Mock Draft 4.0: Sintim the Superhero

Ran into the Caped Crusader at Six Flags. While waiting almost two hours to rid the Goliath, I wondered "Where would Batman go in this year's draft. Is he a tight end or a defensive end?

Ran into the Caped Crusader at Six Flags. While waiting almost two hours to ride the Goliath, I wondered where would Batman go if he was this week's Mock Draft? Is he a tight end or a defensive end?

Gotham City — Not really sure where Batman would go in this week’s Mock Draft.

You see, there is a major problem. Batman doesn’t have any super powers. He has good hands, great agility, strength, but doesn’t have a top shelf 40-yard dash time. He’s what they call a long strider.

Ahmad "Batman" Carroll (4) played for the New York Jets last season after a stint in the Arena Football League. Photo by Jason Getz / AJC

Also, his cape is a clear violation of the NFL’s uniform policy and Commissioner Roger Godell certainly wouldn’t let him play with his utility belt. That’s where he hides all of his really cool gadgets.

You see, the last time Batman was in the draft, he went pretty high. Arkansas’ Ahmad “Batman” Carroll, of Douglass High, went to the Packers with the 25th pick in 2004.

The Falcons have the 24th pick, so Batman isn’t a factor for them if he’s just a 25th pick. So expect the Falcons to stay with Virginia linebacker Clint Sintim with just 15 days before the draft. (Check out some of his Superhero highlights.)

The draft boards around the league are rounding into their final states. This will be the last week of visits for most teams and two major scenarios are taking shape. One with Matt Stafford going to the Lions with the No. 1 pick and the other with Baylor left tackle Jason Smith going to the Lions. (We’ve been in the Smith to Lions camp, in part based on a interview with Lions coach Jim Schwartz at the combine and observations from Stafford’s pro day workout in Georgia.

Another local player is apparently on the Falcons radar screen. Oklahoma guard George “Duke” Robinson, of Washington High, is set to visit the Falcons on Thursday, according to his folks at Impact Sports. Robinson doesn’t figure to be the pick at No. 24, with the Falcons having more pressing needs on defense.

Oklahoma's Duke Robinson, a former star at Washington High, is sent to visit the Falcons.

He’ll likely be gone when the Falcons select in the second round with the 55th pick overall. This visit falls under the due diligence department. Robinson is creeping into a few first rounds in some mocks. Unlike Alabama’s Andre Smith, Robinson took the NFL scouting combine seriously.

He showed up in shape and ready to workout. Robinson measured 6-foot-5 and weighed 329 pounds. He ran the 40-yard dash in 5.29 seconds.

COMMUNITY CORNER . . .

But before swing into this week’s Mock Draft 4.0 selections, lets take some time out to look at what some of the Falcons are doing in the community.

The team cheerleaders will make several local television and radio appearances to promote their upcoming tryouts and will perform on air. In addition to rooting the team onto victory, the cheerleaders make an average of 500 community appearances each year.

Been thinking about joining the Falcons cheerleader squad? Get the details this week. (Curtis Compton/AJC)

On Sunday, you can catch them on 11 Alive Sports at 11:35 p.m.

On Monday, on Fox’s Good Day Atlanta at 8 a.m.

On Thursday, on Dave FM 92.9 about 3 p.m.

On Friday, on V-103 FM about 3:30 p.m.

Also, Tight ends coach Chris Scelfo will take part in a USA Football coaching school for youth and amateur coaches on Saturday, April 18th at Westlake High School from 8:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. (There is cost of $45, but you get some Under Armour gear!)

Jason Snelling at the National Walk for Epilepsy in Washington, D.C.

Jason Snelling at the National Walk for Epilepsy in Washington, D.C.

Also, running back Jason Snelling recently took part in the National Walk for Epilepsy in Washington, D.C.

Punter Michael Koenen will host the Dream House Golf Classic at the Olde Atlanta Golf Club on April 23. It’s a fundraiser for Medically Fragile Children, Inc.

BACK TO THE MOCK DRAFT . . .

In addition to the Stafford issue, the other major bomb that must explode is what is Denver going to do with the 12th and 18th picks. Will they move up to get Mark Sanchez or will some other team, perhaps Tampa Bay make a move to get into the top ten.

But until those deals are done, we’ll have to work with the draft order that’s out there. I went back and pulled last year’s Mock Draft and graded out how things went. There are two ways to grade. You can count direct hits like Falcons take Matt Ryan with third pick.

When the order changes — like it did with all of the draft day trades — sometimes its hard to pile up the direct hits. Then you count having the correct player in the first round. In last year’s draft, I was proud to get Ryan correct on a direct hit. I’d missed on Jamaal Anderson the previous year. I thought former coach Bobby Petrino would pull for his former player Amobi Okoye.

In the top 10, I had 4 direct hits and 9 of the top 10 players picked correctly. Jacksonville took Florida DE Derrick Harvey with the No. 8 pick. I had Leodis McKelvin in the top 10. He went 11th.

The only other direct hit was San Diego taking Antoine Cason with the 27th pick. Overall, I had 25 of 31 of the first rounders. The biggest whiff was on Oklahoma cornerback Reggie Smith, who was sitting there in the third round when the 49ers scooped him up with the 75th overall pick.

