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How does Petrino resigning affect our draft outlook?


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Well, with the head coach who was bringing in the spread offense now resigned from the Falcons and heading back to the college ranks... our draft could potentially be turned on its head. Not only do we have to figure out who our coach will be for next year... but we have to figure out who we need to fit the system we will be using with the new coach.

This could potentially change a lot of things.... again.

I no longer think Brian Brohm is a huge possibility for us, for one... and it's very hard to tell what could be in store for us now. 3-13 is so sad...

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Yeah, I see it being a lot more likely for us to take BPA at #3... either that or try to trade down, which I don't see happening because there really aren't any clear cut dominant players besides maybe Glenn Dorsey. I was skeptical of how much we'd be willing to trade down because I had figured our FO would be absolutely sold on Brian Brohm being the best QB available with Petrino in tow... but now that's all changed.

If we can take Dorsey, McFadden, or maybe even Jake Long then I think that would be the right pick. Hopefully we can trade down... but I don't think it's likely.

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Carter (12/11/2007)
Yeah, I see it being a lot more likely for us to take BPA at #3... either that or try to trade down, which I don't see happening because there really aren't any clear cut dominant players besides maybe Glenn Dorsey. I was skeptical of how much we'd be willing to trade down because I had figured our FO would be absolutely sold on Brian Brohm being the best QB available with Petrino in tow... but now that's all changed.

If we can take Dorsey, McFadden, or maybe even Jake Long then I think that would be the right pick. Hopefully we can trade down... but I don't think it's likely.

I think you are right! We have so many holes to fill trading down is probably the best option.

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depending on what type of system we will be running next year will dictate the type of QB we will be looking for. I wouldn't mind Zimmer as the Head coach. At least then we could keep his defensive scheme. I really don't want to lose Hue Jackson though. Do you guys think Hue could handle play calling?

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aveboogie2 (12/11/2007)
I doubt it's BPA simply because the Falcons don't have a single QB worth anything on the roster.

It'll probably be an offensive hire and whoever the coach is, is going to want a franchise QB to start out with, not some retreads and a second day pick.

Well what's silly is that we started our 3rd string QB last night and he went for 23/40, 298 yards, 2 TDs, and an INT... and outside of preseason, he hasn't had any meaningful action for like 3 years or more. Not to say that we are fine with Redman, but with him having a strong showing... and if he keeps it going, we may not feel that a 1st round pick is a necessity for a QB.

Right now I'd have to say I'm flat out against taking a QB in the 1st since Brohm is no longer the insurance policy we thought we had. Woodson has a slow release and moves like a glacier (not to say that having a highly mobile QB is necessary... but c'mon, Woodson is a mix between Bledsoe and Leftwich... which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but not the best option for us). I have never wanted Ryan and want him even less after his comment about not wanting to play here.

This could make a BPA pick a no-brainer... I'd say especially so.

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chris30277 (12/11/2007)
depending on what type of system we will be running next year will dictate the type of QB we will be looking for. I wouldn't mind Zimmer as the Head coach. At least then we could keep his defensive scheme. I really don't want to lose Hue Jackson though. Do you guys think Hue could handle play calling?

FWIW, Jackson was the OC in Washington under Steve Spurrier, which was the first time Spurrier allowed someone other than himself to do the play-calling. Atleast IMO, he should be allowed to be the OC.

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L.Rover (12/11/2007)

FWIW, Jackson was the OC in Washington under Steve Spurrier, which was the first time Spurrier allowed someone other than himself to do the play-calling. Atleast IMO, he should be allowed to be the OC.

I think the question would be: does he want to and will the new head coach keep him?

Jackson or Zimmer are likely to be named the interim head coach for the remainder of the season... but I think Blank and McKay will definitely be shooting for a respected name in the NFL coaching community to be the next head coach of the Falcons. Mora was a glamour pick, Petrino was an against the grain pick... I think they'll want to go with someone proven this time around. Or at least I feel that they should.

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honestly, i think mcfadden will be a falcon.

we will need someone to fill the stands up, especially considering we couldnt even get our coach to stay a whole **** year.

as good a player as he is, he is just as good a marketing tool for blank to use to fill the stadium. if he is there at #4 (which he certainly could be) then he will be our pick. and honestly, i dont see us winning another game this year, so maybe we will have a higher pick, making sure we get him.

its just so disheartening, i really wanted ryan clady. however, duke robinson and alex boone in the 2nd and mike mcglynn in the 3rd would upgrade our offensive line tremendously. but i have no idea what direction we will go in as far as a qb goes. i would like flacco actually, since he would work well with a more conventional offense or the spread.

my mock draft will have to go under considerable revision in the next day or so.

