Sean Weatherspoon is chillaxing in Texas

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)

FLOWERY BRANCH — Missouri linebacker Sean Weatherspoon is back home in Jasper, Texas, getting ready for his draft party.

“We’re going to have a good time, but I just want to chill with family,” Weatherspoon told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “It’ll just be a watch party.”

Weatherspoon appears to be the favorite amongst the fans here on the blog for the Falcons to select with the 19th pick. He’s been heavily scouted by the Falcons and hopes they are giving him a call sometime around 10:32 p.m. tonight.

He hopes that he’s headed to Atlanta against soon to hold up that Falcons “1″ Jersey.

“Just because I saw them so many times,” Weatherspoon said. “I sat down with them at the combine and had a talk with them. I had a chance to talk to the owner, the GM, the head coach and the defensive coordinator all throughout. I had a workout at Mizzou for them and they actually brought me out to Flowery Branch to meet with them again. I feel really comfortable with that staff.”

Weatherspoon said he also had good meetings with Denver and the New Orleans Saints.

“I’m a 4-3 outside linebacker,” Weatherspoon said. “That’s what I was hearing from people. That’s kind of like where I placed myself, but through this process I got a chance to go down to the Senior Bowl and play inside a little and I started to get more comfortable being on the inside.

“I definitely feel like I could play in the 3-4 system in that inside role. I’ve been hearing from teams that they see me as a Mike in that 3-4 system and they think that I can play inside.”

Some 3-4 teams don’t think Weatherspoon can rush from the outside backer post.

“That’s been tough, because I’ve been hearing things like, that I can’t rush the passer,” Weatherspoon said. “That if the Falcons took me at 19, that would be too high or if the Giants took me at 15 that would be too high, just because the value of the pick and because I don’t rush the passer.”

Weatherspoon believes his can get his pass rushing skills are up to NFL par.

“I think you really can’t justify where you pick a guy based on one attribute that he doesn’t do that well,” Weatherspoon said. “That’s something that will keep you coming in to workout. I’ll become a better player at that part of my game.”

The Falcons see him as an outside linebacker.

“They never told me which side, but they did tell me outside,” Weatherspoon said. “I feel like I can come in and do either one (weakside or strongside). If they want me to play strongside I can make that adjustment as well. If they want me to play the weakside, I’m capable of that.”

Weatherspoon played in the Big 12 and faced a lot of pass-happy spread offenses. His coverage skills are solid.

“If you play in the Big 12, every week you’ve got to come out and guard receivers,” Weatherspoon said. “So you’ll have 240-pound linebackers trying to cover receivers. That’s what a lot of those receivers coming out of the Big 12 have those big numbers because they expose those linebackers.

“I feel like, going against (teammates) like Danario Alexander, Jeremy Maclin (and) Chase Coffman for the past three or four years (in practice), I’ve had a lot of experience at seeing the spread offense and playing in space. I feel that my pass drops are a lot more fluid than other guys, who maybe played in the SEC or in a conference where they just run the ball a lot. I definitely feel like that will help my game out at the next level.”

39 comments Add your comment

Tale of Woe

April 22nd, 2010
1:28 pm

ohhhh…..And first (and technically second)

chris

April 22nd, 2010
1:32 pm

ok he is the man

Slip1knot

April 22nd, 2010
1:37 pm

Enter your comments hereI’m on the Weatherspoon train!!

Slip1knot

April 22nd, 2010
1:38 pm

Enter your comments here
I’ll be with Graham or Gresham if ‘Spoon is gone when we pick at 19.

cnh25

April 22nd, 2010
1:54 pm

ugh @ all the hype. IN TD I trust.

Mike

April 22nd, 2010
1:57 pm

We need Graham, Witherspoon is nice but you put Graham opposite Aberaham and you make this secondary so much better with a legit pass rush.

Blaze

April 22nd, 2010
1:58 pm

Dimittoff, hope you’re reading…..let’s get Spoon with the 19th. If he’s gone, Brandon Graham is the pick.

GeoffDawg

April 22nd, 2010
2:02 pm

They throw in the SEC plenty also. It’s just that the linebackers here are generally better.

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FalconsFan284

April 22nd, 2010
2:09 pm

DOL—-It must hurt for you to write about a great kid like Spoon. It’s been fairly obvious that you don’t want him on this team. I know you don’t have a man crush on him like you do Pouncey but Sean is a class act and great leader. To me, he screams Atlanta Falcon!

(I’m down with Spoon. He takes my calls. I can live with him. –DOL)

Rick Beach

April 22nd, 2010
2:23 pm

chillaxing???? Really???

