English goes to Falcons in early Mock Draft

Matthew Stafford’s dazzling show at Georgia’s Pro Day did not lock down the No. 1 pick in the draft.

But as one NFC director of player personnel said, “He didn’t hurt himself.”

Georgia running back Knowshon Moreno did not help himself  with slow 40-yard dash times. He ran a 4.6 and 4.63 after running a 4.59 at the combine. But he has what some scouts call “front-end” speed and won’t drop out of the first round.

It’s no secret the Falcons will go heavy on defense in this draft. Here are couple of players to track over the next month. They’ll likely still be available when the Falcons pick No. 24.

Northern Illinois defensive end Larry English.

Ohio State linebacker  James Laurinaitis.

Virginia linebacker Clint Sintim.

Southern California linebacker Clay Matthews Jr.

Here’s a little bit on English, who measured 6-foot-2, 255 pounds at the NFL scouting combine.

“I’m just a natural competitor and that’s kind of how it’s always been for me,” English said. “I’ve always wanted to be the best. Always wanted to make plays and win and I think those are some of the intangibles that are important in a good football player. You have to be a gentleman off the field and I try to do that.

LEDBETTER’S EARLY MOCK DRAFT

1. Detroit Lions: Jason Smith, OT, Baylor. Lions go with the safe pick.

2. St. Louis Rams: Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest.

3. Kansas City Chiefs: Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia.

4. Seattle Seahawks: Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia.

5. Cleveland Browns: Everette Brown, DE/OLB, Florida State.

6. Cincinnati Bengals: Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech. Bengals ignore his injury woes.

7. Oakland Raiders: B.J. Raji, DT, Boston College.

8. Jacksonville Jaguars: Rey Maualagu, LB, USC. Del Rio can’t resist adding a play maker.

9. Green Bay Packers: Brian Orakpo, DE, Texas.

10. San Francisco 49ers: Mark Sanchez, QB, Southern California.

11. Buffalo Bills: Andre Smith, T, Alabama. Bills decide to believe what they see on tape.

12. Denver Broncos: Tyson Jackson, DE, LSU.

13. Washington Redskins: Brian Cushing, LB, USC.

14. New Orleans Saints: Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri.

15. Houston Texans: Malcolm Jenkins, CB, Ohio State.

16. San Diego Chargers: Michael Oher, OT, Ole Miss. The second run on tackles starts here.

17. New York Jets: Josh Freeman, QB, Kansas State. Jets get their quarterback of the future.

18. Chicago Bears: Aaron Maybin, DE, Penn State.

19.  Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Eben Britton, OT, Arizona.

20. Detroit Lions (from Dallas): Percy Harvin, WR, Florida. Lions get running mate for Calvin Johnson.

21. Philadelphia Eagles: Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Maryland.

22. Minnesota Vikings: Peria Jerry, DT, Mississippi.

23. New England Patriots: James Laurinaitis, LB, Ohio State.

24. Atlanta Falcons: Larry English, DE/OLB, Northern Illinois.

25. Miami Dolphins: Clint Sintim, LB, Virginia.

26. Baltimore Ravens: Clay Matthews Jr., OLB, USC.

27. Indianapolis Colts: Knowshon Moreno, RB, Georgia.

28. Philadelphia Eagles (from Carolina): Chris Wells, RB, Ohio State.

29. New York Giants: Hakim Nicks, WR, North Carolina.

30. Tennessee Titans: Duke Robinson, OG, Oklahoma.

31. Arizona Cardinals: Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma State.

32. Pittsburgh Steelers: Michael Johnson, DE, Georgia Tech.

So would the Falcons be making a mistake if they select English? Should they trade out of the first round and  pick up some more picks? Would it be a good move to address the defensive line in the first round?

172 comments Add your comment

YuleeFalcon

March 20th, 2009
11:25 am

Nice Draft. I see Jacksonville grabbing Crabtree though, and Detroit , I think, has to look towards defense with their second pick. Maybe they go with Maybin or Laurinitis. Calvin Johnson’s WR teammate can come from the second round.