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I think McFadden or Ellis will be our pick on draft day at #3 if we don't find someone to trade down with. It's kinda hard to imagine Miami or New England skipping on McFadden... but Miami may take Glenn Dorsey and New England may take Chris Long, or vice versa.

Our 1st day could look like this...

1. Darren McFadden / Sedrick Ellis

2a. Best OT available

2b. Frank Okam / Tashard Choice / OT

3. Dennis Dixon

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Tom Melton (12/12/2007)
check out my mock, ive got us with sedrick ellis at #4. if duke robinson declares, we need to get him.

How do you have us at #4..??

Miami will be #1... we are tied with San Fran and St. Louis currently and hold the tiebreaker to be behind SF as we beat them and St. Louis is behind us as they beat us.

#1 Miami

#2 New England (from SF)

#3 Atlanta

#4 St. Louis

That's how it stands if none of these teams win another game.

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Carter (12/12/2007)
I think McFadden or Ellis will be our pick on draft day at #3 if we don't find someone to trade down with. It's kinda hard to imagine Miami or New England skipping on McFadden... but Miami may take Glenn Dorsey and New England may take Chris Long, or vice versa.

Our 1st day could look like this...

1. Darren McFadden / Sedrick Ellis

2a. Best OT available

2b. Frank Okam / Tashard Choice / OT

3. Dennis Dixon

this would be a very exciting day to be a falcon fan

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Carter (12/12/2007)
Tom Melton (12/12/2007)check out my mock, ive got us with sedrick ellis at #4. if duke robinson declares, we need to get him.

How do you have us at #4..??

Miami will be #1... we are tied with San Fran and St. Louis currently and hold the tiebreaker to be behind SF as we beat them and St. Louis is behind us as they beat us.

#1 Miami

#2 New England (from SF)

#3 Atlanta

#4 St. Louis

That's how it stands if none of these teams win another game.

As jidady said, it is strength of schedule that matters. And, even if draft order was determined by who beat who, remember that SF beat St. Louis in week 2 or 3, so that'd throw everything off.

Regardless, I think it is safe to say we will have a top 5 pick.

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1989fan (12/12/2007)
with or without Petrino we still really need a QB, DT, OT, OG, MLB & RB. that doesnt change. The biggest changes we could see would be on defensive personnel if we get a 3-4 guy in here.

Well, it also depends on the type of offense and blocking schemes we want to run. We might end up with another finesse / ZBS guy who wants fast cutback HB's instead of a power running game. We might end up with a smashmouth 2 TE set guy who likes to physically intimidate the defense. We won't know until the new coaching staff is hired and start talking about what they want to do.

that could be the case as well, but I just doubt we bring in another ZBS guy I sure hope not. As for smash-mouth TE's, we got that covered. We actually would have to change TEs more if we needed playmaker TEs.

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walrus falcon (12/12/2007)

As jidady said, it is strength of schedule that matters. And, even if draft order was determined by who beat who, remember that SF beat St. Louis in week 2 or 3, so that'd throw everything off.

Regardless, I think it is safe to say we will have a top 5 pick.

San Francisco's opponents are a combined 79 - 90

St. Louis' opponents are a combined 86 - 83

Atlanta's opponents are a combined 89 - 80

Atlanta gets pick #2 then. :laugh:

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I think you can pretty much throw all mocks away until a new coach is hired. The good news is that we are not even close to having sucessfully implemented Petrino's spread, so whatever coach comes in should have little problem drafting his guys. The bad news is that we are still extremly light in the a ss both literally and figuratively on both offensive line and defensive line thanks to the Gibbs experiment, so both sides of the line are still in need of an upgrade.

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We have a golden opportunity to build this team up the right way now, but it's up to McKay to do it. We have to start all over from scratch. With that said, I think we should pick Glenn Dorsey or Sedrick Ellis. We have to start in the trenches and these two are the only guys on either line that we could say are going to be worth the pick.

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how can you have a 2008 draft with no middle linebacker?

and another corner in the second round?

Team Needs:

1.RB- I love warrick dunn but its over.

2.OL- We need a tackle and a guard

3.MLB- we haven't had a MLB since tuggle retired.Brooking is not getting it done.

4.Return Specialist- We need field position on punts...we get nothing

5.DT(runstuffer)-a bigger body to take up two guys

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