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  1. ATL Trade #16 (1000) & #143 (34.5) to NE for #23 (760), #87 (155), #98 (108) & #195 (12.2). NE selects Jordan Love, QB, Utah State with #16 This trade makes too much sense from the connection/history between TD and BB to the fact that NE have 12 picks in the upcoming draft (there is zero chance 12 rookies are making that Pats roster). After losing TB12 and seeing the impact of mobile QB’s in the AFC (Pat Mahomes, Lamar Jackson, Deshaun Watson & Josh Allen to name a few), I can definitely see Jordan Love being on the Patriots radar and pick #16 figures to be a hot spot for that 4th QB off the board. From the Falcons perspective, we only have 6 picks going into the draft and whilst we’ve addressed some of our biggest needs in free agency, this team is still in need of an injection of young talent… 1 (#23) – CJ Henderson, CB, Florida If you asked me a couple of weeks ago, I would have been adamant we wouldn’t go corner in the 1st. I think TD and front office have done an exceptional job in addressing some of our needs and therefore freeing us up to go any number of different directions in the draft. If you were to draw up the perfect boundary corner on paper, CJ Henderson would be pretty close to what you’d end up with – 6-1, 205lbs, 32-inch arms with sub 4.4 speed. He’s a silky-smooth boundary corner with excellent footwork, agility and swivel hips to stay with any receiver and ball skills may QB's pay on errant throws. 2 (#47) – Matt Hennessy, OL, Temple At 6-4 and 295lbs, Matt Hennessy has been one of the best centers in football over the last 2 years. Exceptional short-area movement skills in pulling to the second level and one of the best technicians you’ll see in pass pro. Played tackle in high school and saw his first snaps at LG before becoming the starting center at Temple. He’s a perfect guy to sit (or play next to) Alex Mack before picking up the mantle in 2021 – for my money he’d give you valuable depth across the interior line whilst providing quality snaps at any position right away. 3 (#78) – Cam Akers, RB, Florida State I know we just signed Gurley, but it’s a one year deal that will go one of 2 ways: either he’ll redeem his reputation and make some money elsewhere or he’ll be on his way to an early retirement (I think the former is more likely than the latter), but either way I don’t think this is an extended stay in Atlanta. Akers is clearly a guy we were/are interested in and for good reason. He posted nearly 1,400 all-purpose yards and 18 TD’s in 2019, running behind a suspect OL. At 5-10, 220lbs he’s a bigger back that packs a punch, but still has the juice (4.48 forty) and agility to make guys miss and then run away from them. 3 (#87) – Donavon Peoples-Jones, WR, Michigan I’ve seen Peoples-Jones projected as high as the 2nd, but I’ve got him falling here due to the ridiculous depth of the WR class and the lack of production as a result of the system and QB at Michigan. DPJ is 6-2, 215lbs, ran a 4.48 forty and jumped out of the stadium at the combine (44 inch vert, 139 inch broad) – put simply he’s an explosive athlete. He’s tailor-made for the big-slot role that Sanu occupied over the last couple of years, but he also brings value as a gadget receiver/runner and returner. 3 (#98) – Leki Fotu, DT, Utah Fotu entered Utah as a 6-foot-6, 255-pound defensive end prospect. He’s now 330lbs behemoth of a DT with freaky movement skills for a guy that large. The former rugby player is still relatively new to the game of football and that rawness shows up at times on tape, but his brute strength, motor and natural athleticism makes him a game wrecker on the interior. Fotu almost single-handedly made Utah into one of the most dominant run-stopping teams in college over the last 2 years and whilst run defense is going to be his forte in the NFL, he’s not a liability in the passing game and has a lot of upside to that part of his game. Ran a 5.15 forty at the combine (pulling up with a hammy towards the end). For all those clamouring to draft Vita Vea and Dexter Lawrence in the first in the last 2 years (put me down for the former but not latter) you’re getting an almost identical player here in the 3rd. 4 (#119) – Willie Gay Jr, LB, Mississippi State Speed, speed and more speed. Willie Gay Jr was one of those guys being overlooked throughout this process, but after his combine (4.46 forty & 40-inch vert at 6-1 and 240lbs) he’s making everyone go back and watch the tape. He’s had some off-field issues, but on tape he’s a side-line to side-line heat seeking missile, who’s comfortable making plays in space. Added to Debo and Foye, the Falcons would have one of the most athletic and versatile linebacking groups in the league. 