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2014 Offseason

Projected Cap $120.1M.

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

Rollover Cap space from 2013 $3.22M

http://www.overtheca...e.php?Year=2013

Players not resigned/cut/retired (2014 Cap savings approximate $20M)

TE Tony Gonzalez (Retiring saving $7.0M)

CB Asante Samuels (Cut saving $5.25M)

DE Osi Umenyiora (Cut saving $3.5M)

DE/OLB Kory Biermann (Cut savings $2.5)

OLB Stephen Nicholas (Cut saving $2.0M)

RB Jason Snelling (Cut saving $1.3M)

OG Garrett Reynolds (Cut saving $1.3M)

DE Cliff Matthews (Cut saving $646K)

FB Bradie Ewing (Cut saving $524K)

WR Kevin Cone

OL Mike Johnson

CB Dominique Franks

TE Tommy Gallarda

DT Peria Jerry

OG Jacques McClendon

FS Shann Schillinger

DT Jonathan Babineaux

TE Chase Coffman

OT Ryan Schraeder

OT Jeremy Trueblood

OT Sean Locklear

OLB Omar Gaither

TE Adam Nissley

TE Andrew Szczerba

CB Saeed Les

Players resigned/restructured (Annual contract approximately $9 Million/Cap Hits $4.5M

DT Corey Peters (Annual contract approximately $3.5 Million)

CB Robert McClain (Annual contract approximately $2.5 Million)

OC/OG Joe Hawley (Annual contract approximately $1.5 Million)

WR Drew Davis (Annual contract approximately $1.5 Million)

Players Signed (Annual contract approximately $9.5M Cap hit $6M)

RG Shawn Lauvao Signed a four-year, $17 million contract. The deal contains $8.25 million guaranteed, including a $7 million signing bonus. The annual $1 million roster bonuses in years two through four are contingent on Lauvao playing 80 percent of the Falcons' offensive snaps in the prior season. Another $9 million is available through incentives based on playing time and Pro Bowl berths. 2014: $1.25 million, 2015: $2 million (+ $1 million '14 play-time roster bonus), 2016: $2.25 million (+ $1 million '15 play-time roster bonus + $1 million in per-game roster bonuses), 2017: $2.25 million (+ $1 million '16 play-time roster bonus + $1 million in per-game roster bonuses), 2018: Free Agent

http://www.nfl.com/p.../497028/profile

DT Linval Joseph Signed a three-year, $13.5 million contract. The deal contains $6.5 million guaranteed, including a $5.25 million signing bonus. 2014: $1.25 million, 2015: $2.6 million (+ $500,000 roster bonus), 2016: $3.4 million (+ $500,000 roster bonus), 2017: Free Agent

http://www.nfl.com/p.../496802/profile

Projected Cap spaces after cuts and re-signings approximately $8.5-10M.

Compensatory Picks**

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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

2nd Round DE/OLB Trent Murphy, Stanford

Height: 6-6 | Weight: 261 | Projected 40 Time: 4.86

http://www.cbssports...00/trent-murphy

http://www.cfbstats....6169/index.html

http://www.gostanfor...TCLID=208167737

3rd Round OT Ja’Wuan James, Tennessee

Height: 6- | Weight: 318 | Projected 40 Time: 5.34

http://www.cbssports...46/jawuan-james

http://www.utsports....mes_573487.html

4th Round CB Jaylen Watkins, Florida

Height: 6-0 | Weight: 180 | Projected 40 Time: 4.48

http://www.cfbstats....1889/index.html

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

http://www.gatorzone...2&player_id=246

5th Round*** FB J.C. Copeland, LSU

Height: 6-1 | Weight: 270 | Projected 40 Time: 4.84

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

http://www.cfbstats....2406/index.html

http://www.lsusports...TCLID=204880018

5th Round** OG Jon Halapio, Florida

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 321 | Projected 40 Time: 5.28

