Mock Draft 6.0: Welcome to the ATL, Cushing

Falcons QB Matt Ryan shooting an ESPN commercial with Hannah Storm (l) and Josh Elliot.

Falcons QB Matt Ryan shooting an ESPN commercial with Hannah Storm (l) and Josh Elliot. If they shoot another one, maybe he'll take linebacker Brian Cushing with him.

DRAFTVILLE — Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said the hay is in the barn.

The Falcons draft board is all arranged. The Green players are in the green spots. The blue players are in the blue spots. The red guys are in the red slots. The off-the-board guys can find their name plates in the trash dumpster.

The matrix is complete.

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All that’s left is for the players to start flying off draft boards shortly after 4 p.m. on Saturday. At slot 24, the Falcons can kick back, eat some turkey sandwiches, sip on some fruit juice and hope that the Houston Texans don’t pick their guy — USC linebacker Brian Cushing.

The Texans could change the Falcons’ plans. But after much debate, we’re projecting that our friends from H-town will select Florida State’s Everette Brown, leaving Cushing to fall to the Falcons.

Cushing has some issues. But that’s why he’ll be there at No. 24. When he comes in to meet the media on Sunday he’ll have to explain the steroid accusations that have followed him since high school and why he and teammate Clay Matthews Jr. allegedly formed a group called “White Nation” on Facebook.

Now if the Cushing scenario doesn’t unfold for the Falcons, that means another good defender — could be Brown or Penn State’s Aaron Maybin — is slipping. Also on the board for the Falcons will be Northern Illinois defensive end Larry English or Missouri defensive tackle Evander “Ziggy” Hood.

If none of the desirable defensive players slip through, look for the Falcons to trade out of the position and pick up more picks. They will need to land near the top of the second round so they could select Western Michigan safety Louis Delmas.

The Falcons’ trade for Tony Gonzalez has restructured the first round. There are going to be several other trades. Cleveland is trying to dump Braylon Edwards and possibly quarterback Brady Quinn. Washington and Denver may try to get in position to select quarterback Mark Sanchez.

Before the Gonzalez trade, University of Georgia running back Knowshon Moreno was headed to Philadelphia. The Falcons, in part suspecting that Philadelphia was going to take Oklahoma State tight Brandon Pettigrew with the 21st pick, went ahead and got the Gonzalez deal done.

It took Dimitroff and his buddy Scott Pioli all of three hours on Thursday to have a meeting of the former New England minds.

With the Eagles taking Pettigrew, Moreno will slip to Arizona, which has the 31st pick.

More on the Mock Draft later. . . .

COMMUNITY CORNER

Punter Michael Koenen hostted the sixth Annual Dream House Golf Classic on Thursday at the Olde Atlanta Golf Club in Suwanee, Georgia . Proceeds from the event will benefit local children’s charity, Dream House for Medically Fragile Children, Inc. . . .

Falcons punter Michael Koenen was out in the community this week.

Falcons punter Michael Koenen was out in the community this week.

Cornerback Von Hutchins will serve as the grand marshal for the Walk for Lupus at Piedmont Park on Saturday. He will lead the countdown for the event to start. The walk will support the over 55,000 Georgians and 1.5 million Americans who suffer from Lupus. Those interested can start a team or walk as an individual by registering at www.lupusga.org or calling 770-333-5930. . . .

Wide receiver Harry Douglas will serve as the grand marshal for the March of Dimes Walk for Babies on Saturday, April 25 at Centennial Olympic Park. Douglas will sign autographs in the Kids Corner from 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m., do the countdown for the walk, welcome runners back in and sign autographs again from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Back to the Mock Draft . . .

I’m reserving the right to come back in here and switch things up as the day’s trades and signings are executed. It’s a good group for tackles and there could be a run on wide receivers.

LEDBETTER’S 2009 MOCK DRAFT 6.0:

THE FINAL CHAPTER

Is Cushing the real thing or memorex?

Is Cushing the real thing or Memorex?

1. Detroit Lions: Matthew Stafford, QB, Georgia. Stafford has to turn in his Chevy Tahoe and get him a Ford Expedition.

2. St. Louis Rams: Jason Smith, LT, Baylor. The Rams hope Smith can take Orlando Pace’s old spot.

3. Kansas City Chiefs: Aaron Curry, LB, Wake Forest. The Chiefs get some more help for their defense.

4. Seattle Seahawks: Mark Sanchez, QB, USC. Didn’t play much in college, but can backup Matt Hasselbeck until he’s ready.

