Mock Draft 4.0: Spoon goes “Ham” for Falcons

 

Sean Weatherspoon runs with the ball after an interception during Missouri’s game against Southeast Missouri State. His play in pass coverage will make him the Falcons first round draft pick. ¦ CAT SZALKOWSKI/Missourian

Sean Weatherspoon runs with the ball after an interception during Missouri’s game against Southeast Missouri State. His play in pass coverage will make him the Falcons first round draft pick. ¦ CAT SZALKOWSKI/Missourian

BIRDLAND – As we inch closer to the draft, the picture is starting to come into better focus for the Falcons.

We know the Falcons are looking to draft a center, but the evidence is pointing away from LaShawn Maurkice Pouncey this week.

We have to factor in a couple of new variables this week:

1. The private workout for Missouri linebacker Sean Weatherspoon. (We’re also hearing that the Falcons are sniffing around Texas Christian linebacker Daryl Washington.)

2. The private workout set up for Boston College center Matt Tennant, who’s the fourth ranked center in the draft and could be available in the third round.

Everything went “fine” with Weatherspoon’s workout and meetings with the team.

Weatherspoon had this to say about his workout with the Falcons on his twitter page (Thanks to e-mailer Phil Sharp for sending this along. Spoon has since protected his tweets!!! They call this “Citizen Journalism!”):

“The workout was stellar! Then we got on the board and I did well on that as well! Let’s go!”

Here’s another tweet:

“Just finished my workout wit the Dirty Birds! Went HAM! #19!!!??”

Spoon’s tweet before the workout:

“Workout in the AM with the Atlanta Falcons! I’m excited to get it in once again! To all the ATL fans, Keep (your) ears open!! Time to rest up… 6:48 PM Mar 16th.”

Spoon’s twitter name is SeanWSpoon12.

Okay, now we have to figure out what “Went Ham” means. The kids have their own little language these days. So a trip the urban dictionary is in order.

Urban Definition of Ham:

Ham — When a person is unstoppable or just in the zone in any type sport or competition setting; It can also be defined as going crazy and buying up everything in a store; or even doing something beast like

I went ham on Tyrone out on the court yesterday; I went ham in the Gucci store earlier today; Damn you went ham on them wings

 

With the 19th pick in Mock Draft 4.0, the Falcons select Missouri linebacker Sean Weatherspoon.

Charlie Whitehurst has a future with the Seattle Seahawks.

Charlie Whitehurst has a future with the Seattle Seahawks.

Overall, Jimmy Clausen is dropping faster than Brady Quinn and Aaron Rodgers right about now. Seattle’s trade for former Clemson and Chattahoochee High star Charlie Whitehurst signals they have their quarterback-in-training of the future. We have Clausen and his leadership issues, slipping out of the first round.

AJC’s 2010 MOCK DRAFT 4.0

Staff writer D. Orlando Ledbetter projects the first round:

Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford is headed for St. Louis in the Mock Draft 3.0.

Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford is headed for St. Louis in the Mock Draft 3.0.

1. St. Louis Rams: Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma. Seems like a lock now that his medicals are starting to check out. His strongest attribute is his accuracy and the Rams can see that from his tape.

2. Detroit Lions: Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska. The Lions are tinkering with the idea of snapping up one of the tackles, but decide to keep working on their defense.

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma. A nice fit for the Buccaneers’ defense.

4. Washington Redskins: Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State. The Redskins start the run on offensive tackles.

5. Kansas City Chiefs: Eric Berry, DB, Tennessee. The Creekside High product was injured at his pro day, but his combine workout was more than sufficient.

6. Seattle Seahawks: Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa. He’s not as athletic as some of the other tackles, but has great pass protecting ability.

6. Cleveland Browns: Joe Haden, CB, Florida. Ran a strong 4.4 at his Pro Day, after running 4.58 at the combine. He blamed that poor showing on a bad back.

8. Oakland Raiders: Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma. Raiders coach Tom Cable gets some help for his offensive line.

9. Buffalo Bills: Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee. (Biggest mover of the week!) The Bills are switching to the 3-4 and are undersized at the nose tackle spot. Williams could be the anchor.

10. Jacksonville Jaguars: Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama. With the signing of Aaron Kampman, the Jaguars are clearly focusing on defense.

11. Denver Broncos: Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State. The Broncos need a Brandon Marshall replacement.

Sergio Kindle12. Miami Dolphins: Sergio Kindle, LB, Texas. The Dolphins need to replace linebacker Joey Porter.

13. San Francisco 49ers: Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech. Mike Singletary needs help on offense, but can’t pass up Morgan.

14. Seattle Seahawks: C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson. The Seahawks need to add some pop to their offense.