Also, I had Sam Baker in the second round and didn’t envision the run on left tackles that caused the Falcons trade up and get Baker.

Here’s a look at last season’s Mock Draft.

AJC’s 2008 MOCK DRAFT
Staff writer D. Orlando Ledbetter projects the first round:
Team …………..Player ………………….Pos. ..College
1. Miami ……….Jake Long………………..OT ….Michigan
2. St. Louis ……Glenn Dorsey …………….DT ….LSU
3. Atlanta ……..Matt Ryan………………..QB ….Boston College
4. Oakland ……..Darren McFadden…………..RB ….Arkansas
5. Kansas City ….Chris Long ………………DE ….Virginia
6. N.Y. Jets ……Vernon Gholston…………..DE/LB..Ohio State
7. New England ….Leodis McKelvin…………..CB ….Troy
8. Baltimore ……Ryan Clady ………………OT ….Boise State
9. Cincinnati……Sedrick Ellis…………….DT ….USC
10. New Orleans….Keith Rivers …………….LB ….Southern Cal
11. Buffalo……..Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie..CB ….Tennessee St.
12. Denver ……..Rashard Mendenhall ……….RB ….Illinois
13. Carolina ……Jeff Otah………………..OT ….Pittsburgh
14. Chicago……..Jonathan Stewart …………RB ….Oregon
15. Detroit……..Chris Williams …………..OT ….Vanderbilt
**16. Arizona……..Phillip Merling…………..DE ….Clemson
17. Kansas City….Branden Albert …………..OL ….Virginia
18. Houston……..Mike Jenkins …………….CB ….South Florida
19. Philadelphia ..Gosder Cherilus…………..OT ….Boston College
20. Tampa Bay……Devin Thomas …………….WR ….Michigan State
21. Washington ….Derrick Harvey …………..DE ….Florida
22. Dallas ……..Aqib Talib ………………CB ….Kansas
23. Pittsburgh ….DeSean Jackson …………..WR ….California
24. Tennessee……Felix Jones………………RB ….Arkansas
25. Seattle……..Kentwan Balmer …………..DT ….North Carolina
**26. Jacksonville ..Quentin Groves …………..OLB….Auburn
27. San Diego……Antoine Cason…………….CB ….Arizona
**28. Dallas ……..Limas Sweed………………WR ….Texas
**29. San Francisco..Malcolm Kelly…………….WR ….Oklahoma
**30. Green Bay……Reggie Smith …………….CB ….Oklahoma
31. New England….pick forfeited
**32. N.Y. Giants….Tyrell Johnson …………..S……Arkansas State
(** Was not selected in the first round last season.)

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LEDBETTER’S 2009 MOCK DRAFT 4.0

1. Detroit Lions: Jason Smith, OT, Baylor. Lions will try to negotiate a deal before the draft. They pass on Stafford as they try to anchor their O-line.

2. St. Louis Rams: Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest. The defensive minded Steve Spagnuolo gets someone to anchor the unit.

3. Kansas City Chiefs: Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia. The have to protect Matt Cassel’s blindside.

4. Seattle Seahawks: Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia. Can learn the ropes behind Matt Hasselbeck for a year or two.

5. Cleveland Browns: Brian Orakpo, DE/OLB, Texas. Should fit nicely in Eric Mangini’s version of the 3-4.

6. Cincinnati Bengals: Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech. Bengals get a receiver as they prepare to say goodbye Ocho Cinco.

7. Oakland Raiders: B.J. Raji, DT, Boston College. Raiders don’t pay much attention to the recent controversy surrounding Raji.

8. Jacksonville Jaguars: Mark Sanchez, QB,
 Southern California. There could be some trade action with this pick. Sanchez’ stock is climbing.

9. Green Bay Packers: Tyson Jackson, DE, LSU. Packers have to improve their defensive line.

10. San Francisco 49ers: Andre Smith, T, Alabama. With Sanchez off the board, Singletary decides his motivational skills can help Smith.

11. Buffalo Bills: Everette Brown, DE, Florida State. They could go TE, but this would be too high for Oklahoma State’s Brandon Pettigrew.

12. Denver Broncos: Aaron Maybin, DE, Penn State. The Broncos add a head-hunter to their unit.

13. Washington Redskins: Michael Oher, T, Ole Miss.

14. New Orleans Saints: Brian Cushing, LB, USC. Saints get a backer to hold things down alongside Jonathan Vilma.

15. Houston Texans: Percy Harvin, WR. Florida. Pro Bowler Andre Johnson needs some help.

16. San Diego Chargers: Jeremy Maclin, WR, Missouri. Philip Rivers get his wish, an outside deep threat.

17. New York Jets: Josh Freeman, QB, Kansas State. Jets get their Brett Favre replacement.

18. Denver Broncos: Vontae Davis, CB, Illinois. If Broncos don’t move up to get Sanchez, they could set back and move up to get Freeman.

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Malcolm Jenkins, CB, Ohio State. Is a good fit for Tampa’s Cover-2. He’s a solid corner, but doesn’t have elite speed to play a lot of man-to-man coverage.

