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.
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.
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.
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.
12. 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.
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.
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