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21 minutes ago, Drew4719 said:

Great write-up! Vaughn and D-led should submit this instead of what they actually end up writing lol.

Thank you, sir. This isn't my best work. I just took the small, minor notes I had from the UDFA, and my opinions on our draft, and slapped it together. I would like to one day get a laptop to do this kind of stuff on. It sucks usig a phone lol. In a dream world, I would like to be the Atlanta falcons GM over anything in the world. Not any amount of money would change that. Realistically, I'd like to start my own website like Draft Network/Draft Countdown/Walterfootball and be invited on scouting trips to the combine and Senior Bowl to do something I'm more passionate about than anything, while also running a website that would make enough money to support myself. 

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10 minutes ago, shockerfalcon said:

Nice post you’ve managed to make this skeptical fan cautiously optimistic about the upcoming season. Can’t wait for workouts to begin to see if this team comes together like TD and DQ are betting on. I will say I feel that most of the NFL May be sleeping on the Falcons this season 

If I could have just one person see what I see happening, which I think isnt too far off as to what DQ and TD think, then I'm happy. I can't stand the people that think we failed this draft. If you follow prospects enough to judge a draft, then these guys should all be familiar names to you. I can't stand the people that don't spend any time at all scouting, but feel like they know if a draft is a fail or not. Cominsky is going to be a REAL role player on this team, eventual starter IMO. Sheffield is one of the better cover corners in the draft, and was discussed by many as a 2nd round CB before injury. Ollison was a true freshman that broke records while filling in for James Connor while he was undergoing cancer treatment. Thus class has no stars, outside probably just Lindstrom, but I GUARANTEE that all of these guys have a clear role they will play on this team, and its going to contribute to the success of the team on a weekly basis.

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2 minutes ago, JayOzOne said:

Great post. Hope somebody shows Lindstrom and McGary old clips of Clabo and Dahl so they can match them for nastiness on their side of the line.

I think they will bring a similar style of grit and ruggedness, but I think they will be more complete players, and have a longer tenure in the NFL. Their ceilings are higher, that's for sure. 

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Absolutely love the Ollison pick.. He'll put on a few pounds and be a total bull dozer for us thay actually has speed.. Finally got the rb ive wanted since Turner

Love the Lindstrom pick also, can definitely see him as a team leader type in a few years.. Mcgary was picked imo for our running game, not sure of his ability in the passing game vs nfl dlines

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6 minutes ago, LaurentRobinsonDaGawd said:

If I could have just one person see what I see happening, which I think isnt too far off as to what DQ and TD think, then I'm happy. I can't stand the people that think we failed this draft. If you follow prospects enough to judge a draft, then these guys should all be familiar names to you. I can't stand the people that don't spend any time at all scouting, but feel like they know if a draft is a fail or not. Cominsky is going to be a REAL role player on this team, eventual starter IMO. Sheffield is one of the better cover corners in the draft, and was discussed by many as a 2nd round CB before injury. Ollison was a true freshman that broke records while filling in for James Connor while he was undergoing cancer treatment. Thus class has no stars, outside probably just Lindstrom, but I GUARANTEE that all of these guys have a clear role they will play on this team, and its going to contribute to the success of the team on a weekly basis.

Actually the more I read up on Cominsky the more I think we may have gotten a steal. Although I feel his best role will be as an edge setting run defender with pass rush potential on the inside at least early on. I’ve seen more than one scouting report compare him to Jared Allen. 

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3 hours ago, NWFALCON said:

**** good post. Will this be a thread that’s updated as more signings come in? 

I updated the list. The new names start from the top. It's is Devon Johnson through Logan Scott, just in case you were interested. I don't think I will be adding the rookie camp tryout players, as they probably won't get invited to TC. That list includes Georgia TE Jackson Harris and Clarion's Alec Heldreth. 

