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26. Atlanta Falcons | Vita Vea | DL | Washington

The Falcons have a track meet on the edge with the talented tandem of Vic Beasley and Takkarist McKinley, but they need a young presence in the middle to replace the likely departing Dontari Poe. Vea is the rare space-eater who can blow through double teams and collapse the line of scrimmage on every down.

58. Atlanta Falcons | Will Hernandez | G | UTEP

90. Atlanta Falcons | Kyzir White | S | West Virginia

122. Atlanta Falcons | M.J. Stewart | CB | North Carolina

 

draftwire.usatoday.com/2018/01/17/2018-nfl-mock-draft-4-round-projections-heading-into-senior-bowl-week/3/

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24 minutes ago, theProf said:

Couple of observations regarding this mock:   it does not have Da"Ron Payne going until pick# 37 in the Second Round, one pick after RB Sony Michel, who they have at #36.  Later in the Second Round, they have Nick Chubb going at pick# 45.

 

For Sony and Chubb that seems about right, although one or both could go a round later depending how other things fall. It's a ridiculously good RB draft. And Sony probably will, and should, go ahead of Chubb.

But Payne will be gone in the first 20 picks.

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Lot of defense there in the top 4 rounds. Not opposed but I think at some point you have to look at WR and possibly TE unless you’re confident in Eric Saubert, Reggie Davis, Marvin Hall developing into regular contributors. The WR group isn’t getting younger and you could possibly have Gabriel departing for a pay day. Possibly could look at a C and/or LB. I’d rather see LB and WR over a safety in the 3rd. Corner would probably be a prudent investment  

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Drafttek's 7-round mock draft has Atlanta selecting:

 

26. Derrick Nnadi  DT Florida State

After the anemic showing by the offense in the division playoff game, it's tempting to look towards bolstering that side of the ball, perhaps the Guard position. But is the problem on offense really one of talent? That seems doubtful. In addition, the Falcons are going to be nearing the limits of their cap space with two of their best defensive linemen: Adrian Clayborn and Dontari Poe, both of whom hit Free Agency. Veterans like Brooks Reed and Derrick Shelby possibly will become cap casualties.

Derrick Nnadi seems a very likely target for Dan Quinn's defensive philosophy. Though somewhat undersized, Nnadi possesses excellent burst to penetrate gaps when rushing the passer ,and enough sand in his pants to anchor against the run. It seems a safe bet that the Falcons will be addressing DT in this draft, so keep an eye on the Combine results. Keep an especially-sharp eye out for how prospects perform in the three-cone drill and the broad jump. The latter measurement will be about the explosiveness Quinn wants from his linemen.

 

58.  Jaire Alexander  CB  Louisville

As a cornerback, Brian Poole is an excellent safety. While an excellent tackler, Poole has been exposed in coverage at inopportune moments this season, and the flameout that was Jalen Collins' career opens the door to add a third true cover CB to the roster. Alexander is a nice fit for the Falcons philosophy. He's a willing tackler and a ballhawk. Alexander reads opposing QBs well and is able to jump routes. Alexander's lack of elite speed likely limits his draft ceiling, and he seems more suited to the slot, but that's exactly where Atlanta needs help. Alexander will have to answer questions about his health before the draft, but adding Alexander would allow the Falcons to move on from the worst draft pick of the Dan Quinn Era: Jalen Collins.

 

90. Simmie Cobbs Jr.  WR  Indiana

 

122.  Jerry Tillery  DT  Notre Dame

 

153.  Joshua Frazier  DT  Alabama  (Note Drafttek incorrectly gives Atlanta a 5th-round pick. Atlanta traded its 5th-round pick for OT Ty Sambrailo last year) 

 

186.  Chase Litton  QB  Marshall

 

218.  Scott Quessenberry  OG  UCLA 

 

https://www.drafttek.com/2018-NFL-Mock-Draft-Round1b.asp

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9 minutes ago, theProf said:

Drafttek's 7-round mock draft has Atlanta selecting:

26. Derrick Nnadi  DT Florida State

After the anemic showing by the offense in the division playoff game, it's tempting to look towards bolstering that side of the ball, perhaps the Guard position. But is the problem on offense really one of talent? That seems doubtful. In addition, the Falcons are going to be nearing the limits of their cap space with two of their best defensive linemen: Adrian Clayborn and Dontari Poe, both of whom hit Free Agency. Veterans like Brooks Reed and Derrick Shelby possibly will become cap casualties.

