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  1. So tried out PFN's Mock Draft Simulator and this is what I got with trade downs 31. Travis Etienne RB Clemson I was aiming for Najee Harris with this pick but he was chosen one spot ahead of me. But Etienne is a great running back and I wouldn't cry about getting him. 45. Alex Leatherwood OT Alabama We have a problem. No matter if we take a QB or stick with Matt Ryan, if they don't have an at least average OLine then we will have problems. I don't know if we are going to stick to Zone Run or if we move to Power Run football but we need some help. 58. Jaylen Twyman DT Pittsburgh This could be Grady 2.0 enough said. 65. Hamsah Nasirildeen S Florida State Athletic freak of a Free Safety, what more can I say. 68. Quincy Roche EDGE Miami (FL) While watching tape on Gregory Rousseau this kid kept popping out to me making plays. 92. Deonte Brown OG Alabama I feel like a double dip into the OLine is needed, I know its not the best to have 2 rookies playing on the same side of the OLine, but if you have to why not 2 guys who are use to playing with each other. 98. Jordan Davis DT Georgia I have always felt that playing Grady at the 1 or 0 is not the best for him. Grady does his best work as a 3 tech shooting the gaps. Jordan Davis is a monster of a man who can blow up the interior of the OLine at the 1/0 freeing up Grady to do his thing. 2022 NE 1st 2022 GB 1st 2022 TB 3rd I don't know or am I willing to guess who the new coach is going to be or his system. But I feel that concentrating on the lines, getting a true FS, and a Elite RB will help take the Falcons to the Playoff.
  2. Full link to article - https://atlsportshq.com/2018/11/29/atlanta-falcons-mock-draft-2019-1-0/ Just thought Id post this and get you guys thoughts. Enjoy the game everyone! Go Dawgs! I plan on running the simulator again after getting input.
  3. After the over flaming of the last 2 mock drafts, This edition isn't one with a trade. With that being said: Since I didn't trade, I took what I was given. Round 1 Pick 17: Reggie Ragland, ILB, Alabama (A) "It was between Ogbah and Ragland and Ragland has big game experience." Round 2 Pick 19: Joshua Garnett, OG, Stanford (B+) "Garnett is ranked higher than Westerman and Westerman has shorter arms." Round 3 Pick 18: Austin Hooper, TE, Stanford (A) "No Hunter Henry means another Stanford TE!" Round 4 Pick 17: Jordan Jenkins, OLB, Georgia (A) "The other great Georgia OLB!" Round 7 Pick 17: Antwione Williams, OLB, Georgia Southern (B-) "Shown some love for the GSU Eagles!!"
  4. Version 1: Needs Based/Better LB value 1st Round, 17th Overall: Andrew Billings, NT, Baylor Rationale: Billings shores up an unsure position at NT that was vacated by Paul Soliai leaving. With Beasley, Clayborn and Shelby manning the DE spots - we have a powerhorse Aaron Donald type presence in the middle to boost the production of our DEs and Hageman/Babs/Jarrett. This gives us superior DT depth and also makes Tyson Jackson expendable as a late cap-saving cut. I take Billings here over Lee/Floyd because there's better value at LB in future rounds. LB class is very deep, DT draft is very poor outside of the first. 2nd Round, 50th Overall: Deion Jones, OLB, LSU Rationale: Deion Jones adds the speed the Dan Quinn covets in his defense. Deion Jones can immediately come in and push Spoon at WLB (and inevitably replace him when Spoon hits IR). Going off of Combine numbers, Su'a Cravens had comparable 40 times, but I see him more as a SLB/Safety tweener. My 3rd round pick will justify why I take Jones here. Cravens would be interchangeable. This may be a little high for Jones, but I think he has a similar upside/skillset to Darron Lee without the expense of a first round pick. If Jones was our target perhaps we could trade down and pick up another 4th and still snag Jones late in the 2nd. I know this pick has "reach" written all over it but its my gut pick over Cravens. I see OLB as better value in the 2nd than the 1st. 3rd Round, 81st Overall: Miles Killebrew, SS, Southern Utah Rationale: We pass on Cravens in the 2nd and pick up our Day 1 starter replacement for William Moore. Really I would consider this pick to be the best safety available. It's a deep class, and between Killebrew/Cash/Joseph/Neal they're all solid prospects. I would be happy with any of them in the 3rd, but choose Killebrew because he has the height, size and length that Dan Quinn prefers at a large 6'2" 217. 4th Round, 115 Overall: Nick Vigil, ILB, Utah State Rationale: Vigil posted a 4.62 40, the top Cone time (6.73) and top Shuttle time (4.00) all 1st or fastest for ILBs at the Combine. He'd be a great value in the 4th and give us a player that could potentially unseat Worrilow and start either at the beginning or mid-season. He needs to add a little bit of weight at 239 and functional strength, but would sure up our LB depth heading into the season. 7th Round, 235 Overall: Kyle Friend, OG/C, Temple Rationale: Good multi-positional depth in the last round. Camp body, could push our 2nd string for a relief spot. Recap: 1st Round: Andrew Billings, NT 2nd Round: Deion Jones, OLB 3rd Round: Miles Killebrew, SS 4th Round: Nick Vigil, ILB 7th Round: Kyle Friend, OG/C Final Note: Jones and Killebrew are both fringe 2-3 and 3-4 round guys respectively and possibly could be our 3rd and 4th round pick instead freeing up the 2nd for another player. ------------------------------------------------------------ Version 2: BPA at Position of Need 1st Round, 17th Overall: Leonard Floyd, LB, Georgia Rationale: We get our highly touted speed linebacker with a large freakish build and great pass rushing ability. A bit of a high-risk, high-reward pick but he realistically will likely be close to BPA if he's available at our pick. Though I much prefer Billings. I think at 248 where he stands he could be a kind of roving MLB that blitz in a Wagner type role or play the Anthony Barr role. 2nd Round, 50th Overall: Su'a Cravens, OLB, USC Rationale: Cravens seems to be a consensus pick for the Falcons in the 2nd round. I'd be curious if the Falcons brass consider him an OLB or a safety. If it's the latter than he would play the Chancellor/Polamalu kind of role. If that's the case, my 3rd round pick would change my entire draft and I'll provide that alternative at the end. 3rd Round, 81st Overall: Karl Joseph, SS, WVU or Deion Jones, OLB, LSU (if we see Cravens as a SS) Rationale: He's one of the top safeties in the draft and we were lucky enough for him to fall to us in the 3rd. Enforcer type to take over the Strong Safety spot. Would be just as comfortable taking Killebrew, Neal or Cash here too. I picked Joseph here just to be different from the first mock with Killebrew. 4th Round, 115 Overall: Jerell Adams, TE, S. Carolina Rationale: Gives us a tall prospect with decent blocking ability and speed to develop to eventually take over/push Tamme into a relief role. Would make Toilolo expendable. 7th Round, 235 Overall: Kyle Friend, OG/C, Temple Rationale: Good multi-positional depth in the last round. Camp body, could push our 2nd string for a relief spot. Could really draft whoever here. Recap: 1st Round: Leonard Floyd, LB, Georgia 2nd Round: Su'a Cravens, OLB/SS, USC 3rd Round: Karl Joseph, SS, WVU 4th Round: Jerell Adams, TE, S. Car 7th Round: Kyle Friend, OG/C, Temple Conclusion: This draft gives us a ton of options. Even from these two mock scenarios there's plenty of easy substitutions. If you hate Jones and Killebrew that early you could easily swap best safety available in the 2nd, try to snag Jones in the 3rd and still get Vigil in the 4th if you end up liking someone like Joseph, Cash or Neal in the 2nd more than Killebrew in the 3rd and hate the idea of taking Jones in the 2nd. I just see him as a better value version of Darron Lee. If we see Cravens as a safety in the 2nd scenario we can go BPA at linebacker in the 3rd (Jones) and end up with a Floyd/Cravens/Jones top 3 is a pretty insane defensive grab. Realistically taking Jones in the 2nd IS a reach, taking Killebrew in the 3rd may be as well but I like the idea of getting Billings/Jones/Killebrew/Vigil. Thoughts? I put more thought into the first draft though looking at it now it seems a little reachy as Jones and Killebrew may be available a round later. However, snagging Vigil in the 4th gives us a strong overall haul in the first four. I can't imagine anyone being mad if we pulled Billings, Jones, Killebrew and Vigil in any order. The 2nd one is more conventional wisdom and popular picks based on NFL.com's grades. Would you guys like Billings, Jones, Killebrew and Vigil | Floyd, Cravens, Joseph, Adams | or (if Cravens is a SS in our D) Floyd, Cravens, Jones, Adams? This could be intermixed so much its head-spinning. Could also not take Jones period and go Floyd/Cravens/BPA/Vigil - The more I think about it the more a Billings/Cravens/Jones/Vigil lineup sounds amazing.
