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RoundPickPick Acquired FromPlayerMeasureablesReasoning
13 Glenn Dorsey - DT (LSU)6'1" 297Cornerstone of defense
234OaklandCurtis Lofton - MLB (OK)6'0" 246MLB for next 10 - average athlete/outstanding production
237 Anthony Collins - OT (Kan)6'5" 317Starts at RT, kicks Clabo inside to RG, could eventually transition to LT. Foster backs up to both T
248HoustonDuane Brown - OT (VT)6'4" 315Young and extremely athletic - possible candidate for LT. Due to 1st round 
368 Josh Johnson - QB (SD)6'3" 215 Outstanding college QB, albeit at a lower level of comp. Mobile, accurate, student of the game; highest ceiling
398 Dexter Jackson - WR (App. St.)5'9" 182 4.37/40Slot WR, KR/PR - Elite Speed & prime time performer
4103 Marcus Howard - OLB/DE (UGA)6'0" 237 4.45/40Situational pass rusher - allows Jamal Anderson to play a "Justin Tuck" role and move inside on passing downs
5138 Athyba Rubin - DT (Iowa St.)6'2" 315Run Stuffer - additional depth to DL
6172 David Roach - S (TCU)6'0" 210 4.53/40Size and speed, developmental prospect
7212 Jeremy Zuttah - OG (Rutgers)6'3" 303Experience all across the line
7232PittsburghFernando Velasco - C (UGA)6'2" 305Developmental prospect

The most critiqued pick, I'm sure, will be the QB selection. Having taken into consideration the available talent at QB, the Falcons' needs across the roster, the Falcons' recent history and the careers of Dimitroff and Smith, I think they invest heavily in the lines early and select a QB in the middle rounds. The Patriots model, as of late, has seen them select their last few QB's in mid to late rounds (Brady - 6th round, Rohan Davey - 4th, Kliff Kingsbury - 6th, Matt Cassell - 7th Round, Matt Guitierrez - Undrafted). The Jacksonville model, after drafting Leftwich in the first,  saw them select David Garrard - 4th round and  pick up Quinn Grey - undrafted.

In addition, following considering Dimitroff's CFL experience, where mobile QB's are much more the norm, and Mike Smith's, he also played in the CFL as well, experience of practicing against a guy like Garrard and scheming for a guy like Vince Young twice a season, he understands the additional pressure a mobile QB puts on a defense. I could very well be wrong, but for these reasons, I think Johnson is a good, safe pick.

The Falcons walk away with 5 eventual starters (Dorsey, Lofton, Collins, Brown, Johnson) and 3 more, opening day rotational players (Jackson; KR/PR, Howard; pass rushing specialist, Rubin; rotational DT). I also believe Lofton could start on Day 1, depending upon what happens with Brooking.

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Matthew Pritts (4/11/2008)
Another Johnson hugger. :rolleyes:

I swear, if TD waits till Day 2 to draft a QB, I'm done!

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Johnson hugger...Not even. I orignally had Woodson with the Falcons 2nd round pick from Houston, but didn't think Duane Brown would be available in the 3rd. I also like Johnson's mobility behind a younger, restructured line.

I should have mentioned my mock was made using Scouts Inc. ratings, but used other scouts ratings for comparative purposes. Howard was listed as a 2nd day pick late 3rd, early 4th as he's strictly a pass rusher at this point, has no experience dropping into coverage, AND he still has to put on weight just to be a situational pass rusher.

Rubin is a guy that was all over the map. Scouts Inc, had him just about where he falls in my mock, others have him well within the top 100.

The two of you guys should take some time to throw a mock up.

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grendel (4/11/2008)
I don't mind the JJ pick, but Curtis Lofton at #34? He's as likely to be there at #68 if we don't take him. Dan Connor or Jerod Mayo there would make a ton of sense, but Curtis Lofton is definitely a step down.

I would LOVE to have Mayo, and I think it's a wash between Connor and Lofton, perhaps for the sake of the argument, giving the edge to Connor. If Rivers goes top 10, which seems very possible considering his perfomance on USC's pro day, I can't see Mayo and Connor lasting through the first round. N.O., Denver, Tampa, NYG, Miami & St. Louis could all use a MLB before our 1st second round pick.

