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As none of you have noticed, I've not been around these boards for quite some time. The most honest answer for this is because I hate all of you. Okay, not you @Vandy. Falcons fans have a toxic mentality about them that makes football slightly less enjoyable and I just couldn't bring myself to be here during the past several months. However we can't let salty feelings get in the way of tradition, right?

Every year I put out a mock or two and then you all get to tell me how much you hate it. It's fun, right? The cool thing about being gone for so long is that I haven't looked at any of the other mock drafts posted here this year. I could be giving you guys the same exact mock that Joe Smith posted two days ago or something brand new, and wouldn't know the difference. As always I just hope you enjoy the reading, the presentation, and that maybe a couple of decent discussions about future Falcons can be sprouted from this post.

With that said, let's jump right into the draft. The Cardinals are on the clock..

 

Draft

  • 1. ARI - Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma

  • 2. SF - Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama

  • 3. NYJ - Nick Bosa, DE/OLB, Ohio State

  • 4. OAK - Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

  • 5. TB - Josh Allen, OLB, Kentucky

  • 6. NYG - Rashan Gary, DE, Michigan

  • 7. JAX - Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida

  • 8. DET - Devin White, LB, LSU

  • 9. BUF - Ed Oliver, DT, Houston

  • 10. DEN - Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

  • 11. CIN - Devin Bush, LB, Michigan

  • 12. GB - Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama

  • 13. MIA - Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson

 

With Wilkins and Oliver off the board but talents like Clelin Ferrell, Montez Sweat, DeAnde Baker, and Cody Ford all still available - what’s the best thing to do? Trade down.

The Giants passed on a QB at 6, and call the Falcons to leap over the Redskins.

 

Giants Receive:

-Round 1, Pick 14

Falcons Receive:

-Round 1, Pick 17

-Round 3, Pick 95

-2020 5th Round Pick

 

  • 14. NYG - Daniel Jones, QB, Duke

  • 15. WAS - DK Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss

  • 16. CAR - Montez Sweat, DE/OLB, Mississippi State

 

  • Round 1, Pick 17 - Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
  • Height: 6’5”  Weight: 340 lbs.
    • You can look back at any draft from any year and find players that make you go "Wish we took him when we had the chance." Lawrence is one of those players that should be drafted higher than where he will be and three years from now everyone will curse their teams for not taking him instead of the underachieving schmuck they did select. All of those little reasons that people give for not wanting a player are forgotten once the NFL production comes, after all. Lawrence is a monstrous run-stuffer who is also pretty athletic - all things considered. His pass rushing skills are not to me underestimated and that means he could be a legitimate three down player constantly demanding double teams. The things he will open up for the players on either side of him (Grady, Takk, Vic, etc.) will save someone’s job.

 

  • Round 2, Pick 45 - Jamel Dean, CB, Auburn
  • Height: 6’2” Weight: 208 lbs.
    • The release of Robert Alford leaves the Falcons, once again, with a need at CB. While I think the trio of Trufant, Oliver, and Kazee is more than capable, we are one injury away from a disastrous situation where BWW goes from talented reserve to exposed starter. Jamel Dean has the size, speed (4.3 40), and athleticism (41” vert) to be a capable starter in the NFL. He also has long arms and closes fast on the ball, making him a nightmare in tight windows. I think the Falcons will want Kazee on the field as much as possible in 2019 which gives Dean a chance to learn and develop without too much pressure.

 

  • Round 3, Pick 79 - Connor McGovern, C/OG, Penn State
  • Height: 6’5” Weight: 308 lbs.
    • McGovern would be an extremely useful member of the gameday roster as he has starting experience at both guard and center, and can play all three interior slots on the line. Already possessing an NFL-ready frame with plenty of strength to go with it, McGovern’s run-blocking is ahead of his pass-pro at this stage. Getting to sit behind Alex Mack and improve his pass-blocking skills from one of the absolute best would really help get the former Nittany Lion’s NFL career off to a positive start. McGovern could take over as the starting Center and hold that position for the rest of Matt Ryan’s tenure as the starter in Atlanta.