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6 hours ago, LaurentRobinsonDaGawd said:

I'll get these early UDFA reactions out of the way first, before we get into the 'meat' of the post:(Devon Johnson through Logan Scott were just now added at 4:19 AM on Monday)

- Devon Johnson OL Ferris State - Johnson is a mammoth at 6'7" 338 lbs. Unlike most UDFA, he actually got to display his skills at the combine. At the combine, he posted a 5.16 40, 27.7" vertical, 7'5" broad jump, 8.34 3-cone, 5.28 SS, and 26 reps on the bench. He was a first team All conference the last 3 years, the conferences OL of the year in 2018, and played in the D-II championship in 2018. Due to his size, and lack of movement, he is projected to only be able to play RT. He will be facing an uphill climb against McGary, Samrailo, and Gono. 
- Tre Crawford UAB LB - Another out of this world athlete at LB. Crawford, standing 6'1" 228 lbs., rand the 40 in 4.61, posted a stunning 42" vertical,  a 10'5" broad jump, a damaged to throw up 19 reps on the bench. Kyle Crabbs of DraftNetwork.com called Crawford a "stud" after that pro day performance. Crawford was a player I was interested prior to his pro day because he posted 12.0 TFL and 8.0 Sacks in 2018. He is a undersized pass rusher with a solid build for a situational pass rusher, and incredible burst and motor. He's simply relentless.
- Jayson Stanley WR Georgia - With only 4 rushes for 81 yards, and 3 catches for 32 yards in his career, you can guess why he's picked up. At the Georgia Pro Day, he posted a low 40 of 4.37, and did it at 6'2" 207 lbs. Even more surprising he got this opportunity after getting a DUI and possession of marijuana(both later dropped) at one point in his college career. He's described as a player the coaches love, because he comes to practice everyday, treats it like his job, and does his best to improve. He was also a member of the UGA track team. 
- Shawn Bane Jr. WR Northwest Missouri State - Coming in at 5'11" 169 lbs., Bane Jr. had one of the most interesting statistical careers at NW Mizzou State. Its interesting because he peaked his stats in his freshamn year, then dropped every year after. In 2015 he posted 82 Rec, 1,207 yards, and 8 TD. In 2016 he had 31 Rec, 707 Yards, 10 TD. In 2017 he had 51 Rec, 675 yards, and 6 TD. He capped off his career in 2018 with 32 Rec, 589 Yards, and 5 TD. Bane Jr. is also a stellar return man, and posted a 4.38 40 yard dash. He's an electrifying player with the ball in his hands, and he has that 2nd level of speed that many players would kill for. 
- Tony Brooks-James RB Oregon - Brooks-Jamea posted 1,863 yards in his career, 18 TD, on 283 carries, for a 6.6 Avg. He also has 40 Rec for 392 yards and 2 TD. He comes in at 5'9" 190 lbs. and ran a 4.45 40. He also posted a ridiculous SS(4.17) and 3-cone(7.2). Brooks-James also put up another impressive number in the broad jump, with a 10'7".
- Kahlil Lewis WR Cincinnati - Lewis has decent size at 6'0" 195 lbs. He had a solid career with 168 Rec, 2,116 Yards, and 21 TD. He has been consistent, but not stellar, as he has never hit 1,000 yards in a season, but hit atleast 600 his last 3 seasons. 
- DaVondrick Lison DL Southern Arkansas - Similar to Shawn Bane Jr., Lison peaked statistically in his freshman season. In 2015, he tallied 17.5 TFL and 9.0 Sacks. 2016 was an inury plagued year, as he only posted 2.0 TFL and 2.0 Sacks in minimal games. He bounced back in 2017 though, to the tune of 16.5 TFL and 7.5 Sacks. In his final season, he was solid with 10.0 TFL and 3.5 Sacks. Lison is another undersized pass rusher to be an UDFA this year, as he is listed at 6'2" 235 lbs.
- Logan Scott TE UAB - Coming in at 6'5" 250 lbs, Scott may surpaide you by his numbers, as he finished his career with only 6 Rec, 70 yards, and 2 TD in his career. He had 51 career Rec yards and was named to the John Mackwy watch list prior to 2018(top TE in CFB). He was named to the watch list because he is a dominant run blocker, and was a huge factor in blocking for UAB's stellar rushing attack. Having a TE like this on the roster is key to any versatile ground game. If Stocker doesn't pan out, or gets injured, Scott could potentially be kept on the 53-man or practice squad as our long term option as a blocking TE.

