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I want to hear you guys' opinions, and to see how realistic each player would be drafted at his respective position.

DRAFT

- - -

Compensatory Picks

-3rd for Patrick Kerney

-6th for Justin Griffith

Trade Picks

-7th for Allen Rossum

-1st round pick 12 (from Broncos in my mock draft)

-2nd round pick 12 (from Broncos in my mock draft)

Note: No matter where we draft, either 3rd, 4th, or 5th in the draft, I propose we trade our first round pick down to the Broncos for their first and second round. Not only would this trade work out for both teams, as the Broncos need interior lineman on the defense (they can draft Sedrick Ellis with our pick) and we will get an extra second rounder plus a first rounder that will put us in position to draft Kenny Phillips.

As long as the Saints or Bills don t draft Kenny Phillips, with the Saints being the only real threat, we are in good shape to draft him.

Somecut8 s Mock Draft:

-in this draft, we will have the 3rd overall pick in the draft. We will also trade our first pick down to the Broncos for their first and second.

Round 1 Pick 12: Kenny Phillips, S, 6 2 202, Miami

Obviously defense has been the main focal point this off-season for the Falcons. If you look at the top defenses in the league, you will see that they all have a top rated safety. The Steelers have Troy Polamalu, Colts have Bob Sanders, Ravens have Ed Reed, and I can go on and on& What makes a safety so important in a defense is the fact that the safety is probably the most versatile position in the game. The safety is able to cover WR/TEs, provide over the top help for CBs, and act as an extra man in run support. Safeties gel the defense together and really fill in more holes than any other position could. As of now, we don t have that franchise safety that so many teams have. Lawyer Milloy, while good, is getting old. Chris Crocker is only decent, and both Jimmy Williams and Daren Stone both have not proved that they can start yet.

Kenny Phillips is another top notch safety from the Miami lineage following in the footsteps of Ed Reed and Sean Taylor.

Round 2 Pick 3: Gosder Cherilus, OT, 6 7 315, Boston College

Because the OT position is so deep, we can afford to trade down our first pick, and still land a starting OT for our o-line. The best OT that we can probably get with our high second round pick is Gosder Cherilus, who has really shown that he can be an influential starter in the NFL. Cherilus has the size and strength to compete at the next level and neutralize pass rushers. I don t think anybody that follows the Falcons will disagree with a fact that we need an OT, but what we need to figure out is how to get the most bang for our buck. It s not every year that we have a high pick, and with the OT position so deep, an early second rounder for Cherilus would be a steal.

Round 2 Pick 12: Joe Flacco, QB, 6 6 232, Deleware

We also need a player that can potentially be a franchise QB, and this is where Flacco comes in. While he may not the most highly rated QB, he has the tools to be successful in the NFL. He has incredible arm strength, probably the best out of the top QBs, and has the size NFL teams want. Drafting a QB in a second round would be perfect, as if he turns out to be a bust, well, we only wasted a second rounder. When it comes to drafting QBs in the first round, it s really 50/50 when it comes to success or failure. That s just too high of a risk for us, especially when we have so many holes that need to be fixed.

Round 2 Pick 18: Red Bryant, DT, 6 5 324, Texas A&M

Like Mike Smith said, winning the ball game means also winning and the trenches. Last year, I saw our defensive line get repeatedly pushed backward and I constantly witnessed the opposing team s o-line get to our linebackers, thus allowing running backs to knife through our defense. We need a big guy up front, a guy that plays nose tackle, and Red Bryant is that guy. Red Bryant is the best NT in the draft and at 6 5 324, he ll attract numerous double teams, taking on blocks and allowing our linebackers to make the play.

Round 3 Pick 3: Charles Godfrey, CB 6 0 207 Iowa

Every time last year I watched Chris Houston or Lewis Sanders come into the game I cringed. And every time I saw the ball thrown their way, it was an automatic big gain. With D-Hall on one side, we need another guy on the other side that can lock down his man. Now I m not saying that Godfrey will start, because rarely do 3 round CBs start for their team, and I m not saying that Chris Houston can t get better, but frankly, I want Sanders to be shown the door. He s old, and he can t play. Godfrey would be an excellent backup and would probably start at nickel back. He has good size, tackles well, and likes to play physical. Furthermore, he s extremely talented and runs a 4.38 40. Give him a little time to develop, and he ll very likely become a top rated CB in the NFL.