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

http://www.gatorzone...2&player_id=218

6th 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

7th Round Round WR Dri Archer, Kent State

Height: 5-8 | Weight: 178 | Projected 40 Time: 4.37

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

http://www.cfbstats....4397/index.html

http://www.kentstate...ball&rp_id=5258

7th Round** CB Brandon Dixon, Northwest Missouri State

Height: 6-0 | Weight: 198 | Projected 40 Time: 4.46

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

http://www.nwmissour...on,-brandon.htm

7th 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

7th Round** TE/FB 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

UDFA:

LB Kyle Tudor, East Carolina

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 242 | Projected 40 Time: 4.62

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

http://www.cfbstats....3754/index.html

http://www.ecupirate...dor_406033.html

CB Deven Drane, Cincinnati

Height: 6-3 | Weight: 235 | Projected 40 Time: 4.59

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

http://www.cfbstats....1527/index.html

http://www.gobearcat...ane_717309.html

LB Keith Smith, San Jose State

Height: 6-0 | Weight: 230 | Projected 40 Time: 4.74

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

http://www.cfbstats....3748/index.html

http://www.sjsuspart...ith_846316.html

CB Travis Carrie, Ohio

Height: 6-0 | Weight: 212 | Projected 40 Time: 4.40

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

http://www.cfbstats....7768/index.html

http://www.ohiobobca...rie_365713.html

Offense:(25)

Quarterbacks: (2) Matt Ryan, Dominique Davis

Analysis: Nothing to see here folks move along.

Running Backs: (3) Stephen Jackson, Jacquizz Rodgers, Antone Smith

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: (2) J.C. Copeland, Patrick DiMarco

I may be a little high on FB but there is something to be said when you are in short yardage situations and everyone in the stadium knows you are going to run the ball and can’t do anything to stop you. Enter Copeland a 270 lbs bodyguard for any running back we have on the field.

Wide Receivers: (6) Julio Jones, Roddy White, Harry Douglas, Dri Acher (KR/PR), Drew Davis, Darius Johnson

No real surprises here, same usual suspects with the addition of Archer a highly productive small school prospect. He should finally relief Rogers of his return duties and give the Falcons an added dimension in the special teams department. This is an area that the Falcons struggled with since Weems departure. Archer’s addition on special team would do wonders as I suspect will give the Falcons short field on the occasional return.

Tight Ends: (2) Levine Toilolo, Harold “Gator” Hoskins

As I have stated before there is no one in the draft or in free agency that will replace Tony Gonzalez. That being said I can see the Falcons going to more two tight end sets that will not only exploit matchups, but also open up the running game using the TE as an extra blocker. Hoskins He coupled with Jones should provide matchup problems for most defense and provide Ryans a real home run threat on check down situations.

Offensive Line: (9) Lamar Holmes (LT), Justin Blalock (LG), Peter Konz (OC), Shawn Lauvao (RG), Ja’Wuan James (RT), Sam Baker (LT), Joe Hawley (OC), Austin Wentworth (RT/LG), Jon Halapio (RG),

On my last mock a great deal of comment was point towards my lack of attack to the offensive line. Although I still believe this is a bad draft to draft for Olinemen here is my best attempt at addressing this area. The one great thing that TD did when signing Baker is only guaranteeing his contract for two years. That being said Holmes I believe (hope) will overtake the starting (LT) position in camp. In his first year Holmes early on has had some growing pains but as of late has really settled in the position. If Holmes could just cut down on the error (ie the false starts), I really think he has the opportunity to be a very productive starter. The selection of Halapio, who is a bully to say the least adds quality depth to the right side of the oline. I do think Halapio will give Lauvao some very health competition for the starting spot and could eventually take take over starting duties some time in year 2-3, which should give the Falcons the physicality they have been missing since the days of Harvey Dahl. The selection of Ja’Wuan James (day one starting RT) and Austin Wentworth (Justin Blalock’s heir) also should have quality depth and future starters with in the next 2-3 years.

