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2014 Offseason

Projected Cap space approximately $17-20 after cuts.

http://www.overtheca...lcons&Year=2014

Players Signed

DT Arthur Jones Sign a four-year, $22 million contract. The deal contains $5.5 million guaranteed -- a $2.5 million signing bonus and $3 million first-year roster bonus. 2014: $1 million, 2015: $4.5 million, 2016-2017: $5.5 million, 2017: Free Agent

http://www.nfl.com/p...2508055/profile

Players not resigned/cut/retired

WR Kevin Cone

OL Mike Johnson

CB Dominique Franks

TE Tommy Gallarda

DT Peria Jerry

DE Cliff Matthews (Cut saving $646K)

OG Jacques McClendon

FS Shann Schillinger

DT Jonathan Babineaux

TE Chase Coffman

CB Asante Samuels (Cut saving $5.25 Million)

OLB Stephen Nicholas (Cut saving $2.00 Million)

RB Antone Smith (Cut saving $730K)

FB Bradie Ewing (Cut saving $527K)

Players resigned/restructured

DT Corey Peters

CB Robert McClain

LB Jamar Chaney

OT Jeremy Trueblood

OC/OG Joe Hawley

WR Drew Davis

WR Brian Robiskie

Compensatory Picks**

Trade Draft Picks*** Jacksonville traded this selection to Atlanta in exchange for Atlanta's 2014 first-round selection (5th) and second-round selection (37th).

2014 Draft

1st Round*** DE Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina

Height: 6-7 | Weight: 274 | Projected 40 Time: 4.56

http://www.cbssports...adeveon-clowney

http://www.cfbstats....1350/index.html

http://www.gamecocks...jadeveon00.html

3rd Round FB Trey Millard, Oklahoma

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 253 | Projected 40 Time: 4.64

http://www.nfldrafts...=2014&genpos=FB

http://www.cfbstats....3465/index.html

http://www.soonerspo...TCLID=208409650

4th Round CB E.J. Gaines, Missouri

Height: 5-10 | Weight: 192 | Projected 40 Time: 4.44

http://www.nfldrafts...=2014&genpos=CB

http://www.cfbstats....2908/index.html

http://www.mutigers....nes_690245.html

5th Round DT Derrick Hopkins, Virginia Tech

Height: 6-0 | Weight: 312 | Projected 40 Time: 5.12

http://www.nfldrafts...=2014&genpos=DT

http://www.cfbstats....4763/index.html

http://www.hokiespor...ns_derrick.html

5th Round** OT Austin Wentworth, Fresno State

Height: 6-6 | Weight: 306 | Projected 40 Time: 5.02

http://www.nfldrafts...=2014&genpos=DT

http://goashlandeagl...eder jamie gkw2

6th Round OG/OT Andrew Norwell, Ohio State

Height: 6-6 | Weight: 316 | Projected 40 Time: 5.21

http://www.nfldrafts...=2014&genpos=OG

http://www.ohiostate...ell_753549.html

7th Round WR Jeff Janis, Saginaw Valley State

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 218 | Projected 40 Time: 4.43

http://www.nfldrafts...=2014&genpos=WR

http://www.svsucardi...janis_jeff_o42i

7th Round** DE/DT Jay Bromley, Syracuse

Height: 6-4 | Weight: 282 | Projected 40 Time: 4.98

http://www.nfldrafts...=2014&genpos=DT

http://www.cfbstats....4051/index.html

https://www.suathlet...2&path=football

7th Round** TE Harold “Gator” Hoskins, Marshall

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 244 | Projected 40 Time: 4.67

http://www.nfldrafts...=2014&genpos=FB

http://www.cfbstats....2510/index.html

http://www.herdzone....ins_716417.html

7th Round** KR/PR/RB/WR Venric Mark, Northwestern

Height: 5-8 | Weight: 175 | Projected 40 Time: 4.38

http://www.nfldrafts...=2014&genpos=RB

http://www.cfbstats....3298/index.html

http://www.nusports....ark_649046.html

Offense:(24)

Quarterbacks: (2) Matt Ryan, Dominique Davis

Analysis: Nothing to see here folks move along.

