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Trade-DOWN mock - Falcons break tendencies - this one for atljbo!

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@atljbo- for you my Falcon Feathered brotha from anotha mutha!

Alright, this has been the "experimental mock" week - not necessarily what I think will happen or even necessarily what I would do in the first round - but moreso - if we don't sit statically and wait for our #14 pick but try to make something happen by moving up or down - how would that affect the rest of our draft - also, maybe look at a position we aren't necessarily thinking about in the 1st round.

Here goes nothin'...

2019 Atlanta Falcons Draft - Nashville, TN

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Welcome to the Dirty South...  13 players have been selected.....Roger Goodell steps to the podium:

"The Atlanta Falcons have traded their #14 pick to the Minnesota Vikings for their #18 pick.  The Vikings also convey to Atlanta their 3rd round pick - #81.  With the 14th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings select - Cody Ford, OT - Oklahoma."

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Another 30 minutes pass by......(insert whistling sounds here...:munch:)

 

Here comes RAJA again...

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"The Atlanta Falcons are now on the clock......With the 18th pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Atlanta Falcons select.........

DEVIN BUSH, Linebacker - Michigan

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Bush is the son of the former Florida State and NFL defensive back with the same name (and FORMER FALCON). His father also got a chance to coach his son as a defensive analyst under Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh. Bush was a four-star recruit and two-time All-Florida pick in his own right before signing with Harbaugh. He contributed as a reserve linebacker and on special teams as a freshman (12 tackles) and then stepped into the starting lineup in 2017. He compiled 102 tackles, 9.5 for loss, five sacks, and an interception as a sophomore, earning first-team All-Big Ten honors while also being named a finalist for the Butkus Award as the nation's top linebacker. The team captain followed up that season by being named the Big Ten's Defensive Player of the Year in 2018 and an Associated Press second-team All-American. He led the Wolverines with 80 stops, 9.5 for loss, five sacks, and six pass breakups in 12 games. Bush did not play in the team's bowl game so he could prepare for the draft.

Devin Bush Combine Testing:   5'11", 234lbs,  4.43/40, 40.5" vert, 124" broad jump, 6.93/3-cone

 

 

G-Dawg comments on the pick:  This guy reminds me a lot of Roquan Smith - he just finds the football on almost every play and finishes great with form tackling.   While he is 2-3 inches shorter than ideal, his speed and athleticism makes up for it - also a real good blitzer - like Deion Jones - can cover and make plays in space.   You put Deion and Devin on the field in nickel and it's like having two extra safeties in coverage - also will allow the Falcons to dial up more blitzes with such great cover backs as well.   While Linebacker is not a huge need this year, very good chance the Falcons have to let DeVondre Campbell go next year while paying to re-sign Deion Jones.  While selecting Devin doesn't help us with more size, it does make us faster and Devin does play physical.   For our troubles, we add another mid 3rd round pick for another top 100 player and we can load up a little more now on other needs.

 

#2-045) Amani Oruwariye, 6'2", 205lbs, 4.47/40, 36.5" vert, 120" broad, 6.82/3-cone

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G-Dawg comments:     There was a lot of questions about his speed but he answered that at the combine  with a sub 4.50/40 - big press corner who can also play zone.  Aggressive player that will play the ball in the air and has the athleticism to win the jump balls.   Scheme versatile and will play Dan Quinn's style of defense.   Has length and matches up well on outside "X" receivers.

 

#3-079) Tytus Howard, OT - Alabama State (6'5", 322lbs, 34" arms, 10 5/8" hand)

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G-Dawg comments:   I know TATF as a whole hates this pick and I still won't let it go.  YES, I know his three-cone drill was atrocious and he only bench pressed 21 times so some of the testing is less than ideal.   I don't care - this kid is long and strong and has all the tools.  YES, he will need some development but he is very comparable to me to Jason Peters - who has similar background starting his career at Arkansas as a TE - just like Tytus.   There is a lot of buzz about this kid and Philadelphia Eagles are kicking the tires hard on this guy and we all know the Iggles know how to draft offensive linement.   almost half the NFL Teams have a "30-visit" scheduled w/ him.  This cat won't make it out of the 3rd round - even a chance he could sneak into the late 1st with a team like the Eagles or Patriots that know how to draft the position.   Falcons have shown a lot of interest as well.  He will take a year to develop but Falcons can afford to wait with Sambrailo on board already and secured for a few years.

