NFL DRAFT: Meet the Falcons third round picks


corey-peters83. Corey Peters, DT, Kentucky, 6-foot-3, 300 pounds: Was a three-year starter for the Wildcats at defensive tackle. He has 146 career tackles. Last season, he had 49 tackles (24 solo), 11 tackles for loss, five passes defensed and one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. Was voted Kentucky’s most improved defensive player as selected by the coaches in 2007 as a sophomore. … In high school, he wrestled, played baseball and competed in track and field as a discus and shot put thrower. … Attended Louisville (Ky.) Central High. … Born in Pittsburgh.

Mike Johnson (Associated Press)

Mike Johnson (Associated Press)

98. Mike Johnson, OG, Alabama 6-6, 312: Established a school record when he played against Texas in the 2010 BCS title game, as it was his 54th game for the Crimson Tide. … Has been practicing at center during the pre-draft process while working out with quarterbacks Sam Bradford (Oklahoma) and Dan LeFevour (Central Michigan). … Has already received his college degree. … As a starter, he recorded 264 knockdowns or key blocks, 39 touchdown-resulting blocks and 18 downfield blocks. … He had 98 knockdown blocks last season while paving the way for Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram.

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April 23rd, 2010
11:52 pm


April 23rd, 2010
11:53 pm

Decent draft so far. Am I the only one who’s kind of underwelmed?? Hopefully they can get a decent rush end in the later rounds. Anderson is not cutting it.


April 23rd, 2010
11:53 pm

First. Welcome third rounders.


April 23rd, 2010
11:55 pm

Excellent picks!!! Very intelligent players with character! We are building our program with good, stable building blocks! Sounds like Johnson might be our next center!!! Go Falcons!!!


April 24th, 2010
12:01 am

Thought TD and company would move up the board to get Ben Tate or Golden Tate to add some offensive firepower. Very bland.


April 24th, 2010
12:03 am

They know what their doing, folks.

Delbert D.

April 24th, 2010
12:06 am

Good choices. I particularly like the ‘Bama guy’s blocking technique in the photo.

Dominic Hughes

April 24th, 2010
12:08 am

Just checking – Johnson is the guy in the photo making a tackle without his helmet? Odd pic for a guard.


April 24th, 2010
12:09 am

C’mon Delbert, you Dingleberry, that is not a blocking technique – he is attempting to tackle Joe Haden after a Gator pick…

Solid OL pick and depth for the DL.


April 24th, 2010
12:10 am

Would like to see us get Hernandez(florida TE) or Ginyard(Cinci WR) tomorrow, some kind of offensive threat. And a pass rusher on D would be great.

Josh B

April 24th, 2010
12:11 am

I really hope that Johnson isn’t blocking in that pic, but was making a tackle after an interception…ha

Mike F

April 24th, 2010
12:14 am

Just from the outside looking in, these two guys look like great candidates for police academy or jury duty. If they were dating my daughter, I might feel a little better.

But for the NFL?

TD knows what he is doing… right.

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The Black Mind

April 24th, 2010
12:17 am

the team did a great job we need tom address the defensive end asap because jamal is a extreme bust we need to trade him for a washer machine?????????????????and get some one new maybe even get the kid from usc griffen…


April 24th, 2010
12:18 am

Solid picks! Glad to see TD and the falcons making sure the guys are solid off the field as they are on the field.

KC in Smyrna

April 24th, 2010
12:34 am

After a shaky 2009 draft, the start to the 2010 draft is starting to make me wonder if 2008 wasn’t a fluke for TD.

Weatherspoon could have been had 4-5 picks down the draft giving us another 3 or 4th round pick to provide ammo for a 2nd round trade (3rd round plus traded 3rd/4th for a 2nd).

Not sure why we reached for an undersized DT when already have a roster full of those players in Vance Walker, Babs, Jamal Anderson, etc.

We’ll see how it plays out. I see New Orleans having an amazing draft and my Falcons not so much.

Reid Adair

April 24th, 2010
12:57 am

I trust Thomas Dimitroff and Mike Smith, but I have to wonder if Peter wouldn’t have been there in the fourth round. I also thought they’d look at a center for the offensive line, but guard is a good addition.