Running Backs: (4) Stephen Jackson, Jacquizz Rodgers, Jason Snelling, Venric Mark

This lineup is pretty much set in stone, although I do expect Rodgers going into the final year of his rookie deal to gain more snaps.

Fullbacks: (1) Trey Millard

Millard would finally fill a hole at the fullback position that has been voided since the departure of Ovie Mughelli. Millard would give S-Jax something he has never had in his career a true bodyguard. I can see defensive players think about their retirement plan with a 250lbs fullback coming their way followed by a 240lbs running back.

Wide Receivers: (6) Julio Jones, Roddy White, Harry Douglas, Brian Robiskie, Drew Davis, Jeff Janis

Already having one of the best if not the best wide receiver tandem in the league, the addition of Jeff Janis and midseason acquisition Brian Robiskie only ensures that Ryan will have big targets for the better part of his career.

Tight Ends: (2) Levine Toilolo, Gator Hoskin

Let me start off by saying there is no one in the universe that would ever be able to replace a Tony Gonzales, that being said Hokin would give Matt Ryan another athletic freak not to mention fill a position on need. I could see the Falcons using more two tight end sets that would cause matchup problems all over the field for opposing defenses.

Offensive Line: (9) Sam Baker (LT), Justin Blalock (LG), Peter Konz (OC), Garrett Reynolds (RG), Lamar Holmes (RT), Joe Hawley (OC), Austin Wentworth (RT), Ryan Schraeder (T) Andrew Norwell (RG)

Like the defensive line the offensive line is where all the magic happens. After coming of a year where the oline was horrendous I do expect the Falcons to place heavy attention in this area. One of the smartest things Dimtroff did last offseason was to make sure Baker’s contract was only guarantee for two years. I would expect the Falcons to address one if not both tackle positions early in the 2015 draft or in free agency.

Defense: (26)

Defensive Tackles:(6) Arthur Jones, Corey Peters, Derrick Hopkins, Jay Bromley, Travian Robertson, Adam Replogle

Out with the old in with the new, the interior defensive line is need of some much need makeover. Enter Jones, definitely a type of player the Falcons would be eye if the opportunity was available. Very disruptive and high-motored type of player. In addition to Mr. Jones we have situational pass rusher, Hopkins and Bromley. Both of these gentlemen figure to make plays in the back field or make things a little uncomfortable for opposing QB from the interior position on passing downs.

Defensive Ends: (6) Jadeveon Clowney, Osi Umenyiora, Jonathan Massaquoi, Malliciah Goodman, Kroy Biermann, Stansly Maponga

Finally with the acquisition of Clowney, the Falcons finally have a bonafide pass rusher. Paired with Osi and the additions of Jones, the Falcons on paper can finally get after the opposing teams QB without blitz packages. Notice the theme is pass rush this offseason, both the interior and the edge are heavily made over on talent.

Linebackers: (5) Sean Weatherspoon, Paul Worrilow, Joplo Bartu, Akeem Dent, Jamar Chaney

Looks like TD struck gold not once but twice with the two UDFA’s Worrilow and Bartu. These two additions might curve the Falcons’ need to address the linebacker position early in the 2014 draft. I also like the mid-season acquisition of Chaney.

Cornerbacks: (5) Desmond Trufant, Robert Alford, Robert McClain, E.J. Ganies

The cornerback position appears to be in good hands for years to come with the additions of Trufant and Alford. With the departure of elder statesman Samuel and most tenure CB Franks, the Falcons are in a youth movement of CB’s. Hence the importance of having a pass rush.

Safeties: (5) William Moore, Thomas DeCoud, Charles Mitchell, Zeke Motta, Kemal Ishmael

Piggybacking on what I mention about the cornerback position, the Falcons now have solid depth at all of the secondary positions. The young safeties will only get better as they gain experience.

Special Teams: (3)

Kicker: (1) Matt Bryant

Bryant has obviously earned another year.

Punter: (1) Matt Bosher

Bosher is only getting better, it stand to reason that he will become on of the better punters in this league.

Long Snapper: (1) Josh Harris

No reason to think Harris will not be retained.

Practice Squad: (8) Jeremy Shelley (K), Hebron Fangupo, Nick Williams, Justin Brown, Jamie McCoy, Curtis McNeal, Derek Moye, Joe Madsen

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Noticed there were several people from this past year that don't appear. Like Darius Johnson? I think we keep him around.