Defense: (25)

Defensive Tackles:(5) Corey Peters, Linval Joseph, Derrick Hopkins, Travian Robertson, Adam Replogle

Linval a very intriguing player to say the least, very stout against the run while providing and occasional pass rush here and there. If the Falcons can pull off the trifecta of drafting both Clowney and Murphy and sign a quality DT like Joseph, one can only suspect the Falcons’ defense could evenly overtake the offense as the backbone of the team. I truly believe the Falcons will be well on their way to have a top 10 defense. I also mocked the Falcons to draft Derrick Hopkins a very underrated DT from Va Tech. Hopkins is very stout at the point of attack and also is a very disruptive, high-motored pass rusher and very stout against the run.

Defensive Ends: (5) Jadeveon Clowney, Trent Murphy, Jonathan Massaquoi, Malliciah Goodman, Stansly Maponga

Their is a high possibility that the Falcons will land a top 3 pick, if this is the case Clowney is a no brainer. Yes he has dogged with visions of the draft, but let’s be honest in you where guarantee a top 5 pick with nothing to prove wouldn’t you. Clowney’s biggest problem is that he seen Lattimore another prospect should have gone top 10 fall to the 5th round because of injuries. The Clowney pick is a no brainier for me because is I expect the Falcons to lose both Osi and Biermann in 2015 to free agency. In the 2nd round the Falcons are able to strike gold again, Trent Murphy is a very underrated pass rusher. Murphy paired with Clowney finally gives Falcons fans the bookend pass rusher they have been longing for since 2006 sort pairing of Kerney and Abe. Massaquoi, Goodman and Maponga would provide great depth and spot starting should Clowney or Murphy need to miss any games.

Linebackers: (5) Sean Weatherspoon (SLB), Paul Worrilow (MLB/SLB), Joplo Bartu (WLB), Akeem Dent (MLB),

As I stated before with the additions of Bartu and Worrilow the Falcons actually have some flexibility at the linebacker position. However, this is the one area I was a little concerned after this mock. I wanted to add the signing of a veteran LB like a Dansby but realized that it is something highly unlikely for the Falcons to add three additional FA in the off-sesaon.

Cornerbacks: (5) Desmond Trufant, Robert Alford, Robert McClain, Jaylen Watkins, Brandon Dixon

I love the pick of Watkins who is a very underrated corner, because he plays in a very deep secondary at Florida often time being overlooked. If he played for any other team he might have had an opportunity to go in the first two rounds. With the addition of Watkins adds quality depth and a potential future starter and should soften the blow of losing Samuels and Franks.

Safeties: (4) William Moore, Thomas DeCoud, 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) Deven Drane (CB), Kyle Tudor (LB), Travis Carrie (CB), Ryan Schraeder (OT), Sean Renfree (QB), Terren Jones (OT)

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You're right on Copeland, I know that most people don't put high stock on a FB pick but the guy is a 270 lbs. mean, fast, strong and with our OL it would give MR and our RB's another blocker. Also in the RED ZONE he can push over for that 1-2 yards. Plus remember he was a H.S All American DE so he can also help on ST. I love Dri Archer WR/KR/RB and he can help us in multiple areas but he won't last until the 7th. I'm so scared once Copeland gets to the Combine and SR. Days he'll be gone by the 4th and we can't afford to go after him earlier

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I thought Dri Archer was in the 3-4 Round range, not 7th?

A lot of effort got put into this, so there's that. Almost a little too much to read, I found myself skipping.

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I thought Dri Archer was in the 3-4 Round range, not 7th?

A lot of effort got put into this, so there's that. Almost a little too much to read, I found myself skipping.

Projections will obviously change as we get closer. The ranking I used was on CBS/ NFL Draft Scout who has him projected at 7th round.

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/prospectrankings/2014/WR

http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=91372&draftyear=2014&genpos=WR

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Like it, Gotta disagree with some of your thoughts:

Really don't see the Falcons cutting that many of the vets-they love Schreader's potential for example.

