FalconBlood Posted February 29, 2008 Share Posted February 29, 2008 :::: The Atlanta Falcon s 2008 Off-Season ::::::Resignings::LOLB Michael BoleyReasoning: He was arguably our best defensive player last year, he is young, and he never quits.ROLB Demorrio WilliamsReasoning: Brooking is aging and Demorrio has a knack for making plays. Though he is undersized (cough Singletary, Zach Thomas, *cough*) he is athletic and has a head of steam that Coach Mike Smith will be very attracted to. He led our team in tackles some years ago.S Chris CrockerReasoning: He has only got better since his first year. A huge hitter and who is improving in coverage, Crocker may actually become a great Strong Safety when Milloy is spent. OL Tyson ClaboReasoning: A young and talented lineman. He has shown his value by doing well at all 3 positions we have tried him at. He is a true competitor.QB Chris RedmanReasoning: The only QB to make our team look NFL worthy this year. He will hopefully sign on and be our 2 guy.DE Chauncey DavisReasoning: Although he is not starter quality, he provides a good rush when given the chance, and quite possibly would have faired better than Anderson this year at LE. He will continue to be good depth, or may work his way into the starting line-up. He will come cheap.K Morten AndersonReasoning: When he is no longer bloody accurate from inside the 35, let's cut him. But as long as he is automatic, why not use up everything he has in the tank while letting a young kicker learn under the all-time leading scorer.TE Dwayne BlakelyReasoning: Blakely makes big catches down field and is a serviceable blocker as well. He could be solid for us if Milner doesn t progress.::Released or Not Retained::HB Warrick DunnReasoning: Age, lack of size, declining skills, and unwillingness to accept a declining role will spell doom for Dunn's days as a Falcon. TO BLANK: He is NOT the power runner we need, no matter how great he is in the community.LT Wayne GandyReasoning: Age, immobility, and recent injury give Gandy a good chance of being cut. Although he was a team captain... RG Kynan ForneyReasoning: A player who once showed promise, has become a weak point. He is being paid too much to be a back-up.CB Lewis SandersReasoning: Old and no longer of use.QB Joey HarringtonReasoning: A weak arm and lack of downfield vision don't help Harrington's chances with our team. Although his passion and likeability may win the coaches for a short time as they did me. QB Byron LeftwichReasoning: Slow mechanics and poor durability spell a no for this once heralded QB.DT Rod ColemanReasoning: Similar to Keith Brooking's position, Coleman is a former great with declining skills, but there is not too much love attached to the recently injured DT. With a similar feel to the releasing of Kerney, Coleman will get the axe after two sub par, high paid seasons.TE Alge CrumplerReasoning: His better days were behind him, and he would have been receiving the 2nd highest salary among all NFL tight ends next year. Yikes.:: Possibly Restructured: But For Now Cut::LB Keith BrookingReasoning: A huge salary, age, and declining skills tell me that he should be outright cut, but a fan favorite like Brooking will be given a chance to retire playing for fans that remember what he was. I say he gets cut.WR Joe HornReasoning: He was huge. Just not as a receiver. I believe he is a large part of why Roddy saw so much success. He showed Roddy how to prepare. That's what Horn said he would do, which tells me that he may be willing to be the team guy and rework his contract, with a possible Receivers Coach future deal in mind.:: Free Agent Signings ::WR Bryant Johnson UFA out of ArizonaReasoning: Overshadowed by stars Boldin and Fitzgerald, Johnson should out perform all of our receivers except for Roddy and possible Laurent. He would be a solid addition to our WR core. Roddy, him, and Laurent would be a great 1-2-3 combo.OL Maurice Williams UFA out of JacksonvilleReasoning: The front office hopes to get some good play out of the versatile lineman.KR/CB B.J. Sams UFA out of BaltimoreReasoning: If you remember what he did to us in our