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I think these 5 players go in the top 5.

DE Jadeveon Clowney

OT Greg Robinson

QB Blake Bortles

WR Sammy Watkins

OLB Khalil Mack

With the 6th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft the Atlanta Falcons select....

Jake Matthews, Tackle, Texas A & M - Widely regarded as the safest pick in the draft Matthews is a very sound technician in both the run game and in pass protection. A senior, a team leader, and bloodlines are attributes Thomas Dimitroff highly regards. His only weakness is a lack of elite athleticism. The Falcons immediately start him at right tackle and he provides insurance at LT if Baker suffers another injury. Protecting Matt Ryan should be the top priority and we can address a pass rusher in round 2.

With the 37th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft the Atlanta Falcons select....

Marcus Smith, Linebacker, Louisville - In Nolan's 3-4 defense Smith will play the role of rush 3-4 outside linebacker. A physical, reliable tackler he can also cover underneath routes and jam TE's/WR's at the line. Although he is not considered an elite athlete and doesn't possess straight line speed he has enough burst and power to get the job done.

With the 68th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft the Atlanta Falcons select....

Shayne Skov, Linebacker, Stanford - Inside linebacker and team captain who specializes in stopping the run utilizing his size, instincts, and physicality. Less than ideal athleticism will limit his role as he would be a liability in pass coverage. However, for a team looking to get tougher along the lines in regards to stopping the run he's the perfect fit for short yardage downs and goal line plays.

With the 103rd selection in the 2014 NFL draft the Atlanta Falcons select....

Will Clarke, Defensive End, West Virginia - Hard worker who shows good explosion off the snap with good athleticism and length for his position. Good at creating gaps for blitzing teammates and has a knack for knocking down the pass. Has enough strength to hold up against the running game and should be able to get a handful of sacks a season.

With the 139th selection in the 2014 NFL draft the Atlanta Falcons select....

Ahmad Dixon, Safety, Baylor - A good open field, physical tackler who enjoys mixing it up in the run game. Has great size and speed to cover the entire field (sideline to sideline, making a play behind the line of scrimmage, or on an island in coverage). Confidant in pass coverage and can be left on an island. Can compete with Motta for the starting Free Safety spot.

With the 147th selection in the 2014 NFL draft the Atlanta Falcons select....

Justin Ellis, Defensive Tackle, Louisiana Tech - He has a big body (6'2" 334) with long arms for his frame. Explosive off the ball and a quick thinker, reacting well to what the blockers want to do. Attacks with pure momentum and not afraid to use a spin move making it tough for blockers to latch on. A solid backup at NT and a nice project player to develop into a potential starter for the future.

With the 182nd selection in the 2014 NFL draft the Atlanta falcons select....

JC Copeland, Fullback, LSU - A converted defensive lineman at 5'11" 271 pounds he is simply a wreaking ball in the backfield. Not just a one dimensional blocker he can also be a threat to run the ball in at the goal line and is capable of catching the ball out of the backfield. If Steven Jackson has anything left in the tank he will benefit running behind this guy.

With the 220th selection in the 2014 NFL draft the Atlanta Falcons select....

L'Damian Washington, Wide Receiver, Missouri - Size (6'4") and speed (4.46 40 yard dash) make him an intriguing prospect. Has big play potential on the outside but needs to rely more on catching the ball with his hands rather than catching with his body. The majority of players his size fail to make an impact at the pro level. Considering it's the 7th round and most players selected here don't make the final roster the reward outweighs the risk.

With the 253rd selection in the 2014 NFL draft the Atlanta Falcons select....

Marion Grice, Running Back, Arizona State - Has a good burst when it's needed and the patience to wait for the play to develop. A reliable pass catcher out of the backfield and a willing blocker. We need to get younger at the position and he is a great project player.

With the 255th selection in the 2014 NFL draft the Atlanta Falcons select....

Zack Kerr, Defensive Tackle, Delaware - We found a gem in Paul Worrilow who also came out of Delaware so back to the well we go.

I would sign free agent TE Ed Dickson after the draft.

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I'd look at Marcus Smith in the 3rd round.

I'd also possibly looking for a trade back into the 1st to grab Calvin Pryor if he is still available.