15. New York Giants: Taylor Mays, LB, USC. The Giants see linebacker and decide to gamble on Mays making the conversion from safety.

16. Tennessee Titans: Earl Thomas, S, Texas. The Titans elect to add some secondary help.

17. San Francisco 49ers: Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers. The 49ers continue to the run on left tackle prospects.

18. Pittsburgh Steelers: Brandon Graham, OLB/DE, Michigan. Will be a good fit for the Steelers playing opposite of James Harrison.

19. Atlanta Falcons: Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Missouri. The Falcons went to Missouri to conduct a private workout and like Spoon’s swagger. The key will be how well he looked dropping into pass coverage.

20. Houston Texans: Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State. The Texans have to get a prospect to replace Dunta Robinson, who signed with the Falcons in free agency.

21. Cincinnati Bengals: Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida. The Bengals have addressed their wide receiver concerns and will look for defensive help.

22. New England Patriots: Mike Iupati, OG, Idaho. The Patriots attempt to solidify their once-proud offensive line.

23. Green Bay Packers: Everson Griffen, DE, USC. The Packers can look away from tackle after re-signing Chad Clifton and Mark Tauscher.

Corey Wootton, Northwestern.

Corey Wootton, Northwestern.

24. Philadelphia Eagles: Corey Wootton, DE, Northwestern. Has great size and anchors well against the run.

25. Baltimore Ravens: Patrick Robinson, CB, Florid State. There’s no need for a wide receiver after getting Anquan Boldin and re-signing Derrick Mason.

26. Arizona Cardinals: Charles Brown, OT, USC. The Cardinals try to solidify the line.

27. Dallas Cowboys: Nate Allen, S, South Florida. With Berry, Thomas and Mays off the board, the Cowboys for Allen to help improve the back-end of their secondary.

28. San Diego Chargers: Ryan Matthews, RB, Fresno State. He is shooting up draft broads. The Chargers need a bigger back to counter the smaller Darren Sproles.

29. New York Jets: Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame. He’s an explosive playmaker and should strive opposite of Braylon Edwards.

30. Minnesota Vikings: Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers. He is moving up on most boards after turning in a strong showing at the scouting combine.

31. Indianapolis Colts: LaShawn Maurkice Pouncey, C, Florida. The Colts are in the same boat as the Falcons. They know Jeff Saturday is not going to play forever and decide to get his heir-apparent.

32. New Orleans Saints: Jerry Hughes, LB, Texas Christian. The Saints have to replace Scott Fujita who signed with Cleveland during free agency.

ON THE FRINGE

 

Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame

Jimmy Clausen, Notre Dame

Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame

Arrelious Benn, WR, Illinois

Chad Jones, S, LSU

Jahvid Best, RB, California

DeMaryius Thomas, WR, Georgia Tech

Terrence Cody, DT, Alabama

Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Georgia Tech

Jared Odrick, DT, Penn State

Perrish Cox, CB, Oklahoma State

Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida

Colt McCoy, QB, Texas

Tony Pike, QB, Cincinnati

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91 comments Add your comment

a

March 19th, 2010
10:47 am

a

March 19th, 2010
10:47 am

a

March 19th, 2010
10:48 am

a

March 19th, 2010
10:48 am

jb

March 19th, 2010
10:49 am

jb

March 19th, 2010
10:49 am

a

March 19th, 2010
10:50 am

but seriously, i think spoon would be a great pick. a need pick to shore up a really weak OLB crew that is and aging. how many times did we get burned on 3rd down with dump offs to the rb and short hooks and the 3-step drop? no amount of pass rush will help with these. only smart quick coverage

Walker, Texas Ranger

March 19th, 2010
10:50 am

finally an OLB

London Falcon

March 19th, 2010
10:51 am

Love it! The man wants to be a Falcon!

JJ

March 19th, 2010
10:53 am

DOL, Welcome to the Spoon train, 1st class is booked since you dragged your feet with Pouncey. But there’s plenty of room in coach.

Michael Irvin

March 19th, 2010
10:56 am

Orlando- any idea when the NFL will announce the supplemental picks? Guessing the Falcons will get 1 and maybe 2 3rd round picks- hopefully that will be enough to gain the 2nd rounder they don’t have from the Gonzalez trade.

ATLJBO

March 19th, 2010
11:00 am

Yea .. He also siad he talked to William Moore after the work out…. I talked to William Moore (on twitter) a couple of times… He thinks he and Curtis Lofton can make one of the best LB combo’s in the NFL.

We will see what TD decides to do.

marko

March 19th, 2010
11:03 am

It’s about time you got serious Orlando.