Atljbo

March 20th, 2009
11:28 am

I want Michael Johnson…… I feel like everyone pick on his game because he have freakish measuribles….. If the guy was a finish product he would be the #1 pick (meaning we would not have a chance to draft him)…. I feel like Ray Hamilton can help define Michael Johnson game….. Michael Johnson has the quick first step, burst, and speed…I feel like instead of GT gradually helping develop Michael Johnson game and body (lower body strength), they used him in a gimmicky kinda way… I like Larry English allot but if it was my choice I would go with Michael Johnson….

1 more thing….. Michael Johnson is nothing like Jamaal Anderson…… Michael Johnson is quicker, faster, has more pass rush moves, and has one of the best first steps I’ve ever seen.

Mike

March 20th, 2009
11:32 am

I want Cushing or Peria Jerry if they are available. I gotta read up on Larry English before I say I’m cool with taking him…if he’s a demarcus ware/james harrison type, lets do it

ndadome

March 20th, 2009
11:33 am

I like the English choice okay, but not Laurinaitis nor Matthews. I believe Connor Barwin from Cincinnati would be a better pick in the first round, then maybe Patrick Chung or Rashad Johnson in the second, if they’re still there. Do you really think Knowshon will pass the Eagles on their first pick? Interesting. I agree that Stafford will probably not be the first pick to Detroit. Good job.

BankerBird

March 20th, 2009
11:34 am

Though I’d prefer the Falcons go with Michael Johnson at #24, I wouldn’t be disappointed if they went with English. I like Johnson’s measurables, but I’ll admit that English seems to have more a nasty streak, which is what you need to get after the QB. Between Johnson and English, I don’t think the Falcons could go wrong either way.

BLACK AND RED DAWG

March 20th, 2009
11:46 am

RED ALERT , RED ALERT , PEOPLE THIS IS OUR MAN PICK ENGLISH AT # 1 TO GO WITH JOHN ABRAHAM THAT WITH THE KID OUT OF CLEMSON AT DT IN 2ND ROUND AND SIGN MIKE MCKENZIE FOR THE BACKFIELD. i SEE SO GOOD THINGS HAPPENING. A SIDE NOTE MIKE JOHNSON IS NOT MEAN AND HUNGRY ENOUGH HE TAKES TO MAY PLAYS OFF IF HE GOES TO SAN FRANCISCO HE WILL LIVE UP TO THE HYPE.SINGLETARY WILL GET THE MOST OUT OF HIM.

Baba O'Riley

March 20th, 2009
11:47 am

Mike- James Harrison is a system player in Pittsburgh, just like Greg Lloyd and Kendrell Bell.

JerseyFalcon

March 20th, 2009
11:51 am

If Michale Johnson didn’t go to Tech, does anyone think teh Falcons would select him in the first round?? Come on people…get out of the state of Georgia, there are 49 other states that people play great football in. Pick a LB who can cover..and sometimes blitz. Remember Smiths defense isn’t a bitzing D.

Kendrick

March 20th, 2009
12:00 pm

I see them staying home and drafting Michale Johnson out of GT. He would be a great compliment to John Abraham on the other side. Then i think they address the issue of secondary and add more depth in the LB core.

Falcon Devil

March 20th, 2009
12:06 pm

Laurinaitus is too slow to play OLB he has high 4.8 alomst 4.9 speed. I’ve heard people say he can play OLB but I disagree. We are set at MLB, I’m sorry but I can’t see how you guys think he is a potential pick for us.

Falcon Devil

March 20th, 2009
12:08 pm

I see Clay Matthews or Brandon Pettigrew as the likely picks in this draft scenario.

ndadome

March 20th, 2009
12:09 pm

Falcon Devil I’m with you on this one. He’s slow. .haven’t we already seen that act?

PMC

March 20th, 2009
12:15 pm

Lions are going QB Tackle. This is a deep WR draft. The last thing they need is another 1st round WR with all the other needs and playmaker he is Percy Harvin was pounded at Florida the Lions can’t risk that pick.