- Olamide Zaccheaus Virginia WR/RB Virginia - Listed at 5'8" and 188 lbs., Zaccheaus had a pretty productive career at UVA. After a 2018 season that tallied up 1,058 yards and 9 TD, he finished his career with 2,753 yards and 22 TD in 4 productive years.  He has some experience running the ball with a career accumulation of 551 yards and 2 TD on 7.0 YPC. I wonder if his size and experience at RB would allow him to move their during cam, but that's all speculation .

- Alec Heldreth DL Clarion - Heldreth has had one of the most unlikely trips to have a chance at an NFL roster spot. He started his career at Lake Erie College, and was only mildly productive. In his Freshman season(2014), he notched 2.0 TFL and 1.0 sacks. He made improvements in his Sophomore season(2015), and his production rose to 6.5 TFL and 6.0 sacks. He did not compete in 2016, and I'm trying to look more into finding the reason why. In 2017, he continued to chase his dream while attending Clarion University. In his first season at Clarion, Heldreth had 8.0 TFL and 4.0 sacks. 2018 was his best year to date, as many would imagine if he wanted any shot at a 53 man roster, and he took advantage of the opportunity with 12.0 TFL and 5.5 sacks. Heldreth cimes in at a listed 6'4" 270 lbs. He has a solid frame, and has the looks of a raw NFL lineman. 

- Jaelin Robinson OL Troy - Robinson is a tlbug man at 6'3" 336 lbs. Shared RT duties in 2016, and his role expanded in 2017 as the team's designated 6th lineman. 2018 was his first opportunity to start, and he gained alot of experience alog the whole OL in 2018. He started out 2018 as the starting RT, moved to LT while preparing for week 3, and moved to RG after week 10. He started all 11 games in 2018, and has the look of a raw, powerful OG prospect.

- Rashard Causey CB UCF - Listed at 6'0" 195, Causey saw his first consistent PT in 2018. He did not record a INT in his career, but had 7 PBU, 4.0 TFL, and 2.0 sacks in his career, all of which came in 2018.

- Trevon Sanders DT Troy - Listed at 6'2" 327 lbs., Sanders is much quicker and has a better burst than those numbers would suggest. He was at least a heavy contributor all 4 years at Troy, and became a full time starter about halfway through his sophomore year. In his 4 years, he totalled 108 tackles, 16.5 TFL, and 6 sacks. The only Pro Day related numbers I found was that he put up 22 reps on the bench.

- Durrant Miles DL Boise State - Miles has great size at 6'5" 261 lbs. He is also an underrated athlete. At Miles' Pro Day, he posted a 4.81 40, 4.30 SS, 7.14 3-Cone, 34" vertical, 9'5" broad jump, and out up 24 reps on the bench. If you take out his freshman season(pretty much didn't record anything other than 3 Tackles), he recorded 17.0 TFL, and 7.5 sacks in his final 3 seasons. Each season was a statistical improvement on the previous season. 

- Parker Baldwin SS San Diego State - Baldwin was a steady contributor for SDSU, as he played in all 54 games of his collegiate career, becoming a starter early on in his sophomore season. He was the team leader on the field and in the locker room. Over his career, Baldwin accumulated 258 Tackles, 7.5 TFL, 21 PD, 6 INT, 3 FF, and 2 FR. Listed at 6'1/2" 202 lbs, Baldwin was regularly used as an in-the-box SS. He posted a 4.56 40, 7.07 3-cone, 4.27 SS, 10'4" broad jump, 32" vertical, and 15 reos on the bench. Baldwin is my early favorite, even over Wilcox, to be the backup to Kanu Neal. He is a great athlete, and a former HS track star. His bread and butter is making big hits in run supports, and often lines up near the LOS. A year or two in an NFL weight training program, and he could be a very solid backup SS, with his athleticism separating him from other run stuffing SS's. 

