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RichardCNile posted a topic in Talk About the FalconsI’m no draft expert. I’m like most of you who are avid fans. I can’t tell you if player x should be drafted 19th instead of 14th, so this doesn’t focus on that. What’s done is done. We drafted and so did all the other teams. So what does it mean now to falcon fans like you and I? The Good 1. An Offensive Draft - Like it or not, while we have talked about the Falcons becoming a defensive team; we are now 100% officially an offensive team. Our identity is offense. We will live or die on offense over the next 3-5 years which is what many consider our (window) for a SB victory. 2. No unicorns - From various post and pre draft reports, the falcons wanted to and did make efforts to trade up and grab a defensive player, but were not willing to give away too much to move up to those spots. I wanted an O-lineman, but like many of you would love, love, love to see a monster DE or DT that can crush or opponents QB on every 3rd down of the game....heck, even 50% of the third downs would be nice. However, I think these guys are Unicorns. They don’t really exist. Ya, Kalil Mack and a few others are elite pass rushers, but even they get stonewalled against good teams who scheme to add protection or throw the ball quickly. If opponents can execute these and other tactics, they negate your best player. With that said, how many teams have an elite pass rusher? Maybe 3 or 4 teams? That’s why I say these guys are Unicorns. They can’t be found, but everyone keeps trying to find them by drafting what they hope will be the next elite pass rusher. Consider this as well; with the new rules and the yet to be seen replay anything rule will likely further give advantage to offense. If your elite Pass rusher does get to the QB, there is a likely chance he will draw a 15 yard penalty because he hit to hard, or his hand brushed the side of the QB’s helmet or any number of other infractions. So, how helpful is that pass rusher you gave up 3 picks to move up 5 spots to get? Yes, if you can build that elite D, you win, but eyeball the Pats D. How many elite pass rushers so they have? But they play situational football and have a great scheme to always take high value players out of the game. So we didn’t chase a unicorn and instead we got two giants who may or may not have been the “best” value at the spot we got them, but we got them and I’m confident they will help our O- Line. We will get value from them on every offensive down this team plays for the next several years. A pass rusher may stop a TD from happening, but an O lineman helps deliver every TD your teams scores. 3. No Half Measures - when we picked a guard, I was puzzled. But then when we move up to get the 31st pick and got another tackle, things started to make sense. Add these two picks to the FA signings and this is a clear and obvious message to the NFL. The message is “we plan to be Offensive in 2019.” We will have 5 bona-fide starters in 2019 on the O-Line. We will dominate the time of possession, we will run the ball, and we will make big plays down field. We will be offensive. 4. Best D is an offensive offense. By chewing the clock, ground and pound and ultimately putting 7 on the board, our defense will get better and more opportunistic. They will also be fresher in the 4th QTR. DQ will dial these guys into a solid D. The Bad: Big & Nasty - I read an article that I guess was supposed to denigrate our 31st pick by telling a story about him getting po’d and cutting the speaker wire on the sound in the weight room. Lol. I love this story and it makes me love this guy even more. Ya. F-Ya! Get some! This is a guy that will take it personal. This is a guy who will make a defensive player stop, drop and roll if they take a cheap shot on MR2. This is a guy that by the 4th qtr will have worn down the guy playing across from him both physically and mentally, then spend the last 4 minutes telling him how he banged his