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  1. Tim Mazetti liked a post in a topic by falconfreek123 in Kaleb McGary Trade Up Reminds Me of Sam Baker pick years ago   
    Kaleb is Costco size 
     
    Baker is fun size
  2. arrogantBEAST liked a post in a topic by falconfreek123 in McGary, Sheffield signed   
    Imagine making your body go through total h***
  3. arrogantBEAST liked a post in a topic by falconfreek123 in McGary, Sheffield signed   
    Imagine making your body go through total h***
  4. falconfreek123 liked a post in a topic by Ovie_Lover in Missed This Dude -   
    Yeah if Vic blitzes. Otherwise he's gonna get burnt in coverage, have 4 sacks and the board will melt down after we miss the playoffs.
  5. FalconBlood liked a post in a topic by falconfreek123 in FALCONBLOOD'S "Way-Too-Early" Falcons Season Prediction   
    We not losing to the Jaguars and Shanahan is not gonna score only 24
  6. Knight of God liked a post in a topic by falconfreek123 in Meet Marcus Green - Mississippi Native   
    He is one under the radar pick that I'm pumped for
  7. Knight of God liked a post in a topic by falconfreek123 in Meet Marcus Green - Mississippi Native   
    Is your dad a previous football player?
  8. Knight of God liked a post in a topic by falconfreek123 in Meet Marcus Green - Mississippi Native   
    He is one under the radar pick that I'm pumped for
  9. falconfreek123 liked a post in a topic by Jesus in Keeping it balanced   
    Whatever they did before, doesn't really matter now. Koetter doesn't have an end of the line Turner or end of the line Steven Jackson. He doesn't have the scrubs that ran in Tampa. He has an all pro, albeit one coming off a serious injury, with Freeman; a promising spark plug in Ito and Qadree a kid who could be rather exciting. They also beefed up the line in a way he never did in Tampa. 
    There is no reason not to have faith that this team is gonna run the ball well and often. But if not they have MVP Matt throwing to the best receiver in football and Calvin Ridley about to break out. Also a Pro Bowl TE and Master Sanu. 
    So many weapons, why not be excited about the possibilites.
  10. Smiler11 liked a post in a topic by falconfreek123 in Keeping it balanced   
    Dirk Koetter was the Atlanta Falcons’ offensive coordinator from 2012-14, and was hired to the same position again in 2019 to revitalize the team’s fortunes in the future.
    Koetter inherits a Falcons offense that finished No. 6 overall in the NFL, including a top four ranking when passing the ball, but was just fifth worst in the league in terms of rushing.
    That’s a disparity the new play caller believes has to be solved.
      “I’m going into my 38th year of coaching and I’ve never met a defensive coach who didn’t say the hardest thing to defend is balance,” Koetter said.
    “I believe in that, too. When you’re in a first or second down situation and the defense doesn’t know if you’re going to throw it, run it, play action, bootleg it, whatever you want to do, any defensive coach will tell you that’s the hardest thing to defend.
    “Since balance is the hardest thing to defend, we will shoot to be as balanced as we can. Now, things like time and score and injuries that can affect that, but we’re going to definitely shoot for that.”
    This past season, the Falcons ranked third highest in the NFL after electing to throw the ball on 65 percent of their play calls, an increase from 56 percent the season before.
    The NFL average in the 2018 season was 58 percent.
    Koetter says his collaboration with new tight ends coach Mike Mularkey will be pivotal.
    “Everyone in the NFL runs approximately the same stuff, but how you coach the details of it, that really depends on the coaches that are in that room and the players you have,” he said.
    “So, what we’re doing right now is going through the current system, between Mike and myself we’re giving our thoughts and our ideas of what we’re seeing. Just 30 minutes ago I came out of a meeting and we’re in there going through that playbook and the tape line by line and play by play.
    “And what you’re really doing is your ironing out what is going to be the Falcons offense moving forward. Because when the players get back, it’s the Falcons offense.”
    Koetter says he believes with players like Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley, who combined for 18 receiving touchdowns last season, the Falcons can be an elite offense going forward.
    “You can see it on tape, how much talent those guys have,” he said. “[Austin] Hooper has an outstanding year and gets into the Pro Bowl. I saw something that somebody wrote comparing Calvin’s rookie year to some of the greatest receivers in the league right and he was right there. I think Calvin’s got huge upside.”
