Falcons to workout Weatherspoon at Mizzou

Sean Weatherspoon told the AJC at the combine that he wants to be Thomas Dimitroff's third consecutive high defensvie pick from the Big 12. (Photo by Parker Eshelman)

Sean Weatherspoon told the AJC at the combine that he wants to be Thomas Dimitroff's third consecutive high defensvie pick from the Big 12. (Photo by Parker Eshelman)

One player of interest for the Atlanta Falcons is Missouri linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, who is set to workout for representatives from the team on Wednesday in Columbia, Missouri.

The Falcons have dipped into the Big 12 with each of their second round picks in each of the last two drafts.

In 2008, they selected Oklahoma linebacker Curtis Lofton and last season they selected Missouri safety William Moore.

Weatherspoon meet with the Falcons at the NFL scouting combine. He’ s the No. 2 rated linebacker in the draft by Pro Football Weekly’s 2010 Draft Guide. Texas linebacker Sergio Kindle is rated ahead of Weatherspoon.

Here’s their upside to Weatherspoon: “Instinctive with an outstanding football IQ — has a nose for the ball.”

Downside: “Does not have long arms and could do a better job disengaging — stays hung up on blocks and can be engulfed.”

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FalconfaninVA

March 16th, 2010
6:52 am

Draft SPOON!

tjhook

March 16th, 2010
6:59 am

He’s a nice player, but not outstanding. I’d trade down in the first round and try to get an additional pick by sliding. He is like Lofton, pretty good, but not enough to be a game changer on defense.

London Falcon

March 16th, 2010
7:03 am

We need someone who can hit hard and make plays. If Weatherspoon is that type of player then go get him!

KC in Smyrna

March 16th, 2010
7:15 am

“Downside: “Does not have long arms and could do a better job disengaging — stays hung up on blocks and can be engulfed.”

I can do without a LB with this problem. A LB has to be able to take on a blocker and disengage to make the tackle. This isn’t college where LBs just hang out and make tackles. I say NO to Weatherspoon.

Compare him to LBs from last year and he’s a 3rd/4th rounder. Do not reach just because he is the #2 LB this year. Get a LB further down in 3rd or 4th round.

Najeh Davenpoop

March 16th, 2010
7:32 am

have not yet decided on spoon. am sold on spork, though.

Larry

March 16th, 2010
7:48 am

Turner may start to regress a little and Norwood is fragile and the easiest RB to arm tackle in the NFL. Get the best offensive talent in the draft this year–get Spiller!

Halsey

March 16th, 2010
7:55 am

If the Falcons go offense in the first it will be a O-lineman or maybe WR. They are not going to draft a RB in the first when they already have Turner, Norwood and Snelling under contract.

Weatherspoon is the player most likely to be drafted by the Falcons in rnd 1. He fits a need and has the traits the Falcons look for in a player.

Mr. Phil

March 16th, 2010
7:56 am

Weatherspoon would be a decent pick. I would prefer Griffen or Pierre-Paul, but would not complain. Actually as long as more than half our picks are on defensive players, I will celebrate. I know we need another WR, offensive lineman, maybe even a RB. But I think if we can really beef up the D, the offense can wait another year.

fanATicaL

March 16th, 2010
8:01 am

I like the Spoon pick at 19 if available .But if not and Spiller is available then that would be a great pick up.Mcknight should go in the 2nd rd.But McClusky could possibly make it to us in the 3rd.

Blue Fender

March 16th, 2010
8:08 am

Weatherspoon reminds me of Jessie Tuggle in size and veracity. Some players can look good with long arms and hugh bodies, but you can’t teach heart. Spoon seems to have “it”.

Blue Fender

March 16th, 2010
8:08 am

Oops! “huge”

The Real Falcon

March 16th, 2010
8:18 am

The type LB we need is a rush of the edge type, IF we draft that position. That is not his game which requires quick dis-engagement.
Please forget about Spiller unless you want the same defense as last year. Which of course means you’re really a A’ints fan.

The Real Falcon

March 16th, 2010
8:27 am

Updating previous reports, the Lions surrendered only a 2010 sixth-round pick and a conditional seventh-rounder in the 2011 draft in their trade with the Falcons for CB Chris Houston.