 

  • Round 3, Pick 95 - Mitch Hyatt, OT, Clemson
  • Height: 6’5” Weight: 305 lbs.
    • I will admit that Hyatt isn’t my favorite tackle prospect but the more I look into him, the more I like him. A four year starter who was credited with being the leader and culture-setter of the offensive line there, Hyatt brings the right attitude every day of the week. Though his future may be primarily at guard, Hyatt has the traits and abilities to be a true swing tackle that we so desperately need now that we have moved on from Ryan Schraeder and (presumably) named Sambrailo the starter. Speaking of, NFL.com’s comparison for Hyatt? Ty Sambrailo. Sounds like a fit to me!

 

  • Round 4, Pick 117 - Justin Hollins, LB, Oregon
  • Height: 6’5” Weight: 248 lbs.
    • Hollins is a bit of a project that a team is going to have to take on in order to truly unlock his potential, but he has a lot of tools to become an effective piece of an NFL defense. His length is something he already uses really well both when shedding blocks and disrupting passing lanes. Active and smart in the run game and with plenty of room to add bulk to his frame, Hollins is one of those players that will be good as a rookie but potentially great by year 3. His passrushing skills off the edge will also be something that Dan Quinn will love and will find snaps for early on as he learns the nuances of the pro game.

 

  • Round 4, Pick 137 - Gerald Willis, DT, Miami
  • Height: 6’2” Weight: 302 lbs.
    • Willis suffered through an up-and-down college career that eventually lead him to All-American and All-ACC honors as a senior at Miami. 18 TFLs last year proves how disruptive he can be as a gap-penetrator, though there are certainly improvements to be made in his game. Despite his ineffectiveness against double-teams, impressive quickness and an arsenal of inside rushing moves makes him a nightmare on the inside for interior blockers left on an island.

 

  • Round 5, Pick 152 - Beau Benzschawel, OG, Wisconsin
  • Height: 6’6” Weight: 309 lbs.
    • A tackle build with only guard strength knocks this talented blocker down to day 3, but this would still be an excellent pick for Atlanta. Beau was named a first team AP All-American last year at Right Guard for the Badgers after starting his football career as a defensive end and tight end. Still playing with the same bend and excellent technique, Benz will need to add upper body strength to stand up to the powerful DTs of the league. Right now he can be viewed as a pass-blocking specialist who can develop behind new starters Carpenter and Brown.

 

  • Round 5, Pick 172 - Charles Omenihu, DE, Texas
  • Height: 6’5” Weight: 280 lbs.
    • Omenihu, in my opinion, is one of the more underrated prospects in this edge class. There are certainly guys with more polish that will be taken far ahead but I like the base end size that Omenihu offers along with the raw moldable traits that someone like Quinn could potentially get the most out of. Omenihu isn’t a 10-sack per season kind of talent (not many of those around this late) but still has a lot to offer in bigger packages and as a developmental rusher.

 

  • Round 6, Pick 186 - Elijah Holyfield, RB, Georgia
  • Height: 5’10” Weight: 220 lbs.
    • As much as it kills me to draft a UGA player (will never be a Bulldog fan, as most of you know) there is no denying the talent level Elijah provides at this juncture of the draft. Where RBs will get drafted and in what order is one of the biggest crapshoots of predicting the draft but I’ve seen his name slipping down boards since his poor showing at the combine. Holyfield is a violent runner who will serve as a battle-tested backup capable of handling a large workload when asked just as he did in college, and also getting a lot of short-yardage and goal line looks.

 

  • Round 7, Pick 230 - Preston Williams, WR, Colorado State
  • Height: 6’4” Weight: 211 lbs.
    • Preston Williams is a big, talented receiver who started his college career in the SEC (even if it was Tennessee, it still basically counts) before transferring to Colorado State. Williams was not invited to the combine after an assault charge came up, which is keeping him low on the draft boards despite his production at CSU - 14 touchdowns last season in addition to 1300+ yards on just under 100 catches. The Falcons will look to Dirk Koetter to fix the red zone woes that have plagued us in recent years and bringing in another big-bodied target like Williams at such a low draft cost makes sense towards fixing that endeavor.