  5. FIRST ROUND (17TH OVERALL) Traded to the Bengals for their 1st round (24th overall), 3rd round (87th overall) and 5th round (161st overall) NEW FIRST ROUND PICK (24TH OVERALL) FALCONS SELECT: KARL JOSEPH, SAFETY, WEST VIRGINIA Ironically, Joseph's play style of a complete lack of respect for his own body was not the reason he missed more than half of his senior season. He injured his knee in a non-contact practice drill, putting a stop to his best year to date, where he led the FBS in interceptions (five) after four weeks. Joseph flies into the backfield and attacks receivers in space like few others in this draft class, as he showed during his first-team All-Big 12 junior campaign (92 stops, 4.5 for loss, one interception, three pass breakups, three forced fumbles.) Joseph started every game as a freshman (team defensive player of the year with 104 tackles, seven for loss, two interceptions, three forced fumbles) and sophomore (68 tackles, three for loss, one interception), as well, earning honorable mention all-conference recognition each season. SECOND ROUND (50TH OVERALL) FALCONS SELECT: SHELDON DAY, DEFENSIVE TACKLE/DEFENSIVE END, NOTRE DAME Day plays stronger than his measurements might indicate. Heady and hustling, he also holds his ground against double teams and may have the best hands of any lineman in the draft. Day played inside and outside for the Irish, regularly making plays in the backfield in 2015 (15.5 tackles for loss, four sacks, 13 quarterback hurries) on his way to USA Today first-team All-American honors. The three-year starter nearly matched his career tackle for loss total (16.5) and exceeded his sack total (3.5) despite being the focus of opposing offenses. THIRD ROUND (81ST OVERALL) FALCONS SELECT: JOSHUA PERRY, LINEBACKER, OHIO STATE Perry gained respect from Big Ten coaches for his play as a senior, garnering first team All-Big Ten notice with 105 tackles, 7.5 for loss and three sacks. He also received honors for his leadership and character, being named an all-state AFCA All-Good Works Team member, as well as a finalist for the Lott IMPACT, Senior CLASS Award, and the Wuerffel Trophy. The Buckeyes' leading tackler in 2014 (124, 8.5 for loss, three sacks) earned honorable mention All-Big Ten honors in his second year as a starter (he had 64 tackles, two for loss the previous year). Though not a highly recruited player like many on head coach Urban Meyer's squad, Perry's list of national honors speaks volumes about his willingness to do what it takes to get the job done. THIRD ROUND (87TH OVERALL) FALCONS SELECT: AUSTIN HOOPER, TIGHT END, STANFORD Stanford has become "Tight End U" over the past few years, with former Cardinal contributors Zach Ertz, Levine Tiololo, Coby Fleener and Jim Dray enjoying good NFL careers. Hooper's next in line, leaving for the pros after his redshirt sophomore season. His father actually played at San Diego State, but his uncle, Greg, suited up for Stanford as a fullback from 1979-1982. Those genes were obvious during his two years on the field, first as a redshirt freshman in 2014 where he earned Freshman All-American and second-team All-Pac-12 honors (40-499, two scores). He helped Stanford win a conference championship in his second season, garnering several honors (Mackey Award finalist, third-team AP All-American, first-team All-Pac-12) by catching 34 passes for 438 yards and six touchdowns. FOUTH ROUND (115TH OVERALL) FALCONS SELECT: JOSHUA GARNETT, GUARD, STANFORD Garnett, the son of an NFL nose tackle (Scott Garnett), played in the shadow of other NFL-ready Stanford linemen like 2015 first-round pick Andrus Peat before his senior year. He emerged from that shadow this fall, however, winning numerous All-American honors and the Outland Trophy as the nations top interior lineman. His combination of size (6-5, 325) and movement dropped jaws around college football -- especially when he takes an occasional turn as an H-back. Add intelligence and a nasty streak, and Garnetts got everything an offensive line coach would want to be part of his group. FIFTH ROUND (161ST OVERALL) FALCONS SELECT: ROBERTO AGUAYO, KICKER, FLORIDA STATE Aguayo is one of the top kickers in college football history and was a three-time First-Team All-American. He connected on 81 percent, 90 percent, and 96 percent of his field goal attempts over the past three seasons, respectively. Aguayo has a strong leg and never missed an extra point over three years. With the change of the NFL's extra point rules, Aguayo is even more valuable. SEVENTH ROUND (238TH OVERALL) FALCONS SELECT: CALEB BENENOCH, OFFENSIVE TACKLE, UCLA Benenoch is a tall, athletic player with positional versatility. He can play guard or tackle, but needs to hit the weights if he wants to excel at either in the NFL. He shoes good length and lateral agility when firing off the line or blocking on the move. He plays with good balance and natural knee bend. Benenoch also plays with an edge that will help him transition to the NFL game.
  6. Hello again, This is the last edition of my draft. I read up on the prospects and this is what Atlanta might end up with. So lets get started! Round 1: Taylor Lewan, OT, Michigan This reminds me of the 2009 draft and the 2007 one as well. Atlanta is at a position that they get the leftovers of what other teams in the Top 5 give them. If Matthews, Mack, Clowney and Robinson are gone by 6, Falcons will have to get Lewan, a guy that did surprisingly well against the consensus #1 pick in Clowney. Lewan is a pure LT that can hopefully kick the often injured Sam Baker to RT which will give comfort to the great fanbase on TATF. Round 2: Kyle Van Noy, OLB/DE, BYU Face it, Atlanta needs pass rush. Kyle Van Noy brings a slippery pass rush to Atlanta's underwhelming Front 7. I'm not saying that the Front 7 is not talented but with Biermann coming off a Achilles' tear, plus Worrilow and Bartu are now inside guys and Osi is NOT a 3-4 DE, Van Noy brings a sense of peace to the anxious Falcon fan who wants to see Brees on the turf! OR Round 2: Dee Ford, DE, DE/OLB, Auburn Here is another guy that can flat out play. Auburn's defense was VERY good vs Georgia and Alabama, 2 very good teams and his play is lights out and reminds me of a certain Dwight Freeney! OR Round 2: Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB/DE, Georgia Tech Attaochu is a local talent that can flat out play! Lots of sacks for Paul Johnson's Yellow Jackets in the ACC! That is all i have to say! Round 3: Travis Swanson, C, Arkansas The Falcons' line was NOT the same after the Mud Duck was retired. Travis Swanson can bring stability at the C position and stop the controversy at that position and kick Konz to backup RG or LG, therefore giving Atlanta depth. Round 4: Jay Prosch, FB, Auburn Falcons DO NOT have a good FB currently in DiMarco. Also the release of Bradie Ewing signified the Bob Christian problem all over again with not having a good FB to pave the way. Prosch is a guy that is strong, can block, and sometimes catch a few balls while blocking the best running attack in the country in Auburn. This will reunite Asamoah with Prosch back while they were in Illinois! I had to bold and italicize this one because he can be the second coming of Bob Christian!! Round 4 (Comp): Lache' Seastrunk, RB, Baylor This is more of a BPA pick with the best player available. You can't go wrong with a RB after picking Prosch before! Round 5: Adrian Hubbard, OLB/DE, Alabama Hubbard was a integral part of the success of the Crimson Tide on the other side of C.J Mosley. Hubbard reminds me of Kroy Biermann with his size and good arms, Just has to work on technique and skill by working with our new OLB coach and Kroy Biermann! Post your opinions of this Mock draft below. I really took a lot of time with this mock! I appreciate your comments and GO FALCONS! RISE UP AND WISE UP!
