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Free Agent:

1. Richard Seymour, 6'6", 310, 31 years old

Seymour has 3 rings. That's all that really needs to be said. If he's looking to add another, it would make sense for the Pro Bowler to come back to Georgia to finish his career. He might seem long in the tooth, but he's younger than Abraham and we saw the impact Mike Peterson had when we signed him. By signing Seymour, we'll release Anderson because Seymour would fill the swing role much more adequately.

2011 NFL Draft:

Round 1: Justin Houston, OLB/DE, Georgia

Hopefully my avatar will dispel any notion that I'm a Georgia homer. We need to find more pressure from all levels of our defense. William Moore has shown to be great at blitzing, but none of our linebackers have been able to get the job done consistently. Houston will play with his hand on the ground at times while also playing OLB in our 3-3-5 scheme. Houston, Weatherspoon, and Lofton will be a formidable linebacking unit.

Round 2: Jerrel Jernigan, WR/KR/PR, Troy

Our coaching staff loves versatility and there might not be a more versatile player than Troy's Jernigan. Our offense isn't lacking the big guys. We've got the hogs up front, the bruising running back in Turner, and both outside receivers are strong. What our offense lacked were the smaller, shifty guys that can create plays in space. Jernigan offers insurance against both Norwood, if we choose to bring him back, and Douglas if neither can come back to full strength from their respective injuries.

Round 3: Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Oregon State

I've known about Jacquizz since I saw him play as a freshman and I came away totally impressed. He reminds me of Jones-Drew without the Herculean body. Rodgers will also fill the need of a couple of smaller, shiftier guys that can make big plays when we need them. I would love to bring back Norwood AND draft Rodgers, although that might be difficult. We need Snelling more than Norwood, so if he has to walk then so be it. Rodgers caught 78 passes his sophomore year and will provide a threat that none of our other backs can.

Round 4: D.J. Williams, TE, Arkansas

He was given the John Mackey award as the nation's top tight end in 2010. Whether we win the Super Bowl next season or not, we have to imagine Tony Gonzalez will be done. We need someone who can stretch the seams and be a reliable red zone target when he leaves. Williams will see time in his first season because we like to run so many two tight end sets, although I do also like Michael Palmer.

Round 5: Jalil Brown, CB, Colorado

Brown doesn't have the physical numbers that his teammate Jimmy Smith will put up, but he's a good cover man in his own right. Brian Williams is a free agent and it is yet to be seen if he will be brought back. We can't give up on Chris Owens, but his reputation sure took a hit after the Green Bay game. With Robinson and Grimes outside, we'll have three young guys in Owens, Franks, and Brown behind them.

Round 6: Greg Salas, WR, Hawaii

Salas came away from a pass-oriented offense, so he would have to adapt to some run blocking in our scheme to see any significant playing time. He's a possession guy who won't remind anyone of Brian Finneran from a physical stand-point, but he can certainly step into that role as a third down specialist.

Round 7: Take your pick. Too hard to predict.

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Free Agent:

1. Richard Seymour, 6'6", 310, 31 years old

Seymour has 3 rings. That's all that really needs to be said. If he's looking to add another, it would make sense for the Pro Bowler to come back to Georgia to finish his career. He might seem long in the tooth, but he's younger than Abraham and we saw the impact Mike Peterson had when we signed him. By signing Seymour, we'll release Anderson because Seymour would fill the swing role much more adequately.

2011 NFL Draft:

Round 1: Justin Houston, OLB/DE, Georgia

Hopefully my avatar will dispel any notion that I'm a Georgia homer. We need to find more pressure from all levels of our defense. William Moore has shown to be great at blitzing, but none of our linebackers have been able to get the job done consistently. Houston will play with his hand on the ground at times while also playing OLB in our 3-3-5 scheme. Houston, Weatherspoon, and Lofton will be a formidable linebacking unit.

Round 2: Jerrel Jernigan, WR/KR/PR, Troy

Our coaching staff loves versatility and there might not be a more versatile player than Troy's Jernigan. Our offense isn't lacking the big guys. We've got the hogs up front, the bruising running back in Turner, and both outside receivers are strong. What our offense lacked were the smaller, shifty guys that can create plays in space. Jernigan offers insurance against both Norwood, if we choose to bring him back, and Douglas if neither can come back to full strength from their respective injuries.