6 (#195) – Chris Williamson, CB/S, Minnesota Watching tape on Winfield, I could help but be drawn to Chris Williamson. Williamson was highly recruited out of Gainsville High (GA) and after getting stuck in the logjam of DB’s at Florida transferred to Minnesota. A fluid athlete with good instincts in off coverage, Williamson has inside-outside versatility in the secondary and has traits to be a nickel corner or even single high safety in our scheme. I’m really high on Williamson and think someone is likely to end up with a steal come draft day. 7 (#228) – James Smith-Williams, Edge, NC State Long, athletic, muscular frame that has added over 60 pounds since his freshman season. At 6-4 and 260lbs JSW displays excellent power at the point of attack to anchor and set firm edges. He also demonstrates terrific ability to convert speed to power and challenge the width of the pocket. N.C. State head coach Dave Doeren chose Smith-Williams, a Raleigh native, to wear the team's No. 1 jersey in 2019 for this work ethic, character, leadership and accomplishments. While he did not make the coaches' all-conference team in 2018, Smith-Williams excelled on the field (37 tackles, 9.5 for loss, six sacks) as much as he did off it. The December 2018 graduate was as an intern at IBM, working on robotic animation; he scored a 30 on his ACT and had a weighted 4.9 grade-point average in high school. Smith-Williams struggled to stay on the field for the Wolfpack throughout his career, however, due to injuries and the reasons he’s available here.
  2. "With the 16th Pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.. The Detroit Lions select.. Jarran Reed, Defensive Line, Alabama." The words from Roger Goodell brought a huge smile to Mike Brown, who immediately calls Thomas Dimitroff and offers to send pick him picks 24, 87, and 122 in exchange for pick 17. Dimitroff accepts the trade down opportunity for the first time with pressure coming from Pioli and Quinn, seeing the additional picks in this draft as being far too valuable to his job security. "With the 17th Pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.. The Cincinnati Bengals select.. Laquon Treadwell, Wide Receiver, Ole Miss." With the Lions passing on Treadwell, the window for Detroit to leap over the other receiver-needy teams opens up and once again stock the cupboard for Matthew Stafford who has proven to need a dominant possession receiver to be successful. Now on to the Falcons draft. Round 1, Pick 24 (From CIN) - Jaylon Smith, LB, Notre Dame Height: 6'2" Weight: 240 lbs. I list Jaylon as a linebacker rather than labeling him middle/inside/outside because he's honestly capable of playing any linebacker position in the NFL. He could be an outside rusher in a 3-4, he could play inside, he could be Mike, Will, or Sam.. anything. Such a rare skillset that any team would be able to take advantage of, and if his medicals are really coming back as well as reports are leading fans to believe then that team needs to be the Falcons. With Worrilow tendered for Smith's likely redshirt year, we won't get the upgrade we need in the middle of our linebacking group until 2017, but such an upgrade it will be! Round 2, Pick 50 - Austin Hooper, TE, Stanford Height: 6'4" Weight: 254 lbs. The Falcons say that they are content with guys like Jacob Tamme and Levine Toilolo, but Falcons fans and Matt Ryan alike have been clamoring for a real target at TE for years now. Austin Hooper has experience as both a receiving threat and a blocking asset in a pro-style offense from his time at Stanford, which