Round 3 Pick 33: Matt Forte, RB, 6 1 221, Tulane

Running backs are also really deep in this year s draft, and this guy has really shown to be a sleeper in the draft. With Dunn getting old, and Norwood not yet showing that he can be an every down back, we need another RB to share the carries. I believe that Forte and Norwood will form an excellent two-back system, with Forte being more of a bruiser and Norwood being the change-of-pacer. Forte is extremely quick for his size, and has been said to be similar to Jamal Lewis big, but deceptively fast. He also makes really nice cuts. I just hope he ll fall this far for us to pick him up. Just check out his highlight reel and see:

Round 4 Pick 3: John Greco, OT, 6 5 318, Toledo

Again, we need to add more depth to our line, and the best OT in the point in the draft would probably be John Greco, if he isn t drafted earlier. Greco is extremely versatile as he can play any position on the line, and has the size and strength to succeed in the NFL. I see him as another Tyson Clabo a good o-lineman that will add depth and potentially start in the future.

Round 5 Pick 3: Darnell Terrell, CB, 6 3 205, Missouri

Darnell Terrell is another good CB, and if we can get him here, he ll be a steal in the draft. Terrell is similar to Godfrey, in that both have great size and athleticism. Not only can Terrell add depth to the CB position, he is also able to play at FS. With a 4.43 40, he d be an excellent back up and outstanding special teams player.

Round 6 Pick 3: Ahtyba Rubin, DT, 6 3 320, Iowa State

The next best NT not including Frank Okam, would be Ahtyba Rubin. Our D-line is constantly riddled with injuries, and we need to add depth to the position. By adding hopefully Albert Haynesworth to the roster through the FA, and drafting Red Bryant, we can effectively have a rotation of our D-line, much like the Eagles. NTs get tired really easily, so by allowing each NT to play 3 snaps or so will not only decrease their chance of injury, but also allow them to play 100% every down. Rubin is a powerful nose tackle, and consistently attracts double teams and holds his ground. He ll be an excellent pick for the 6th round.

Round 6 Pick 33: Ben Moffitt, ILB, 6 2 231, South Florida

With the DT, OL, QB, RB, positions potentially fixed, we should turn our attention to the linebacking core. With Keith Brooking getting old, we need some youngsters that can get in there and play a snap or few. Ben Moffitt will be an excellent special teams player, and with the right development and training, may one day even start. While his athleticism isn t top notch, he gets extremely low in his stance, allowing him to make good form tackles. Moffitt is said to be the biggest loss on defense at USF.

Round 7 Pick 3: Joe Fields, FS, 6 0 205, Syracuse

Again, with Lawyer Milloy getting old, Chris Crocker shown the door, Jimmy Williams still iffy, we need to add a little more depth to the position. Joe Fields would be an excellent draft choice, and a steal at this point. With good size and great speed, 4.49, he s one of the most underrated safeties in the draft. He led Syracuse in tackles and had 4 interceptions. A great pick at this point.

Round 7 Pick 23: David Vobora, OLB, 6 2 220, Idaho

With our final pick, David Vobora would be an excellent pick. He has great speed, excellent field awareness, and good size. Not afraid to stop the run and another great player to add depth to our linebacking core.

Full off-season blueprint to come soon!

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somecut8 (1/30/2008)
I want to hear you guys' opinions, and to see how realistic each player would be drafted at his respective position.

DRAFT

- - -

Compensatory Picks

-3rd for Patrick Kerney

-6th for Justin Griffith

Trade Picks

-7th for Allen Rossum

-1st round pick 12 (from Broncos in my mock draft)

-2nd round pick 12 (from Broncos in my mock draft)

Note: No matter where we draft, either 3rd, 4th, or 5th in the draft, I propose we trade our first round pick down to the Broncos for their first and second round. Not only would this trade work out for both teams, as the Broncos need interior lineman on the defense (they can draft Sedrick Ellis with our pick) and we will get an extra second rounder plus a first rounder that will put us in position to draft Kenny Phillips.

As long as the Saints or Bills don t draft Kenny Phillips, with the Saints being the only real threat, we are in good shape to draft him.

Somecut8 s Mock Draft:

-in this draft, we will have the 3rd overall pick in the draft. We will also trade our first pick down to the Broncos for their first and second.

