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NFL draft guys Falcons 2008 draft 1st-3rd round

1-003) Sedrick Ellis, DT-USC

2-035) Chad Henne, QB-Michigan

2-050) Barry Richardson, OT-Clemson

3-067) Kevin Smith, RB-Central Florida

I would not HATE this draft and it seems to be one of the most realistic "top-to-bottom" drafts I have seen. As much as I like Sedrick Ellis, it would just be hard for me to pass on Jake Long and Darren McFadden for him. If this guys mock "panned out" I probably would have made these choices:

G-Dawg's Falcons 2008 draft 1st-3rd round:

1-003) Jake Long, OT-Michigan

2-035) Pat Simms, DT-Auburn

2-050) Joe Flacco, QB-Delaware

3-067) Jamaal Charles, RB-Texas

NFL Draft Guys 2008 NFL Draft:

January 29, 2007

1. Miami Dolphins DE Chris Long, Virginia

The possibility of Bill Parcells being able to move out of this slot and acquire more picks is slim. Chris Long has a great motor and possesses uncanny 3-4 skills. Defensive players that have been selected high in recent years have paid off big time. After gathering 14 sacks in 2007 for the Cavaliers, Long would give the Dolphins a needed boost on the defensive side of the ball. Long may not dominate right away but he definitely has the skills' set it takes to dominate for a long time in the NFL, potential-wise.

2. St. Louis Rams DT Glenn Dorsey, LSU

The Rams have several major holes to fill, most notably on the defensive and offensive line. Glenn Dorsey would be a great fit for their system. Packing him and last year's first round pick Adam Carriker together in the middle of the front seven would go along way for the Rams defensively. The Rams were 20th against the run and 27th in rushing scores allowed in 2007. Drafting Michigan's OT Jake Long makes sense too but he may be a reach at second overall.

3. Atlanta Falcons* DT Sedrick Ellis, USC

After an incredible week at the Senior Bowl where Ellis dominated the trenches, look for his stock to increase as he can be expected to land with Atlanta. New HC Mike Smith is a defensive-driven guy that has to know that defense sets the tone when rebuilding a franchise. After a down year for a Falcons defense that is usually stout against the run, Ellis will strengthen up the core of the defensive front line. After cutting DT Gandy for no apparent reason, the Falcons finished 7th worst against the run.

4. Oakland Raiders* RB Darren McFadden, Arkansas

The Raiders are in a position where they must address several key areas on offense and defense yet can still take the best overall athlete available. With RB Justin Fargas becoming an unrestricted free agent and RBs Dominic Rhodes and LaMont Jordan bailing, look for owner Al Davis & company pursue another athletic freak. McFadden will also give young QB JaMarcus Russell another weapon on offense. Jake Long and Vernon Gholston are possibilities here too.

5. Kansas City Chiefs* OT Jake Long, Michigan

Kansas City has to walk away smiling if they can snag Jake Long. Most likely, he should be available and the Chiefs can finally begin to reconstruct another formidable offensive line compared to the wreck they put together in 2007. Kansas City finished dead last in rushing after consecutive seasons in the top ten with RBs Priest Holmes and Larry Johnson. Long can become a franchise left tackle for a franchise that has been known to put offensive linemen into the Hall of Fame (Mike Webster) or on Canton's waiting list.

6. New York Jets DE Vernon Gholston, Ohio State

Once again, the Jets find themselves in a prime position to grab the best available prospect at the most important position pertaining to their needs. Physically, Gholston could be the cover boy for Gold s Gym yet on the field, he is one of the more underappreciated pass rusher s in this draft. He would fit in well with the Jets 3-4 scheme as well as help the boys in green improve on their 25th ranking in sacks for 2007.

7. New England Patriots (from SF) CB Mike Jenkins, South Florida

Jenkins is easily the best cover guy in this draft. He has ideal size and speed but when in isolation, he looks like a pro-ready defensive back with his head turned back to the ball and arms extended. He has garnished little publicity so far but come draft day, he will get a big paycheck but not as big as Asante Samuel will cash in with on the free agent market. New England could pursue Ryan Clady, Keith Rivers, Jeff Otah, or trade out of this pick.