ALB FALCON

March 19th, 2010
11:04 am

DL- Here’s one for ya…. Why on this earth haven’t the Falcons INKED SNELLING???? Please tell me… It’s burns me up not to see this guy signed. He is an outstanding power back, Now of course not as much power as Turner but certainly more than Norwood. Tell me som’em DL!!!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

March 19th, 2010
11:08 am

JJ — Hope there is still some room.

IRVIN — I’m hearing the compensatory picks will be announced on Monday. Trying to confirm.

waynester

March 19th, 2010
11:09 am

DLed–
Weatherspoon has looked smooth dropping back into coverage everytime I’ve seen him. If that’s our only concern it’s a small one.
Re: Pouncey– if the draft goes as you’ve outlined we obviously won’t go his direction, but a lot of these mocks have him in the mid 2nd. Under your scenario DET would be a good trade target as they love Kyle Wilson( ever since their staff coached him in the senior bowl) and they could leap-frog HOU by dealing with us.
DET gets Wilson @ 19 and our #114 Total=941pts ATL gets #34,66 and 97 Total=932pts if we can get a 2011 6th or 7th to even out the numbers, that’s gravy.
If we deal down with AZ for “Spoon, Pouncey, OT Saffold DT Price or another of the better Linemen becomes much more feasible. If we stay put at 19 your choice is, I believe, the correct one…..

Big XII

March 19th, 2010
11:12 am

HA HA!!! Big XII for the first four picks.

FalconFan-in-DC

March 19th, 2010
11:25 am

Hey DLED,

Do you think the Falcons might trade out of the 1st round since they are drafting towards the bottom of the round and pick up 2nd round picks?

Thanks or the updates.

**Frederick(Bailey)Douglass**

March 19th, 2010
11:26 am

Interesting enough. Spoon would be decent, but would he help us get to the QB? If Graham is gone, then Jason Pierre-Paul might be a good fit too. Think about last year…we went with Jerry, but the next drafted D-Lineman had a very nice year (Ziggy Hood). Plainly put, we need help getting to the QB and covering receivers when they let it loose down the field. We were SOLID AGAINST THE RUN last year…and we get Jerry back! WE WERE MISERABLE AGAINST THE PASS last year…heck, if you don’t get a DE, then we should draft a CB.

DOL, will Spoon and Nicholas (#54) play the same postion?

MSS

March 19th, 2010
11:26 am

i’ll be happy if we pick him

Bangkapi Ajarn

March 19th, 2010
11:33 am

D-Led, I like this mock better! Nice post.

Having said so, please give props to D3’s birdcage blog on AJC.com, where the listing of Weatherspoon’s tweets regarding his Falcons workout was posted yesterday at 1pm (with the URL to the tweet page), and the scout.com story on Tennants scheduled Falcons workout on the 26th was mentioned in a 12:54 post.

falconsforlife

March 19th, 2010
11:40 am

Much better D-Led.

I’ll be very happy if the Birds grab ‘Spoon.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

March 19th, 2010
11:40 am

FalconFan-in-DC: Dimitroff prefers to sit tight. Don’t think they will trade out of the first.

polskidawg

March 19th, 2010
11:44 am

Weatherspoon makes sense.

You calling Dwyer and Pike “On the Fringe” is comic.

Unless you mean on the fringe of the 4th round.

teamguy

March 19th, 2010
11:50 am

Draft day trade with Seattle for pick 14. .J Norwood and #19 for the pick. .C J Spiller! Look for it!

WTF were you thinking??

March 19th, 2010
11:51 am

4th time’s a charm hey DOL. at least you read what your bloggers write. Spoon, welcome to the ATL. Although I do have to wonder id Pouncey has some naked pics of you or something, or maybe you have a man-crush on him, I don’t know, but you are the only one I know htat thinks he’s first round material.

BigTimeTECHFan

March 19th, 2010
11:54 am

At 22 NE will pick Tim Tebow.

The Real Falcon

March 19th, 2010
11:56 am

If no DE available to help us I guess this make sense.
But at least it’s not a center!

GAinGA

March 19th, 2010
12:02 pm

I think Spoon would be an excellent choice @ #19, either that or a DE liek Pierre-Paul even though he is still raw.
Hey DOL, who is their backup plan if Spoon is taken, cause I can see the Giants grabbing him also, they need some LB help like yesterday.

Greg

March 19th, 2010
12:02 pm

So D-Led: suppose for the moment you are wrong about the Steelers pick and they take guard Mike Iupati, as several mocks say they will. Now,if that happens, will the Falcons take Brandon Graham?

J.J.M.

March 19th, 2010
12:15 pm

I been saying all off season to draft Daryl Washington

FalconsFan284

March 19th, 2010
12:17 pm

Finally, a mock that makes sense for the Falcons!

Finally

March 19th, 2010
12:17 pm

I think that’s the right pick, D-Led. Spoon looks like an impact player at OLB to pair up with Lofton.