Round 1 Pick 12: Kenny Phillips, S, 6 2 202, Miami

Obviously defense has been the main focal point this off-season for the Falcons. If you look at the top defenses in the league, you will see that they all have a top rated safety. The Steelers have Troy Polamalu, Colts have Bob Sanders, Ravens have Ed Reed, and I can go on and on& What makes a safety so important in a defense is the fact that the safety is probably the most versatile position in the game. The safety is able to cover WR/TEs, provide over the top help for CBs, and act as an extra man in run support. Safeties gel the defense together and really fill in more holes than any other position could. As of now, we don t have that franchise safety that so many teams have. Lawyer Milloy, while good, is getting old. Chris Crocker is only decent, and both Jimmy Williams and Daren Stone both have not proved that they can start yet. Trading down is always a huge risk as your man may not be there. Also who would you propose taking if Phillips was not. Sensabaugh is a F/A on top of that. I disagree with this pick. Grade D- for presumptiveness at a HUGE risk. Pick is a B+.

Kenny Phillips is another top notch safety from the Miami lineage following in the footsteps of Ed Reed and Sean Taylor.

Round 2 Pick 3: Gosder Cherilus, OT, 6 7 315, Boston College

Because the OT position is so deep, we can afford to trade down our first pick, and still land a starting OT for our o-line. The best OT that we can probably get with our high second round pick is Gosder Cherilus, who has really shown that he can be an influential starter in the NFL. Cherilus has the size and strength to compete at the next level and neutralize pass rushers. I don t think anybody that follows the Falcons will disagree with a fact that we need an OT, but what we need to figure out is how to get the most bang for our buck. It s not every year that we have a high pick, and with the OT position so deep, an early second rounder for Cherilus would be a steal. Big steal. Kinda in the same mold as Jake Long and for less $$$. Grade B

Round 2 Pick 12: Joe Flacco, QB, 6 6 232, Deleware

We also need a player that can potentially be a franchise QB, and this is where Flacco comes in. While he may not the most highly rated QB, he has the tools to be successful in the NFL. He has incredible arm strength, probably the best out of the top QBs, and has the size NFL teams want. Drafting a QB in a second round would be perfect, as if he turns out to be a bust, well, we only wasted a second rounder. When it comes to drafting QBs in the first round, it s really 50/50 when it comes to success or failure. That s just too high of a risk for us, especially when we have so many holes that need to be fixed.I say this is too early to draft a QB, a RB (if not taken care of in the FA) should be taken here. Plus Flacco is not much better than the guys that will come soon after. Grade D for the trade, Grade C for the pick.

Round 2 Pick 18: Red Bryant, DT, 6 5 324, Texas A&M

Like Mike Smith said, winning the ball game means also winning and the trenches. Last year, I saw our defensive line get repeatedly pushed backward and I constantly witnessed the opposing team s o-line get to our linebackers, thus allowing running backs to knife through our defense. We need a big guy up front, a guy that plays nose tackle, and Red Bryant is that guy. Red Bryant is the best NT in the draft and at 6 5 324, he ll attract numerous double teams, taking on blocks and allowing our linebackers to make the play.Best pick so far A-

Round 3 Pick 3: Charles Godfrey, CB 6 0 207 Iowa

Every time last year I watched Chris Houston or Lewis Sanders come into the game I cringed. And every time I saw the ball thrown their way, it was an automatic big gain. With D-Hall on one side, we need another guy on the other side that can lock down his man. Now I m not saying that Godfrey will start, because rarely do 3 round CBs start for their team, and I m not saying that Chris Houston can t get better, but frankly, I want Sanders to be shown the door. He s old, and he can t play. Godfrey would be an excellent backup and would probably start at nickel back. He has good size, tackles well, and likes to play physical. Furthermore, he s extremely talented and runs a 4.38 40. Give him a little time to develop, and he ll very likely become a top rated CB in the NFL.Your presumption in the beginning has caused you to think less of what we have. Hall, Houston, Irons, and Grimes are fine. A saftey or QB should be here. Most likely a QB. Grade D

Round 3 Pick 33: Matt Forte, RB, 6 1 221, Tulane

Running backs are also really deep in this year s draft, and this guy has really shown to be a sleeper in the draft. With Dunn getting old, and Norwood not yet showing that he can be an every down back, we need another RB to share the carries. I believe that Forte and Norwood will form an excellent two-back system, with Forte being more of a bruiser and Norwood being the change-of-pacer. Forte is extremely quick for his size, and has been said to be similar to Jamal Lewis big, but deceptively fast. He also makes really nice cuts. I just hope he ll fall this far for us to pick him up. Just check out his highlight reel and see:

