a deal as big as the $36 million offer he rejected from Seattle earlier this year." This would be an awesome move if he could somehow squeeze through the filter. I'm not crazy about any of the day 2 OLB prospects...
  11. I don't see Kiper's on ESPN, but Scouts Inc.'s best available info is up and it's fairly similar to what Kiper had: 1) D.J. Moore CB Vandy 2) Rashad Johnson S Bama 3) Cornelius Ingram TE Florida 4) Lawrence Sidbury DE Richmond 5) Shawn Nelson TE S Miss 6) Jared Cook TE S Carolina 7) Michael Johnson DE GA Tech 8) Jarron Gilbert DT/DE San Jose State (I think he's #1 available on Mel's board) 9) Shonn Greene RB Iowa 10) Jamon Meredith OT/OG S Carolina 11) James Casey TE Rice (Mel isn't as big a fan of Casey) 12) Andre Brown RB NC State 13) Derrick Williams WR Penn State 14) Asher Allen CB UGA 15) Duke Robinson OG Oklahoma 16) Tyrone McKenzie OLB USF 17) Donald Washington CB Ohio State 18) Chase Coffman TE Mizzou 19) Alex Magee DT Purdue 20) Coye Francies CB San Jose State 21) T.J. Lang OG/OT E Mich 22) Brandon Williams DE Texas Tech 23) Tyronne Green OG Auburn 24) Chip Vaughn S Wake Forest 25) Antoine Caldwell C Alabama 26) Mike Thomas WR Arizona 27) Glen Coffee RB Alabama 28) Cameron Morrah TE Cal 29) Kevin Barnes CB Maryland 30) Mike Goodson RB Texas A&M
  12. Julian Peterson is not a Seahawk anymore - they traded him to Detroit.
  13. There are plenty of other cornerbacks with round 3-5 grades still out there that you don't mention, some of whom we had in for private visits: Kevin Barnes Bradley Fletcher Chris Owens Coye Francies Victor Harris Donald Washington Asher Allen etc. Keep in mind that a CB taken in the late 3rd round may end up being no better than our #5 corner. If D.J. Moore falls, that's one thing. But for the rest of them, I'm not sure that they'd be any better than Houston, Jackson, Hutchins or Grimes as far as 2009 goes. So if there's a higher-ranked OLB, DE or OL on the board at our 3rd round pick, we shouldn't feel the need to reach for a corner.
  14. Just a guess, but I don't think Harris goes any higher than the 4th or 5th. So many faster corners have stocks that are flying right now (Kevin Barnes, Sherrod Martin, Bradley Fletcher, Donald Washington, Greg Toler, Chris Owens) and that will probably push Harris down the board somewhat. Also, not as many teams play Cover 2 anymore and I would think that both D.J. Moore and Jairus Byrd would rank ahead of Harris as far as Cover 2 corners go.
  15. I don't see any way to make the argument that CB is a bigger need than DT right now. Unless if the coaching staff has privately lost all faith in Chris Houston. What would be nice would be getting someone who could be a #1 corner for 2009, but unless if Malcolm Jenkins falls to 24, I don't think any of the other candidates can be counted on to be a #1 corner in their rookie year. Maybe Alphonso Smith? Also, there are more than a few 30 year old corners on the street right now - if it turns out all or some of Houston, Jackson, Hutchins, and Grimes aren't living up to expectations, we can pick up Dre Bly or someone of that ilk in order to get by. I don't see any options on the street to plug in if Trey Lewis isn't what we expected.
  16. Agreed - I think that our temporary pursuit of Daniel Loper shows that we're looking for a new swing tackle. Andrew Gardner would make a lot of sense in the 4th or 5th round to fill that spot.
  17. Found this nugget on Mularkey's bio: "In his only season working with the Bucs tight ends, Jackie Harris hauled in a team-best 62 passes for 751 yards to become one of just three tight ends in the team’s history to stand atop the club’s yearly receiving chart." It wasn't his fault that his #1 TEs for the majority of his offensive coordinator/coaching career were Mark Bruener and Robert Royal.
  18. Not exactly big news, but this was at the end of Mike Lombardi's draft rumors on National Football Post: "Don’t be surprised if, at the bottom of the first round, you hear Western Michigan’s Louis Delmas’ named called. He’s another hot player in the draft right now." http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/2009/0...i-draft-rumors/
  19. I agree with Jessie's that the swap of 3rds is probably a bit too optimistic, but I'd still be happy with what you've laid out. Sub Bradley Fletcher or Chris Owens for Sherrod Martin and this still looks pretty good.
  20. Scout.com is saying that a deal for Dorsey would involve us giving KC our 1 and 3. They cite rumblings from WFSM in Atlanta: "The Falcons and Chiefs may not be done dealing. Per a league source, Pioli and fellow Atlanta GM Thomas Dimitroff (a former Patriots executive), may be looking to help each other out. Based on rumblings we're hearing from WFSM in Atlanta, the Chiefs and Falcons may still be working on a deal that could send defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey to Atlanta for the 24th overall and 90th overall selections." http://kan.scout.com/2/859321.html
  21. I can understand your concerns. I hate the idea of trading away future 1st day picks (I have Reggie Kelly and Dan Reeves to thank for that stance). But we need defensive help NOW. If all of our top 3 picks can contribute on defense this year, I think that this trade was a no-brainer. I really don't think that this trade was made to sell more tickets. If our goal this offseason was to sell more tickets, we would have been more active in free agency. I think what happened here is that it made a lot of sense for the Chiefs to trade the guy and fortunately for us, Pioli and Dimitroff have a good working relationship and were able to come up with a deal that made sense for both sides.
  22. "Brooking - possible third - probably 4th" Brooking can't get better than a 5th because he's over 30. That's why the Steelers only got a 5th even though Alan Faneca made the Pro Bowl with the Jets.
  23. I view it more as a signal that the front office thinks that this team is ready to win now, which has me excited. With the laid-back approach to free agency and continually stressing the "process" idea, it seemed like the front office was still stuck in a build-for-the-future mentality. This move convinces me that the front office thinks that the pieces are in place for this team to make major moves. Also, the Pats rarely traded picks for veterans - when they did, it generally worked out very well for them (Welker, Dillon, Moss). This signals to me that Gonzo is viewed as the missing piece that's going to put us over the edge. Also, although a constant complaint about getting a TE was that Mularkey's offense doesn't integrate a TE in the passing game, Mularkey is a genius and he'll adapt his gameplanning to account for Gonzo's talents. I think our red zone offense will be way more productive as a result. Also, Mularkey had to mix in so many gimmick plays last year - with Gonzo, we can mix in more bread-and-butter type game plans and keep defenses constantly guessing. Also, good luck to those defensive coordinators trying to figure out how to cover White, Jenkins, Douglas, Finneran and Gonzo when we go 4-wide...
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