game against the Ravens, you know why he is special. He s a relentless return man, who should come relatively cheap because of injury questions.RG Rex Hadnot UFA out of MiamiReasoning: He is a versatile veteran who will be especially solid for us as a reserve and at right guard.CB Fernando Bryant UFA out of DetroitReasoning: A veteran corner to play our nickel back until we develop Irons well enough.DE Jevon Kearse UFA out of PhiladelphiaReasoning: We take a big chance, but we see how he performs as a reserve for John Abraham. Together, they might keep each other healthy and fresher. We sign him for very cheap.HB DeShaun Foster, UFA, out of CarolinaReasoning: We give the talented, but often injured power back a second chance, which may rejuvenate him.::Team Pre-Draft::: Offense:QB NEED, Redman, ShockleyRB NEED, Norwood, Foster, SnellingFB Mughelli, McIntyreWR White, Johnson, Robinson, Jenkins, JenningsTE Milner, Blakely, CooperLT NEED, FosterLG Blalock, ClaboC McClure, DatishRG Hadnot, NEEDRT Weiner, Williams : Defense:LE Anderson, DavisUT Babineaux, NEEDNT Lewis, NEED RE Abraham, KearseLOLB Boley, WilkinsMLB Taylor, NEEDROLB Williams, NicholasCB Hall, Houston, Bryant, Irons, GrimesFS Williams, Stone SS Milloy, Crocker: Special Teams:K Anderson, NEEDP Koenen KR NorwoodPR SamsLS Schneck:: The 2008 NFL Draft :::Round One:1- Miami selects Chris Long, DE, out of VirginiaReasoning: Parcells and the rest of the organization decides to go with Howie's kid. A masterful 3-4 defender who should greatly affect the aging defense.2- St. Louis selects Vernon Golston, DE, out of Ohio StateReasoning: St. Louis goes with Vernon because Carriker turned out to be a great DT, not a DE. ::**ATLANTA s 1st PICK**::3- Atlanta selects Jake Long, LT, out of MichiganReasoning: To solidify one side of our line for many years.4- Oakland selects Sedrick Ellis, DT, out of USCReasoning: The interior defensive line rush specialist they had, Sapp, retired& So& They get a younger one.5- Kansas City selects Glenn Dorsey , DT, out of LSUReasoning: The Chiefs looks to grab an offensive lineman in the 2nd as this opportunity presents itself.6- New York (Jets) select Darren McFadden, RB, out of Arkansas.Reasoning: They hope their young QB and team profit from the Adrian Peterson effect that McFadden may provide. 7- New England selects Leodis McKelvin, CB, out of Troy State Reasoning: The Patriots get an a good young corner to fill Samuels spot.8- Baltimore selects Matt Ryan, QB, out of BCReasoning: The Ravens need a QB and they determine that Boller is not their guy. Ryan should help to lift their pathetic offense to new heights.9- Cincinnati selects Keith Rivers, OLB, out of USCReasoning: Keith Rivers is a tremendous defender who can only help the Bengal s sorry defense improve.10- New Orleans selects Dominique-Rodgers Cromartie, CB, out of Tennessee StateReasoning: The Saints have an awful secondary that must be addressed; they reach but get a good prospect.11- Buffalo selects Malcolm Kelly, WR, out of OklahomaReasoning: The Bills get a great young prospect in a bit of a reach to solidify their WR core. 12- Denver selects Ryan Clady, LT, out of Boise StateReasoning: Denver, in dire need of a tackle, get s a steal here.13- Carolina selects Phillip Merling, DE, out of Clemson Reasoning: With the departure of Mike Rucker, the Panthers look to add youth and ability to the DE position. This is also an attempt to revamp Peppers.14- Chicago selects Chris Williams, OT, out of VanderbilitReasoning: They have possibly the oldest tackle combo in the game, this is one need filled. 