8. Baltimore Ravens OT Ryan Clady, Boise State

This pick may surprise some people but future Hall of Fame OT Jonathan Ogden is finished and Baltimore will be in a complete rebuilding mode. One thing is for sure I am all for the Ravens acquiring a dependable veteran QB albeit giving second-year QB Troy Smith a chance to progress even further. Will they do such? Probably not but with the free-fall of QBs, look for them to grab one later on. Clady is a menace to defenders and has quick enough footwork to lay the hammer down on pass rushers.

9. Cincinnati Bengals OLB Keith Rivers, USC

The Bengals need a boost in strength along the interior of the defensive line but they will not get good value here with guys like Kentwan Balmer and Pat Sims. With that said, look for the Bengals to turn in the direction of Keith Rivers. Rivers can be explosive from the outside. His run-stopping is an added plus too for a Bengals squad that finished near the bottom of the league in total defense. A defensive back is not really a possibility as they have drafted one in the first round the last two years.

10. New Orleans Saints CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Tennessee State

The Saints will be looking to upgrade their secondary after missing out on the same opportunity in last year s draft. New Orleans finished 28th against the pass plus gave up a league worst 32 touchdowns via the air. Rodgers-Cromartie, cousin of San Diego s star CB Antonio Cromartie, had a stellar Senior Bowl week where he dominated the secondary and imposed on WRs routes. This guy was almost unheard of in September but the talent he beholds is unprecedented.

11. Buffalo Bills WR James Hardy, Indiana

There is no reason for Hardy not to be considered as the WR with the most upside in this year s draft. Buffalo would finally give their second year QB a viable red zone threat and possession receiver all-in-one. Granted, Indiana has not been a pipeline for NFL talent but a guy like Hardy doesn t come around too often. He would be just the third WR taken in the first round since 1990. The other two WRs are no slouches either, Eric Moulds (1996) and Lee Evans (2004).

12. Denver Broncos OT Jeff Otah, Pittsburgh

All of a sudden, Denver needs someone to anchor down the left side of the offensive line. Otah, a very raw but powerful blocker may need to refine his technique in run-blocking, plus he may be a bit heavy for the zone blocking scheme, but he would be a great fit for Denver when it comes to potential. Ironically enough though, the retirement of OT Matt Lepsis may benefit the Broncos in the long run as they finally get an opportunity to draft a franchise LT as long as he doesn t bust like George Foster.

13. Carolina Panthers QB Matt Ryan, Boston College

While it may seem unfathomable for the top quarterback in this year s draft to fall this far, it is still very likely, all depending on which direction Baltimore goes at number eight. The future for Carolina isn t very bright as they are aging as a team but grooming a young QB behind Jake Delhomme may end up saving HC John Fox s job down the road. Youngster Matt Moore has shown flashes but comparisons between him and Tony Romo are unfair at this point and Ryan would fit in with the Panthers offense.

14. Chicago Bears S Kenny Phillips, Miami Fl.

The Bears defense used to give opponents a headache but last year they relapsed and finished 27th against the pass. Phillips is a prototypical Cover-2 safety with much greater upside than Adam Archuleta. He has good closing speed and usually takes the right angle. When it comes to coverage, he is no Roy Williams. By that I mean that he will do his part in protecting well when a cornerback gets isolated. The Bears need a safety with a good change of direction.

15. Detroit Lions RB Jonathan Stewart, Oregon

After tearing his ACL, RB Kevin Jones faces a long rehab in which he may not be ready for the 2008 season. HC Rod Marinelli has stated that the Lions may be in the market for a new RB anyways as Kevin Jones injury could take the same turn that Domanick Davis-Williams did a couple of years ago for Houston. Stewart isn t very flashy as a runner but he hits the pocket hard and has the ideal frame for a pro-ready RB. The Lions do need help on the offensive line and could pursue that here as well.

