theProf Posted April 7, 2015 Share Posted April 7, 2015 NOTE: Drafttek just came out with an updated mock today, April 8. They now have Atlanta selecting:8. Vic Beasley DE Clemson In a shocking development, Shane Ray is not mocked to the Falcons in this week's mock. Instead, DraftTek's simulation has made Vic Beasley's boyhood dreams come true. If he can replicate his college performance a little further down I-85, he will make a lot of Falcons fans' dreams come true. Beasley is a ridiculous physical specimen. He was one of the top performers in his position at the Combine in pretty much every category, from his 4.53 forty to his 35 reps in the bench press. He was ranked as the third best athlete at the Combine by Steve Muench of Scouts, Inc . What's more, Beasley is exactly the sort of player that Quinn got so much out of in Seattle. He has both excellent intangibles and a great football IQ. He managed to bulk up for the Combine and still maintain his explosive speed. With Randy Gregory's issues, Beasley can credibly claim to be the best edge player in the draft. 42. Maxx Williams TE Minnesota Having addressed their edge rusher, the Falcons grab a long-term solution at TE, as Maxx Williams is the consensus-best TE in the class and a steal as "best player available" at a position of need. While the Falcons have depth at TE, they could use a real weapon. After Julio Jones and Roddy White, Matt Ryan's targets get shaky. And he clearly missed Tony Gonzalez at times last year. They could address their LG or FS holes here, too, but for value and need, Williams just makes too much sense. Levine Toilolo ran more pass routes than Gronk last year but only caught 31 passes for 238 yds. Not to mention he lost a fumble and lead the league in drops. Jacob Tamme is the stop-gap, but Williams could be the solution. 73. Ali Marpet OG Hobart107. T.J. Yeldon RB Alabama146. Tony Lippett WR Michigan State185. Adrian Amos FS Penn St225. Kyshoen Jarrett SS Virginia Tech249. Aaron Davis OLB Colorado Statehttp://www.drafttek.com/2015-NFL-Mock-Draft-Round1.asp Drafttek's mock draft on April 1 (original post in this thread) had Atlanta selecting:8. Shane Ray DE Missouri Some things are eternal: death, taxes, and the Falcons getting Shane Ray in our Mock. However, that decision still makes sense. The Falcons did not address getting an elite edge rusher in Free Agency, and the draft remains their best shot. One potential hiccup to this plan would have been if the NFL took away a second-day draft pick for Decibacle --illegally piping in crowd noise during the other team's huddles. If the Falcons had lost a second round --or perhaps even a third round-- pick, they might have felt compelled to drop down a few spots and recoup their lost picks. In that case, they might have grabbed Randy Gregory, whose stock dropped some from his positive marijuana test at the Combine. But, at press time, the Falcons get to keep their full complement of 2015 picks. So Shane Ray it is, was, and always shall be.42. Maxx Williams TE Minnesota One position the Falcons did address somewhat in Free Agency was tight end. By adding Jacob Tamme and Tony Moeaki, the Falcons will no longer be relying on Groot imitator Levine Toilolo as their primary TE. However, if the number one TE prospect in this draft is available with their second round pick, the Falcons could very well embrace a long-term solution to the position. Maxx ran a 4.78 forty at the Combine, with a 4.37 20-yard shuttle and impressive explosion in both the vertical jump (34.5") and the broad jump (117"). That sort of impressive athleticism, combined with soft hands, would let the Falcons finally move on from Tony Gonzalez and replace the production they lost when they released Harry Douglass. The Falcons would need to feel good about their existing options at LG and FS for this pick, but they seem to like a healthy Sam Baker (stop laughing) and Charles Godfrey, respectively.73. Ali Marpet OG Hobart107. Max Valles OLB Virginia146. David Cobb RB Minnesota185. Chris Hackett FS TCU225. Curtis Grant ILB Ohio State249. Dres Anderson WR UtahFor comparison purposes, Draftteck's previous mock draft had Atlanta selecting:8. Shane Ray DE Missouri As the Free Agency dust starts to settle, it's clear that the Falcons are still in the market for a LEO pass rusher for Dan Quinn's defense. Despite adding high ceiling/low floor players like Adrian Clayborn, some steady but uninspiring DE types like O'Brien Schofield, and fan lightning rod Kroy Biermann, the Falcons still need an elite pass rushing talent and once again it is Shane Ray. Ray's Pro Day was only so-so, as he ran a 4.68 forty-yard dash. That makes him the slowest edge player in the top five of this draft class. We will have to see if the Falcons start looking at a guy like Vic Beasley more closely, given his strong measurables at the Combine and over his career. But Ray gives the Falcons an athletic pass rusher whose game tape is very impressive. If Ray's draft position is determined by his game tape, then the explosion and finish he showed at Missouri could make him the Falcons' selection at #8.42. Eric Kendricks ILB UCLAThe Falcons have dramatically re-shaped their linebacker corps in Free Agency, adding Justin Durant and Brooks Reed. Reed is currently slotted into the SAM spot, but he could slide inside, or the Falcons could roll with Paul Worrilow for another season. While they have other needs at free safety and left guard (the simulation has them taking Missouri LT Mitch Morse in the next round to move inside to guard), there is probably only one ILB that the Falcons would take with this pick, and it's Eric Kendricks. Kendricks has the best coverage skills of the comparable ILBs (McKinney, Perryman, and Dawson) and ran a 4.61 forty at the Combine. It also doesn't hurt that Kendricks' college coordinator is now the Falcons' Linebackers' Coach. However, many scouts see the UCLA product as a WILL LB, and if the Falcons agree with that assessment, they may look in another direction with this pick.73. Mitch Morse LOT(OG) Missouri107. Derron Smith FS Fresno St146. Martrell Spaight OLB Arkansas184. Stefon Diggs WR Maryland225. Matt Jones RB Florida249. Damian Swann CB Georgia Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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