Beat Writers Mock: Thomas falls to the Falcons at 19

091205 - Tampa - GA Tech's  Demaryius Thomas (8) tries to break away from  Clemson's  Crezdon Butler (18) in the first quarter  during the ACC Championship game on Saturday, December 5, 2009 in Tampa, FL.  (Johnny Crawford - jcrawford@ajc.com)

091205 - Tampa - GA Tech's Demaryius Thomas (8) tries to break away from Clemson's Crezdon Butler (18) in the first quarter during the ACC Championship game on Saturday, December 5, 2009 in Tampa, FL. (Johnny Crawford - jcrawford@ajc.com)

BIRDLAND – Falcons owner Arthur Blank loves his mock drafts.

So I wanted to share one of the most informed Mock Drafts compiled. This is the annual Beat Writer’s Mock draft and it is the last one I look at before completing my final mock draft. (I like ESPN’s Kiper too because he is good at setting values for players base on his film review. However, his mock is usually off because he seems to set his mock according to his evaluations, not how the teams have the players on their respective boards.)

Here’s why this Mock is so special. The beat writers from around the country have been on the case since the end of the Super Bowl. They’ve been talking to their general managers, coaches and sources to gather information. They all have special insights to their teams and the best sense of how the teams are leaning at this late hour.

History will show that the Beat Writer’s Mock it’s usually one of the best pre-draft mock out there in the flooded mock universe.

THE BEAT WRITER’S MOCK DELIGHT

Missouri linebacker Sean Weatherspoon celebrates after making a tackle against Bowling Green during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009, in Columbia, Mo. (Associated Press)

Missouri linebacker Sean Weatherspoon celebrates after making a tackle against Bowling Green during the first quarter of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 12, 2009, in Columbia, Mo. (Associated Press)

1. St. Louis Rams – Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma (Jim Thomas, St. Louis Post Dispatch)

TEAM NEEDS: Literally everything. This team has lost 42 of its last 48

games and has only one game-changer on its roster in RB Steven Jackson.

2. Detroit Lions – Ndamkong Suh, DT, Nebraska (Mike O’Hara, Detroit Legend and formerly of the Detroit News. You can follow him here.)

TEAM NEEDS: DT, DE, RB, CB, OT and WR.

3. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma. (Ira Kaufmann, Tampa Tribune)

TEAM NEEDS: DT, DE, WR and LB.

4. Washington Redskins – Russell Okung, OT, Oklahoma State. (Dave Elfin, formerly of the Washington Times)

TEAM NEEDS: OTs, S, CB, RB (speed), WR and K.

Bryan Bulaga, Iowa.

Bryan Bulaga, Iowa.

5. Kansas City Chiefs – Brian Bulaga, OT, Iowa. (Randy Covity, Kansas City Star)

Needs: S, ILB, OLB (pass rusher in a 3-4), OT, WR, KR/PR.

6. Seattle Seahawks – Trent Williams, OT, Oklahoma. (Danny O’Neil, Seattle Times Sports)

TEAM NEEDS: LT, DE, S, RB, WR.

7. Cleveland Browns – Eric Berry, S, Tennessee. (Tony Grossi, Cleveland Plain Dealer)

Needs: S, CB, WR (speed), DE (3-4), RB (big), OL depth and QB.

8. Oakland Raiders – Bruce Campbell, OT, Maryland. (Nancy Gay, AOL Fanhouse)

TEAM NEEDS: OT, QB, WR, DL and RB.

9. Buffalo Bills – C.J. Spiller, RB, Clemson. (Mark Gaughan, Buffalo News)

TEAM NEEDS: LT, QB, WR, Pass rusher, NT.

10. Jacksonville Jaguars – Rolando McClain, LB, Alabama. (Vito Stellino, Florida Times-Union)

TEAM NEEDS: Pass rusher, MLB, S, G and C.

11. Denver Broncos – Maurkice Pouncey, C, Florida. (Jeff Legwold, Denver Post)

TEAM NEEDS: ILB (3-4); C; WR; G; NT

12. Miami Dolphins – Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech. (Armando Salguero, Miami Herald)

TEAM NEEDS: FS, SOLB, LG, and NT.