I honestly think we have enough depth at Safety right now so if I'm picking I'm looking for a starter at that position.

There are plenty of decent TE's in the draft that are worth looking at aswell.

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I think these 5 players go in the top 5.

DE Jadeveon Clowney

OT Greg Robinson

QB Blake Bortles

WR Sammy Watkins

OLB Khalil Mack

With the 6th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft the Atlanta Falcons select....

Jake Matthews, Tackle, Texas A & M - Widely regarded as the safest pick in the draft Matthews is a very sound technician in both the run game and in pass protection. A senior, a team leader, and bloodlines are attributes Thomas Dimitroff highly regards. His only weakness is a lack of elite athleticism. The Falcons immediately start him at right tackle and he provides insurance at LT if Baker suffers another injury. Protecting Matt Ryan should be the top priority and we can address a pass rusher in round 2.

With the 37th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft the Atlanta Falcons select....

Marcus Smith, Linebacker, Louisville - In Nolan's 3-4 defense Smith will play the role of rush 3-4 outside linebacker. A physical, reliable tackler he can also cover underneath routes and jam TE's/WR's at the line. Although he is not considered an elite athlete and doesn't possess straight line speed he has enough burst and power to get the job done.

With the 68th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft the Atlanta Falcons select....

Shayne Skov, Linebacker, Stanford - Inside linebacker and team captain who specializes in stopping the run utilizing his size, instincts, and physicality. Less than ideal athleticism will limit his role as he would be a liability in pass coverage. However, for a team looking to get tougher along the lines in regards to stopping the run he's the perfect fit for short yardage downs and goal line plays.

With the 103rd selection in the 2014 NFL draft the Atlanta Falcons select....

Will Clarke, Defensive End, West Virginia - Hard worker who shows good explosion off the snap with good athleticism and length for his position. Good at creating gaps for blitzing teammates and has a knack for knocking down the pass. Has enough strength to hold up against the running game and should be able to get a handful of sacks a season.

With the 139th selection in the 2014 NFL draft the Atlanta Falcons select....

Ahmad Dixon, Safety, Baylor - A good open field, physical tackler who enjoys mixing it up in the run game. Has great size and speed to cover the entire field (sideline to sideline, making a play behind the line of scrimmage, or on an island in coverage). Confidant in pass coverage and can be left on an island. Can compete with Motta for the starting Free Safety spot.

With the 147th selection in the 2014 NFL draft the Atlanta Falcons select....

Justin Ellis, Defensive Tackle, Louisiana Tech - He has a big body (6'2" 334) with long arms for his frame. Explosive off the ball and a quick thinker, reacting well to what the blockers want to do. Attacks with pure momentum and not afraid to use a spin move making it tough for blockers to latch on. A solid backup at NT and a nice project player to develop into a potential starter for the future.

With the 182nd selection in the 2014 NFL draft the Atlanta falcons select....

JC Copeland, Fullback, LSU - A converted defensive lineman at 5'11" 271 pounds he is simply a wreaking ball in the backfield. Not just a one dimensional blocker he can also be a threat to run the ball in at the goal line and is capable of catching the ball out of the backfield. If Steven Jackson has anything left in the tank he will benefit running behind this guy.

With the 220th selection in the 2014 NFL draft the Atlanta Falcons select....

L'Damian Washington, Wide Receiver, Missouri - Size (6'4") and speed (4.46 40 yard dash) make him an intriguing prospect. Has big play potential on the outside but needs to rely more on catching the ball with his hands rather than catching with his body. The majority of players his size fail to make an impact at the pro level. Considering it's the 7th round and most players selected here don't make the final roster the reward outweighs the risk.

With the 253rd selection in the 2014 NFL draft the Atlanta Falcons select....

Marion Grice, Running Back, Arizona State - Has a good burst when it's needed and the patience to wait for the play to develop. A reliable pass catcher out of the backfield and a willing blocker. We need to get younger at the position and he is a great project player.

With the 255th selection in the 2014 NFL draft the Atlanta Falcons select....

Zack Kerr, Defensive Tackle, Delaware - We found a gem in Paul Worrilow who also came out of Delaware so back to the well we go.