     
  11. Smiler11 liked a post in a topic by falconfreek123 in Keeping it balanced   
    Dirk Koetter was the Atlanta Falcons’ offensive coordinator from 2012-14, and was hired to the same position again in 2019 to revitalize the team’s fortunes in the future.
    Koetter inherits a Falcons offense that finished No. 6 overall in the NFL, including a top four ranking when passing the ball, but was just fifth worst in the league in terms of rushing.
    That’s a disparity the new play caller believes has to be solved.
      “I’m going into my 38th year of coaching and I’ve never met a defensive coach who didn’t say the hardest thing to defend is balance,” Koetter said.
    “I believe in that, too. When you’re in a first or second down situation and the defense doesn’t know if you’re going to throw it, run it, play action, bootleg it, whatever you want to do, any defensive coach will tell you that’s the hardest thing to defend.
    “Since balance is the hardest thing to defend, we will shoot to be as balanced as we can. Now, things like time and score and injuries that can affect that, but we’re going to definitely shoot for that.”
    This past season, the Falcons ranked third highest in the NFL after electing to throw the ball on 65 percent of their play calls, an increase from 56 percent the season before.
    The NFL average in the 2018 season was 58 percent.
    Koetter says his collaboration with new tight ends coach Mike Mularkey will be pivotal.
    “Everyone in the NFL runs approximately the same stuff, but how you coach the details of it, that really depends on the coaches that are in that room and the players you have,” he said.
    “So, what we’re doing right now is going through the current system, between Mike and myself we’re giving our thoughts and our ideas of what we’re seeing. Just 30 minutes ago I came out of a meeting and we’re in there going through that playbook and the tape line by line and play by play.
    “And what you’re really doing is your ironing out what is going to be the Falcons offense moving forward. Because when the players get back, it’s the Falcons offense.”
    Koetter says he believes with players like Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley, who combined for 18 receiving touchdowns last season, the Falcons can be an elite offense going forward.
    “You can see it on tape, how much talent those guys have,” he said. “[Austin] Hooper has an outstanding year and gets into the Pro Bowl. I saw something that somebody wrote comparing Calvin’s rookie year to some of the greatest receivers in the league right and he was right there. I think Calvin’s got huge upside.”
     
  12. falconfreek123 liked a post in a topic by Geneaut in Not a fan of our draft, but   
    A mystery wrapped inside an enigma.
  13. Smiler11 liked a post in a topic by falconfreek123 in Keeping it balanced   
    Dirk Koetter was the Atlanta Falcons’ offensive coordinator from 2012-14, and was hired to the same position again in 2019 to revitalize the team’s fortunes in the future.
    Koetter inherits a Falcons offense that finished No. 6 overall in the NFL, including a top four ranking when passing the ball, but was just fifth worst in the league in terms of rushing.
    That’s a disparity the new play caller believes has to be solved.
      “I’m going into my 38th year of coaching and I’ve never met a defensive coach who didn’t say the hardest thing to defend is balance,” Koetter said.
    “I believe in that, too. When you’re in a first or second down situation and the defense doesn’t know if you’re going to throw it, run it, play action, bootleg it, whatever you want to do, any defensive coach will tell you that’s the hardest thing to defend.
    “Since balance is the hardest thing to defend, we will shoot to be as balanced as we can. Now, things like time and score and injuries that can affect that, but we’re going to definitely shoot for that.”
    This past season, the Falcons ranked third highest in the NFL after electing to throw the ball on 65 percent of their play calls, an increase from 56 percent the season before.
    The NFL average in the 2018 season was 58 percent.
    Koetter says his collaboration with new tight ends coach Mike Mularkey will be pivotal.
    “Everyone in the NFL runs approximately the same stuff, but how you coach the details of it, that really depends on the coaches that are in that room and the players you have,” he said.
    “So, what we’re doing right now is going through the current system, between Mike and myself we’re giving our thoughts and our ideas of what we’re seeing. Just 30 minutes ago I came out of a meeting and we’re in there going through that playbook and the tape line by line and play by play.
    “And what you’re really doing is your ironing out what is going to be the Falcons offense moving forward. Because when the players get back, it’s the Falcons offense.”