I think you’re absolutely right on the 3 linebackers for the falcons and I think they might like to get Peria Jerry there or maybe even trade up.

I’m sorry I don’t get the hype on English, but I’ll trust Dimitroff to know what he’s doing if that’s the pick that’s the pick. I just don’t see them going DE this year unless someone falls. This pick is DT, Linebacker or Offensive Tackle if one falls that far. I think anyway.

marko

March 20th, 2009
12:16 pm

Interesting, you have Staffford going to the Seahawks. If so, I think he’ll make Greg Knapp look a lot smarter than Mike Vick did. I used to blame all of Vick’s problems on Knapp, now it looks like it might have been the other way around. Anyway I’m glad to see Mora and Knap get a second chance. When they’re not playing the Falcon’s, I wish them both the best of luck. On English to the Falcons, I think not. Nothing against English, it’s just that Dimitroff seems to prefer players from proven football factories for his early picks. If you study Larry’s film , he had a great game against Chicken Tech, but Dimitroff seems to favor players that have consistently lined up against top level competition. I like Laurinaitis, but I’m afraid he might not be fast enough for the will position. Matthews may be the best fit, but his resume’s a bit thin. He only started one year. As I try to imagine Mr.D’s check list, meets the need, character, smarts and athleticism Matthews seems the most likely pick. The key is that Dimitroff does’nt seem to beleive that picking the best available athlete is necessarily the best way to build a team. Over the years the day after the draft graders were rarely kind to New England. They always picked at the end of the first round, so they missed out on the early exciting picks. A lot of their selections were considered reaches by the Mel Kipers of the world. At the end of the day, the boring picks of April looked pretty damned good in November. Just as long as he stays to hell away from Virginia Tech, I’ll trust whoever he picks.

PMC

March 20th, 2009
12:18 pm

They made it to the playoffs with very very average TE’s. I don’t think Pettigrew is the TE pick. I think they would rather have Chase Coffman later on at higher value unless Pettigrew is really THAT much better.

Blake The Snake

March 20th, 2009
12:21 pm

I think English can be a very productive player in the NFL. If the Falcons select him as a defensive end I would be surprised. We just re-signed Chauncey to a four year deal. If Jamaal starts 2009 the way he has the past two season I believe the Falcons will put Davis in for the remainder of the season. That goes for Michael Johnson too. Now, if English is flexible enough to move to OLB then he might be worth the pick, butwe selected Kroy Bierrman last year and he has the same collegiate stats and measurables. I’d feel more comfortable with a player like Sintim or Louis Delmas.

WR

March 20th, 2009
12:24 pm

I keep wondering have the fans given up on Jamaal Anderson to soon. The guy is entering his third year as a Pro, if you read his Bio, he has only played end for about 5 years and thats including his time at Arkansas. Going a step further, what are the chances that the Falcons will take an end in the first place. They just resigned Davis, Biermann looked pretty good in his rookie season, and watching Anderson this past season, I believe he’s close to what we all want and what the falcons believe he will blossum into. Don’t get me wrong at times I want to label Anderson a bust but after really watching him last year I believe he’s on his way. We need a young stud linebacker or Strong Safety and please stay away from Laurinaitis, Cushing may work or even Matthews, but let someone else deal with the next Ohio State bust.

I MUS.WRITE

March 20th, 2009
12:29 pm

Micheal Johnson .mirrors what we already have C Davis, JA98, Beirrman, Abe, but i wouldnt be upset if we took him. With the right coaching i believe he will outperform all of them with the exception of Abe. Just hope he does’nt turn out to be Andre bruce.

I would go DL and pick up Ziggy Hood…… Cushing/Maybin will be gone …. C Mathews has to many Questions surrounding him and Hood is better than the overrated P Jerry IMO…. So I would Go DL- Jason Jefferson,K Moorhead etc are okay backups, but I think Hood can start right away…. Put him on the line with ABE, C Davis,and Babineaux and we could get that pass rush thats been missing the last couple years
B Pettigrew could be a possibilty as well -The other TE’s are gret athletes speed and nice hands but are not mauling type blockers like Pettigrew, and since we are a running team he just makes since .

