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*This mock requires the Falcons to trade their second rounder from Houston for a late 2nd rounder and late 3rd rounder (some team in the late 20's of each round that would be looking to move up to take advantage of all the '1st round talent' that will be available in the first half of the 2nd round). 

 

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 1. Jake Long, OT, Michigan-  ...Never takes a play off and drives through the defender with good intent and force...Easily digests a complicated playbook and makes good field adjustments to twists and games...Rarely makes a mental error and is very alert on the field... Vocal team captain who will not hesitate to take a teammate to task...Has a true passion for the game, playing with a warrior-like mentality...Hard worker who will do anything the coaches ask and is a model for good work ethic, especially in the weight room...Take-charge type and field leader who plays with good field awareness and is an aggressive blocker who has the knowledge to call blocking adjustments up front...Sound technically and can be a drive blocker who shows good explosion in his initial step off the snap. 

  Long is a mauler with excellent drive-blocking skills. He compensates for a lack of explosion by taking good angles to adjust to movement and has the big hands and upper-body strength to consistently walk his man off the line. He shows the kick-step to mirror edge rushers, but does allow some inside penetration with his sluggish hip swerve working in-line. In a game plan that features physical drive blocking, Long is a perfect fit.

2. Dre Moore, DT, Maryland- Explosive, penetrating, tall UT that could contribute to the DL rotation from Day One. Blessed with a rare combination of size, strength and straight-line speed, he has the physical tools to develop into an upper echelon defensive tackle.  Unique build for a defensive tackle. ... Relatively trim middle with good definition in his upper and lower. ... Rare straight-line speed for the position. ... Flashes good quickness off the snap. ... Good upper body strength to hold up at the line of scrimmage. ... Improved play recognition and motor as a senior after struggling in this area earlier in his career. ... Has improved his play throughout his career and has only two years of football playing experience prior to college. ... Dedicated weight lifter with school records on his resume for his strength. ... Obvious upside based on his athleticism and willingness to put in time in the weight room.

 

2. Chilo Rachal*, OG, USC- At 6 6 and 320+ lbs, Rachal is the dominating, mauler type of run blocking RG we need in Mularkey s power-pro style offense.  Maybe used in rotation at first, as there are some questions about his abilities as a consistent pass blocker. A veteran of 22 career starts despite leaving after his junior season, Rachal's rare size, explosive hands and nastiness as a drive blocker make him an intriguing prospect for a power running offense. 

2. (acquired via trade down) Charles Godfrey*, CB, Iowa-6' <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />205 lbs.- 4.3 sec. speed, 37.5" vertical jump-  Rare combination of size and speed. ... Well-built athlete who has the physique of a safety and track star speed. ... Versatile, having played his first two seasons at safety before making the transition to cornerback for his junior and senior seasons. ... Flashed ability previously in his career, but enjoyed a breakout senior campaign. ... Rare pure speed. ... Significant improvement as a senior in terms of technique, play recognition and creating turnovers. ... Physical defender. ... Reliable open-field tackler who aggressively supports the run from his cornerback position. ... Good initial quickness and physicality to re-route the receiver. ... Smooth transition to run downfield. ... Effective in zone coverage. ... Reads the quarterback's eyes and can break on the ball to make plays. ... Learned to use his hands much more effectively as a senior, improving from two INTs and five pass break-ups to five INTs and nine break-ups in second season at cornerback. ... Still learning the nuances of the position, but possesses legitimate upside. ... Hard worker. ... Team leader.

3.

Andre Woodson, QB, UK- 6'5" 230lbs- I believe that Woodson is the best proven winner in this draft, with strong measurable and solid performance history.  Some time under Musgrave and Mularkey's tutelage could answer some of his questionable mechanics, and his accuracy is better than his occasional inconsistency belies.

 

3.Jonathan Goff, ILB, Vanderbilt- 6 2 240 lbs.- Productive, physical and instinctive, Goff leaves Vanderbilt as one of the SEC's best linebackers. A two-time team captain and Second Team All-SEC pick, Goff is a physical inside linebacker who is at his best when attacking the line of scrimmage against interior runs.  Looks the part. ... Thick upper body with room in his lower for additional muscle mass. ... Instinctive. ... Quick to attack the line of scrimmage, but shows good awareness and takes good angles to get depth. ... At his best as an inside run stuffer. ... Physical taking on blocks and has good hand usage to disengage. ... Reliable open-field tackler. ... Two-time team captain.