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

6. Cincinnati Bengals: Andrew Smith, T, Alabama. Bengals make the day’s first big gamble.

7. Oakland Raiders: Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia. He slides a little bit, but the Raiders will snap him up.

8. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jeremy Macklin, WR, Missouri. The Jags shy away from Crabtree because of his speed issues.

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

10. San Francisco 49ers: Michael Oher, T, Mississippi. 49ers take a slight reach to fill a need.

11. Buffalo Bills: Aaron Maybin, DE, Penn State. After picking up Terrell Owens, the Bills turn their attention to defense.

12: Denver Broncos (from Chicago): B.J. Raji, DT, Boston College. Broncos get an anchor for their defensive line.

13. Washington Redskins: Robert Ayers, DE, Tennessee. The Redskins are trying to get into the Mark Sanchez derby.

14. New Orleans Saints: Chris “Beanie” Wells, RB. Sean Payton is looking for someone to run the ball between the tackles.

15. Houston Texans: Everette Brown, DE/OLB, Florida State. Look for the Texans to go defense. They could snap up Cushing right here.

16. San Diego Chargers: Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech. Doesn’t slip too far out of the top 10.

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

18. Denver Broncos: Vontae Davis, CB, Illinois. Broncos attempt to plug their leaky pass defense.

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Peria Jerry, DT, Mississippi. The Bucs try to add some bulk to their front-seven.

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

21. Philadelphia Eagles: Brandon Pettigrew, TE, Oklahoma State: Andy Reid, who was a tight ends coach early in his pro coaching career in Green Bay, knows the position.

22. Minnesota Vikings: Percy Harvin, WR, Florida: Vikes add a playmaker to go with Adrian Peterson.

23. New England Patriots: Clay Matthews Jr., LB, Southern California. Patriots try to replace Mike Vrabel.

24. Atlanta Falcons: Brian Cushing, LB, USC. Everything breaks right and the Falcons get their man. He will compete for one of the starting outside linebacker spots.

25. Miami Dolphins: Malcolm Jenkins, CB, Ohio State. Dolphins address one of their pressing needs.

26. Baltimore Ravens: Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR, Maryland. GM Ozzie Newsome adds a weapon for quarterback Joe Flacco.

27. Indianapolis Colts: Larry English, DE, Northern Illinois: Bill Polian finds another potential Pro Bowler late in the first round. Heir-apparent to speed rusher Dwight Freeney.

28. Buffalo (from Carolina through Philadelphia): Eben Britton, T, Arizona. They have to replace the traded Jason Peters.

29. New York Giants: Brian Robiskie, WR, Ohio State. This pick could change if the Giants make the trade for Cleveland’s Braylon Edwards.

30. Tennessee Titans: Hakeem Nicks, WR, North Carolina. Can you name one of the Titans’ wide receivers?

31. Arizona Cardinals: Knowshon Moreno, RB, Georgia. Cardinals need a running threat to help take some pressure off their vaunted passing attack.

32. Pittsburgh Steelers: Clint Sintim, LB, Virginia. A perfect fit after playing for Al Groh at Virginia.

FIRST ROUND FRINGE

Missouri defensive tackle Ziggy Hood has 15.5 career sacks.

Missouri defensive tackle Ziggy Hood has 15.5 career sacks.

James Laurinaitis, LB, Ohio State
Evander Hood, DT, Missouri
Louis Delmas
, FS, Western Michigan
Kenny Britt, WR, Rutgers
Alphonso Smith, CB, Wake Forest
Alex Mack, C, California
Max Unger, C, Oregon
Duke Robinson, OG, Oklahoma
Donald Brown, RB, Connecticut
Connor Barwin, DE/LB, Cincinnati

Would you be happy with the selection of Cushing? Do you care about the steroid allegations? Do you care about the “White Nation” Facebook group? Would you prefer a defensive tackle like Hood? If Cushing isn’t there, do you fall back and get in position to draft Delmas?

729 comments Add your comment

long time falcon

April 24th, 2009
3:17 pm

Possible steroid guys scare me and cushing has that body builder look and strength. What happens is these guys use the steroids to enhance their athletic performance in college with the hope of cashing in big by becoming a first round pick. Then they get of the roids once they get to the NFL because of the testing. Prime example is Tony Mandarich. He weighed in at 315 lbs for scouts and was deemed the greatest offensive line prospect ever. But when he showed up at his first camp with the packers he weighed 300lbs and looked like a marginal line prospect. Today he openly admits he was scared of NFL testing and got off the roids once he got to the NFL. But it didn’t keep him from cashing in by being the second pick. Ditto for Brian Bosworth.