I would sign free agent TE Ed Dickson after the draft.

kiwifalcon already said it, it seems to me that Smith is limited enough athletically that he could be there in the third, but....from what I read about him, his sacks come primarily on stunts. I don't think that is a good trait on his part. We need someone who can consistently take on OTs.

Kareem Martin and\or Attaochu in the 2nd-3rd would be good. A TE or safety with the other pick would be good too.

I like Skov, but the third round is too soon for a two-down run specialist LB. Plus there is no shortage of run stuffing ILB headbangers in the mid to late rounds, talking about the fifth on. Better to use our third on a starter.

Just my two cents. I do like your picks though.

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kiwifalcon already said it, it seems to me that Smith is limited enough athletically that he could be there in the third, but....from what I read about him, his sacks come primarily on stunts. I don't think that is a good trait on his part. We need someone who can consistently take on OTs.

Kareem Martin and\or Attaochu in the 2nd-3rd would be good. A TE or safety with the other pick would be good too.

I like Skov, but the third round is too soon for a two-down run specialist LB. Plus there is no shortage of run stuffing ILB headbangers in the mid to late rounds, talking about the fifth on. Better to use our third on a starter.

Just my two cents. I do like your picks though.

I'd have to disagree. I think a two- down starter is in fact worth a third--- although a fourth may be more appropo

We seem to have made a commitment to stopping the run with Soliai and Jackson, both who are 2-down players.....

An inside LB with a real presence in the run game could go a long way in improving out yards to go on 3rd down

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Thanks for the responses.

I think TD will ultimately end up trading the 103rd pick to move the 68th pick up to around the 58th pick and trading the 220th pick to move the 182nd pick up to around the 172nd pick. He doesn't hesitate to trade picks in the round that also contain a comp pick. That would leave us with this for the draft....

#6

#37

#58

#139

#147

#172

#253

#255

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I like some of your late picks, but I'd be pretty disappointed if this was the way the draft played out, to be honest. Smith is decent enough, as is Skov, but we're picking early for once and I'm not sure they're really players who we couldn't still get if we were picking in the 20s.

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I think these 5 players go in the top 5.

DE Jadeveon Clowney

OT Greg Robinson

QB Blake Bortles

WR Sammy Watkins

OLB Khalil Mack

With the 6th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft the Atlanta Falcons select....

Jake Matthews, Tackle, Texas A & M - Widely regarded as the safest pick in the draft Matthews is a very sound technician in both the run game and in pass protection. A senior, a team leader, and bloodlines are attributes Thomas Dimitroff highly regards. His only weakness is a lack of elite athleticism. The Falcons immediately start him at right tackle and he provides insurance at LT if Baker suffers another injury. Protecting Matt Ryan should be the top priority and we can address a pass rusher in round 2.

With the 37th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft the Atlanta Falcons select....

Marcus Smith, Linebacker, Louisville - In Nolan's 3-4 defense Smith will play the role of rush 3-4 outside linebacker. A physical, reliable tackler he can also cover underneath routes and jam TE's/WR's at the line. Although he is not considered an elite athlete and doesn't possess straight line speed he has enough burst and power to get the job done.

With the 68th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft the Atlanta Falcons select....

Shayne Skov, Linebacker, Stanford - Inside linebacker and team captain who specializes in stopping the run utilizing his size, instincts, and physicality. Less than ideal athleticism will limit his role as he would be a liability in pass coverage. However, for a team looking to get tougher along the lines in regards to stopping the run he's the perfect fit for short yardage downs and goal line plays.

With the 103rd selection in the 2014 NFL draft the Atlanta Falcons select....

Will Clarke, Defensive End, West Virginia - Hard worker who shows good explosion off the snap with good athleticism and length for his position. Good at creating gaps for blitzing teammates and has a knack for knocking down the pass. Has enough strength to hold up against the running game and should be able to get a handful of sacks a season.

With the 139th selection in the 2014 NFL draft the Atlanta Falcons select....

Ahmad Dixon, Safety, Baylor - A good open field, physical tackler who enjoys mixing it up in the run game. Has great size and speed to cover the entire field (sideline to sideline, making a play behind the line of scrimmage, or on an island in coverage). Confidant in pass coverage and can be left on an island. Can compete with Motta for the starting Free Safety spot.