15- Detroit selects Mike Jenkins, CB, out of South FloridaReasoning: Since Dre Bly flew the coup, they have needed a guy like this.16- Arizona selects Rashard Mendenhall, HB, out of IllinoisReasoning: James gets older, a young HB comes to town.17- Minnesota selects Reggie Smith, CB/S, out of OklahomaReasoning: They cut Dwight Smith& enter another Smith.18- Houston selects Derrick Harvey, DE, out of FloridaReasoning: Okoye, Mario, and Harvey = Scary good DL with youth.19- Philadelphia selects Sam Baker, LT, out of USCReasoning: They did not forget Winston Justice s struggles, here comes a real Left Tackle.20- Tampa Bay selects Brian Brohm, QB, out of LouisvilleReasoning: Gruden gets a great quarterback prospect for the post Garcia-era, even though he may prefer the older ones.21- Washington selects Kenny Philips, S, out of MiamiReasoning: A tragedy leads Washington to try and help the pain, with a fellow prospect from the U.22- Dallas selects DeSean Jackson, WR/KR, out of CaliforniaReasoning: With Owens and Glenn, the Cowboys need depth, they get exceptional depth and an immediate contribution in the return game with this pick. 23- Pittsburg selects Jeff Otah, RT, out of PittsburgReasoning: Colon moves back to Faneca s spot and Otah is plugged in there.24- Tennesee selects Limas Sweed, WR, out of TexasReasoning: Vince needs weapons. Sweed& Is a weapon, plus he is a fellow Longhorn.25- Seattle selects Jonathon Stewart, RB, out of OregonReasoning: With an aging Alexander, a quick, young pounder comes in to take over.26- Jacksonville selects Calais Campbell, DE, out of MiamiReasoning: With McCray in limbo and Hayward in injury limbo, the Jacksonville Jaguars try to patch up their dominant defensive line with Calais.27- San Diego selects Brandon Albert, G, out of VirginiaReasoning: Their aging interior linemen Mike Goff gets a replacement, a great one at that, the rich get richer. 28- Dallas selects Felix Jones, RB, out of ArkansasReasoning: The speedy running mate Dallas wanted Barber to be paired with if they couldn't get McFadden.29- San Francisco selects Kentwan Balmer, DT, out of North CarolinaReasoning: Their young talented and underachieving defense gets a good defensive tackle too.30- Green Bay selects Aqib Talib, CB, out of KansasReasoning: This is a great situation for him, because he won't be forced into the lineup behind Harris and Woodson, but both will need replacing soon.31- New York (Giants) selects Dan Connor, OLB, out of Penn St.Reasoning: With the retirement of Strahan, the Giants will need an OLB so Kiwanuka can go back to his natural position.:Round Two (Fight! Just my own lame humor& ):32- Miami selects Pat Sims, DT, out of AuburnReasoning: Miami gets a big strong tackle to aid their youth movement on the Defensive Line.33- St. Louis selects Carl Nicks, LT, out of NebraskaReasoning: They need to think about Pace s replacement. A solid selection.34- Oakland selects Early Doucet, WR, out of LSUReasoning: Oakland got rid of Russell s best option; they need to start giving him tools.35- Kansas City selects Gosder Cherilus, OT, out of Boston CollegeReasoning: Kansas City has a pretty old offensive line, this should help.36- New York (Jets) selects Quentin Groves, DE/OLB, out of AuburnReasoning: They missed out on Vernon Gholston, but get a poor man s version here.::**ATLANTA s 2nd PICK**::37- Atlanta selects Chilo Rachal, RG, out of USCReasoning: Atlanta gets the last of this years, best offensive guard prospects.38- Baltimore selects Antoine Cason, CB, out of ArizonaReasoning: McAllister and Rolle are showing their age, therefore plan B must be in place.39- San Francisco selects James Hardy, WR, out of IndianaReasoning: San Francisco needs better wide receivers to take some attention away from Gore.40- New Orleans selects Trevor Laws, DT, out of Notre DameReasoning: Hollis Thomas and Brian Young??? Instant Upgrade here.41- Buffalo selects Brandon Flowers, CB, out of Virginia TechReasoning: A pretty good corner prospect, whom the same coach who coached DeAngelo said is the best Corner he has had the opportunity to coach.42- Denver selects Dre Moore, DT, out of MarylandReasoning: They have been looking to revamp their DT position, here ya go!43- Carolina selects DaJuan Morgan, FS, out of N.C. StateReasoning: Carolina needs a better Playmaker and Decision Maker than Deke Cooper.44- Chicago selects Anthony Collins, OT, out of KansasReasoning: They have two old tackles, so they take two great young ones this year.45- Detroit selects Chris Johnson, RB, out of East CarolinaReasoning: The Barry Sanders look-alike will hopefully bring some talent to a position that has been lacking in it for some time.46- Cincinnati