Personally I don’t think the falcons draft a linebacker in the first round because of the offseason addition of mike peterson. Don’t hear a lot of people talking about this guy but he is still a good player and has a few more years left. I believe that we will draft a developmental linebacker prospect later in the draft. Lofton, peterson, nichols will be the starters. I look for the falcons to do one of three things with that first pick: 1. look to trade down and maybe get two more second rounders 2. draft a defensive end or hybrid end 3. draft the best corner available

Unless Hood is their man I believe defensive tackle will be adressed later in the draft. Just my two cents.

Blaze

April 24th, 2009
3:19 pm

I love Cushing @ 24, however that happening is depending on a lot of things falling into place.

chc4

April 24th, 2009
3:24 pm

No way in he!! Carolina trades Peppers within the division.

Tyger

April 24th, 2009
3:32 pm

1st Rd. Mock is For Whimps…give me at least 3-4 rds. please!!!!

BLACK AND RED DAWG

April 24th, 2009
3:33 pm

ONCE SUPERMAN IS OFF THE “JUICE” HE WILL BE ONLY CLARK KENT AND THIS MEANS A “BUST”!!!!! FALCON’S SAY NO TO BRIAN CUSHING = BUST. I HAVE WATCHED THIS GUY AND HE IS NOT THE TYPE OF TACKLER THAT PUSHES THE PILE BACKWARD ON RUNS.WE NEED A PLAYER WHO WILL KNOCK YOU BACKWARD ON YOUR A$$ FOR A LOST ON A PLAY; LIKE CHUNG, MATTHEWS, ENGLISH, OR CONNOR BARWIN OR THAT DE OUT OF SAN DIEGO.ALSO, WITH ALL THE HATE IN THIS CITY ON THESE BLOGS’WHITE NATION’ WILL TURN THIS CITY OUT.TRUST ME BROTHERS.

Bernie

April 24th, 2009
3:36 pm

Falcons will draft Defense..the first 2 picks…then will look what falls next.. Knowing Dimi..I’m a PATS fan..I think he’ll go after E. Brown,instead of Cushing..guess? Either will be ok for the Falcons.Pats are going to try to trade up..???..Andre Smith or Tyson Jackson or stay at 23rd pick.. Raji comes to mind also?

JJ

April 24th, 2009
4:00 pm

uh that cushing guy has a face book group called WHITE NATION. Unless people want the football version of John Rocker 4get that b!tch.

richbrave

April 24th, 2009
4:13 pm

KEN STRICK:

I say I wish the REDSKINS had him.

Nookah

April 24th, 2009
4:17 pm

chc4, you are the man. You are my editor. Thanks for the highlighting the major *faux pas*. Got to wheel and come again!!!!

Now which other blog would you go and find someone to highlight a major omission like that without the hoopla? This is truly Falcon Nation!!!

Go chc4!!!!!

Nuff respect everytime!!!………THE PROCESS CONTINUES……..

…….who the cap fit, let them wear it…………(Robert Nesta Marley)

CJ

April 24th, 2009
4:17 pm

Cushing is a monster. Athletic, great instincts, love for the game, and now has even more motivation to prove himself. I am not an expert at player analysis, but everytime I got to see Cushing play he stood out. He seems to read plays well, runs through the tackle, never over commits. He is by far the best of the 3 or 4 USC LB’s. This is our playmaker on D.

Please, Please let him drop to us. Heck, trade up to get him. I would rather have an absolute playmaker with my pick, than a couple of guys who ’should pan out’ but don’t make ‘the plays.’

Seminole Warrior

April 24th, 2009
4:27 pm

I am going to have to get some Secret Service protection for my girl Reschiea. Seems like too many of the posse want in on the game…LOL.

D3, I respect the choice bro. Even as we speak, posturing and smoke-screening is in full effect. NYJ, Washington, NE: all supposedly are trying to move up for Sanchez. Going to be a long night…

All I'm Saying Is...

April 24th, 2009
4:52 pm

Seems like the draft is full of linebackers…I say go with what’s harder to find and pick Ziggy…if you control the line of scrimmage then that reduces the need for studs at LB to either help on the rush or to stuff the run. Either way, for once in the life of the Falcons, we have a GM with some sense and an owner who finally realizes (and the Braves didn’t take off until Ted Turner finally has his epiphany) he needs to get back and let his men (TD and Mike Smith) do their job…

falcon21

April 24th, 2009
4:55 pm

I have been listening to McShay for the last 20 minutes and I have finally realized he is an idiot.

