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Blazer's Mock Draft - What I Think We *should* Do---Not What I Think We Will Do.


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2.23: Doug Martin, RB, Boise State

Turner is getting up there in age and I have been a proponent of trading him for two years now. Furthermore, Koetter likes to utilize the RB in the receiving game and Turner offers us zilch in that regard. Doug Martin, on the other hand, can do it all. He displays tremendous vision and lateral agility when running the ball while also showing the ability to make a lot of plays in the receiving game.

3.4 (from CLE): Brandon Boykin, CB, Georgia

What I did here was trade Michael Turner in order to swap 3rd rounders with Cleveland. According to the trade value chart, the difference between our 3rd rounder and Cleveland's is 85 points, which is equivalent to a top 10 pick within the 4th round. Furthermore, this trade is contingent upon Cleveland taking Blackmon with their first rounder instead of Trent Richardson. If Cleveland can get Blackmon in Round 1, Fleener in Round 2, and then acquire Turner via trade, they will have significantly upgraded their offense and provided McCoy with some talent to really make strides in his 3rd year. For the Falcons, this obviously makes a lot of sense for us as we can move up and draft the all-important nickel CB while also making way for Doug Martin in the backfield. As far as Boykin goes, not only is he a talented cornerback, but he also provides us with some ability in the return game. With the deparature of Weems, we have shown interest in several guys - including Boykin - with return ability. Lastly, Boykin is simply a football player and a true leader. This guy was voted defensive team captain, a recipient of the Leon Farmer Award for his dedication to the strength and conditioning program, and also given a Coaches Leadership award. Oh, and throw in the fact that he is an in-state product. Can he be anymore of a perfect fit for us given our need at CB and PR/KR along with his impeccable character? Sounds like a TD kinda guy to me.

5.22: Adrien Robinson, TE, University of Cincinnati

It wasn't too long ago that this guy was a complete unknown. Now, however, he is beginning to shoot up draft boards and draw interest from around the NFL after his pro day in which he measured in at 6'4, 264 pounds. He also went on to run a 4.54 and post a 40-inch vertical. When you think of Robinson, think of Jimmy Graham---raw with tremendous upside on account of ridiculous athleticism. When thinking of TE's like Graham, Gronkowski, and Hernandez, I honestly think that Adrien Robinson has the potential to go as high as the third despite being a UDFA prior to his pro day. FWIW, the Falcons have scheduled a workout with Robinson, so he is on our radar. Personally, I'd like to see some two TE sets with Robinson and Gonzo. With TE's of that caliber, we can still utilize Koetter's 4-vertical concept in a singleback big formation or singleback big with the TE's split out. Add Doug Martin into the mix along with Julio and Roddy on the outside and WTF can the defense do? Gregg Williams might say "We need to decide..." Nah, brah. The opposing DC needs to decide what the **** he is going to do. However, in the scenario I presented, there is nothing he can do.

Checkmate, b!tches.

6.23: Myles Wade, DT, Portland State

Like Robinson, this guy was a no-name before his pro day. But, due to an outstanding performance, he has guaranteed himself that his name will be called on draft day. The thing I like about Wade is his versatility. I think Nolan will be doing a lot of different things with our defense and Wade will provide him with some flexibility. If Wade isn't there, I am also a bit partial to Henron Fangupo from BYU (was a USC transfer). While Wade possesses size, strength, and athleticism, Fangupo really only possesses size and strength. That's right. Henron has the footwork of a Chinaman who had his feet binded. However, Fangupo engulfs people. He's a big Samoan ******* that can take on double teams with ease, thus allowing Babs and Peters to penetrate up the middle. I love that guy, so if Wade isn't there...Fangupo is my man.

7.22: Kelcie McCray, S, Arkansas State

McCray is about 6'2, 200 pounds and runs in the low 4.5's. It is without question that we need some additional safety depth, so this particular 7th round pick could very well end up on the actual roster rather than the practice squad. McCray's size and athleticism alone makes him a viable special teamer.

7.42: Gino Gradkowski, G/C, Delaware

Gradkowski provides us with some additional depth along the offensive line and has the versatility to play multiple positions. GG is another guy that we have shown interest in.

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i like it. for the most part. i am not that familiar with Robinson but i love the idea of nabbing a physical stud from later in the draft to learn under TG. Boykin is without a doubt a TD type player; character, local, fills multiple needs...but I would only have interest in Boykin if Grimes had his walking papers. even then i am leaning towards a longer press corner. with so few picks and our need for DB depth i prefer 2 birds in a stone with CB/S versatility. Martin is a stud so i cannot complain about him, however from a value/need standpoint I would rather use our top pick on a weaker position group. also i have a lot of optimism in Rogers becoming a major player for us so Martin would feel like too much of a luxury pick for me and i think there are some good complementary players to choose from later on.

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i like it. for the most part. i am not that familiar with Robinson but i love the idea of nabbing a physical stud from later in the draft to learn under TG. Boykin is without a doubt a TD type player; character, local, fills multiple needs...but I would only have interest in Boykin if Grimes had his walking papers. even then i am leaning towards a longer press corner. with so few picks and our need for DB depth i prefer 2 birds in a stone with CB/S versatility. Martin is a stud so i cannot complain about him, however from a value/need standpoint I would rather use our top pick on a weaker position group. also i have a lot of optimism in Rogers becoming a major player for us so Martin would feel like too much of a luxury pick for me and i think there are some good complementary players to choose from later on.

It comes down to what's available at the various positions we're looking at drafting.

Boykin has a decent shot at being available early in the 3rd whereas guys like Reyes and Thompson at DT will be gone. I also believe Trumaine Johnson (CB/S hybrid) will be gone by that point as well.

Unless some highly-rated OL falls to us unexpectedly, we aren't going OL until late, either. Again, I'm gathering that based off of the guys we have talked to thus far and where they are projected to go relative to one another.

While Boykin isn't a CB/S hybrid, he does provide us versatility in that he can return kicks and punts as well, so don't forget that. Add that to the fact that he has everything TD likes in players and we have a 100% match when looking at both TD and team need.

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It comes down to what's available at the various positions we're looking at drafting.

Boykin has a decent shot at being available early in the 3rd whereas guys like Reyes and Thompson at DT will be gone. I also believe Trumaine Johnson (CB/S hybrid) will be gone by that point as well.

Unless some highly-rated OL falls to us unexpectedly, we aren't going OL until late, either. Again, I'm gathering that based off of the guys we have talked to thus far and where they are projected to go relative to one another.

While Boykin isn't a CB/S hybrid, he does provide us versatility in that he can return kicks and punts as well, so don't forget that. Add that to the fact that he has everything TD likes in players and we have a 100% match when looking at both TD and team need.

i didnt overlook Boykin's return skills - i commented about it indirectly. its part of what makes him so appealing. is Thompson really starting to climb out of our reach? if Martin is BPA at the time then i'm good with it, tho i would also entertain some trade offers.

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