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I see the Falcons being willing to trade a "Day #3" pick to move up to select one of these two guys - I look for both of them to come off the board in the first 5 picks - with Falcons having the 10th pick tonite, sitting and waiting would be risky.

I would probably offer the 5th round pick to every team until a team bit - probably means you only get the chance to choose the one left over. Might take a 4th rounder to move all the way up to get your choice between these two.

Both of these guys would be "Day#1" starters and playmakers for us.

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Eric Kendricks, ILB-WLB - UCLA

6'0 1/4", 232lbs, 4.61/40

Strengths:

Exceptional eyes, anticipation and angles. Outstanding pre-snap recognition - thinks and reacts 4.4 and is often moving at the snap. Field fast. Covers a lot of ground in pursuit and chases down ballcarriers from behind. Extremely competitive with a non-stop motor. Outstanding football intelligence - knows the responsibilities of everyone on the defense and can get everyone lined up - serves like a coach on the field. Very good lateral agility. Has a 38 inch vertical jump. Terrific awarenss in coverage reading the quarterback and anticipating throwing lanes. Record-setting production. Has NFL pedigree and understands whate it takes to play at a high level. Highly respected team leader. Outstanding personal and football character.

Weaknesses:

Has an unassuming build with short arms and does not look the part. Lacks ideal take-on strength and does not play with explosion in his body. Struggles to match-up with big bodies and can be overwhelmed in tight quarters. Could stand to do a better job of running through contact.

Future:

Will make an immediate impact on his arrival to the pros despite physical shortcomings and emerge as a very consistent, productive pro.

Draft Projection: First Round Pick

Scout's Take:

"He has the best instincts of any player in this year's draft. He is a quarterback on the field, with smarts and intelligence to line people up. You see him doing it...He is all over the field. The dude is instinctive. Very, very instinctive. It's just his size that worries you. It's kind of like Larry Foote or Jonathan Vilma, those types. Vilma hit with more explosion".

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Landon Collins, SS/FS - Alabama

6'0", 228lbs, 4.48/40

Strengths:

Outstanding straight-line speed. Fills quickly and is strong on contact - attacks like a linebacker in the box and is an enforcer in the run game. Very tough and competitive. Outstanding special teams performer. Efficient matching up with backs and tight ends in man coverage. Good zone instincts to read the QB and make plays on the ball in front of him.

too lazy to write the rest - I can tell you the weaknesses and Scout's take were not flattering at all - basically said he is a good/solid player but not a "wow" player - combine exposed tightness in the hips and had WORST three cone drill of all the D-backs at the combine.

I don't know - just have a good feeling about him - not a perfect safety and maybe more suited to play SS - but think he could do an adequate job as free safety while laying the wood an making us a "Seattle type" defense.

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I see the Falcons being willing to trade a "Day #3" pick to move up to select one of these two guys - I look for both of them to come off the board in the first 5 picks - with Falcons having the 10th pick tonite, sitting and waiting would be risky.

I would probably offer the 5th round pick to every team until a team bit - probably means you only get the chance to choose the one left over. Might take a 4th rounder to move all the way up to get your choice between these two.

Both of these guys would be "Day#1" starters and playmakers for us.

An early second for an in the box safety! Gasp
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Report on Perryman from NFL.com

STRENGTHS Burly, stout, old-school linebacker build. Wants to hit and brings his pads with him when he delivers a blow. Delivers a jarring punch into oncoming offensive linemen on second level. Defends his area of turf and sees past blockers, keeping his eye trained on the play. Is able to disengage and shed blockers. Plays low and with leverage. Once he diagnoses, can trigger into gaps and disrupt. Expected to be productive special-teams player at the next level.
WEAKNESSES Not a twitchy athlete. Takes time to gear up after changing directions and can struggle to tackle jitterbug runners in space. Heavy-legged mover in space and struggles to make plays outside of his assigned area. Lacks coverage traits and is a liability in man coverage. Short levers won't allow him to leverage blockers as a pass rusher. Slow to get off his spot and burst laterally, which causes him to miss some tackle opportunities.
DRAFT PROJECTION Round 2 or 3
SOURCES TELL US "He's physical and plays angry at the point of attack. He's the type of guy you like having on your team because he brings toughness to practice. He's going to lay the wood to ball carriers when he gets a chance but college teams were already finding ways to go after him in the passing game." -- AFC East regional scout
"I have a little higher grade on Perryman than I probably should, but we like thumpers and badasses inside and he's both." -- AFC director of scouting
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I like 'em both. I think we'll be able to tell how the last few days of practice went by who we choose to draft tonight. They need to be an upgrade over what the coaching staff thinks we have already. Tonight will speak volumes.

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If one falls to us and the other is still on the board, then why not trade the 3rd and grab both. 3 new starters on defense that will make an immediate impact would be solid headed into the future.

if one falls to you (say Kendricks) and we select him w/ our #42 pick, then how do you propose we move up to select the other? Its not like Landon Collins is going to fall to the end of the 2nd round.

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if one falls to you (say Kendricks) and we select him w/ our #42 pick, then how do you propose we move up to select the other? Its not like Landon Collins is going to fall to the end of the 2nd round.

Trade using other picks(future included). I mean I highly doubt they both even make it to 10. Was just throwing something out there. My pick would be Kendricks, but I wouldn't trade up for him. More likely to fall imo as well, once you consider Jaelen Strong, Landon Collins, Gregory, and some of the OT's that were graded as first round picks(don't be surprised if La'el is called either) are still on the board and start coming off.

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