Rather get an OT in FA and use the second pick on a stud RG, get the LB in the 3rd.

Rather double up on WR/KR/home run threat than OLine late

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Like it, Gotta disagree with some of your thoughts:

Really don't see the Falcons cutting that many of the vets-they love Schreader's potential for example.

Rather get an OT in FA and use the second pick on a stud RG, get the LB in the 3rd.

Rather double up on WR/KR/home run threat than OLine late

Schreader I still have on the practice squad.

My reason for signing a RG and drafting a RT is because from a cost standpoint in cheaper not mention I think James project to be a better RT than any RG in the 4th round. Not to mention Halapio in the next two years will be ready to start.

Not to mention the only RT I would really consider going after would be Oher which may or may not be available.

Your comment about the number of vets we let go, I had the same conversation last year and we actually cut more than what I projected. Their is no one on the list (I think) we can't upgrade.

What Lber would you target, anyone I think we can actually upgrade will be gone in the second. We don't have a need at Lber that would justify a 2-3rd round pick. Maybe depth but we might be better off sign a veteran for the cheap like Moats or something.

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We had three last year with fewer FA leaving in 2012, Clabo, Grime, Robinson, Owens, Walker, Abe & Svitek all of who get a decent mount of snaps.

clabo, robinson, Abe and Turner don't count towards the formula. Grimes and Walker get cancelled out by Jackson and Osi. Owens and Svitek are minimum deals and don't qualify. Sorry dude.

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clabo, robinson, Abe and Turner don't count towards the formula. Grimes and Walker get cancelled out by Jackson and Osi. Owens and Svitek are minimum deals and don't qualify. Sorry dude.

Last year the cutoff was about 900,000. We got a 7th for Kelvin Hayden. It won't be much more this year. Meanwhile Grimes' salary falls more into the 4th round range vs 5th round range for Sjax and Osi. He's also contributed more than either of them, putting his worth even higher. He'll net us a 4th. Walker will be canceled out, and one of Owens/Svitek will as well. The other should net us a 7th, and McCown may as well.

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I'm immediately failing this mock for cutting Schraeder, who could very well be starting for us, next season. That is stupid, plain and simple. He's not going on the PS either. He doesn't qualify, as he's been active for too many games.

Dude I don't know if I can even take your comment serious. You failing my mock because of Schraeder, who has only played on 97 offensive snaps (maybe one game) out of potential 900. Now you want to make him next year's starter, where is he starting again?

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Last year the cutoff was about 900,000. We got a 7th for Kelvin Hayden. It won't be much more this year. Meanwhile Grimes' salary falls more into the 4th round range vs 5th round range for Sjax and Osi. He's also contributed more than either of them, putting his worth even higher. He'll net us a 4th. Walker will be canceled out, and one of Owens/Svitek will as well. The other should net us a 7th, and McCown may as well.

No comment because I don't even understand what the F@#k you are trying to say!!!! Slow down, use your words.

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No comment because I don't even understand what the F@#k you are trying to say!!!! Slow down, use your words.

That's b/c you don't understand anything about how the compensatory draft proccess works. Don't feel bad. Most everyone else doesn't either.

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Would be a fantasy of my if we were to double dip with these two players!!! Doing so would provide us fordable bookend DE for the next 7-10 barring injuries.

im not sure murphy falls to the second, but im still feeling like we should fill right tackle and guard in free agency then draft a young guard early to learn and take over for blalock eventually. I dont hate the mock but there are alot of things on here that i wouldnt even consider personally, i feel like you killed all our vet young depth and tried to patch it with a bunch of unproven rookies. Recipe for disaster IMO

Oh and you counted five linebackers on the roster but only listed four. Just another quick catch lol

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Dude I don't know if I can even take your comment serious. You failing my mock because of Schraeder, who has only played on 97 offensive snaps (maybe one game) out of potential 900. Now you want to make him next year's starter, where is he starting again?