Zach Follette people ….. Git’er done TD this guy is a savage he’s like a young Brookings with more speed and attitude – he just makes plays

English seems like a project DE to me and he’s a little lite in the britches at only 250- Could be wrong tho we’ll see what happens ….dang -6 more weeks til the draft

Beast

March 20th, 2009
12:36 pm

Man i think atlanta falcons should pick DT then Linebacker in the second round. TD is a smart dud and i think Blank would waste his time picking up a normal dud from the NFL to run most of the falcons business. what he did last season is amazing and he did it by not picking up the big names out there among the free agents last year. nobody the falcons picked up didnt even have real starting chance wit there other teams. So understand what ever TD does is for the best for the Falcons.

I MUS.WRITE

March 20th, 2009
12:39 pm

agreed on J Laurinitis …He looks slow even in his highlights and gets washed out of plays often,He doesnt really shed block well. We all complained about brooking but Jl is almost the same guy-jus watch his Utube highlights ………jumping on piles 7-8 yards down the feild ……….. did we learn nothing from the Championship game a couple years ago, Jl was pretty much a non factor the whole game after all of the hype surrounding this guy. As im watching the game -Im like “thats him” no thanx.

Nique

March 20th, 2009
12:39 pm

I totally disagree with this pick, the Falcons addressed OLB by signing Peterson, our starting LB crew this year will be Peterson, Lofton, & Nicholas, with Olb reserves Wire & Robert James (our 5th round pick from last year who got hurt after an impressive preseason & was forced to miss the entire year like Thomas Brown)& MLB Tony Gilbert.

While I think we will add another LB through the draft, it shouldn’t be & I believe won’t be in the 1st round. I would trade down into the early 2cnd (trying to get a 2cnd & a 4th for our 1st rounder)& then take Brace out of B.C. at NT with the 1st 2cnd rounder & then take the best SS left with the second 2cnd rounder probably W, Moore (our original pick) & then in the 3rd round I either go OLB with M. Freeman out of OSU or T.E. either C. Ingram of UF, Travis Beckum (the best receiving TE in the draft), or Chase Coffeman who at least one of these 3 will still be around, & then in the 4th I look either at TE if i didn’t in the 3rd or at T focusing on Andrew Garner out of Tech or Lydon Murtha.

KC in Smyrna

March 20th, 2009
12:40 pm

If Pettigrew, Michael Johnson, and Clay Matthews are available, there is NO WAY we select English in the 1st round. I would go with Pettigrew because he would essentially “finish” our offense. I think Johnson will go in the top-10 of the draft. NFL teams love athletic freaks and MJ is as good as it gets from that perspective.

It would be a tough selection if M. Johnson and Pettigrew are available. Both would be instant starters for the Falcons. It depends on the role of TEs moving forward in the offense. Do we go with “rent-a-TE” route or franchise TE?

If both are available give me Johnson. Move Anderson inside to DT. Johnson and Abraham would be a tough duo to contain.

Poor McKay

March 20th, 2009
1:06 pm

DOL, English makes sense because Abraham may have 1-2 seasons left. Having Abraham, Davis and English would likely mean we have above average pressure on the QB. And that makes our secondary better. Still need to do something about DT… maybe Brace will be around when we select in 2nd round (or TD could trade up to grab him).

kauai dawg

March 20th, 2009
1:08 pm

Does English look like tarzan and play like jane? He passes the bus test. I like the idea of a hybrid type LB/DE combo. I like the picks of Matthews, or Johnson or English.