Reno 911

April 24th, 2009
5:00 pm

Not only an idiot, but an idiot who’s spent too much time in the tanning booth. That guy is orange.

lets be honest

April 24th, 2009
5:05 pm

falcons need a killer at LB…. kid is nasty….. IM TALKING WE NEED A6 3 245 LB hunting to kill ….. i havnt seen one yet for us…. a franchise LB

tbhawksfan

April 24th, 2009
5:10 pm

Only the early and late rounds are full of LB’s. Couple of very good DT will fall to #55 (Brace, Moala). Sammie Lee Hill seems to be flying up the charts. I saw him as a late second in one.

Check out this site if you haven’t found it yet.

http://www.walterfootball.com/draftdata.php

#24: Maybin OLB
#55: Moala DT
#90: Martin S
#125: Maiva OLB
#138: Taylor DT
#143: Shaughnessy DE
#176: Underwood CB

Yeah, two DT’s Lewis can produce with the young guys work into the rotation. Next season we keep the best three. Shaughnessy is a M. Johnson clone. A little less speed, butt all the size.

Underwood is an under the radar big, fast, but a little raw CB.

I think Maiva could develop into an excellent weakside cover/blitz LB.

mike addington

April 24th, 2009
5:10 pm

Does anyone know why M. Johnson from Tech has fallen out of favor? I only saw him in the GA game, but he looked great to me.

Ken Strickland

April 24th, 2009
5:16 pm

The more I think about it, and the closer we get to the draft, the more I start thinking we’ll draft a DT in the 3rd or 4th rd. DT Sammie Lee Hill demonstrated during the combine, and it’s been revealed in all of his scouting reports, that he’s quicker, faster, more mobile and has more upside than DT Ron Brace. Another DT that might be a better choice than RBrace is DE Chris Baker(6′2″ 326lbs) of Hampton Univ. He played 3yrs at Penn State and started 7 gms before being suspended his junior yr and transferring. If he’s able to play DE at that level at 326lbs, imagine how effective he’d be playing DT. Both players played DE and could also play NT in a 3-4 DEF. Now that’s versatility and value. And both can probably be had with our 4th rd pick, rather than wasting a 2nd rd pick to acquire RBrace. Talk about making a value pick.

Bottomline, we put talented DT’s on our DL that can push the pocket in passing situations and hold the line of scrimmage against the run. Then we allow our playmaking LB’s to make plays.

Reno 911

April 24th, 2009
5:18 pm

Mike- “experts” who watch the tape, led by NFL network’s Mike Mayock, say that Johnson is inconsistent, underperforms, takes plays off, etc. Mayock especially, hates Johnson as a pick any higher than the 3rd round. If you asked me, I’d say he’ll go by the middle of the second round. He just has too much physical potential. The Raiders might be wowed enough to take him at 40.

Reno 911

April 24th, 2009
5:21 pm

Ken Strick- agree in full. Add to that list of 3rd/4th round DT’s: Roy Miller and Dorrell Scott.

WR

April 24th, 2009
5:25 pm

Addington, the so called experts are questioning M.Johnson’s work ethic. Apparently on tape he disappears to often for the experts, they don’t discount his talent but they just wonder will he put in the effort that needed at the pro level, I think he will.

tbhawksfan, you can tell the hawks pissed you off the other night, you had time to come up with a pretty good mock for the other birds,not sure about Maybin in the 1st though.

coach smith

April 24th, 2009
5:29 pm

Joe Paterno

April 24th, 2009
5:48 pm

I am 102 years old and can’t control my bladder but I know Mr. DOB is a complete idiot

Joe Paterno

April 24th, 2009
5:53 pm

we must draft an ol early could not run the ball against good defenses, a mauler at gaurd or center is a must

Reno 911

April 24th, 2009
6:01 pm

D3- pasting my revised mock draft below. Why even bother, though, really. The more I look at it, the more I cannot ignore the fact that I don’t know what I’m doing and, even moreso, I know even less about what teams that I know little about are going to do. But, nonetheless, here you go. Thanks again for collecting people’s picks. It adds an element of interest to the day.