I do think that someone is going to take Clausen in the first round. It’s too hard to pass up on a QB if you need one, and there are several teams that need one. While I don’t think he’s worth the pick, I’ll be surprised if he makes it out of the top 10-15.

Hamp

March 19th, 2010
12:17 pm

The only pick should be Spoon why gamble on a DE we have two we are developing. Spoon can drop in coverage and cover the screen. It a waste to draft a question mark DE in the first round. We can get lang from troy later if you must have a DE but then who is the odd man out?

If the packers did not like the Saftey we signed on special teams what is the reason we went out and got him?

Spiller should not be a falcon. DRAFT DEFENSE ESPECIALLY OLB NAMELY SPOON!!!

BFALCON

March 19th, 2010
12:18 pm

DOL, Now that’s more like it. I will go along with Weatherspoon. Just not Pouncey in the first. I am hearing that Weatherspoon is reminding many NFL people of a young Ray Lewis. He would be a good fit for the Falcons. Its Spoon or B.Graham at 19 is what I am betting. I would also like to see the Falcons sign D.Howard and J.Phillips for depth. They can cut Chauncey Davis. Phillips would challenge E.Colemen and he is very familiar with Brian VanGorder. D.Howard had 10 sacks last year and gave the Falcons fits when he was with the Saints.

Falconless in Seattle

March 19th, 2010
12:22 pm

I wouldn’t be surprised if Tebow ended up in Dallas some how….don’t know why…. I can just see it for some reason…

Hamp

March 19th, 2010
12:23 pm

Why would you cut Chauncey Davis we just gave him a new contract. Phillips he is not the answer we don’t need him. Those signings would just eat up payroll moore and decoud are still on their rookie contracts.

Roll Tider

March 19th, 2010
12:28 pm

Norwood and a first rounder for Spiller huh? PASS

I MUS WRITE

March 19th, 2010
12:34 pm

My Gawd Bow Tie speaks slang -Ur a lil late on the “Ham” thing but props for staying up on ur slang lol. DLED goes HAM in the bow tie store LMAO

O'Brien

March 19th, 2010
12:36 pm

DOL,

Glad to see you finally got over the “Center in the first round” virus. Welcome back.

Mike Peterson will need to be replaced soon, so if Spoon is there, I think he is the pick.

I would not be surprised to see the Jets give up their #29 to the Broncos for Brandon Marshall. If they have Marshall as their #1, and can move Edwards Scissor Hands to #2, that will do wonders for Mark Sanchez.

I MUS WRITE

March 19th, 2010
12:45 pm

Spoon will be off the board when we pick. The Giants or Tennessee will get our guy. Tennessee-lost Bullock Giants- Lost Peirce. He wont be there mark my words,but Baulaga and Grahm should be. If its between the 2 I OT and get a DE in round 3….

GAinGA

March 19th, 2010
12:54 pm

I don’t see Spoon making it to #19, he’ll get scooped up before then, most likely Giants. So who’s left??
Hamp u say we don’t need a DE, who do we have that can rush the passer? Apart from Abraham who is old and often hurt, who? I’ll cut Jamaal, he’s a bust and get Pierre-Paul or even Graham, if Spoon not available.

idiot

March 19th, 2010
1:13 pm

Fatigue

March 19th, 2010
2:08 pm

I must agree with GAinGA, giants already address S in FA, ILB is the next position of need for them and Spoon show in the senior bowl that he can play inside.

FalconTransplant

March 19th, 2010
2:12 pm

FINALLY something worth printing. ‘Bout time you came around to reality DLed. Spoon is an awesome pick. First off he wants to be here. With the type of program this team is bulding he’ll probably be around here for a long while. He’ll be a vocal leader on defense and back-up his talk with game. That in turn will make the rest of the D step up as well. True we have some needs on the OL and DE, but this pick WILL fill a need and allow us to focus on Offense for the rest of the draft and if need be next year as well.

Offense wins games
But Defense wins Championships.
We’re building a perinial Championship Franchise.

Birrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrd Man

March 19th, 2010
2:25 pm

I’m ready to go HAM on Spoon! Make it so, Number One (Dimitroff).

FalconTransplant

March 19th, 2010
2:26 pm

If Spoon gets selected first and gets first round money will he then be consider Ham n Cheesed?

FalconTransplant

March 19th, 2010
2:27 pm

Damn that was Cheesy but i had to do it!

FalconTransplant

March 19th, 2010
2:29 pm

So does anybody have any theories about what to do with our 3rd rd pick? If McCluster is still there should we get him? He’s a RB/WR/ST with god speed.

Any ideas?

South ga boy in the atl

March 19th, 2010
2:34 pm

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