 

3. (acquired via trade down) Brad Cottam*, TE, Tenn.- 6'8", 270lb TE with a 4.6 40, 24 reps of 225 and a 33" vertical-  Depth can be a good thing, Hartsock being effective but no game changer, and Millner, the only questionable draft choice from a year ago, being unproven at BEST, and sucking like he did at UGA at worst, why not take a mid round flyer on a guy with great measurables and a style of game that fits what our team is going to need out of that position. (Its not going to matter how many balls Cottom can catch right away, so long as he proves to be the dominant blocker alot are making him out to be).

  As a UGA fan, I direct you to any of the last two Dawg games against UT and you'll see Cottom blocking the likes of Charles Johnson, Quentin Moses, Jeff Owens, Marcus Howard and Daniel Ellerbee (a frosh who will be a future star in the NFL).

 

"A monstrous tight end with decent size, Brad Cottam could be the best blocker at his position in this class."

4. Kirk Barton*, OT, OSU- Mauler RT type who ran a sub 5 second 40 and had 34 reps on the bench. Good backup for Clabo could possibly be a consistent contributor and eventual starter. Has the ability (like former teammate Doug Datish) to play several spots on the Line.  Dependable, strong-willed lineman who will be there every play of every game. ... Good strength at the point, able to seal the edge. ... Solid punch that can get his man off-kilter. ... Can quickly get his hands inside the defender's jersey and extend to get maximum leverage. ... Once he's locked in, Barton can bring his feet and move out the defender. ... Uses arm-bar to keep his man locked up if necessary. ... Can combo block if linebacker is fairly close to the line. ... Usually adept at picking up blitzer. ... Does best work against larger ends who rely on bull or one-move rushes

 

5. Thomas Decoud, FS/SS/CB, Cali-baby!-  Versatile, intelligent, athletic secondary addition that can contribute significantly on special teams; check out his profile here: 

http://www.nfl.com/combine/profiles/thomas-decoud?id=1357

6. Frank Okam*, DT, Texas- Showing signs of giving a crap at the pro-Day, Okam could end up being the DL steal of the draft.  Has the size and athleticism to dominate the LOS, but his dedication remains to be tested.  Has good timing and a great reach to knock down passes at the line of scrimmage... Smart player who retains plays well, but sometimes fails to take it from the chalkboard to the field (more due to an inconsistent motor)...Hard worker who competes in the weight room and in practice, but must perform at that high level throughout the game...A team leader with a presence and can be vocal when it's needed...A tough, coach able player who is accountable and dependable and will play hurt...Takes advantage of his size (over techniques) to clog the rush lanes and push back the lead blocker...Big-bodied player who engulfs ball carriers on contact...Not consistent, but can use his hands well for blocker protection, keeping opponents off his legs.... Has the strength to throw and jerk blockers with his hands, but needs to be more consistent...When he has the desire and sees the lane, he gets some push on the pocket (not relentless though and needs to become more interested when he sees the target)...Can be an efficient striker in closed quarters and he can level the quarterback with good collision or wrap technique.

7. Marcus Monk*, WR, Arkansas- Early-career phenom who struggled last season with injuries. Physical tools (6'6", 220lbs, size 9¼ hands, 4.56 40 yard dash, 36" vertical) to be the kind of possession receiver we've been waiting the last few years for Jenkins to be. Good route runner with superior downfield blocking skills.  Good depth, if not eventual starter& Elite size. ... Linear build with long arms and big hands. ... Even muscle distribution with room for additional growth. ... Uses his size well to shield defenders from the ball. ... Strong hands to snatch the ball out of the air. ... Flashes physicality as a downfield blocker and to break tackles after the catch.