- Kyle Vasey LS Penn State - Listed at 6'2" 231 lbs., Vasey is a great LS from a powerhouse school. I'll be honest, its been near impossible to find anything of note on him, other than he is a great LS prospect, and even had a pre-draft visit with teams. That's quite uncommon for LS's. 

- Del'Shawn Phillips LB Illinois - Phillips is a LB that fits the DQ mold. Listed at 6'2" 220 lbs., Phillips is that slightly undersized freak athlete at LB that Quinn loves. At his Pro Day, he posted a 40 of 4.59, vertical of 37", broad jump of 10'1", and 20 reps on the bench. Over his 2 years at Illinois, he racked up 180 Tackles, 10.0 TFL, 2.5 Sacks, 4 INT(all in 2018), 5 PD, 1 FF, and 1 FR. Phillips flies around the field, and plays up to his timed speed.

- Preston Gordon DT Texas Tech - After playing his first 3 season at Rice, Gordon graduated and would use his final year of playing eligibility at Texas Tech, in hopes of getting more attention from the NFL. Gordon did not produce as well at Texas Tech as he had hoped. In 2018, he posted only 2.0 TFL and 0 sacks. In his 3 years at Rice, he must much more productive with 18.0 TFL and 7.5 sacks. Gordon is the stereotypical undersized, quick DT, and is listed at 6'1" 280 lbs. 

- Willie Yarbary DT Wake Forest - Another potential 3-tech, as Yarbary is listed at 6'2" 285 lbs. Other than a 0.5 TFL his freshman year, all his production came over the past 3 years(most over last 2). In the last 3 years, Yarbary notched 21.0 TFL and 12.0 sacks. In 2018, he had career highs in both, with 11.0 TFL and 5.0 sacks. That's good production from a DT at a big school. He could be a sleeper in camp. 

- Jackson Harris TE Georgia - Listed at 6'6" 250, Harris brings some much needed size to the TE room. He only has 8 career catches for 79 yards. He is an above average blocker though, and his frame and length offers potential as a pass catcher with a big catch radius. 

Now, on to the main attraction:

R1:P14 - Chris Lindstrom RG Boston College - Like many, I was shocked when we saw Roger Goodell announce Lindstrom's name. In years 2008-2018, TD would have called the OG improvements good enough after FA. That's why we were surprised I think, because all we wanted was OL before FA. We were used to TD patching it up, and focusing on other positions com draft time. TD grew as a GM this year, because he didn't stop at FA for OL improvements. He now has a phenomenal RG prospect, and hungry veterans pushing him for a starting job in camp. That competitive environment is what grooms young prospects into successful veterans. Other than Nelson and Martin, Lindstrom's my highest rated OG prospect since Brandon Scherff. He's got that rare combination of top level power, athleticism, and grit. He's the type of player that will probably end up being the highest rated rookie OL by PFF this year. I have no doubt in my kind that he will be a top 7-8 guard by the end of year 3, and possibly sooner. Lindstrom has the skillset and tools you look for in an elite OG in today's NFL. Having Mack next to him will also benefit his play, and learning curve. He is a great pass blocker, and an elite run blocker. I think you could qualify him as an elite pass blocker, had he been in a more pro-style offense. Heck, I think he would've been drafted before 14 had he been in a more balanced offense. If the offense is clicking early in his career, expect at Pro Bowl nod before year 4.