16. Arizona Cardinals RB Rashard Mendenhall, Illinois

To the eye of the beholder, this pick may not make much sense but with RB Edgerrin James set to make $5 million this year, a year or two beyond his prime, look for Arizona to make a move with James and draft a young, accomplished back that can do all. Mendenhall is a powerful runner that may look stiff at times but he catches the ball well and gets to the edge despite having a bulky frame. HC Ken Whisenhunt has already been quoted as saying that if he can land an ideal RB, he will part ways with James.

17. Minnesota Vikings CB Aqib Talib, Kansas

Most mock drafts have the Vikings grabbing a WR here. Well, the Vikings offense hasn t been nearly as bad as its secondary has been over the last couple of seasons. They can pursue a WR later or in free agency. Minnesota has finished dead last in pass defense in 2007 & 2006. Talib, a shifty playmaker from Kansas has the potential to come in and contribute right away for the Vikings. When he can get his hands on the ball, he makes plays plus he is under evaluated when it comes to being isolated with WRs.

18. Houston Texans CB Leodis McKelvin, Troy

Houston has been commonly tabbed as a team that will draft a RB in the first round. Well, I hate to break the news but HC Kubiak comes from the Shanahan family tree where the belief system is that RBs are a dime a dozen. After finishing 8-8, look for Houston to beef up their secondary and sequentially improve their defense on all cylinders. McKelvin has seen his stock rise tremendously since November and through out the Senior Bowl where he looked like a pro-ready ballhawker.

19. Philadelphia Eagles DE Calais Campbell, Miami Fl.

The Philadelphia Eagles front seven play improved tremendously in 2007 and finished 9th in the NFL in sacks, primarily due to the success of DE Trent Cole. Still, Tony Romo, Jason Campbell, and Eli Manning were found to sit comfortable in the pocket as DEs Juqua Thomas and Victor Abiamiri struggled to get into the pocket. DE Jevon Kearse has likely seen his last day as an Eagle too. The Eagles need help at WR but usually avoid them in the first round plus need to find a replacement for OT John Runyan.

20. Tampa Bay Buccaneers OT Gosder Cherilus, Boston College

Tampa Bay s offensive line did a decent job in 2007 despite suffering from the injury bug. Cherilus is the type of tackle that may not have a killer instinct but where he lacks in that department, he makes up for with his size, strength, and awareness. The Bucs could go in a variety of directions with this pick, like filling their void at WR or continuing their youth movement on defense. Regardless, the Bucs are sitting pretty without too many holes to fill yet with as many options as anyone else in this draft.

21. Washington Redskins WR Malcolm Kelly, Oklahoma

The Washington Redskins know that they lack a true playmaker on offense. Santana Moss can hurt defenses but he lacks a true compadre at WR to take the pressure and double coverage off of him. Kelly may end up being a project that could yield great results in a year or two as his route running and technique needs worked on but at the end of the day, he has more upside than WR Brandon Lloyd ever possessed.

22. Dallas Cowboys (from CLE) RB Felix Jones, Arkansas

All of the buzz surrounding the Cowboys is that owner Jerry Jones wants a RB from Arkansas. That may be the case, but as a businessman, Jones would take the best RB available instead of one from his alum. But, with the ever elusive Felix Jones still on the board, owner Jerry Jones can get what he wants. RB Julius Jones will be an unrestricted free agent and Marion Barber may attract a ton of money despite being a restricted free agent.

23. Pittsburgh Steelers OT Chris Williams, Vanderbilt

The Pittsburgh Steelers have more holes than one would think but most importantly, they have to find guys that can protect their franchise QB Ben Roethlisberger. Chris Williams is a strong but steady pass rusher that may need help in run blocking. He is intelligent and has leadership qualities. Williams has never caught a case of the injury bug, making him that much more durable plus he has experience at guard as well.