1. Detroit – Matthew Stafford
2. St. Louis – Jason Smith
3. Kansas city trades to the Snyderettes– Mark Sanchez
4. Seattle – Eugene Monroe
5. Cleveland – Aaron Curry
6. Cincinnati – Andre Smith
7. Oakland – Darius Heyward-Bey
8. Jax – Michael Crabtree
9. Green Bay- B.J. Raji
10. San Fran – Michael Oher
11. Buffalo – Brian Orakpo
12. Denver- Tyson Jackson
13. Washington (probably traded to KC)- Aaron Maybin
14. N.O.- Malcolm Jenkins
15. Houston – Clay Matthews
16. San Diego – Eben Britton
17. NY Jets – Chris Wells
18. Denver – Knowshon Moreno
19. Tampa Bay – Josh Freeman
20. Detroit – William Beatty
21. Philly – Robert Ayers
22. Minnesota – Percy Harvin
23. New England – Rey Maualuga
24. Atlanta (crossing my fingers for a trade down) – Peria Jerry
25. Miami – Darius Butler
26. Baltimore – Jeremy Maclin
27. Indy – Ziggy Hood
28. Buffalo – Brandon Pettigrew
29. NY Giants – Brian Cushing
30. Tennessee – Sean Smith
31. Arizona – Donald Brown
32. Pittsburgh – Alex Mack

See you guys tomorrow. Got some pennance to do between now and then so I can spend 5+ hours in front of the tube without going into the penalty box.

It's me Bobby P

April 24th, 2009
6:04 pm

If I was still coach we would have won the Super Bowl and would be going for two in a row.

Marko

April 24th, 2009
6:17 pm

Usual suspects, this will be my final Mock. Unless I get ambitious and change my mind. I predict two or more first round trades I only included one because trades are hard to predict. The one I have seems logical to me based on what the New England Alumni do when they set up shop elsewhere. First item of business, find your Quarterback. That’s what Dimitroff did in Atlanta, Pioli did in Kansas City and Josh McDaniel’s attempted to do in Denver. The Sad thing is that for the New England guys a man’s quarterback is Cassel, and no two teams can share the same Cassel. The result was Kansas City got custody of the Cassel and Denver was left without a Culver to call their own. Let this be a lesson to us all Quarterbacks are a jealous bunch; they don’t appreciate it when their GM’s start fooling around with strange new quarterbacks. My proposed trade gives Denver Mark Sanchez, and leaves Washington with a very upset Jason Campbell. What twisted webs we weave.

Marko

April 24th, 2009
6:17 pm

Marko’s Mocko

1 Detroit Lions: Matthew Stafford, QB Georgia,

2 St. Louis; Eugene Monroe OT Virginia, .

3 Denver from Kansas City: Mark Sanchez, QB USC

4 Seattle: Aaron Curry, LB Wake Forest

5 Cleveland: Jason Smith OT Baylor.

6 Cincinnati: Andre Smith,

7 Oakland: Michael Crabtree,

8 Jacksonville: BJ Raji,

9 Green Bay: Brian Orakpo,

10 San Francisco: Jeremy Maklin,

11Buffalo: Aaron Maybin, LB DE Penn St

11 Kansas City from Denver : Tyson Jackson DE LSU

13Washington: Robert Ayers DE Tennessee.

14New Orleans: Everette Brown, DE FSU,

15 Houston: Brain Cushing, LB USC,

16 San Diego Rey Maualuga, LB USC

17New York Jets, Tampa Bay Josh Freeman QB Kansas State

18Kansas City from Denver, Brandon Pettigrew, TE Oklahoma St.

19 Tampa Bay Peria Jerry DT Mississippi

20 Detroit Michael Oher: OT Mississippi:

21Philadelphia:darrius Heyward-Bey WR Maryland

22Minnasotta Eben Britton OT Arizona,

23 New England: Connor Barwin LB DE Cincinati

24 Atlanta:Clay Matthews, LB USC,

25Miami: Vontae Davis, CB,

26Baltimore. Percy Harvin WR Florida

27 Indiana: Evander Hood, DT Missouri,.

28 Buffalo: Chris Wells RB Ohio State

29 New York Giants: Kenny Britt WR. Rutgers

30Tennessee Darius Butler CB Connecticut

31 Arizona Donald Brown RB Connecticut

32 Pittsburg: Max Unger OT Oregon

A

April 24th, 2009
6:21 pm

Actually, Hannah Storm is from Atlanta… she is a graduate Westminster! So, she would be coming home if we draft her…

JJ

April 24th, 2009
6:25 pm

JJ 4:00PM No disrespect, but I’ve been on this blog for a couple of years so could you change your name.
Because I dont want people confusing me with you. Do a little bit of research (it’s a must on this blog, unlike some other ajc’s) about this “white nation”. They did not start it or named it. I’ve been off the usc cool-aide for weeks like most of my brothers here. BUT PLEASE, THEIRS ONLY ONE DRUNK JJ – THAT’S ME!!! (gulping offical stripe now!!!)
Back to my sheet of integrity…..