  7. Disclaimer: This mock draft is not your standard-issue cookie cutter mock. It doesn't take a lot of thought to throw Trufant or Datone at thirty, Slay or Amerson at sixty, and then Branden Williams in the third. Just wanting to get something different out there. That being said, this mock does include a trade which I know is not exactly popular. I won't ruin it now, so if you would like to, keep on reading. If you don't like it, suck it. Enjoy. Round 1, Pick 30 - Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State Height: 6'2'' Weight: 185lbs. I'm not going to lie, I'm actually a bigger fan of Banks' teammate Darius Slay. However I feel like most are going to believe that Slay is a reach at the end of the first but unavailable at the end of the 2nd. Banks has the length that teams are starting to target, he just needs to add a bit more bulk to his frame so he doesn't get bullied by the bigger possession receivers. Banks is able to go up and contest for sure, but I wouldn't put my money on him against someone like Julio Jones who could really box him out. This pick is assuming that Jamar Taylor is taken a pick before us by the Patriots who are in love with him and Trufant, Rhodes, and Milliner are all also gone. I don't view this is as much of a reach, especially if your key pass rushers and Tyler Eifert are also unavailable. Round 2, Pick 60 - Johnathan Hankins, DT, Ohio State Height: 6'4'' Weight: 320lbs. It might be a bit optimistic (or even completely unrealistic) to think Hankins is available at 60th overall but I've seen him available in the 5 picks before/after in several mocks so I'm going to allow myself to go with it. Hankins has the ability to play on a 4-man or 3-man line, which gives us a big DT to play next to Babs or as our NT in 3-4 looks. I'm on the thought that we aren't transitioning to a 3-4 team but Nolan likes confusing Quarterbacks as much as any DC in the game so various fronts should be employed as long as we have the talent to do so. Hankins becomes a valuable piece of that talent pool. Round 3, Pick 92 - Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor Height: 6'2''Weight: 210lbs. Wide Receiver already? Yes, yes, I know. I would love to grab another CB here like McFadden since there are receivers to be had later on, but I absolutely love this guy. A lot of people questioned how productive he would be without RGIII under center but he soon stifled any doubt. He's not a burner by any means but certainly fast enough to make plays at short, intermediate, or downfield lengths. At 6-Foot-2, Williams has the big-target size that Matt Ryan likes throwing to and could eventually be our receiver opposite Julio in the future or in case Roddy goes down (knock on wood!). **TRADE** I know a lot of posters around here aren't fans of trading within a mock. However, with the way the last draft went it's becoming increasingly obvious that more trading is going to happen. Some people have expressed that trading up for a player is a bit more realistic than trading down to a range as there usually isn't a clear interest explained for why our trade partner moved up. In this trade we send the Chicago Bears, who aren't exactly wealthy in the picks department, our 4th round pick (127) as well as our pick in the 6th round (198) to move up ten spots to grab a prospect that's certain to generate some buzz among the Falcon community members. Round 4, Pick 117 - Travis Kelce, TE, Cincinnati Height: 6'5'' Weight: 255lbs. What's worse - trading up and going offense with back-to-back picks in a great defensive draft or trading up to pick a guy that surely doesn't fit the personality mold that our regime has consistently gone after in the past? It's no secret that our team needs defensive help like the rest of our division. I would argue that it's also no secret that we're going to need another tight end to remain the most explosive in the NFC South, the NFC, and possibly even the NFL. Kelce is a dangerous target with incredible receiving skills and is also an eager blocker. When watching Kelce block he will drive his man ten yards downfield and put him square on his back, just because he wants to. I love that attitude. People are going to remember that kind of block and will look to avoid it, just as he releases to go over the top for a score. He doesn't have a squeaky-clean reputation, and you better believe we're not done asking him questions about it, yet he's definitely a top three talent within his position and that's something we won't ignore - I hope. Round 4, Pick 133 - Sean Porter, LB, Texas A&M Height: 6'1'' Weight: 230lbs. I've seen some people taking Porter for us in the third, but I'm not too sure we don't gamble on him still being available at our 4th round comp pick. We're not the only team that has showed interest in him, but I do believe we've shown the most. If he's not there, there will be other linebackers such as AJ Klein, Zaviar Gooden, etc. that we could take in his place. Another 'wishful thinking' pick on my behalf? Quite possibly. Round 5, Pick 163 - Quanterus Smith, DE, Western Kentucky Height: 6'5'' Weight: 250lbs. An injury is the sole reason this guy is still on the board. I'm thinking after a Ryan restructure we might have enough money to bring in one other DE to play opposite Osi. We all hope it's John Abraham who can rush the QB on obvious passing down while guys like Matthews and Massaquoi are taking up the other snaps and battling to impress the brass in Flowery Branch. All the while this is happening, though, this fifth round pick is rehabbing, constantly working to get back to the monster form he once had. When he's ready, he steps into the starting line-up and gives Drew Brees all kinds of trouble. Anyone got a problem with seeing Cam Newton put on his back? No one at all? Alright, just checking. Round 7, Pick 236 - Jordan Kovacs, SS, Michigan Height: 5'10'' Weight: 205lbs. Not having a pick in the 6th isn't a huge problem as we have 4 picks a round later, and this is where we start having a bit of fun. No one expects a 7th rounder to be a solid contributer off the bat and yet Kovacs would likely find himself on our special teams unit from Day One. A lot of people have questioned his athleticism to play at the next level, but after reading a funny little story about how Denard Robinson had to buy Kovacs a steak dinner for besting him in two-out-of-three combine/pro-day events, I figure he's at least worth a look. Round 7, Pick 243 - Jeff Baca, OG, UCLA Height: 6'3'' Weight: 305lbs. Baca doesn't have the typical size you'd like to see from an NFL lineman, but he's got a lot that teams will want. For the Falcons he will get the chance to ride the bench for a while, all the time building his functional strength that does leave a bit to be desired. The guy is smart and nasty, a combination reminiscent of some of our recently departed lineman over the last few years. Round 7, Pick 244 - Meshak Williams, OLB, KSU Height: 6'3'' Weight: 245lbs. This is the guy that I'm least sure of in this mock. I came close to not even including him, yet I just couldn't take him out. He does not fill a role in our base defense, but would be an excellent toy for Nolan in other schemes. This guy basically only knows one thing - pick target.. tackle target. Whether it's rushing the passer or gunning for returners, this guy gets to his man quickly and lays wood on him. Though he does not have ideal size for a linebacker, he has a quality skillset that can help him find a niche on a team with an inventive and creative Defensive Coordinator. Hey, I think we might have one of those laying around! Round 7, Pick 249 - Ryan Griffin, QB, Tulane Height: 6'5'' Weight: 205lbs. Without a 6th round pick, I don't believe we'll have the opportunity to grab Sean Renfree, who a lot of people around here are fans of. In my last mock I had us drafting another QB target by the name of Alex Carder, but I'm not Rihanna so I'm not going to keep giving you the same **** every week and expect you to buy it. Third mock, third quarterback prospect. I was reading over the different quarterbacks and came across Griffin who drew comparisons to an NFL quarterback that I'm a fan of. This past season he threw for 20TDs and had a season QBR of 132.4. Among other accomplishments, he was named MVP of the Texas vs. The Nation All Star Game. He is in the top five/ten of nearly all Tulane passing records and has close to 40 starts - a stat that usually trends towards QB's playing well in the NFL. However with everything else, what really grabbed my attention was the NFL comparison I mentioned earlier. That quarterback.. our very own Matt Ryan. Well, there you have it. Nothing ground-breaking and definitely not the usual mold of grabbing a DT, 2 CBs, 2 DEs and letting your later picks address the offensive needs. I had fun putting this one together though and I think it helps our team, which is what the draft is really all about. Thoughts?