With the 147th selection in the 2014 NFL draft the Atlanta Falcons select....

Justin Ellis, Defensive Tackle, Louisiana Tech - He has a big body (6'2" 334) with long arms for his frame. Explosive off the ball and a quick thinker, reacting well to what the blockers want to do. Attacks with pure momentum and not afraid to use a spin move making it tough for blockers to latch on. A solid backup at NT and a nice project player to develop into a potential starter for the future.

With the 182nd selection in the 2014 NFL draft the Atlanta falcons select....

JC Copeland, Fullback, LSU - A converted defensive lineman at 5'11" 271 pounds he is simply a wreaking ball in the backfield. Not just a one dimensional blocker he can also be a threat to run the ball in at the goal line and is capable of catching the ball out of the backfield. If Steven Jackson has anything left in the tank he will benefit running behind this guy.

With the 220th selection in the 2014 NFL draft the Atlanta Falcons select....

L'Damian Washington, Wide Receiver, Missouri - Size (6'4") and speed (4.46 40 yard dash) make him an intriguing prospect. Has big play potential on the outside but needs to rely more on catching the ball with his hands rather than catching with his body. The majority of players his size fail to make an impact at the pro level. Considering it's the 7th round and most players selected here don't make the final roster the reward outweighs the risk.

With the 253rd selection in the 2014 NFL draft the Atlanta Falcons select....

Marion Grice, Running Back, Arizona State - Has a good burst when it's needed and the patience to wait for the play to develop. A reliable pass catcher out of the backfield and a willing blocker. We need to get younger at the position and he is a great project player.

With the 255th selection in the 2014 NFL draft the Atlanta Falcons select....

Zack Kerr, Defensive Tackle, Delaware - We found a gem in Paul Worrilow who also came out of Delaware so back to the well we go.

I would sign free agent TE Ed Dickson after the draft.

meh...a bit underwhelming honestly...Dixon is a project...he is very stiff in the hips...not fluid, rather have a safety in 2-3, or a better pick if we dare later

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I'd have to disagree. I think a two- down starter is in fact worth a third--- although a fourth may be more appropo

We seem to have made a commitment to stopping the run with Soliai and Jackson, both who are 2-down players.....

An inside LB with a real presence in the run game could go a long way in improving out yards to go on 3rd down

Then you run into the depth issue. If Skov is an ILB, and Worrilow Spoon and Dent play there also, then you add in Skov, who plays?

Meanwhile TE and safety and O line are screaming for help. That third could be a starter in those positions.

This is just my opinion based on the needs of our team. Who knows, maybe TD plans to let Spoon walk, so then we would need a replacement, and he drafts Skov. TD tends to draft that way. I think there is better value, addressing other positions of need, is all.

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Then you run into the depth issue. If Skov is an ILB, and Worrilow Spoon and Dent play there also, then you add in Skov, who plays?

Meanwhile TE and safety and O line are screaming for help. That third could be a starter in those positions.

This is just my opinion based on the needs of our team. Who knows, maybe TD plans to let Spoon walk, so then we would need a replacement, and he drafts Skov. TD tends to draft that way. I think there is better value, addressing other positions of need, is all.

I can see your point. But in this scenario, O-line is addressed with Matthews...I am more inclined to leave TE unaddresed than any of our other needs simply because I assumE Harry will get a lot of the looks Tony got last year and Toilolo will graduate to Harry's role, production wise.

Also, I feel Spoon is horribly miscast as an ILB....has no idea what to do with an guard coming at him head on....which isn't really his fault---thats not his game. It's basically the theory that caused us problems everywhere last year. Peters is not a front-line nose---he can cover the position in a rotation at best. Peria was not a 5T, yet we played him there over half the season..,when we finally moved him to the 3T, he produced a great deal more.

We played a lot of guys out of position last year, and it finally caught up to us....

I would probably skip the Will Clarke selection in this mock and take the best safety we can at that point......grab a Preston Brown in the 4th instead, ideally.....wouldnt be opposed to using our comp on a Crockett Gilmore or AC Leonard.

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