R1:P31 Kaleb McGary OT Washington - When I saw we traded up, I was sure it was for Cody Ford or Greedy Williams. After I let it sink in, this pick made too much sense. I think we wanted Tytus Howard, but McGary was a close 2nd. I think McGary is about 1-2" of additional arm length from being a top 20 pick, and an elite RT prospect. The fact that he will be playing right next to Lindstrom, will be even better because they are both 2 of the grittiest OL in this draft. Like Lindstrom, McGary also excells in north run blocking, and pass blocking. While I think he will win the starting job by week 1, I think the coaching staff wants him to truly take it from current RT Ty Sambrailo. He's not going to ascend to elite level as quick as Lindstrom probably will, but I think he will be a top 6-8 RT by the end of his 4th year. With a line of McGary - Lindstrom - Mack - Carpenter/Brown - Matthews, we will have one of the best OL in the NFL for 2019.

R4:P9 Kendall Sheffield CB Ohio State - Sheffield is arguably the most athletic CB in this entire draft class. I think he has the versatility and athleticism to play either outside CB, NB, or FS. He is going to excel in press man coverage at CB, and his speed is going to be a real weapon on this defense. We can match him up against the Brandon Ccooks and Tyreek Hill's(if he's playing) of the world. He has the potential to be what we always wanted Robert Alford to be. He usually sticks with his matchup like glue. We now have Sheffield to potentially matchup with the opposing teams fastest WR, Oliver to matchup with the opposing teams longest/tallest CB, and Trufant to match up with the opposing teams best overall WR. Opposing offenses are going to have trouble finding matchups to exploit. 

R4:P33 - Cominsky has been someone who I think I've had in all my mocks since the Senior Bowl. Other than Lindstrom, Cominsky is my favorite pick in this draft class. He is an upper echelon athlete at 286 lbs. He has the versatility that Quinn lives, as he can line up at any position on the DL. I want this to be clear, I'm NOT making an overall comparison to JJ Watt, but the blend of size and athleticism has reminded me of JJ Watt when he was coming out since I saw him at the Senior Bowl. He's nowhere near as polished as JJ when he was coming out, but he physically and athletically reminds me of JJ as a prospect. He is already a stellar run defender from the inside or outaide. He has showed plenty of flashes for me to believe he could become a solid pass rusher down the line. I simply love this pick, and have been wanting him under the tutelage of DQ for months. NFL strength programs will take his already great strength to a whole new level. When he matches his production with his potential, he will be dominant at times. When you hear him talk, you can sense he us someone who will steadily improve due to high character, work ethic, and toughness. 

R5:P14 - Qadree Ollison RB Pittsburgh - Along with Cominsky, Ollison has been my RB of choice for this team since January. He is NOT JUST a power back. He has great vision, and enough breakaway speed to make defenses hurt. He rarely goes down on first contact, and will be the PERFECT compliment to Ito and Free. It's his vision and deceptive speed that has sold me on him from the get go. Not comparing his build to Turner, but his combination of power, vision, and deceptive speed is what reminds me of Michael Turner. Ollison may even take Ito's spt as the #2 RB on run plays, or the success of him and Ito could make Freeman expendable if he does not stay healthy/return to form in 2019.

R5:P34 - Jordan Miller CB Washington - I had him on a long wish list of players I wanted in rounds 4-7. While I think Sheffield may bring more to the defense as a whole because of his speed and versatility, I think Miller has the higher potential as as an outside CB. The selection of Miller makes me believe that Sheffield will be competing for either NB or FS snaps, along with outside CB. I think Miller will solely be an outside CB though. Miller is an incredible athlete and has ridiculous length. He will give us a nice #3 option for the outside, behind Trufant and Oliver.

R6:P31 - Marcus Green KR/PR/WR - One of the best EARLY competitions in camp will be the veteran-rookie battle at KR/PR between Kenjon Barner and Marcus Green. I emphasized early because I think Green will win it, while also adding some deep speed at the WR position. Green is an ELECTRIC return man, and that's something we have been lacking since Allen Rossum's prime/a few games of Devin Hester. A dynamic Returner is something that can add a couple wins to a teams season record. He's going to out us in better field position regardless, but will also be a threat to out 6 points on the board with every return he takes. I am really excited about this addition. 

