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If the Falcons get back into contention this season, it will largely be due to their rookie class playing at a high level. Vic Beasley gives the Falcons the explosive pass rusher they've desperately needed since John Abraham's departure; he could post double-digit sacks as the "Leo" in Dan Quinn's scheme. Jalen Collins is the long, rangy corner the Falcons need to contend with the big-bodied receivers (Vincent Jackson, Mike Evans, Kelvin Benjamin and Marques Colston) who rule the division. Tevin Coleman is pegged for a complementary role as a rookie, but new offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan's scheme could showcase his skills as a dynamic, one-cut runner, leading to a number of home-run plays for the Falcons. Justin Hardy is a crafty route runner with strong hands and ball skills. He could develop into a nice sidekick to Julio Jones and Roddy White as a part-time slot receiver.

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I don't know who is responsible for this draft, but from the looks of the players that we picked up this is the best we've had in a very long time. We have a realistic shot for 5 rookies to be contribute immediately. When's the last time that we've been able to say that?

If Allen, Hageman, and Freeman start for us along with Matthews this year, 2013 draft will also be a banner draft.

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There's much to be excited about. I'm as geeked about the scheme change as I am about the personnel additions. If we just learn how to tackle better, it'd be a major improvement for the defense. Do that, and rookie contributions will be about all I can ask for this year.

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There's much to be excited about. I'm as geeked about the scheme change as I am about the personnel additions. If we just learn how to tackle better, it'd be a major improvement for the defense. Do that, and rookie contributions will be about all I can ask for this year.

I'm really excited that DQ is going to let our defenders play fast in a simpple scheme. Its a total change from a Nolan defense and I personally think it's going to make some existing defenders better players. For instance, instead of asking Hageman to wait until after the snap to see which direction the OLs feet in front of him move before choosing a gap, now Hageman will be able to use his explosive burst to just beat OL off the snap. This seems like a olittle thing, but its not. I think WillyMo could beast in this system.

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And they didn't even mention Grady Jarrett.

I would not be surprised if we got immediate results from this class and last year's class finds their footing. I've watched that second Saints game so many times I'm just salivating at the thought of Hageman being allowed to just pin his ears back and dominate one gap all game.

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And they didn't even mention Grady Jarrett.

I would not be surprised if we got immediate results from this class and last year's class finds their footing. I've watched that second Saints game so many times I'm just salivating at the thought of Hageman being allowed to just pin his ears back and dominate one gap all game.

I also think Hardy and Ryan are going to become very close during camp and that he has a chance to make a lot of plays this season. Ryan already raved about Hardy from OTAs , and when you watch film on Hardy from college he catches EVERYTHING thrown his way, many terrible throws still caught, good adjustments made with ball in air, one handed grabs....... I can see a 3rd down go to guy for Ryan used frequently.
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I also think Hardy and Ryan are going to become very close during camp and that he has a chance to make a lot of plays this season. Ryan already raved about Hardy from OTAs , and when you watch film on Hardy from college he catches EVERYTHING thrown his way, many terrible throws still caught, good adjustments made with ball in air, one handed grabs....... I can see a 3rd down go to guy for Ryan used frequently.

Man I loved Hardy back in December. I didn't think we'd ever get him because it made too much sense. He had a terrible QB in Shane Carden and was a beast at ECU. I'm excited to see him with Matt. I think Hardy will surprise and be a staple of the offense for a long time.

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When we talk about development, don't underestimate the ability of veterans to improve their performance as well. There are many who want nothing more than to win the Super Bowl and they will step up their game if necessary to get there. Especially if a rookie is ready to take their spots if they don't. I think Moore has yet to reach his ceiling (especially if he can stay healthy) as a safety. I expect Coach Morris (formerly 'Radio', LOL) to get the most out of Alford as well. And don't underestimate how Matthews and Jackson will respond to the fact that they're basically forgotten among the radio heads and fans.

I loved Smitty, but I think the new staff will light a fire under some of the guys that we used to talk about but don't discuss any more.

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I don't know who is responsible for this draft, but from the looks of the players that we picked up this is the best we've had in a very long time. We have a realistic shot for 5 rookies to be contribute immediately. When's the last time that we've been able to say that?

By all accounts there was a lot of collaboration in the draft and FA.

Both TD and DQ has stated that they had draft and FA meetings between all the scouts and all of the assistant coaches where they laid out all of the attributes and what type of players they needed to run their scheme - and we now see the results of that collaboration.

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By all accounts there was a lot of collaboration in the draft and FA.

Both TD and DQ has stated that they had draft and FA meetings between all the scouts and all of the assistant coaches where they laid out all of the attributes and what type of players they needed to run their scheme - and we now see the results of that collaboration.

This is exactly correct, in the draft and FA there is a clear cut direction on EXACTLY what we need from each player at each position that we are bringing in. Our entire organization is on exactly the same page at this point. Thus, the collaboration is a fine tuned process yeilding what appears to be terrific results already.

I expect this will filter all the way down to the field on game day. The players wikll all know EXACTLY what is expected of them, and they will actually have the ability to perform their role competently if not exceptionally.

You put all this together and it makes an enormous difference on game day. It also instill confidence in the players as they arent being asked to do things they are not proficient at doing.

I'm really stoked to see this unfold this year. I'll be desperately waiting for post practice reports during camp to confirm what I believe will be happening, is indeed happening.

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Every year before the beginning of TC we have had hope that the rookie class will produce at a high level and contribute to the success of our team. This year is different: I not only have hope, but actually expect our rookies will have a very substantial impact. I look forward to seeing what they can do in a new system which should breed success in draftees and vets alike.

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One reason for my optimism is that we have vets that I believe are great mentors. Quinn and TD did good by picking up Reed, Durant, and Schofield because they embody qualities that the coach preaches, especially a belief in fundamentals. I also perceive Tru, Moore, Ryan, and Roddy to be veterans who are hungry to get to a higher level and they will work with the youngsters. Their window is open now and if they don't make it happen, there is no guarantee that they will get another shot.

The only thing that Ryan and Roddy need to possibly get into the HoF is a Super Bowl win to cement their legacy. They need these rookies to come in hungry and without fear.

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Game day roster will be deep.

WR-White, Hardy

TE-Tamme, Moeaki, Toilolo

RT-Schreader, Polumbus

RG-Asamoah, Stone

OC-Hawley, Stone

LG-Chester, Stone(ST')

LT-Matthews, Polumbus(ST's)

WR-Jones, Hankerson

QB-Ryan

RB-Coleman, Freeman, Smith(ST's)

FB-DiMarco(ST's)

LEO-Biermann, Beasley

RDT-Hageman, Babinaux

LDT-Soliai, Jarrett

LDE-Jackson, Clayborn

WLB-Durant, Akunne(Better play ST's or it could be Spruill)

MLB-Worrilow, Stupar(ST's)

SLB-Reed, Schofield

RCB-Collins, Southward(ST's)

NCB-Trufant

FS-Allen, Southward

SS-Moore, Ishmael(ST's)

LCB-Alford

K-Bryant

P-Bosher

S-Harris

P/PR-Hester

Weems-ST's

Game day inactive list

1-Yates

2-Huffer

3-Ume-Ezeoke(makes 53 man over Person-Hawley not 100% and Stone's versatility, need a 3rd OC, not Konz)

4-Starr

5-Mbu

6-King

7-White

8-Mincy

Practice Squad

1-Renfree

2-Rodgers

3-Lefeld

4-Reedy

5-Ward

6-Spruill

7-Maponga

8-Goodman

9-Parms

10-Floyd

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