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Ok, here we go – I have not done a full-blown mock draft in several weeks – waiting for the dust to settle from free agency and the comp. picks. Dimipioli knocked out some of our most pressing needs getting the Sasquach-ish Samoan Nose Tackle – Paul Soliai and one of the best run-stuffing defensive ends in the NFL in Tyson Jackson – these moves were a down payment on the defensive fronts being more multiple - with more 3-4 looks. The Falcons also looked to make a splash with an offensive line signing - a legitimate starting right guard in Jon Asamoah. Further moves had us getting our nickel corner (or dime – if McClain leaves) and back-up return man in Javier Arenas. Finally, the Falcons signed the aging but great kickoff returner in Devin Hester as well.

Pass Rusher (4-3DE and 3-4OLB):

Obviously the biggest glaring need on this team is a legitimate threat of a passrusher. Osi has been kept and he can be a complimentary passrusher but he is not a true #1 and this will be his last year in a Falcons uniform most likely. Jonathan Massaquoi shows potential but his career could progress into a true threat or he could stall out – flip a coin. Bierrman is coming off serious Achilles injury and he is also in the last year of his contract. Sean Weatherspoon? He has ability but cannot stay healthy and he is in the last year of his contract as well – more than likely in the base 3-4 defense, he will be an inside backer. As you can see, we basically only have one guy that we know will be a Falcon and designated passrusher past 2014 – Massaquoi – everyone else could be gone in 2015. Maponga you say? I got your Maponga hangin’ low. He is developmental and is not to be counted on. This is why I consistently say the Falcons need TWO – count’em TWO passrushers out of this very deep draft.

Offensive Line:

Offensive Line you say? Obviously Dimipioli addressed the offensive line but they basically put a bandaid on a 12 inch gash – we still have concerns at Left Tackle(long-term), Right Tackle and Center (count me as a Hawley skeptic). Falcons have depth at the offensive tackle position (Baker/Holmes/Johnson/Schraeder) but I’m not confident they have much talent.

Free Safety:

Clearly this is a position in need of a drafted player and a veteran as well. The Falcons have made no moves as of yet towards bringing in a vet – Chris Clemons-Dolphins – I believe is still available. It would appear that the Falcons will likely target a free safety in the first 4 rounds of the draft.

Other Needs:

Obviously the above does not cover all our needs but I believe the messageboard could mostly agree that those are our top 3 needs that will have to be addressed in the draft. Obviously we need another Tight End as I believe Toilolo’s role will be more of a red-zone threat – to me his skill set works best in the redzone with his size – he is not a guy that is going to stretch the seam as Toilolo does not have that kind of speed. The Falcons also could use another weapon at Running Back but this is a “down-the-draft” need and I would not look for one to be taken before the 4th round comp pick (at the earliest). The Falcons might explore bringing in a Fullback with one of their 6th or 7th round picks to further bring back the “ground-n-pound” mentality. Falcons have enough receivers now if Julio/Roddy come back healthy with HD and Darius Johnson in complimentary roles – we will eventually need to replace Roddy but WR is more of a 2015 concern – we also have the extra weapon in Devin Hester. The Falcons only have one legit 3-4 Defensive End in Tyson Jackson – neither Babineaux, Peters nor Jerry are ideally suited for this role. Malliciah Goodman has the length and supposedly is adding mass but we don’t know how that will translate onto the field. I think the Falcons will look to add a legit 3-4 D-End in this draft. As far as Inside Linebackers go, we have Paul Worrilow who flourished last year in the 4-3 MLB role but he may be less effective in the 3-4 – he needs to get bigger/stronger. Spoon can move inside but he also needs to get bigger/stronger – Falcons could use a legit 3-4 ILB but there are so many other needs that I am not sure if we get to this lower level need this year. The Falcons have sufficient depth at Cornerback with starters Trufant/Alford and nickel and dime corners in McClain and Arenas. At Strong Safety the Falcons have a legit starter in William Moore and adequate back-up in Zeke Motta.

