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I realize the Falcons have a glut of offensive guards: Blalock(starter), Hawley(also center), Vince Manuwai(probable starter), Mike Johnson(perpetually injured), Garrett Reynolds(perpetually awful) and Andrew Jackson(prospect). My guess is Falcons will ignore the guard position in the draft - i hope not as I think that would be a mistake. I just don't think the quality is there with this group. This is a deep offensive guard class and I would be happy if Falcons took almost any of the guys in tiers 1, 2, 3 and some of tier 4. We would have to invest a 3rd round pick to get one of these guys - hope we do. I'm not holding my breath with Manuwai staying healthy - i want a mauler - Brandon Brooks is my favorite.

http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/NFL-Draft-Ranking-the-OG-Class-by-Tiers.html

Breaking down the tiers of offensive guard prospects…

Tier 1

David DeCastro: Stanford (6-5, 310)

The best offensive line prospect I've evaluated since Maurkice Pouncey in 2010. He showcases the ability to get a push in-line and is a dominant move player as well. He's fluid/natural in pass protection and with a little more power in his base he's got the skill set to become on of the leagues best guards early in his NFL career.

Tier 2

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Cordy Glenn: Georgia (6-5, 348)

Has had some struggles in space as a tackle prospect, but in tighter areas where he can get his hands on linemen quickly as a guard he showcases the ability to dominate. Looks like a starting caliber OG early in his NFL career.

Tier 3

Amini Silatolu: Midwestern State (6-3, 324)

He has some technique flaws that needs to be fixed and will need to kick inside at the next level. However, he's a wide-bodied athlete with a powerful/explosive frame, good foot quickness and can really pull from the backside. Might need some time, but is one of the top guards in the class with as much upside as any.

Brandon Brooks: Miami (Ohio) (6-5, 343)

Is a big, strong kid who has some lateral quickness for his size but needs some technique work. Nevertheless, has some upside and can win consistently in the run game and pass game and looks like an NFL starter in an angle scheme to me.

Kevin Zeitler: Wisconsin (6-4, 315)

A tough, strong in-line guy who you can run behind and also has some coordination on the move. Not as effective in the pass game, but can mature into an average NFL pass blocker if he learns to get off the ball more consistently. Looks like a gritty type starter early on in his NFL career to me.

Tier 4

Kelechi Osemele: Iowa State (6-6, 347)

A big, thick kid with natural strength, athleticism and flexibility. Has improved his technique and overall range off the edge, but is better suited to play inside or on the right side at the next level.

Brandon Washington: Miami (6-4, 320)

The talent is there for this guy to mature into a guard you can win with consistently inside at the next level. He needs to improve his pad level in the in-line game and tighten up his footwork in all areas. However, with a year of seasoning he certainly should mature into an above-average guard in the NFL with the talent to start at right

Jeff Allen: Illinois (6-5, 315)

He's not an overpowering run blocker, but can bend, gain leverage and seal inside. He's smooth and coordinated in pass protection, can keep his base down and warrants a higher grade because of it. Needs to play inside at the next level, but looks like a guy who can start in the league.

Lucas Nix: Pittsburgh (6-6, 310)

A good athlete for the position who can win in the pass game and seal lanes inside as a run blocker as well. Has some upside as a power play moving lineman off the ball and looks like a capable starter in the NFL.

Tier 5

Tony Bergstrom: Utah (6-6, 315)

A big, strong tackle/guard prospect with some short area quickness for his size. But struggles with flexibility in pass protection and looks limited in what he can offer an NFL offense. However, looks more coordinated and plays lower as a guard and looks like that is where his future lies in the NFL.

Senio Kelemete: Washington (6-4, 301)

A gifted athlete with a strong base, strong hands and a passion for the game. Needs to clean up his footwork and his body type makes me think he's more of a guard only prospect.

Derek Dennis: Temple (6-5, 328)

Is worth a mid round pick because he moves so well for a 325-pound lineman. Needs to learn to play lower though if he ever hopes to be anything more than a reserve. However, his fluidity on the move says he has a chance to mature into a starter.

