AFTERMATH TOWNSHIP — The Falcons draft basically started last Thursday, when they completed the Tony Gonzalez trade.
The Falcons said it came together quickly last week, but the hall of famer said that the Chiefs had called him
about the deal last Saturday.
“They guaranteed a good draft right away, before the draft actually started, by acquiring Tony Gonzalez,” NFL Network analyst Charles Davis said. “Then they could go defense. I think they were afraid and it turned out that their fears were well-founded that the guy that they wanted in the first round, which I thought all along was Brandon Pettigrew, would be gone. He went 20th to Detroit. I thought it was a tremendous start for them and then it just kept getting better.”
The Falcons had a first round dilemma. In the Michael Vick aftermath, they are not taking any chances on players with character issues. Because of that, they passed on cornerback Vontae Davis of Illinois. He had some discipline issues at Illinois and Pro Football Weekly compared him to DeAngelo Hall as a player who could bounce around and was not coachable at times.
But if Davis, the younger brother of San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis, matures and turns into a lockdown corner then the Falcons could be kicking themselves later.
The Falcons needed a cornerback. Who doesn’t need a lockdown cornerback. The cornerbacks they selected — Chris Owens and William Middleton — are not of the same level and Vontae Davis.
But Thomas Dimitroff and the personnel department are getting the benefit of the doubt for taking Jerry over Davis. About the only knock on Jerry is his durability.
“He just went one pick later to Miami,” Charles Davis said of Vontae. “I think they had to decide if Davis was a big time guy, it was a matter of who they had rated higher on their board. . . They went boom, Jerry. He’s higher rated that Vontae Davis.”
ESPN’s Mel Kiper doesn’t think the Falcons made a mistake by selecting Jerry over Davis.
There is a major problem with “needs first” drafting verses “best player” available. They Falcons went with a “need” two years ago and took defensive end Jamaal Anderson with the No. 8 pick. Patrick Willis, the best linebacker in the draft, was sitting right there and went two picks later to San Francisco.
ESPN’S KIPER ON THE FALCONS DRAFT: “Peria Jerry was my most under-rated player all year. I had him in my top 25 and nobody else did at the time. People were saying ‘why do you have Peria Jerry so high.’ Peria Jerry made a ton of plays behind the line of scrimmage. He was one of the best pass rushers for a defensive tackle that I’ve seen over the last couple of years. . .
“He’s 6-2, 305 pounds. He beat centers and guards on the SEC level on a regular basis. He’s a battler. He works hard. He stays on his feet. I don’t know what you don’t like about Jerry. I didn’t think Atlanta would necessarily take him. I thought he could go a little earlier to Tampa or maybe to Indianapolis. . .
“I like the William Moore pick. I talked about him before the draft as being one of the guys who could go in the second round and be a steal. I like Christopher Owens. (Lawrence) Sidbury, I like. (William) Middleton has speed and size. I thought he was a good player at that level, but an average prospect. I like Garrett Reynolds, he’s a guy who can make it as a backup. (Spencer) Adkins could be a back up and special teamer. Vance Walker can make your team in a rotation. I gave it a B grade. You have a lot of guys that are going to make this football team and four or five that are going to be major contributors.”
NFL NETWORK’S CHARLES DAVIS ON THE FALCONS DRAFT: “They got an inside run stuffer in Jerry. William Moore is a guy that I really like. I know a lot of people had him sliding. They talked about him playing linebacker. . .
“This guy was hurt a lot as a senior. You can go back and ask them, off of his junior tape he was a top 20 pick in the draft. That’s how good he was. To me, it was a great gamble for them. Ultimately it could be a steal. . .
“Chris Owens at corner is a big help. (Video check: Sidbury is a nice pass rusher. I like a lot of their moves. Vance Walker in the seventh round can be a guy that could be a surprise and a steal.
Why is Walker such a steal?
“He’s a battler,” Davis said. “I had him down there at the Senior Bowl. I watched him go to work. I think in the seventh round it’s a great value pick.”
KIPER ON CLEMSON QB CULLEN HARPER (Sequoyah High): “I think in terms of Cullen Harper, you look (at him) overall and he had 14 interceptions and 13 touchdowns. He just wasn’t able to maintain that type of grade. When you look at him, he has the size. He has the arm. I think when you put him under the microscope his stock started to drop. . . With the unorthodox delivery, the slow delivery. . . The numbers dropped from where they were when he was a junior when he had 27 touchdowns and six interceptions. . . . I think that was the real reason why. But a lot of quarterbacks didn’t get drafted. A lot of quarterbacks were in that same realm. . . . It wasn’t a shocker that he didn’t get drafted.”
