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PFF's Top Ten rated Falcons for the regular season: Julio Jones 91.6 #2WR: Elite Matt Ryan 89.6 #2QB: High Quality (Very Good) Deion Jones 89.6 #6LB: High Quality Keanu Neal 88.7 #5S: High Quality Alex Mack 88.4 #3C: High Quality Grady Jarrett 87.7 #14DT: High Quality Adrian Clayborn 86.7 #16 Edge: High Quality Desmond Trufant 86.6 #13CB: High Quality Devonta Freeman 83.3 #12RB: Above Average (Good) Brooks Reed 82.8 #31Edge: Above Average PFF's Bottom Ten rated Falcons for the regular season: Derrick Coleman 31.4 #18FB: Poor Duke Riley 47.0 LB: Poor Wes Schweitzer 47.1 #44G: Poor Justin Hardy 52.5 #82WR: Poor Vic Beasley 57.5 #93Edge: Poor Marvin Hall 57.7 WR: Poor Levine Toilolo 64.9 #29TE: Below Average Austin Hooper 66.3 #28TE: Below Average Ahtyba Rubin 67.8 DT: Below Average Taylor Gabriel 69.1 #65WR: Below Average PFF's ratings of other Falcons for the regular season: Mohamed Sanu 80.2 #23WR: Above Average Tevin Coleman 74.6 #31RB: Average Terron Ward 71.6 RB: Average Jake Matthews 79.8 #17T: Average Ryan Schraeder 79.2 #22T: Average Andy Levitre 78.0 #17G: Average Ben Garland 73.1 #25G: Average Dontari Poe 82.1 #34DT: Above Average Derrick Shelby 77.5 #47Edge: Average Tak McKinley 77.2 #48Edge: Average Courtney Upshaw 72.6 DT/DE: Average Robert Alford 81.1 #42CB: Above Average Rico Allen 79.4 #40S: Average Brian Poole 72.3 #77CB: Average De'Vondre Campbell 78.9 #30LB: Average
This draft pick of Matt Ryan is why Dimitroff still has a job - everything else Falcons that is positive played out because of this correct pick - without Matt Ryan, it is doubtful we would ever have gotten Julio Jones three years later. Dimitroff would have taken Glenn Dorsey and Chad Henne (per Peter King who was in the warroom that day). By 2011, we would probably have been drafting another QB. The signing of Jake Long today jogged my memory on the 2008 NFL draft. If Jake would have fell to #3 overall, he would have been my pick. Dorsey was #2 on board followed by Matt Ryan but started liking Ryan the week of the draft - cannot say that I would have picked him though - probably would not have - however, as soon as the pick was made, I climbed on board from the beginning. Matt is not a perfect QB and still makes some bone-headed plays from time-to-time but given age and talent, there is not many QBs I would want in his place - probably Andrew Luck but no one else comes to mind. Everyone says I rag on TD "all the time" - which is not true - although I have been very critical of him especially from 2009-2013 - a 5yr stretch where he did not get us enough average-to-good players. I have always praised TD for his selection of Matt Ryan. SEL # TEAM PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL 1 Miami Dolphins Jake Long T Michigan 2 St. Louis Rams Chris Long DE Virginia 3 Atlanta Falcons Matt Ryan QB Boston College 4 Oakland Raiders Darren McFadden RB Arkansas 5 Kansas City Chiefs Glenn Dorsey DT Louisiana State 6 New York Jets Vernon Gholston LB Ohio State 7 New Orleans Saints Sedrick Ellis DT USC 8 Jacksonville Jaguars Derrick Harvey DE Florida 9 Cincinnati Bengals Keith Rivers OLB USC 10 New England Patriots Jerod Mayo ILB Tennessee That is an awful top 10 and we got the crown jewel.
Various posters here and myself are worried that the players we've been developing football crushes on will be gone. Who are the 8 players you'd take with pick 8 before screaming for TD to trade down? Leonard Williams, DE/DT, USC Vick Beasley, OLB/DE, Clemson Randy Gregory, OLB/DE, Nebraska Alvin "Bud" Dupree, OLB/DE, Kentucky Dante Fowler Jr., OLB/DE, Florida Amari Cooper, WR, Alambama Kevin White, WR, West Virginia Brandon Scheriff, OT/OG, IOWA