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You're looking at the wrong position. We have tons of guys to try out at OG. Focus on OT and C smile.png

yeah, we have tons of guys to play guard - and they all suck for the most part. We know Reynolds is a terrible guard (he should be Clabo's back-up only). We know Mike Johnson cannot seem to stay healthy. We know Vince Manuwai is a run blocker - and he cannot stay healthy. We don't know anything about Andrew Jackson other than he was on practice squad last year and was hurt most of his Senior year at Fresno State.

So, with all due respect, I'm not looking at the wrong position.

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I think we can forget the top 2 tiers Dawg I gotta think your guy Brooks and Silatolu are the two I'd look at and I can see them as 3rd rounders also.

I think Silatolu is a better choice our FO loves versitility and I believe while he will be a work in progress his advantage over Brooks is exactly that being able to cover multiple positions.

But who know's I got this whole off season all wrong they could well be looking CB TE i would'nt be surprised.

I tell you what though if Andre Branch is there at #55 I'm now on him as our 2nd round pick.

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I'm all for grabbing a guard in this years class, I know we have lot's of personnel at the position, but I wouldn't consider that batch great, good or even average.

It's a strong class for guards, strike while the irons hot.

The saint's Oline strength is not the tackle positions it's the guards that make the line great.

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yeah, we have tons of guys to play guard - and they all suck for the most part. We know Reynolds is a terrible guard (he should be Clabo's back-up only). We know Mike Johnson cannot seem to stay healthy. We know Vince Manuwai is a run blocker - and he cannot stay healthy. We don't know anything about Andrew Jackson other than he was on practice squad last year and was hurt most of his Senior year at Fresno State.

So, with all due respect, I'm not looking at the wrong position.

TD should sign somebody and trim the dead weight. Obviously he and his staff can't scout Guards. 4 OG or OT projected to OG in 4 drafts and with the possible exception of Jackson, Dimitroff probably bit early on each one.

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TD should sign somebody and trim the dead weight. Obviously he and his staff can't scout Guards. 4 OG or OT projected to OG in 4 drafts and with the possible exception of Jackson, Dimitroff probably bit early on each one.

Dimitroff should look around the other 32 NFL teams and find the teams that consistently draft Offensive Linemen good - find that teams best O-Lineman scout and hire him away from that team with a promotion to boot.

You are right - clearly TDs group is just not very good picking O-Linemen.

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TD should sign somebody and trim the dead weight. Obviously he and his staff can't scout Guards. 4 OG or OT projected to OG in 4 drafts and with the possible exception of Jackson, Dimitroff probably bit early on each one.

I understand what your saying, but missing my message. This years class of guards runs deep, one of the deepest ever...one doesn't have to reach for a need pick at this position, lot's of quality in the draft concerning guards this year.

We don't have to reach for a needed position at guard this year, like we reached for Baker at tackle because we had to have one. This years guards are a very deep draft class .

Baker wasn't projected as high as we drafted him, but he was the only one left on the board, so we gambled and so far have lost.

It's all a crap shoot anyway, but this year is stacked with good guards. Just roll with the odds on a position that is loaded with many options versus picking a player in a weak class due to need.

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I understand what your saying, but missing my message. This years class of guards runs deep, one of the deepest ever...one doesn't have to reach for a need pick at this position, lot's of quality in the draft concerning guards this year.

We don't have to reach for a needed position at guard this year, like we reached for Baker at tackle because we had to have one. This years guards are a very deep draft class .

Baker wasn't projected as high as we drafted him, but he was the only one left on the board, so we gambled and so far have lost.

It's all a crap shoot anyway, but this year is stacked with good guards. Just roll with the odds on a position that is loaded with many options versus picking a player in a weak class due to need.

TD tends to reach for a lot of picks. If you look at the 2009/10 drafts, you'll find talented OG/C drafted after Reynolds, Hawley and Johnson. The Center class was strong and deep when Dimitroff lost his nerve in grabbing Hawley.

Duane Brown was still on the board when Atlanta jumped up for Baker, with useful pieces like Anthony Collins available later on. Plain and simple, there is something amiss in the way the team identifies O-line prospects and even late round prospects as a whole.

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