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grendel (4/11/2008)
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Matthew Pritts (4/11/2008)
Another Johnson hugger. :rolleyes:

I swear, if TD waits till Day 2 to draft a QB, I'm done!

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Johnson hugger...Not even. I orignally had Woodson with the Falcons 2nd round pick from Houston, but didn't think Duane Brown would be available in the 3rd. I also like Johnson's mobility behind a younger, restructured line.

I should have mentioned my mock was made using Scouts Inc. ratings, but used other scouts ratings for comparative purposes. Howard was listed as a 2nd day pick late 3rd, early 4th as he's strictly a pass rusher at this point, has no experience dropping into coverage, AND he still has to put on weight just to be a situational pass rusher.

Rubin is a guy that was all over the map. Scouts Inc, had him just about where he falls in my mock, others have him well within the top 100.

The two of you guys should take some time to throw a mock up.

Mocks always take too long for me... I'm too much of a perfectionist and I end up writing 10 pages of analysis ;)

What you're saying about Howard is true, but... It's not keeping Gholston from being discussed for the #1 overall ;)

Yeah, I can understand the time involved, I been workin on this for a couple of weeks now, but was determined not to write too much.

Gholston also has 3 inches and about 30lbs on Howard, but I think Howard is an excellent value for whoever picks him up on the second day! It's time the Falcons kept more of these guys at home.

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grendel (4/11/2008)
I don't mind the JJ pick, but Curtis Lofton at #34? He's as likely to be there at #68 if we don't take him. Dan Connor or Jerod Mayo there would make a ton of sense, but Curtis Lofton is definitely a step down.

Actually to me Lofton and Mayo are pretty close. Connor i wouldn't want before either of them. If i had to take 1 of them it would be Lofton over the other 2 as i think he is the best pure MLB.

As far as the draft goes i like pretty much everything about it. Im not sure Rubin would be there int he 5th but if he is then thats a steal.

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M4DR0X (4/11/2008)
JJ is worthless, he will never make it in the nfl.

...and you believe this because????

If you miss on Johnson, you've only used a 3rd round pick instead of the 3rd overall pick. Not picking a QB higher, gives an opportunity to plug a few other holes with less risk/better value.

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if we dont take ryan with the 3 pick. It'll Brohm by trading up or Henne or Flacco with our first pick in the second. LB is the teams one of two strengths on this team why would we draft one that early. When re-building so to speak, you try to better your weaknesses and LB is not one this team.

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budd63 (4/11/2008)
if we dont take ryan with the 3 pick. It'll Brohm by trading up or Henne or Flacco with our first pick in the second. LB isthe teamsone of two strengths on this team why would we draft one that early. When re-building so to speak, you try to better your weaknesses and LB is not one this team.

LB a strength? This must be based on the play of Boley because Brooking was horrible last year, and WLB is manned by an unproven 2nd year player. Additionally, there is absolutely NO depth at LB.

The only position of strength for the Falcons is RB and maybe DE and WR depending upon your view of Robinson and Jenkins.

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vitaman (4/11/2008)
Solid Draft. Need to consider more O Line help. No way Zuttah makes it past Round 4.

I think getting 2 tackles is sufficient as is allows Clabo to move inside. Foster comes back to provide depth between the 2 tackle spots and the second tackle selected begins his apprenticeship as well. Weiner is obviously on his last legs, but there's sufficient depth and youth to assume the position in the future.

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grendel (4/11/2008)
I don't mind the JJ pick, but Curtis Lofton at #34? He's as likely to be there at #68 if we don't take him. Dan Connor or Jerod Mayo there would make a ton of sense, but Curtis Lofton is definitely a step down.

I would LOVE to have Mayo, and I think it's a wash between Connor and Lofton, perhaps for the sake of the argument, giving the edge to Connor. If Rivers goes top 10, which seems very possible considering his perfomance on USC's pro day, I can't see Mayo and Connor lasting through the first round. N.O., Denver, Tampa, NYG, Miami & St. Louis could all use a MLB before our 1st second round pick.

Jonathan Goff anyone?

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