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2015 ATLANTA FALCONS MOCK OFF-SEASON

WiscoFalcon

1/5/15

Coaching Moves

Fire: Dirk Koetter, OC. – The Falcons offense has underachieved for 2 seasons in a row, and there is no reason this offense can’t score 20+ points a game against any team in the NFL. The dumb 1 yard S-Jax runs, the endless stupid WR screens, the awful red zone play calling, you name it, it was terrible, and it is time to find someone who will help Matt Ryan grow.

Head Coach: Todd Bowles – Todd Bowles, former Arizona DC, is one of my favorite HC candidates due to his tenure in the NFL and what he has done in Arizona. Bowles, 51, has a passion to win, and he is very ready for a HC job in this league. Even with all of the injuries the Cardinals had this season, Bowles held it together, and still produced one of the best defenses in the league. I think Todd Bowles is the perfect fit here in Atlanta, and can return this team to its winning ways. With Bowles in town, I think the Falcons make a full switch to a 3-4 defense.

OC: Todd Bowles choice. Preferably someone who can play to our strengths as an offense, and can help escort Matt Ryan to elite QB status.

Player Moves

Cut: Justin Blaylock, Steven Jackson, Sam Baker, Peter Konz

Saves total: around $18 Million

Let Walk: Osi Umenyiora, Kroy Biermann, Antone Smith, Charles Godfrey, James Anderson, Corey Peters, Cameron Bradfield, Mike Johnson, Cliff Matthews, Jonathan Scott, Bear Pascoe, Nate Stupar.

Re-Sign:

* Sean Weatherspoon – 2 Years, $4.5 Million.

* Dwight Lowery – 3 Years, $9 Million.

* Matt Bryant - 2 Years, $5.5 Million.

* Josh Wilson – 2 Years, $3.5 Million.

* Eric Weems – 3 Years, $3 Million.

* Robert McClain – 1 Year, $1.5 Million.

* T.J. Yates – 2 Years, $2 Million

* Javier Arenas – 2 Years, $2.5 Million.

* Jacquizz Rodgers – 2 Years, $3.5 Million

Free Agent Acquisitions:

Justin Houston, OLB. - 5 years, $45 Million

The Falcons have needed a huge splash in the pass rushing department for years now, and it’s time to spend the money. The Chiefs drafted Dee Ford in the first round last year, and they already have a great pass rusher in Tamba Hali. I can see Houston testing free agency. Justin Houston has been a beast for years now, and he is only 25 years old. We need a dominant presence rushing the passer, and Houston gives us exactly that. It is time to spend the money and improve the pass rush that has been lacking for years here in Atlanta.

*2014 Stats - 68 Tackles, 22 Sacks, 4 Forced Fumbles* *2015 Pro Bowl Selection*

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Mike Iupati, LG. – 4 Years, $28 Million

With Blaylock gone, we need a new left guard, and boy do we ever get one here. The Falcons must return to their power run game ways to be able to compete in the Playoffs and give us more balance. Iupati has been known around the league for years as a dominant mauler in the trenches and that’s exactly what this offensive line needs. The offensive line improved in 2014 with Mike Tice even with injuries, but this move puts our line over the top. San Francisco looks like a hot mess right now, so I can see Iupati looking for a new home. We have a few young centers, so having two very solid guards next to them with definitely help.

*2015 Pro Bowl Selection*

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Jerome Felton, FB – 3 Years, $5 Million

The Falcons have needed a road grading FB since Ovie left, and Felton is a solid option. Only 29, Felton paved the way for Adrian Peterson for years, and the Vikings running game didn’t even lose a lot without AP in 2014. The Falcons must get back to their power running days.

Pat Sims, NT - 3 Years, $8 Million

With the complete switch to a 3-4 defense in this mock, the Falcons now only have 1 true NT on the team, and that needs to be changed. Pat Sims will be turning 30 soon, but he can still be a serviceable back up to Soliai in the NT slot, and could also be valuable in goal line situations.

2015 NFL DRAFT

1st Round (8) - Vic Beasley, OLB, Clemson – Now that the Falcons have a pass rush on one side of the field, the next best thing to do is to have one on the other side. Vic Beasley has been one of the most decorated pass rushers in college football for years now, and most importantly dominating this season with 11 sacks. Beasley leads all CFB players with 32 career sacks, and has major potential in the NFL. Beasley may be a tad undersized, which is why he isn’t considered a top 5 prospect. Despite that, Beasley is very needed to bolster the pass rush, and learning from Justin Houston will be important.

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2nd Round – Devin Funchess, TE/WR, Michigan (42)– The Falcons hoped they had something special in Levine Toilolo, but even after being mentored by the greatest TE in the history of the game, he’s been a huge disappointment. Harry Douglas and Roddy White aren’t getting any younger, and the Falcons need to reload in the passing game department. Funchess is a matchup nightmare for defenders at his 6’ 5”, 230 pound frame, and had 62 receptions for 733 yards and 4 TD’s in 2014. Some people think Funchess is a better fit at WR, but I think he would be a great fit at TE in our offense. He needs improvement in the blocking department, but I am confident he can improve with coaching, and he will be a huge asset for Matt Ryan over the middle of the field, and in the red zone.