Where did you get that weight from? He won't be the answer, but I'd take him if the draft and FA goes your way. Grade B

Round 4 Pick 3: John Greco, OT, 6 5 318, Toledo

Again, we need to add more depth to our line, and the best OT in the point in the draft would probably be John Greco, if he isn t drafted earlier. Greco is extremely versatile as he can play any position on the line, and has the size and strength to succeed in the NFL. I see him as another Tyson Clabo a good o-lineman that will add depth and potentially start in the future.Another smart move. Brade B+

Round 5 Pick 3: Darnell Terrell, CB, 6 3 205, Missouri

Darnell Terrell is another good CB, and if we can get him here, he ll be a steal in the draft. Terrell is similar to Godfrey, in that both have great size and athleticism. Not only can Terrell add depth to the CB position, he is also able to play at FS. With a 4.43 40, he d be an excellent back up and outstanding special teams player. I say no for real. What about DE or MLB right here? Grade F

Round 6 Pick 3: Ahtyba Rubin, DT, 6 3 320, Iowa State

The next best NT not including Frank Okam, would be Ahtyba Rubin. Our D-line is constantly riddled with injuries, and we need to add depth to the position. By adding hopefully Albert Haynesworth to the roster through the FA, and drafting Red Bryant, we can effectively have a rotation of our D-line, much like the Eagles. NTs get tired really easily, so by allowing each NT to play 3 snaps or so will not only decrease their chance of injury, but also allow them to play 100% every down. Rubin is a powerful nose tackle, and consistently attracts double teams and holds his ground. He ll be an excellent pick for the 6th round.Smart move. I likes. Grade B-

Round 6 Pick 33: Ben Moffitt, ILB, 6 2 231, South Florida

With the DT, OL, QB, RB, positions potentially fixed, we should turn our attention to the linebacking core. With Keith Brooking getting old, we need some youngsters that can get in there and play a snap or few. Ben Moffitt will be an excellent special teams player, and with the right development and training, may one day even start. While his athleticism isn t top notch, he gets extremely low in his stance, allowing him to make good form tackles. Moffitt is said to be the biggest loss on defense at USF.More presumption. He won't be here. Grade for presumption F, Grade for pick B-

Round 7 Pick 3: Joe Fields, FS, 6 0 205, Syracuse

Again, with Lawyer Milloy getting old, Chris Crocker shown the door, Jimmy Williams still iffy, we need to add a little more depth to the position. Joe Fields would be an excellent draft choice, and a steal at this point. With good size and great speed, 4.49, he s one of the most underrated safeties in the draft. He led Syracuse in tackles and had 4 interceptions. A great pick at this point.Great pick, the trade for Phillips makes it bad off. This is why analysts never put in trades. I bet one of your dry mocks would be awesome! Grade B+

Round 7 Pick 23: David Vobora, OLB, 6 2 220, Idaho

With our final pick, David Vobora would be an excellent pick. He has great speed, excellent field awareness, and good size. Not afraid to stop the run and another great player to add depth to our linebacking core. Good ST player, wasn't this kid running a 4.4? Grade B+

Full off-season blueprint to come soon!

Could you do a dry mock w/o trades? I just want to see something. You seem like you know something about the sport. If your draft went this way to a tee, I'd be cool with it. Just with the trades makes it more likely to NOT happen.
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i'll try, my number 1 pick would be jake long then, if he's not taken. or maybe sedrick ellis. i'm not keen on drafting either though, because ellis isn't a neccesity (we need less pass rushing DTs and more space taking DTs) and i'm iffy on jake long.

Ryan and D-Mac are definite nos.

second round i would have QB -flacco as our first pick, and red bryant as our second, if we picked jake long as our first. The rest will be pretty much the same.

but if we picked sedrick as our first, the our second round would be Ot-gosder cherilus first, then qb-hopefully flacco, if not booty

thanks for the feed back by the way, i'll definitely mess with my mock some more

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somecut8 (1/30/2008)
i'll try, my number 1 pick would be jake long then, if he's not taken. or maybe sedrick ellis. i'm not keen on drafting either though, because ellis isn't a neccesity (we need less pass rushing DTs and more space taking DTs) and i'm iffy on jake long.