has put out several quality tight ends lately. Hooper has the perfect blend of blocking ability and receiving prowess to make an early impact in Shanahan's offense, and Matt will covet having that intermediate target. I'd like to note that Hunter Henry would be my first choice here, but I don't think he lasts all the way to 50 so Hooper is the selection. Different year, same Patriots. The Falcons can simply not let the Panthers collect any more bluechip defensive players, and there happens to be one still sitting on the board. Dimitroff calls up his old buddy Bill up in Boston and offers picks 81, 87, 115, and 2017's 6th Round Pick in exchange for New England's 61st and 96th picks. Bill happily agrees, coveting the quantity even though the value is equal. Round 2, Pick 61 (From NE) - Su'a Cravens, LB/SS, USC Height: 6'1" Weight: 226 lbs. For anyone that's payed attention to my posts this offseason, they should not be surprised at all by this pick. Cravens has been my biggest draft crush all along and he's a target of mine in this mock. It's been reported that Carolina has major interest in Cravens and if he ends up in Carolina I will go on an absolute rampage. Some might say it's crazy to think that Cravens will be around this late, but it seems that his 'tweener' status has hurt his stock in the eyes of a lot of teams. If he is still around by the time New England goes on the clock, the Falcons desperately have to make a move not to let Cravens become a Panther. The Falcons not only have to draft for their own needs, but also against their division opponents if they hope to reclaim the crown that Carolina has had such a firm grasp on. Cravens will play Strong Safety for us, his blend of abilities in coverage, tackling, and rushing will come in handy and he will quickly become Quinn's favorite toy in 2016. Round 3, Pick 96 (From NE) - Javon Hargrave, DT, South Carolina State Height: 6'3" Weight: 293 lbs. From NFL.com, "Raw, but athletic one­-gap penetrator who dominated his level of competition with effort and quickness. Credited with 16 sacks and 23.5 tackles for losses, Hargrave has the ability to play on the other side of the ball, but the jump in talent and size could be challenging for him. Hargrave is better than a project," but he will require patience and much more coaching to realize his potential." Potential and upside are two things that Hargrave has handfuls of, and it would great to see if he and Grady Jarrett can develop into two scary draft steals under Dan Quinn who still needs to prove that he can develop players better than the previous regime. Round 4, Pick 122 (From CIN) - Isaac Seumalo, G/C, Oregon State Height: 6'4" Weight: 303 lbs. OurLads.com currently has James Stone penciled in as the Falcons starter at Right Guard. Surely I can't be the only one that has a major problem with this. While many would say we'll just slide Person back there or resign Chester, neither of those moves have been officially made so I'm coming away with a new starter in the draft and leaving nothing to chance regarding the investments we've made on offense. Seumalo is versatile, quick, has excellent technique which makes him perfect as a schematic fit for our offense. While he's already a very smart and savvy blocker, he'll become even more of an asset when he adds NFL strength to his athleticism. Round 7, Pick 238 - Ross Martin, K, Duke Height: 5'10" Weight: 187 lbs. There are plenty of players that come to teams as UDFAs that work their tails off during camps to make a team. Kickers can sometimes appear as a dime/dozen type position but they are becoming more and more important with the recent rule changes. Our 7th rounder is often our forgotten pick, but using it for some young competition for Graham and Bryant can be a very smart move as Martin has hit up to 60 yarders and could be an immediate replacement to keep our scoring chances alive instead of watching Bryant's body whither before our eyes. Looking forward to seeing how much G-Dawg hates this one. We all know how much he hates mock competition. As for the rest of y'all, questions, comments, and critiques are always welcome. Thanks for reading, fam.