mom. Love it. Rumbler - Again, I cant watch college highlight tapes and see how that converts to the NFL, but I can see that our new RB is big and fast. Can he produce in the NFL? I don’t know, but I do know we should have an OLine that will at least give the guy a chance to be a factor in the game. The ugly: Fast and furious - The late rounds reminded me of my old girlfriend. DQ said, if I can’t get top talent, I’ll settle for speed and coach em up. I think the first CB from Ohio State CB and the last guy we drafted as a potential kick returner both ran in the 4.3 range. That’s fast. It would be nice to see our return game finally develop now that Armstrong is gone, If you question the OLine moves this offseason, just go see what a diff it made for Indy last year. If these guys are half as good as DQ thinks they are we will improve out O line 100% If they are any better, we will,be back to dropping 40 burgers on teams next year. I expect to go to a game this year and carry the letter O and a piece of fence. It’s all about the O.
Tim Mazetti posted a topic in Talk About the Falconshttps://www.atlantafalcons.com/news/nfl-draft-5-offensive-line-prospects-who-could-help-the-falcons NFL Draft: 5 offensive line prospects who could help the Falcons Will McFadden Offensive line is one of the areas many expect the Falcons to address this offseason, and while they may opt to add to that unit via free agency, there are some intriguing early-round draft prospects who could fit what the team is looking for. With that in mind, I’ve compiled a list – in order from the best fit and value to the least – of five offensive linemen who could be on the Falcons’ radar. AP/Michael Woods 1. Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama A three-year starter at tackle for Alabama,Jonah Williams is one of the most experienced and polished offensive linemen in this draft class. At 6-foot-4, 302 pounds, Williams isn’t overly long, which is one of the reasons some believe he could slide over the guard at the next level. There’s no mistake, though: Williams has the tools to succeed wherever teams place him. Williams is a smart player who countered blitzes and stunts effectively in college, and he showed improvement as a pass protector during his final year at Alabama. Most importantly for the Falcons, however, is that Williams was a player who moved well in space and latched onto defenders at the second level. AP/Sue Ogrocki 2. Cody Ford, OT, Oklahoma Cody Ford is among the offensive linemen with the highest upside in this year’s draft. Despite starting for only one season, Ford has a rare combination of size, strength and speed. Ford could likely play either tackle or guard in the NFL, but he might be better suited to start on the interior early on given his relative lack of starting experience. Due to Oklahoma’s offensive scheme, Ford has plenty of reps in space against defenders. More often than not, once Ford got his hands on a defensive player, it was game over. Ford’s biggest weakness at this point seems to be getting set in pass protection, but that would be covered up slightly by moving to guard. Ford confirmed at the NFL Scouting Combine that the Falcons were a team he had met with. He’s a somewhat raw player, but Ford could develop into a really good football player. AP/Orlin Wagner 3. Dalton Risner, OT, Kansas State Another player who could be a candidate to move inside, Dalton Risner bring a lot to the table as an offensive lineman. He is sure-handed and locked down some highly regarded pass rushers while at Kansas State, and Risner is a fluid mover in space and would be an asset in the run game. Risner’s ability to locate the most pressing threat and adjust his angles while on the move is something that would be a great benefit in the Falcons’ offensive scheme. At 24 years old, Risner will be among the older players entering the NFL in this draft class, but that hasn’t stopped the Falcons in the past. In this offensive line class, Risner is a very well-rounded