Ridder Me This Posted April 1, 2015 Share Posted April 1, 2015 (edited) Here is my 1st of two mock drafts this year. Honestly, when I look at the roster, a couple of things jump out at me that guided my mock.1. There are only 4 CBs on the roster and only two have solid playing experience. **Heavily addressed**2. There are currently 9 LBs on the roster (I know that doesn’t mean they are good, but that is a lot of guys fighting for playing time and PT). Why add more? **NO LB Drafted** - Plan to upgrade next year3. There are only 5 DTs on the roster (two of those are over 30 – Babs, Soliai) **Mid round depth and potential pick**4. There are currently 5 WRs on the roster, but 2 are over 30 **Young playmaker early**5. We have 9 OL on the roster, but too many have underplayed there draft position **Probably don’t NEED to draft, but guys fall and the value is too much**After looking at where the talent is located on most draft boards, it is obvious that the Falcons should take a pass rusher at #8 (LEO). The second thing is that I will go against popular belief that the Falcons should draft LB in the first 2-3 rounds. I really think that Anthony and Kendricks will be off the board by #42 and that is too high for Perryman. Also, with the number of players currently on the roster at the position, I don’t see that being addressed this year. I am putting a lot of faith in Quinn to fix the defense more from a schematic standpoint and create “competition” at the positions. Through FA, it is clear that Quinn and the FO are looking for a specific type of player on defense –and specific traits at certain positions.I know folks don’t like trades in mocks, but this is my mock and I will do what I want! The Falcons trade #42 (2) and #249 (7) with NE for #64, #95 and #101Please check after the mock for additional moves following the draft!1 (8): Vic Beasley 6’3” 246lbs DE Clemson STATS: 2014: 34 tackles 21.5 TFL 12 sacks 2013: 44 tackles 23.0 TFL 13 sacks COMMENTARY:Beasley might have the best first step in the draft. His burst off the ball frequently catches tackles off-balance and he's able to cross their face. Beasley complements his speed rush with a balanced and tight spin back to the inside and a surprisingly effective bull rush.2 (64): Phillip Dorsett 5’10” 185lbs. WR Miami (FL) STATS: 2014: 36 rec. 871 yards 24.2 avg. 10 TDs 2012: 58 rec. 842 yards 14.5 avg. 4 TDs COMMENTARY:Possesses true "see-ya" speed with easy acceleration to turn on the jets and erase pursuit angles from defenders. Is an explosive playmaker with his natural speed and ability to create after the catch. He shows the ability to make an impact at all levels of the field, also helping out on special teams as a return man.3 (73): Eric Rowe 6’1” 205lbs. DB Utah STATS: 2014: 69 tackles 13 PD 1 INT 2013: 59 tackles 7 PD 0 INT COMMENTARY:Uses his length and physicality to harass receivers at the line of scrimmage and throughout the route. Good balance and coordination to turn and run, showing steady acceleration and at least functional straight-line speed to remain at cornerback. Is aggressive in run support. Often fights through would-be blockers, including offensive linemen. Physical tackler who lowers his shoulder and drives through ballcarriers.3 (96): Cedric Ogbuehi 6’5” 306lbs. OT Texas A&M STATS: 2014: Started at LT 2013: Started at RT COMMENTARY:He looks the part of a future NFL Pro Bowler with his easy knee bend and lateral agility. Ogbuehi has vines for arms and strong hands to latch and control, as well as the core flexibility to anchor. He is light on his feet and can adjust in space when run blocking at the second level. Ogbuehi isn't just athletic; he's powerful, demonstrating the strength to simply drive defenders off the ball. He has started at guard as well as right tackle and left tackle. 4 (101): Anthony Harris 6’1” 190lbs. DB Virginia STATS: 2014: 108 tackles 10 PD 2 INT 2013: 80 tackles 6 PD 8 INT COMMENTARY:He possesses exceptional ball-skills, body control and soft hands to be a constant turnover threat, and provides instincts and physicality to play the run in the box. Breaks down well to catch ballcarriers and wraps his arms securely. Trusts his teammates to remain disciplined, showing aggression to attack gaps near the line of scrimmage. Harris never missed a game due to injury over his collegiate career. 