7. Zackary Bowman, CB, Nebraska- All the God-given talent in the world; (4.3 speed, 37 vertical, 11 broad jump) is he ever going to stay healthy enough to contribute to a full season.   Prototypical size for corner, tall with nice arm span. ... Good hands for the interception, looking it in all of the way. ... High-points the ball with good vertical. ... Best when using his size and length to press on the outside, then turn and run with the receiver down the sideline. ... May also be useful in zones as he can read the quarterback and break on a ball thrown in front of him.  Major injury concerns cause his first round talent to present itself as a 7th round risk.  With all the depth in this draft, this could prove to be yet another high-value pick if Bowman is able to play up to anywhere near his enormous God-given potential. 

 

Rookie FA:  Jayson Foster, KR, GSU- Kid s got the skills, and the moves, but does he  have the mojo to be the next Tim Dwight/ Allan Rossum- style game changing return man.

 

Additional Rookie FA: Kelim Johnson*, FS; James Blair, OG; Fernando Velasco*, C/OG; Brandon Miller, DE; Amarri Jackson, WR; Thomas Brown*, RB,

 

*My sleeper picks, these kids will get slept on by a lot of teams, but with the right coaching I believe they will be special. 

 

Depth Chart:

WRx:White, Horn, Jennings/J. Foster

TE: Hartsock, Milner, Cottam

RT: T. Clabo, Weiner/Barton

RG: Rachal, Barton

C: Stepanovich, Datish, Velasco

LG: Blalock, Quarterman

LT: Long, Weiner, Foster (Practice squad, recovering torn ACL)

WRz: Robinson, Monk, Jenkins,

QB: Redman, Harrington, Woodson,  Shockley,

FB: Mugheli, McCintire

RB: Turner, Norwood, Snelling

LE: Anderson, Davis

DT: Babineaux, Moorehead, D. Moore, Lewis(IR)

DT: Okam, D. Moore, Moore, Lewis(IR)

RE: Abraham, Frasier

BLB: Boley, Nicholas

MLB: Goff, Taylor, Nicholas

WLB: Brooking, Nicholas, T. Williams

LCB: Houston, Irons, Grimes

SS: Milloy, Stone, Decoud

FS: Coleman, Decoud/Williams

(please  find a way to allow him to contribute, if he can, as he is a recent 2nd round pick)

RCB: Hutchins, Godfrey, Williams(see above), Bowman

P: Koenen

K: Elam

KR/PR: Jennings/J. Foster, Norwood, Houston

Bold= Possibility of being cut/ not making the final roster. 

 

 

Why Andre Woodson, QB, Kentucky?  Here s Why:

 

Positives: Has a tall, athletic frame with long limbs, large hands, smooth calves and muscle tone, but needs to control his weight (shed some bulk during the 2007 offseason and now looks more mobile moving around in the pocket)...Demonstrates the fluid range of motion to put all of his power behind his follow-through when passing...Can buy time scrambling in the pocket and shows the arm strength to make throws on the move, as he has the velocity needed to get the ball deep...Has made very good strides in his timing and shows much better field vision than he did in the past...Sets up quickly, displaying decent throwing mechanics and precision in the intermediate passing game, along with the play-action agility to throw on the move, thanks to good foot balance...Picks up coverages and schemes well, doing a nice job of reading the defense, as he would much rather eat the ball and take a sack that throw it into tight areas...Quick to call audibles and generally makes good pre-snap judgment calls, as the coaches displayed confidence in giving him freedom to change the plays at the line of scrimmage...Good clock manager who has taken to his leadership-by-example role better than when asked to be a vocal one...As a game manager, he can keep the plays alive and buy time for his targets by stepping up in the pocket or scrambling around to make the completion...Quick to get his feet set driving back from center, showing the back-foot press to gain separation and get to his pass-set point...His balance and nimble feet moving in the pocket help him greatly in play-action situations...Has the arm strength to thread the ball through traffic and did a better job of handling progressions...Has the mental makeup to call his own game and did a better job of picking up stunts and blitzes as a junior and senior than he did earlier in his career...Can throw the deep outs with good consistency, as he has the wrist flick and ball-placement skills to loft the ball into the soft areas or go over the top of the defender firing deep...Despite his wind-up motion, the ball comes out cleanly and smoothly due to his wrist action...Can get the ball downfield effortlessly and has the strength to make his throws from the opposite hash...Has developed better touch on his deep throws, as he can feather the pass away from the defender and drop it into his receivers hands, but when he throws off the wrong foot, his passes lack touch...No longer locks on to his primary target and will scan the field to find his secondary receivers, even though that will sometimes result in him getting sacked or being too late to hit those third-option targets in stride...Most of his success throwing deep came vs. Cover-2 defenses, as he can get the ball over the outside shoulder of the receivers operating along the perimeter or when executing on crossing patterns...One of the toughest pocket passers as you will find he knows how to use his size to stand tall in the pocket...Won't flinch standing under pressure and taking the hit or sack rather than coming up with a costly interception.