20. Detroit Lions (from Dallas): Rey Maualuga, LB, Southern California. He slips, but doesn’t get past the Lions.

21. Philadelphia Eagles: Eben Britton, OT, Arizona. They must find a replacement for Tra Thomas.

22. Minnesota Vikings: Peria Jerry, DT, Mississippi. Despite having Pat and Kevin Williams, Vikes thing Jerry is too good to pass up.

23. New England Patriots: James Laurinaitis, LB, Ohio State. Son of former wrestler “The Animal.”

24. Atlanta Falcons: Clint Sintim, LB, Virginia. The chants from Falcons fans for “defense, defense” will be heard. Check out some highlights.

25. Miami Dolphins: Darius Heyward-Bey, WR, Maryland. Has a big upside.

26. Baltimore Ravens: Clay Matthews Jr., LB, USC. Ozzie Newsome played with Matthews Sr. and knows what he’s getting.

27. Indianapolis Colts: Knowshon Moreno, RB, Georgia. There are some whispers about Moreno climbing up some draft boards. His tape is just so good, some teams will overlook those slow 40-yard dash times.

28. Philadelphia Eagles (from Carolina): Chris Wells, RB, Ohio State. The Eagles get someone to share the load with Brian Westbrook.

29. New York Giants: Hakeem Nicks, WR, North Carolina. They attempt to replace Plax.

30. Tennessee Titans: Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma State. His 40 times are scaring a lot of folks.

31. Arizona Cardinals: Donald Brown, RB, Connecticut. Edgerrin James will get his wish to be release after this pick.

32. Pittsburgh Steelers: Larry English, DE/OLB, Northern Illinois. Terrorized the Mid-American Conference when healthy.

FIRST ROUND FRINGE
Robert Ayers
, DE/OLB, Tennessee
Duke Robinson, OG, Oklahoma
Darius Butler, CB, Connecticut
Michael Johnson, DE, Georgia Tech
Evander Hood, DT, Missouri
Louis Delmas, FS, Western Michigan
Kenny Britt, WR, Rutgers
Alphonso Smith, CB, Wake Forest
Alex Mack, C, California
Connor Barwin, DE/TE, Cincinnat

Batman a.k.a Bruce Wayne is also known for his intellect. What Batman might be lacking — no super hero powers — he could make up for with brain power. Sintim did go to Virginia and is close friends with Chris Long. Is Sintim the right Superhero for the Falcons? Check out his highlights and let us know what you think? Good move to past on tight end Brandon Pettigrew? Why is Duke Robinson coming in for a visit after guards Justin Blalock and Harvey Dahl mauled folks last season?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

138 comments Add your comment

Cameron

April 10th, 2009
11:33 am

Are you f-in kidding me? The Colts will draft Knowshon Moreno. Ever heard of a guy named Joseph Addai. Or, Dominic Rhodes. The Broncos inted for KYLE ORTON to be their QB. They are not looking to draft a QB. They will be going defense, defense, and more defense. Sintim is not a first rounder, and better suited for the 3-4. The experts around the league say Smith isn’t even the Lions top tackle on their board. They are going with Stafford. If not, then probably Monroe. As always, there is little right here. Oh wait, you spelled your name right.

I hope you are just trying to stir the pot.

matt r

April 10th, 2009
11:37 am

Broken link to the superman highlights

matt r

April 10th, 2009
11:41 am

I think Philadelphia is a logical landing spot for Moreno, sort of close to home, and they are not a power running team, almost more passing to their RBs than running.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 10th, 2009
11:49 am

CAMERON: Way to come out smoking!!! The GREAT Joseph Addai had 155 carries for 544 yards (3.5 per carry) in 2008. We saw exactly what Kyle Orton did for the Bears. Yeah, he’s a starting NFL quarterback. Good luck with that. Hope you spelled your name right! Or is it Cam-Moron? Looks like were both off to a good start today.

MATT R: Have to figure out how to fix that. The Eagles already have Knowshon in Westbrook. They are the same guy. But Westbrook is much, much faster.

matt r

April 10th, 2009
11:59 am

Knowshon=Westbrook was sort of my point, and I was thinking they could draft him to be the understudy. I see now that Westbrook is only 29, for some reason I thought he was older, even though 29 is almost the end of the line for RBs :)

SeminoleWarrior

April 10th, 2009
12:01 pm

Sorry D-Led but Sintim will not be the pick. While we do need help at the OLB position, it will not be Sintim. I personally am still on the Patrick Chung wagon but your inside scoop suggests the DeCoud has the inside track on the SS position. Chung is a beast and I think he is worth the pick. But the real sleeper(s) in this I personally think are either Ron Brace, Ziggy Hood, or Brandon Pettigrew. One of them will be the choice…I just feel it. I’m again reminded of Coach Hamiliton’s remarks last season in which he said smaller, aggressive D tackles are just as good as the bign one, especially if the small guys are strong and have great hands. Sounds like Hood to me. But Smitty loves big tackles so I am going to lean in that direction and take Brace. The Brace/Babs combo will be the anchor of the interior D-line for years to come. GO FALCONS!!!