Round 3: Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Oregon State

I've known about Jacquizz since I saw him play as a freshman and I came away totally impressed. He reminds me of Jones-Drew without the Herculean body. Rodgers will also fill the need of a couple of smaller, shiftier guys that can make big plays when we need them. I would love to bring back Norwood AND draft Rodgers, although that might be difficult. We need Snelling more than Norwood, so if he has to walk then so be it. Rodgers caught 78 passes his sophomore year and will provide a threat that none of our other backs can.

Round 4: D.J. Williams, TE, Arkansas

He was given the John Mackey award as the nation's top tight end in 2010. Whether we win the Super Bowl next season or not, we have to imagine Tony Gonzalez will be done. We need someone who can stretch the seams and be a reliable red zone target when he leaves. Williams will see time in his first season because we like to run so many two tight end sets, although I do also like Michael Palmer.

Round 5: Jalil Brown, CB, Colorado

Brown doesn't have the physical numbers that his teammate Jimmy Smith will put up, but he's a good cover man in his own right. Brian Williams is a free agent and it is yet to be seen if he will be brought back. We can't give up on Chris Owens, but his reputation sure took a hit after the Green Bay game. With Robinson and Grimes outside, we'll have three young guys in Owens, Franks, and Brown behind them.

Round 6: Greg Salas, WR, Hawaii

Salas came away from a pass-oriented offense, so he would have to adapt to some run blocking in our scheme to see any significant playing time. He's a possession guy who won't remind anyone of Brian Finneran from a physical stand-point, but he can certainly step into that role as a third down specialist.

Round 7: Take your pick. Too hard to predict.

You will have to over pay for Seymour and he is on the back half of his career. Not a good signing.

Justin Houston is too small to play DE and not adapt to playing the outside spot in a 4-3. He will be a blitzing LB in the NFL in the mold of Clay Matthews which we don't use in our current defense.

The rest of the picks are okay except Salas. I don't see TM taking 2 WR in this draft unless somebody just falls in his lap in like the 7th round. We have HD and Meier coming back and I wouldn't be surprised if Finneran gets a one year deal. He has found a way onto this team for years and he can still play a role. TD likes veteran role players.

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You will have to over pay for Seymour and he is on the back half of his career. Not a good signing.

Justin Houston is too small to play DE and not adapt to playing the outside spot in a 4-3. He will be a blitzing LB in the NFL in the mold of Clay Matthews which we don't use in our current defense.

The rest of the picks are okay except Salas. I don't see TM taking 2 WR in this draft unless somebody just falls in his lap in like the 7th round. We have HD and Meier coming back and I wouldn't be surprised if Finneran gets a one year deal. He has found a way onto this team for years and he can still play a role. TD likes veteran role players.

The great thing is, like Dimitroff said, we're able to have luxury picks this season. Houston might not be able to be an every down player immediately, but like I said he'll be great in our 3-3-5 package. Houston is listed at 6'3 258 while Abraham is listed at 6'4 263. An inch and five pounds isn't that much. He can rush the passer on third and long and give us great flexibility in stopping the run from the 3-3-5 package by giving us added size from the linebacker spot.

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The great thing is, like Dimitroff said, we're able to have luxury picks this season. Houston might not be able to be an every down player immediately, but like I said he'll be great in our 3-3-5 package. Houston is listed at 6'3 258 while Abraham is listed at 6'4 263. An inch and five pounds isn't that much. He can rush the passer on third and long and give us great flexibility in stopping the run from the 3-3-5 package by giving us added size from the linebacker spot.

Houston gained his first round status playing the rush LB in Georgia's 3-4 defense. Why would we draft him to play another position for which he hasn't shown production at? Also the only time we play a 3-3-5 package is in prevent which calls for the linebackers to drop into coverage not rush the passer which is the reason Houston would be drafted in the 1st round. Sorry but the pick wouldn't make any sense on many levels.