As you can see, the 2014 Atlanta Falcons have a lot of holes. I have always maintained and still do that one year in free agency/draft is not going to hit/solve all of our problems. We will fill many of them and then new ones will open up in 2015 after the 2014 season reveals flaws and you will also likely see Steven Jackson, Osi Umenyiora and Kroy Bierrman leave next year as well.

Here is my controversial effort at a 2014 Draft…..without further ado.

NFL Draft:

1)
Houston Texans – Blake Bortles, QB-Central Florida

2) ****We have a Trade*** “The St. Louis Rams have traded the rights to the #2 overall pick to the Atlanta Falcons.
With the 2
nd
overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the
Atlanta Falcons
select:
KHALIL MACK, OLB-UNIVERSITY OF BUFFALO
(trade details: Falcons trade #1-006, #3-084 and 2015 3
rd
rounder to St. Louis).

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OVERVIEW

Three-time first-team All-MAC selection (2011-13). 2013: Second-team All-American pick after starting in all 13 games. Had nine tackles, 2.5 sacks and interception return for touchdown against Ohio State. 2012: Played and started 11 games, and led team in tackles (94), tackles for loss (21), sacks (8) and forced fumbles (4). 2011: Started in all 12 games and led team in sacks (5.5), tackles for loss (21) and forced fumbles (5). 2010: Started in all 12 games and led team in sacks (4.5), tackles for loss (14.5), and pass breakups (10). 2009: Redshirted. Misc.: Learned how to play guitar as a freshman (self-taught through Internet). Was only recruited out of high school heavily by Buffalo and Liberty.

ANALYSIS

STRENGTHS
Disruptive first-step quickness -- immediately re-creates the line of scrimmage and plays in the backfield (record tackle-for-loss production). Outstanding instincts -- locates the ball quickly and is around the ball a lot. Very good body control, bend and balance -- plays on his feet and is seldom on the ground. Developed pass-rush moves (rip, dip and inside counter). Very explosive. Excellent pursuit -- tracks down ball carriers from behind. Sacrifices his body and sells out around piles. Strikes with authority -- hits on the rise, violently jars ball carriers backward on impact and has a knack for dislodging the ball. Highly motivated. Played big vs. better competition (see Ohio State). Can zone drop and buzz to the flat with ease. Highly competitive and energetic. Regularly was the focus of defensive game plans and still produced despite facing multiple blockers and extra protection consistently rolled his way.

WEAKNESSES

Produced nondescript performance with a MAC title game berth on the line vs. Bowling Green and regularly faced inferior MAC competion. Plays a bit too recklessly and out of control. Can learn to run the arc with better lean.

DRAFT PROJECTION Round 1 (top 10)

BOTTOM LINE
A havoc-wreaking rush linebacker with the burst and acceleration to excel as a right defensive end in a "40" front, Mack has demonstrated the instincts, toughness, athletic ability and explosive power to line up at any linebacker position in an even or odd front and factor readily. Is a four-year starter who made an immediate impact upon his arrival and is well primed for the NFL game. Looks every bit the part, comes from a humble, grounded family and offers the full package to become an impact performer in the pros

#2-037)
****We have a Trade*** “The Atlanta Falcons have traded the rights to the #37 overall pick to the Arizona Cardinals. With the 37
th
pick of the 2015 NFL Draft, the St. Louis Cardinals select: JIMMY GARRAFALO, QB-EASTERN ILLINOIS……(trade details: Falcons receive picks #2-052 and #3-084)

#2-052) JEREMIAH ATTAOCHU, OLB-GEORGIA TECH.

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OVERVIEW

2013: Third-team AP All-American and second-team All-ACC selection. Started all 13 games at defensive end, and posted 10.5 sacks in last six games including four against Georgia. Moved from a 3-4 linebacker to 4-3 defensive end before season. 2012: Honorable mention All-ACC pick. Started 13 games, but missed Middle Tennessee State game due to injury. 2011: Honorable mention All-ACC selection. Played in 11 games with 10 starts. Missed the Maryland and Virginia games due to a lower leg injury. 2010: Played in 12 games and started the Independence Bowl against Air Force. Misc.: Born in Ibadan, Nigeria. Started playing football as a freshman in high school because, "I got tired of just watching it."