SCFalconfan

April 10th, 2009
12:10 pm

Were the draft to fall like that then Pettigrew would be the best player available that would fit a need for the Falcons. Imagine how much better Roddy would be on the outside with a true threat in the middle of the field to occupy the safeties.

J. Whit

April 10th, 2009
12:13 pm

We don’t need to spend #24 on any linebacker. We need a bulldozer at nose guard. Get him and, all of a sudden, the linebackers look like all-pros.

Edward

April 10th, 2009
12:14 pm

As I see it, the Falcons 1st round draft board might be something like this: Cushing, Matthews, Davis, Jenkins (could slide over to FS) then Pettigrew. I feel pretty confident in saying that Cushing, Davis and Jenkins will be gone by the 24th pick, I’ve seen several mock drafts online that have most if not all of these players gone by the time the Falcons pick.

If they are gone and if Maualuga or Laurinaitis is still there at 24 (yeah I know big IF statements), maybe the Falcons could swing a trade with St. Louis for their 2nd and 3rd round picks. If that were to happen, some of the players I could see the Falcons picking up are Connor Barwin, Ron Brace, Fili Moala, or Rashad Johnson in the 2nd round and Sen’Derrick Marks, Sherrod Martin, or Dorell Scott in the 3rd round.

Your thoughts, Orlando?

Cameron

April 10th, 2009
12:18 pm

D-Led:

Wow! Hope I didn’t touch a nerve. Just a very illogical mock draft. My question is, Who do you REALLY thik the Falcons will pick with the 24th pick?

Joseph Addai was a Pro-Bowl RB two years ago. He suffered from injuries, Peyton’s injuries, and injuries to the O-Line last year. He will have a bounce back year this year. No way the Colts are going to give up on him already, and/or spend another 1st round pick on a RB. He is a top-five RB when healthy.

I agree with you on Orton. But, McDaniels (nutjob) does not. He likes Orton for the same reason he likes Cassel, they are system QBs that can move the chains. He thinks his system is better than having GREAT players (i.e. Cutler).

Cameron

April 10th, 2009
12:20 pm

Chris Mortensen is the one that reported Smith isn’t even the top tackle on the Lions board. They want to run the ball, smashmouth, and Smith is more of a pass-blocker. Going with that, the pick would be Andre Smith. I doubt they take him number one though, maybe if Millen was still there.

Cameron

April 10th, 2009
12:22 pm

I would love for us to pick Ron Brace as well. Might be a little of a reach, but he fits the biggest need in my opinion. All the DTs we currently have are under tackles not big, run-stuffing tackles.

JMar

April 10th, 2009
12:23 pm

4 mock drafts, 4 times you’ve got Jerry going to the Vikes as a value pick. Seems like you expect that to be a direct hit. I keep waiting for it to change, because I just don’t believe it.

The era of defenses based around dominant linebacking corps is over. But Lofton can be great, and the threesome of Wire, Nicholas, and Peterson (don’t underestimate the veteran tackling machines) should be a solid rotation. All it needs is some shoring up with a third or fourth round guy for depth, not a first rounder pushing two of those guys to the bench. Depending on how the draft is going, trade back for Delmas, English, Hood, Johnson, or Moore from Missouri.

TT

April 10th, 2009
12:24 pm

the lions will pick whoever signs with them first and/or the cheapest. gotta hunch that’ll either be stafford or smith. of course peppy is said to be in the best shape he’s been in in quite some time so i gotta believe that’ll factor into their decision too. it’s interchangeable as far was what they can do with the 1 and 20. get stafford 1, best OT 20, or get smith 1, freeman 20. just can’t decide which way i want them to go so, as of right now, either way is fine with me.

dacha

April 10th, 2009
12:24 pm

whoa, hold the fire back, D-Led…I agree with Cameron. I think that Kyle Orton showed more than enough in Chicago to be a solid starter, so the Broncos will beef up their defense or maybe get a WR as a security blanket behind Brandon “convict” Marshall. As for us, I really want a big D-Lineman but I don’t think anyone will be worth it at 24. I hope we either trade down and get more picks or just grab Pettigrew. The kid would be the final addition to the most potent offense in the NFL. We also need to spend a high pick on CB…they are much harder to come by later in the draft, unlike LBs and safeties.

Daniel Bell

April 10th, 2009
12:36 pm

I really think the defense needs some help, but taking the best TE in the draft with the first pick wouldn’t bother me either.

In Dimitroff We Trust.

WR

April 10th, 2009
12:43 pm

Edwards, I like your thinking, D-Led, Sintim doesn’t appear to be a good fit for the falcons system. I believe that Peria Jerry, Ziggy Hood, or Ron Brace would be good picks, but with Hood and Brace, they could be had in the second round. If Pettigrew is as good as he has graded out and appears to be he’s the pick. Yes the falcons have more holes on defense, but I think they recently unloaded Laurant Robinson because they have their minds set on Pettigrew in the first, and using the move up in draft position from the rams to package a deal in order to obtain an additional second round pick where they would have a decent chance at picking up Chung, and either Brace or Fili Moala.