WR

March 20th, 2009
1:16 pm

It sounds crazy considering a TE, with what we perceive as the state of the falcons defense, but I don’t think as fans we get the complete behind the scenes picture. TD, said the falcons would be quiet in Free Agency which they have been, but I don’t believe they would be this quiet if the defense is as far off as we might think. The falcons are building for now and the future and I agree that if Pettigrew is on the board take him, he would be the only real need thats worthy of a 1st round pick, and he would pretty much complete our offense as someone stated earlier. There is also the idea of trading the first round pick for a 2nd and a 3rd or 4th, but that may be too difficult considering the falcons are picking so late in the first round. D-Led and everyone else with an opinion, Shaun Rogers is a talented DL man, but seems to have emotional issues, or motivational issues, which ever you prefer. I’m just wondering if under the right tutelege and atmosphere, would he fit in with the falcons system, he’s young, talented,could come at a fairly decent price, but he just can’t seem to manage his emotional state of being. He hasn’t been a trouble maker and he has preformed well in both Detroit and Cleveland, his motivation and drive for success seems to be the question mark.

Greg

March 20th, 2009
1:19 pm

I know about Michael Johnsons’ numbers and saw some of the drills at the Combine. I agree with KC that there’s no way at all he drops to #32, and will probably be gone by the time the Birds pick. However, it’s clear to me that he’s not presently a better DE than English. He’s five inches taller and only 5 lbs. heavier. Strength? He refused to do the bench press, while English put up a respectable number (24). Burst-quickness? In the 20-yard shuttle, Johnson and English were in a dead heat. Johnson may have gobs of potential, but for the Birds, with Abraham getting a little long in the tooth and often hurt, I say if you are going to draft a DE with the first pick then I’d go with a guy who can start right now. Best available DE would be English. But you know what? If I can trade down from #24 and for it get a high-in-the-round extra #2, and an extra #3, then I’m trading the pick.

Truebeliever

March 20th, 2009
1:19 pm

I think the falcons may take Bandon Pettigrew if he’s there @ #24. He’ s certainly the best player in the draft @ a position the falcons need to address, not to mention he,s a solid blocker.Which the falcons demand from their TE’s. Then they will go Defence with their remaining picks in the draft

Wondering

March 20th, 2009
1:31 pm

Why don’t we just trust Thomas Dimitroff with the pick. I’m sure he’s done a little more research than we have. And his track record is pretty good. By the way, I never would have said that about any previous GM.

Deep South Falcon

March 20th, 2009
1:35 pm

ANybody looked at our secondary lately…..ummmm…it sucks @$$!!!!

D. Orlando Bedwetter

March 20th, 2009
1:36 pm

Well, thanks for officially telling us who we WON’T be drafting, Ledbetter. And where the heck have you been for the last week? Seriously, we know we added a backup Center, and I think we could have used a little more info in the last week. Honestly, can we please get Steve Wyche back? PLEEEEEAAAASEEEE.

And dude, your bow-tie….um, NO.

JMar

March 20th, 2009
1:36 pm

Can you explain why you have the Vikings taking Jerry? Seems like RB and DT are clearly their strongest positions, w/ AP and the Williamses. Sure Pat is getting a little older, but it’s not like they don’t have present holes to fill.

Capt. Insano

March 20th, 2009
1:38 pm

For all of those hating on Michael Johnson, you have to look at his upside. Plus, if a man can do this: http://www.playatgatech.com/UserFiles/mikejumpsmall.jpg (damn that’s scary) he’s defiantly worthy of a second look.

Also, you have to remember, Johnson was playing opposite of arguable the nations best O lines. The ACC is known for their running attacks and that all begins with the front line. With a little development, could you imagine what kind of issues team would have with Johnson and Abraham teamed up? Oh, and speaking of Abraham, they said similar things when he came out of college. He turned out pretty good…

Mookie

March 20th, 2009
1:47 pm

Beast = MORON

Michael Turner wasn’t one of the biggest free agent signings in all of the NFL last off season. You’re absolutely right. Good job.

I just hope we don’t take a flippin TE with our first pick, gives me flashbacks to the Falcons of old.

I will be pleased if we take the nastiest and most hungry defensive player available at #24

Fortyminutesto5

March 20th, 2009
1:48 pm

I say NO to Laurinaitus. He’s a sure fire bust. I’d like to pick up one of the USC LB’s in the first, then use the 2 rounder on SS or TE.