ANALYSIS

STRENGTHS
Good burst off the snap. Heats up the edge and runs the arc. Quick inside move. Disruptive ability. Motor runs hot -- keeps coming after the quarterback and chases hard from the back side. Moves well laterally and can zone drop. Has experience in even and odd fronts, having played defensive end and stand-up linebacker. Power-leverage potential. Mature and intelligent. Cares about the game and prepares like a pro. Arrow pointing up (will be a 21-year-old rookie).

WEAKNESSES
Lacks elite length, athleticism and top-end speed. Needs to get stronger. Gets knocked around at the point of attack. Controlled by larger blockers when they get their hands on him. Still developing pop and violence in his hands. Still learning to incorporate power into his rush (more effortful than powerful). Needs to cultivate his pass-rush arsenal.

DRAFT PROJECTION Rounds 3-4

BOTTOM LINE
Georgia Tech’s all-time sack leader, Attaochu is a Nigerian-born, young, heady, disruptive, relentless edge rusher who profiles as 3-4 right outside linebacker. Should interview well, and has the look of a trustworthy, long-term starter given his pass-rush ability, motor and makeup.

#3-084) DEONE BUCHANON, S-WASHINGTON STATE.

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OVERVIEW

2013: First-team All-American and first-team All-Pac-12 selection. Was a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award. Started in all 13 games. 2012: Second-team All-Pac-12 pick. Played in all 12 games with 11 starts. 2011: Played in all 12 games with 11 starts. 2010: Played in all 12 games with eight starts. High school: Also earned four letters on golf team.

ANALYSIS

STRENGTHS
Reads run and drops downhill quickly. Has an old-school mentality -- likes contact and is a physical tackler (seeks to punish the ball carrier). Led the Pac-12 in tackles. Covers kicks and has an ideal mentality for special teams. Four-year starter and three-time captain.

WEAKNESSES

Average speed -- struggles to recover from missteps and will not track anyone down from behind. Some tightness in his hips. Man-coverage limitations (struggles to match with slot receivers). Can be overaggressive and miss tackles. Does not always arrive under control in space. Misjudges angles.

DRAFT PROJECTION Rounds 4-5

BOTTOM LINE

Although he's built like a cornerback, Bucannon's style of play makes it easy to identify him as a tone-setting strong safety. Has coverage limitations, but brings the aggressiveness and physicality to carve a niche as a downhill box defender and core special-teams player

#4-103)MARCUS MARTIN, G/OC – USC

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OVERVIEW

Started in all 35 games played at USC. 2013: First-team All-Pac-12 pick. Started in 13 games at center. Suffered a knee injury on Nov. 30 against UCLA and did not play in the bowl game against Fresno State. 2012: Played in 12 games and started 10 at guard. 2011: Started the last 10 games at guard. Became first true USC freshman to start at guard since 2004.

ANALYSIS

STRENGTHS
Thick and wide-bodied. Walls off and seals defenders. Can work his hips to maneuver and seal. Athletic enough to step to the second level. Plays with his head on a swivel. Good anchor ability in pass protection -- can dig his cleats in the ground vs. big-bodied pluggers and match size with size. Three-year starter with experience at guard and center. Was a 20-year-old junior.

WEAKNESSES
A bit knock-kneed and pigeon-toed with herky-jerky movement. Soft puncher. Gets top-heavy and bends at the waist. Average initial quickness, balance and sustain. Ordinary hip snap -- power element missing. Limited lateral agility and recovery ability. Struggles to connect with moving targets. Is not a strong finisher or an aggressive go-getter. Does not dominate the way he is capable.

DRAFT PROJECTION Rounds 3-4

BOTTOM LINE

Outstanding-sized, barrel-chested finesse pivot with center-guard versatility. Grades out highly as a position-sustain blocker and possesses untappped strength and power in his body. Lacks desirable grit, toughness and finishing strength to maximize his talent and is stronger than he plays. Has instant-starter potential as a center or right guard, but could stand to benefit from some time to be groomed.