Jason

April 10th, 2009
12:43 pm

Alright here’s my thoughts and I’m not really an expert on a lot of teams but I will do my best. My team is the dolphins so when I make it to that point I think I’m pretty accurate.

Indy does not pick up a running back in the first round. Joseph Adai is not a top 5 running back when healthy but he’s not a pushover either. Anyone that wants to put him above Adrian Peterson, Darren McFadden, Ronnie Brown, LT, Michael Smith or any of the other elite running backs in the NFL needs to seriously take a look at Adai’s skills.

Denver is seriously going to use Orton. They will more than likely try to build a line behind him but it wont matter what they do. Essentially Denver is screwed, the only thing they have going for them is that they are in the weakest division in football.

Atlanta will go with a Linebacker because they want to work on their pass rush. You could build up a good nose tackle but that’s more of a run defense build than a pass defense. Atlanta can put up yards they need to prevent other teams from putting up yards. They will get a pass rusher at linebacker and someone that can play coverage.

Now the one I dis-agree with the most. Miami has spent a lot of time looking at Hakeem Nicks if they draft a receiver (which they wont explain in a minute) it wont be Heyward-bey. But the reason the Dolphins don’t go Wide Receiver is because Ireland, and Parcells believe very strongly in the receivers they have. Third year for Ginn and they believe it’s time for him to show his stuff. Camirillo had a decent season and Davone Bess is an amazing slot receiver and could potentially become a starter. They are looking for defense and I’d put money on working on their secondary whether it be a corner or a safety. Most mock drafts have Vontae Davis falling to the Dolphins. Honestly with the way things have gone I think it’s a serious possibility.

Reno 911

April 10th, 2009
12:49 pm

The best thing that could happen for the Falcons is a “run” on a position (similar to what happened last year when they traded up for an OT) and someone would want to trade up into the 24 spot to take a coveted player. When none of the players that may fit the Falcons’ needs (and who will be there at 24) really feel like a 1st round talent, and worth the pick, then isn’t it better to not have that pick at all, and turn that into a 2nd and a 3rd (packaged with one of our 5th rounders, for example)? Players who, in my opinion, would be good fits for the Falcons, NONE of whom are likely to be first rounders:

Ron Brace, DT (2nd)
Connor Barwin, OLB/DE/TE (high 2nd)
James Casey, TE, Rice (3rd)
Shawn Nelson, TE, So Miss (3rd)
Dorell Scott, DT, Clemson (3rd)
Rashad Johnson, FS, Alabama (3rd)
Roy Miller, DT, Texas (4th/5th)
Richard Quinn, TE, UNC (5th)

Frankly, I’d rather have five of these players (2-4th rounders) than four players when one is a 1st rounder. I don’t see anyone out there that’s realistic for the #24 pick that would be better than having two of the players to be found later. I think I’d be happy with Cushing or Matthews with the 24th pick, but frankly, would hope that TD could turn that pick into two picks (a 2nd and a 4th to the Falcons, maybe packaging the 1st with one of our 5’s).

mudcat

April 10th, 2009
12:55 pm

SINTIM? With the 24th pick? National Football Post has him ranked as the 85th player in the draft. And you want us to use the 24th pick on him? What is he, a relative or something? Robert Ayers as a fringe 1st round pick? That’s like crossing the Chatahoochie River and thinking you’ve landed in Oregon! I love Sean Smith-CB/Safety or DT Ziggy Hood and the Birds would NEVER pass on Robert Ayers if he were still available at #24. Start drinking cool aid instead of the stuff you’re currently drinking my friend.

Edward

April 10th, 2009
1:04 pm

Reno: I like where you’re going, but only one thing. If you look at the draft trade value chart (the one that supposedly no team uses, but everyone has a copy) the points would be way off from the 24th overall for a 2nd and a 4th. Even if you look at the “updated” value chart on PFT, the 24th pick is worth 740 points (allegedly) even the top 2nd and top 4th rounds only come to (allegedly) 690 points. I think high (top 10) 2nd and 3rd round picks or 2nd and 4th with a 2010 (2nd/3rd) round pick would be worth the 24th overall.

gdg73

April 10th, 2009
1:15 pm

The Falcons are not drafting a LB or DE at #24. In terms of numbers, the Falcons have only one DT on the team that is both healthy and starter caliber and that’s Jonathan Babineaux. With that being said, if a DT with a first round grade is available at #24 we pick him, plain and simple. If not we grab the highest rated corner (Davis, Jenkins, Butler, or Smith). We lost our best corner in free agency (Foxworth) and have not replaced him yet(via free agency). I don’t see where a 3-4 linebacker being drafted for a 4-3 defense at #24 helps this team. Sorry, I just don’t.

gdg73

April 10th, 2009
1:23 pm

Do you see Pittsburgh drafting 4-3 linebackers to fit their 3-4 defense? No because they have a system. They don’t mix and match players. That’s why they are in the hunt for world championships every year. We don’t need to start drafting players that don’t fit what we do. You should be stripped of your mock draft powers, lol!!!

