The Dirty Bird Posted October 9, 2008 Share Posted October 9, 2008 Seeing the usuals posting up their mocks made me feel like a slacker despite it being midterm season (my last 2 tomorrow), but I felt compelled to share my ideal draft as of right now with just some names and some quick explanations.Like last year, I assume (hope) that TD and the FO go after one big time free agent.2009's free agent will be: Terrell Suggs, DE.Suggs is a converted LB who has been very productive from the DE position for the Ravens. With face of the franchise Ray Lewis and top LB Bart Scott set to become FAs in 2009, there is a good chance that Suggs will go to where he can get the most $$. Now we have two great DEs who will give us one heck of a pass rush and JA98 substituting in on running downs and gaining more progression time. Assumes Brooking and Weiner are gone so some of their money goes to Suggs.I will go and say the same resignings that everyone else has said(Boley, Jenkins, Babs, etc), but it is paramount that we resign Milloy to a 1-2 yr deal. It is also paramount that we cut Adam Jennings. Paramount.Last assumption: This mock hinges on whether Taylor Mays will declare for the 2009 draft or stay and enter the 2010 draft. He is my favorite safety prospect I have ever seen since following the draft some years ago (over Phillips, Landry, Reed) and I would do many unforgivable things to get this young man in Atlanta Black and Red. This mock assumes that he stays for his senior year.1) Duke Robinson, OG - Best OG prospect in recent memory, grading run blocker2) Phil Loadholt, OT - Monstrous OT, another grading run blocker who is a good pass blocker - moved to RT3) Al Woods, NT - With a ton of talented DTs but no real show stoppers, Woods can be had here. If the Duke DT (Vinco O-something) can be had here which is possible since he is now graded a 2-3 round prospect, then I'd rather him, but I think he'll be gone in the 2nd.4) Eric Wood, C - This is probably going too line-heavy, but if Wood is available in the 4th I think we have to get him. He's a rock at C and is a projected 4th rounder behind Mack, Unger, Luigs, Caldwell and Shipley. This effectively gives the Falcons the best young OL in the entire NFL.5a) Ramses Barden, WR - I have read a few things on him after seeing all the love he gets on these boards and I like him as a Finneran replacement. His stats are ridiculous.5b) Jahi Word-Daniels, CB - Big corner who is a great fit for the Cover 2, will provide nice depth. Local product from GT.6) Darius Hill, TE - Starting the love for a no name. Hill is a 6'6 TE weighing in at 235 lbs with a 4.64 40 who is decent at everything but a great receiving threat. Had 10 TD catches last season. He is from Ball State so look him up.I know we have no 7th rounder, but I am going to assume somewhere in the draft we trade down within the same round and pick one up, if not consider this the first rookie FA we sign) Marcus Thigpen, RB/KR - His only role on the Falcons team would be KR where he is electrifying for Indiana. He has had TD returns (in recent memory) for 98 and 100 yards on kick offs. He runs the 40 in the 4.3s, makes great cuts and the Indiana offense is planning to use him like Hester - in any capacity possible.This leaves one glaring need for 2010: Safety. We do whatever has to be done, move up if need be, to get Taylor Mays, and then we have a very complete team. If he enters the 2009 draft, I propose and strongly endorse the idea that we give up our 2010 1st rounder to get him. The Falcons team looks like it is now only a few pieces away from being a contender. We have a franchise QB, we have a great run game, we have a solid passing game, our line would be set - both O and D - and our secondary would be set, as well as having a dynamic KR. That is my "in a nutshell" version of my mock draft.When I have more time I will give an actual mock with more explanation, measurables, stats, etc.Feel free to comment. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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