g-dawg Posted April 23, 2019 Share Posted April 23, 2019 For years, I always looked forward to Sports Illustrated's Peter King's Monday Morning Quarterback - and many times if I didn't like the weekly topic, would race to the back and the "10 Things I Think I Think" - which was generally chocked full of either interesting quotes from NFL owners/GMs/Scouts/Coaches/Players or some insight gleaned from some of them - usually the last of the 10 was more general random. So thought I would do a "Falcons Draft version" of this. Here goes: G-Dawg: 10 Things I think I think: After studying this draft -for entirely too long - and looking at our team, this first pick most likely is gonna be a Defensive Tackle - most likely Christian Wilkins or Dexter Lawrence - in that order. If Falcons select Lawrence, they trade down and do so - if they trade down and lose Lawrence, they will draft an offensive lineman in 1st round (See #5 below). Quinnen Williams and Ed Oliver are both on the radar but Falcons won't go higher than #6 to get either one of them. I would lay odds of a trade-up for either of these guys at 20% - not likely. Any trade-up back into the 1st round would be for an offensive lineman - not a cornerback. The goal of this draft is to continue to build more physical/nasty on both lines of scrimmage. University of Houston's Isaiah Johnson is the most likely cornerback to be drafted by Atlanta. Expect him to be a Day#2 selection - hopefully he falls to #79. OG/OT Chris Lindstrom from Boston College is VERY HIGH on the Falcons draft board and he is the most likely trade-up target back into the 1st round if he drops towards the end of 1st round. Falcons see him as a starting Day#1 Right Tackle. If the Atlanta Falcons don't acquire Chris Lindstrom, look for them to draft Charlotte OG/OT Nate Davis - another maurading right tackle - his draft stock is higher than most think but would expect him to be available in 3rd round. Defensive End/Edge Rusher is most likely pushed to a Day#3 pick. Falcons will be looking at BIGGER guys their and go against the smaller/quicker guys like Takk/Vic. Look for Day#3 Defensive End prospects like Charles Omenhiu, Austin Bryant, Anthony Nelson, Jonathan Ledbetter and Jamal Adams. Expect the Falcons to break the streak and draft at least one Georgia Bulldog - either Lamont Gaillard(4th), Mecole Hardeman(5th), Jonathan Ledbetter(5th) or Elijah Holyfield(6th). Simply too many good Dawgs at too many need positions for the Falcons for us not pull one of those tags off the board. The Atlanta Falcons will make THREE trades in this draft. One trade back and two trades up. The ultimate goal is to end up with the following - two first round picks - 1st pick in first round (WILKINS or LAWRENCE) and 2nd pick in the first round (LINDSRTOM or FORD). These are my non-draft Falcons thoughts: A) Falcons get a Grady Jarrett deal done before June 15th. When Arthur Blank says "Julio and Grady will be Falcons for Life" he means it. Last time I checked, it's Artie's team. Jarrett will get more than everyone here thinks he should get but it will be less than AD. My guess is it will be 5yrs, $90mm for an $18mm/yr average. B ) Look for vast improvements in the Falcons defense as Quinn takes it over. I heard him talking about running more stunts than what we have done in the past to free up Takk and Vic. C ) Look for Falcons marketing team to come up with some creative way to get Falcons fans in their seats prior to kickoff. Some type of giveaway that you only get if you get in the stadium doors 30 minutes prior to kickoff. D) Look for Julio Jones to have his biggest TD production of his career this year. With the emergence of Calvin Ridley and an improved running game, I expect Julio to get more unstacked coverage than in year's past - they will still slant coverage his way, but not as much. E) Expect a better running game and more 11 personnel with two tight ends on the field. F) Continued emergence of Foye Oluokon as a defensive playmaker. G) Lingering health issues for Ricardo Allen. Falcons brought in a lot of safeties - maybe just camp bodies but we have seen the Keanu Neal workout videos but nothing for Rico - of course Achilles is a worse injury than ACL. H) Expect the Falcons to really put more emphasis this year on pre-season game#3 than in the past - the Falcons were a little too laisse faire about pre-season - with Falcons brutal schedule this year, they need to be hitting on all cylinders in Game#1. CADirtyBird, FalconsIn2012, RookieBird and 21 others 24 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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