    Koetter says he believes with players like Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley, who combined for 18 receiving touchdowns last season, the Falcons can be an elite offense going forward.
    “You can see it on tape, how much talent those guys have,” he said. “[Austin] Hooper has an outstanding year and gets into the Pro Bowl. I saw something that somebody wrote comparing Calvin’s rookie year to some of the greatest receivers in the league right and he was right there. I think Calvin’s got huge upside.”
     
  14. falconfreek123 liked a post in a topic by HolyMoses in Bolstering the Offensive Line WILL Improve our Defense: Bill Belichick knew this before our SuperBowl   
    Sorry for the long read but I've been hoping to fix our defense by drafting  a first round guard for three drafts now, and it's a complicated, data driven analysis.   But presuming the talent is commensurate with the draft slots, taking interior oriented offensive linemen will improve the defense as well as the offense.  It also negates the need for using a midround draft pick to replace Coleman, and will make Matt Ryan a better quarterback.
    The 2016 SuperBowl Offense had an Achilles Heel
    Three hour before SuperBowl LI, I called my worthless (Patriot fan) Brother in Law and told him Belichick would play "break but down't bend" defense for at least the first half.  He said "you mean 'bend but don't break”. I said you heard me right.    
    There was actually nothing wrong with our 2016 defense. Dan Quinn‘s defensive philosophy is keep it simple, run, hit.   That works fine until your guys are too fatigued to move their feet.    Remember how many times the Falcons had huge leads and had to desperately stave off late come backs?  I can post links later, but the 2016 Falcons were eighth in points allowed in the first quarter and 31st in points allowed in the fourth quarter.  This was symptomatic of a weakness in the OFFENSE, not the defense.  Shannahan was a brilliant SOB who created a prolific offense on scheming mismatches, not blowing anyone off the ball.  Despite the ridiculous efficiency, the Falcons were among the league's worst in getting runs stuffed and power running.  They could score at will, and they could score fast, but they could NOT sustain drives and hold the ball  with a power running game.  The Falcons were also the 31st in defensive plays per game. 
    Belichick recognized  all of that that and, in fact, did play “break but don’t bend” in the first half. The patriots gave up a lot of big plays and touchdowns in the first 37 minutes of the game, but there were a lot of three and outs and the patriots defense had  played half the snaps that the Falcons had  when the falcons scored their last touchdown.  The Falcons held Tom Brady and Bill Belichick to 12 points on 69 plays!  That is five plays more than the NFL average number of plays for a complete game.   The problem was, there were still 20 minutes or so left. We ended up being on the field for 95 defensive plays. (And I knew we were in trouble after Alford's pick six when our defense was on the field for 25 straight plays, which exacerbated a season long trend that Belichick intentionally exploited. Of course, Mack playing with one leg exacerbated things as well.)
    There were at least three short yardage plays that would have guaranteed a Falcons win but ended in failure.  The most glaring was the 2nd and one that preceded the fumble.  Coleman got stuffed.  On third and one they went shot gun and the rest is a nightmare.
    First round OL Talent should fix the problem
    These picks tell me that Quinn is confident that when he takes over the defense again this season, he already has the defensive the talent to get the job done.  He just needs to keep them fresh.    McGary is a tackle that is known for his driving run blocking and could be cross trained at guard.  Lindstrom is more of a zone blocking type guard who could be groomed to replaced Mack.  Of course, the Falcons also signed FA interior lineman and have the opportunity to be the first NFL team in history to have first rounders throughout the OL.  Improving the interior line will help ball control, time of possession, and improve the glaring defficiency of the 2016 team.
     Which is a long way of saying that these offensive picks will actually improve the defense  in a way that the Ridley pick did not. 
     We don't NEED no stinking 3rd round Running back . . .
    It is also my hope that having an offensive line of first-round picks negates the need for drafting a running back in the third round.    Essentially, a stellar offensive line turns a fifth or sixth round running back, (or Ito Smith, or anyone off the street) into a second or third round running back
    The Whole Offense Will Improve
     Finally, I cannot find stats on first down rushing yards per attempt, but it does not seem like the Falcons were very effective. It seems like we saw the video too many times of run stuff on first down then tremendous pressure on Ryan on second down and third.    Hopefully improved interior line play will generate more yardage on first down requiring defenses to stay balanced on second and third down. All of which makes the skill players more effective. 