 

 

Pseudo Depth Chart - Barely Unofficial

 

Offense (27)

QB: Matt Ryan, Matt Schaub, Kurt Benkert

RB: Devonta Freeman, Ito Smith, Elijah Holyfield, Kenjon Barner

FB: Ricky Ortiz

WR: Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, Preston Williams, Russell Gage

WR: Mohamed Sanu, Justin Hardy, Devin Gray

TE: Austin Hooper, Eric Saubert, Luke Stocker, Logan Paulsen

LT: Jake Matthews, Mitch Hyatt

LG: James Carpenter, Beau Benschawel

C: Alex Mack, Connor McGovern

RG: Jamon Brown

RT: Ty Sambrailo

 

Defense (23)

DE: Vic Beasley, Steven Means

DT: Grady Jarrett, Gerald Willis

DT: Dexter Lawrence, Deadrin Senat

DE: Takk McKinley, Charles Omenihu

SLB: De’Vondre Campbell, Justin Hollins

MLB: Deion Jones, Foye Oluokun

WLB: Duke Riley

CB: Desmond Trufant, Jamel Dean, Ryan Neal

FS: Ricardo Allen, Demontae Kazee

SS: Keanu Neal, Sharrod Neasman

CB: Isaiah Oliver, Blidi Wreh-Wilson, Taveze Calhoun

 

Special Teams (3)

K: Giorgia Tavecchio

P: Matt Bosher

LS: Josh Harris


 

Closing Thoughts:

  • This team has to let the draft come to it and take advantage of the opportunities as they come. All the rumors about trading up for Ed Oliver do not excite me at all. If he’s there at 14, great, if not I think it wise to go in the other direction in a similar mold to what I’ve presented above.

  • Looking over the fake post-draft depth chart I see that we have a lot of holes that need to be filled going into this draft. The offensive line is going to see a lot of new faces this year, and I hope they’re ready to compete.

  • Another thing I’ve noticed is that we seem to be paper thin on defense and one draft won’t fix that. This caused a lot of issues last year but perhaps the injury bug won’t bite us again because we can’t make it with so many playmakers down.

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Glad you’re back, Jiggy......this board missed your humor while you were gone. 

Like the trading back idea and the pick for Lawrence ......and agree Omenihu is vastly underrated, just not that (falling all the way down into 5th Rd) underrated...

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I think Hyatt is a lil underrated but I don't know if I'd take him that high. We need ab OT that can start. I do like trading back.

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You should have kept your absence streak going - lol.

No to a 1st rd NT

Omemihu will be looooong 

gone before 5th rd.  He is likely a 2nd rounder.  At worst 3rd

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32 minutes ago, King Jigsaw said:

 

As none of you have noticed, I've not been around these boards for quite some time. The most honest answer for this is because I hate all of you. Okay, not you @Vandy. Falcons fans have a toxic mentality about them that makes football slightly less enjoyable and I just couldn't bring myself to be here during the past several months. However we can't let salty feelings get in the way of tradition, right?

Every year I put out a mock or two and then you all get to tell me how much you hate it. It's fun, right? The cool thing about being gone for so long is that I haven't looked at any of the other mock drafts posted here this year. I could be giving you guys the same exact mock that Joe Smith posted two days ago or something brand new, and wouldn't know the difference. As always I just hope you enjoy the reading, the presentation, and that maybe a couple of decent discussions about future Falcons can be sprouted from this post.

With that said, let's jump right into the draft. The Cardinals are on the clock..

 

Draft

  • 1. ARI - Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma

  • 2. SF - Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama

  • 3. NYJ - Nick Bosa, DE/OLB, Ohio State

  • 4. OAK - Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

  • 5. TB - Josh Allen, OLB, Kentucky

  • 6. NYG - Rashan Gary, DE, Michigan

  • 7. JAX - Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida

  • 8. DET - Devin White, LB, LSU

  • 9. BUF - Ed Oliver, DT, Houston

  • 10. DEN - Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

  • 11. CIN - Devin Bush, LB, Michigan

  • 12. GB - Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama

  • 13. MIA - Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson

 

With Wilkins and Oliver off the board but talents like Clelin Ferrell, Montez Sweat, DeAnde Baker, and Cody Ford all still available - what’s the best thing to do? Trade down.

The Giants passed on a QB at 6, and call the Falcons to leap over the Redskins.

