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Falcons Win Could Put Jadeveon Clowney Out Of Reach


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As the NFL's worst teams try to close out the season on a positive note with a feel-better victory or two, their positions for the 2014 NFL Draft are shuffling in the balance. And for the Atlanta Falcons, Sunday's 27-26 win over the also-awful Washington Redskins could have put South Carolina star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney out of reach.

That's how the Atlanta Journal-Constitution's D. Orlando Ledbetter sees it, noting that the game's outcome not only docked Atlanta to the No. 5 projected overall pick (two remaining games still stand to change the order again), but also bolstered the Redkins' projected draft position to No. 2 (although Washington's first-round pick will go to the Rams as part of the Robert Griffin III trade).

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Of course, Ledbetter's assertion doesn't factor in the Falcons' willingness to trade up for Clowney if he is indeed the club's target. Atlanta showed a fearlessness for such a move as recently as 2011, when it packaged a handsome group of picks to trade up with the Cleveland Browns and draft wide receiver Julio Jones out of Alabama.

Quarterbacks, pass rushers and left tackles are frequently at the top of the wish list for clubs picking early in the first round, and Clowney, despite a disappointing junior season, figures to be one of the draft's earliest prizes. Of course, that hinges on Clowney, a junior, declaring for early NFL draft entry, though that is widely expected and something Clowney has hinted at himself.

According to NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah, clubs in need of a defensive end who project to pick early in the first round include the Falcons, Jacksonville Jaguars, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Minnesota Vikings, Buffalo Bills and Tennessee Titans.

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A few months from now, people won't remember if we won one or two less games. It's beyond dumb to play like we're fighting for a playoff spot. We hada chance to Draft one of the best Des to come out of college in years and our simple minded head coach wants to pretend that moral victories matter somehow. Not to mention he's risking injury to our 100 million dollar qb. In my opinion, coach Smith needs to be fired and replaced with a coach that has male genitals.

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I don't care. You know how great it would feel to beat the 49ers in their last game ever at that stadium? I want to **** up the 49ers as much as possible, pure hated over here

Ha... You're probably the type of dude that's happy with a kiss on the cheek at the end of the night rather than... You know. It doesnt make a bit of difference if we beat sf. No one will remember who we beat or how many games we won. The only thing that will be remembered is that we sucked this year, and who and when we pick a player in the Draft.

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Ha... You're probably the type of dude that's happy with a kiss on the cheek at the end of the night rather than... You know. It doesnt make a bit of difference if we beat sf. No one will remember who we beat or how many games we won. The only thing that will be remembered is that we sucked this year, and who and when we pick a player in the Draft.

I don't know man... Kicking SF's azz at home on a historical night for their franchise would put a nice smile on my face. After watching them own us through the 80's and 90's, I'd enjoy putting a thumb in their eye.

BTW, who say kisses on the cheek don't lead to better opportunities...

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