     Matt Ryan will be a better QB
    Improving the interior of the offense of line also makes Matt Ryan a better quarterback. He doesn’t have the arm strength sling  it when he can’t step up in the pocket.   So Not only should he be sacked less because he can step up and avoid ends coming around the side, or bull rushes up a middle, but he should have more room to step  up and make better throws. 
    Counterpoint
     Now, that assumes that the talent is commensurate with the picks.  Is Lindstrom really an improvement for the running game?  If McGary is at tackle are we better in the middle?  Plus, there seems to be a consensus that they were both reaches. But, that is why I like to remind folks that draft grades  represent the degree to which expert professionals with unlimited access to information  agree with amateurs with limited access to information. 
  15. ya_boi_j liked a post in a topic by falconfreek123 in Ryan: thanks...   
    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff received a text from Matt Ryan during the NFL draft.
    The Falcons' quarterback obviously approved of the team's first-round selections of two offensive linemen.
    Dimitroff said the message from Ryan was brief: ''Thanks. Just thanks and wow.''
      For Dimitroff and coach Dan Quinn, the top priority of the offseason was to build a better line after Ryan was sacked 42 times last season, the second-highest total of his career. He was hit 113 times, the third-most in the league.
    Dimitroff's first pick was guard Chris Lindstrom of Boston College. He then traded away the Falcons' second- and third-round picks to add tackle Kaleb McGary of Washington late in the first round.
    An improved line also would be key to the team's hopes of boosting the running game, which sagged last season.
    ''Make no mistake about it, we knew what we needed to do in this offseason and that was to continue to fortify Matt and the offensive line,'' Dimitroff said
    WHO THEY GOT
    Lindstrom and McGary could form a new starting tandem on the right side of the Falcons' line. Clearly, they are the key to how this draft will be remembered.
    ''It may not have been shiny but I don't think grit is real shiny,'' Quinn said taking two offensive linemen in the first round. ''I'm real thrilled they'll be part of this group for a long time.''
    Dimitroff went to work on addressing other needs on Saturday's final day of the draft. Cornerbacks Kendall Sheffield of Ohio State and Jordan Miller of Washington, defensive end John Cominsky of Charleston and running back Qadree Ollison of Pittsburgh each were picked to bolster areas of pressing concern.
    The team's last pick, running back Marcus Green of Louisiana-Monroe, may make an immediate contribution as a return specialist. The versatile Green (5-8, 190) was primarily a wide receiver in college, but the Falcons are intrigued by his big-play potential at running back and on returns.
    Cominsky or Green could develop into long-term surprises of the draft class.
    SURPRISE MOVE
    After continuing his streak of making at least one trade in each of his 12 drafts as Atlanta's general manager by adding a second first-round pick, Dimitroff remained inactive on the second day of the draft. Dimitroff traded away his second- and third-round picks but was widely expected to pull off a trade back into the second day. The surprise was he couldn't deal two or more of his Saturday picks to move back into the second or third rounds.
    HOW THEY DID
    Atlanta had ample picks to allow Dimitroff the luxury of overhauling the offensive line with two first-round picks. He knew taking a guard so high in the first round would generate some negative reviews, but he and coach Dan Quinn agreed Lindstrom was the right pick. Adding McGary at No. 31 overall meant the Falcons could have two rookies starting on the right side of the line.
    Dimitroff may have gambled on some high-upside picks, including Cominsky, who was an option quarterback in high school before gaining 70 pounds in college. Ollison, a power runner, had inconsistent production at Pittsburgh.
    It will be judged as a successful draft if Lindstrom and McGary win starting jobs, Ollison can be a complementary running back with Devonta Freeman and Sheffield and Cominsky win roster spots and contribute on special teams.
    WHAT'S NEXT?
    Dimitroff was successful in filling needs, though there may be room for more help on the defensive line, at linebacker and perhaps at running back from undrafted free agents.
  16. ya_boi_j liked a post in a topic by falconfreek123 in Ryan: thanks...   
    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff received a text from Matt Ryan during the NFL draft.
    The Falcons' quarterback obviously approved of the team's first-round selections of two offensive linemen.
    Dimitroff said the message from Ryan was brief: ''Thanks. Just thanks and wow.''
