HardKnocksVille — It’s official, the Falcons will not be featured on HBO’s acclaimed show “Hard Knocks.”
The New York Jets announced that they accepted the cable station’s invitation.
For some reason, the Falcons are a little skittish about allowing HBO unfettered access during training camp.
Last season, the Cincinnati Bengals were portrayed. You knew that coach Marvin Lewis’ job was on the line. You got to see Andre Smith meet president Mike Brown after his holdout, while wearing shorts and flip flops. Got to see some old friends, Jim Lippincott and running backs coach Jim Anderson get some air time.
So I asked my AJCFalcons followers on twitter if they’d like for the Falcons to be on the show in the future.
FMV007 tweeted back, “Not until we win some playoff games. . . ”
ATLJBO22: “It would be fun to see, but I don’t think it’s Thomas Dimitroff’s thing….”
yaboiJD: “HELL YEA!!!”
fballfantinaj: “No. I don’t think so. I think they need to concentrate at camp, not have cameras following them around…focus for Super Bowl…”
Poppa_Falcon: “I’d personally would LOVE to see the Falcons on Hard Knocks. Our players can handle the camera’s bright lights.”
Dadinflipflops: “If I (were) the Falcons I would be interested in doing Hard Knocks. Why not? It’s great exposure for a team that could use it.”
IS HEYWARD A TE OR OLB: Most baseball players are soft. There’s your occasional tough guy like Kirk Gibson, who played football at Michigan State. I remember Eric Davis (my FB friend) injuring his kidneys while diving for a simple fly ball.
Some of those guys get hurt with absolutely no contact and then go hide for weeks in the training room.
That got me to wondering about Braves phenom Jason Heyward. He’s listed at 6-5, 250 pounds on the team’s website. With that kind of size, perhaps he could follow in Brian Jordan and Deion Sanders’ shoes and play both sports.
The Falcons do have that extra fifth round compensatory pick to burn up.
Wonder if Heyward could stay low and do some in-line blocking in a double tight end formation with Tony Gonzalez? How about those hands? Can he work the seam against a Cover 2 zone? Wonder if he could drop into coverage as a linebacker? Wonder if he could come off the edge in a fire-zone blitz and get a sack?
Wonder if he’s tough or just a baseball player>
DRAFT PARTY PLANNERS: The league released the official draft order this week and here are the Falcons’ picks:
FALCONS DRAFT ORDER
1st round – 19th overall
2nd round – No pick
3rd round – 83rd overall
3rd round – 98th overall, compensatory
4th round – 117
5th round – 149
5th round – 165th overall, compensatory
6th round – 171
6th round – 189
For those of you planning draft parties, here’s the schedule:
NFL DRAFT TIMES
Rd. 1: Thurs., April 22, 7:30 p.m.
Rds. 2-3: Fri., April 23, 6
Rds. 4-7: Sat., April 24, 10 a.m.
Oh well, let’s get on to the festivities. It’s Mock Draft 5.0 time.
With the 19th pick in the draft, the Falcons select Florida center LaShawn Maurkice Pouncey.
As Gomer Pyle would say, “Surprise, Surprise, Surprise.”
This week, Missouri linebacker Sean Weatherspoon climbs to 15 and lands in New York. Michigan defensive end Brandon Graham goes to Tennessee on the next pick.
With those two studs off the board, the Falcons can stay true to their value board and take the best player who fills a need. They can pull the trigger on Pouncey.
The selection of Pouncey may not be sexy, but it’s a smart move.
Also, we welcome a couple of SEC newcomers to the first round. We have New England pulling the trigger on Tim Tebow with the 22nd pick and the Chargers taking Alabama mountain man Terrence Cody with the 28th pick.
1. St. Louis Rams: Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma. Just in case the Rams get the offer they can’t refuse, they met with Jimmy Clausen’s agent last week. If Bradford makes it through his workout on Monday, he’s headed to the Rams.
2. Detroit Lions: Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska. Detroit general manager Martin Mayhew has been pretty consistent about wanting to trade down, but his cel phone hasn’t been vibrating.
3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma. The big trade might be here with a team coming up to get McCoy or Russell Okung.
4. Washington Redskins: Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State. The Redskins start the run on offensive tackles after failing to sign Chad Clifton or Tony Pashos in free agency.
5. Kansas City Chiefs: Bryan Bulaga, OT, Iowa. Falcons general manger Thomas Dimitroff has probably offered his buddy Scott Pioli a few tips on drafting in the top 10. Bulaga is a guy who could anchor their line for the next decade.