24. Tennessee Titans WR DeSean Jackson, California

The Titans offense regressed incredibly in 2007. QB Vince Young looked terrible, in all honesty, and a WR will not immediately solve his problems but it could help. Jackson is a multi-dimensional threat that is explosive on special teams. As a matter of fact, whether it is as a return man or as a receiver, if he has an open field in front of him, he can make any defender miss. Jackson possesses tremendous upside for the Titans but it will be a matter of whether or not they can get the ball to him.

25. Seattle Seahawks OT Sam Baker, USC

At an earlier point of this past football season, Baker was being hailed as the only prospect that can compare to Michigan s Jake Long. Well is that so? No. He is more finesse than grit but will be a hot commodity due to his upside, keeping him in the first round of this draft. Seattle is another team pegged to take a RB early but with the depth of the class, look for them to address a bigger need, like the offensive line, and then pursue a RB later in the draft.

26. Jacksonville Jaguars DE Phillip Merling, Clemson

Merling has quietly risen of the draft boards of many teams. He may not have the tools to start immediately but after watching him on film, he may possess more intangibles than former Tiger DE Gaines Adams (2006 First Rounder). Merling uses his hands well and is quick off of the snap. Despite rostering last year s 4th round pick Brian Smith, the Jaguars still will look at bolstering their defensive line. Merling s stock is continuing to rise and it will deflate Florida s DE Derrick Harvey s stock a bit.

27. San Diego Chargers DT Kentwan Balmer, North Carolina

While a safety may seem plausible, the Bolts will need to add depth behind NT Jamal Williams. Balmer is a trendy late first round prospect that may need to work on his fundamentals on the next level. He has the size and strength to hold down the interior of the line but has been inconsistent in stopping the run. San Diego became weaker against the run in 2007, falling to 16th compared to finishing 7th against it the year before.

28. Dallas Cowboys CB Antoine Cason, Arizona

The trendy pick here for Dallas has been a WR but Dallas hasn t taken one in the first round since 1993 (Kevin Williams). As a matter of fact, the last WR they even drafted in the first three rounds was Antonio Bryant in 2002. They have Terrell Owens returning. They gave Patrick Crayton a sizable contract extension plus TE Jason Witten, Romo s favorite target, is still wearing a star on his helmet. The Cowboys finished 13th against the pass in 2007 but it was a year where CB Henry overachieved.

29. San Francisco 49ers (from IND) WR Mario Manningham, Michigan

The 49ers passing offense finished last in total yards, 26th in touchdowns thrown, and last in passer rating. This can be attributed to the apparent regression of QB Alex Smith (plus his injuries) and having to start QBs Shaun Hill, Trent Dilfer, and Chris Weinke. The fact is though, they have brought OC Mike Martz in to turn things around offensively and they will need a playmaker at the WR position. Manningham has the frame of a WR1 and he runs good routes. He goes and gets the ball as well.

30. Green Bay Packers OLB Dan Connor, Penn State

The Green Bay Packers do not have many holes to fill but they could upgrade at LB with Dan Connor. Connor could step in and immediately replace OLB Poppinga. Connor has been deemed to not be very athletic but if anything should be questioned, it is just his strength. Connor is versatile enough to play inside or out plus get to the quarterback. As we seen at the Senior Bowl, Connor has soft hands and is a threat to pick off tipped pass at the line.

31. New York Giants WR Early Doucet, LSU

The New York Giants may be seeing an emergence in WR Steve Smith but he will not fill the void Amani Toomer will leave when he retires. Doucet plays the position in similar fashion to Arizona s Anquan Boldin. Eli Manning is finally beginning to look like a franchise QB and giving him another weapon to exploit the defenses in the NFC East with could go along way to consecutive seasons of being Super Bowl contenders in the future.

32. New England Patriots Pick Forfeited

Round Two

33. Miami Dolphins CB Tracy Porter, Indiana

Miami finished 4th against the pass in 2007 but finished in the bottom five of passing touchdowns allowed.

34. St. Louis Rams OT Chad Rinehart, Northern Iowa

St. Louis can address this need with a fast-rising, small school frontline bully.

35. Atlanta Falcons QB Chad Henne, Michigan

The Falcons can find the face of their offense with this pick.