prospect. AP/Michael Conroy 4. Chris Lindstrom, OG, Boston College The first true guard prospect on this list, Lindstrom is a very athletic player who will enter the NFL ready to help a team from Day 1. While he may not have the sheer natural upside of a player like Cody Ford, Lindstrom has very few glaring weaknesses. He’s competent in nearly every facet of his game, and he offers a lot as a run blocker. Given how well he moves in space, it’s easy to envision how Lindstrom would fit in with the Falcons. He’s adept at leveraging players while on the move and he makes solid use of his hands to harass defenders even if they aren’t providing a clean target. AP/Gerry Broome 5. Garrett Bradbury, OG, NC State As with Lindstrom, there are few nits to pick with Garrett Bradbury’s game. He moves very well and has noticeable body control while blocking defenders in space. Bradbury is a refined, technical lineman who didn’t make many mistakes on the interior of NC State’s offensive line. The Wolfpack run a zone blocking scheme, so Bradbury has direct experience that would translate to the Falcons. Bradbury is a former tight end, and it shows in his athleticism. If the Falcons are inclined to address the offensive line on Day 2, Bradbury would be a pretty appealing option.
MODS COULD YOU PLEASE UN-PIN THE 2018 POST AND PIN THIS ONE! So for 3 years now I have made a thread dedicated to the scouts looking at players for the upcoming draft. You may Post here and update the findings on players the Falcons have visited, scouted, and any info you may find on social media so we can get a better idea about what the Falcons are looking for. I will be listing them by position below as well as do Videos on players we are looking at on my YouTube channel ( Link below ) if they are heavily scouted by the Falcons scouting department. PLEASE CHECK YOUR SOURCES TO MAKE SURE!!!!!! PRO-DAYS WITH NO PLAYER HIGHLIGHTED UCF Chippewa Georgia State Georgia Southern Georgia Tech Colorado State Colorado Washington State QB Easton Stick - North Dakota State - EWS Jordan Ta'amu Ole Miss - EWS Trace McSorley - Penn State - SR Ty Gangi - Nevada - PRO A.J. Bush - Illinois - LOC Price Wilson - Bryant - LOC RB Miles Sanders - Penn State - WO Clinton Lynch - Georgia Tech - LOC Keion Davis - Marshall - LOC D.J. Knox - Purdue - LOC - WO Jordan Ellis - Virginia - LOC Devontae Jackson - West Georgia - LOC Elijah Holyfield - Georgia - LOC Qua Searcy - Georgia Tech - LOC WR Terry Godwin - UGA - EWS - LOC KeeSean Johnson - CSU Fresno - EWS Jesper Horsted - Princeton - EWS Cody Thompson - Toledo - EWS Kelvin Harmon - NC State - COM Mecole Hardman - UGA - COM - LOC Ridley Riley - UGA - COM - LOC Justin Sumpter - Kennesaw State - LOC Malik Taylor - Ferris State - PRO Darius Slayton - Auburn -LOC T.J. Rahming - Duke -LOC Collin Lisa - UAB -LOC Shannon Smith - West Georgia -LOC Brad Stewart - Georgia Tech - LOC Tavonn Salter - Middle Tennessee - LOC Jakobi Meyers - N.C. State - LOC Jayson Stanley - Georgia - LOC TaQuon Marshall - Georgia Tech - LOC Johnnie Dixon - Ohio State - WO Diontae Johnson - Toledo - WO TE Kano Dillon - Oregon - EWS Matt Sokol - Michigan State - EWS Isaac Nauta - UGA - COM - LOC Tommy Sweeney - BC - COM Trey Lansman - Nebraska-Kearney - WO Andrew Beck - Texas - MET Matt Sokol - Michigan - SR Jackson Harris - Georgia - LOC Sam Walker - Mercer - LOC Ellis Richardson - Georgia Southern -LOC Ari Werts - East Tennessee - LOC Sam Dobbs - Vanderbilt - LOC FB Alec Ingold - Wisconsin - COM Victor Alexander - Georgia Tech - LOC OT Martez Ivey - Florida -EWS Ryan Pope - SDSU - EWS Brian Wallace - Arkansas - EWS Trey Pipkins - Sioux Falls - EWS Tytus Howard - Alabama State - COM Cody Ford - Oklahoma - COM - MET Mitch Hyatt - Clemson - COM - LOC Jawaan Taylor - Florida - COM - WO Andre Dillard - Washington State - COM Kaleb McGary - Washington - PRO - WO Blake Hance - Northwestern - PRO Malcolm Pridgeon - Ohio State, PRO Marquez Tucker - Southern Utah - PRO Nate Davis - Charlotte - VISIT Donnell