 

Giants Receive:

-Round 1, Pick 14

Falcons Receive:

-Round 1, Pick 17

-Round 3, Pick 95

-2020 5th Round Pick

 

  • 14. NYG - Daniel Jones, QB, Duke

  • 15. WAS - DK Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss

  • 16. CAR - Montez Sweat, DE/OLB, Mississippi State

 

  • Round 1, Pick 17 - Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
  • Height: 6’5”  Weight: 340 lbs.
    • You can look back at any draft from any year and find players that make you go "Wish we took him when we had the chance." Lawrence is one of those players that should be drafted higher than where he will be and three years from now everyone will curse their teams for not taking him instead of the underachieving schmuck they did select. All of those little reasons that people give for not wanting a player are forgotten once the NFL production comes, after all. Lawrence is a monstrous run-stuffer who is also pretty athletic - all things considered. His pass rushing skills are not to me underestimated and that means he could be a legitimate three down player constantly demanding double teams. The things he will open up for the players on either side of him (Grady, Takk, Vic, etc.) will save someone’s job.

 

  • Round 2, Pick 45 - Jamel Dean, CB, Auburn
  • Height: 6’2” Weight: 208 lbs.
    • The release of Robert Alford leaves the Falcons, once again, with a need at CB. While I think the trio of Trufant, Oliver, and Kazee is more than capable, we are one injury away from a disastrous situation where BWW goes from talented reserve to exposed starter. Jamel Dean has the size, speed (4.3 40), and athleticism (41” vert) to be a capable starter in the NFL. He also has long arms and closes fast on the ball, making him a nightmare in tight windows. I think the Falcons will want Kazee on the field as much as possible in 2019 which gives Dean a chance to learn and develop without too much pressure.

 

  • Round 3, Pick 79 - Connor McGovern, C/OG, Penn State
  • Height: 6’5” Weight: 308 lbs.
    • McGovern would be an extremely useful member of the gameday roster as he has starting experience at both guard and center, and can play all three interior slots on the line. Already possessing an NFL-ready frame with plenty of strength to go with it, McGovern’s run-blocking is ahead of his pass-pro at this stage. Getting to sit behind Alex Mack and improve his pass-blocking skills from one of the absolute best would really help get the former Nittany Lion’s NFL career off to a positive start. McGovern could take over as the starting Center and hold that position for the rest of Matt Ryan’s tenure as the starter in Atlanta.

 

  • Round 3, Pick 95 - Mitch Hyatt, OT, Clemson
  • Height: 6’5” Weight: 305 lbs.
    • I will admit that Hyatt isn’t my favorite tackle prospect but the more I look into him, the more I like him. A four year starter who was credited with being the leader and culture-setter of the offensive line there, Hyatt brings the right attitude every day of the week. Though his future may be primarily at guard, Hyatt has the traits and abilities to be a true swing tackle that we so desperately need now that we have moved on from Ryan Schraeder and (presumably) named Sambrailo the starter. Speaking of, NFL.com’s comparison for Hyatt? Ty Sambrailo. Sounds like a fit to me!

 

  • Round 4, Pick 117 - Justin Hollins, LB, Oregon
  • Height: 6’5” Weight: 248 lbs.
    • Hollins is a bit of a project that a team is going to have to take on in order to truly unlock his potential, but he has a lot of tools to become an effective piece of an NFL defense. His length is something he already uses really well both when shedding blocks and disrupting passing lanes. Active and smart in the run game and with plenty of room to add bulk to his frame, Hollins is one of those players that will be good as a rookie but potentially great by year 3. His passrushing skills off the edge will also be something that Dan Quinn will love and will find snaps for early on as he learns the nuances of the pro game.

 

  • Round 4, Pick 137 - Gerald Willis, DT, Miami
  • Height: 6’2” Weight: 302 lbs.
    • Willis suffered through an up-and-down college career that eventually lead him to All-American and All-ACC honors as a senior at Miami. 18 TFLs last year proves how disruptive he can be as a gap-penetrator, though there are certainly improvements to be made in his game. Despite his ineffectiveness against double-teams, impressive quickness and an arsenal of inside rushing moves makes him a nightmare on the inside for interior blockers left on an island.

