NFL Draft: Here’s the Falcons’ plan for Day Two

If the Falcons don't move into the second round, look for them to take an offensive linemen with one of their third round picks. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/AJC)

If the Falcons don't move into the second round, look for them to take an offensive linemen with one of their third round picks. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/AJC)

FLOWERY BRANCH — It’s “Day Two” of the first-ever three-day draft.

The Falcons have sent  Arthur Blank’s jet — that I like to call “Falcons One” –  for first round pick Sean Weatherspoon and his family. He’ll be meeting with the media at 4 p.m. today.

I’m not going to pound my chest over being the first to tell you all about the greatness of Florida center Maurkice Pouncey. No center had been taken higher than 21 over the last 10 years, so it was a pretty bold – but correct – forecast. I have to thank some of our longtime NFL sources for pointing that out to us early on in the process.

Here’s a quick look at what should be another stunning day in the draft:

SECOND ROUND: Will the Falcons pull the trigger to get into the second round? Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff didn’t sound too promising when I asked him about it late last night. He said it would be “rich” to get into the middle or lower third of the round.

FIRST DAWG TO GO: Who will be Georgia’s first player to get drafted? It’s likely to be defensive tackle Jeff Owens in the third round, followed by linebacker Rennie Curran, defensive tackle Geno Atkins and safety Reshad Jones might have wait until Saturday.

STANDING PAT: If the Falcons stand pat for today with their two third round picks, they’ll pick the 83rd and 98th players overall. The Falcons heavily scouted the center position. It’s likely they’ll take one today, but Boston College’s Matt Tennant, the pride of Cincinnati Moeller High, will likely be gone.

Here are some of the players the Falcons scouted who are still available:

Troy's Brandon Lang (91) and Eugene Kinlaw (99) combine to drop Central Michigan quarterback Dan LeFebvour during the GMAC Bowl on  Jan. 6, 2010 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.  (Mobile Press-Register, Chip English)

Troy's Brandon Lang (91) and Eugene Kinlaw (99) combine to drop Central Michigan quarterback Dan LeFebvour during the GMAC Bowl on Jan. 6, 2010 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. (Mobile Press-Register, Chip English)


  • Erik Cook, New Mexico
  • J.D. Walton, Baylor
  • Matt Tennant, Boston College (likely second rounder)
  • Ted Larsen, N.C. State


  • Rodger Saffold, Indiana (possible second rounder)


  • Torell Troup, Central Florida (Salem High School)
  • Corey Peters, Kentucky
  • Brian Price, DT, UCLA (likely second rounder)
  • Arthur Jones, DT, Syracuse


  • Everson Griffen, DE, USC (likely second rounder)
  • Brandon Lang, Troy (Tucker High School)


  • Eric Norwood, South Carolina, North Cobb High School, ( possible second rounder)
  • Sean Lee, Penn State
  • Navorro Bowman, Penn State
  • Darryl Washington, TCU (likely second rounder)
  • Daryl Sharpton, Miami


  • Traye Simmons, Minnesota
  • Dominique Daniels, Nichols State
  • Javier Arenas, Alabama


  • Riley Cooper, Florida
  • Eric Decker, Minnesota
  • Ryan Wolfe, UNLV
  • Marc Mariani, Montana
  • Damian Williams, USC
  • Jordan Shipley, Texas

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140 comments Add your comment

Seattle Falcons Fan

April 23rd, 2010
10:56 am

When did Tennant become a second rounder?

Reid Adair

April 23rd, 2010
10:56 am

I would agree that the center position will be addressed today. Unfortunately, I also agree that Matt Tennant will be gone by the third round. I think Thomas Dimitroff is right that the price to get into the second round would be “rich.”

Thanks for all the great work last night, D-Led.


April 23rd, 2010
10:57 am

Orlando, you are still on the Pouncey bandwagon, which he is a very good player but TD has said more than once since picking Spoon that he was their target all along. I believe by the way he was talking he’d have gone with Spoon even if Pouncey had still been there.

Tale of Woe

April 23rd, 2010
10:57 am

It is now proven that you had no clue about Pouncey (TD even said he was not thinking about him seriously – had him after Graham, Weatherspoon, and Morgon). Your writing ability is pretty poor for, ummmm, a blogger. You really have no clue as to what the Falcons are going to do…

Yes, Pouncey was picked before the Falcons selection, but TD didn’t even seriously consider him. We were targeting defense. Anyone could have seen that…


April 23rd, 2010
10:58 am

I hope we don’t mess up the other picks like we did #19. We need WR and RB next.