It seems we get rid of Antone Smith and Josh Vaughn and replace them with a seventh round return man? Not sure I'd be okay with that.

Also, you said that there were 5 DE's on roster but you listed 6.

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I think the first few picks could be used a lot better, come on do we really need a 3rd round fullback and a 4th round corner with all the issues on O line and D line? And personally I think Clowney is overrated. What has he actually done? I haven't ever heard of the kid before he made that one tackle against Michigan last year. Good work on the thought process and everything but I really don't like those picks.

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I think the first few picks could be used a lot better, come on do we really need a 3rd round fullback and a 4th round corner with all the issues on O line and D line? And personally I think Clowney is overrated. What has he actually done? I haven't ever heard of the kid before he made that one tackle against Michigan last year. Good work on the thought process and everything but I really don't like those picks.

Thanks for your comments, I am a little surprised that you haven't heard of Clowney.

As far as FB I think our inability to run the ball (especially in short yardage) is a direct correlation to our lack of FB. Since Ovie departure we really have not been able to run the ball effectively. Not to mention Millard adds another dimension to our offense that we have had in the last couple of years.

As far as Dline I mocked us signing in my opinion the best DT FA available in Arthur Jones and I also mocked us drafting the best DE prospect in the draft. Because we have such young additions (Konz and Holmes) not sure if we will really would be improving anything with drafting a tackle in the first couple of round and if so with who? This is really not a strong draft year for tackles. I must also remind you that one of the most improved Olines this year (Bears) has a 5th round rookie (Jordan Mills) who I mocked last year. I think both Norwell and Wentworth are both capable of having the same type of success.

You mentioned the CB additions, obviously if i have us cutting Samuels and not resigning Franks we need depth. Injuries is a comment part of the game and can you image having a 6th round corner off the having to play extended time because Trufant or Alford went down?

Again thanks for the comments but I would have to disagree with some of your positions of concerns.

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Noticed there were several people from this past year that don't appear. Like Darius Johnson? I think we keep him around.

It seems we get rid of Antone Smith and Josh Vaughn and replace them with a seventh round return man? Not sure I'd be okay with that.

Also, you said that there were 5 DE's on roster but you listed 6.

Typo on the number of DE nice catch.

Vaughn and Smith being the 4th and 5th on the depth chart they really don't contribute much other than special teams which some of the younger talent should be able to take over.

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First, I would not trade up under any circumstance this draft. We need all of our picks. Both lines need multiple players and trading up seriously impacts that and that isn't even including other needs. Either we should stand pat or trade down.

Second, taking a FB that high is something I cannot agree with. I don't care how good he is since the position is not that valuable. Likewise, most of the running games problems are due to poor O-line play (both due to talent deficiencies and putrid coaching) and due to Quizz and Snelling leaving something to be desired, not due to the FB.

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First, I would not trade up under any circumstance this draft. We need all of our picks. Both lines need multiple players and trading up seriously impacts that and that isn't even including other needs. Either we should stand pat or trade down.

Second, taking a FB that high is something I cannot agree with. I don't care how good he is since the position is not that valuable. Likewise, most of the running games problems are due to poor O-line play (both due to talent deficiencies and putrid coaching) and due to Quizz and Snelling leaving something to be desired, not due to the FB.

Not sure if I agree with your evaluation of our current roster. Most of defensive deficiencies are because of the lack of pass rush. Look at some of the more success teams, (Saints, 49ers, Seahawks, Broncos, Chiefs and even the Dolphins) all these teams have a great pass rush.

Also look at all the games we have lost this year, (Saints, Dolphins, Pats and Jets) all of these games we were leading late in the game and our defense were not able to hold onto the lead and gave up either big plays.

I also posted this in my previous comments, that there is a direct correlation between when Ovie was lead block and our ability to run the ball in short yards situation. We need a lead block to assist running the ball.

At the end of the day I don't think we are a deprived of talent as you may think (unproven) yes but what will be the difference with bring in more unproven talent. Konz and Holmes will both be better as time goes and experience. This being a year that is not really strong on the top end with talent at the oline position why waste a pick on a player that at the end of the day might not be any better than what we currently have on the roster.