#4-139)SEANTREL HENDERSON, OT-MIAMI

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OVERVIEW

Started in 26 of 43 games played. Two-time honorable mention All-ACC pick (2012-13). 2013: Played in 12 games and started eight at right tackle. 2012: Played in 11 games and started the final seven at right tackle. 2011: Played in eight games with two starts after offseason back surgery. 2010: Played in 12 games with nine starts as a true freshman with most action coming at right tackle. Misc.: Suspended three times at Miami (Fla.) for violating team rules in 2011, an unspecified reason in spring practice 2012, and again for violating team rules in October of 2013.

ANALYSIS

STRENGTHS
Looks every bit the part with a rare-sized body that will make offensive line coaches drool -- broad-shouldered, big-boned, well-proportioned and thickly built. Athletic bender. Light-footed kick slide. Is a day trip to get around -- long arms aid recovery and enable him to push rushers wide of the pocket. Thwarts rushers with a heavy punch and sturdy base. Locks on and controls. Walls off and seals. Widens the hole. Gets to the second level with ease. Passes off stunts.

WEAKNESSES

Weight-room strength is not special given his size. Needs to strengthen his core -- affects body control, contact balance, sustain and finish. Spends too much time on the ground. Technique lapses -- needs to play with more consistent bend and leverage. Gets in trouble when his feet stall and is slow to shift his weight. Labors to execute reach blocks and is stressed by quick inside moves -- occasionally lets defenders cross his face. Struggles adjusting to moving targets in space. Should be more powerful than he is. Uneven performance. Underachiever traits. Suspect maturity, dependability and decision-making -- is easily led astray and was suspended multiple times.

DRAFT PROJECTION Rounds 2-3

BOTTOM LINE

Massive, strong-bodied, long-armed specimen with the physical gifts to be a dominant NFL right tackle in a power or slide-protection blocking scheme. However, he failed to live up to expectations in Coral Cables thanks to a tumultuous career marred by tragedy, suspensions, injuries and benchings. High-risk, high-reward, high-maintenance wild card who must convince decision-makers he’s worth gambling on. Interview process will go a long way in determining his trustworthiness.

#5-147)MARCEL JENSEN, TE-FRESNO STATE

OVERVIEW

2013: Second-team All-MWC selection after playing in all 13 games and making nine starts. Had career bests in receptions (26) and receiving yards (353). 2012: Honorable mention All-MWC pick after playing in all 13 games and making eight starts. Led team with a 17.0 yards-per-catch average. 2011: Played in 10 games, starting in one. 2010: Appeared in two games. 2009: Redshirted. High school: Played defensive end as a senior. Was also a standout basketball player, earning defensive basketball player of the year honors, league most valuable player runner-up, first-team all-league and first team all-city.

ANALYSIS

STRENGTHS
Looks every bit the part with outstanding size, including vines for arms. Big target. Smooth off the line for his size. Surprising speed to stretch the field. Can use physicality and his frame to outmuscle smaller DBs. Can adjust to throws and has good hands. Turns upfield with a head of steam. Gets after it in the run game -- engages with leverage and works to position, sustain and finish. Lines up in-line and flexed. Smart and coachable. Arrow pointing up.

WEAKNESSES
Needs to get stronger -- has untapped body power and potential as an in-line blocker. Shows some hip tightness in his route running. Is more advanced with linear routes than sharp-breaking patterns. Ordinary creativity and elusiveness. Relatively raw -- still honing technique and developing positional instincts and nuances. At times looks like he’s thinking instead of reacting. Average production.

DRAFT PROJECTION Rounds 4-5

BOTTOM LINE
Strapping, athletic, long-armed, ascending talent who did not play a starring role in a run-and-gun, receiver-dominated spread offense, but has raw physical tools to develop into a balanced “Y” tight end. Should only get better and has potential to become an asset in the running game and a mismatch in the passing game.