Seminole Warrior

April 24th, 2009
6:26 pm

A lot of good points being made and I see the posse is busy revising the mocks. Same is going on here. No thunderstorms to distract me tonight.

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chc4

April 24th, 2009
6:43 pm

Just heard Laurinaitis on 680 and he is one impressive guy. I’m not in favor of taking him at 24 but if we trade back I could live with it. Come to think of it, if TD likes him @ #24 who am I to doubt it??

JJ

April 24th, 2009
7:07 pm

Marko: I’m with you on the denver trade…I posted this a.m. with a ref. to D3 eggs/face plant; but of course the blog closed after mine and stirgs blog. So dont get pissed, but that’s one of my 3 1st rd. trades. I guess gsu thinks alike? na

D3: Still researching/fine tuning…I have a suggestion. Like your point system, but what about a top 3 in showing, AND the worst of the regulars?

We could call it the “GREENIE AWARD” for worst draft. Although I’m researching my ass off thanks to my fellow d-led deciples, this could be a greek tragedy in mock drafts!

The Dean 21

April 24th, 2009
7:20 pm

Alright D3, I’ve calculated as much as I can and this is my final answer! With all the trades in the works, I assume Denver & Washington can screw the entire draft up if they trade up to get Mark Sachez, so this is a mock without the trades, sort of speak~

The Dean’s Mock!

1. Detroit– QB -Matthew Stafford
2. St. Louis- OT -Jason Smith
3. Kansas City– LB Aaron Curry
4. Seattle– QB- Mark Sanchez
5. Cleveland– WR -Michael Crabtree
6. Cincinnati– OT- Andre Smith
7. Oakland– WR -Jeremy Maclin
8. Jacksonville– DE -Brian Orakpo
9. Green Bay– DT-B.J. Raji
10. San Francisco– OT-Eugene Monroe
11. Buffalo– DE Robert Ayers
12. Denver– DE Tyson Jackson
13. Washington– Michael Oher
14. New Orleans– LB – Brian Cushing
15. Houston– CB Malcom Jenkins
16. San Diego- RB- Knowshon Moreno
17. New York Jets– QB Josh Freeman
18. Denver (from Chicago)– DE – Aaron Maybin
19. Tampa Bay– Clay Matthews
20. Detroit (from Dallas)– LB – James Laurinaitis
21. Philadelphia– TE Brandon Pettigrew
22. Minnesota– OT Eben Britton
23. New England–CB – Darius Butler
24. Atlanta– DT Peria Jerry
25. Miami– WR Percy Harvin
26. Baltimore– WR Darrius Heyward-Bey
27. Indianapolis– DT – Evander “Ziggy” Hood
28. Buffalo – OT -Phil Loadholt
29. New York Giants– WR Darrius Heywood Bey
30. Tennessee– CB – Alphonso Smith
31. Arizona– RB Donald Brown
32. Pittsburgh– OT- Max Unger

FALCONS SELECTIONS
24) DT Peria Jerry
55) DE Michael Johnson
90) LB Marcus Freeman
125) CB Kevin Barnes
138) OG Herman Johnson or TGreen
143) DE M. Shaughessy
176) FS Emanual Cook

The Dean 21

April 24th, 2009
7:23 pm

There is a report out that Stafford has agreed to sign with Detriot for 40 mil Guaranteed!

Brian Hunt

April 24th, 2009
7:26 pm

Unless a guy just blows your doors off, there is no reason to draft a defensive lineman in the first round any more. They take a while to develop and look at all the defensive linemen drafted in the first round the last few years shows a lot of projects. With that being the case, why not just draft them later and develop them? Use first round picks on guys who can make an immediate impact. In this draft, that means a LB or an Offensive lineman.

The Dean 21

April 24th, 2009
7:37 pm

There is a report out that Stafford has agreed to sign with “Detroit” for 40 mil Guaranteed!

The Dean 21

April 24th, 2009
7:40 pm

Typo: There is a report out that Stafford has agreed to sign with Detroit for 40 mil Guaranteed!

Shamus Thacker

April 24th, 2009
7:47 pm

Any late word on possible Dorsey trade?

Seminole Warrior

April 24th, 2009
8:20 pm

What’s up Posse. Those revised mocks are flowing in. D3 is going to be one busy brother tonight; hope he has a nice supply of the Stripe.
I’ll get mine to him before sunrise.

I’m liking all the mojo my boy Freeman is getting in the second/third round. I could see him projecting at SAM or weakside.

