NFL combine: Weatherspoon wants to be a Falcon

Sean Weatherspoon wants to be Thomas Dimitroff's third striaght high defensvie pick from the Big 12. (Photo by Parker Eshelman)

Sean Weatherspoon wants to be Thomas Dimitroff's third striaght high defensvie pick from the Big 12. (Photo by Parker Eshelman)

Indianapolis –  Missouri linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, the second rated outside linebacker in the draft by Pro Football Weekly, is doing his due diligence on the Falcons.

“I’ve seen Mr. (Thomas) Dimitroff out here a couple of times and he’s a great guy,” Weatherspoon said.

As the Falcons have tried to rebuild their defense, Dimitroff has used both of his second round picks on players from the Big 12 conference. In 2008, he selected Oklahoma linebacker Curtis Lofton. Last season, Missouri safety William Moore was the pick.

Weatherspoon, wants to be drafted higher, but wouldn’t mind coming to the Falcons at the 19th pick. The Falcons don’t have a second round pick this year. It was sent to Kansas City in the Tony Gonzalez trade.

“I like the Falcons,” Weatherspoon said. “I like their style of defense and I like their linebackers. I know Lofton personally. I played against him in the Big 12.”

Weatherspoon has also been talking to Moore about the Falcons.

“He’d tell me how things were working out,” Weatherspoon said. “How you really have to step up really fast. That’s something that he said he wished he’d done a little bit better. He wishes he would have stepped up a little bit more.”

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February 28th, 2010
2:08 pm


February 28th, 2010
2:11 pm

I really appreciate little tidbits like this. There’s no speculation or someone just writing just to write… there was a little bit of info so it got posted. Great!

But basically everyone knows that we need a CB or DE.

Roger D Smart

February 28th, 2010
2:21 pm



February 28th, 2010
2:23 pm

Roger….I think u might mean draft him…lol


February 28th, 2010
2:44 pm

I’m not against picking up a linebacker if he is the best choice. Peterson is old anyway.


February 28th, 2010
2:51 pm

He’d make a great addition plus I believe N.O. wants him too–so there’s the vengeance angle against our old Foe.


February 28th, 2010
3:15 pm

Straight* not striaght


February 28th, 2010
3:19 pm

What a great kid!! Watch his interview on If he’s there this IS THE PICK. He fits the Falcons to a tee. Great character, great motor, great work ethic. He WILL make a difference immediately.

Stirg d'Nahsif

February 28th, 2010
3:21 pm

Nothing better than choosing someone that has chosen you. Most draftees just want the opportunity to go to the NFL (I’m sure ‘Spoon is no exception), no matter what team drafts him. ’spoon, however, appears to have a bigger desire to, specifically, play for the Falcons. Get that kid in a red & black uni.


February 28th, 2010
3:38 pm

Terrance Cody


February 28th, 2010
3:46 pm

Based on need I don’t see this happening (and check your cutline. It’s a nightmare!)


February 28th, 2010
3:46 pm

Stirg, agree buddy! It’s very early but it looks like a graham/spoon battle. Bought my ticket from SW on the spoon train already but the idea of the ‘aints landing spoon is unthinkable. Every week SW would give us updates on spoon plus we will see him twice a yr. D3 commented earlier that DE is a 2-3 yr learning curve so spoon at 19, kapp in FA to work with bieerman/sid and late 3rd pk this yr. As always, no peppers!!!


February 28th, 2010
4:01 pm

did you notice that Stirg d’nahsif spelled backward is (fish and grits)!! who knows what the falcons will do. You can tell better after
free agency.

Hamad Meander

February 28th, 2010
4:16 pm

I like Weatherspoon. We need more playmakers at linebacker and linebacker is one of the least risky picks in the first round. They almost always pan out. Corner is not a safe pick in the first round. Weatherspoon is always around the ball and has good size and speed.

When we get Peria Jerry and William Moore back this season, and adding a physical young linebacker to the defense, we will have a lot of fresh faces to play some good D with.


February 28th, 2010
4:30 pm

i trust TD and Smith will pick the right guy

Gene Okerlund

February 28th, 2010
4:33 pm

I would love to get Spoon. There was lots of talk surrounding his outstanding leadership at the Senior Bowl, and the kid can play.

I really think that Biermann, Sidbury, Grimes and Owens will continue their late-season improvement from last season. OLB is definitely a priority for the Falcons.

I would still prefer Spiller or Bulaga at 19, but think Spoon would be a great choice as well.

Stirg d'Nahsif

February 28th, 2010
4:59 pm

@ Felix – Really?

@ JJ – ‘Spoon would be most logical. Others I like, for the first pick, would be Kindle, Graham (normally, I would not want a DE but Graham is truly an exception), Morgan (I think he’ll fall to 19) and C.J. Spiller. I agree with the learning curve for a defensive end. I did that research last year. Considering that it takes 3 years, BeerMan, Anderson and Sidbury ought to be ready. Can honestly admit that I’m sold on Kappman but the move would make sense.

My choices for first pick, and beyond:

Sean Weatherspoon
Kyle Wilson or Patrick Robinson (we need a starting corner; I like Daunte Robinson)
Joique Bell or Dexter McCluster (whichever available for our second pick)
John Jerry (Hip Hip Peria’s little brother)
Demariyus Thomas (his injury is a blessing in disguise for us; he’ll fall)
A.O.A. (best corner back on the board, MO)


February 28th, 2010
5:00 pm

Draft any defensive players you want… Until you get a real D-coordinator it won’t matter.


