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  1. 1. What would you grade the Falcons 2011 NFL Draft?

    • A+
      16
    • A
      13
    • A-
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    • B
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    • C
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    • D
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    • F
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if we could have gotten Julio a little cheaper I would give it an "A". I felt like we should have been able to keep our 4th rounder this year in that trade - oh well, its done.

I thought Jaquizz Rogers was a late 3rd round pick and Akeem Dent a late 5th rounder. They got drafted in opposite order so that cancels out and makes them both great picks. Cliff Matthews with our last pick was very nice as well.

All of our players are tough guys - I like that. Playing for the Falcons is not for the faint of heart - you gotta be a man!

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I gave it a B.

I still have significant reservations about the trade for Julio Jones. I love the skills he brings, but have reserations about the price we paid to get him. I issed not having a 2nd or 4th this year, and not having a 1st or 4th next year will be painful. Its a move that has the potetial to make us, but it could also break us.

I was very happy with the rest of the draft. Every pick (apart from the P/K) was projected by the so called experts to go where we took them, or in several cases (Rodgers, Jackson, Mathews) significantly higher, which is encouraging as it seems to suggets that - although we only had 6 picks, 4 of which were in the last 3 rounds) we had good value.

It's easy to think of punters/kickers as wasted picks, but Bosher was an understandable move. Koenan's Punting avergaes have been poor for a couple of seasons now, and he's simply not worth the $2.5m-$3m a season he's been getting. We found a much cheaper replacement with better stats, who can also kick FG if necessary and kickoff like Koenan. Maybe we could have picked him up as a UFA, but then why risk losing him to another team if he fits a need and is the player we want?

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I'm thrilled with JJ and Quizz. I think Dent and Matthews have a lot of potential. I think they picked up the punter for a specific reason - unknown to us - so I'll just let that one go. Not sure about the tackle.

Free Agency has got to get here soon - I can't stand the waiting!

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I gave it a B.

I still have significant reservations about the trade for Julio Jones. I love the skills he brings, but have reserations about the price we paid to get him. I issed not having a 2nd or 4th this year, and not having a 1st or 4th next year will be painful. Its a move that has the potetial to make us, but it could also break us.

I was very happy with the rest of the draft. Every pick (apart from the P/K) was projected by the so called experts to go where we took them, or in several cases (Rodgers, Jackson, Mathews) significantly higher, which is encouraging as it seems to suggets that - although we only had 6 picks, 4 of which were in the last 3 rounds) we had good value.

It's easy to think of punters/kickers as wasted picks, but Bosher was an understandable move. Koenan's Punting avergaes have been poor for a couple of seasons now, and he's simply not worth the $2.5m-$3m a season he's been getting. We found a much cheaper replacement with better stats, who can also kick FG if necessary and kickoff like Koenan. Maybe we could have picked him up as a UFA, but then why risk losing him to another team if he fits a need and is the player we want?

I watched the video of Les Snead talking about the punter and he said that he was a guy that they were targeting because he kicked FG's, punted, and kicked off.

He also mentioned that our P and K were FA's this year and having a guy like him could free up a roster spot.

Sounds like he may take all three kicking jobs.

Then maybe we could activate another D Lineman on game day.

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I watched the video of Les Snead talking about the punter and he said that he was a guy that they were targeting because he kicked FG's, punted, and kicked off.

He also mentioned that our P and K were FA's this year and having a guy like him could free up a roster spot.

Sounds like he may take all three kicking jobs.

Then maybe we could activate another D Lineman on game day.

i remember koenen doing double duty, it didnt work so well

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i remember koenen doing double duty, it didnt work so well

Yea, I remember that. The difference, I think is that the double duty was put on Koenen without prior experience. this new guy evidently has been doing it for Miami all along.

On a side note, did ya'll notice that Miami had 8 players drafted.

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about the punter, I was told by a prominent media member, that Dimitroff was not a fan of frachising Michael Koenan a few years ago - and that Dimitroff does not really like spending money on a punter. Don't expect that to happen again.

And buh-bye, Koenan - good luck even finding one of the 32 punter jobs out there - you have been in decline for two years now.

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Although I believe JJ is going to grow into a Pro-Bowl WR, we over paid to get him. One of the biggest problems with this trade is Atlanta(TD) made sure everyone knew about it. When you go to buy a car you never let the salesman know how excited you are about the vehicle. When you go to buy a house you don't show your hand to the real estate agent. I bet if TD didn't come off as being so desperate we could have kept one of our 4ths.

Unlike everyone else, I like the Dent pick. It gives us depth at the MLB position as well as what appears to be a special teams ace. After drafting him TD said he was the highest rated special teams player we had on our board.

I love the "Little man" pick in the 5th, 'Quizz is gonna be a great compliment to Turner and Snelling. He should also find a lot of daylight in the flat.

With our later round picks we drafted some potential defensive depth and apparently our new punter.

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A- With the talent in this years draft I didn't mind giving up the draft picks for Jones. He will be a pro bowler in this league. It seemed a lot of underclassmen came out in this years draft so next year probably will be weak as well.

I loves the Quizz Rodgers pick he is exactly what we need a change of pace back who is durable and has good hands out of the backfield. STEAL OF the Draft

Akeem good depth if we loose anyone in FA.

Bosher I like this pick up more than most.He can do it all very versatile player. We now have a leg for the long FG's and will pin it deep. I agree with a couple who have said Koenen has not played well the last couple of seasons.