selects Lawrence Jackson, DE, out of USCReasoning: The Bengals had 22 sacks all of last year& .47- Minnesota selects Devin Thomas, WR, out of Michigan StateReasoning: Minnesota realizes where they are weakest, they really want to fix that.::**ATLANTA s 4th PICK**:::Trade:Atlanta trades the 48th pick in the 2008 DraftGreen Bay trades the rights to DT Corey WilliamsReasoning: Mike Smith wants more talent on the defensive line and accesses that Williams here, is better value than selecting a defensive lineman high and missing out on Jake Long. Green Bay has a deep Defensive Line and can afford to let Williams go. Williams is one of the top pass-rushing Defensive Tackles in the NFL and he is only 27 years old. This is similar to the Rod Coleman signing. He will elevate the game of DE Jamaal Anderson.::The Rest of Atlanta's Draft:: 3-066) Joe Flacco, QB, out of DelewareReasoning: The Atlanta Falcons new quarterback, Joe Flacco. He has very impressive tools such as speed (4.76 in the 40), Size (6-6 and 230), and a Big Arm. Bill Musgrave will have to work on his accuracy but he may end up being a great one.3-099) Jonathon Goff, MLB, out of VanderbiltReasoning: Fastest interior lineman, and my pick for future Atlanta middle linebacker for a long while.4-105) Frank Okam, DT, out of TexasReasoning: An underachieving defensive tackle who can flat out mow over offensive lineman! Great Value Here.5-138) Cory Boyd, RB, out South CarolinaReasoning: TD finds great running back talent in the later rounds. HE IS VERY UNDERATED. A GEM. The strongest back at the combine (25 reps), quick (4.51, had a 4.47 time), tremendous receiver at South Carolina (35 receptions for 406), and he Runs PEOPLE OVER. Youtube him people. He will compliment Norwood beautifully.6-177) Brandon Coutu, K, out of GeorgiaReasoning: A dominating performance in a skills competition gives him the nod to be our future kicker.6-197) Jayson Foster, KR/PR, out of Georgia Southern Reasoning: Everybody wants their own Hester& We can only hope.7-220) Jamal Lewis, SS, Georgia TechReasoning: A player with a lot of promise. A local kid. Why not?:: Post Draft Roster::: Offense:QB Redman, Flacco, ShockleyRB Boyd, Norwood, Foster, SnellingFB Mughelli, McIntyreWR White, Johnson, Robinson, Jenkins, Jennings, FosterTE Blakely, MilnerLT Long, FosterLG Blalock, ClaboC McClure, DatishRG Rachal, HadnotRT Weiner, Williams: Defense:LE Anderson, DavisUT Williams, BabineauxNT Lewis, OkamRE Abraham, KearseLOLB Boley, WilkinsMLB Goff, TaylorROLB Williams, NicholasCB Hall, Houston, Bryant, Irons, GrimesFS Williams, StoneSS Milloy, Crocker, Lewis: Special Teams:K Anderson, CoutuP KoenenKR Foster, SamsPR Sams, FosterLS Schneck:: 2009 Outlook::In Flacco Atlanta has a very talented & young prospect to compete with Shockley for the starting job.In Boyd, Atlanta has a new, powerful runner to compliment Norwood.In Johnson Atlanta gained a former round one wide receiver from Arizona two be our solid number two option. In Hadnot, M Williams, Long, and Rachal Atlanta has 2 new and extremely talented offensive lineman to develop into the starters as the veterans get the last bit of good play out (Hadnot and Maurice.)In Okam and Williams, Atlanta gained a proven run stopper from Texas, who will only get better and a young, talented veteran pass rusher to shine and help Anderson develop.In Kearse Atlanta has a solid rusher to spell Abe, who can spell him well if injured or tired. They may keep eachother healthy and become a deadly combo for 2-3 years.In Goff Atlanta got one of the best 4-3 middle linebacker prospects who will grow on the fans.In Bryant Atlanta has a proven corner who is valuable as a nickel.In Coutu Atlanta got a talented kicker to kick the long ones while Mort enjoys his last days as an NFL kicker.In Sams and Foster Atlanta got a proven punt returner who will hopefully return to form after an injury and a dynamic Hesterlike freak who will hopefully meet his potential.::What We Have In Our Future?::A Competitive Football Team!:::THE END::: Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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