#6-182)JOSH MAURO, DE-STANFORD

OVERVIEW

Was an honorable mention All-Pac-12 pick in 2013, when he played in 13 games and made 11 starts. 2012: Played in 13 games and had five sacks. 2011: Played in all 13 games as a reserve. 2010: Played in nine games as a reserve. 2009: Redshirted. High school: Played defensive end, linebacker and quarterback. He was born in St. Albans, England.

ANALYSIS

STRENGTHS
Big, well-built, projectable frame with little excess weight. Likes to play and it shows -- intense competitor. Is strong enough to anchor down and set the edge. Can neutralize the double team. Plays bigger than his size. Experienced in a pro-style, 3-4 front. Tough and durable. Good weight-room work ethic.

WEAKNESSES
Has never been a full-time starter. Mechanical, robotic movement. Needs to add some more bulk and bulk strength. Minimal pass-rush ability. Marginal foot quickness -- late to the outside. Limited athletic ability to create penetration.

BOTTOM LINE
English-born, high-motor, developmental five-technique with intriguing growth potential. Is a bit top-heavy. Still growing into his body and learning how to use his hands. Has generated solid production from a wave role and could continue to be molded into a solid fencepost for a 3-4 front. Draws semblances to a young Brett Keisel, drafted in the seventh round by the Steelers in 2002, and has the makeup to play a long time in an unsung role occupying blockers and defending the run.

#7-220)JERRICK McKINNON, RB-GEORGIA SOUTHERN

OVERVIEW

2013: Played in 10 games and made nine starts, with five at quarterback and four at running back. 2012: Started all 14 games and rushed for 1,817 yards, third all-time for a season in school history. 2011: Played in 13 games with seven starts. 2010: Played in 10 of 15 games with one start.

ANALYSIS

STRENGTHS
Good athlete. Outstanding weight-room strength -- bench-presses twice his weight and squats three times his weight. Tough runner -- slams hard inside and usually falls forward. Good versatility. Superb worker. Efficient cut blocker.

WEAKNESSES
Average size and run strength -- not a tackle-breaker. Runs a bit upright. Average burst to the perimeter. Not a creative, make-you-miss runner. Very limited career receiving production (10 career catches). Not stout in pass protection.

BOTTOM LINE
Jack of all trades, master of none. Adjusted from a triple-option quarterbacking role as a junior to a tailback role as a senior and has enough athletic ability to warrant a chance as a change-of-pace back in the pros. Could even be tried as a return man and cornerback, where he began his college career. Would benefit from focusing on one position and will require some time to develop. Practice-squad candidate.

#7-253)MICHAEL CAMPANARO, WR-WAKE FOREST

OVERVIEW

Set school record for most career receptions (229). Two-time second-team All-ACC (2012-13) selection. 2013: Led team in receptions (67), receiving yards (803) and touchdowns (six) despite missing four games with a broken collarbone suffered in loss to Syracuse. 2012: Played in 10 games and made nine starts. 2011: Played in 12 games and made 11 starts. Teamed up with Chris Givens (83 receptions) to become most productive pair of Wake Forest wide receivers in school history with 156 combined catches, surpassing the previous top pass catching duo of Kenny Moore (98) and Josh Adams (34) who combined for 132 catches in 2007. 2010: Played in all 12 games and made one start. 2009: Redshirted.

ANALYSIS

STRENGTHS
Has short-area quickness to separate short-to-intermediate. Good balance and hip flex. Adjusts to throws. Finds soft spots in zone coverage. Effective running drags and crossers. Tough, confident and competitive. Three-year starter. Solid character.

WEAKNESSES
Lacks ideal height and length -- has extremely short arms and can be hemmed at the line. Limited functional strength. Small catch radius. Lacks elite top-end speed to take the top off. Spotty concentration -- makes some focused grabs and drops others he shouldn't. Marginal blocker. Durability is an issue -- has a small build, has been dinged up and could struggle to stay healthy.

BOTTOM LINE
Undersized, slippery, competitive inside receiver who brings a possession element to the slot. Lacks ideal explosiveness and will have to prove himself on special teams to earn an extended look.