Negatives: Has just 7.5% body fat, but looked sluggish at times running with the ball in 2006, as he played close to 250 pounds...Is a bit high-cut with his long limbs, looking more like a basketball player than displaying a classic QB frame...Shows smooth feet on the move in the backfield, but is not a threat to take the ball long distances...For a player of his size, he is more mobile escaping pressure, but seems to lack awareness for cutback lanes or the "vision" to avoid defenders when forced to tuck and run with the ball...When asked to be more of a take-charge type in the huddle, he looks a bit uncomfortable in that role and must continue his development in this area...Smooth and efficient when setting up to throw, but must be aware that he has to do it quicker than most quarterbacks in order to compensate for his long, deliberate throwing motion...Must refine his foot placement through his delivery (will throw off the wrong foot), but he does a good job of carrying out fakes...Patient in the pocket, but must throw the ball away more rather than take sacks when his targets are covered (118 sacks resulted in 23 fumbles through 44 games)...His patience can also be a detriment, as most of his sacks come from his slower-than-ideal progression reads, as he is not always instant in locating his secondary targets...Has an adequate release, as his wind-up motion causes defenses to adjust to his long throws at times...Has good pass set-up quickness, but he sometimes runs his feet too much and needs to do a better job of squaring with changes in his throws...Shows a tendency of throwing and releasing the ball outside his frame and away from his body...Struggles some with his accuracy in the short area, with most of those problems occuring when firing along the boundaries...Carries the ball too low and this results in him firing from his hip, causing more than a fair share of his underneath passes getting batted down by the defense at the line of scrimmage...Can throw from the outside hashes, but needs to refine his mechanics and start using a higher release point...His accuracy and consistency with his short throws are better when he stays in the pocket rather than throwing when flushed out...From the outside hash, he will sometimes lead too much and his receivers are forced to adjust...Does not get rattled or panic when his primary target is covered, but with his quiet nature and previous confidence issues, he has yet to develop that take-charge attitude in the huddle...Will expose the football when running, resulting in fumble issues, as he keeps the ball away from his body trying to elude pressure and run with the ball...Has the change-of-direction agility to get out of the pocket and pick up yardage on the QB draw, but is not a threat to go long distances, as he will get too erect in his running stride.



Compares To: JASON CAMPBELL-Washington...Woodson seems to be more effective standing in the pocket and airing it out. He lacks accuracy and touch when aimed at targets in the short area, especially when forced to throw on the move. He can buy time with his feet in the backfield, but is no threat as a runner. He needs to develop a take-charge attitude, as his leadership skills have yet to fully evolve. He has the size and arm strength you look for in a starting quarterback, but there are several areas of his game --leadership, scrambling, short-area accuracy -- that need to be addressed before he can compete at the next level. While he is an impressive athlete, he must control his weight. Many experts list him as the best QB in the 2008 draft, but despite the media attention, there are still mechanical flaws in his release and delivery and a lack of ideal mobility to consider any of these QB prospects worthy of early first-round consideration. With his lack of leadership skills, he could turn into another Akili Smith (ex-Cincinnati).

Injury ReportNo injuries reported.

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·   In support of Cottom, here's what Walterfootball.com has to say about him:

"Brad Cottam, Tennessee

Height: 6-7. Weight: 270.

Projected 40 Time: 4.68.

Combine 40 Time: 4.68.

Benchx225: 24. Vertical: 33.