Ryan and D-Mac are definite nos.

second round i would have QB -flacco as our first pick, and red bryant as our second, if we picked jake long as our first. The rest will be pretty much the same.

but if we picked sedrick as our first, the our second round would be Ot-gosder cherilus first, then qb-hopefully flacco, if not booty

HAH!!! I was right about you! You understand the game. Don't think I don't appreciate you work or even disagree with you. I'm pretty knowledgeable myself and I HATE the hype system. You see, I would get fired because feel that the Top 15 players are often interchangeable based upon need and would probably take Phillips at 3-4 if I felt that the need was great enough.

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rugger8 (1/30/2008)
I like the draft, but I think we'd be losing a lot of value in the draft with that trade. I'd want an additional 2nd in next year's draft at the very least. As far as effectively addressing a lot of our needs, I like it.

good idea, i didn't think of that

i counted up the picks, and we had 12 - which is a lot for one draft. getting draft picks for next year is a great idea. way to think ahead

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Not bad... but I see some things I would change.

For one - I don't think we need to draft 2 more CB this year.. we just did draft 2 last year. Maybe pick up the on in the 3rd, but not the later rounds.

Kicker - We need to draft a kicker - 4th, 5th round. Our kicking situation has been way to bad for way to long.

I do like the idea of picking a 1st round Safety though... I'm with you there - we don't have a safety worth while. I would only do this if we traded down in the first. If we keep the top 5 pick - pick up Glen Dorsey or Ellis = they are both immediate impact players.

Also, I don't think Matt Forte will be there that late. He showed a lot of promise at the Senior Bowl and will probably drive his stock up some. If he IS there that late I would be happy with that pick.

Flacco seems like the ideal pick this year. He seems like he may be pretty good for the NFL. If we miss him I wouldn't mind picking up Brennan though. He could turn out to be a great player, someone will take the gamble on him. Worse case - you lose out a 3rd round pick...

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somecut,

nice job putting the mock draft together - aesthetically pleasing and easy to read.

Now, onto the picks....agreed with someone that said you are not getting enough back from Broncos in the trade. Draft chart would say "no" to this deal - we would need more.

Also, I would absolutely HATE it if we took a safety with our first pick. If we go down all the way to #12, I think the "value" pick would probably be the running back out of Oregon - Jonathan Stewart or the OT out of Boise - Ryan Clady.

Falcons need to OT's so I would love to grab Gosder Cherilus in 2nd round who is "McNasty" as a RT and love Flacco as well. I like the Charles Godfrey pick as a big corner with speed - yes, guys we need more corners even with Houston/MeAngelo - besides, who knows what will happen with "Me" in the next two seasons and pending free agency.

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I don't pretend to have the depth of knowledge to critique your draft in the later rounds. But I would Tkae eithe Jake Long or Ellis in the first, and I would replace Flacco with Henne. I know that the draft is an inexact science but I really think that Henne is going to end up being the best qb of this draft.

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g-dawg (1/30/2008)
also somecut,

Falcons did not tender an offer to Justin Griffith so we will get "zero, zip, nada" for him.

Yeah, I didn't think we were going to get anything for him. We do get a 3rd rounder for Kerney though don't we?

IMO this is a huge draft for the Atlanta Falcon franchise. We have a lot of options/routes we can go. I'm very interested to see what moves TD will make on draft day. I have a feeling that if we can't get Ellis or Dorsey we will look to trade down which will make me very happy.

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g-dawg (1/30/2008)
also somecut,

Falcons did not tender an offer to Justin Griffith so we will get "zero, zip, nada" for him.

Hmm, did not know that, thanks for telling me. Hopefully, we can get the picks straightened out so people can make mock drafts.

BlacksburgHokie (1/30/2008)
You have us getting the wrong picks. Since we are tied with KC and OAK, if we pick 3rd in the first round, we would pick 5th in the second round, 4th in the third round, 3rd in the fourth round, etc. Likewise, if we picked 5th, we would pick 3rd in the second round, 4th in the third, etc.

Never knew that. this coin toss thing is confusing. thanks for telling me.

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im sorry but this draft is ridiculous.... you have us drafting 4 DB's when we have hall houston irons grimes milloy stone and j dub.... they will all be here... now 2 DT's are unnecessary to... not to mention you are drafting two tackles and no guards... you don't have a kicker which is in our top 5 needs and has been ignored long enough... and flacco with the 12th pick in the second is WAY to early id draft him in the 4th... the guy is so over rated its not even funny just cause he like 2ish inches taller then other qb's... gotta love espn... Henne is the answer in late second

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