36. Oakland Raiders DT Pat Sims, Auburn

He beefs up the interior of the defensive line plus replaces Warren Sapp.

37. Kansas City Chiefs ILB Jerod Mayo, Tennessee

Mayo would push Napolean Harris down on the depth chart.

38. New York Jets OLB Erin Henderson, Maryland

Imagine a LB corps consisting of Jonathan Vilma, Davis Harris, and Erin Henderson.

39. San Francisco 49ers DE Derrick Harvey, Florida

Gives the 49ers another guy that can hopefully get after the quarterback.

40. Baltimore Ravens QB Brian Brohm, Louisville

Doesn t cost as much as a first rounder plus intensifies a camp battle with McNair and Smith.

41. Cincinnati Bengals DT Marcus Harrison, Arkansas

Very underrated, determined tackle that could be an all-pro in no time.

42. New Orleans Saints OLB Tavares Gooden, Miami Fl.

Immediately upgrades a down-trodden group of LBs that overachieved 2 years ago.

43. Buffalo Bills CB Patrick Lee, Auburn

Adds depth to a young and talented secondary that hasn t reached their full potential yet.

44. Denver Broncos DT Dre Moore, Maryland

Bulks up the Broncos defense and hopefully improves the run defense. Fills gaps well.

45. Carolina Panthers S DaJuan Morgan, North Carolina State

Improves the mediocre secondary in Carolina that allowed 22 touchdowns through the air.

46. Chicago Bears OLB Ali Highsmith, LSU

Fills the void left if/when LB Lance Briggs darts from the Windy City.

47. Detroit Lions OG Chilo Rachal, USC

Gives the Lions another body to compete and hopefully protect the QB.

48. Arizona Cardinals CB Charles Godfrey, Iowa

This pick will make it easier to move Antrel Rolle to safety.

49. Minnesota Vikings DE Quentin Groves, Auburn

The run defense has been terrific but sacking the QB is another thing.

50. Atlanta Falcons (from HOU) OT Barry Richardson, Clemson

Built well, physically gifted, a true prospect that could rise this April.

51. Philadelphia Eagles S Reggie Smith, Oklahoma

Lets the Eagles get quicker in the secondary by dumping S Sean Considine.

52. Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR Limas Sweed, Texas

May not be the speed threat they would want but he will replace Galloway.

53. Washington Redskins S Marcus Griffin, Texas

Another prospect that may not last around this long. Replaces the late Sean Taylor.

54. Cleveland Browns CB Justin King, Penn State

Cleveland s pass defense was terrible. King + Eric Wright is nice foundation for the future.

55. Pittsburgh Steelers DE Cliff Avril, Purdue

A perfect fit for the 3-4 scheme. Comes from a long line of Boilermaker speed rushers.

56. Tennessee Titans - DE Lawrence Jackson, USC

Improves the Titans defensive line. Could go DT if Haynesworth moves on.

57. Seattle Seahawks TE Fred Davis, USC

Will lose WR D.J. Hackett to free agency. Gives Hasselbeck a target for the red zone.

58. Jacksonville Jaguars CB Brandon Flowers, Virginia Tech

Gives the Jaguars another defensive back with strong upside.

59. Miami Dolphins (from SD) ILB Curtis Lofton, Oklahoma

Lofton would be another good piece to a newly installed 3-4 scheme.

60. Dallas Cowboys WR Adarius Bowman, Oklahoma State

With the upside he possesses, he will not fall as far as some people think.

61. Indianapolis Colts OLB Xavier Adibi, Virginia Tech

Gives HC Dungy another LB that he can use to exploit opponents weaknesses with.

62. Green Bay Packers CB Chevis Jackson, LSU

Al Harris isn t getting any younger, neither is Woodson.

63. New York Giants DT Frank Okam, Texas

Would make the Giants interior a bigger threat and relieve pressure off of the DEs.

64. New England Patriots OLB Shawn Crable, Michigan

Not sure if he will excel as an OLB or DE but could be utilized well for 3-4.