Edward

April 10th, 2009
1:28 pm

gdg73: Unfortunately the only DT with a 1st round grade that’s likely to fall to the Falcons at 24 is Peria Jerry and there’s no guarantee of that. Both Davis and Jenkins will likely be gone and Butler and Smith should be available in the top of the 2nd. The entire group of DBs in this draft are very close in grades, it’s likely that the big run on DB’s will be in the second round. Most “experts” (use that term loosely) can’t even agree on Davis and Jenkins pro prospects.

Deangelo Falls

April 10th, 2009
1:37 pm

Pet-ti-grew! Pet-ti-grew!! Those are the chants you will be hearing on Draft day. Personally I don’t think he’ll be available so I lean towards Delmas. I also like Brace a lot too. LBs will drop b/c there’s so many available. Seriously all three USC guys will not go in the 1st round. Someone’s bound to drop even though they may warrent a first round pick. Come on D Led!!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 10th, 2009
1:39 pm

DEFENDING THE PICK – I know that Sintim has been groomed to play in a 3-4 by Al Groh. He’s rather advanced at it. But in my book edge/outside linebackers are edge/outside linebackers. They have to come forward and strike folks and have the ability to drop into pass coverage. Sintim fits that. He set the record for most sacks by a UVA linebacker with 27. Without looking up the stats, the only sack I recall from the linebackers last year was Curtis Lofton’s against Donovan McNabb in Philly. –dol

Now some responses:

SEMINOLE WARRIOR: You can get the Big Tackle later in the draft. Don’t need to reach for Brace at 24. Stillman’s Sammie Lee Hill and Hampton’s Chris Baker are 330-plus guys who should be there in their in the fourth or fifth.

SCFALCONFRAN : Pettigrew has not shown that he has the speed to get down the field and split the Cover-2 zone.

CAMERON: Was a little groggy earlier. Sorry. The clouds will continue to clear up and we’ll have the pick on the 25th. Going got a second straight direct hit at 24.

JMAR: I keep looking to move Perry, but if he’s there, you’ve to take him. If this scenario doesn’t flow and he’s gone, the Vikes will go wide receiver with Rutger’s Britt as a possibility. I thought they hit the jackpot on Troy Williamson and Sidney Rice. Guess I was wrong there.

RENO911: The position most likely to have first round run is WR.

MUDCAT: Just on the ice cold water.

Did anybody go to Sintim’s highlights. Late hit on the Va Tech QB?

gdg73

April 10th, 2009
1:45 pm

all I know is the Falcons better fix their interior defensive line early if not often in this draft. If Jerry is gone, I say trade out of #24 and pick up another 2nd round pick and go CB and Corey Irvin, UGA DT later.

gdg73

April 10th, 2009
1:52 pm

Ledbetter, why try to force a round peg and into a square hole? That’s how so many NFL organizations have so little success. They pick players and try to force them into systems that don’t fit there skill set. The guy has been bred as a 3-4 LB. Doesn’t make sense to me, and hopefully it doesn’t to Dimitroff either.

darrell starks

April 10th, 2009
2:23 pm

1ST PICK BRIAN CUSHING OF USC PLAY MAKER LB
2ND PICK SEAN SMITH OF UTAH WILL BE A STILL AT PICK #55
3RD PICK ASHER ALLEN OF UGA SOLID CB WHO IN MY OPION BETTER THAN HOUSTON
4TH PICK DORRELL SCOTT OF CLEMSON BIG AND STRONG UP THE MIDDLE 6″4 320
GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

JG

April 10th, 2009
2:29 pm

Per the Sporting News Clint Sintim draft guide 09,
Lacks Elite Athleticism. Loses opponents when dropping into Coverage because lack of Speed. Gets beat easily by running backs in Coverage.

We don’t need a Outside Linebacker who doesn’t have elite speed, and can’t keep up with Running backs out of the Backfield, REMEMBER we play the Saints twice a year and Reggie Busch.
He is more built for Inside Linebacker and would be a good one. But we have a Inside Linebacker in Lofton. Let’s get a true Outside Linebacker please Ledbetter..
Again, I say
Clay Matthews,
Or Louis Delmas
or Peria if he is still available or Evander Hood…

WE can always pick up Marcus Freeman in the fourth round from Ohio state who I think is a sleeper of a deal n as Outside linebacker. And I am a SEC Man and I hate The Ohio STATE. But, I think you gotta look at the later rounds for deals..
Like TD is doing,
He will make the right choice..

JG

April 10th, 2009
2:34 pm

I agree Houston is not the Answer..
but Not sure on ASHER?

We really need to seperate ourselves from both Petrino’s picks from Arkansas in his campaign to become the head coach there..
Interesting… He picks Arkansas players with his first two picks and then ends up in Arkansas???

Anderson- BUST Houston- Captain Toast.. Does he ever turn his head around or is he always trying to catch up to the receiver behind him.

tbhawksfan

April 10th, 2009
2:50 pm

Sit tight and hope Perry falls. If not, Hood would not make a bad pick.
Trading back is an idea, but We might end up with an extra player, but less talent at the top of our draft.

#24: Perry DT / Hood DT
#55: Byrd CB
#90: Vaughn SS
#125: Bell OT
#138: Harris OLB/SS
#143: Morrah TE
#176: Taylor FS

Fits all the needs, good talent all the way through our draft and DT and CB are upgraded. Harris is a ? Could make a nice weakside LB though.