Honestly I know nothing of Matthews but he grades out well for a DE and who knows we may have found buried treasure with him.

All in all very nice draft and don't kid yourself TB and especially NO helped themselves out with solid drafts as well. The NFC will be very competitive for a long time.

Great Job TD, Coach Smith and King Arthur who I noticed had the closest seat to the TV in the war room :P

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I gave it a C. Too much given up for Jones and too much on the line for the kid to walk into. The expectations on that young man of 22 will be enormous. Every play, every drop will be highly scrutinized.

Dent in the third might be a good pick but who's place is he taking? If he was primarily taken for ST then I am not feeling this pick. If we are conceding losing Nicholas then I think it is an immediate downgrade but if Lofton is still feeling the effects of his recent surgery on his knees then this was a good pick and the draft grade goes up to a B.

Rodgers was a good pick since we apparently are cutting Norwood loose.

The Bosher pick was good if it was in the seventh round but I guess we had to make sure we got s punter in case Koenan is gone.

Not sure about the Jackson pick. I guess it is good depth.

I loved the Mathews pick. Great value in the seventh round.

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I gave it a B, but maybe a C+ would be more accurate. We didnt get a good OLB (DT said himself akeem was drafted to back up lofton) or a TE prospect for TG to mentor, both of which i felt were very important. We also didnt add depth at safety, so we are in a world of hurt if moore goes down again. That said, the days of teams simply sticking 8 in the box and/or doubling roddy are over. defenses will absolutely have to account for rodgers when he's on the field, he is very elusive in open space. And if jones stays healthy and is as good as we hope he is, defenses are going to have a very hard time keeping us out of the end zone.

Offensively i like this draft, but its hard to argue that our defense didnt need more work than our offense, and we did very little to address that. Im hoping that we sign a good DE and a safety or OLB in free agency. All three would be great but the DE is a must. This team wont take the next step if we dont upgrade the pass rush and get some depth at OLB and S.

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Solid B. There is much going on behind the scenes. So I won't whine or comain about any of the picks as the information for the why's of it all is not evident. Clearly management and the coaching staff have much faith in the kids we have been developing. We have some key players bouncing back from injuries. A blown knee takes two years to really bounce back from. So Moore, Jerry and Douglas will be nearing 100%. Meier was heir apparent at possession receiver, and will now get a chance to show what he can do. Hawley, Johnson and Reynolds will get looks to step up. We have youth who have had time to come along.

This draft is really about decorating the Christmas tree, putting the star on top so to speak. TD and the brain trust saw this as a draft to fill gaps in the production line. Eliminating dead wood possibly and allowing new growth underneath. I am not alarmist about the picks. As I said I don't know the behind the scenes happening. I have faith that a plan is in place. There is reason TD and Smitty make the big jack. They know football in ways we can only aspire to. Football is our passion, but it is literally their entire working life. Being paid to know what to do, who to pick, how to coach and who to sign. Have some faith in the process. Building a team takes incremental growth to build sustained development.

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I give the draft an A just because of Quizz and Julio. How often does a team that was the top seed in their conference get a player of Julio's caliber in the following draft? And Quizz will be the steal of the draft before all is said and done - underestimate him at your own risk. That performance he had against USC in '08 is one of the greatest sporting events that I have seen in my lifetime.

As for the other picks, eh, I'm sure some will pan out and some won't.

Dent - a versatile linebacker, team captain in college, probably a core special teamer at least for years to come. Might have the tools to develop into an outside linebacker (or at least an injury sub for Lofton) too

Bosher - eh, what can you say about a kicker/punter. Time will tell whether it was worth drafting one when they are so available elsewhere, although it is interesting that he won the team MVP award in '08 as a specialist. Probably the end for Koenen in Atlanta though

Jackson - struggles with injuries and strength, but if he could add some muscle and stay healthy he could be a steal too. By all accounts a very smart player and a great technician in the trenches

Mathews - definitely potential there to develop into a player too - solid in all areas but not spectacular in one really. Yet another team captain.

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Any "A" grade could be worthy ONLY after what unfolds in Free Agency.

Because of this anticipation, I can safely at least give it a "B" grade with the potential of being better, if Atlanta's overall plan pans out(even if the picks falter it were picks with a purpose). Definitely can see the thinking going on.

Atlanta now has help at LB moving forward(FA is still possible?), DE has plenty of young guns now and may get a FA(most people hope anyway).

RB depth was addressed and we'll see what happens with Norwood. Hope he recovers from injury, though.

I believe the secondary depth, in particular Chris Owens progress and any FA moves is a big area of concern moving forward. Hey, Grimes came from basically no-where himself though. Let's remember that.

OG late in round 7 definitely helps, and leans me towards thinking one of the FA OGs will be let go of. Perhaps Clabo is the biggest re-signing need of the FA OL we have.

Jones, of course, gives Atlanta instant depth at WR that was lacking previously. We'll see how he does making his way into the games early on in the season and if/when he finally is the #2, Atlanta will be a more scary team to face because of this. The move gave up 4 other draft picks, but the Falcons did better overall than had they sat pretty, IMO. Especially when you bring FA moves into full scope. I like Julio as a starting WR, rather than the DEs that were available at #27 when the Falcons could have a less of a sure game changing "starter" from the 6th/7th best DE in this draft.

My .02 cents.

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