      For Dimitroff and coach Dan Quinn, the top priority of the offseason was to build a better line after Ryan was sacked 42 times last season, the second-highest total of his career. He was hit 113 times, the third-most in the league.
    Dimitroff's first pick was guard Chris Lindstrom of Boston College. He then traded away the Falcons' second- and third-round picks to add tackle Kaleb McGary of Washington late in the first round.
    An improved line also would be key to the team's hopes of boosting the running game, which sagged last season.
    ''Make no mistake about it, we knew what we needed to do in this offseason and that was to continue to fortify Matt and the offensive line,'' Dimitroff said
    WHO THEY GOT
    Lindstrom and McGary could form a new starting tandem on the right side of the Falcons' line. Clearly, they are the key to how this draft will be remembered.
    ''It may not have been shiny but I don't think grit is real shiny,'' Quinn said taking two offensive linemen in the first round. ''I'm real thrilled they'll be part of this group for a long time.''
    Dimitroff went to work on addressing other needs on Saturday's final day of the draft. Cornerbacks Kendall Sheffield of Ohio State and Jordan Miller of Washington, defensive end John Cominsky of Charleston and running back Qadree Ollison of Pittsburgh each were picked to bolster areas of pressing concern.
    The team's last pick, running back Marcus Green of Louisiana-Monroe, may make an immediate contribution as a return specialist. The versatile Green (5-8, 190) was primarily a wide receiver in college, but the Falcons are intrigued by his big-play potential at running back and on returns.
    Cominsky or Green could develop into long-term surprises of the draft class.
    SURPRISE MOVE
    After continuing his streak of making at least one trade in each of his 12 drafts as Atlanta's general manager by adding a second first-round pick, Dimitroff remained inactive on the second day of the draft. Dimitroff traded away his second- and third-round picks but was widely expected to pull off a trade back into the second day. The surprise was he couldn't deal two or more of his Saturday picks to move back into the second or third rounds.
    HOW THEY DID
    Atlanta had ample picks to allow Dimitroff the luxury of overhauling the offensive line with two first-round picks. He knew taking a guard so high in the first round would generate some negative reviews, but he and coach Dan Quinn agreed Lindstrom was the right pick. Adding McGary at No. 31 overall meant the Falcons could have two rookies starting on the right side of the line.
    Dimitroff may have gambled on some high-upside picks, including Cominsky, who was an option quarterback in high school before gaining 70 pounds in college. Ollison, a power runner, had inconsistent production at Pittsburgh.
    It will be judged as a successful draft if Lindstrom and McGary win starting jobs, Ollison can be a complementary running back with Devonta Freeman and Sheffield and Cominsky win roster spots and contribute on special teams.
    WHAT'S NEXT?
    Dimitroff was successful in filling needs, though there may be room for more help on the defensive line, at linebacker and perhaps at running back from undrafted free agents.
  17. ya_boi_j liked a post in a topic by falconfreek123 in Ryan: thanks...   
    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff received a text from Matt Ryan during the NFL draft.
    The Falcons' quarterback obviously approved of the team's first-round selections of two offensive linemen.
    Dimitroff said the message from Ryan was brief: ''Thanks. Just thanks and wow.''
      For Dimitroff and coach Dan Quinn, the top priority of the offseason was to build a better line after Ryan was sacked 42 times last season, the second-highest total of his career. He was hit 113 times, the third-most in the league.
    Dimitroff's first pick was guard Chris Lindstrom of Boston College. He then traded away the Falcons' second- and third-round picks to add tackle Kaleb McGary of Washington late in the first round.
    An improved line also would be key to the team's hopes of boosting the running game, which sagged last season.
    ''Make no mistake about it, we knew what we needed to do in this offseason and that was to continue to fortify Matt and the offensive line,'' Dimitroff said
    WHO THEY GOT
    Lindstrom and McGary could form a new starting tandem on the right side of the Falcons' line. Clearly, they are the key to how this draft will be remembered.
    ''It may not have been shiny but I don't think grit is real shiny,'' Quinn said taking two offensive linemen in the first round. ''I'm real thrilled they'll be part of this group for a long time.''
    Dimitroff went to work on addressing other needs on Saturday's final day of the draft. Cornerbacks Kendall Sheffield of Ohio State and Jordan Miller of Washington, defensive end John Cominsky of Charleston and running back Qadree Ollison of Pittsburgh each were picked to bolster areas of pressing concern.