 

  • Round 5, Pick 152 - Beau Benzschawel, OG, Wisconsin
  • Height: 6’6” Weight: 309 lbs.
    • A tackle build with only guard strength knocks this talented blocker down to day 3, but this would still be an excellent pick for Atlanta. Beau was named a first team AP All-American last year at Right Guard for the Badgers after starting his football career as a defensive end and tight end. Still playing with the same bend and excellent technique, Benz will need to add upper body strength to stand up to the powerful DTs of the league. Right now he can be viewed as a pass-blocking specialist who can develop behind new starters Carpenter and Brown.

 

  • Round 5, Pick 172 - Charles Omenihu, DE, Texas
  • Height: 6’5” Weight: 280 lbs.
    • Omenihu, in my opinion, is one of the more underrated prospects in this edge class. There are certainly guys with more polish that will be taken far ahead but I like the base end size that Omenihu offers along with the raw moldable traits that someone like Quinn could potentially get the most out of. Omenihu isn’t a 10-sack per season kind of talent (not many of those around this late) but still has a lot to offer in bigger packages and as a developmental rusher.

 

  • Round 6, Pick 186 - Elijah Holyfield, RB, Georgia
  • Height: 5’10” Weight: 220 lbs.
    • As much as it kills me to draft a UGA player (will never be a Bulldog fan, as most of you know) there is no denying the talent level Elijah provides at this juncture of the draft. Where RBs will get drafted and in what order is one of the biggest crapshoots of predicting the draft but I’ve seen his name slipping down boards since his poor showing at the combine. Holyfield is a violent runner who will serve as a battle-tested backup capable of handling a large workload when asked just as he did in college, and also getting a lot of short-yardage and goal line looks.

 

  • Round 7, Pick 230 - Preston Williams, WR, Colorado State
  • Height: 6’4” Weight: 211 lbs.
    • Preston Williams is a big, talented receiver who started his college career in the SEC (even if it was Tennessee, it still basically counts) before transferring to Colorado State. Williams was not invited to the combine after an assault charge came up, which is keeping him low on the draft boards despite his production at CSU - 14 touchdowns last season in addition to 1300+ yards on just under 100 catches. The Falcons will look to Dirk Koetter to fix the red zone woes that have plagued us in recent years and bringing in another big-bodied target like Williams at such a low draft cost makes sense towards fixing that endeavor.

 

 

Pseudo Depth Chart - Barely Unofficial

 

Offense (27)

QB: Matt Ryan, Matt Schaub, Kurt Benkert

RB: Devonta Freeman, Ito Smith, Elijah Holyfield, Kenjon Barner

FB: Ricky Ortiz

WR: Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, Preston Williams, Russell Gage

WR: Mohamed Sanu, Justin Hardy, Devin Gray

TE: Austin Hooper, Eric Saubert, Luke Stocker, Logan Paulsen

LT: Jake Matthews, Mitch Hyatt

LG: James Carpenter, Beau Benschawel

C: Alex Mack, Connor McGovern

RG: Jamon Brown

RT: Ty Sambrailo

 

Defense (23)

DE: Vic Beasley, Steven Means

DT: Grady Jarrett, Gerald Willis

DT: Dexter Lawrence, Deadrin Senat

DE: Takk McKinley, Charles Omenihu

SLB: De’Vondre Campbell, Justin Hollins

MLB: Deion Jones, Foye Oluokun

WLB: Duke Riley

CB: Desmond Trufant, Jamel Dean, Ryan Neal

FS: Ricardo Allen, Demontae Kazee

SS: Keanu Neal, Sharrod Neasman

CB: Isaiah Oliver, Blidi Wreh-Wilson, Taveze Calhoun

 

Special Teams (3)

K: Giorgia Tavecchio

P: Matt Bosher

LS: Josh Harris


 

Closing Thoughts:

  • This team has to let the draft come to it and take advantage of the opportunities as they come. All the rumors about trading up for Ed Oliver do not excite me at all. If he’s there at 14, great, if not I think it wise to go in the other direction in a similar mold to what I’ve presented above.

  • Looking over the fake post-draft depth chart I see that we have a lot of holes that need to be filled going into this draft. The offensive line is going to see a lot of new faces this year, and I hope they’re ready to compete.

  • Another thing I’ve noticed is that we seem to be paper thin on defense and one draft won’t fix that. This caused a lot of issues last year but perhaps the injury bug won’t bite us again because we can’t make it with so many playmakers down.

The KING has mocked. 