  8. Round 1, Pick 30 - Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington Round 2, Pick 60 - Cornelius Washington, DE, Georgia Round 3, Pick 92 - Jamie Collins, DE, Southern Miss Round 4, Pick 127 - Sean Porter, LB, Texas A&M Round 4, Pick 133 - Stepfan Taylor, RB, Stanford Round 5, Pick 163 - Akeem Spence, DT, Illinois Round 6, Pick 198 - Rod Sweeting, CB, Georgia Tech What do you guys think? A couple of corners, a couple of pass rushers, a decent DT, a talented running back to go behind SJax? Would you guys be completely pissed if the draft went down that way?
  9. Round 1, Pick 30 - Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington -I'm not entirely sure that this guy falls to us, but I'm absolutely salivating at the thought that he might. If he's there at 30, I don't see us taking anyone but him. A corner with good size and tremendous ball skills, I see him starting across from Asante from day one. Round 2, Pick 60 - Khaseem Greene, LB, Rutgers -I've been wanting this guy in a Falcons uniform since the first time I saw him. I've seen him going from early-2nd to mid-3rd, so I'm thinking 60 would be a great place to take him. It seems like Arthur Brown has shot his stock up past our pick in the 1st but Greene is one **** of a consolation prize. Round 3, Pick 92 - Barrett Jones, C/G/T, Alabama -I remember when this guy was going late in the first or very early second. His stock has fallen just as much as Ezekiel Ansah's has risen, but don't be fooled: this kid is one heck of a player. I'm not someone who's crying for us to draft a RG or RT as I think we have guys that can play those positions on the roster now. Losing McClure and Clabo opens up two spots on the line that I think are already filled and now we need guys behind them. Jones can play every spot on the line except for Baker's, so at Pick 92 I think he's a fantastic value pick. Round 4, Pick 127 - Montori Hughes, DT, Tennessee-Martin -A small school product with big time ability. Martin would be a beast next to Babs and absolutely has the size to anchor the middle of our line on 3-4 looks. A guy that could take up two blockers or make you pay for only putting one guy, he'll demand the attention of RB's as well as he collapses the pocket and forces QB's to run into the awaiting arms of next years DPOY, Osi. Round 4, Pick 133 - Devin Taylor, DE, South Carolina -A guy that's always played opposite Melvin Ingram and Jadeveon Clowney, yet hasn't always been able to get the production across from the spotlight counterparts he's played with, Devin Taylor is a monster waiting to be unleashed. WalterFootball lists him a run defender with limited sack ability, yet during the Senior Bowl he was all over the QB's it seemed. I think with a little coaching, this 6'7'' 260-lber could be a real force. Round 5, Pick 163 - Terry Hawthorne, CB, Illinois -Another CB, not that two should really surprise anyone around here. Hawthorne is a six-footer with 4.4 speed and it doesn't take a lot of brains to figure out why we wouldn't want him on our team. I think my ranking on this guy might be a little off as some people have him going in the 3rd round but with so many talented corners in this draft, someone's going to fall and I hope it's this guy. Round 6, Pick 198 - Ace Sanders, WR, South Carolina -This guy is not an unfamiliar name to Falcons mocks, though most have seen the Birds taking him in the fifth (including my first mock). Sanders ran slower than expected at the combine and that caused his stock to fall, so I'm thinking he'll still be on the board for us to snatch in the 6th. His return ability will give our special teams a much needed kick in the buns. Round 7, Pick 236 - Dennis Johnson, RB, Arkansas -This is another guy who I'm afraid might not be available here but he's a guy who I hope slips to our first of four picks in the seventh round. All the attention is and has been on teammate Knile Davis, who's stock has been on the rise since the combine. I'm hoping that same attention pushed Dennis all the way to our waiting arms. Round 7, Pick 243 - Alex Carder, QB, Western Michigan -Though not as tall as Matt Ryan (6'4''), the 6'2'' Carder has every bit the arm talent. His senior numbers won't wow you but he was playing with an absolute garbage o-line and with no receivers to get the ball to. Western Michigan last year was the equivalent of the Jacksonville Jaguars, yet Carder is no Blaine Gabbert. A lot of mockers are throwing the name Sean Renfree from Duke around, but here's another name I think we should be looking at. I love Dominique Davis, but I think Carder fits the consistent Ryan form much better. Round 7, Pick 244 - John Sullen, G, Auburn -More depth along the offensive line. Some people might see this as unnecessary with the likes of Barrett Jones, Phillipkeith Manley, and Mike Johson all on roster. I say fooey on you. There's no such thing as too much depth on the offensive line, especially when that depth stands at six-foot-six and over three and quarter hundred pounds. At Auburn he was asked to pull a good bit and certainly has the quickness to do so. Scouting reports say he projects to be a RG in the NFL and guess where our biggest need is? Coincidence we draft him? Absolutely not. This guy is a year or two of coaching away from being an absolute monster. Round 7, Pick 249 - Justin Tuggle, LB, Kansas State -This guy is a legacy pick alone. He has an excellent pedigree with Falcon in his blood. Rumor has it he was born with a birthmark on his backside that said 'Rise Up'. Alright.. that part I made up. I think this guy could go undrafted, but he fits a position of need and he's the son of a legend, so why not?