KIPER ON CLEMSON WR AARON KELLY (Walton High): He caught a lot of passes. A tall angular kid. He didn’t always play to his level. . . Had speed, but didn’t always explode out of his cuts. Has straight line speed. To me, getting proper separation was an issue at times I thought. To me, you look at (North Carolina’s) Brooks Foster and he does 27 reps (lifting 225 pounds). (Kelly) did 11. . . He’ll be a nice free agent acquisition, but I thought he was a borderline draft choice. I have him a 6/5 grade. Which means he was a sixth round type of guy. A sixth round type of guy can be a free agent very easily.” Kelly, the ACC career receptions leader, signed an undrafted free agent deal with the Falcons.
MOCKING THE MOCK: My Dad, Albert D. Ledbetter Jr., is the official Mock draft scorer and I got 27 of the 32 first round picks, he said. l have to go back and get the direct hits (right player, right team). Falcons GM Rich McKay said anything over 25 is a passing grade. Also, we listed five players the Falcons could draft in Saturday’s editions and Jerry was in the Fab Five.
BUT AFTER THE DRAFT every year you have to listen to some Public Enemy. Because all of the hyped players will have to take the field soon for mini-camp and back up all of the good stuff folks are saying about them.
DON’T BELIEVE THE HYPE — BY PUBLIC ENEMY
LYRICS- COURTESY OF LYRICSDEPOT.COM
Caught you lookin’ for the same thing
It’s a new thing check out this I bring
Uh Oh the roll below the level
‘Cause I’m livin’ low next to the bass C’mon
Turn up the radio
They claim that I’m a criminal
By now I wonder how
Some people never know
The enemy could be their friend guardian
I’m not a hooligan
I rock the party and
Clear all the madness, I’m not a racist
Preach to teach to all
‘Cause some they never had this
Number one, not born to run
About the gun…
I wasn’t licensed to have one
The minute they see me, fear me
I’m the epitome – a public enemy
Used, abused without clues
I refused to blow a fuse
They even had it on the news
Don’t believe the hype…
Was the start of my last jam
So here it is again, another def jam
But since I gave you all a little something
That we knew you lacked
They still consider me a new jack
All the critics you can hang’em
I’ll hold the rope
But they hope to the pope
And pray it ain’t dope
The follower of Farrakhan
Don’t tell me that you understand
Until you hear the man
The book of the new school rap game
Writers treat me like Coltrane, insane
Yes to them, but to me I’m a different kind
We’re brothers of the same mind, unblind
Caught in the middle and
I don’t rhyme for the sake of of riddlin’
Some claim that I’m a smuggler
Some say I never heard of ‘ya
A rap burgler, false media
We don’t need it do we?
It’s fake that’s what it be to ‘ya, dig me?
Don’t believe the hype…
Don’t believe the hype – its a sequel
As an equal, can I get this through to you
My 98’s boomin’ with a trunk of funk
All the jealous punks can’t stop the dunk
Comin’ from the school of hard knocks
Some perpetrate, they drink Clorox
Attack the black, cause I know they lack exact
The cold facts, and still they try to Xerox
Leader of the new school, uncool
Never played the fool, just made the rules
Remember there’s a need to get alarmed
Again I said I was a timebomb
In the daytime the radio’s scared of me
‘Cause I’m mad, plus I’m the enemy
They can’t c’mon and play with me in primetime
‘Cause I know the time, plus I’m gettin’ mine
I get on the mix late in the night
They know I’m livin’ right, so here go the mike, sike
Before I let it go, don’t rush my show
You try to reach and grab and get elbowed
Word to herb, yo if you can’t swing this
Just a little bit of the taste of the bass for you
As you get up and dance at the LQ
When some deny it, defy if I swing bolos
Then they clear the lane I go solo
The meaning of all of that
Some media is the whack
You believe it’s true, it blows me through the roof
Suckers, liars get me a shovel
Some writers I know are damn devils
For them I say don’t believe the hype
Yo Chuck, they must be on a pipe, right?
Their pens and pads I’ll snatch
‘Cause I’ve had it
I’m not an addict fiendin’ for static
I’ll see their tape recoreder and grab it
No, you can’t have it back silly rabbit
I’m going’ to my media assassin
Harry Allen, I gotta ask him
Yo Harry, you’re a writer, are we that type?
Don’t believe the hype
I got flavor and all those things you know
Yeah boy, part two bum rush and show
Yo Griff, get the green black red and
Gold down countdown to Armageddon
-88 you wait the S1Ws will
Rock the hard jams – treat it like a seminar
Teach the bourgeoise, and rock the boulevard
Some sau I’m negative
But they’re not positive
But what I got to give…
The media says this
Well, what do you think about the draft? Are you believing the hype? Is this tight “character first” stuff costing the Falcons some good players? Should they keep up with this sign all of the Boy Scouts stuff? Do you agree with Kiper and Davis on the Falcons draft? Do you like Flav’s clock?