Round Three

65. Miami Dolphins QB Andre Woodson, Kentucky

66. St. Louis Rams OG Kerry Brown, Appalachian State

67. Atlanta Falcons RB Kevin Smith, Central Florida

68. New England Patriots (from OAK) ILB Jonathan Goff, Vanderbilt

69. Kansas City Chiefs S Thomas DeCoud, California

70. New York Jets WR Donnie Avery, Houston

71. San Francisco 49ers OT Carl Nicks, Nebraska

72. Buffalo Bills (from BAL) DE Chris Ellis, Virginia Tech

73. Cincinnati Bengals RB Chris Johnson, East Carolina

74. New Orleans Saints S Craig Steltz, LSU

75. Buffalo Bills OLB Phillip Wheeler, Georgia Tech

76. Minnesota Vikings (from DEN) WR Davonne Bess, Hawaii

77. Carolina Panthers DE Darrell Robertson, Georgia Tech

78. Chicago Bears RB Ray Rice, Rutgers

79. Detroit Lions CB Terrell Thomas, USC

80. Arizona Cardinals OG Brandon Albert, Virginia

81. Minnesota Vikings S Tom Zbikowski, Notre Dame

82. Houston Texans RB Jamaal Charles, Texas

83. Philadelphia Eagles OT Oneil Cousins, UTEP

84. Tampa Bay Buccaneers RB Tashard Choice, Georgia Tech

85. Washington Redskins DT DeMario Pressley, North Carolina State

86. Cleveland Browns RB Matt Forte, Tulane

87. Pittsburgh Steelers S Jamar Adams, Michigan

88. Tennessee Titans ILB J Leman, Illinois

89. Seattle Seahawks FB Peyton Hillis, Arkansas

90. Jacksonville Jaguars WR Devin Thomas, Michigan State

91. Chicago Bears (from SD) QB Joe Flacco, Delaware

92. Dallas Cowboys S Josh Barrett, Arizona State

93. Indianapolis Colts TE John Carlson, Notre Dame

94. Green Bay Packers OT Heath Benedict, Newberry

95. New York Giants CB Trae Williams, South Florida

96. New England Patriots OG Roy Scheuning, Oregon State

If you have any questions, comments, concerns, I can be contacted at petedymeck@yahoo.com.

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Petrino is NOT my hero (1/30/2008)
any draft with flacco in it is bad... so i like theres lol henne is da answer

well I think your wrong on Flacco, Petrino. However, I do like Chad Henne - would like to take him with the second 2nd round pick, though.

My only problem with Henne is that he's a little on the short side - but not too bad - i think he came in at 6' 2.875" - so just shade under six-three. I like him though - would not suprise me at all if Henne ended up better than Matt Ryan. would not suprise me if Flacco was better, too.

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g-dawg (1/30/2008)

3. Atlanta Falcons* DT Sedrick Ellis, USC

After an incredible week at the Senior Bowl where Ellis dominated the trenches, look for his stock to increase as he can be expected to land with Atlanta. New HC Mike Smith is a defensive-driven guy that has to know that defense sets the tone when rebuilding a franchise. After a down year for a Falcons defense that is usually stout against the run, Ellis will strengthen up the core of the defensive front line. After cutting DT Gandy for no apparent reason, the Falcons finished 7th worst against the run.

Maybe that's supposed to be Grady Jackson? As a rule, I don't trust mock drafts from people who don't even know enough about our team/players to spell their names right...

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g-dawg (1/30/2008)

3. Atlanta Falcons* DT Sedrick Ellis, USC

After an incredible week at the Senior Bowl where Ellis dominated the trenches, look for his stock to increase as he can be expected to land with Atlanta. New HC Mike Smith is a defensive-driven guy that has to know that defense sets the tone when rebuilding a franchise. After a down year for a Falcons defense that is usually stout against the run, Ellis will strengthen up the core of the defensive front line. After cutting DT Gandy for no apparent reason, the Falcons finished 7th worst against the run.