Take notice guys. I hate trade down scenarios, but this is how you mock!!! 

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5 minutes ago, Knight of God said:

He’s not just a NT

I know he is better than “just a NT” and can press the pocket some.

Still,  not enough for me in pass rush to warrant a 1st rd pick.

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53 minutes ago, King Jigsaw said:

 

As none of you have noticed, I've not been around these boards for quite some time. The most honest answer for this is because I hate all of you. Okay, not you @Vandy. Falcons fans have a toxic mentality about them that makes football slightly less enjoyable and I just couldn't bring myself to be here during the past several months. However we can't let salty feelings get in the way of tradition, right?

Every year I put out a mock or two and then you all get to tell me how much you hate it. It's fun, right? The cool thing about being gone for so long is that I haven't looked at any of the other mock drafts posted here this year. I could be giving you guys the same exact mock that Joe Smith posted two days ago or something brand new, and wouldn't know the difference. As always I just hope you enjoy the reading, the presentation, and that maybe a couple of decent discussions about future Falcons can be sprouted from this post.

With that said, let's jump right into the draft. The Cardinals are on the clock..

 

Draft

  • 1. ARI - Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma

  • 2. SF - Quinnen Williams, DT, Alabama

  • 3. NYJ - Nick Bosa, DE/OLB, Ohio State

  • 4. OAK - Dwayne Haskins, QB, Ohio State

  • 5. TB - Josh Allen, OLB, Kentucky

  • 6. NYG - Rashan Gary, DE, Michigan

  • 7. JAX - Jawaan Taylor, OT, Florida

  • 8. DET - Devin White, LB, LSU

  • 9. BUF - Ed Oliver, DT, Houston

  • 10. DEN - Drew Lock, QB, Missouri

  • 11. CIN - Devin Bush, LB, Michigan

  • 12. GB - Jonah Williams, OT, Alabama

  • 13. MIA - Christian Wilkins, DT, Clemson

 

With Wilkins and Oliver off the board but talents like Clelin Ferrell, Montez Sweat, DeAnde Baker, and Cody Ford all still available - what’s the best thing to do? Trade down.

The Giants passed on a QB at 6, and call the Falcons to leap over the Redskins.

 

Giants Receive:

-Round 1, Pick 14

Falcons Receive:

-Round 1, Pick 17

-Round 3, Pick 95

-2020 5th Round Pick

 

  • 14. NYG - Daniel Jones, QB, Duke

  • 15. WAS - DK Metcalf, WR, Ole Miss

  • 16. CAR - Montez Sweat, DE/OLB, Mississippi State

 

  • Round 1, Pick 17 - Dexter Lawrence, DT, Clemson
  • Height: 6’5”  Weight: 340 lbs.
    • You can look back at any draft from any year and find players that make you go "Wish we took him when we had the chance." Lawrence is one of those players that should be drafted higher than where he will be and three years from now everyone will curse their teams for not taking him instead of the underachieving schmuck they did select. All of those little reasons that people give for not wanting a player are forgotten once the NFL production comes, after all. Lawrence is a monstrous run-stuffer who is also pretty athletic - all things considered. His pass rushing skills are not to me underestimated and that means he could be a legitimate three down player constantly demanding double teams. The things he will open up for the players on either side of him (Grady, Takk, Vic, etc.) will save someone’s job.

 

  • Round 2, Pick 45 - Jamel Dean, CB, Auburn
  • Height: 6’2” Weight: 208 lbs.
    • The release of Robert Alford leaves the Falcons, once again, with a need at CB. While I think the trio of Trufant, Oliver, and Kazee is more than capable, we are one injury away from a disastrous situation where BWW goes from talented reserve to exposed starter. Jamel Dean has the size, speed (4.3 40), and athleticism (41” vert) to be a capable starter in the NFL. He also has long arms and closes fast on the ball, making him a nightmare in tight windows. I think the Falcons will want Kazee on the field as much as possible in 2019 which gives Dean a chance to learn and develop without too much pressure.