Dacha, what is the motive for the trade with Buffalo and what do we get out of it?

Marko, you went back to Matthews? I don’t think he will make it past Houston. Honestly, I think all three of the USC trio will be gone b4 we select. The hype will win out and they will move quickly.

Check back in later…still refining the product. May even have a surprise or two in store, brethern. Stay tuned.

dacha

April 24th, 2009
9:11 pm

SW: Just wanting to shake things up a bit…I know that Buffalo wants Pettigrew bad but they may not be patient enough to wait on him. I don’t expect him to get by Miami and I hope that the Bills see it the same way. As for us, only moving down a few spots, I would be satisfied with a pick in either the 3rd or 4th. That’s where TD works his magic anyway. Sry, I can’t join you on the Ziggy train, just not feeling it. If we do snag him, I hope he becomes a beast and I’ll owe you a stripe.

BTW, if you haven’t already, check out the Laurinaitis interview in the media lounge on the falcons website. Just a great, great kid with tons of character. I may be wrong, but i would pick him ahead of any LB in this years class, excluding Curry.

http://www.atlantafalcons.com/media_library/Videos/NFL_Draft_and_Combine/Combine/2009/LB_James_Laurinaitis_-_2-21-09.aspx

Big Ray

April 24th, 2009
9:12 pm

WHASSUP FELLOW FALCON FANS!!

I’m not worried about Brian Cushing. First, let me say that he may not drop to us. Second, if Dimitroff and Smith really like this guy, then there’s something to him that we cannot see. And if they take him, I’m taking it on faith that they have well and thoroughly done their homework. I don’t see it happening any other way. Dimitroff is not like Al Davis, who gets all giddy over strong arms, 40 yard dash times, and bench press numbers. I’m not sweating this pick.

Here’s another thing to consider. We talk sometimes about players being a product of a good system, and we use it with a negative connotation. I’m not condemning anybody for this, as I’ve done it plenty of times myself. But let’s think about this for a minute. Aren’t we trying to build a “good system” here? So if one or two (or five) of our guys make the Pro Bowl, are we going to say “well, he’s a product of a good system?” No, we are not. Good systems are often good places to get good players. Not a GUARANTEE, but something to think about. After all, do you want a product from a bad system, even if he’s a standout? Remember, with bad systems, you have BAD COACHING.

Until D.O. Ledbetter made mention of it, I didn’t realize that the USC linebacker coach is none other than Ken Norton, Jr. If his coaching is anything like his playing, I’d say Cushing, Maualuga, Matthews and the others are definitely in a good system. Which can’t be a bad thing…

As for Cushing’s character issues, I don’t know. The guy is in college, where an incredible amount of stupid things happen. And I don’t see how he could have gotten along with his teammates if he was truly a racist. Seems to me like he and Maualuga were pretty close. There was even a clip of Maualuga being rather emotional about them not playing together anymore. I’m just sayin’….I’m not going into the draft worried about everybody’s little red “character” flags. Now if they have some SERIOUS character flaws like Mr. Meangelo, then I say pass.

On the subject of trading out of the first round…I know in the recent past I’ve said that this is not a bad idea if the pick(s) we acquire are high second round. But with the trade having taken place, and more trades to follow, there is NO TELLING who might fall to us at #24. It might even be somebody we crave, but don’t expect to be able to get. You just never know. Trading out of the first round is a gamble. Unless you are sure of a certain number of scenarios (and very acceptable Plan B options to those scenarios), you better not trade down.

If Dimitroff nabs Cushing, I’m cool with it. If the Hood Express comes to town, I’m cool with it. If it’s English, I’m good to go. I just know that whatever we do, it’s going to be all good.

…..but if I’m a bettin’ man…and the right guys drop down? It’s going to be a LB. I figure we snag a DT first if certain LBs are not on the board. I’m just fine with picking up beasts like Jarron Gilbert or Sammie Lee Hill, Ron Brace, Chris Baker (maybe), and others in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th rounds. And unless we trade out of the 1st round, we’re not getting a safety first. Maybe not even second. You never know.

One more thing. Any possible changes in schemes equal changes in what our most pressing defensive needs. So what we THINK we need may not quite be what the real decision-makers have listed as needs. Could be some minor surprises as to what gets taken when.

Big Ray

April 24th, 2009
9:22 pm

Dacha,

Laurinaitis is probably the most “proven” prospect in this draft, though he will have a peer or two in that segment. Notice I didn’t say “hottest prospect”, “most athletic”, “best linebacker”, or anything else like that. Most proven. He has the stats, and he has the awards. He would have been where guys like Brian Orakpo, Aaron Curry, and some others are mentioned in the draft…had he declared LAST year.