13. San Francisco 49ers – Joe Haden, CB, Florida. Nancy Gay (AOL Fanhouse)SEC Championship

TEAM NEEDS: OT, CB, OLB, NT and WR.

14. Seattle Seahawks – Jason Pierre-Paul, DE, South Florida. (Dan O’Neill, Seattle Times Sports)

TEAM NEEDS: Left tackle, defensive end, safety, running back, receiver.

15. New York Giants – Brandon Graham, DE, Michigan. (Bob Glauber, Newsday)

TEAM NEEDS: LB, DE and OL.

16. Tennessee Titans – Sergio Kindle, DE/LB, Texas. (Jim Wyatt, Nashville Tennessean)

Boise State cornerback Kyle Wilson comes up with an interception against Idaho at the Kibbie Dome in Moscow last November. (Joe Jaszewski/The Idaho Statesman)

Boise State cornerback Kyle Wilson comes up with an interception against Idaho at the Kibbie Dome in Moscow last November. (Joe Jaszewski/The Idaho Statesman)

TEAM NEEDS: DE, LB and CB.

17. San Francisco 49ers – Anthony Davis, OT, Rutgers — (Nancy Gay, AOL Fanhouse)

TEAM NEEDS: OT, CB, OLB, NT and WR.

18. Pittsburgh Steelers – Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State. (Ed Bouchette, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

TEAM NEEDS: CB, DL and OL.

19. Atlanta Falcons – DeMaryius Thomas, WR, Georgia Tech. (D. Orlando Ledbetter, Atlanta Journal Constitution)

TEAM NEEDS: LB, C/G, CB, WR and TE.

20. Houston Texans – Ryan Mathews, RB, Fresno State — (John McClain, Houston Chronicle)

TEAM NEEDS: RB, CB, DT, FS, C/G

21. Cincinnati Bengals – Jermaine Gresham, TE, Oklahoma. (Joe Reedy, Cincinnati Enquirer)

TEAM NEEDS: TE, OG, LB, and DL pass rusher.

22. New England Patriots – Jared Odrick, DT, Penn State — (Ian Rapoport, Boston Herald)

TEAM NEEDS: DL, OLB, TE and WR.

23. Green Bay Packers – Patrick Robinson, CB, Florida State — (Bob McGinn, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

TEAM NEEDS: OT, CB, LOLB (3-4), S, RB, TE AND P.

24. Philadelphia Eagles – Kareem Jackson, CB, Alabama — (Paul Domowitch, Philadelphia Inquirer)

Ryan Mathews, Fresno State

Ryan Mathews, Fresno State

TEAM NEEDS: C, CB, S, DE, RB, LB

25. Baltimore Ravens – Earl Thomas, S, Texas — (Jamison Hensley, Baltimore Sun)

TEAM NEEDS: TE, DT, CB, WR and S.

26. Arizona Cardinals – Dan Williams, DT, Tennessee – (Kent Somers, The Arizona Republic)

TEAM NEEDS: NT, ILB, QB and OLB.

27: Dallas Cowboys – Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State — (Charean Williams, Fort Worth Star-Telegram)

TEAM NEEDS: OL, WR and FS.

28: San Diego Chargers – Taylor Mays, S, USC — (Kevin Acee, San Diego Union-Tribune)

TEAM NEEDS: RB, NT, S, OT, TE, CB.

29: New York Jets – Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Missouri — (Bob Glauber, Newsday)

TEAM NEEDS: S, DL, DT, LB and CB.

30. Minnesota Vikings – Devin McCourty, CB, Rutgers — (Mark Craig, Minneapolis Star-Tribune).

TEAM NEEDS, CB, OL, LB, DT, RB and QB.

31. Indianapolis Colts – Jerry Hughes, DE, Texas Christian — (Mike Chappell, Indianapolis Star)

TEAM NEEDS: Pass-rushing DE, LT, CB, LB, DT.

32. New Orleans Saints – Everson Griffen, DE, Florida — (Mike Triplett, New Orleans Times-Picayune)

TEAM NEEDS: OLB, DE, DT, FS, TE.

168 comments Add your comment

BP

April 21st, 2010
9:48 am

olik

April 21st, 2010
9:48 am

NOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!! nope, no sir, no thanks

Hindu Elvis Pimp

April 21st, 2010
9:51 am

Why am I so put off by drafting WR in the first round? Oh yeah, because it takes so long for them to develop and the Falcons already have 2 on the roster. With Harry Douglass returning from injury, picking a WR first does not make sense. Trade the pick if Thomas is the best player available.