Seminole Warrior

March 20th, 2009
1:50 pm

The Falcons will be looking to shore up the defensive side of the ball. Thus this first three picks will focus on that side. CB Darius Butler or SS Patrick Chung will be the pick. Both would be major upgrades to their respective positions. We did not just drop $14 million on Davis to be a backup at DE. English is a wonder of the system and will not be a productive down lineman; he will have to switch and take time to mature into a different scheme than Coach Smith typically likes on D.

Seminole Warrior

March 20th, 2009
1:52 pm

Note: As I MuS Write stated, do not sleep on Ziggy Hood. I agree that he would be a great pairing with Babs.

Mookie

March 20th, 2009
1:58 pm

Why all the Laurinitis (sic?) bashing? His dad is freakin’ Animal of the Road Warriors. Animal didn’t raise no sissy… Have doubt about a mean streak in him? I don’t.

marko

March 20th, 2009
2:02 pm

Chase Coffman and Ron Brace are popular picks with a lot of you guys, but I kinda think not. Brace is addicted to cheese burgers. If the Falcons wanted a player that refused to stay in playing condition they would have kept Grady. Chase on the other hand has a medical issue, his foot’s injured, and he may not be good to go this year. I’d suggest Ingram out of Florida would be a pretty good pickup. He’s been compared to Shannon Sharpe. If he’s half as good as Shannon he’s twice as good as anyone we have . I’d also check out Fila Moaia. If Southern Cal. gets three linebackers selected in the first round, it stands to reason that somebody was doing a pretty good job of setting them up. Fila is three hundred pounds of solid muscle; not real fast, but harder than a grand piano to move around. Draft him and everybody that plays around him suddenly looks a lot better. Anyway those are my picks. I’m confident a number of my fellow bloggers will be happy to show me errors in my judgement. I won’t be offended. Anybody that once owned DeLorean stock should’nt be too thin skinned about having his judgement questioned.

Franky

March 20th, 2009
2:39 pm

This is for Marko. Greg Knapp is a sorry Off Coor. Did you notice that The Raiders releived him of his play calling duties before he was fired.. He can’t coach> Quit blaming Vick. We all know that story move on. Trust me, Mora and Knapp will only make the Seahawks worse. The Falcon should Draft: English 1st, Delmas 2nd and the TE from Mizz 3rd

Baba O'Riley

March 20th, 2009
2:41 pm

Does Towers like English’s bulging biceps?

Baba O'Riley

March 20th, 2009
2:52 pm

Knapp and Mora tried to turn a physically gifted athlete at the QB position into Brad Johnson. That’s like trying to turn Pujols into a singles hitter.

Phillip

March 20th, 2009
3:19 pm

I think Larry English is a poor fit and I am suprised you would take him Daryl. What is English? A Defensive End? he’s kind of small/short at 6′2″ don’t you think. Plus, Falcons just gave Chauncey a 4yr/$14 million deal – so, that tells me the Falcons have every intention of letting Chauncey be “the guy” opposite John Abraham. If English is not a DE in our scheme – do you really think Thomas Dimitroff who preaches “needs-based, system specific” is going to take a flyer on Larry English who comes from a small school and will have to make a position change? I don’t see it!!!!!!

James Lauranaitis still has not finished his 40 yard dash……he is slllllllllllooooooooowwwwwww! JL only has enough speed to play the middle and last I checked the Falcons are set at the MIKE position with Curtis Lofton. So, JL is also not likely as an option – besides, he was not very productive in the big games against the higher level competitions in college.

Clint Sintim is a good player but I think he is more of a 3-4 OLB/Rush End.

The one candidate you have right here is Clay Matthews – he is a very versatile player that has the playing personality that Dimitroff covets. As Dimitroff was quoted as saying when talking about defensive players he wants he said “I like defensive players who play with ‘controlled-wreckless abandon’”. Well to me that is the style that Clay Matthews plays. If he is on the board, I think Clay Matthews is the pick.

If Matthews is gone, I think Falcons could possibly simply take Brandon Pettigrew who would not be a popular pick with so many needs on defense but he would be a good pick.