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Houston gained his first round status playing the rush LB in Georgia's 3-4 defense. Why would we draft him to play another position for which he hasn't shown production at? Also the only time we play a 3-3-5 package is in prevent which calls for the linebackers to drop into coverage not rush the passer which is the reason Houston would be drafted in the 1st round. Sorry but the pick wouldn't make any sense on many levels.

you are very misinformed here.

1st. Houston was very productive in the 4-3. This was his only year in the 3-4.

2nd. UGA ran more of a combo defense anyway. Houston played DE A TON this year and that was actually where he was best at rushing the qb.

3rd. Houston has without question shown the ability to hold up in the run game.

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you are very misinformed here.

1st. Houston was very productive in the 4-3. This was his only year in the 3-4.

2nd. UGA ran more of a combo defense anyway. Houston played DE A TON this year and that was actually where he was best at rushing the qb.

3rd. Houston has without question shown the ability to hold up in the run game.

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That's correct Justin Houston is a hard nosed player and was a very bright spot on the Georgia defensive line even before Grantham came in and they switched to the 3-4 scheme. He'd be a great player for the Falcons to pick.

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you are very misinformed here.

1st. Houston was very productive in the 4-3. This was his only year in the 3-4.

2nd. UGA ran more of a combo defense anyway. Houston played DE A TON this year and that was actually where he was best at rushing the qb.

3rd. Houston has without question shown the ability to hold up in the run game.

I have to say I trust NFL scouts much more than MB scouts and for some reason most teams/pro scouting websites are looking at him as a LB. I'll trust they know something we don't. lol

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I have to say I trust NFL scouts much more than MB scouts and for some reason most teams/pro scouting websites are looking at him as a LB. I'll trust they know something we don't. lol

I think it speaks volumes about him that people can argue whether he can play with his hand in the dirt or come off the edge in a 3-4. He's a talented pass rusher. I don't know if you've noticed, but it's pretty hard to come by a pure 4-3 pass rusher these days. A lot of guys coming out are "tweener" guys who are better suited for the 3-4. There has to come a point when you have to look at a guy and ask: Does he have experience rushing off the line? Does he have the size and burst required? Does he offer versatility and an added dimension to our defense?

It's hard to pinpoint someone as a 4-3 pass rusher these days. You have guys like Ryan Kerrigan who seem tailor made to play in a 4-3, but are they true pass rushing, right ends? A lot of these guys would fit perfectly as a left end in our scheme, but "tweeners" like Houston can fit in rushing the passer in the 4-3.

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I have to say I trust NFL scouts much more than MB scouts and for some reason most teams/pro scouting websites are looking at him as a LB. I'll trust they know something we don't. lol

that's bologna. How would you know how or where their looking at him at. Yes it's true he may fit in best at 3-4 OLB but to say he has never played in a 4-3 and wouldn't be productive there is asinine. Just admit you were wrong and move on.

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I have to say I trust NFL scouts much more than MB scouts and for some reason most teams/pro scouting websites are looking at him as a LB. I'll trust they know something we don't. lol

I don't. Some had Kerrigan as an OLB until the Senior Bowl happened and he wasn't as good there. Some just smack the title on there because of size (ie Aldon Smith).

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I don't. Some had Kerrigan as an OLB until the Senior Bowl happened and he wasn't as good there. Some just smack the title on there because of size (ie Aldon Smith).

This is exactly what has happened with Justin Houston. There is absolutely no way I would ever want him playing OLB in our scheme, even in the 3-3-5. You can read my scouting report on him, but he was an OLB in name only this year. As Kennesaw said they ran a ton of 4-3 looks because they are transitioning from that system and because they have to run a lot of nickel packages against spread looks. So Houston has actually proven himself to be much more effective with his hand down in a 4-3 than he has in a 3-4, especially since he is not natural, fluid or experienced in coverage. In fact, he is a liability.

I think he could probably play 3-4 OLB, but he would be a liability whenever he dropped into coverage unless they just put him into a flat zone. He is a much better fit at 4-3 DE.

Here's my report on him:

http://tommeltonscouting.wordpress.com/2011/01/14/justin-houston-de-georgia-scouting-report/

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