 

#3-081 f/ Minnesota)  D'Andre Walker, DE/OLB-Georgia ( 6'2", 251lbs, 34 3/8" arm, 9 7/8" hand)

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G-Dawg comments:  this is one of those kids that was a late-bloomer at UGA and stuck behind some talented players ahead of him in class.  He was the entire passrush at UGA this year and still was productive.   Had he not left the Alabama game in the SEC Championship, I believe the Dawgs would have beaten Bama - as soon as he was lost for the rest of the game, the defense folded.   Walker has good speed and is an ascending player - 3rd round is the right place to pick him.

 

#4-117)  Lamont Gaillard, C - Georgia (6'3", 308lbs, 33 1/8" arms, 10 3/8" hand)

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Three-year starter and team captain whose tenacity and dirt-dog mentality typifies the Georgia offensive line over the last couple of years. Gaillard's play is not without technique, but when the rep gets sideways on him, he will turn it into a proverbial fist-fight to try and hang on and get his job done. He's better down the middle than laterally and may be best suited in a power-based run scheme. It's not going to always look pretty, but his tape against Alabama shows that he's capable of becoming an eventual starter sometime soon.

G-Dawg comments:  OK, right about now you are starting to think I'm a homer.  Anyone who has been on TATF for 5 years or more will tell you that's not the case.   If the Falcons only take one player from UGA, I hope it's Gaillard (I know, I have Walker going a round earlier).   This is actually a deep draft at the top for Centers with Garrett Bradbury, Elgton Jenkins and Eric McCoy all expected to go in the first two rounds.   Not a lot of buzz about Gaillard but sensational Alabama Defensive Tackle Quinnen Williams knows what's up - he played against Gaillard and Jenkins/McCoy and stated that Gaillard was the best Center he faced all year - and he's right.   Gaillard has some scheme flexibility in that he can play both in inside zone and man power.   While not overly gifted on the reach blocks, he performs more than adequately there as well.   Fairly decent anchor in pass pro sets.   Gaillard also has played guard and could man time there while waiting for the next few years for Alex Mack to retire.

#4-137) Daylon Mack, DT - Texas A&M (6'1", 336lbs, 31 1/4" arm, 10 3/8" hand) 

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G-Dawg comments:  Here is the stout bull that can anchor the middle that all of you are craving without spending huge draft capital on a Dexter Lawrence.   While Daylon Mack isn't in the same class as Dexter Lawrence - he checks all the boxes we need for a rotational nose tackle - very stout in the running game and hard to move - can take on double teams without giving ground.   When left in the game on passing downs, has the ability to collapse the pocket.   Was a 5-star player coming out of high school.   Rarely stops churning his fee which makes him a very efficient bull rusher.

 

#5-152)  Elijah Holyfield, RB - Georgia (5'10", 217lbs, 4.78/40, 26bench press, 29.5" vert)

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G-Dawg comments:   Obviously the poor showing at the NFL combine with slow 40-time and his inability to improve on it at his pro-day is hurting his NFL stock.  However, I see him as a nice complement to what the Falcons already have in the backfield.   Running a 4.7/40 isn't the end of the world in a 2-3 back rotation as long as you do what you do well - Holyfield is very physical player and can move the pile and be effective goal-line runner as well.   While his timed speed looks poor, his play speed is much faster - he will never be a breakaway runner but is capable of hitting the hole and ripping off 10-20yd runs.    I believe he compares as a "poor man's Mark Ingram" - not quite as good as Ingram but that kind of player.  Holyfield is not a "jump cut" guy and he won't make guys miss in the hole but if the play is blocked for a 10yrd run - he will get what's there and then still might drag defenders for another 2-3yards.   I have him here in the 5th round but its conceivable he goes even later.  OK I admit it - it's starting to get ridiculous that I have 3 Georgia players in here.  

#5-172) Diontae Johnson, WR-Toledo (5'10", 183lbs,  4.53/40)

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Despite a lack of desired size, Johnson might have the ability to play inside or outside thanks to his speed and ability to elude press from his release. He has basketball athleticism, but his routes will need more focus and less freestyle once he steps up in competition. The athleticism and quickness should allow for a wide range of usage on offense but his hands might always be a concern for him. He's a little small and wasn't as fast or quick at the combine as expected, so Day 3 in the draft is his likely landing spot as a WR3/WR4 talent.