  10. I’ve been looking at quite a few mocks lately and I think it’s about time that I try my hand at my own. Now please keep in mind that it is my first attempt ever and I worked very hard to ensure the best mock possible so please be gentle. So without further ado this is, The Mock to End All Mocks. 1st Round (Pick 30) Alec Ogletree, OLB – Georgia I know what you’re thinking, “No way Ogletree falls all the way to 30” I’m here to tell you he can and he will. Granted Ogletree has his share of issues (Which is why he’s on the board at 30) but it’s high time that Dimitroff rolled the dice. The Atlanta Falcons realize what a fine organization they have built from the ground up and decide that Ogletree will benefit from the high character guys they surround him with. Ogletree could immediately step into the game day line up and compliment Sean Weatherspoon wonderfully allowing each player to live up to their full potential. 2nd Round (Pick 60) John Jenkins, DT –Georgia Picking up Osi Umenyiora was a wonderful move by Dimitroff and company and with this second round selection they begin to solidify Atlanta’s D-Line as one of the best in the league. At 6-4, 346 lbs. Jon Jenkins is the big man the Falcons have been looking for to clog the middle. With amazing athleticism for a man his size it’s a surprise that Jenkins isn’t getting more attention as the draft nears. The Falcons roll the dice and come up big again with this B.J. Raji clone. 3rd Round (Pick 92) Shawn Williams, SS-Georgia At first this may seem like a boneheaded pick but hear me out. The Falcons just resigned starting Strong Safety William Moore but, contrary to popular belief the hard hitting Strong Safety is not always ready. In fact Moore has missed 22 games in his 4 year career and looked fairly rusty returning from an injury in the playoffs. With Chris Hope more than likely gone via free agency Williams would be an amazing insurance policy/eventual cheap replacement for Moore that could also be decent return man or gunner on Special Teams. 4th Round (Pick 127) Tavarres King, WR-Georgia Outside of the top 2 The Falcons are awfully thin at wide out. That’s where King comes in, a slender speed receiver; King would fit well in Atlanta more than likely demoting Harry Douglas to 4th on the depth chart. King won’t be catching many balls initially in Atlanta (they’re stacked with talent) but Roddy White isn’t getting any younger and Tony Gonzales is likely on his last ride. King may very well develop into the next Jeremy Maclin 4th Round (Pick 133) Cornelius Washington, DE-Georgia Yes, I know Osi Umenyiora is a Falcon but let’s remember he is 31 and under the teachings of the Troy alumni he may be able to develop into a larger faster version of the old man. Washington has a few character concerns but as we have mentioned above it’s nothing the Falcons can’t handle with their strong locker room. 5th Round (Pick 163) Sanders Commings, CB-Georgia With Brent Grimes all but finished in Atlanta it’s time for the Birds to move their attention to their final hole on defense. Sanders Commings enters a Falcons organization that is desperate need of a big physical corner such as himself. Atlanta was torched by Tight Ends in both playoff appearances this season. With Commings in the lineup the Falcons can allow both Weatherspoon and Ogletree to concentrate on other areas of the field while he shuts down anything that comes his way. Mike Nolan loves Defensive Backs so this selection makes tons of sense for Atlanta. 6th Round (Pick 198) Kwame Geathers, DT-Georgia As you undoubtedly remember from above the Falcons have already selected one Defensive Tackle in this draft but what can I say? Big guys get tired. Geathers comes in initially to spell Jenkins as well as a situational player in BIG run stopping sets. Good luck punching it in from 5 out on this Falcons Defense. 7th Round (Pick 236) Braden Smith, CB-Georgia Yep you read that right another cornerback. Asante Samuel only has 2 more season until he decides it’s time to ride off into the sunset and leave the NFL behind for his lavish career as a music executive in all honesty if the Falcons were to win the Super Bowl this year Asante would quite possibly feel moved to hang them up and go out on top in which case one little hole turns into some serious trouble. Braden Smith comes in as a solid rotational player and special teamer in year one. If the Coaching staff likes how he develops he becomes the next Prime Time. 7th Round (Pick 243) Richard Samuel, RB/OLB-Georgia Samuel may not seem like much more than an abnormally strong superhuman with decent speed and incredible power but this move makes sense on so many levels for the Falcons. At 6-2 236lbs. Samuel fits the exact same mold as the newly acquired Steven Jackson. Samuels’ lack of production may seem like a red flag to some but take a look at the running backs he was buried behind on Georgia’s stacked depth chart. The kid is also the ultimate team player who even moved to OLB when asked to by the coaching staff only to move back the following season. Samuel is a low risk high reward kind of guy. 7th Round (Pick 244) Christian Robinson, ILB-Georgia With this pick the Falcons bring in a young guy that they will hope to develop on the Practice Squad and eventually allow to become a solid contributor on Special Teams as well as a rotational player on Defense. 7th Round (Pick 249) Marlon Brown, WR-Georgia A former high school standout with a 6-5 222lbs. frame Brown is a possible diamond in the ruff. That is if he can return from his torn ACL. No, this was not serious. If you took this seriously then you are and idiot. With that said I really really hope this starts a freaking riot with people calling me an idiot. This is purely the result of entirely to many people over valuing UGA players. I mean I am a Georgia Fan but come on.guys Thanks for your time guys. I put a lot of effort and research into this and I look forward to hearing what everyone thinks.
  11. 1st - Desmond Trufant CB 2nd - Alex Okafor DE 3rd - David Queensberry C/G 4th - William Gholston - DE 4th - Matt Scott - QB 5th - Sean Porter - OLB What do you guys think? I kind of like this one. I'd rather have Escobar in the 3rd and I'm not fond of the QB pick but other than that I would be pretty happy with this outcome. Source: http://www.walterfootball.com/draft2013charlie.php
  12. http://www.nfl.com/draft/2013/mock-drafts/bucky-brooks/165602?campaign=Twitter_writers_brooks So they have us taking Bjoern Werner. Not an ACC fan so I dont know much about him, but highlights and analysis of this guy got me a little giddy. Thoughts?
  13. First-off trade #30 to a team at the top of the 2nd for their 2nd & 4th round picks. eg. Chiefs want a QB, trade #34 & #96 to jump to #30 for their QB. Draft: 2trade: Alex Okafor, DE/OLB, Texas 2nd: Giovani Bernard, HB, UNC (Todd McShay has talked about him slipping to even the 3rd round) 3rd: Travis Kelce, TE, Cinncinati 4trade: Zaviar Gooden, OLB, Missouri 4th: Joe Kruger, DE/DT, Utah 4comp: Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU 5th: Chad Bumphis, WR, Mississippi State 6th: Dustin Hopkins, K, Florida State 7th: Knile Davis, HB, Arkansas 7comp: Emeka Onyenekwu, DE/OLB, Louisiana-Lafayette Re-sign: William Moore, SS (5yr/24mil) Sam Baker, LT (5yr/30mil) Brent Grimes, CB (1yr/4mil or Asante Deal) Vance Walker, DT (2yr/3mil) Michael Palmer, TE (RFA) In Limbo: Tony Gonzalez, TE (1yr/4mil) Free Agency: (1) Terrance Knighton/Sammie Lee Hill, NT (3yr/8mil) (2) Dwight Freeney/Shaun Phillips, DE/OLB (1yr/4mil) Brandon Moore, OG (2yr/5mil) Cut: Michael Turner, HB Dunta Robinson, CB Peria Jerry, DT Let Walk: Luke McCown, QB Will Svitek, OT Todd McClure, C Lawerence Sidbury, DE Antone Smith, HB Mike Cox, FB Chris Hope, S Garrett Reynolds, OG Mike Peterson, LB Chris Owens, CB Defensive Fronts: BASE 4-3: RE: John Abraham | Free Agent (2) | NT: Free Agent (1) | Travian Robertson | UT: Jonathan Babineauex | Corey Peters | Vance Walker | Joe Kruger | LE: Alex Okafor | Kroy Biermann | Jonathan Massaquoi | ROLB: Stephen Nicolas | MLB: Sean Weatherspoon | Akeem Dent | LOLB: Zaviar Gooden | Robert James | BASE 3-4: RE: Jonathan Babineauex | NT: Free Agent (1) | Vance Walker | Travian Robertson | LE: Joe Kruger | Corey Peters | ROLB: John Abraham | Free Agent (2) | ILB: Sean Weatherspoon | Akeem Dent | ILB: Zaviar Gooden | Stephen Nicolas | Robert James | LOLB: Alex Okafor | Kroy Biermann | Jonathan Massaquoi | NICKEL (Passing Downs): ROLB: John Abraham | Alex Okafor | RE: Jonathan Babineauex | Vance Walker | LE: Joe Kruger | Corey Peters | LOLB: Free Agent (2) | Kroy Biermann | Jonathan Massaquoi | ILB: Sean Weatherspoon | Akeem Dent | ILB: Zaviar Gooden | Stephen Nicolas | Robert James | OLINE: LT: Sam Baker | Lamar Holmes | LG: Justin Blalock | Phillip Keith Manley | OC: Peter Konz | Joe Hawley | RG: Brandon Moore | Mike Johnson | RT: Tyson Clabo |