Mike is Back

April 22nd, 2010
2:26 pm

DLed, GREAT STUFF…I hope he is our guy. MAN, I get excited just listening to him rave about being apart of the BIRDS…TD, please make it happen…Spoon and Lofton would be nasty together.

tony

April 22nd, 2010
2:35 pm

I sure do hope they don’t take this guy. What have he done? Most of his tackles are assists tackles any. I seen this kid on youtube several of times and I can tell you, I wasn’t impress. Do the fans like him because he kick his leg in the air when he make a tackle? Besides, DE is the biggest need not a olb. Graham is the way to go.

Seattle Falcons Fan

April 22nd, 2010
2:39 pm

5 hrs to go….. well like 6 for the birds……. I hope we can trade back a couple of picks, still pick up Spoon, and use our second third and #19 to jump into the second round and pick up a WR or DE. Then I hope we use our remaining third to get Tennant or another C.

Sgt. Pepper

April 22nd, 2010
2:45 pm

Well said Seattle Falcon Fan. I’m right there with you!

Seattle Falcons Fan

April 22nd, 2010
2:46 pm

I would say Graham but I think he’ll be gone by #19. Plus I’ve heard from several sources (ESPN, etc.) they think Spoon will become a monster in the NFL. Our line backers would be BA if we could pick up Spoon. Plus I think our D-line is going to be more solid with Jerry comming back plus Sidbury and Beirman having another year to improve. I think line backer is a more pressing issue, but if we improve our D-line I wouldn’t complain either. Pouncey wouldn’t be a bad choice, but no way should we take a WR when our D ranked #21 last year. We have enough offense, what we need is a shut down D to stop teams like the Vikes and Saints.

Hamp

April 22nd, 2010
2:50 pm

I think the best chance is to trade with NE they probaly want graham, whom I also love. But that means we probaly can still get spoon and if not Jerry hughes. He will also fit well if he can make the OLB adjustment. In the second I would be lost as to who we should get. In the third I think J.D walton needs to be a falcon i know some have been calling for Tennant but J.D. is more traditional. Tennant is in the same mold as the center we have now which is not all bad. Walton I think is the better pass blocker.

mountain_jim

April 22nd, 2010
2:58 pm

Graham is gone well before we pick – forget him without a trade up. ESPN reporting Denver leaning to Graham or Pouncey at 11. Regardless, he will be gone before 19.

Jeff

April 22nd, 2010
2:59 pm

No matter what defensive player we add #19 they will not play enough to help our D this year. Yes we were ranked #21, but take into consideration we played a more rooies than normal, and had new players at new positions all over the field, you want results from the player we draft? Draft offense.

Jeff

April 22nd, 2010
2:59 pm

rooies= Rookies

Jeff

April 22nd, 2010
3:03 pm

D O B- Kick this around. Here are the #1 picks DL, LB, and OL since 2006. Not too impressive. Millions of dollars spent and I don’t think most of these guys were of that value.

O and D Linemen also LB drafted since 2006 in first round
OL
2006 D’ Brickshaw Fergurson
2006 Davin Joseph
2006 Nick Mangold
2007 Joe Thomas
2007 Levi Brown
2007 Ben Grubbs
2007 Joe Staley
2008 Jake Long
2008 Sam Baker
2008 Jeff Otah
2008 Gosder Cherilus
2008 Branden Albert
2008 Chris Williams
2008 Ryan Clady
2008 Duane Brown
2009 Jason Smith
2009 Andre Smith
2009 Eugene Monroe
2009 Alex Mack
2009 Micheal Oher

DL-
2006 Haloti Ngata
2006 Kamerion Wimbley
2006 Brodrick Bunkley
2006 Tamba Hali
2006 John McCargo
2006 Mathias Kiwanuka
2007 Gaines Adams
2007 Adam Carriker
2007 Justin Harrell
2007 Anthony Spencer
2007 Amobi Okoye
2007 Jarvis Moss
2007 Jamaal Anderson
2008 Chris Long
2008 Glenn Dorsey
2008 Vernon Gholston
2008 Sedrick Ellis
2008 Derrick Harvey
2008 Lawrence Jackson
2008 Kentwan Balmer
2009 BJ Raji
2009 Tyson Jackson
2009 Aaron Maybin
2009 Robert Ayers
2009 Larry English
2009 Brian Orakpo
2009 Peria Jerry
2009 Evander Hood

LB-
2006 AJ Hawk
2006 Ernie Sims
2006 Chad Greenway
2006 Bobby Carpenter
2006 Manny Lawson
2007 Patrick Willis
2007 Lawrence Timmons
2007 Jon Beason
2008 Keith Rivers
2008 Jerod Mayo
2009 Aaron Curry
2009 Brian Cushing
2009 Clay Matthews

Sgt. Pepper

April 22nd, 2010
3:04 pm

Unfortunately we can’t determine how Jerry will do, since he didn’t play much. If TD says he’s good to go, then it will be like getting two #1 picks. I have a good feeling about Spoon and I dread passing on him and he end up at the Saints only to become defensive rookie of the year. With an anchored line and a good pass rush, our secondary will look like studs. Later in the draft we can focus on offense (WR, TE) cause those are needs that be addressed in this very deep draft.