#7-255)ZACK KERR, NT-DELAWARE

OVERVIEW

2013: First-team All-Colonial Athletic Association. 3.5 sacks (third-most on team). Led team with 2 FFs. 2012: Second-team All-CAA. 47-yard INT return for TD. 2011: Did not play (academically ineligible). 2010 at Maryland: Played all 13 games. 21 tackles, 1.5 TFL.
2009 at Maryland: Played 7 games. 2 tackles. High School: No. 55 DT nationally (Rivals). All-State '06 and '07. According to school bio, Kerr "could not play football prior to high school because he was too big, so he helped as an assistant with his local little league team."

ANALYSIS

STRENGTHS
Has a solid frame with long arms. Good lower-body power -- can collapse the pocket and walk blockers back to the quarterback when he comes off the ball low. Secure tackler. Regularly splits the double team and can stack the point vs. single blocks. Likes the weight room and works to improve.

WEAKNESSES
Short. Limited agility. Tends to wear down, takes some plays off and effort wanes. Gets fooled by misdirection and can be late to locate the ball. Could stand to improve hand use as a pass rusher and shedding blocks. Regularly faced inferior competition. Has a concussion history.

BOTTOM LINE
Thick-bodied, long-armed, powerful 3-4 nose tackle with scheme versatility to factor in a rotation for an even or odd front. Uses a lot of finesse and would be best utilized in a defense where he is allowed to slant, stunt and shoot gaps. Has moldable tools to develop.
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It's going to cost us way more than two 3's to move up from 6th to 2nd.

I can see a 3rd this year being realistic, but it will most likely be a 1st next year not a 3rd to make that trade. Also the boards would go crazy if we did trade up and not take Clowney lol.

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It's going to cost us way more than two 3's to move up from 6th to 2nd.

doubt it.

http://profootballta...-in-this-draft/

Steelers’ G.M. says everyone wants to trade down in this draft

Posted by Michael David Smith on March 23, 2014, 4:16 PM EDT

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Don’t expect the Steelers to trade up from the 15th overall pick in the NFL draft.

Steelers General Manager Kevin Colbert said today at the league meeting that with the available talent in this draft, trading down makes a lot more sense than trading up. Unfortunately for Colbert, he thinks the rest of the league feels the same way, which means that teams looking to pick up extra picks by trading down won’t find many takers.

“It makes more sense in this draft than trading up,” Colbert said of trading down, via Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “I’m sureeveryone shares the same thought.”

All it takes is one team to fall in love with a player, however, for the possibility of trading up to materialize. If some team that isn’t near the top of the draft decides that it has to have Teddy Bridgewater or Blake Bortles or Johnny Manziel orJadeveon Clowney or Greg Robinson or Sammy Watkins or Khalil Mack, a team with a high pick will have the opportunity to trade down.

But Colbert seems to think the strength of this draft is in its depth, not in the elite players at the top. Which means accumulating more picks is the key to putting together a strong draft, and trading down is better than trading up.

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I don't know if i prefer to go back to back OLB with such a big need at RT/FS. I'd much rather get Matthews/Robinson and Attaochu than trade up for Mack.

And i will go on record saying theres no way Kerr is drafted in the 7th round like so many people put in their mocks. I think he goes no later than early 6th.

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moving up from 6 to 2 would take a 1000 points in value, our 3rd this year is worth 240 and future picks are worth half their possible value as you don t know where the pick will end up being. no way we move up that far for that little. ain t happening.

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I like the Attaochu, Kerr, and Mauro picks.

And everything else is pure hot garbage. WHY TRADE UP?????

Let the draft come to you at #6 and still get what you want.

I've been off the Mack train for a long time.

Sorry dawg.... I really don't like it. Would be upset that we wasted our draft on a trade up to take Mack or any other guy in the top 5.

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I would rather we didn't trade up personally. Stretches us in the following rounds.

not if my scenario came true - trade up to #2 (from #6) and trade down to #52 (from #37) - our net picks for 2014 come out exactly the same - we just draft in the middle of 2nd/3rd round instead of at the beginning. ;)

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And everything else is pure hot garbage. WHY TRADE UP?????