  14. After finally reaching the needed 100 post count, I'm starting my first of hopefully several versions of a mock draft. For my first one, I'm taking things I've learned from my fellow posters - AKA stealing a great idea or two from G-Dawg. Free Agency: Retire: Todd McClure, Tony Gonzalez Cut: Dunta Robinson, Michael Turner Resign: Brent Grimes, William More, Sam Baker, Robert McClain, Vance Walker, Garrett Reynolds Sign: Any DT that can come in day one and play next to Babs. Draft: Round 1 (30): This is the idea I stole from G-Dawg that I alluded to earlier. Les Snead, a former Falcon, is now the GM of the Rams. I believe Steven Jackson is done in St. Louis and a new lead back with be needed. Either Eddie Lacy or Gio Bernard will be the pick here for the Rams who give up their 2nd (46) and 3rd (78) to grab the best RB available. - - Round 2 (46): Alex Okafor, DE, Texas, 6'4'' 260lbs. -Any time you can trade back several spots and still land your guy, you're happy about it. This is the kind of deal that has made the Patriots great for so long. That, and that Brady guy, but whatever. Round 2 (60): Khaseem Greene, LB, Rutgers, 6'1'' 230lbs. -Really digging this guy. The pick could be Arthur Brown, I'd be happy with either. I see Brown going before Greene so call this me keeping it safe. Round 3 (78): Mike Gillislee, RB, Florida, 5'11'' 209lbs. -The dynamic running back that we so desperately need. Don't get me wrong, I love Quizz, but he can't be our number 1. Would love to land someone like Lacy but in this scenario we wait a couple of rounds and land another SEC-product. Round 3 (92): Travis Kelce, TE, Cincinnati, 6'6'' 260lbs. -The most dynamic TE in this class, and my personal favorite. Dude's built like a receiver - a very, very, very big receiver. I think he will can compensate for the loss of Tony while doing things that Tony even couldn't do. He might even compensate for HD when he doesn't have his best days. Round 4 (124): Zaviar Gooden, OLB, Missouri, 6'2'' 230lbs. -Another guy to improve our linebacking corps, which most will agree that other than Spoon could use some work. A trio of Gooden, Greene, and Spoon would give us a lot of defensive fortitude. Round 4 (Comp.): Ace Sanders, WR/KR, South Carolina, 5'8'' 175lbs. -Someone that can come in day one and take the returner role that we've been lacking since we lost Weems to Chicago. Could eventually fight for reps on offense and maybe even displace HD if he shows better separation skills. Would be a great addition to our ever-expanding screen game. Round 5: Leon McFadden, CB, San Diego State, 5'10'' 193lbs. -I've got around between several different corners in these later rounds. San Diego State is putting out several quality talents right now so I'm jumping on the McFadden bandwagon. Seems legit from everything I've seen. Round 6: Cornelius Washington, DE, Georgia, 6'4'' 268lbs. -Not sure that he's available here but if he is then I don't see why we wouldn't snatch him, even if we have to use a seventh (we'll potentially have four) round pick to move up and grab him. Most posters would agree that we need as much help as we can get in the pass rushing department and this guy is pass rushing specialist that could become more one day. Would bring this guy in on obvious passing downs. Nascar defense, anyone? Round 7: Drew Frey, FS, Cincinnati, 6'3'' 212lbs. -The Falcons double-dip from the Cincinnati talent pool after grabbing Kelce a day prior. Insurance policy in case an injury bites us. Last year we were pretty much injury free (except for Grimes, that one hurt) and I hope for another year like that. Couldn't hurt to grab some back-up though. Round 7 (Comp.): Brent Russell, DT, Georgia Southern, 6'2'' 297lbs. -This is my homer pick. Most of you don't know much about me, as I'm relatively new here, but I'm an Eagle and very proud of it. Though I hope we land a surefire DT in FA, I'd love to see the team that I love draft from the team that I love. Could be a practice squad member that could eventually move up to the main roster. This dude was a superstar at the FCS level. Commands double teams and makes the opponents pay when they don't put two men on him. Has had a couple of off-the-field issues but also has a couple of kids that I think will help keep his head straight in the future. So, how did I do, Falcons fans? I know there aren't a lot of original ideas here but I think this would be a great draft for the Birds that could really help us out on both sides of the ball. I would have liked to sneak a guard in there somewhere but I think getting Reynolds back will help as long as we stay healthy. Clabo could move inside if needed as I think we might be deeper at Tackle with Holmes waiting in the wings. Might try to do one of these a week if I can make any changes or as the Falcons do something real that could affect any draft plans. Looking for some criticism that can help me get better at this. As much as I would appreciate the "Nice mock/Good stuff" type comments, I'm hoping for some substance that can help me get better. The King Has Spoken.
  15. This is what I would like us to do this offseason and we should look at incorporating more 3-4 looks. Resign: Sam Baker, LT (5yr/30mil) William Moore, S (5yr/24mil) Brent Grimes, CB (3yr/14.5) + Incentives (Same deal as Asante) Free Agency: Michael Johnson, DE/OLB (6yr/44.5mil) Randy Starks, DT/DE (5yr/30mil) Terrance Knighton, NT (3yr/12mil) Release (Cuts & Retirements): Not Resign: Luke McCown, QB Will Svitek, OT Todd McClure, C Lawerence Sidbury, DE Vance Walker, DT Mike Peterson, LB Mike Cox, FB Cut: Dunta Robinson, CB (8mil) Michael Turner, HB (5.5mil) Peria Jerry, DT (2mil) Kerry Meier, WR *Jonathan Babineauex (4.7mil) (Only if we sign Randy Starks, he has no dead money hit) Retirement: Tony Gonzalez, TE (expect the worst hope for the best) Draft: In order of who I want: 1st: Barrett Jones, OG, Alabama (To me instant pro bowl caliber guard, I'm not high on Warford and the guys in round 2-3, slide Konz to center and our Oline becomes a strength of the team.) 2nd: Alex Okafor, DE, Texas or Corey Lemonier, DE, Auburn (Tremendous upside) or John Simon, DE, Ohio State (Highest motor of a player you'll ever see.) 3rd: Mike Gillislee, HB, Florida (My opinion he's the best back in the draft. Reminds me of a DeAngelo Williams/Arian Foster type.) or Montee Ball, HB, Wisconsin or Stefan Taylor, HB, Stanford or Marcus Lattimore, HB, South Carolina 4th: Travis Kelce, TE, Cinncinati (Reminds me of a better blocking Brent Celek, huge sleeper.) or Vance McDonald, TE, Rice (Best TE at Senior Bowl, another sleeper.) 4th*: Tyrann Mathieu, CB/S/PR, LSU (I would take a chance on him, he's a football junkie.) or Shawn Williams, S, Georgia (Nolan likes 3 safety looks.) or Bacarri Rambo, S, Georgia or Robert Lester, S, Alabama 5th: Chad Bumphis, WR, Mississippi State (Very savy player give him a year and he'll probably beat out Harry for the slot.) or Jonathan Brown, OLB, Illinois or Kenjon Barner, HB/PR, Oregon (Dynamic returner.) 6th: Dustin Hopkins, K, Florida State (Even though Bryant has been clutch, it's better to replace him now than when he falls off the wagon.) or Caleb Sturgis, K, Florida 7th: Quanterus Smith, DE, Western Kentucky (Was 3rd in the nation in sacks, has terrific size, destoyed Alabama, but is coming off an ACL he was only considered at 5th round pick so he'll slip in the draft). If we have an offseason like this our new defensive front could look something like this. Defensive front 7 in a 3-4 look: DE: Randy Starks | NT: Terrance Knighton | Travian Robertson | DE: Corey Peters | ROLB: Michael Johnson | Draft Pick (2) | Quanterus Smith (7) | Cliff Matthews | ILB: Sean Weatherspoon | Akeem Dent | ILB: Stephen Nicolas | LOLB: John Abraham | Kroy Biermann | Jonathan Massaquoi | I think Nolan could do alot with that.