    The team's last pick, running back Marcus Green of Louisiana-Monroe, may make an immediate contribution as a return specialist. The versatile Green (5-8, 190) was primarily a wide receiver in college, but the Falcons are intrigued by his big-play potential at running back and on returns.
    Cominsky or Green could develop into long-term surprises of the draft class.
    SURPRISE MOVE
    After continuing his streak of making at least one trade in each of his 12 drafts as Atlanta's general manager by adding a second first-round pick, Dimitroff remained inactive on the second day of the draft. Dimitroff traded away his second- and third-round picks but was widely expected to pull off a trade back into the second day. The surprise was he couldn't deal two or more of his Saturday picks to move back into the second or third rounds.
    HOW THEY DID
    Atlanta had ample picks to allow Dimitroff the luxury of overhauling the offensive line with two first-round picks. He knew taking a guard so high in the first round would generate some negative reviews, but he and coach Dan Quinn agreed Lindstrom was the right pick. Adding McGary at No. 31 overall meant the Falcons could have two rookies starting on the right side of the line.
    Dimitroff may have gambled on some high-upside picks, including Cominsky, who was an option quarterback in high school before gaining 70 pounds in college. Ollison, a power runner, had inconsistent production at Pittsburgh.
    It will be judged as a successful draft if Lindstrom and McGary win starting jobs, Ollison can be a complementary running back with Devonta Freeman and Sheffield and Cominsky win roster spots and contribute on special teams.
    WHAT'S NEXT?
    Dimitroff was successful in filling needs, though there may be room for more help on the defensive line, at linebacker and perhaps at running back from undrafted free agents.
  18. ya_boi_j liked a post in a topic by falconfreek123 in Ryan: thanks...   
    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff received a text from Matt Ryan during the NFL draft.
    The Falcons' quarterback obviously approved of the team's first-round selections of two offensive linemen.
    Dimitroff said the message from Ryan was brief: ''Thanks. Just thanks and wow.''
      For Dimitroff and coach Dan Quinn, the top priority of the offseason was to build a better line after Ryan was sacked 42 times last season, the second-highest total of his career. He was hit 113 times, the third-most in the league.
    Dimitroff's first pick was guard Chris Lindstrom of Boston College. He then traded away the Falcons' second- and third-round picks to add tackle Kaleb McGary of Washington late in the first round.
    An improved line also would be key to the team's hopes of boosting the running game, which sagged last season.
    ''Make no mistake about it, we knew what we needed to do in this offseason and that was to continue to fortify Matt and the offensive line,'' Dimitroff said
    WHO THEY GOT
    Lindstrom and McGary could form a new starting tandem on the right side of the Falcons' line. Clearly, they are the key to how this draft will be remembered.
    ''It may not have been shiny but I don't think grit is real shiny,'' Quinn said taking two offensive linemen in the first round. ''I'm real thrilled they'll be part of this group for a long time.''
    Dimitroff went to work on addressing other needs on Saturday's final day of the draft. Cornerbacks Kendall Sheffield of Ohio State and Jordan Miller of Washington, defensive end John Cominsky of Charleston and running back Qadree Ollison of Pittsburgh each were picked to bolster areas of pressing concern.
    The team's last pick, running back Marcus Green of Louisiana-Monroe, may make an immediate contribution as a return specialist. The versatile Green (5-8, 190) was primarily a wide receiver in college, but the Falcons are intrigued by his big-play potential at running back and on returns.
    Cominsky or Green could develop into long-term surprises of the draft class.
    SURPRISE MOVE
    After continuing his streak of making at least one trade in each of his 12 drafts as Atlanta's general manager by adding a second first-round pick, Dimitroff remained inactive on the second day of the draft. Dimitroff traded away his second- and third-round picks but was widely expected to pull off a trade back into the second day. The surprise was he couldn't deal two or more of his Saturday picks to move back into the second or third rounds.
    HOW THEY DID
    Atlanta had ample picks to allow Dimitroff the luxury of overhauling the offensive line with two first-round picks. He knew taking a guard so high in the first round would generate some negative reviews, but he and coach Dan Quinn agreed Lindstrom was the right pick. Adding McGary at No. 31 overall meant the Falcons could have two rookies starting on the right side of the line.