April 23rd, 2010
10:59 am


April 23rd, 2010
10:59 am

Seattle Falcons Fan

April 23rd, 2010
11:00 am

When do you project te birds taking a WR? Our comp pick maybe?

Seattle Falcons Fan

April 23rd, 2010
11:04 am

I think O-line is a more pressing need unless the right weapon is there. I would love for a good WR to fall to us, but that late in the draft, I doubt they could seriously beat out Douglas, Jenkins, or Finneran for the #2, or even #3.


April 23rd, 2010
11:06 am


If the Falcons had indeed traded back to 22 or 25 with Denver (which might have given them a second round), do you have any ideas who would have been next on their wish list if Spoon was not available?

The Falcons have a lot of guys coming off injuries (Baker, Moore, Jerry, Harry Douglas), so we need to maximize our picks. I look forward to 2 good selections in round 3.


April 23rd, 2010
11:07 am

DOL…here’s hoping they draft Cooper and Bowman in third


April 23rd, 2010
11:08 am

We probably get a mix on off./def. today. Thinking one lineman for both sides, a developmental C and developmental DE. ONly caveat is if we work a deal for Norwood, then I can see McCluster in the 3rd round vs. a DE.

Mike is Back

April 23rd, 2010
11:08 am

DLed, great stuff. Man, I’m still buzzing over the Spoon pick…TD is the man…I hope he got another rabbit for his magic show today.

GO BIRDS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Josh B

April 23rd, 2010
11:10 am

I say we get a center and a receiver

Paddy O

April 23rd, 2010
11:12 am

Jeff – your full of rancid meat. I was wondering what was wrong with Sergio? Anybody know why he dropped? I would still like a butt kicking DE (I actually thought we would take a flyer on Bulaga, since he was inexpectedly still there).


April 23rd, 2010
11:14 am

year two you will see what I mean. waisted pick, maybe he ad Awful Anderson can be scrubs for us during the strike.


April 23rd, 2010
11:19 am

Who’s the clown that said the Falcons messed up the 19th pick…..U can’t know anything about the Falcons to say they didn’t address a need if not the biggest need they had.


April 23rd, 2010
11:20 am

i think if tennet is there in the later part of the second round that TD might try and get there , it would probably still be hard but im sure matt ryan is pulling for this guy and he looks like hes gona be a great center .

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 23rd, 2010
11:20 am

Seattle — Tennant has been moving up over the last few weeks. He could still be there at 83. I’m thinking 4th or 5th on the WR. Looks like they looked at a bunch of possession guys. Remember the Saints got Colston in the 7th!

O’Brien — Jared Odrick would have been the pick under that scenario, but they really wanted Spoon and didn’t want to gamble on losing him.

Tale of Woe — Dimitroff told me and Schultz last night that Pouncey was 4th on their board behind Morgan, Graham and Spoon. My projected board had him 1. So we had some good info and weren’t that far off. Let’s move on to DAY TWO!!!


April 23rd, 2010
11:21 am

I see the Nattering Nabobs of Negativism are out of their gourds again this morning….
If McClusters is there–he’d be a game-changer for us. If not, OC Walton, DT Atkins or DE te’o Nesheim would be awesome too….

Seattle Falcons Fan

April 23rd, 2010
11:21 am

Maybe NE might be intrested in trading one of their 3 second round picks?

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Seattle Falcons Fan

April 23rd, 2010
11:26 am

DLED………I know TD is busy with the draft but do you expect to see any more FA signings after the draft is said and done with?


April 23rd, 2010
11:29 am

Thanks DOL.

I really think the Falcons need to cut the chord on Norwood. He has been injured way too often, and 3 coaching staffs later, we havent been able to get maximum production out of him.

Get a RB (or WR) who can help out in the return game.

Tale of Woe

April 23rd, 2010
11:32 am

Fair enough – day 2…BORING….Hopefully TD won’t feel pressured to trade up into round 2. I say keep the 2 3rd round picks and get a WR and an OL.