In addition to the confirmed 2010 sixth-rounder, original reports had the Lions exchanging fifth-round picks in this April’s draft (No. 132 for No. 148). Instead, the second pick traded won’t come for another year and may be as late as the seventh, presumably depending on starts and Houston’s production.
Source: detroitlions.com

We got hosed on the Houston trade.

gringo honeymoon

March 16th, 2010
8:50 am

I say BLOW up our draft to trade for Eric Berry. He`s a game changer and seems to be falling somewhat. If hes available @ 7-9 lets move up…

Jerry

March 16th, 2010
8:55 am

Berry is dropping for a reason and Don Imus would be a better pick than Pouncey. Take spoon if he is still there although I doubt he will be.My pick would then be the best available D.E.

Matty Ice

March 16th, 2010
8:56 am

I’ve seen into the Falcons future………and it involves a SPOON!!!! :)

IceFan

March 16th, 2010
9:08 am

Unless we trade back to get a 2nd rounder we need to take OL or Spoon at 19!

AlphaDawg

March 16th, 2010
9:11 am

I heard Spoon was “ME” type player who came off as a real jerk at the combine interviews…read one of the scouting reports and the scout said he’d be a cancer in the locker room and suggested teams stay away in the 1st round.

FalconsTransplant

March 16th, 2010
9:21 am

Spoon has a lot of Heart, a motor that doesn’t quit, leadership qualities that we lack currently, a mouth that will be backed up physically and the ‘IT’ quality that most NFL teams covet. I think our guys TD/MS love him and will make him our 1st rounder. I think we also go best player availible in the 3rd and needs base on or 3rd comp.

The Grinch

March 16th, 2010
9:22 am

A “nose for the ball” is exactly what we need more of on defense. Hey D-Led, how come you didn’t use this guy’s entire name? Are you THAT sure we’re going to trade back into the 2nd to get Pouncey and picks?

Paulitik

March 16th, 2010
9:32 am

Spoon is exactly the piece we need to bring this Defense into the top 10. Not only because of his play, but his work ethic and influence on his teammates. He would be our version of Derrick Brooks and add an identity to this D. Not to mention he is fantastic in pass protection. Look at his Senior Bowl performance.

Obviously the Pass-rush needs to be addressed, but short of Derrick Morgan, all of the first round DEs are projects, and we already have 2 promising prospects in Sidbury and Biermann. Sidbury’s numbers are as good, and in most cases better than any DE in this draft.

Look back to the ‘08 and ‘09 Eagles games, both Ain’ts games last season. We are getting killed by athletic TEs and pass-catching RBs like Westbrook, Bush, and Shockey. A great coverage OLB like Spoon, who can be a starter day 1, would neutralize that weakness. He would also be a great asset agent mobile QBs as a spy, like Derrick Brooks was so good at getting to Vick. Imperative since we may have to face Vick and a few other mobile Qbs again this year.

South ga boy in the atl

March 16th, 2010
9:33 am

I’m still thinking TD will make a trade using a player/players (JA 98 comes to mind) or picks (trading down to a later 1st rd pick and adding a 2nd pick) to get us back in the second rd and with his old team (NE) sitting there with 3 second rd picks, in the 40’s, it would seem they are the likely trading partner. If we gave up our 19 and JA 98 (NE needs depth at DE and JA 98 is better suited to be a 3-4 DE anyway) and one of our 4th rd picks, we might get there no. 1 (mid 20’s) and one of the their 2nd rounders (say 47). Then we could get an OLB with either our No. 1 or No. 2 and pick highest rated OT or WR or DE with the other pick. I really like Spoon but if TD has him rated in the high 20’s on the board, I don’t want to reach for him. After Spoon and Sergio there is a drop at OLB but if we had a 2nd rd pick we could fill that need for an OLB at that spot. It definately has to addressed in this yr’s draft in the upper rounds. It’s the thinest spot we have on the team

truth

March 16th, 2010
9:34 am

AiphaDawg…..I’ve been saying that myself and no one listens. We don’t need another DHall on this team. Spoon=DHall 2.0

Da BOYS

March 16th, 2010
9:41 am

He will not fit in with the sorry Atlanta defense that dallas just killed for a nice 37-21 win

blord

March 16th, 2010
9:58 am

The guy has attitude which is something our D needs. We also saw what having a playmaker at LB does for a team with Mike P at the begining of last year. Too bad he lost his mojo as the year went on. I would be happy to see Spoons name called out at 19.

Ken Strickland

March 16th, 2010
10:02 am

I checked out a number of mock drafts and I was surprised at what I found. Everyone of those mock drafts had Kindle, Witherspoon and Graham available at #19. It appears everyone feels there will be a run on OT’s early, and there seems to be a lot of quality at the position.