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I think you misinterpreted what I said. Both lines need injections of talent, that means both D and O. For the O-line the right side is what needs need players since Reynolds and Trueblood are scrubs while Konz and Holmes are young players going through growing pains (and bad coaching). Blalock is average but I don't see him going anywhere or a huge need to replace him for next season. For the D-line we have three DTs in contract years (Peters is the only one worth re-signing) and a whole lot of meh elsewhere in the front seven. It's an opportunity, to me at least, to be flexible with our first draft pick and whichever best defensive player falls to us is the direction the defense should go, whether that is a 4-3 DE like Clowney or a 3-4 NT or 3-4 OLB like Nix, Hageman, or Barr. The key there, obviously, is having a flexible DC, such as Nolan.

I also do not think we are that deprived of talent, just short in key areas in both of the lines. Get the right players to fix those deficiencies and the right coaches to guide the team then we're right as rain.

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So hence my additions, I think it would be extremely are to add top quality talent to both areas without spend a lot of money. Which is why I focused on the dline, Jones who us statistically one of the best run stopping interior line while offering above average ability. I think most people know what you get with Clowney and it would be the first time since we had Kerney and Abe for the one game that we have two legitimate edge rushers.

I project we could potential have a top 10 defense with these additions. The only additions I can see us making is adding veteran tackles like McKinney.

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I think the first few picks could be used a lot better, come on do we really need a 3rd round fullback and a 4th round corner with all the issues on O line and D line? And personally I think Clowney is overrated. What has he actually done? I haven't ever heard of the kid before he made that one tackle against Michigan last year. Good work on the thought process and everything but I really don't like those picks.

Clowney was a beast in every game before that. The hit he mad where he was unblocked was overrated because it was Clowney who made it. He hasn't been that great this year because of injuries and probably fear of getting hurt more. When you've been projected to be the number one pick in the draft since your freshmen year, you don't want to mess that up. I don't think it would benefit to trade up for Clowney though when need help on both sides of the ball. Especially O-line.

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I think in today's day and age the Fullback position is very overrated. It's a wasted position unless you have a very versatile player back there. Yes I realize Millard is very versatile. I think like Gibbon said we need to focus on the O.line and D.line and not on a FB. A better O.line would make for a better running game.

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I think in today's day and age the Fullback position is very overrated. It's a wasted position unless you have a very versatile player back there. Yes I realize Millard is very versatile. I think like Gibbon said we need to focus on the O.line and D.line and not on a FB. A better O.line would make for a better running game.

Who would be available in the 3rd is going to be better than what we currently have on the roster? I hear you for need but the talent must also match. Right now JaWuan James or Morgan Moses being any better than Holmes or Baker.

Also both Norwell and Wentworth can play tackle and guard. Wentworth was recruit and coached by current falcons ol coach Pat Hill.

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Just wanted to bring to everyone's attention since 2010 only four players drafted after the 2nd round plays significant minutes at either tackle position.

Holmes

David Bakhtiari

Marcus Gilbert (I mocked in 2010)

Jordan Mills (I mocked last year)

It's really a crap shoot after the second round, again this is a much weaker draft at the position than and of those years since 2010.

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I don't see the Falcons giving up their 2nd round pick for Clowney. I think that players like Barr or Nix are much better suited for Nolan's defense because it is based on versatility and Clowney is strictly a 4-3 DE.

We have to be careful not to draft a player based off of a particular coordinator's scheme, there is no guarantee that the coordinator will be there in the next 2-3 years there are very few **** LeBeau around in this world. Nix should not be mentioned in the same breath as Clowney and Barr, and if I had to pick out of the two Clowney hands down (twice on Sunday).

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No as an OG.

Which position has more value? An OT or a FB? No contest....

Norwell and Wentworth both will be better guard options than Steen.

Not to mention our problems are more so the tackle position, when I struggle to find a tackle in the third round or later that is a viable options. History shows that there will be only 1.3 tackles taken in the 3rd round or later that will even consistently see the field.

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We have to be careful not to draft a player based off of a particular coordinator's scheme, there is no guarantee that the coordinator will be there in the next 2-3 years there are very few **** LeBeau around in this world. Nix should not be mentioned in the same breath as Clowney and Barr, and if I had to pick out of the two Clowney hands down (twice on Sunday).