Falcons FAil No More

April 21st, 2010
9:51 am

I still think we take Spoon or Thomas, and wouldn’t rule out Dez over Thomas either.

SavannahFalconsFan

April 21st, 2010
9:53 am

ehhh….I would take it. It is better than Pouncey in my opinion. I would still much rather see Sean Weatherspoon though!

FalconsFan284

April 21st, 2010
9:54 am

DOL—–What do you have against Spoon? If he is on the board at #19 then there is no way he gets past the ATL!

Willy

April 21st, 2010
9:59 am

I just don’t see Atlanta taking a WR with that pick. We have ball catchers all over the place. It doesn’t make an impact. They would have to trade somebody to make that pick a good one, and nobody on the team will return their value – too old, too injury prone, too unproven, or too not very good. I don’t see it.

Willy

April 21st, 2010
10:01 am

You’re right, 284. Atlanta couldn’t let Spoon go by. How could they do that, and take a WR, a position where they actually feel pretty good. No way.

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

April 21st, 2010
10:06 am

Although I like Thomas as a player, I feel that the Falcons must still go defense if they decide to keep the 19th pick in the draft. There were several games last year where we could have easily won if the defense had not folded, especially on 3rd and long situations. It was painful to watch – week after week early on in the season.

Based on what I have read and heard, there should still be some quality WRs that could be developed later in the draft without picking a WR in the 1st round.

mountain_jim

April 21st, 2010
10:06 am

And folks here still think Pouncey lasts until 2nd round where we could trade down and still get him.

Nique

April 21st, 2010
10:11 am

Since Dez Bryant is the consensus # 1 receiver in the draft & since most people believe that he is the only Wr with the potential to be a # 1 Wr in this league, if he falls to 19 would we consider taking him? I ask because i keep hearing that all of his off the field issues are tremendously overblown & that GM’s & draft boards have cleared him from a character standpoint. This would give us a Colts kind of offense from a few years ago when they had Wayne/Harrison/Clark/Manning/Addai/ we would have 2 # 1 receivers in White & Bryant, to go with Turner/Gonzo/Ryan/& Douglass in the slot. Which would be dynamic & really unstoppable, as the Colts offense was & really still is.

JT1001

April 21st, 2010
10:15 am

So, no Jimmy Clausen anywhere in the first round??

That kills the legitimacy of this “mock” draft…..

And for the record, I don’t think he’s worth a 1st Round Pick….but it seems like every talking head on the face of the earth thinks the kid is going no later than 14th to the Seahawks.

And look at Buffalo, at 9……Team Needs have everything listed BUT RB, and they are going to draft Spiller??

Vince Burchfield

April 21st, 2010
10:15 am

Spoonman or Pouncy only

waynester

April 21st, 2010
10:18 am

DLed
When I saw the headline “Falcons take Thomas” I kinda got excited until I realized you weren’t referring to EARL Thomas….now that would be a defensive pick I could get behind. If Earl T and ‘Spoon are on the board I just can’t see us passing on them for a future #2 reciever–even Hughes would be loads better for our team needs….

Rick Beach

April 21st, 2010
10:24 am

I don’t understand all of the love for a guy who only knows how to run in a straight line. I can hear the play calls at GT now,” Thomas, go long.” I don’t think he will go in the first round. Besides, WR is the least of the Falcon’s needs.

hawesg

April 21st, 2010
10:35 am

Sorry, with those options at 19, you have to either trade down or just go ahead and pick Jerry Hughes or “Spoon”. There will be decent options for a WR in the third round, if you decide that White, Gonzalez, Douglas and Jenkins are somehow in need of an upgrade or depth.