    Dimitroff may have gambled on some high-upside picks, including Cominsky, who was an option quarterback in high school before gaining 70 pounds in college. Ollison, a power runner, had inconsistent production at Pittsburgh.
    It will be judged as a successful draft if Lindstrom and McGary win starting jobs, Ollison can be a complementary running back with Devonta Freeman and Sheffield and Cominsky win roster spots and contribute on special teams.
    WHAT'S NEXT?
    Dimitroff was successful in filling needs, though there may be room for more help on the defensive line, at linebacker and perhaps at running back from undrafted free agents.
  19. ya_boi_j liked a post in a topic by falconfreek123 in Ryan: thanks...   
    FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) -- Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff received a text from Matt Ryan during the NFL draft.
    The Falcons' quarterback obviously approved of the team's first-round selections of two offensive linemen.
    Dimitroff said the message from Ryan was brief: ''Thanks. Just thanks and wow.''
      For Dimitroff and coach Dan Quinn, the top priority of the offseason was to build a better line after Ryan was sacked 42 times last season, the second-highest total of his career. He was hit 113 times, the third-most in the league.
    Dimitroff's first pick was guard Chris Lindstrom of Boston College. He then traded away the Falcons' second- and third-round picks to add tackle Kaleb McGary of Washington late in the first round.
    An improved line also would be key to the team's hopes of boosting the running game, which sagged last season.
    ''Make no mistake about it, we knew what we needed to do in this offseason and that was to continue to fortify Matt and the offensive line,'' Dimitroff said
    WHO THEY GOT
    Lindstrom and McGary could form a new starting tandem on the right side of the Falcons' line. Clearly, they are the key to how this draft will be remembered.
    ''It may not have been shiny but I don't think grit is real shiny,'' Quinn said taking two offensive linemen in the first round. ''I'm real thrilled they'll be part of this group for a long time.''
    Dimitroff went to work on addressing other needs on Saturday's final day of the draft. Cornerbacks Kendall Sheffield of Ohio State and Jordan Miller of Washington, defensive end John Cominsky of Charleston and running back Qadree Ollison of Pittsburgh each were picked to bolster areas of pressing concern.
    The team's last pick, running back Marcus Green of Louisiana-Monroe, may make an immediate contribution as a return specialist. The versatile Green (5-8, 190) was primarily a wide receiver in college, but the Falcons are intrigued by his big-play potential at running back and on returns.
    Cominsky or Green could develop into long-term surprises of the draft class.
    SURPRISE MOVE
    After continuing his streak of making at least one trade in each of his 12 drafts as Atlanta's general manager by adding a second first-round pick, Dimitroff remained inactive on the second day of the draft. Dimitroff traded away his second- and third-round picks but was widely expected to pull off a trade back into the second day. The surprise was he couldn't deal two or more of his Saturday picks to move back into the second or third rounds.
    HOW THEY DID
    Atlanta had ample picks to allow Dimitroff the luxury of overhauling the offensive line with two first-round picks. He knew taking a guard so high in the first round would generate some negative reviews, but he and coach Dan Quinn agreed Lindstrom was the right pick. Adding McGary at No. 31 overall meant the Falcons could have two rookies starting on the right side of the line.
    Dimitroff may have gambled on some high-upside picks, including Cominsky, who was an option quarterback in high school before gaining 70 pounds in college. Ollison, a power runner, had inconsistent production at Pittsburgh.
    It will be judged as a successful draft if Lindstrom and McGary win starting jobs, Ollison can be a complementary running back with Devonta Freeman and Sheffield and Cominsky win roster spots and contribute on special teams.
    WHAT'S NEXT?
    Dimitroff was successful in filling needs, though there may be room for more help on the defensive line, at linebacker and perhaps at running back from undrafted free agents.
  20. falconfreek123 liked a post in a topic by hjerry in Trade   
    He isn't available 
  21. falconfreek123 liked a post in a topic by Falcons In 2012 in All these signings, Davison, Clayborn, Laguda, Cooper , brought in vets OT Ulrick John, DE Odum, Reynolds, DT Hageman....I’m thinking a few trade ups   
    Being honest, if every single one of them were in line with me at Publix, I wouldn’t know a single one by face or name outside Clayborne