G-Dawg comments:   This guy IS what Justin Hardy was supposed to be when we drafted him.  Quicker than fast and has explosive element to his game.  Could bring some added skill to the PR/KR game as well.   Mainly a slot receiver and WR#4 but a guy that should make the team and settle into a role.

 

#6-186) Mike Edwards, S-Kentucky (5'10", 205lbs)

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Versatile defensive back with above-average instincts, awareness and toughness. Edwards has the instincts and range to become an eventual starter at safety, but some evaluators might view him as a big nickel with the size to handle bigger slot receivers and the toughness to get his nose dirty in run support. Edwards is a smart, tough and consistent player who could find early starting work if he tests well.

#7-230) C.J. Conrad, TE/FB - Kentucky (6'4", 249lbs)

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Used frequently as a wingback and was an integral part of the Kentucky running game over the last four years. Conrad has been an in-line blocker, a move blocker and has even helped out in pass protection. His technique needs work, but he's tenacious enough. 

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I'm on board with this one.

Devin Bush is a stud and was clearly the best player on Michigan's D pretty much every game this season. Ultra athletic but also has the instincts. Big fan.

I'd have liked to see us use the 3rd we got for Khalen Saunders, who I know you like as well. Overall though I'm on board. Holyfield is just such great value in the 5th. 

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3 minutes ago, Artys Arryn said:

I'm on board with this one.

Devin Bush is a stud and was clearly the best player on Michigan's D pretty much every game this season. Ultra athletic but also has the instincts. Big fan.

I'd have liked to see us use the 3rd we got for Khalen Saunders, who I know you like as well. Overall though I'm on board. Holyfield is just such great value in the 5th. 

yeah, I like Saunders more than Mack but Mack is more tailor made to what we need on having a brick-wall run anchor and he can be had later.   Saunders a better overall playmaker.

If we could really nail this draft in a way similiar to the above - would really help with our depth and round us out in later rounds as well.  I really think we need to draft two players in the secondary - like the thought of drafting both a corner and a safety.

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Devin Bush, Sr. - 1st round pick of Atlanta Falcons

he Atlanta Falcons chose Bush in the first round, with the 26th overall pick, of the 1995 NFL Draft. Between 1995 and 2002, he played at both safety spots in his career for the Atlanta Falcons, St. Louis Rams and Cleveland Browns.

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So we're gonna draft 3 Georgia players? One from a Georgia offensive line (that in the games I watched) couldn't do squat running the ball in short-yardage situations. Another who got limited touches at Georgia and has had terrible workout numbers?

That being said, I do like D'Andre Walker and would gladly take him.

Devin Bush is a monster and having him and Deion Jones on the field together in the Falcons Nickel based defense would be amazing!! Talk about speed to cover the backs and tight ends! I also like the two Kentucky players.

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6 minutes ago, Falconsfan567 said:

So we're gonna draft 3 Georgia players? One from a Georgia offensive line (that in the games I watched) couldn't do squat running the ball in short-yardage situations. Another who got limited touches at Georgia and has had terrible workout numbers?

That being said, I do like D'Andre Walker and would gladly take him.

Devin Bush is a monster and having him and Deion Jones on the field together in the Falcons Nickel based defense would be amazing!! Talk about speed to cover the backs and tight ends! I also like the two Kentucky players.

Lamont Gaillard is very good.  I watched every game.  As to UGA’s red zone woes, that was more a function of bunch formations and terrible playcalling. Quinnen Williams played against 3/4 of the top centers in this draft and says Gaillard the best.

As to Holyfield? I will admit taking him is more filling a need and the pick has risk - but the gamble is limited by it being a 5th rounder.

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1 minute ago, Falcanuck said:

Not a fan of Bush in the first. He doesn't really fill a huge need and wouldn't be able to play MLB if Deion were to go down.

How did you arrive at that conclusion?

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1 minute ago, g-dawg said:

How did you arrive at that conclusion?

Not a good block shedder, quite small. Would be a great WLB, though. I just don't love taking a LBer not named Devin White in the first even with a trade back.