  16. OK so here goes, my take on what I'd like to see on draft day. 2nd round: Jeff Allen, OT, Illinois (6'4", 307 lbs.). From what I have read he can be a little lazy at times and doesn't play with a mean disposition, also average arm length. But in terms of being a legit LT, he has good lateral movement and is effective at mirroring rushing defenders. Sounds mediocre in run blocking, but to me the most important thing right now is protecting Ryan, and I've always felt that's the most important part of a LT's game. I don't like Osemele's chances at being an improvement at LT over Baker/Svitek. If this guy gets coached up he has the natural lateral movement and technique to do the job fairly well I think. If Josh Robinson (CB, UCF) somehow slips in the draft this far, I would take him instead and take an OT in the 3rd, but I do not see that happening. 3rd round: Kheestan Randall, DT, Texas (6'5", 293 lbs.). Good quickness and penetration. Obviously needs to bulk up but he has the frame to do it, another 20 lbs and he should be good. Had very good combine results in terms of speed and agility for a big guy. While I would have loved to find a NT here, there didn't really seem to be any legit ones so might as well take a guy that we know can do well in the 4-3 as a DT. that said, I read that he did play NT at Texas despite being under 300 lbs and at the college level he was effective in that role. No reason to assume with some more beef he can't do the same at the pro level. Thought about trading down to get a 4th and 5th here but figured I would just go with the picks as is. 5th round: Chris Greenwood, CB, Albion (6'1", 193 lbs.). Who? Yeah, I know, but hear me out on this one. Some excerpts from the intra web: when he ran a 4.34 40, had a vertical jump of 43 inches and a broad jump of 11-foot-2, and from his coach: He has great speed and size, long arms and leverage to be a good cover guy, especially in press-man. While a division III player, he has the athletic ability to take a flyer on in the 5th and add some depth to corner. With us running a lot of nickel, we need depth in the secondary. He hasn't played against great competition but he has the physical tools to become a contributor. Being that you shouldn't bank on a 5th rounder to be a starter or go-to guy, I think due to his physical upside he is a good pick here. 6th round: James Hanna, TE, Oklahoma (6'3", 252 lbs.). Fast, strong guy...not the 6'6" 4.3 forty yard dash TE everyone seems to be after these days, but if he's still there I hope we nab him as Gonzo's heir-apparent. He may not be there since both the Chiefs and Vikings are supposedly taking a pretty good look at him, but if necessary I'm good with using a 7th to move up a few spots if he's still there in the middle of the round. If not Go with the next best prospects in Veldman from North Dakota State or Garret Celek from Michigan State (both 4.7 ish forty times and decent overall atheletes). 7th round (1): Frank Alexander, DE, Oklahoma (6'4", 270 lbs.). Good year last year, albeit the only one of his collegiate career. But what more do you expect out of a 7th round pick? 7th round (2): Antione McClain, OG, Clemson (6'5", 335 lbs). Supposedly has a bit of a penchant for driving defensive linemen to the ground. Probably won't stick but that's typical of guys you draft in later rounds. While I would have liked to address CB and DE/OLB better I think this draft overall makes sense. Theres really no great prospects at CB or a standout nose tackle thats available realistically in the latter part of the 2nd round and after. I don't like Johnson at all, he was a converted WR and I'd rather use our first two picks on potential every down players than a guy who projects as a nickel, and I think Franks still has a shot to develop into a decent nickel anyhow.
  17. Round 2: Philip Blake, C, Baylor Height: 6-2. Weight: 312 I personally think that Blake is the second best center behind Peter Konz of Wisconsin. He's a good athlete for his size and played better against good competition like Washington's Alameda Ta'amu. Ben Jones struggled against Brockers from LSU and Worthy from Michigan St. and Michael Brewster from Ohio St. struggled with Devon Still from PSU and Worthy from MSU. With McClure struggling with more physical defensive tackles and being a 36 year old free agent that might not return, coupled with Hawley not playing particularly well in McClure's absence. The Falcons could really use a talented guy to step in and stabilize the center of the O line that was pushed back in Ryan's face all year. Round 3: Brandon Taylor, FS, LSU Height: 5-11. Weight: 202 I think we can all agree that DeCoud is the weakest link in the secondary and possibly the defense. Although I do think he will be resigned. I would like to see the Falcons put pressure on him to either rise up and make an impact on the defense or get beat out by a rookie and become a impact ST player. Taylor is a great athlete with decent size and can lay the wood rather well. He's not the ball hawk they a lot of people want but he's an upgrade over DeCoud and won't blow tackles and coverage. He was the second leading tackler on LSU's number two rated defense in the nation. Round 5: Kevin Koger, TE, Michigan Height: 6-3. Weight: 262 This is one of my sleeper picks for the Falcons at this point in time. I've liked Kroger for a while now and feel sort of obligated to throw his name out there for the Falcons. They don't have an immediate need for a TE with Tony coming back next year. Kroger has good size and can move for a big guy. He looked real good at the Senior Bowl and might have bumped his stock up a lit bit. But I still have him going in the 5th right now. He's already a good run and pass blocker for the position and probably could have put up better number if Michigan had a decent pass offense. I think he could step in and relieve Tony a couple of times a game and be a nice addition to the red zone offense. Round 6: Donte Paige Moss, DE, UNC Height: 6-4. Weight 260 I know, I know.... He flamed out at UNC and declared for the draft under bad circumstances. But the fact is he was projected as a potential top 10 pick at the end of last season. But injuries(ACL) held him back this year and he ended up blowing up at the final game of the season(search his tweets). If the Falcons could get any sort of value out of him it would be a good deal. They are always looking for a pass rusher and when healthy and in a stable position Moss is still an athletic player who could be a steal. Similar cases have panned out in recent years (Carl Nicks and Carlos Dunlap). At the worst you get a guy that can play on ST that was a 6th round pick, at best who knows?? Round 7: Darius Fleming, OLB, Notre Dame Height: 6-2. Weight: 255 He's had experience as a 43 DE and 43 OLB. He could be a potential situational pass rush as a OLB in the 34 defense if the Falcons make a switch down the road or choose to run a hybrid of both this year. But he also provides depth if Peterson or Wire don't return.
  18. I would love to land Ben Jones, Brandon Boykin, Joe Adams, and Case Keenum. I'd like to keep Redman but not for $3Million. http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1006716-atlanta-falcons-full-7-round-nfl-mock-draft-preview#/articles/1006716-atlanta-falcons-full-7-round-nfl-mock-draft-preview
  19. We're at that time where I stop doing Mock Drafts and start doing Offseasons (FA+Draft) So I'll be adressing FA issues here along with the draft. Let's get started. Free Agents _________________ John Abraham- Resign to a 3 Year Deal Kroy Biermann- Resign to a 2 Year Deal Harry Douglas- Resign to a 4 year Deal Brent Grimes- Resign to a 5 year Deal Thomas Decoud- Resign to a 3 year Deal Curtis Lofton- Resign to a 7 year Deal Michael Palmer- Resign to a 3 year Deal Tony Gonzalez-Let Him Walk Sam Baker- Cut Peria Jerry- Cut Todd McClure-Let Him Walk Reggie Kelly- Let Him Walk James Sanders- Let Him Walk Kelvin Hayden- Let Him Walk Chris Redman- Let Him Walk Trade/Cut Dunta Robinson Big FA Accquisiton- Cortland Finnegan, CB, 5 Year Deal worth about 40 Mil in total. Minor FA Accquisiton- Jonathan Dwyer, RB, 3 year Deal worth about 11 Mil total. ___________________________________________________________ Mock Draft Round 2. Kelechi Osemele, OG, Iowa State, 6'5 355 LBs. Huge Mauler who is atheltic enough to play LT at college and potentialy RT in the pros, however his best fit is at RG. He dominates in the running game and has great quickness and agility in the 2nd level. Questionable Motor and nagging ankle injuries are why he's dropping. He can be the most dominant offensive lineman in college when he feels like it. As one scout told me "If He's paired with a great OL coach he could become the best OG in the NFL." We have a great Line coach in Paul Boudreaux who turned two no name UDFAs in McClure and Clabo into probowlers. Round 3. Baccari Rambo*(Not Declared, reportedly heavily leaning towards delcaring), FS, UGA. 6'0 220 LBs. Rambo is a force to be reckoned with, he's a major ballhawk at UGA, having 7 total picks this year, he's also become an enforcer in the secondary. He gets great coverage on his man, and takes good angles on WRs. However he still has trouble coming up into the box, and blitzing and run support especially on short yardage situations. He's very raw in talent as well, althought he displays natural instinct that you love in a player. Round 4 (Comp). Michael Egnew TE, Mizzou. 6'5 245 LBs. Egnew is a great recieving threat, he has the speed as a TE to stretch the field, the agility to shake off safeties and the size to take on LBs. His problem? He can't block worth a ****. That along with the fact that he has had a major drop in production this year (He's been the only real recieving threat on his team though.) is causing him to drop this far. However in a system like ours where we essentially have two #1s at WR Egnew shouldn't nearly as much attention as he did his senior year at Mizzou. He needs to learn how to block though. Round 5. Omar Bolden, CB, ASU. 5'10 195. Bolden is a good prospect, he's just had problems staying healthy, he has good size and speed as well as good instincts. A history of injuries is causing him to drop and he could be a steal in the 5th round. His major thing will be staying healthy, if he can he could be a great Nickel or #2 Corner in a defense. Round 6. DaJohn Harris, DT/NT, USC. 6'4 310 LBs. The Peria Jerry expierment is over, he couldn't do crap and was neutralized by a devastating knee injury his rookie year. We could really use a big run stuffer in short yards and goal line. This is why Harris makes sense. Round 7. B.J. Coleman, QB, UTC. 6'3 225 LBs. Chris Redman is a FA and very old, getting a young guy to groom as Matt's backup and #2 is a good step to take. Coleman is decent enough, he won the starting job at UT his freshman year but was turned off by Lane Kiffin and transferred back to his hometown college UTC where he has put up good numbers. All Future Comments and Criticisms Appreciated.