April 23rd, 2010
11:36 am

Lay off DLED! You guys sound so dumb pounding him!!!!!!!!!! What did you expect TD to say we drafted SOON, but we really wanted someone else! come on get real! I was hoping we would get Morgan out of GA Tech I thought we would once he fell into the high teens, Thought we might even move up once he got into the 14 or 15 rang. But we got a heck of a OLB and its a big need. GO Falcons!

Sick & Tired Of Being Sick & Tired

April 23rd, 2010
11:40 am

Now I’m ready for some offensive linemen from this year’s draft to help protect Ryan. Last year Matt had very little time to view the field before there was a defensive player in his face. When I watched the Saints and the Colts last year, both QBs had so much time it was unreal. Hopefully we can get some offensive linemen that can come in and seriously challenge the current players. The O-line played extremely well in 2008, BUT in 2009 …. NOT!!!!!


Seattle Falcons Fan

April 23rd, 2010
11:43 am

DLED…….. do you have a preferance as to which C and WR we should take? Do you have a feel for what position we take first? I was thinking O-LINE????


April 23rd, 2010
11:50 am

I am the clown but you wouldn’t know one.
It is pretty apparent you don’t know much about the current roster. I broke it down yesterday several times and posted it. Here it is again. We have aging receivers and in dire need a good running back. Do you not remember Turner getting hurt last year?
Did you not see when TG was covered and White double teamed there was no where to throw the ball? Jenkins doesn’t cut it, Finneran stays hurt and is old, and we don’t know how Douglas will do coming off of surgery.
Here is 1st, 2nd and 3rd year players we have? Has everyone forgotten?
No one other than a WR or RB will help this year.
Kroy Biermann 3rd year
Peria Jerry 2nd year
Thomas Johnson 3rd year
Trey Lewis 3rd year
Maurice Lucas 2nd year
Vance Walker 2nd year
Spencer Adkins Rookie from Miami
Robert James 2nd year from Arizona State
Curtis Lofton 3rd year
Stephen Nicholas 4th year
Sam Baker entering 3rd year
Justin Blalock 3rd year
Ron Bruggerman Rookie from Iowa
Tyson Clabo- 5th year
Harvey Dahl- 5th year
Garrett Reynolds 2nd year
Blake Sclueter 2nd year
Jose Valdez 2nd year
Plenty of youth on D, and not enough on O, We need to spend that pick on an impact player for a RB or WR. The list above proves my theory.
Now look at our RB’s and WR’s
Troy Bergeron 2nd year
Harry Douglas 3rd year
Brain Finneran 10th year
Micheal Jenkins 7th year
Andy Strickland- 2nd year
Eric Weems 3rd year
Roddy White 6th year
Olvie Mughelli- 8th year
Jerios Norwood- 5th year
Antone Smith- 2nd year
Jason Snelling 4th year
Micheal Turner 7th year


April 23rd, 2010
11:57 am

I think J.D. Walton will be as good a tennant, if he is gone. What do guys think would be the need to get into the second round? I would love to get Osi but what would it cost.


April 23rd, 2010
11:57 am

Shipley or cooper

I have a question

April 23rd, 2010
12:07 pm

When I was watching lastnight, it was either ESPN or NFL Network (flipping between both whenever comercials would come on or Neon Dieon’s ugly face clouded the screen) and I saw listed on one the key additions for the Falcons this year : Dunta Robinson, Dan Klecko. I looked on the site and sure enough he is listed as a Falcon. I read the AJC sports page online religously, I hate work and need the distraction. So my question is, WHEN did this happen and WHY did no one report it or did I just miss it? The guy Jeff posting @ 11:50am seems to have missed it as well.



April 23rd, 2010
12:11 pm

Javier Arenas would be a nice pickup for the falcons if they can get him.


April 23rd, 2010
12:13 pm

Decker WR – 3rd round would be nice.
What about the receiver from Cincinnati, game breaker great return guy, can’t think of his name, kind of slim and small, but he should be in top receivers left
Do not trade next year no 1 to get into 2nd round, seen teams do it before and don’t like it.

Seattle Falcons Fan

April 23rd, 2010
12:14 pm

I missed the Klecko thing too…


April 23rd, 2010
12:15 pm

Oh his name just came to me – Gilyard

I have a question

April 23rd, 2010
12:16 pm

never mind, found it on 1/11/10. Must have been busy that week and it was lumped in with alot of other stuff on the page, you didn’t miss it cause you wrote it.