FEAR THE TALON

April 22nd, 2010
3:04 pm

T.D.,SWAP 1ST ROUND PIX WITH N.E & GRAB A 2ND ROUNDER !!! WAAAAAYYY TO MUCH TALENT IN THIS DRAFT TO NOT GET A PICK IN EVERY ROUND!!!.

George P Burdell

April 22nd, 2010
3:07 pm

Is chillaxing some sort of ebonic term?

Jeff

April 22nd, 2010
3:08 pm

here is the #1 picks since 2006 for RB and WR. This is the basket to put your eggs and money in. Funny no WR 1st rounders in 2008

RB
2006 Reggie Bush
2006 Laurence Maroney
2006 Deangelo Williams
2006 Joseph Addai
2007 Adrian Peterson
2007 Marshawn Lynch
2008 Darren McFadden
2008 Felix Jones
2008 Jonathan Stewart
2008 Rashard Mendenhall
2008 Chris Johnson
2009 Knowshon Moreno
2009 Donald Brown
2009 Chris Wells

WR
2006 Santonio Holmes
2007 Calvin Johnson
2007 Ted Ginn Jr.
2007 Craig Davis
2007 Robert Meachem
2007 Dwayne Bowe
2007 Anthony Gonzales
2009 Darrius Heywardbey
2009 Micheal Crabtree
2009 Percy Harvin
2009 Jeremy Maclin
2009 Hakeem Nicks
2009 Kenny Britt

Slip1knot

April 22nd, 2010
3:11 pm

I wouldn’t be shocked if we traded with N.E. tonight and picked up a 2nd round pick. That’s the best thing we can hope for.

DC Dirty Bird

April 22nd, 2010
3:12 pm

The trade down is a dream outcome. We must put it out there that we want Graham hard, get NWE to bite, take the 22nd pick and an extra 5th rounder to create a package to get back into the 2nd round for a Dunlap/Griffen/JPP, Bey Bey, or a RB/KR.

Jeff

April 22nd, 2010
3:13 pm

Not to hog the blog. But- There have only been a 1/2 dozen PAC 10 players drafted that have been anything in the NFL. I don’t think Spoon, Pouncey, Graham or anyone else is worth 1st round money.

Tosin

April 22nd, 2010
3:19 pm

Tyson Alualu number 1 steal. Get him in the third.

Seattle Falcons Fan

April 22nd, 2010
3:35 pm

SI has D. Morgan or E. Thomas falling to us at #19……

skicky

April 22nd, 2010
3:57 pm

Sure hoped the Falcons pick him as much press the AJC is giving him. They will trade down anyway.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 22nd, 2010
4:09 pm

Rick Beach — Chilling and Relaxing at the same time = chillaxing!!!

George — Nothing to do with ebonics. I got it from certified non ebonic users. Trying to stay young, hype and current. I think you’ll find the word in the “Suburban” dictionary.

Well, about to head out to the BRANCH in the Batmobile. Wish I had a police escort.

Seattle Falcons Fan

April 22nd, 2010
4:14 pm

Jeff- I see your point about O vs. D., but the LB list wasn’t too bad…..

Tale of Woe

April 22nd, 2010
4:34 pm

Did you mean young, HIP, and current….How did you become a writer again?

mystikal

April 22nd, 2010
4:40 pm

DOL, if Dez Bryant were to drop to the falcons and Thomas n Gresham are still available what do you think they would do?

Diamond Dog's Parole Officer

April 22nd, 2010
4:52 pm

DOL:

I keep seeing that Kansas City is shopping Derrick Johnson. If so, what’s the price and do you think he’d be a good fit in Atlanta?

falcon fan

April 22nd, 2010
4:57 pm

You don`t need a police escort D-led, your in the batmobile dude. Thats one bad machine!

truth

April 22nd, 2010
5:07 pm

The only part of “spoon” I like does not include a man. Spoon is way to overrated.

Another loud mouth that to many Falcon fans = to being a great player. DHall part 2 is what he is.

mystikal

April 22nd, 2010
5:20 pm

I like Graham, just not in a falcons uniform. @ 6′1 just can’t see him doing much damage. Am cool with the Pouncey pick, but think he will be gone. Am cool with Spoon only if we trade down and pick up an extra pick. Beyond all that I think it would be interesting if Gresham, Bebe Thomas, and Dez Bryant were all still on the board. Decisions, decisions…