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Is there hate for Tytus Howard? Outside of the first round tackles, he's probably the most appealing. I took umbrage with posters calling him a freak athlete and the next Terron Armstead, but he's got some tools. 

In terms of the trade down, if Oliver and Taylor are off the board I wouldn't be upset. I'd rather that than just settling for guy like Christian Wilkins at #14. Devin Bush is my favorite LB in the class.

I'm not sure we'll wait that long before addressing DT though and 3 players from Georgia seems like a pipedream.

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6 hours ago, g-dawg said:

Devin Bush, Sr. - 1st round pick of Atlanta Falcons

he Atlanta Falcons chose Bush in the first round, with the 26th overall pick, of the 1995 NFL Draft. Between 1995 and 2002, he played at both safety spots in his career for the Atlanta Falcons, St. Louis Rams and Cleveland Browns.

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Ugh, Devin Bush brings back bad memories. 

LBer is not a need, for a team that has several. You did good job addressing most of it in rest of draft, I would just go another direction with your 1st rounder (such as edge DE Ferrell or DT Lawrence, who I know you love :ninja:). 

As usual with all your mocks, great research G. 

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5 hours ago, Falcanuck said:

Not a fan of Bush in the first. He doesn't really fill a huge need and wouldn't be able to play MLB if Deion were to go down.

 

5 hours ago, g-dawg said:

Lamont Gaillard is very good.  I watched every game.  As to UGA’s red zone woes, that was more a function of bunch formations and terrible playcalling. Quinnen Williams played against 3/4 of the top centers in this draft and says Gaillard the best.

As to Holyfield? I will admit taking him is more filling a need and the pick has risk - but the gamble is limited by it being a 5th rounder.

 

3 minutes ago, Vandy said:

Ugh, Devin Bush brings back bad memories. 

About Bush the Elder:  yeah it hurts when you realize his teammate Derrick Brooks was there for us and we took Bush instead.  Drafting need vs BPA cost us there.... still Bush was good enough to start for a couple of Super Bowl teams with the Rams.  So why wasn't Bush successful here?  Not-so-subtle hint:  June Jones was our HC....

Bush the Younger does have enough size to play MLB.  In fact I would want Bush if he can play the middle while Jones slides outside.  As good as Deion Jones is at MLB, he would become a living terror outside.  Think Von Miller.   Or Khalil Mack.

g-dawg the only knock I would have about your draft is Walker,  His size makes him look a -lot- like Beasley, to me.  Since we need a 3-4 type DE, preferably an all purpose one.... wouldn't it be better to get someone who has more size and heft to play the edge, especially on run downs?  Unless Walker projects as a LB or something.... still I see DE as a big need for us.

Other than that this draft looks workable to me.  BTW Big fan of trading back...

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3 hours ago, egoprime II said:

 

 

About Bush the Elder:  yeah it hurts when you realize his teammate Derrick Brooks was there for us and we took Bush instead.  Drafting need vs BPA cost us there.... still Bush was good enough to start for a couple of Super Bowl teams with the Rams.  So why wasn't Bush successful here?  Not-so-subtle hint:  June Jones was our HC....

Bush the Younger does have enough size to play MLB.  In fact I would want Bush if he can play the middle while Jones slides outside.  As good as Deion Jones is at MLB, he would become a living terror outside.  Think Von Miller.   Or Khalil Mack.

g-dawg the only knock I would have about your draft is Walker,  His size makes him look a -lot- like Beasley, to me.  Since we need a 3-4 type DE, preferably an all purpose one.... wouldn't it be better to get someone who has more size and heft to play the edge, especially on run downs?  Unless Walker projects as a LB or something.... still I see DE as a big need for us.

Other than that this draft looks workable to me.  BTW Big fan of trading back...

Man, I thought for sure we were drafting Brooks that year.

Devin Bush was not a quality NFL player here or anywhere else, he had a season or two for rams but never worthy of his 1st round pick. I blame June Jones for a lot of dysfunction on that team when he was our HC, but can’t blame him for Bush never being a good player.

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28 minutes ago, papachaz said:

well this one would certainly shut up the 'we never draft SEC players' 

 

at least until next year

 

:ninja::lol:

We draft LSU players now, just gotta convince DQ/TD that there are 11 other teams in the conference.