Derrick Nnadi seems a very likely target for Dan Quinn's defensive philosophy. Though somewhat undersized, Nnadi possesses excellent burst to penetrate gaps when rushing the passer ,and enough sand in his pants to anchor against the run. It seems a safe bet that the Falcons will be addressing DT in this draft, so keep an eye on the Combine results. Keep an especially-sharp eye out for how prospects perform in the three-cone drill and the broad jump. The latter measurement will be about the explosiveness Quinn wants from his linemen.

https://www.drafttek.com/2018-NFL-Mock-Draft-Round1b.asp

Draftek's mock draft has the following DTs going in the first two rounds of its draft:

#22  Vita Vea

#26. Derrick Nnadi

#32.  Maurice Hurst

#42.  Da'Ron Payne

#63. Tavan Bryan

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48 minutes ago, theProf said:

Draftek's mock draft has the following DTs going in the first two rounds of its draft:

#22  Vita Vea

#26. Derrick Nnadi

#32.  Maurice Hurst

#42.  Da'Ron Payne

#63. Tavan Bryan

No way do the Falcons pass on Payne if he is there. Need to see who has #22 pick.

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2 hours ago, osiruz said:

This mockup isn't realistic. Will Hernandez isn't lasting to the bottom of round 2. 

These comments are ridiculous. 

Every year players fall well beyond where they are expected to fall. The list of players that you can confidently say wont fall beyond a certain round/pick is very small. And even that group frequently includes a player or two who drops. 

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13 minutes ago, DoYouSeeWhatHappensLarry said:

These comments are ridiculous. 

Every year players fall well beyond where they are expected to fall. The list of players that you can confidently say wont fall beyond a certain round/pick is very small. And even that group frequently includes a player or two who drops. 

There's a shortage of good Ol in the league and they tend to get over drafted. Name one first round OL that fell beyond where they are supposed to be the last 2 drafts other than for drug or questionable talent reasons. 

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It seems DT and G are the 1st two picks consensus. Also need to decide if Ricardo Allen is our starting FS or not. I might look at WR in third or fourth if Gabriel leaves.

Loved Quinns first 2 drafts but this one really only had Tank and kazee as real contributors.  Need at least 3 starters out of this year and no trade ups already no fifth.  Wouldn't mind trading down this year for more picks.

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1 hour ago, osiruz said:

There's a shortage of good Ol in the league and they tend to get over drafted. Name one first round OL that fell beyond where they are supposed to be the last 2 drafts other than for drug or questionable talent reasons. 

wut. 

Name a 1st round OL who wasnt a 1st round OL because he got drafted later than the 1st round because there were questions regarding his talent and/or propensity to use drugs? 

Thats what you're asking?

We can draw general, workable conclusions about a given player's likelihood to be taken in the 1st round. But "he wont be there!" shouldnt really be said about the vast majority of players. We've seen Top 10 locks fall to the 2nd. We've seen 1st round locks fall to the 5th. We've seen 3rd round picks go in the Top 20. 

The class of "draft thinkers" that talk about the draft and analyze prospects are working off of incomplete information. They do a good job but there will ALWAYS be players who will go higher/lower than expected for all sorts of reason, some of which arent known by draft writers. 

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58 minutes ago, UltraTurbo 2000 said:

It seems DT and G are the 1st two picks consensus. Also need to decide if Ricardo Allen is our starting FS or not. I might look at WR in third or fourth if Gabriel leaves.

Loved Quinns first 2 drafts but this one really only had Tank and kazee as real contributors.  Need at least 3 starters out of this year and no trade ups already no fifth.  Wouldn't mind trading down this year for more picks.

Kazee could be along term solution at FS. But Allen will almost certainly be back because he wont cost a whole lot. 

However, I think setting the expectation at 3 immediate effective starters from any draft is pretty unrealistic. Unless your team is talent deficient, that is. 

 

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3 minutes ago, DoYouSeeWhatHappensLarry said:

Kazee could be along term solution at FS. But Allen will almost certainly be back because he wont cost a whole lot. 

However, I think setting the expectation at 3 immediate effective starters from any draft is pretty unrealistic. Unless your team is talent deficient, that is. 

 

Thought Allen was FA by bad.

They wouldn't have to be immediate starters but get the spots during the season.  If Poe and Gabe leave we could get starters to replace them.  OG could easily make a transtion to starter during season.  Three is pratical.  **** if we go FB late or unrestricted there's another as colemon(not RB) is a FA.

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1 minute ago, UltraTurbo 2000 said:

Thought Allen was FA by bad.

They wouldn't have to be immediate starters but get the spots during the season.  If Poe and Gabe leave we could get starters to replace them.  OG could easily make a transtion to starter during season.  Three is pratical.  **** if we go FB late or unrestricted there's another as colemon(not RB) is a FA.

He is but I believe he's an RFA which means we can tender him. I'd guess he gets the 2nd round tender which costs ~$2.1m. Heres our FA list: https://overthecap.com/free-agency/atlanta-falcons/

I would love to draft 3 immediate solid contributors. I just think we need to set expectations a bit lower. Rookies usually struggle, at least initially. But you're right, I have high hopes for a rookie G being able to come in and compete. DT as well. 

Def need an upgrade at FB although I'd rather just grab a UDFA guy.  

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