4 (107): Mike Davis 5’9” 217lbs. RB South Carolina STATS: 2014: 199 car. 982 yards 4.9 avg. 9 TD 32 rec. 368 yards 2 TD 2013: 203 car. 1,183 yards 5.8 avg. 11 TD 34 rec. 352 yards 0 TD COMMENTARY:A good dual threat back who pports a compact, powerful frame and the combination of burst, agility and power to handle starting duties in the NFL if called upon. When presented with a hole, Davis accelerates through it quickly and has enough straight-line speed to gain yardage in chunks. He also shows the patience to allow holes to develop, as well as the vision to attack cut-back lanes. Davis is a natural runner with subtleties to his game that help rack up yardage, including good lateral agility, a dead-leg hesitation move, a quality spin and the determination to keep his legs grinding through contact.5 (146): BJ Finney 6’4” 318lbs. OG/C Kansas State STATS: 2014: Started all 13 games at C 2013: Started all 13 games at C COMMENTARY:Quick snap and set-up with smooth lateral movements off the ball. Moves his feet well to generate movement in the run game. Plays like a veteran and isn't surprised by much. Uses proper mechanics and body angles, playing within himself. Tough in the trenches with a stout body type. Not an easy guy to move from his spot and wrestling background shows. Quick and lively hand usage. Can pull and get to the outside, staying light on his feet with enough mobility to get the job done at the second level. High character individual with strong leadership skills and a resilient attitude. Likeable teammate with a positive presence in the locker room and huddle (voted a three year captain by his teammates). Durable and tough, starting 52 straight games in college.6 (185): Kaleb Eulls 6’3” 305lbs. DT Mississippi State STATS: 2014: 34 tackles 3 TFL 3 sacks 2013: 26 tackles 1.5 TFL 0 sacks COMMENTARY:A high character DT that is well-proportioned with long arms (33 1/2") and thick thighs. Possesses functional strength to hold up at the point of attack that can stack and shed blockers. Good lateral agility and balance for a man of his size. Flows down the line in pursuit, keeping his feet and showing a burst to close when the ball is near. Highly regarded off the field, as well as on it. Received national praise as an 18-year old for disarming a gunman on a school bus full of students. 7 (225): Cam Thomas 6’0” 195lbs. CB Western Kentucky STATS: 2014: 45 tackles 5 PD 2 INT 2013: 41 tackles 10 PD 5 INT COMMENTARY:Built well for the position with a tall, long frame to play press and get physical in the run game. Tough-minded and confident player who isn't afraid of taking chances. Effort isn't a question.Following the draft, I think the Falcons designate both Sam Baker & Devin Hester as June 1 cuts. The Falcons brass also pony’s up for an extension for Julio. With the additional cap space from the June 1 cuts and “wiggle” room left in FA, the Falcons front load the heck out of his contract!2015 Atlanta Falcons Roster***4 new starters and slot WR on offense and 6 new starters and new PR/KR on defense/special teamsOffenseQB: Ryan / Yates / RenfreeRB: Freeman / Davis / Smith / UDFA rookieFB: DiMarcoWR: Jones / White / Dorsett / Hankerson / WeemsTE: Tamme / Tiololo / MoeakiLT: Matthews / HolmesLG: Konz / Finney / Person (open competition)C: Hawley / Stone / Finney / Konz (open competition)RG: Asamoah / GunnRT: Ogbuehi / SchraederDefenseLEO: Beasley / Beirmann / MapongaDT: Hageman / Babinaeux / EullsDT: Soliai / Jackson / HaviliDE: Clayborn / Shofield / Goodman / MatthewsWLB: Durant / Spruill / BartuMLB: Worrilow / StuparSLB: Reed / Shembo / Smith / StarrCB: Trufant / Adams / Thomas / AllenCB: Alford / Southward / Rowe / Harris (open competition)FS: Southward / Harris / Rowe / Baker (open competition)SS: Moore / IshmaelSpecial TeamsK: BryantP: BosherKR: Dorsett / WeemsPR: Dorsett / Weems2016 NFL draft will address WR, TE, LB and DT...flame away! 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