I think with all the hype about Graham, Hughes has become one of the more underrated players in the draft. Kid can get after the QB.

vafalconfan

April 21st, 2010
10:43 am

Thomas is a the wrong pick and I can’t believe TD would consider him at 19. We need pass rush and pass protection ouf of this draft. Graham, Kindle, Odrick, have to be at the top of our board at 19. Or trade back.

sleeze

April 21st, 2010
10:44 am

Typical AJC reporter. Sees the Falcons work out a player, and immediately thinks he’s got the “scoop” on who they’re drafting. Geez. I hope they don’t trade Bay-bay at 19.. maybe if they trade down..way down..

silky_slimm

April 21st, 2010
10:47 am

You guys are tripping imagine thomas and white with douglas, gonzo, norwood and turner we can match the offense of the saints. dimtroff will find a way back into the second round to get a lb check out bey bey thomas highlight the kids intangible compared to chris carter http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nDhGrYAx5g

santa cruz dawg

April 21st, 2010
10:47 am

I hope this does not happen. The Falcons need pass rushers, D Backs that can cover, and more O Line depth. If you check the depth of this draft at reciever the Falcons could land a nice reciever in the mid to late rounds of this VERY DEEP DRAFT!

GATORZONE

April 21st, 2010
10:58 am

Falcons need to trade Norwood and the first round pick for a late first and second rounder.

BFALCON

April 21st, 2010
10:58 am

DOL,
You might need to take a couple sick days. I like Thomas, but not at 19. As of today, I would say that the best bet for the Falcons is to trade down and try to pick up a 2nd pick or another 3rd rounder. I the Falcons could get in the 24-27 slot and pick Weatherspoon that would be great. This is a deep draft and good value in the 2nd and 3rd rounds. We could fill all the team needs in the first three rounds. As far as a receiver, keep an eye on Carlton mitchell USF. In the mold of TO/B.Marshall. Falcons have to get someone who can get some YAK(Yards after catch).

GATORZONE

April 21st, 2010
10:59 am

I agree with all here saying to skip on “BeyBey.” Too much depth at positions of need. Dline, linebackers and oline.

MariettaFalcon

April 21st, 2010
10:59 am

Falcons should trade down if they have D. Thomas ranked that high on their board..I think Weatherspoon would be a better pick.

GO FALCONS!

Ryan

April 21st, 2010
11:00 am

I would love to get Pouncey but it iw unlikely that he will be there when the Falcons pick.

Rev Blake

April 21st, 2010
11:02 am

Thomas is a solid pick. I love his size and athletic ability. I choose not to be on board the Weatherspoon bandwagon. Too many questions about his technique and ability to guarantee he’ll be an immediate starter – relax, just my humble opinion. I still think the Falcons will switch places with the Patriots and pick up one of the Pat’s second round selections. Thomas will be taken at 22, if he’s still there.

waynester

April 21st, 2010
11:06 am

BFalcon
I’m with you on Carleton Mitchell–he’s got a great combination of height,speed and vertical leap. We not only need to replace Jenkins but Finneran won’t be around much longer, either. Mitchell could be just the guy we need in rd3….

Yoda

April 21st, 2010
11:12 am

DOL I hope your joke doesn’t come to pass…the last thing the Falcons need is a straight line stiff receiver….if we need a wr that bad trade down get a 2nd Rd pick and take the lanky kid from UF…but please get someone to pressure the QB

Gary W Scott

April 21st, 2010
11:14 am

If the Cowboys cannot get Bryant or Mays they need to get some picks for there 27th pick maybe a 2nd round and a 5th round pick

Craig

April 21st, 2010
11:17 am

Orlando, this would be insane sir. We need to move up into the second round and get a receiver there if the need is high. We need a DE or an OLB in the first round. By the way, are we positive we would not entertain, dare I say his name, T.O.? Probably comes at a good value right now. Hell, if McNabb is willing to work again with him…..

Unca' Bob

April 21st, 2010
11:21 am

D-Led,

I read the original mock draft at CBS Sports and you had Spoon as your pick. Why the change of heart?

Richham

April 21st, 2010
11:30 am

Call me crazy but I could totally see Pittsburgh pulling the trigger on Clausen. That wouldn’t be a bad move considering Big Ben is one dna test away from the slammer.

Oh and I will guarantee the Falcons don’t take Thomas with the first pick. If this is exactly how the draft unfolds I would predict that spoon will be the choice or they trade back a few spots.

papafoxx

April 21st, 2010
11:31 am

Row 3

April 21st, 2010
11:32 am

The only player out of GT worthy of the 19th pick would be Morgan, if he falls.