 

  • Round 3, Pick 79 - Connor McGovern, C/OG, Penn State
  • Height: 6’5” Weight: 308 lbs.
    • McGovern would be an extremely useful member of the gameday roster as he has starting experience at both guard and center, and can play all three interior slots on the line. Already possessing an NFL-ready frame with plenty of strength to go with it, McGovern’s run-blocking is ahead of his pass-pro at this stage. Getting to sit behind Alex Mack and improve his pass-blocking skills from one of the absolute best would really help get the former Nittany Lion’s NFL career off to a positive start. McGovern could take over as the starting Center and hold that position for the rest of Matt Ryan’s tenure as the starter in Atlanta.

 

  • Round 3, Pick 95 - Mitch Hyatt, OT, Clemson
  • Height: 6’5” Weight: 305 lbs.
    • I will admit that Hyatt isn’t my favorite tackle prospect but the more I look into him, the more I like him. A four year starter who was credited with being the leader and culture-setter of the offensive line there, Hyatt brings the right attitude every day of the week. Though his future may be primarily at guard, Hyatt has the traits and abilities to be a true swing tackle that we so desperately need now that we have moved on from Ryan Schraeder and (presumably) named Sambrailo the starter. Speaking of, NFL.com’s comparison for Hyatt? Ty Sambrailo. Sounds like a fit to me!

 

  • Round 4, Pick 117 - Justin Hollins, LB, Oregon
  • Height: 6’5” Weight: 248 lbs.
    • Hollins is a bit of a project that a team is going to have to take on in order to truly unlock his potential, but he has a lot of tools to become an effective piece of an NFL defense. His length is something he already uses really well both when shedding blocks and disrupting passing lanes. Active and smart in the run game and with plenty of room to add bulk to his frame, Hollins is one of those players that will be good as a rookie but potentially great by year 3. His passrushing skills off the edge will also be something that Dan Quinn will love and will find snaps for early on as he learns the nuances of the pro game.

 

  • Round 4, Pick 137 - Gerald Willis, DT, Miami
  • Height: 6’2” Weight: 302 lbs.
    • Willis suffered through an up-and-down college career that eventually lead him to All-American and All-ACC honors as a senior at Miami. 18 TFLs last year proves how disruptive he can be as a gap-penetrator, though there are certainly improvements to be made in his game. Despite his ineffectiveness against double-teams, impressive quickness and an arsenal of inside rushing moves makes him a nightmare on the inside for interior blockers left on an island.

 

  • Round 5, Pick 152 - Beau Benzschawel, OG, Wisconsin
  • Height: 6’6” Weight: 309 lbs.
    • A tackle build with only guard strength knocks this talented blocker down to day 3, but this would still be an excellent pick for Atlanta. Beau was named a first team AP All-American last year at Right Guard for the Badgers after starting his football career as a defensive end and tight end. Still playing with the same bend and excellent technique, Benz will need to add upper body strength to stand up to the powerful DTs of the league. Right now he can be viewed as a pass-blocking specialist who can develop behind new starters Carpenter and Brown.

 

  • Round 5, Pick 172 - Charles Omenihu, DE, Texas
  • Height: 6’5” Weight: 280 lbs.
    • Omenihu, in my opinion, is one of the more underrated prospects in this edge class. There are certainly guys with more polish that will be taken far ahead but I like the base end size that Omenihu offers along with the raw moldable traits that someone like Quinn could potentially get the most out of. Omenihu isn’t a 10-sack per season kind of talent (not many of those around this late) but still has a lot to offer in bigger packages and as a developmental rusher.

 

  • Round 6, Pick 186 - Elijah Holyfield, RB, Georgia
  • Height: 5’10” Weight: 220 lbs.
    • As much as it kills me to draft a UGA player (will never be a Bulldog fan, as most of you know) there is no denying the talent level Elijah provides at this juncture of the draft. Where RBs will get drafted and in what order is one of the biggest crapshoots of predicting the draft but I’ve seen his name slipping down boards since his poor showing at the combine. Holyfield is a violent runner who will serve as a battle-tested backup capable of handling a large workload when asked just as he did in college, and also getting a lot of short-yardage and goal line looks.

 

  • Round 7, Pick 230 - Preston Williams, WR, Colorado State
  • Height: 6’4” Weight: 211 lbs.
    • Preston Williams is a big, talented receiver who started his college career in the SEC (even if it was Tennessee, it still basically counts) before transferring to Colorado State. Williams was not invited to the combine after an assault charge came up, which is keeping him low on the draft boards despite his production at CSU - 14 touchdowns last season in addition to 1300+ yards on just under 100 catches. The Falcons will look to Dirk Koetter to fix the red zone woes that have plagued us in recent years and bringing in another big-bodied target like Williams at such a low draft cost makes sense towards fixing that endeavor.

