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Aundray Bruce. Jamall Anderson


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said it in another thread, I'll say it again. Who picked those guys?

trying to figure out what we'll do at #8 before we know who our HC/DC/OC are going to be is even more fruitless than doing it when you already knew that TD and smitty were going to reach for a player we'd never heard of before

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Still shouldn't be a reason to shy away from a top pass rushing prospect if they are worth the value of where the Falcons are selecting.

There are always hits and misses in the draft. Front offices and coaching staffs just have to do their homework to attempt to limit the misses and increase the amount of hits.

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Jamaal Anderson was a case of us getting caught flat footed. I'm pretty sure Rich McKay was convinced one of Landry or Peterson was going to fall to us. When they were both taken he didn't know who to take. He went with the popular perception of Anderson instead of drafting a guy we had thoroughly checked out. We never had Anderson in for a workout, never interviewed him, nothing like that. The only contact the Falcons had with him prior to taking him 8th overall was to ask what number he was going to be able to be reached at on draft day.

There were rumblings when we drafted him that teams that had actually worked him out were scared off. Those teams worried that his college stats were the product of a stunt heavy defense and that he lacked the ability to explode off the line, beat his blocker, and get to the QB.

While TD has shown an inability to judge pass rushing talent, at least he's not going to make the mistake of drafting someone he hasn't done his homework on. TD is obsessive in that regard. So while we might draft someone we misjudge, I don't see us drafting someone we haven't even worked out.

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