Me, I want Clay Matthews….

Jeff Gibson

March 20th, 2009
3:19 pm

English Has Okay Stats ; He’s Listed as 42nd pick Around 5th or 6th among Linebackers in another Mock Draft. Clint Sintim, Ray Maluka, Brian Orapko,Both USC Players all List Higher and Probably have Better Stats. Concerning Stats Kearney had over 120 Tackles So Draft People with a lot of tackles to replace him and the others. The Safety Position had a lot of tackles as well and around 10 in College with more than most.

BlawgDawg

March 20th, 2009
3:22 pm

BLACK AND RED DAWG Just for future reference, no one has read your post because you chose to post in ALL CAPS. If you want someone to actually read your post, don’t be an idiot and post in ALL CAPS. It is juvenile and people automatically skip over any posts that are in ALL CAPS because they know it’s not worth bothering with.

The UNDISPUTED Truth

March 20th, 2009
3:33 pm

Baba, the Brad Johnson analogy is a bad one. I mean, BJ has a triple-digit IQ.

Knapp’s critics keep forgetting that the “physically gifted athlete” who used to play QB for the Falcons was either too lazy or too stupid to master an NFL playbook. (Citing sources from around the NFL, Don Banks of SI wrote as much last spring.) THAT is why the team had to dumb down the offense during the Vick Error.

In Oakland, Knapp had to deal with a young QB who missed most of his first season because of a contract holdout. Again, it was a case of having to keep things simple.

Now that Knapp (and Mora) are in Seattle with a veteran QB who is capable of mastering an NFL playbook, we will finally get a chance to see what he can really do. If Knapp fails there, I’ll admit I’m wrong about him.

As far as the draft is concerned, my sources say beware of Michael Johnson, who appears to have a lazy streak that turns him into a non-factor far too much of the time.

Phillip

March 20th, 2009
3:41 pm

1-24) Clay Matthews, III-OLB-USC
2-55) Ron Brace, DT-Boston College
3-88) Rashad Johnson, SS-Alabama
4th) Antoine Caldwell, C-Alabama
5th) Andrew Gardner, OT-Georgia Tech
5th) Jerraud Powers, CB-Auburn
6th) Ryan Purvis, TE-Boston College

that is what TD is gonna do…..now you know. I like it!!!! :)

D. Orlando Ledbetter

March 20th, 2009
3:48 pm

PMC: Chase Coffman could be the pick when the Falcons get around to offense. But if there’s a run on TEs he may go higher than expected. Then Jared Cook or the Rice TE James Casey look rather interesting if Coffman is gone.

BEDWETTER: I can give you Wyche’s phone number and you can call him whenever you like. Thanks for dropping by, though. Really. Why you got to rip on the bow tie? Spent good cash for that one.

PHILLIP: Northern Illinois is in the MAC. The winning Super Bowl quarterback is from the MAC. Michael Turner and his 1,700 yards came from the same school. Randy Moss, MAC. I could keep going.

BLAWGDAWG: Thanks for the blogging etiquette lesson.

JMAR: Have them taking Perry as a value pick. Best value on the board. Not a need pick

BIG DANCING — Got to get back to the hoops. Was 12 of 16 on day one. Tenn is my only loser today. I need Cleveland State to pull off the shocker over Cleveland State. GO VIKINGS!

Phillip

March 20th, 2009
3:55 pm

So, Daryl please tell me where Larry English “fits” in our defense? is he a DE or a OLB? If he’s an OLB, is he a SLB or a WLB? Do tell…

D. Orlando Ledbetter

March 20th, 2009
4:01 pm

PHILLIP: You didn’t have to say PLEASE. English fits at DE. Could play Chauncey on run downs and put him in on third and get the double loop from left and right (Abe) end. If the QB is running from ABE, he would run into English. Also, could use him in that funky 3-3-5 they ran last year with Nicholas as a rush/drop end. He has major passing rushing skills.

Reno 911

March 20th, 2009
4:05 pm

Good question Phillip. Don’t count on an answer.