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1 hour ago, andrews31cain21 said:

No NO NO.... We've already made 1 Devin Bush mistake...... no need to make another!

Lol,  yep daddy wasn’t  good.

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1 hour ago, andrews31cain21 said:

No NO NO.... We've already made 1 Devin Bush mistake...... no need to make another!

I didn't want to be the one to post this, but his father is still one of the worst Falcon draft memories I have.  I know that the "sins of the father should not be passed to the son", but wow, I am still sore about that fateful decision over twenty years ago.  

Derrick Brooks was there for the taking and many of us were screaming for him.  Yeah, when the name "Devin Bush" was announced, there was a long pause.  

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9 minutes ago, Vandy said:

I thought for sure we were drafting Brooks that year.

Devin Bush was not a quality NFL starter, he had a season or two for rams but never worthy of his 1st round pick. I blame June Jones for a lot of dysfunction on team when he was our HC, but can’t blame him for Bush never being a good player.

There's so many draft blunders by the Falcons in the 90s. This is just one of many. Just so many!! Dan Reeves absolutely loved tight ends so what does he do in his 1st draft as HC? Drafts Michael Booker with Tony Gonzalez on the board. Then there was that horrible Jeff George trade that June Jones and company made. Talk about regretful. The 49ers drafted Bryant Young with the Falcons 1994 1st round pick and then the 1st round pick the Colts got in 1996 was used to draft Marvin Harrison. Then there was the ill-fated draft up in the 1999 draft for TE Reggie Kelly where the Falcons gave the Ravens their 1st round pick in 2000. That pick ended up being Jamal Lewis and all the Ravens did was ride him and that defense to a Super Bowl win. Oh, and honorable mention is the ill-fated pick of RB Tony Smith with the 1st round pick that the Falcons got from the Packers for Brett Favre. Really? Tony Freaking Smith who played a grand total of 2 NFL seasons, and neither one very good. Jesus!! Folks just don't have a clue how bad it used to be. The Falcons drafting under TD for he most part has been amazing compared to the dark days of the 90s.

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I love Bush as a player but I just don’t see him for the Falcons in the 1st which means he’s going somewhere else. I get the BPA thing but too many other pressing needs. Howard isn’t going to make it to the 3rd round. Love the Gaillard pick. I’ll pass on Mack (inconsistent and Grady and Senat are the same body type but better) and Holyfield. If a big back is needed there are bigger and more athletic ones that should be there in the 5th-6th round, or Jordan Howard could be traded for a 6th or 7th. 

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1 hour ago, Vandy said:

Ugh, Devin Bush brings back bad memories. 

LBer is not a need, for a team that has several. You did good job addressing most of it in rest of draft, I would just go another direction with your 1st rounder (such as edge DE Ferrell or DT Lawrence, who I know you love :ninja:). 

As usual with all your mocks, great research G. 

I get the argument of LB not being a major need - having said that - tell me V - what need did I not address with this draft?

You like the nose tackle Dexter Lawrence in the 1st freaking round - I draft a nose tackle where they are supposed to be drafted- in the 4th round.  Cornerback (check), Edge Rusher (check), Offensive Tackle and Center (check/check).  Then we go RB/WR(check/check) and finish with S/TE.  Added a Top 100 pick with the trade.

I totally get that this is off script pick but Devin Bush has Pro-Bowl ability and he and Deion Jones can cover grass like the dew.

As to need? Probably DeVondre Campbell’s last year in Falcon’s uni.  Both Debo and Devin can play the WILL and man the middle. Beasley played some LB as well and likely his last year.  We have a need past 2019 whether you wish to admit it or not.

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6 minutes ago, etherdome said:

I didn't want to be the one to post this, but his father is still one of the worst Falcon draft memories I have.  I know that the "sins of the father should not be passed to the son", but wow, I am still sore about that fateful decision over twenty years ago.  

Derrick Brooks was there for the taking and many of us were screaming for him.  Yeah, when the name "Devin Bush" was announced, there was a long pause.  

I worked for the FSU boosters that year... and worked all the games.... I literally never heard of Devin Bush.  When they called his name, I really thought they mispronounced Derrick Brooks.. Me and my buddy looked at each other and was the Who TF is Devin Bush

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