No, it fails for other reasons too, but that was what jumped out at me first, and yes, I'm a big fan of Schraeder. I have been since we signed him, and I do believe that he'll be competing next year to start at RT. He's only ben playing football for about 4 and half years now, and he's only getting better.

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No, it fails for other reasons too, but that was what jumped out at me first, and yes, I'm a big fan of Schraeder. I have been since we signed him, and I do believe that he'll be competing next year to start at RT. He's only ben playing football for about 4 and half years now, and he's only getting better.

i dont think schraeder will be cut unless he really scr*ws up between now and the end of the year. But i still think a young veteran RT is needed on this line. Im not sold on schraeder. I do like holmes at LT though. I think hes steadilly improved and has looked good outside of a few penalties that is fixable, im just hoping they make baker a backup, im tired of the endless injuries.
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i dont think schraeder will be cut unless he really scr*ws up between now and the end of the year. But i still think a young veteran RT is needed on this line. Im not sold on schraeder. I do like holmes at LT though. I think hes steadilly improved and has looked good outside of a few penalties that is fixable, im just hoping they make baker a backup, im tired of the endless injuries.

I'm not entirely sold on him either, and I agree with having veteran depth there, but the ideal situation would be for him to win the job, and I believe that he should be given every opportunity to do so.

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im not sure murphy falls to the second, but im still feeling like we should fill right tackle and guard in free agency then draft a young guard early to learn and take over for blalock eventually. I dont hate the mock but there are alot of things on here that i wouldnt even consider personally, i feel like you killed all our vet young depth and tried to patch it with a bunch of unproven rookies. Recipe for disaster IMO

Oh and you counted five linebackers on the roster but only listed four. Just another quick catch lol

My original idea was to sign Oher and Lauvao but outside of Oher who would you target as a RT? Why would you draft a guard early just to ride the bench, truth be told Blalock is our most consistent Oline, he just happens to be grossly over paid. I mocked up taking Wentworth who I suspect in the next 2 years can compete at the LG spot. All rookie are unproven it would help if you could be a little more specific (names & position) oppose to blanket statements.

I've looked at several mocks and even thou Murphy is projected to go in the first round I not sure who would draft him, he could only play strong side because he would have the athleticism or foot speed to play weak. In most case those guys don't do first round. Even if you project him at OLB there are too many OLB that project higher (Mack, Barr, Beasley & Van Hoy) just to name a few. I asked that you don't dissect the individual selection and why, but look at the bigger picture.

There is no one off-season that is going to address all the holes we have, but my attempt was to put us in a great position with youth and not blow our cap out to where if anything was to go wrong we have no flexibility. I was able to add depth at oline, secondary and strength our dline, to mention improve our surplus of cap space for 2014 & 15.

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No, it fails for other reasons too, but that was what jumped out at me first, and yes, I'm a big fan of Schraeder. I have been since we signed him, and I do believe that he'll be competing next year to start at RT. He's only ben playing football for about 4 and half years now, and he's only getting better.

Last week was the most snaps he's taken all year 42.

Week 13 he did not see the field

Week 12 he played 10 off snaps

Week 11 he played 22 off snaps

Week 10 he played 0 off snaps

Week 9 he played 0 off snaps

Week 8 he played 0 off snaps (see the pattern)

He hasn't played enough for anyone to be so passionate about his play. Really dude???

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Last week was the most snaps he's taken all year 42.

Week 13 he did not see the field

Week 12 he played 10 off snaps

Week 11 he played 22 off snaps

Week 10 he played 0 off snaps

Week 9 he played 0 off snaps

Week 8 he played 0 off snaps (see the pattern)

He hasn't played enough for anyone to be so passionate about his play. Really dude???

No, it fails for other reasons too, but that was what jumped out at me first, and yes, I'm a big fan of Schraeder. I have been since we signed him, and I do believe that he'll be competing next year to start at RT. He's only ben playing football for about 4 and half years now, and he's only getting better.

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