February 28th, 2010
5:03 pm

Sweet! I’m a Mizzou grad living in Atlanta, with Falcons season tickets. I’d love to see Spoon down here! Go Tigers!


February 28th, 2010
5:39 pm

mike peterson is old SEAN WEATHERSPOON IS A GREAT YOUNG TALENTED LINEBACKER he is what we need

Amazin Penis

February 28th, 2010
6:16 pm

how about tim tebow, we need weiners down here in loserville lol


February 28th, 2010
6:19 pm

good to hear lets make it happen. we need a replacement on the weakside because peterson isn’t getting any younger.


February 28th, 2010
6:27 pm

Pass rush No.1, pass rush No.3, pass rush No. 4.
Without a BRUTAL pass rush the Falcons will forever be a 9-7 team……………out in the cold.

Stirg d'Nahsif

February 28th, 2010
6:37 pm

We’ve been drafting pass rushers for the past three years. Give them time to mature; give them time to learn (and master) the craft. It is a process. Even if we drafted a defensive end or DT, he’s not going to start. There is not a defensive lineman, at 19-, that’s likely to go pro bowl next season.

I just heard that Adam Jones is working out for scouts March 19. Wouldn’t it be logical for us to give him a chance? He’s Atlanta-raised. He’s a excellent punt returner. After his hiatus from football, I’m sure he has learned his lesson. He’ll come cheap. He’ll challenge for starting corner back. There are more pros than cons (literally and figuratively) in scouting Pac-Man.


February 28th, 2010
6:43 pm


February 28th, 2010
6:59 pm

I like Spoon, however, Terence “Mount” Cody should be the pick. Peria and Cody will eliminate the run and collapse the QB pocket. No one will do more to improve our pass rush than adding Mount Cody. Don’t forget his value in short yardage situations as a devastating run blocker.


February 28th, 2010
7:24 pm

I’m all for improving the defense, but I still say if C.J. Spiller is available, there’s no way you can pass over him. He’s a game changer.

Stirg d'Nahsif

February 28th, 2010
8:13 pm

GHunt, how does “Mount” Cody help the pass rush when he’s substituted on passing downs?

Foie Gras taste goods on Deeznutz

February 28th, 2010
8:18 pm

Big OL or Mount Cody; put his a$$ on Nutrisystem and stop the run on 1/2 downs.


February 28th, 2010
8:29 pm

Enter your comments here


February 28th, 2010
8:33 pm

If a guy like Weatherspoon wants to come to your team, how can you turn him away? I mean, OLB IS one of our needs, albeight not our greatest. DE is our greatest need in my opinion, then CB. We’ll just have to wait and see who Dimitroff and Smitty like, and how they fall. After free-agency, we’ll know a lot more on who they’ll try to draft.
In TD I trust!!!


February 28th, 2010
10:26 pm

thats what the Falcons neeed but lack Some annititive!!!!!!!!!

sign him let him excite the team Def wins games!!!!!!!!!!!!

trade anderson & davis for a second round pick
maybe trade one of our running backs we can get a corner there sign spoon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


February 28th, 2010
10:57 pm

Dunta Robinson and Antrel Rolle in free agency, then Spoon or Graham in the 1st rd would be real nice. Dimitroff needs to sign both of these free agents, make a splash this year just like we did when we signed Turner.


February 28th, 2010
11:00 pm

I think spoon is the best pick linebacker is the easiest to come straight from college and start. Peterson has one more year left but spoon plays sideline to sideline and is fluid enough to cover on passing downs a DE or CB in the first round is gonna have to develop we need players now. Let peterson play on 1-2 down and spoon play special teams and cover on third. I am sold on SPOON. we need him now. de and cb can be had in free agency or as picks to develop!


February 28th, 2010
11:09 pm

Hey DOL — very interesting idea. I think the brain trust for the Falcons has made a lot of great decisions over the last 2 years, and I trust them to do things right again this spring.

By the way, who proofreads you guys’ photo cutlines? This was posted under Witherspoon’s picture:

Sean Weatherspoon wants to be Thomas Dimitroff’s third striaght high defensvie pick from the Big 12. (Photo by Parker Eshelman)

Would that be third “straight” high “defensive” pick? LOL I know you guys gotta hustle to put stuff on the web, but don’t sacrifice accuracy for speed!

Looking forward to the NFL draft in April and I’m VERY excited about the Falcons’ training camp in August.

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D Money

March 1st, 2010
9:37 am

Out of all of the comments made thus far about who will be at 19, I think Weatherspoon and maybe Cody will be there. Being that we just drafted a DT and one of the better DE will not be there, the most logical would be Weatherspoon. Cody doesn’t fit our scheme whether you agree with the DC or not plus you’re not going to want to play a first round pick only a few snaps during the game. Plus we were VERY good against the run last year. The rush is the problem.

Mike T

March 1st, 2010
2:58 pm

Sorry fellas, he will be wearing black and gold if he is there at 18. Re-think your INK

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Matt Jones

March 2nd, 2010
2:54 pm

OMG–no to fatboy Cody–I knew this smack would start the closer the draft got. He is a slob and tons of money will make it even worse. I bet Cody sweats honey mustard.


March 6th, 2010
8:39 pm

Maurkiece Pouncey is the dark horse he would anchor that offensive line for the next 10 years.In the 3 round we could still grab a good outside linebacker like
A) Rennie Curran-Georgia
B)Dekota Watson Florida State
C) Roddrick Muckelroy= Texas
D) Navorro Bowman, Penn State