He’s going to be a solid player, wherever he goes. Might even make some Pro Bowl appearances. Right now, he’s got two major obstacles to overcome (and he can’t help either): 1) He’s not nearly one of the hottest prospects, let alone at his position, and 2)the history of LBs from Ohio State.

He’ll be fine. And somebody is going to look smart for taking him. Bank on it.

Heh. Time for comedy hour….

I see somebody managed to wake up CLTHURMAN. He should be happy that we’ll be focusing on defense, now that the Gonzalez trade has gone through. But no, he has to get all wrapped around the flag pole about comments being made in connection with Brian Cushing, and the now mildly infamous “white nation” caper. Well, we know what will drag YOU out of the woodwork, don’t we? ;)

Speaking of which…has anybody heard anything from ol’ CrabappleJoe since the LAST time somebody breathed the hallowed name of Keith Brooking? No? Well now that I’ve typed it, maybe we’ll hear something from him. Not about the Falcons of course. Just Brooking. Heh. :)

Yes, picking at people can be fun…so is watching all the experts scramble like crazy with their mock drafts… or wondering how many Red Stripes (oops, I meant Scripes) get downed by Stirg, D3, and SeminoleWarrior in the next several hours… ;)

Nookah

April 24th, 2009
9:24 pm

Just checked in guys. This blog is hot!!! I have to do a little revising too. As someone mentioned before (can’t remember who right now – no disrespect), but I really am an amateur at this, but it’s so much fun. Can you imagine getting paid to do this? Of course I know there’s much more work being put in when you are being paid, but I’d love to do this all day all night!!!!

I’m putting my faith in the Dynamic Duo and I’ll live with whoever they draft and whatever moves they may make. All I can say is this offense is going to be one r_ _ s offense (the yardies and those associated with yardies will understand).

Go Falcons!!!

Nuff respect everytime!!!…………….THE PROCESS CONTINUES……

After we did the TG trade, I found myself singing in the shower…………….

“I can see clearly now, the rain has gone, I can see all obstacles in my way….(Jimmy Cliff)

Journalism Is Dead

April 24th, 2009
9:30 pm

Andre Smith; not Andrew Smith
Maclin; not Macklin
Clay Matthews III; not Clay Matthews Jr.

Epic Fail

falcon21

April 24th, 2009
9:44 pm

BIG RAY, I have not heard anything from CrabappleJoe myself, he may have moved to Dallas and the Cushing thing was only a team joke which the media made too much of. Forget that, I would like to draft Cushing but as you said “I will agree with TD”.

JJ

April 24th, 2009
9:56 pm

Big Ray: 4 scripes, 4 shots and that’s my final answer. It’s the trades (of course) in the first round that determines the victory. In my hazy stripe view, sanchez AND freeman have some desperate gm’s after them, mainly to buy their own jobs/salary to obtain a few development years. The question’s are whom: Denver, Washington, Jets and Tampa Bay.

I beleive Denver wins the Sanchez battle over Washington due to their multi-draft positions. But Snyder is a nutt and may give up every 1st rd. for the next decade. Who wins? je ne sais pas! (2 yrs of h.s. french classes!)

Next: Jets vs. Bucs for Josh Freeman.
Tampa Bay’s new coach, morris I think, worked with this kid in college. He loves him like D-led on foxy brown. J-E-T-S will have to wait for the qb’s of 2010, or trade for golic’s Brady Quinn.

D3: It’s a crapshot with these trades, one mis-draft will effect every draft after…ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh..time out for liquid refreshments…

dacha

April 24th, 2009
10:02 pm

Big Ray: Agree with you 100% on JL. I personally hope that we are the ones that “look smart” by taking him. Also, after reading your convincing summary of Cushing, I’m having a slight change of heart in his favor. I’m not entirely sold on the guy, but if TD thinks he’s our man then I’m all for it.

crabapplejoe

April 24th, 2009
10:05 pm

braveshater wrote: “Cushing will be a Bust, he’s a weaker version of Keith Brooking who couldnt cover his head in the rain.”

Yeah, if we draft Cushings and he only goes to five pro-bowls like Brookings then he will definitely be a “bust”. As for coverage: Brooking has 12 career interceptions; Jesse Tuggle (Falcon Ring or Honor) had 6; and Mike Singletary (NFL Hall of Fame) had 7…so yeah, you’re right the dude couldn’t cover…you KB56 haters are a riot. ROTFLMAO