Mike Jay

April 23rd, 2010
12:17 pm


Good work on the puncy call. Pittsburg will be pleased with him.

I did not see any TE’s on your list. Are the Falcon’s looking at any that you know of?

I have a question

April 23rd, 2010
12:21 pm

Day 2, 3rd round : Decker WR Minnesota or Gilyard WR Louisville /// Jerry OT Ole Miss or Lang DE Troy.

I’ll be happy then. No trades, unless someone will take Norwood off our hands for a 3rd rounder. 2nd if their real chumps.

Seattle Falcons Fan

April 23rd, 2010
12:23 pm

Jeff- Who do you want to see the Falcons pick up at WR at this point?
Also any chance Roy Williams is the odd man out in Dallas? Think he could be had?

Mike Jay

April 23rd, 2010
12:24 pm

Why people keep thinking Norwood has any trade value much less a high pick is beyond me but I hear it a couple times a day. They must have forgotten that Donovan Mcnabb only fetched a 2nd in this years draft. Brandon Marashall got a 2nd. Norwood is not Mcnabb or Marshall. I woudln’t trade a 6th rounder for him

Hamad Meander

April 23rd, 2010
12:30 pm

Let the draft come to you – there’s too much talent in this draft to give away picks to move up. We’ll find plenty still available in the 3rd round. I am hoping to address the center and receiver positions. I could see a Javier Arenas (KR/CB) and J.D. Walton (C) combo. That would make me pretty happy.

We aren’t going to find year one starters in the 4th round and below, so let’s build some depth at offensive line, defensive end, and corner. With Jamal Anderson moving to tackle and Peria Jerry back, I think tackle might be ok.

I have a question

April 23rd, 2010
12:31 pm

Mike Jay : can we package Jenkins and Norwood for a 4th?


April 23rd, 2010
12:33 pm

Love Danario Alexander and Jacoby Ford at the reciever spot.Jimmy Graham to back up Tony G.McCluster and Leblount at running back


April 23rd, 2010
12:38 pm

Norwood should be given a shot as a slot receiver as Terrence Mathis was or Wes Welker is before he is given up on. He has break away speed but not break through size as his stints on IR have shown. He also has shown to have good hands so if the coaching staff really wants to find a way to get him the ball as they claim then that should be the route to get it to him while he is still standing. If they cut the cord without trying and somebody else picks him up and decides to throw him the damn ball it could be Favre all over again. It sure won’t cost anything to find out.


April 23rd, 2010
12:39 pm

This has got to be Norwood’s last year, and I’d be surprised if everybody in the NFL wouldn’t know that. Packaging him with Jenkins, though, might be something.

Stirg d'Nahsif

April 23rd, 2010
12:42 pm

D.O., I cannot believe you did not mention Ramon Harewood (’da House!). He would be an absolute steal, anywhere in the draft.

Mike Jay

April 23rd, 2010
12:45 pm

I have a question,

No. Would you trade for that?


April 23rd, 2010
12:47 pm

I said it once and I’ll say it again: The best scenario for day 2 for the falcons would be:

1st 3rd rounder: Matt Tennant, C Boston College, or John Jerry OT Ole Miss
2nd 3rd rounder: Brandon LaFell, WR LSU

Brandon LaFell is a better possession reciever than Riley Cooper and Jordan Shipley, and a better blocker than both. He fits into the falcons scheme nicely, and wouldnt you like to see a WR group of White, Jenkins, Douglass, and LaFell?

I think we pick up an offensive lineman…I think Matt Tennnant will be there at 83 for us, but If he is not I say we go with John Jerry, Peria’s brother at OT, he is a beast at 6′6 328 lbs and can play guard as well, which TD loves in an O-lineman.

The Real Falcon

April 23rd, 2010
12:50 pm

TD’s comments:

Were you surprised that Pittsburgh took Pouncey at pick 18? Was he someone that you were high on?
“He was another guy that was definitely a consideration for us. He was one of the scenarios that we looked very closely at. I had a discussion with Kevin Colbert at Pittsburgh and I knew that they were very zeroed in on a player. I had assumed that Pouncey was their player, so it was not something that I really thought would come into fruition for us. In the end if he were to be sitting there at the same time as Sean, we would have picked Sean.”

That’s why he is the GM! Thank goodness.