6. Seattle Seahawks: Eric Berry, DB, Tennessee. The Seahawks are out of the Clausen derby after trading for Charlie Whitehurst. Pete Carroll can turn his attention to the defense.
7. Cleveland Browns: Joe Haden, CB, Florida. The Browns don’t waste any time selecting Florida’s “real” cornerback and Urban Meyer doesn’t have to go ballistic on reporters. I wonder how I would have reacted when he said “we’d be fighting if that was my Son.” Back in my gangsta rap listening days, I would said, “Come on, dude. Let’s go!”
8. Oakland Raiders: Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma. He’s a more stable pick at tackle for the Raiders than Rutgers tackle Anthony Davis.
9. Buffalo Bills: Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee. There is a mystery team in the Philadelphia/Donovan McNabb trade rumors. I’m just thinking that Chan Gailey doesn’t plan to do battle with Brian Brohm or Clausen or Trent Edwards at the controls.
10. Jacksonville Jaguars: Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama. With all the talk about quarterback David Garrard needing to improve his play, this could be a surprise landing spot for Clausen.
11. Denver Broncos: DeMaryius Thomas, WR, Georgia Tech. The Broncos do their due diligence and decide to
take Thomas over Oklahoma State’s Dez Bryant.
12. Miami Dolphins: Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State. The Dolphins need to add some offensive firepower to help with the development of quarterback Chad Henne.
13. San Francisco 49ers: Sergio Kindle, LB, Texas. With Mike Singletary having more input, the 49ers snap up Kindle.
14. Seattle Seahawks: Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech. With Patrick Kerney’s future uncertain, the Seahawks have to make a move at defensive end.
15. New York Giants: Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Missouri. The Giants break Falcons fans’ hearts and snap up Spoon. They give him No. 56 and call him the Next L.T.
16. Tennessee Titans: Brandon Graham, DE, Michigan. The Titans are in the defensive end market after losing Kyle Vanden Bosch in free agency.
17. San Francisco 49ers: C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson. The 49ers get Spiller to help take some of the pressure off of Frank Gore.
18. Pittsburgh Steelers: Mike Iupati, OL, Idaho. He could help the Steelers re-establish their rushing attack.
19. Atlanta Falcons: LaShawn Maurkice Pouncey, C, Florida. With Spoon and Graham off the board, the next best linebackers are Penn State’s Sean Lee and TCU’s Daryl Washington. Both would be reaches here. DE Jason Pierre-Paul would also be considered, but his raw. Go Value, Value, Value.
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: Tim Tebow, QB/FB, Florida. The Patriots send shock waves through the league and select Tebow. But they let him know that while he’s developing, he’ll have to play some fullback/H-back.
23. Green Bay Packers: Taylor Mays, S/LB, USC. The Packers are intrigued by Mays’ athletic ability and figure they could use him at safety or weakside linebacker.
24. Philadelphia Eagles: Corey Wootton, DE, Northwestern. He has great size if the Eagles manage to keep this pick with all of the McNabb talk going on.
25. Baltimore Ravens: Carlos Dunlap, DE, Florida. The Ravens figure that Ray Lewis can help Dunlap stay in line.
26. Arizona Cardinals: Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers. The Cardinals decide to roll the dice on Davis.
27. Dallas Cowboys: Earl Thomas, S, Texas. Thomas slips to the Cowboys.
28. San Diego Chargers: Terrence Cody, NT, Alabama. With the release of Jamal Williams, the Chargers need someone to anchor their 3-4 defensive front and they decide to Super-size the position.
29. New York Jets: Golden Tate, WR, Notre Dame. He’s an explosive playmaker and should strive opposite of Braylon Edwards, who’s also known in parts of Cleveland at “Edward Scissorhands.”
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: Patrick Robinson, CB, Florida State. This is a need area for the Colts.
32. New Orleans Saints: Everson Griffen, DE, USC, The Saints have to replace Charles Grant and figure they can get linebacker Scott Fujita’s replacement later in the draft.
Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame (He goes to Washington, 5th pick of 2nd round)
Arrelious Benn, WR, Illinois
Chad Jones, S, LSU
Jahvid Best, RB, California
Charles Brown, OT, USC
Nate Allen, S, South Florida
Ryan Matthews, RB, Fresno State
Jonathan Dwyer, RB, Georgia Tech
Jared Odrick, DT, Penn State
Brian Price, NT, UCLA
Perrish Cox, CB, Oklahoma State