Projected Round: 2-3.

Brad Cottam ran a really impressive 40 at his size and looked fluid in the drills.

A monstrous tight end with decent size, Brad Cottam could be the best blocker at his position in this class. "

  Depth can be a good thing, Hartsock being effective but no game changer, and Millner, the only questionable draft choice from a year ago, being unproven at BEST, and sucking like he did at UGA at worst, why not take a mid round flyer on a guy with great measurables and a style of game that fits what our team is going to need out of that position. (Its not going to matter how many balls Cottom can catch right away, so long as he proves to be the dominant blocker alot are making him out to be).

As a UGA fan, I direct you to any of the last two Dawg games against UT and you'll see Cottom blocking the likes of Charles Johnson, Quentin Moses, Jeff Owens, Marcus Howard and Daniel Ellerbee (a frosh who will be a future star in the NFL). 

 

Why we ditched DFALL:

 

Why the D-Linemen I selected:  Hamilton brings fundamental approach to D-line

By J. Michael Moore, Atlantafalcons.com Managing Editor

 

 

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1. Jake Long LT Best pick of the draft he is a beast/Glenn Dorsey

2A. Brian Brohm QB Backup redman for a year and take notes and will start the next year/Joe Flacco

2b. Curtis Lofton LB Stock has skyrocketed and would move Keith Brooking back to weak side LB/Jerod Mayo

2c. Pat Sims DT

3a. Charles Godfrey CB

3b. Tom Zbikowski SS A great leader and special teams player/Josh Barrett

4. John Carlson TE Great Blocking TE

5. Carlton Medder RG Falcons already eyeing this guy what a stud could come in and beat Kynan Forney for the starting job at RG or play RT

6. Adarius Bowman WR Most complete WR in the draft

7a. Kalvin McCrae RB Already met with this kid great player

7b. Mikey Henderson WR/PR Awesome pick one of the best steals he is a lot better then Adam Jennings and would obviously beat him out for the KR job

UDFA

Jayson Foster WR/KR Mikey Henderson would do punt returns and play receiver/Jayson Foster would do KR

Jason Shirley DT 3rd round talent but would definitely add depth

Davone Bess WR Great hands/depth

Jack Ikegwuonu Move to free safety

Martel Van Zant CB

2009 Draft

1. Percy Harvin WR

2. Cornelius Ingram TE

3. Antoine Caldwell C

4. Tyrone McKenzie OLB

5. Jim Tartt OG

5. Selwyn Lymon WR We need a tall reciever and cut Michael

Jenkins

6. Travis Schnieder OT

7. Brandon Nicolas DT

Trade with Dallas #3 for #22, #28, #61 and 2009 2nd round pick

1. Jeff Otah OT

1. Brian Brohm QB

2. Curtis Lofton LB

2. Pat Sims DT

2. Josh Barrett SS

2. Charles Godfrey CB

3. Mike Pollack C

3. JerMichael Finley TE

4. Frank Okam DT

5. Adarius Bowman WR

6. Carlton Medder OG

7. Kalvin Mcrae RB

7. Mikey Henderson WR/PR

UDFA

1. Jayson Foster WR/KR

2. Jason Shirley DT

3. Davone Bess WR

4. JoLonn Dunbar OLB

5. Greyson Grunheim DE

6. Jack Ikegwuonu CB/FS

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Its Perfect, TD JR!

I will even except the Jake Long Pick because the rest is, so good!!

I do prefer Chris Long/McFadden/ Gholston for 30 million, they are Special!

But, We can give the Not as talented/Athlete Jake one year at LT, it will be entertaining!

He will eventually kick butt on at RG for the Falcons

PS-

Monk ran the 40-yard dash in 4. 41 and 4. 43 at pro day and he has moved up the charts being the same size a GT CJ, but just a tick slower!

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I like the draft overall. My only exception is Woodson. At one time, I thought he might be a good possibility, but after seeing Bryon Leftwich, and then reading about Woodson's slow, elongated stride throwing the ball, it doesn't take a rocket-surgeon to know I don't want a replay of that debacle. Put someone else in that slot, and I'd be happy with it...

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