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Scott Carasik

Scott's Falcons Mock Draft (11/4/2013 Edition)

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Going based off of where the Falcons would draft right now (which is No. 5 overall), this is my mock:

Re-Sign Corey Peters and bring back Vance Walker

1) Tampa Bay Buccaneers - OT Jake Matthews

2) Jacksonville Jaguars - QB Teddy Bridgewater

3) Minnesota Vikings - QB Marcus Mariota

4) Pittsburgh Steelers - LB Anthony Barr


Round 1: DE/LB Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina

Jadeveon Clowney is an absolute monster. Could turn into one of the best pass rushers from the entire draft. The Falcons would be lucky to get him here at 5, but it wouldn't shock me if the draft turned out this way. He would be able to stand and rush and would love the Falcons multiple look defense.


Round 2: OG Gabe Jackson, Mississippi State

Garrett Reynolds has been serviceable. But Gabe Jackson is a monster on the inside. He's a true road grader who can hold his own in pass protection. HE could work his way into a first round selection, but in this scenario he slipped and the Falcons would gladly take him and could plug him in right away.


Round 3: DT/DE Dominique Easley, Florida

Jonathan Babineaux could easily be gone after this season. Easley has seen multiple knee injuries, but that hasn't slowed him down yet. If he can stay healthy, he's a top 10 pick. But since he might completely miss the combine, an early 3rd could be where the Falcons steal their next Jonathan Babineaux.


Round 4: OT Ja'Wuan James, Tennessee

Arguably the best right tackle in the draft. He would be an excellent depth pick at both tackle spots and could eventually start on the right side if Holmes or Baker don't 100% work out.


Round 5: CB Andre Hal, Vanderbilt

Andre Hal has taken a step back his senior year and fits well as a Dimitroff 5th round drop pick like Jonathan Massaquoi, Sidbury or Franks. Will likely be a depth guy at corner, but could also play a big-nickel type role at his 6'0", 186 pound size.

Round 6: TE Asante Cleveland, Miami

The 6'5", 260 pound senior is an excellent blocker and could help with the depth at tight end that Atlanta is going to lose with Coffman and Gonzalez both as free agents. Even if Atlanta re-signs Coffman, a third TE who can block well and still catch some short passes is going to be useful.

Round 7: WR/PR Michael Campanaro, Wake Forest

Want a slot receiver who can also return punts? Look no further than Michael Campanaro. He has high potential, but has been a bit injury prone. As the fourth receiver in the Falcons offense, he'd be an upgrade over Drew "Hamstrings" Davis and Kevin Cone. Campanaro is one of the leaders for the Demon Deacons.

This draft + Falcons currently under contract for 2014 depth chart + Peters & Walker:

QB - Matt Ryan/Dominique Davis/Sean Renfree

RB - Steven Jackson/Jacquizz Rodgers/Jason Snelling/Antone Smith/Josh Vaughan

FB - Bradie Ewing

WR - Roddy White/Harry Douglas/Darius Johnson

WR - Julio Jones/Harry Douglas/Michael Campanaro

TE - Levine Toilolo/Asante Cleveland/Adam Nissley/Andrew Szczerba

LT - Sam Baker/Lamar Holmes/Ryan Schraeder

LG - Justin Blalock/Garrett Reynolds/Harland Gunn

C - Peter Konz/Harland Gunn

RG - Gabe Jackson/Garrett Reynolds/Harland Gunn

RT - Lamar Holmes/Ja'Wuan James/Ryan Schraeder

4-3 Looks

LE - Kroy Biermann/Malliciah Goodman/Cliff Matthews

NT - Corey Peters/Travian Robertson

UT - Vance Walker/Dominique Easley

RE - Jadeveon Clowney/Osi Umenyiora/Jonathan Massaquoi/Stansly Maponga

WLB - Sean Weatherspoon

MLB - Paul Worrilow/Akeem Dent

SLB - Joplo Bartu/Stephen Nicholas

3-4 Looks

Weak 3-tech - Vance Walker/Dominique Easley

Strong 1-tech - Corey Peters/Travian Robertson

Strong 5-Tech - Malliciah Goodman/Cliff Matthews

WOLB - Jadeveon Clowney/Jonathan Massaquoi/Stansly Maponga

WILB - Sean Weatherspoon/Joplo Bartu

SILB - Paul Worrilow/Akeem Dent/Stephen Nicholas

SOLB - Kroy Biermann/Osi Umenyiora

LCB - Asante Samuel/Robert Alford/Andre Hal/Saeed Lee

RCB - Desmond Trufant/Robert Alford/Andre Hal

NCB - Robert Alford/Andre Hal/Saeed Lee

FS - Thomas DeCoud/Kemal Ishmael

SS - William Moore/Zeke Motta

K - Matt Bryant

P - Matt Bosher

KOS - Matt Bosher

LS - Josh Harris

KR - Jacquizz Rodgers

PR - Michael Campanaro/Harry Douglas

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LOL in my limited experience I Iike it even though there are concerns about Clowney. Like the SEC/ACC flavor though when's the draft on from the other conferences. LOL

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While I think he could be there in the third round due to his injury history, I have a feeling that a team is going to Easley in the 2nd round due to his potential.

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You don't think TB will draft a QB? And last thing we need is another D linemen with knee problems

If Napoleon Dynamite keeps progressing this season like he has the last few games, there's every possibility we won't take a QB with our first pick, and unless we have the 1st thru 3rd pick there's little chance we could snag Matthews, and I'm with you on Clowney, the dude has BUST written all over him. Plus when was the last time the Falcons drafted a top notch defensive lineman, and don't bring up Kearney...he was never all that good.

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What about Falcons G Mike Johnson? He'll be coming back from his injury next season.

He doesn't have a contract and never won a starting job. Baby steps with him.

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As of now the Falcons are a virtual Top 6 pick; they would have to win two more just to put that slot in danger.

They can win 3 total and STILL be locked Top 5, but with a still likely chance at Top 3.

If they finish 2-14 its a lock Top 3, likely 2 or even 1.

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