I mentioned Nix in the conversation because DT will be the biggest need on the defense this offseason with Babs, Peters, and Jerry being FAs and he will be more of a possibility where the Falcons will be picking. Nix is a very disruptive interior defensive lineman and would make the d-line more stout in run support and he has the ability to collapse the pocket more consistantly which this defense really needs. Look at how important DTs like Ngata, Wilfork, and now Lotulelei are to their teams' defenses.They allow their LBs to roam or blitz freely without having to worry about taking on blocks. Also, they always demand double-teams and even triple-teams at times. DTs like those take away the QB's ability to step up into the pocket to avoid players like Clowney or any other edge rushers.

Plus, it will take more than a 2nd round pick to move up to the #1or 2 overall pick to draft Clowney. There are many more really good players that can be had other than trading multiple picks to move up for Clowney knowing that the o-line needs to be fixed as well.

Getting a FB in the 3rd will not solve the o-line's blocking problems. Can't go into next season with exact same starting o-line. Will need to either draft some o-linemen early or pick up some decent ones in FA that can start early.

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Norwell and Wentworth both will be better guard options than Steen.

Not to mention our problems are more so the tackle position, when I struggle to find a tackle in the third round or later that is a viable options. History shows that there will be only 1.3 tackles taken in the 3rd round or later that will even consistently see the field.

LMAO how in the world are Norwell and Wentworth better OG options. This man has been starting at Alabama for years and played very well.

Hence why I said we pick both an OT and OG with an OT being picked first.

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LMAO how in the world are Norwell and Wentworth better OG options. This man has been starting at Alabama for years and played very well.

Hence why I said we pick both an OT and OG with an OT being picked first.

Can we not make the same statement about our very on Mike Johnson who also started several games at Alabama?

I challenge you to watch both Wentworth and Norwell prior to make any assumptions because they did not go to Bama.

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I mentioned Nix in the conversation because DT will be the biggest need on the defense this offseason with Babs, Peters, and Jerry being FAs and he will be more of a possibility where the Falcons will be picking. Nix is a very disruptive interior defensive lineman and would make the d-line more stout in run support and he has the ability to collapse the pocket more consistantly which this defense really needs. Look at how important DTs like Ngata, Wilfork, and now Lotulelei are to their teams' defenses.They allow their LBs to roam or blitz freely without having to worry about taking on blocks. Also, they always demand double-teams and even triple-teams at times. DTs like those take away the QB's ability to step up into the pocket to avoid players like Clowney or any other edge rushers.

Plus, it will take more than a 2nd round pick to move up to the #1or 2 overall pick to draft Clowney. There are many more really good players that can be had other than trading multiple picks to move up for Clowney knowing that the o-line needs to be fixed as well.

Getting a FB in the 3rd will not solve the o-line's blocking problems. Can't go into next season with exact same starting o-line. Will need to either draft some o-linemen early or pick up some decent ones in FA that can start early.

Yes all are important to their team but look how much more important Watts, Miller, A. Smith and Suggs are to their team.

Me mocking us signing Arthur Jones a legitimate pass rushing DT, resigning Peterson, drafting Derrick Hopkins.

It is impossible for us to address all holes in one off-season.

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Yes all are important to their team but look how much more important Watts, Miller, A. Smith and Suggs are to their team.

Me mocking us signing Arthur Jones a legitimate pass rushing DT, resigning Peterson, drafting Derrick Hopkins.

It is impossible for us to address all holes in one off-season.

Arthur Jones benefits from playing next to Ngata. He doesn't even play in the Ravens nickel packages, which the Falcons run more than half of the time.

Aldon benefits greatly from a disruptive DE/DT named Justin Smith. When Justin Smith got injured last season Aldon failed to ever get another sack for the rest of the season. Both Justin Smith and Watt are both DE/DT players that makes the other players around them better. Nix is that type of player.

I like Clowney, I just that giving up the Falcons 2nd round pick and would probably take additional

picks to move up to get is just too much for him when there will still be big time players like Barr, Nix, Van Noy, Mack, and a few others still available when they pick.

If Clowney was to fall to the Falcons or is availble during the pick ahead of them then I would be okay with either trading up with only having to give up a mid round to late pick or picking him if he is there at the original draft spot.

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