The question is, if all 3 are available, which one would you choose? Would those of you who’ve been promoting Spoon select him over Kindle, who’s rated higher overall than Spoon? Let’s say we draft Spoon or Kindle, and either one beats out MPeterson for the starting OLB spot. Then let’s say WMoore wins the starting FS position from EColeman.

With the return of DT’s PJerry from injury and JBabineaux from suspension, DE JAbraham to form, the additions of CB DRobinson, OLB SWitherspoon/SKindle and FS WMoore, we could end up with the NFL’s youngest, fastest, quickest, most athletic and potentially most dominant DEF, depending on how quickly things come together.

Basically, the Saints have lost their 2 biggest DEF playmakers and. They signed most of these FA’s because they didn’t have many draft picks last yr due to a couple of trades, so they don’t have any quality replacements waiting in the wings to take over. THE ATLANTA FALCONS WILL WIN THE NFC SOUTH AND THE SAINTS WILL BATTLE IT OUT WITH THE BUCS FOR 2ND PLACE.

Da BOYS

March 16th, 2010
10:17 am

@Ken The falcons wont win nothing with those sorry players

Falcons need more Georgia players.

March 16th, 2010
10:17 am

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Falcons need more Georgia players.

March 16th, 2010
10:18 am

Big XII players are no good! Stay in the SEC….Better yet, UGA players.

waynester

March 16th, 2010
10:20 am

If the Falcons’ interest in “Spoon is just a smokescreen,as some of you seem to be saying, it sure is an elaborate deception! Remember folks–most of the men we brought onboard the last couple of seasons have all participated in these private workout sessions. I don’t see this staff wasting the very limited time before draftday on trying to fake some other GMs out. Instead, I suggest our interest in this young man is genuine and intense. He posesses most of the attributes a manager looks for in a player and a person in whom you’re about to invest your carreer and a lot of your bosses’ dough. In that regard this guy appears to be one of the safer risks in the late 1st and a great value from the mid-1st on down.

Enz

March 16th, 2010
10:40 am

gotta draft spiller if he’s there. (but he won’t be)…trade down for picks and find a hidden gem

Da BOYS

March 16th, 2010
10:47 am

i dont care who they draft the cowboys still will beat them down

waynester

March 16th, 2010
10:50 am

Ken S
It’s not too farfetched to expect a run on the top OL talent, as it happens every year. The only guy who fits that description that MIGHT be there @ 19 is Iupati and given the huge turnout at his proday I doubt he’ll be around when we pick.
If it’s down to ‘Spoon or Kindle I don’t think Sergio’s game is as complete as “Spoon’s right now. Kindle has upside but in rd 1 you don’t have the luxury of hoping a guy will pick up his game at the next level.
I concur with your asessment of the NFC South–it’s ripe for the pickin’ and we’re almost positioned perfectly to take advantage of our opponents misfortunes. A few key guys in the draft and (Lord willin’) a few less injuries and this really could be our time.
Ignoring obnoxious Dallas fans’ is 2nd nature to me– my best friend since 2nd grade is a Cowboy nut and all this racket on here this morning is like normal background noise to me. The only thing enviable about big D is their marketing and self-promotion (plus they seem to draft really well in the late rounds which ain’t easy).

Da BOYS

March 16th, 2010
10:54 am

@waynester you need to join the cowboys bang wagon. Hey tell your best-friend he is a very smart man. I think you should draft a QB matty ice is trash

coachx

March 16th, 2010
10:55 am

He is the guy we need to run sideline to sideline with the likes of D. Williams, Bush, Bradshaw, Peterson, F. Jones, McCoy and all the other fast RBs we will face in the NFC this regular season and in the playoffs.

Right now our LBs are too slow. TD loves speed and this guy has it ! He flies around the field like a mad man making plays.

Then we get that center position locked up in the 3rd round with M. Johnson or Tennant.

Da BOYS

March 16th, 2010
10:59 am

@coachx playoffs are you serious i say 7-9 back to the losing ways

SaintsXLIV

March 16th, 2010
11:01 am

Ahh, my two least favorite teams bickering, what fun! Geaux Saints in ‘10. It’s between my Saints and the Falcons for the NFC South, and the Cowboys will good next year in their division, so we all have a great reason to talk trash. But, in the end, you know who will be playing in Jerrah’s World in February, The Saints! The Falcons are getting there, and the Cowboys are coached by Wade Phillips, enough said. We got Drew Brees and Sean Payton. And Sean P will be chugging Jerrah’s Caymus wine all night! Drew Brees, the best QB in the league, and will lead us to the promise land again. And there is nothing that Tony Homeaux or Matty Ice can do about it. WHO DAT!

boilerup

March 16th, 2010
11:11 am

Larry is right.. Get offense in the first round.. Norwood seems like he has taken a dip the past couple of seasons and Turner has shown he cannot carry the load without getting hurt.. It would be smart to do this. We still have other holes to fill or secure.. Maybe @ wr too..