  3. RapSheet, although annoying, is well connected. So there may be some credence in the trade down for O-Line stuff. I mean.... I don't hate it, but it would be like going to the playboy mansion and taking a hot member of the catering staff home. How about this for a hypothetical, stay with me: Imagine if TD stopped dreaming about swinging for the fences and getting into the Grotto, and we say, traded back into the teens with Miami @14 I could see Miami want to come up if say Cooper or White slid) Our pick at 8 = 1400 points Fins at 14 and 42 = 1550 points It's slightly off, but the Fins would make that trade for miss October. That would leave us with picks 14, 42 & 47. That for me is powerful. Big names could slide easily into picks 42 and 47 (any closet Maxx Williams fans out there? Eli Harold? Cedric Obugehuiiuehei) We could easily get a combo of a plug in guard, project edge rusher and defensive starter (S,CB...ILB, DT) Or....we go further down the rabbit(bunny) hole 42 & 47 are also worth 910 points.... which could get you the 18th pick. Pioli's old boys, good ol' KC. That would give us 14 & 18. That's the moment you speed dial the cab and tell the two ladies the grape soda is on ice back at home. The two ladies are #14 & #18 in the draft. Mighty, mighty fine. ORRRR... (running out of metaphors here) We are feeling good with 14, 42 & 47 after the fins trade.. But Shane Ray is at the party, and the Ravens are doing all that annoying ish. Laughing at his jokes over-enthusiastically, 'oh this, yea this is just my weekend Tag Heuer', and humblebragging about their awesome holiday in the Maldives last year... We could shut the Ravens down, calling in the cardinals as our wingman. They sit at #24 and have a team so stacked with talent it hurts. We give them #42 and #73. 705 points. We get #24 = 740 points. Ok, we'd probably owe them big time, something they'd keep quiet until they remind you at the worst possible time that it's your turn to wingman (we've all been there....)... In all likelihood we toss them a 5th, #146 - 33 points So from out of nowhere, we've amassed picks 14, 24 and 47, having started with 8 and 42. In prognositficationing summarisations: IF we draft a gahd d**n Offensive linemen in the 1st round, we better be taking more than one lady home.
  4. I find this kid to be super raw but also an altheltic freak. For some weird reason, I believe in our staff's ability to coach up and develop talent, which we haven't done in years. If we have to trade down, I won't have a heart attack with someone like this kid being on the board late in the first. I had hoped he'd be there in the 2nd to give us added flexibility in the first, but it looks like Mike Tomlin is already looking at him as an OLB in the first. Thoughts? Defensive end Danielle Hunter (6-5 1/4, 251) had a 36 1/2-inch vertical jump and 10-foot-10 broad jump. He did the 20-yard short shuttle in 4.47 seconds and the three-cone drill in 6.95 seconds, which is really fast and shows his tremendous change-of-direction abilities. Hunter ran a 4.57 40 at the NFL Scouting Combine, which was the best time among defensive linemen. StrengthsFreakish combination of size, athleticism and explosiveness. Has long arms with jarring power behind his hands. When technique is right, he can stack and overpower tackles at point of attack. Fluid and agile in space. Uses length to bat down passes and disrupt the passing lane. Flashes winning spin move in pass rush, but needs to learn to set it up better. Uses arm-over inside move to set up tackles for loss. High-end tackle production for his position. Secondary motor to pursue and speed to chase leads to more tackle opportunities. Lead all SEC defensive linemen in "stuffs" (tackles for no gain or loss of yards) with 17. Active and energetic at all times. Continues to work to improve position vs. run and pass. Off-field character considered "squeaky clean" by NFL scouts. Has speed and agility to become special-teams star early in his career.
  5. 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
  6. The WRs, DEs and DTs "are what we thought they were" as far as the known candidates are concerned. If we thought TE was weak this year, the LBs just joined them (Not counting DEs playing OLB). If you were the GM, what players would make you stay at pick 8 and which ones would you trade and acquire extra picks for if the "Stay At 8" players are gone? Stay At 8: 1. Leonard Williams 2. Vic Beasley 3. Dante Fowler Jr. 4. Randy Gregory 5. Kevin White 6. Amari Cooper Or Entertain Trade-bait: 1. Eli Harold 2. Bud Dupree 3. Landin Collins 4. Arik Armstead 5. Brandon Scherff
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