Let the draft come to you at #6 and still get what you want.

I've been off the Mack train for a long time.

Sorry dawg.... I really don't like it. Would be upset that we wasted our draft on a trade up to take Mack or any other guy in the top 5.

no worries......you and others complain about the trade up - but you don't notice - or at least don't acknowledge the trade down in the 2nd round to re-coup our 3rd rounder.

why don't you comment on this? :D

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doubt it.

Yeah but two 3's isn't even half of the actual cost. Teams may want to move down but they aren't going to do it dirt cheap.

Besides...

If Bortles goes #1 there is no reason to trade up to #2. Clowney and Mack sitting there we can afford to wait to see what the Rams do.

If the Rams take Robinson we can wait until the Browns are on the clock. Either Clowney or Mack will be there.

If the Rams take Clowney then we got to trade with the Jaguars to ensure we get Mack.

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moving up from 6 to 2 would take a 1000 points in value, our 3rd this year is worth 240 and future picks are worth half their possible value as you don t know where the pick will end up being. no way we move up that far for that little. ain t happening.

F - the friggin points. This is deepest draft in 10 years - EVERYONE from Mayock to Dimitroff to Kevin Colbert and every other NFL GM acknowledges this as a point in fact. nobody is getting the point values this year - it won't happen. Did you read the Steelers GM comments? everybody wants to trade down - nobody wants to trade up? please acknowledge that you read this - these comments were made after the league meetings - where all the GMs are talking to each other. Last year the Raiders traded down from #3 to #13 and all they got was 2nd rounder - last year's draft was shallow at top and shallow in the middle - the exact opposite this year. NFL GMs want/highly value picks in 2nd and 3rd rounds.

The trade chart is out the window for the deepest draft in 10 years.

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Yeah but two 3's isn't even half of the actual cost. Teams may want to move down but they aren't going to do it dirt cheap.

Besides...

If Bortles goes #1 there is no reason to trade up to #2. Clowney and Mack sitting there we can afford to wait to see what the Rams do.

If the Rams take Robinson we can wait until the Browns are on the clock. Either Clowney or Mack will be there.

If the Rams take Clowney then we got to trade with the Jaguars to ensure we get Mack.

If the Falcons - IF - can trade up like I think they can for what I THINK it will cost them, then its a no-brainer - get your player and don't play russian roulette - "hoping" that the draft falls the way you want.

Falcons will likely be in position to trade back from #2-037 and re-coup a 3rd round pick. You may not believe it possible - but I do.

Marcus Martin is projected to go in the 2nd.

Martin is my fav - but we could look at Swanson and Richburg as well. I highly doubt he goes in 2nd round but the 3rd round is a likely possibility.

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just because everyone wants to trade down, doesnt mean they will trade down for peanuts and risk not taking a player they might want.

Also, trading with team's with front office ties does not equate to cheaper deals but rather both sides make deals prior to the draft based on certain situations and the compensations lead to neither side feel like they're getting screwed.

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I like what I see from Mack I do BUT the elephant in the room for me is consistent competition against higher ranked opponents now I no this argument is a well worn one and I could be talking hot air here.But for me his body of work just doesn't quite sit that well for me and hence why I'm not really a huge fan of Mack and going up to #2 just makes my head spin like a teenager whose had to much to drink and is looking for a bucket to spew into sorry I just don't like that move.

The Attaochu move is a good one I've done a bit more reading on the guy and he's growing on me.

3rd round safety in a plain weak safety class is risk but I guess I can live with that.

4th round C I like as I'm not sold on the Konz/Hawley combo but again the FO must be so I'm not really feeling that pick will be made because of the fore mentioned.

Hendersen in the 5th well another project gotta say is a ???????????? at best.

I won't lie to you Dawg you've done better work in the past for me you should have called this Mock project pass rush LBer as with all the rest of it I'm not a 100 sorry bro.

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