Jim in Ga

April 21st, 2010
11:37 am

Great, just what the Falcons need, a WR who only ran 3 routes in college.

Whopper Dawg

April 21st, 2010
11:39 am

Why do we have the dumbest sports writer?

phoenix falcon

April 21st, 2010
11:40 am

spoon………….

papafoxx

April 21st, 2010
11:42 am

Jim in Ga. and he DROPS the important catches. See UGA TECH Game

Marcus

April 21st, 2010
11:42 am

DOL,
How does this work? Did you guys do like a fantasy draft to make your picks?

ESPN NFL Bloggers (one per division) did a similar thing Monday: Pat Yasinkas has us grabbing DE Jason Pierre-Paul, but he had to go to Plan B because DE/OLb B. Graham was drafted already.

Regardless, making a1st round pick means the brass is expecting a guy to come in to make his case as a starter in camp or be a starter at some point in his 1st season.

Why would TD and Smitty look at WR as one of those type positions vs. LB? Seems like there is enough quality depth at WR in this draft and on the current roster such that we aren’t COMPELLED to take a 1st round WR….but not enough quality depth on the team at all positions to make a “luxury pick” (which a WR would seem to be given the Falcons other areas of need).

Freddie: G

April 21st, 2010
11:43 am

DOL, this is a crazy thought, with the needs on Defense and on the Offensive Line there is no way TD would draft a wideout. A TE would be more likely if Gonzalez was to inform them that this is his last year. Your first Mock of Pouncey is more likely if he is still on the board.

thunderbull56

April 21st, 2010
11:47 am

DOL, man! You are torturing the Spooners.What a sadist you are, you wicked man.I had great fun following the Mockers and your blogs.May the Falcons take the best available player, regardless of position.Arthur found a winning team in Thomas and Mike,that’s building a winning team.

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bigdave

April 21st, 2010
11:49 am

DOL…

you next on sports center…

shout out bigdave..

bigdave

April 21st, 2010
11:52 am

and he took spoon…

mgdawg

April 21st, 2010
12:02 pm

WR? While I like drafting a WR more then drafting a center, dez bryant is a much better pro prospect. He was in an offense that actually passed the ball and he had to run routes, not just streaks. While thomas is a great talent, it will be a few years until he becomes polished enough to make an impact. Spoon just seems like too perfect of a pick for the falcons to pass.

HugoStiglitz

April 21st, 2010
12:06 pm

We need to draft for defense. I would love to have Bay Bay and he would be an amazing addition to our offense but our passing game should be fine this year with Roddy, Tony, Harry and Jenkins if he can hang on to the ball. I say draft defense and look for a good wide receiver in next years draft. If we do get Bay Bay then Jenkins career in Atlanta is pretty much over. Maybe we can get something for him in a trade.

colorado bulldog

April 21st, 2010
12:08 pm

Good think we don’t have someone so clueless really drafting for us.

bravedav

April 21st, 2010
12:08 pm

Why would you ever take Thomas with Dez Bryant on the board?

…and no Clausen ANYWHERE in the first round? That’s crazier than Mel Kiper saying 80% chance that Tebow will go #30 to the Vikings.

Matty Ice

April 21st, 2010
12:10 pm

D-Led,

I don’t think at the end of the day the Falcons would take Bey-Bey….Right now we have a weapon in Tony G. for 2010 and maybe, if we are lucky for 2011. Bey-Bey will take 3 years to develop into a weapon – Falcons want to win SuperBowl NOW – to do so, they need an impact player at #19.

Jeff

April 21st, 2010
12:12 pm

Great Pick and legit. First rounders are always best for skill players. We don’t need to waste another first round pick on a practice squad player. I have heard every suggestion on here the last couple of weeks.
OL- For what? No one, out there in the draft will replace any player we currentlt start? Pouncey. Are you kidding to replace Dahl or Clabo the two best run blockers in the game? No practice squad
DL- Not going to start this year in from of Bierman or Sidbury. An not is front of last years number one if he can stay health.
LB- Not going to start this year! Give a guy a guranteed contract to play special teams?
Meat and potatoes or very valuable players in the much later rounds.
Thomas or other good WR immediate impact. Frees up trading Jenkins and his overpaid contract. or replace weems etc.

Go with your bef later.