Reno 911

April 10th, 2009
2:52 pm

DOL- careful on teh ice-cold water, man. The extreme temp difference stresses the stomach. Much better to go room temp water, or even a little warm. A little strange at first, but you’ll get used to it. Just lookin out for your health.

WR

April 10th, 2009
3:13 pm

D-Led, Now Pettigrew could be considered a difficult pick because of the needs of the defense, but his speed should not be an issue. He’s 6′5 with big pass catching hands and a long wing-span, along with adequate speed. A TE is usually covered by a linebacker, at times a safety, and less often a corner. Against any of those positions he has a height advantage, think Brian Finneran here but as a blocking TE. If you analyze the best Tightends in the league right now, the ones who are good blockers and pass receivers happen not to be that fast. Their tall, big, strong, good-handed tackles. Jason Whitten, Todd Heap, even believe it or not Mr. Gonzalez. Pettigrew’s height and pass catching ability would command either a linebacker or corner in coverage with a safety over the top, which means one on one coverage for the improving Roddy White and 6′4 Mike Jenkins on the other side, I like Ryan Leaf with those kind of conditions (just kidding), but seriously Pettigrew wouldn’t be a bad pick at 24.

country boy

April 10th, 2009
3:24 pm

Riddle me this Batman… what is the best defense?? The ol’ country boy Riddler says the answer is … a good offense. Almost every “expert” says Pettigrew is the top tight end in a good draft for tight ends. Position of need for Falcs. I know, I know, I know. Our defense has holes. I don’t think Dimitroff will over analyse or try to outsmart himself – sorta like the Ryan pick which was the right choice last year. TD will get a couple of defensive starters in rounds 2 and 3. Come on D Led. Get on board. A good target for our QB and a good blocker for Turner.

Supes

April 10th, 2009
3:30 pm

It’s looking more and more likely The Falcons trade down, and try and pick up an extra pick in the 2nd or 3rd rounds for the 24th. If they don’t absolutely love a certain player at 24, gotta trade down. This is a relatively deep draft, esp. defensively, so Falcons will have plenty of good players to choose from in rounds 2-3. Plus that way, you save money and don’t have to pay them the 1st round money at 24.

WR

April 10th, 2009
3:34 pm

I understand all the naysayers when it comes to selecting a tight-end in the first round, but the fact of the matter is that the defense will be a lot younger this year and the best help for any defense is an offense that can keep the D off the field. If you look back at the great Baltimore defense that won the superbowl, the offense played keep away just long enough to get the defense enough rest in order to continue to play at such a high level. Atlanta’s offense is pretty good but defenses will adjust and throw new winkles at Ryan which at times causes the so-called sophmore jinx, a good tight end can off set that, I for one believe our tight-ends from last year did an admiral job, but we obviously can get better, yes there is tight end value in the later rounds but none with the blocking and catching combination the falcons would get with Pettigrew. Now if Peria Jerry falls to 24, or word gets out that Aaron Curry took a hit off of a joint and he falls to 24, the falcons should definitely go defense, if not Pettigrew is a nice option.

WR

April 10th, 2009
3:36 pm

countryboy, just noticed your post, as you can see I agree.

AKMID

April 10th, 2009
4:06 pm

Ken Strickland

April 10th, 2009
4:06 pm

It’a amazing how someone that can’t determine who the Falcons will or will not draft with any degree of certainty can somehow be absolutely certain who another team will or will not draft. At one time I thought there was no way we’d get a shot at TE BPettigrew because the Eagles were a lock to draft him since they’d lost their starting TE.

Then, I recalled how TD and Smith went into their 1st Falcons draft without a starting DT. They released last yrs starting DT RColeman and lost DT TLewis for the season after suffering a reinjury. Everything screamed for the Falcons to draft a DT, especially with studs like DT’s GDorsey and CEllis available to them. Not only did we draft a QB, we didn’t take a DT in the entire draft.

SEMINOLE WARRIOR-consider this. Last yr TD and Smitty used a 3rd rd pick to draft safety McCloud, who was one of the drafts top rated safeties. He’s a converted CB who led his team in total tackles his senior yr. He can either be considered a CB with SS skills or a SS with CB skills. The overall positives in his scouting report far out weigh his negatives. If the coaches are satisfied with his progress, a SS might not be an early rd consideration. The same might hold true at DT if TLewis is ready to go. After a yr of NFL seasoning under his belt, he might be better safety prospect than any coming out of this yrs draft.

When teams lose starters, fans automatically think the replacements must be acquired either through the upcoming draft or FA. They never seem to consider roster players taken in earlier drafts, or players returning from IR as replacements. Remember, we had 11 picks in last yrs draft, and 6 of those were used on DEF players(LB’s CLofton, KBiermann, TJames and DB’s TMcCloud, Fontenot & CJackson). So, the idea that TD and Smitty addressed the OFF in last yrs draft and decided to wait until this yrs draft to address the DEF is just not accurate.