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3rd Round – Eric Kendricks, ILB, UCLA (73) – If the Falcons do decide to run more 3-4 looks, with Bowles as HC, the Falcons are in desperate need of an ILB. Paul Worrilow is average at best, and Prince Shembo is still very young. Kendricks is the brother of Eagles star ILB Mychal Kendricks, and has potential to be just as good as him. Kendricks impresses me with his football instincts, and most importantly, his skills in pass coverage. The Falcons have always lacked LB talent for years, and it is time to have that addressed. Kendricks totaled 146 tackles, 4 sacks, and 3 INT’s on his way to winning the 2014 **** Butkus, and Lott Impact trophy for his incredible play.

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4th Round – David Cobb, RB, Minnesota (104) With Steven Jackson and Antone Smith gone, the Falcons need a new workhorse in the backfield. David Cobb has quietly been impressing all season finishing with 314 carries for 1,626 yards and 13 TD’s. Those are fantastic numbers, but for good reason he’s been undermined by guys like Melvin Gordon, Ameer Abdullah, and Tevin Coleman. Cobb is physical runner with good vision, but lacks top end speed, which will drop him to day 2 in the draft. Cobb is the perfect complement to Devonta Freeman in the Falcons running game.

5th Round – Adrian Amos, FS, Penn StateDwight Lowery was very impressive in 2014, and should be retained for 2015, but depth at both safety position is a concern. Lowery, and Willie Mo are often injured, and a day 3 needs to be used for some depth in the secondary. Amos is very underrated, and takes very good angles towards the football in coverage. At 6 foot, 210 pounds, he is the ideal size for an NFL FS, and has no major injury history. The Nittany Lions DC Bob Schoop refers to Amos as possibly “the best defensive back in college football.” That’s a little crazy, but Amos can definitely be a good safety in the NFL.

6th Round - Rob Havenstein, OT, Wisconsin - I know Wisconsin hasn’t worked out well for us in recent years, but this man will be a good one. Rob is a massive human being standing at 6’ 8” 325 pounds, and is one of the best run blockers in the Big 10. I am not convinced Schraeder can be a starting RT just yet, so I think that competition is a very good thing to have. Havenstein needs work on pass protection, but the run blocking is already there. The best part about this is that he doesn’t have to start right away, and he can work with Tice every day in practice.

7th Round – Ben Beckwith, OG, Mississippi State – With the cut of Blaylock to save money, the Falcons need some more depth at the guard position, and they get it here with Beckwith. He is a very solid guard who also has experience at center. Beckwith’s natural position is LG so he will get to learn from one of the best guards in football, Mike Iupati.

2015 DEPTH CHART

Offense

QB – Matt Ryan, TJ Yates

RB – David Cobb, Devonta Freeman, Jacquizz Rodgers

FB – Jerome Felton

WR – Julio Jones, Roddy White, Harry Douglas, Devin Hester, Bernard Reedy, Eric Weems

TE – Devin Funchess, Levine Toilolo

LT – Jake Matthews, Lamar Holmes, Gabe Carimi

LG – Mike Iupati, Ben Beckwith

C – Joe Hawley, James Stone

RG – Jon Asamoah, Harland Gunn

RT – Ryan Schraeder, Rob Havenstein, Gabe Carimi

Defense (3-4)

DE – Rashede Hageman, Mallaciah Goodman

NT – Paul Soliai, Pat Sims

DE – Tyson Jackson, Jonathan Babineaux

OLB – Justin Houston, Stansly Maponga

OLB – Vic Beasley, Jonathan Massaqoui

ILB – Paul Worrilow, Sean Weatherspoon,

ILB – Eric Kendricks, Prince Shembo, Joplo Bartu

CB – Desmond Trufant, Robert McClain, Javier Arenas

CB – Robert Alford, Josh Wilson, Ricardo Allen

FS – Dwight Lowery, Adrian Amos, Dezmen Southward

SS – Kemal Ishmael, William Moore

Special Teams

K – Matt (Money) Bryant

P – Matt Bosher

KR/PR – Devin Hester

So there you have it guys! This is my first mock of the year, and there will be many more as the year goes along! I think this mock is realistic if TD and Pioli play their cards right, and this off-season would put us back in playoff contention without a doubt. I know I am not keen on the salary cap sitatuon, but I think we would definitely have enough for what we signed.

Thoughts and opinions are appreciated, but please no hate, I put a lot of work into this!

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RISE UP!

- Wisco

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I like it but if I can say a few things. I don't think Sjax will be back but I think we need to replace him with a veteran bac . I don't like the idea of having a 3rd round or later RB starting for us. A lot of people have Schraeder starting for us which I don't think will be smart. He did really good for us but I think he is nothing more then a back up. On defense my biggest concern is the #2 corner. Love Alford but he struggled a lot. A lot of teams have 2 #1 corners and I don't think Alford is that guy. He will be big in the slot for us for years to come. One guy might be Cromartie if we get Tod Bowled as the HC.

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Not too bad... but I want Rex as coach.

At this point, there is no way Beasley falls to #8.

We should resign Antoine Smith and let Rodgers walk.

Beasley can easily drop to 8, he's not even the best pass rusher in the draft IMO, 2 QB's and Cooper will go. WIlliams, and Gregory will go. Scherff will go.

Quizz is more valuable in pass protection, he deserves to stay

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I would love to get him. I think It's safe to say he gets tagged though. If not him, then who will they tag?

No, that is 9 mil a year. Its VERY possible he would accept that deal too. The problem is, no one thinks he will come available.

That is what I thought too, I think this mock is optimistic, but it's not impossible, if he wants more money, then idc, he can have it!

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The Justin Houston thing makes it all a fairy tale. I mean, I appreciate the time and thought you put into it but that acquisition just isn't going to happen.

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