 

 

Pseudo Depth Chart - Barely Unofficial

 

Offense (27)

QB: Matt Ryan, Matt Schaub, Kurt Benkert

RB: Devonta Freeman, Ito Smith, Elijah Holyfield, Kenjon Barner

FB: Ricky Ortiz

WR: Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley, Preston Williams, Russell Gage

WR: Mohamed Sanu, Justin Hardy, Devin Gray

TE: Austin Hooper, Eric Saubert, Luke Stocker, Logan Paulsen

LT: Jake Matthews, Mitch Hyatt

LG: James Carpenter, Beau Benschawel

C: Alex Mack, Connor McGovern

RG: Jamon Brown

RT: Ty Sambrailo

 

Defense (23)

DE: Vic Beasley, Steven Means

DT: Grady Jarrett, Gerald Willis

DT: Dexter Lawrence, Deadrin Senat

DE: Takk McKinley, Charles Omenihu

SLB: De’Vondre Campbell, Justin Hollins

MLB: Deion Jones, Foye Oluokun

WLB: Duke Riley

CB: Desmond Trufant, Jamel Dean, Ryan Neal

FS: Ricardo Allen, Demontae Kazee

SS: Keanu Neal, Sharrod Neasman

CB: Isaiah Oliver, Blidi Wreh-Wilson, Taveze Calhoun

 

Special Teams (3)

K: Giorgia Tavecchio

P: Matt Bosher

LS: Josh Harris


 

Closing Thoughts:

  • This team has to let the draft come to it and take advantage of the opportunities as they come. All the rumors about trading up for Ed Oliver do not excite me at all. If he’s there at 14, great, if not I think it wise to go in the other direction in a similar mold to what I’ve presented above.

  • Looking over the fake post-draft depth chart I see that we have a lot of holes that need to be filled going into this draft. The offensive line is going to see a lot of new faces this year, and I hope they’re ready to compete.

  • Another thing I’ve noticed is that we seem to be paper thin on defense and one draft won’t fix that. This caused a lot of issues last year but perhaps the injury bug won’t bite us again because we can’t make it with so many playmakers down.

I am fairly certain that OL Wes Schweitzer, LB Bruce Carter, and DL Jack Crawford’s roles are pretty assured this year... I also am fairly certain Oluokun should be listed as the 3rd LB starter ahead of Riley. In closing, i think this is a realistic draft scenario, and I think we’d be a better team afterwards.

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31 minutes ago, g-dawg said:

I know he is better than “just a NT” and can press the pocket some.

Still,  not enough for me in pass rush to warrant a 1st rd pick.

Why? Because he’s 340? I take it you didn’t really watch him.

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Oak giving up on Carr? Haven’t heard this.

NYG keep passing on QBs again and again and now are trading up for the #3 QB off the board?

I like Lawrence at 17 with extra picks but don’t see that happening. Also, TD doesn’t trade down. He either doesn’t like it or it’s actually much harder to do than we realize. 

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1 hour ago, Vandy said:

Glad you’re back, Jiggy......this board missed your humor while you were gone. 

Like the trading back idea and the pick for Lawrence ......and agree Omenihu is vastly underrated...

I love the draft itself and almost all the picks but the Omenihu pick is the only one i have a problem with.  It's not that i don't want him it's that i highly doubt he will be there at that pick which makes it a little unreal of a draft although crazier things have happened we got grady in the 5th. Would love if everything fell this way for us though i'll take this draft for sure.

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5 hours ago, FalconFan13 said:

I love the draft itself and almost all the picks but the Omenihu pick is the only one i have a problem with.  It's not that i don't want him it's that i highly doubt he will be there at that pick which makes it a little unreal of a draft although crazier things have happened we got grady in the 5th. Would love if everything fell this way for us though i'll take this draft for sure.

I agree. He’s probably gone in 2nd round. 

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7 hours ago, Knight of God said:

Why? Because he’s 340? I take it you didn’t really watch him.

I watched 

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