All in all, I think this is one of those drafts that will confuse the casual fan, but people who regularly scout as a passion will already acknowledge that this was a phenomenal draft FOR THIS TEAM. Thus may have been a horrible draft for 20-30 other teams. That's what makes our draft since DQ got here so successful. He has a clear vision for each player and if you are familiar with the prospects, you should be able to see that vision as well. I see it. It may not be a star studded draft, but we got a ton of 'role players' that all championship teams need, and the ones that bring REAL depth and contributions to a team. Role players are starters as well, and the backbone of a team. A role player brings a new specific dynamic to a team. Thus draft, we added:

- stud at OG, which Matt Ryan is at his best with a solid interior.

- a gritty RT, that will now give us bookend blockers to throw out against even the best pass rushing teams(will take experience to improve of course).

- a versatile DB that has all the speed in the world, and may be the fastest player on the team now. We can now matchup better with the smaller WR's that burn most corners. 

- a DL that can play all along the DL, and stuff the run from day 1. He can give us an extra pass rusher in nickel situations from the inside of the DL.

- a RB that has the power to wear down opposing teams. When they are tired from tackling him, we hit them with the speed of Freeman and ito.

- a long, tall CB that can add depth to our CB group, and give us more favorable matchups when going against teams with multiple big WR's.

- a dynamic return specialist, who will give us better field position, thus allowing things to be easier on the offense. 

This draft was like hitting a home run in an empty ball park. You may not hear the cheers from the fans, but it sure does add points on the board and help a team succeed for the long haul.

When you are able to understand the method to the front offices moves all Offseason, you will understand this draft.

Getting our pick of the FA litter before the draft was genius. It also gives our rookies better competition to go up against every day, while also adding more talent to the squad.

One thing is for certain, the Brotherhood will breed a very strong competitive nature in 2019, and we are starting the competitiveness in-house. That's the best place to build a competitive foundation..... Another reason we will never be a team to 'tank' under DQ. He can't get enough competition lol. I love it. This team is going to be special!

Ok, so I was leaning towards liking this draft, but now you’ve got me hyped! 

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5 hours ago, LaurentRobinsonDaGawd said:

Thank you, sir. This isn't my best work. I just took the small, minor notes I had from the UDFA, and my opinions on our draft, and slapped it together. I would like to one day get a laptop to do this kind of stuff on. It sucks usig a phone lol. In a dream world, I would like to be the Atlanta falcons GM over anything in the world. Not any amount of money would change that. Realistically, I'd like to start my own website like Draft Network/Draft Countdown/Walterfootball and be invited on scouting trips to the combine and Senior Bowl to do something I'm more passionate about than anything, while also running a website that would make enough money to support myself. 

You did all that on a phone?  Unbelievable.  We on TAFT, need to see if someone has a spare laptop they don't use.  +1

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Agreed on everything with the draft picks. Lindstrom and McGary already have a relationship from the draft process. I'm excited to see them grow and handle that right side for a decade. Cominsky has good potential to be a staple on this roster for a long time, even if he never becomes a pass rusher.

One pick I've begun coming around to and see what they are thinking is Marcus Green. What is he? A RB? A WR? He can be our Tyreek Hill, a guy with sub-4.4 speed that can carry the ball or exploit mismatches in open space. He can be our Kamara, a guy that is a mismatch for any LB to cover and has legit WR hands. He can be the return guy we've missed for years now. He's one of the more exciting players to me as I keep digging into this group. 

Overall, this is one of those drafts that isn't sexy, but is long overdue. Lindstrom should solve the RG problem spot that's been an issue for almost a decade. We added some length and size to the DL for a change. We added a power back for a change. We added legit speed at CB. We added legit speed on offense. 

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I think Marcus Green would be my favorite return man right now.. According how good his work ettic is.. But he runs under 4.4 and is the main player connected to being a great return player.. That's what he is known for.

I love how TD and Quinn left no stone unturned...And they are not done yet..

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