Greene - Minnesota - LOC Andre Dillard - Washington St. - VISIT OG Joshua Miles - Morgan State - EWS Martez Ivey - Florida -EWS Demetrius Knox - Ohio State - PRO Nate Davis - Charlotte - VISIT Chris Lindstrom - BC - WO - VISIT Beau Benzschawel - Wisconsin - WO Nate Davis - Charlotte - VISIT Jamal Paxton - Georgia State - LOC Kendall Baker - Georgia - LOC Terronne Prescod - N.C. State - LOC Jeremiah Culbreth - Georgia Southern - LOC Tyler Jones - N.C. State - LOC Andrew Marshall - Georgia Tech - LOC Christian Harris - Duke - LOC D.J. Coker - Rhodes - LOC C Lamont Gillard - UGA - EWS - COM - PRO - LOC Nick Allegretti - Illinois - EWS Ross Pierschbacher - Alabama - COM DT * ( DT/DE ) Rashan Gary - Michigan - COM Ed Oliver - Houston - COM - VISIT - MET Dexter Lawrence - Clemson - COM - MET Christian Wilkins - Clemson - COM Dre’mont Jones - Ohio State - COM L.J. Collier - TCU - COM Michael Dogbe - Temple - TOP 30 Albert Huggins - Clemson - WO Horace Roberts - Samford - LOC Kyle Cerge-Henderson - Georgia Tech - LOC Chris Palmer - California - LOC Henry Famurewa - Louisville -LOC Connor Christian - Jacksonville State -LOC Malik Young - Fort Hays - LOC DE Jaylon Ferguson - Louisiana Tech - SR John Cominsky - University of Charleston - SR Brian Burns - FSU - COM * ( DT/DE ) Rashan Gary - Michigan - COM Clelin Ferrell - Clemson - COM Jonathan Ledbetter - UGA - COM - LOC Austin Bryant - Clemson - COM Montez Sweat - Mississippi State - VISIT Maxx Crosby - Eastern Michigan - TOP 30 Zach Allen - BC - VISIT - WO Deshon Cooper - Georgia Southern - LOC Andrew Williams - Auburn - LOC Desmond Branch - Georgia Tech - LOC Chase Winovich - Michigan - VISIT - TOP 30 Wyatt Ray - BC - WO Jamal Davis II - Akron - WO LB D’Andre Walker - UGA - COM - MET Deonte Roberts - Rutgers - PRO Bryson Allen-Williams - SC - LOC Cole Holcomb - North Carolina - VISIT Quart'e Sapp - Tennessee - MET Sione Takitaki - BYU - WO Ulysees Gilbert III - Akron - VISIT Anree Saint-Amour - Georgia Tech -LOC Bryson Allen-Williams - South Carolina - LOC Michael Shaw - Georgia State - LOC Jeffrey Allison - Fresno State - LOC Ryan Guthrie - Syracuse - LOC Natrez Patrick - Georgia - LOC Montravious Atkinson - Auburn - LOC Chase Middelton - Georgia State - LOC Pat Jasinski - Central Florida - LOC CB Jimmy Moreland - James Madison- EWS Trayvon Mullen Jr - Clemson - COM Saivion Smith - Alabama - COM Duke Shelley - Kansas State - WO JoeJuan Williams - Vanderbilt - WO Justin Layne - Michigan State - VISIT Lonnie Johnson - Kentucky - WO Donnie Lewis - Tulane - VISIT Isaiah Johnson - Houston - WO Stephen Denmark - Valdosta State - MET Mandell Ray - Morehouse - LOC Jamal Odom - Tuskegee - LOC Ken Webster - Mississippi - LOC Dylan Hamilton - Alabama A&M - LOC Deandre Baker - Georgia - LOC Jerome Smith - Georgia State - LOC S Sheldrick Redwine - Miami - COM Donnie Lewis Jr. - Tulane - VISIT Parker Baldwin - SDSU - TOP 30 Nasir Adderley - Delaware - COM Jaquan Johnson - Miami - COM John Abram - Mississippi State - COM Chauncey Gardner-Johnson - Florida - COM Lukas Denis - BC - COM Darnell Savage - Maryland - PRO Mike Edwards - Kentucky - WO Kielan Whitner - Syracuse - LOC Cameron Glenn - Wake Forest - LOC - WO Jalen Johnson - Georgia Tech - LOC Tre Neal Nebraska - LOC Ridwan Issahaku - Texas Christian - LOC Davanta Reynolds - N.C. Central - LOC Travon Simmons - West Georgia - LOC Micah Abernathy - Tennessee - LOC Kielan Whitner - Syracuse - WO P Ian Berryman - Western Carolina - LOC Tyler Newsome - Notre Dame - WO A.J. Cole III - N.C. State - LOC Berryman - Western Carolina - LOC LS Chris Wilkerson - Stephen F. Austin - LOC Zachary Roberts - Georgia Tech - LOC Nick Moore - Georgia - LOC Work updated by Unintentional Grounding's "Lt Dan" Host of " (FNL) Falcon's Nest Live" on Facebook and "The Falcons Nest" on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClCIW6b6I6MOfGGVEcc8f6g UNINTENTIONAL GROUNDING TWITTER https://twitter.com/UnGrShow OUR FACEBOOK PAGE https://www.facebook.com/Unintentiona... OUR INSTAGRAM ungr_show