WR

April 10th, 2009
4:27 pm

Ken Strickland, just made one of the best arguments of the last few weeks and to coattail his comment a bit, Mr. Harrison from Pittsburgh is a perfect example of someone being on the roster and just because fans know little about the player doesn’t mean he can’t play. Keeping things honest, myself as well as probably 75% of the people on this blog were thinking Glen Dorsey, and up until a few games into Matt Ryan’s career we were still wondering how we passed up Glen Dorsey, theres a process to building a strong team within your system its called player development and from what I have noticed with the moves the falcons have made or lack thereof, they feel the players they have developed are now ready to play.

Ken Strickland is the MAN!!

April 10th, 2009
5:55 pm

I don’t post on here much, but always look forward to reading what you have to say. I’m as big a Falcon fan as there is and study the game a lot, especially my Falcons. I definitely know my football, but so do you my friend. Some of your points catch me by suprise because I didn’t think of it prior to reading your post, but they make a ton of sense. Keep up the excellent work, I always enjoy your posts whether I agree or not.

Ignition

April 10th, 2009
6:50 pm

I want Michael Johnson..
He is versatile enough to play both OLB and DE for Atlanta..
He tall, fast, strong and athletic and can cover TE and running backs in the backfied..
And he can definitely rush the passer..
I know at Tech he was asked to do a lot more than the average DE in their system, but when he was just asked to come off the edge he was disruptive..
I personally think Pittsburgh gonna pick him up if he isn’t already gone ..
I sure hope we get him first.

Brian Hunt

April 10th, 2009
7:45 pm

For those of you who think that the Falcons won’t look at a 3-4 LB in the draft, remember that the 4-3 is the base defense and Smith likes to play multiple alignments. On obvious passing downs the Falcons played a lot of 3-3-5. A pass rushing 3-4 LB would look good blitzing off the edge outside of Abraham so that the opposing offense couldn’t double him. I remember one of Patrick Kerney’s best seasons rushing the passer was in Wade Phillips 3-4 with Matt Stewart blitzing behind him. After Stewart left, Kerney’s production went down. It didn’t come back until Coleman came along to push the pocket from the inside.

Ken Strickland

April 10th, 2009
7:56 pm

WR & THE MAN-you don’t know how much I appreciate your acknowledgements, thanks. I was on a roll, but had to cut it short. If you’ll notice, the 6 DEF players taken in last yrs draft fall into 2 categories, LB and DB. I’m positive TD and Smitty knew they wouldn’t resign SS LMalloy and there was a strong possibility both Boley and Brooking wouldn’t return. Therefore, they drafted their possible replacements last yr in LB’s RJames, CLofton and KBiermann. They knew they didn’t want to retain CB DHall, so he was traded and VHutchins and BGrimes were brought in. Then they drafted McCloud to be groomed as Malloy’s potential replacement, and then drafted CB’s CJackson and Wilrey Fontenot. With CB’s DIrons, BGrimes(last yrs starter), VHutchins(last yr #2 FA signee), CHouston, CJackson and GSharpe, we won’t likely draft another CB with our 1st pick unless he has the ability to become an immediate starter.

I love football, as well as the Falcons. As excited as I was about the success we had, on the field, with MVick, I knew we weren’t a very talented team overall, and it eventually showed. Our current team has a solid foundation and this draft will allow TD and Smitty to solidify that foundation.

I can’t get over how some people believe we’ll suffer because we’ve lost 5 starters. Well, if you’ll remember, TD and Smitty replaced, traded or released 11 starters(OG-KForney(Released), OT-TWeiner(replaced), CB-DHall(traded), QB’s-BLeftwich/JHarrington(released), FS-CCrocker(released), RB-WDunn(released), LB-TWilliams(released), DT-RColeman(released), TE-ACrumpler(released), WR-JHorn(released) and PK-MAnderson(released), and look at how successful we were. SO, TO ALL OF YOU DOUBTERS, PLEASE DON’T BRING THAT CRAP ON HERE ABOUT US NOT BEING ABLE TO IMPROVE ON LAST YRS ACCOMPLISHMENTS BECAUSE WE’VE LOST 5 STARTERS AND WILL PLAY A TOUGHER SCHEDULE.

Mark E Scherer

April 10th, 2009
8:15 pm

man you just must have had dumb luck last year in your picks—-it appears that this will be valiadated in 2009.
Quit smoking what your smoking.

Marty Foreman

April 10th, 2009
8:20 pm

Sorry Ledster, the Atlanta Falcons will seleect Louis Delmas, FS, Western Michigan in round 1 of the draft with the 24th spot.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 10th, 2009
8:58 pm

D. Led is watching “Foxy Brown” with our special host from last week Pam Grier. Didn’t know Huggy Bear “Justin Vargas Sr.” was in the movie.

dacha

April 10th, 2009
9:01 pm

I agree that unless someone unexpected (like Peria Jerry) falls into our lap and if no one shows interest on trading up into our spot, we should absolutely take Pettigrew. Ken Strickland summed it all up perfectly in my opinion, though the safety we drafted last year was T. DeCoud not McCloud.

aj

April 10th, 2009
9:45 pm

The Texans arent’ taking a WR in the 1st round (or the 2nd or the 3rd)… good gawd.