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Dirty Birds Mock Draft [Filling The Holes]


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One thing I need to say is that our defense and our holes are not going to be fixed in one year, and this should be clear with the way we have approached free agency. By signing solid depth pieces and good players that will be solid starters or rotational pieces, it is clear that Quinn wants to build through the draft and keep the team young and on team-friendly contracts. I feel like this is the best way for the Falcons to have sustained success and it will take more than 1 draft to get our team to where we want. Just be patient and have faith and hopefully we can get some good players in the next couple of years to suit up for the Falcons.

  • Round 1 - Vic Beasley OLB

I have been saying that Vic is the best pass rusher for a long time and others are finally starting to see that. He has great speed and athleticism that will make him a problem for tackles and in the LEO spot, he will succeed in Atlanta. Of course he gets bonus points for all the love he is giving the Falcons. There is definately a real chance that he is not here at this pick, and if that is the case, I hope that we trade back later in the 1st round and select Bud Dupree and Landon Collins/Shaq Thompson.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-zFMVMMNh9w

  • Round 2 - Tevin Coleman RB

Right now we only have 2 RBs on the team (not counting J. Smith and Wingo) so we need another back to help tout the rock. I am really tempted to take a LB with this pick, but I can live with us selecting a stud LB next season. However, if Eric Kendricks falls to this pick, we have to bounce on him. As an Indiana fan, it is my dream for the Falcons to get this guy. Coleman is a big play waiting to happen. He runs 100% every down and has the drive to get better. Hits the holes hard and has good acceleration to out run defenders. He is also a good receiver out of the backfield.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3hDMoVqxhNo

  • Round 3 - Josh Shaw CB/FS

Shaw is the ideal Quinn player. He is a big and physical player that can bring speed. He has the versatility to play either FS or CB on the next level, and be a good player at either position. When you watch this guy's tape, it is hard not to imagine him as a 1st or 2nd round pick, but for whatever reason many people have him going in the 3rd round, most likely due to him lying about injuries. Aggresive player that can make plays on the ball and also is a sure tackler on the edge. With Southward, I think we can put Shaw on the opposite side of Trufant and play Southward as the center fielder. We could also play Shaw as a 3rd safety.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83tqos69H3s

  • Round 4 - Justin Hardy WR

Hardy had a great season last year. He doesn't have great speed by any means, but he is a great route runner and knows how to get open. He also has great hands and will be able to reel in anything thrown his way (anyone else tired of seeing drops and Matt having to force the ball to covered WRs?). With Roddy nearing the end of the road, Hardy will be able to be a good partner out wide with Julio for many years to come.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PT6NDPmHJ_c

  • Round 5 - Sean Hickey OT/OG

Hickey is a late round pick that I really like. He works hard and has the ability to play OT or OG, but will likely end up as an OG on the next level. He is NFL ready and has the mobility and athleticism to fit into the zone blocking scheme. Will compete from day 1 for the starting LG spot and has the ability to become the starter for years to come at LG.

  • Round 6 - Wes Saxton TE

We have been missing a mis match TE that has the speed and athleticism to strecth the seam. Here is our guy. Saxton is extremely raw, which is why he is going to be availble this late. However, he has the tools to become a dominant TE for us in the similar mold to a Julius Thomas. The only question with him is if we can groom him into the player that his attributes say he can be.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_wURGBdFjM

  • Round 7 - Max Valles OLB

Another raw player that has the potential to become a solid contributor for our team. I am tired of selecting players in the later rounds that have no potential. Valles could become a good player for us in the future and has the ability to spell Beasley at LEO.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4H4Yi-R0kA

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As much as i would like a RB in the 2nd round, we need a LG even more.

we need a DE before either of those....if we use beasley as an end, he would be the only end under contract after the season besides jackson and babs...both will probably be gone... we need to fix the dline. This scheme is nothing without a deep front 4 that can apply pressure without blitzing.
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we need a DE before either of those....if we use beasley as an end, he would be the only end under contract after the season besides jackson and babs...both will probably be gone... we need to fix the dline. This scheme is nothing without a deep front 4 that can apply pressure without blitzing.

I agree

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