Maybe that's supposed to be Grady Jackson? As a rule, I don't trust mock drafts from people who don't even know enough about our team/players to spell their names right...

well, the guy probably spent 6 hours putting this draft together so I will cut him some slack on the "Gandy/Grady Jax" misprint -especially since his selections for the Falcons all made sense for the player he chose, where they were drafted w/ respect to their talent, the positions to be addressed, etc.

cut the guy a break, Blackie! At least he's not like every other "drone" saying Matt Ryan for Falcons in 1st;)

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g-dawg (1/30/2008)

cut the guy a break, Blackie! At least he's not like every other "drone" saying Matt Ryan for Falcons in 1st;)

True. I'm getting sosick of their groupthink mindset.

"Atlanta lost Vick, so they gotta go with a QB because everyone knows that franchise QBs are only found in the first round."

NOT!

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Brohm in 2nd round? Henne over Brohm? Please...

I agree. All sites rate Brohm very high over Henne.

I just don't have the warm fuzzies over Brohm.....I also have a feeling that Henne will be even better pro than he was a college QB - seems like his game is really ascending and he has one of the stronger arms in the draft.

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JRob215 (1/30/2008)
Brohm in 2nd round? Henne over Brohm? Please...

I agree. All sites rate Brohm very high over Henne.

I just don't have the warm fuzzies over Brohm.....I also have a feeling that Henne will be even better pro than he was a college QB - seems like his game is really ascending and he has one of the stronger arms in the draft.

Totally agree.
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g-dawg (1/30/2008)
http://nfldraftguys.com/features/08_mock_d...meck_080129.php

NFL draft guys Falcons 2008 draft 1st-3rd round

1-003) Sedrick Ellis, DT-USC

2-035) Chad Henne, QB-Michigan

2-050) Barry Richardson, OT-Clemson

3-067) Kevin Smith, RB-Central Florida

I love it with the exception of the Richardson pick. Put in a better OT there and it's a plan!

Richardson moves like his feet are stuck in 2 feet of mud.

After watching him play, this statement is very true.

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g-dawg (1/30/2008)

3. Atlanta Falcons* DT Sedrick Ellis, USC

After an incredible week at the Senior Bowl where Ellis dominated the trenches, look for his stock to increase as he can be expected to land with Atlanta. New HC Mike Smith is a defensive-driven guy that has to know that defense sets the tone when rebuilding a franchise. After a down year for a Falcons defense that is usually stout against the run, Ellis will strengthen up the core of the defensive front line. After cutting DT Gandy for no apparent reason, the Falcons finished 7th worst against the run.

Maybe that's supposed to be Grady Jackson? As a rule, I don't trust mock drafts from people who don't even know enough about our team/players to spell their names right...

I completely agree.....after we cut DT Gandy?

I stopped reading right after that......uhhhhhh you mean Grady Jackson? wow

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falconva7 (1/31/2008)
What's with the Henne lovefest now? Just because he BARELY outperformed an awful field of QBs at the Senior Bowl everyone wants him now? We shouldn't be drafting a QB in this draft until round 4, the prospects are awful, and we can get better value in the 2nd round.
IMO, you're dead wrong.

Go watch Henne tapes then get back w/me. He has very solid #'s running a pro-style offense.

And like I told you in another thread, you have this year's QB class and '09's mixed up. The '09 class is the one that's gonna stink, not this year's. Not every QB has to be a big name.

But since you seem so intent on not drafting a QB, who or what do you think the Falcons should do w/that position going into next year seeing as it is our most gaping hole aside from the O-line?

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The Henne thing is funny to me. The guy has been overrated his whole career, and now that he actually did something people think he is like the best QB ever. His completion percentage in college was not good, and his numbers overall were pedestrian. Stats aren't everything, but they can be a very good indicator of a players overall ability.

I don't think Henne will be a bust necessarily, but there is no way he is better than Brian Brohm. As I've said before, Brohm was a top 5 prospect at the beginning of the year, and nothing he did this year should make anyone feel differently than that.

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