I c great things ahead

March 16th, 2010
11:16 am

well let me add my 2cents. i think it time to get another weapon, m. jenkins just not cutting it. if not now when? you got Dez Bryant droping, Demaryius Thomas movingup even with a broken foot. and with the rigt move the falcons could really get Golden. I know Harry will be back so what and I hope he’ll be 100% when he do. but how can you get too much ammo for your rifleman. and i hate all this projecting some one here and there. what about letting that big guy G.Reynolds a chance to work the spot. now D led please stop with M. Pouncey withour top pick you can gey a good C from anywhere right Jammie Dukes he had aprety good run with the falcon and just where did we get T Mac anyway and you have B. Romberg waiting my point is you’re wrong too keep pushing him when you fine a serviciable one for the next few years.

Chaseolla'

March 16th, 2010
11:35 am

Da BOYS
Go readyur own freakin Newspaperor or did you use it up in the outhouse, sport section 1st naturally!

cutter

March 16th, 2010
11:37 am

Sentence Structure -”Regardless of the medium wheres any discussions take place, your display of the English language is disappointing. ”
Ok, now you really need to STFU. This is not a place to check for grammatical errors, especially if you are making them yourself. You are even more disappointing than anyone else because you brought it up. Way to display yourself as a complete idiot.

Sid

March 16th, 2010
11:39 am

Halsey

March 16th, 2010
7:55 am

If the Falcons go offense in the first it will be a O-lineman or maybe WR. They are not going to draft a RB in the first when they already have Turner, Norwood and Snelling under contract.

Halsey, I’d like to hear you make a case for the Falcons taking a WR in the first round………are we talking about the same team? And if he is available I guarantee you they will take CJ Spiller @ #19. but he won’t be.

Tell it like it is.

March 16th, 2010
11:45 am

Saints XLIV—people are tired of feeling sorry for the saints and NO.Its time for the Falcons to beat the saints down Were they should be.Last place NFC South.

Sid

March 16th, 2010
11:45 am

Not to early for predictions:
NFC
South – Atlanta
West – San Francisco
North – Green Bay
East – Dallas
AFC
South – Indianapolis
West – San Diego
North – Cincinnati
East – New York Jets

TRAVIS

March 16th, 2010
11:47 am

I LIKE THE WEATHERSPPON GUY LET ME TELL YOU HAVE LEADERSHIP SKILL LIKE RAY LEWIS AND COMPARED TO TERREL SUGGS HE CAN COVER RB, TE, CAN BLITZ HE BRING SPEED AND KNOW HIS DEFENSE SCHEME GET HIM TD LOFTON AND WEATHERSPOON WILL BE THE BEST DUO LB FOR YEARS

I c great things ahead

March 16th, 2010
11:48 am

I kinda agree with you Sid about a RB but, if a talent like Dez Bryant drop with in our orbit we have to get him right. I think we’ll a chance at lightin in a bottle in rd.3 for a good RB.

AlphaDawg

March 16th, 2010
11:49 am

love to see O-line or Spiller(if available) in the 1st…if not there move up into the late 2nd and try for the cat from Old Miss…there tons of potentail in later rounds for an OLB and a WR…and I’d like to see Grant here as a FA for a cpl years as a stop gap till we can develope a later round DE…

SaintsXLIV

March 16th, 2010
12:03 pm

Tell it like it is – why feel sorry for us, we won the Super Bowl! I feel sorry for you guys having to watch your #1 rival win it before you.

Not too early prediction for 2010:
NFC
South: Saints
East: Cowboys
North: Packers
West: 49ers
Wild Cards: Falcons & Vikings

AFC
South: Colts
East: Patriots
North: Baltimore
West: Chargers
Wild Cards: Jets & Texans

I c great things ahead

March 16th, 2010
12:09 pm

let e ask this. other than D. Morgan IMO who would you moveup for? and if no one. should we move out of the 1st rd and pickup extra pic.

I c great things ahead

March 16th, 2010
12:11 pm

wow lost my m in me