  20. Time for the latest edition of the mock draft, hope you guys are ready! Round 2. Nate Potter OT BoiSU, 6'6 300 LBs. If it isn't obvious that LT is our biggest need, than you probably haven't watched more than one game this year. Potter isn't an elite physical talent, niether is he a great run blocker, but he is a great Pass Blocker, and that's what we need right now at LT, a great Pass Blocker. He'll still have a ways to go in terms of run blocking, but in pass blocking he is very refined a good product. Round 3. Markelle Martin FS OkSU, 6'1 202 4.58 40. Decoud has good int numbers, but he takes the wrong angle way to much. Martin could go at the top of the 2nd round or fall to the bottom of the 3rd. Safeties aren't really a hot commodity recently in the draft, and he's right up their with Ray-Ray Armstrong, Robert Lester, and T.J. McDonald for the top S spot. Getting him here wouldn't be nessecarily a steal, but rather a great value pick. He's not a huge ball hawk, but he is a sure tackler and does take good angles. This pick could change depending on if Baccari Rambo declares or not. Round 5. Marvin McNutt WR Iowa, 6'4 215 LBs 4.55 40. McNutt is one of the most underrated WRs in this years class. He'll be one of those guys who if gets taken in round 2 or 3 the majority of the people are going to react like "Who the heck is this guy" or if he is taken in the 4th or later we'll look back 2 years down the road and realize what a huge steal this guy was. McNutt is a big strong WR, who runs Crisp routes, he also has great burst and deceptive speed. Think of him as a poor mans A.J. Green. He has a lot of good qualities, but goes unnoticed by many due to the fact that Iowa plays primarily a run first offense. Also having a RB whose name is shortened to Jizz and than a WR whose name is McNutt would just be awesome and entertain for a quite a bit. Round 6. Marc Tyler RB USC, 5'11 230 LBS USC (University of Sexual Ballers) 4.58 40. Say hello to the future Legarrete Blount, in well more ways than one. Tyler has some well interesting off the field issues, not so much as punching people and getting into altercations at bars, but rather getting hammered and then showing up on TMZ. It's not that huge of a worry though, he just sounds like a drunk dumbass and makes comments like the one previously mentioned. Tyler is a shifty north-south runner with great burst. He won't out run everyone, but he will run over almost everyone and than juke out the ones he can't. Why is he going this low? His drunken videos, injuries, and concerns that he doesn't haven enough endurance to be a complete workhorse back. He has good hands out the backfield though and is good with ball security. Despite being a big guy he doesn't find the end zone a whole lot. Round 7. B.J. Coleman 6'4 230 LBs QB, UTC. He's a good project to work on as Matt's future backup. Also Chris Redman will be a 36 year old free agent next year. He's has good accuracy and arm strength, however he isn't entirely up to speed for the NFL level in terms of reads and general game speed as he plays in the FCS. He did attend UT for his first 2 years however.
  21. Hello all and welcome to the latest eiditon of Falcon's mock draft. (At the Bye Week of every season I start up the mock machine and continue each week untilt he actual draft.) Rd 2. Kelechi Osmele G/T, IoSU, 6'5 335 LBs. Osmele is a mauling monster. Much like Coordy Glenn of UGA he plays LT, but projects as more of a G at the next level. However he does have the ability to play RT or LT at the next level (Albeit it might take a couple of years to get his technique exactly right.) however the man is the Immovable Force, Has huge, long arms, and decent enough handwork. (AKA he doesn't get his hands slapped away very often.) His size is his biggest plus at this point, at 6'5 he's not to tall to a point where playing with leverage is an issue and he's managed to put a lot of bulk on and stay relatively light on his feet. He doesn't have a quick first step, and that can often cause him to get beat inside on stunts, however he's more than likely going to be a G at the next level, so he should have the Center for support on stunt plays. He can actually get to the 2nd level relatively well and when he does he punishses linebackers. If your looking for film of him his only highlight vid is on Utube against Okalhoma in 2010, he looks really stiff in the hips in that video, but since than he has begun to sunk in and bend more at the knees this year. A fringe first rounder he could drop due to durability concerns about his ankles where he has had several minor but nagging injuries. Rd 3. Dwayne Allen TE, Clemson, 6'4 255 LBs. Dwayne Allen has really been overshadowed this year by the emergence of Sammy Watkins. However he has still recieved his fair share of targets from Taj Boyd, having pulled in 37 catches for 464 and 5 TDs. He has great hands, and uses his his size to his advantage for separtation. He also is a huge redzone threat as you can imagine. He doesn't stretch the field much as his 40 is only around a 4.7. He'll be Matt's new go to guy in replace of Tony. Once he gets the ball he can usually get quite a few yards afterwards. In addition to this he is a solid run blocker. He could still improve his speed, and it'll be interesting to see what he clocks at the combine and proday. Rd 5. Marc Tyler RB, USC, 5'10 230 LBs, 4.59 40. most of you guys who don't follow CFB had probably never heard of Marc Tyler until you read my earlier mock. When you put on his game film you'll see a big resemblance to Legarrete Blount. He runs a lot like Blount, a big shifty guy who hits the whole hard and runs with pad level. While he hasn't exactly been a scoring machine he has shown he can punch it in when given the opportunity. At USC he runs in sort of a comitee. he led that comitee last year in rushing yards with 913 on 171 attempts (5.3 YPC). He doesn't have top end break away with speed, but is good for a couple of big runs every now and than. The two biggest concerns with Tyler are injuries and character, the former being the biggest. Tyler has suffered an injury that has kept him sidelined for at least one game every year at USC. Most of them haven't been very major, but they are a redflag regardless. His character issues stem from immaturity. He was caught on camera more than once making drunken comments, such as USC= the University of Sexual Ballers. He hasn't had many legal issues though, but he has some growing up to do. RD 6. Nicolas Jean-Baptiste NT, Baylor 6'2 315 LBs. We still don't have that huge run stuffer in the middle, Baylor has produced great NTs like Phil Taylor in the past, we certainly have a need for one and I think this would be a good need pick. RD 7. B.J. Coleman, QB UTC, 6'3 225 LBs. Chris Redman will be 36 next year, a free agent, and well if you watched preaseason he doesn't have much if at any zip on the ball at all. Coleman would be cheaper and could become an eventual tradebait/ #2 to Matt. Ty for Reading, all future comments and criticisms appreicated. -Admins this is Falcon related, please don't move it to the Graveyard (NFL Draft and FA)
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