April 24th, 2010
1:03 am

good 3rd round picks-SEC is the strongest conference in the country hands down!!! I really like the johnson pick, and peters looks like he carried the load for UK, so I really like our direction in this draft…we are picking guys that are gonna get it done in the trenches in the 3rd…I wanted Brandon LaFell and John Jerry, but thats alright….Anyone who was on Alabama’s O-line last year, especially a 3 year starter, after seeing the holes they created for Ingram and Richardson is a GREAT pick with me, just like the SPOON pick. TD picks tremendous atheletes and FOOTBALL PLAYERS most importantly….

my hopes are sticking with this SEC pick trend and picking Antonio Coleman, DE Auburn with our 4th round pick, possibly 5th…

and I would like to get a good possession WR that could challenge Jenkins, I wanted LaFell, Shipley, and Decker, but they are all off the board. The best remaining seem to be Gilyard from cin, Riley Cooper (my favorite right now), Jacoby Ford, and Desmon Briscoe. I would like to get one of those guys in the 4th or 5th, and maybe if we still havent got a WR by the 6th, get Shay Hodge from Ole Miss…I think he can be a great 3rd or 4th reciever in this league…

we do this and I’ll say this was a GREAT draft by TD and Smith and the rest of the falcon management…

Chicago Falcon

April 24th, 2010
1:16 am

I think Everson Griffin wouldve been a better pick,for need, than either of the 3rd rounders we got. Both probably wouldve been available in later rounds. Still need a TE and WR as well.


April 24th, 2010
1:23 am

I’m not a fan of that undersized DT only 300 pounds.We need some bigger DT’s


April 24th, 2010
1:29 am

Peter’s is a pretty good d-tackle but the biggest need was for a rush end. Why not take a chance on Griffin? He at least plays the position that we are in need of the most. And I believe that who ever gets Jacoby Ford will get the steal of the draft. Would have loved if the Falcons had taken Shipley with the 3rd pick also. He looks like one of those 100 catches a year type receivers to me.


April 24th, 2010
1:29 am

Slinger, you’re the dingleberry. Funny line, Dilbert. Okay, fine, good, I like the fact that Atlanta is drafting good, smart players. But, even if you acknowledge that as a fact, if you do, you still gotta agree with KC Smyrna, here. Everybody was projected lower. Why couldn’t we squeeze another pick or two out of this? I haven’t questioned on anything TD yet, just as I’ve learned not to question Obama until something actually, truly fails (shut up fools, I’m white and you’re wrong), but I have to wonder, with all these “steals”, why we couldn’t work that for some more picks. Clearly the possibilities should have been there. I’m thinking, judging by TDs remark about “not getting too cute” and trading down a lot, he was actually a little afraid of screwing the pooch on this one. I think we saw fear, here. See you next year.

Matt the Brave

April 24th, 2010
1:37 am

If I remember correctly, that picture of Johnson is from the SEC Championship game in 2008. He lost his helmet because a Florida player pretty much ripped it off his head, then he got back up and tackled Haden. Sort of dumb not to get your helmet before making a tackle, but I guess you don’t think of that in the middle of all of that happening.


April 24th, 2010
1:43 am

I like the C.Peters pick he will be playing next to P.Jerry that will give us 2 big bodies in the middle of our defensive line.That should clog up the middle and make it tough for offenses to run up the middle.They will also draw double teams and leave J.Abraham and Beriman one on one on the ends.We could also rotate Babineux in the middle or put him in J.Andersons slot on the end.With 2 big bodies in the middle that will tie up fullbacks and tight ends and leave our linebackers clean so they can run to the ball and make play’s!!Remember we won our first 2 games when P.Jerry was playing because he drew the double team and left J.Abraham one on one and free to reak havok.When P.Jerry went down teams went back to double teaming Abraham.I think our coaches know exactly what they are trying to do.I also agree with you guy’s that say J.Anderson is a wasted 1st round pick and a waste of money.In college he was suspected of steroid abuse.Now it appears that he cant play without the juice!!Holla Back

Scott Case

April 24th, 2010
1:47 am

UUUHHHHH>….Peters grade on was 2.5 vs all other players in that round that averaged around 6-7.5…I really hope everyone but the Falcons are wrong, but histoy says otherwise


April 24th, 2010
1:52 am

On offense we could have moved up and got a higher second round pick but other teams wanted Snelling because this draft was weak at the RB position the problem for us was Snelling did a good job when Turner went down.I like J.Norwood but he’s injury prone and he’s also inconsistant.After watching Dunn carry the load i like the bigger backs better because they wear defenses down.I think Turner and Snelling are a better one two punch than Norwood.Norwood is fast but when i see Carolina’s D.Williams and Tenesse’s back i think Norwood could do a lot better.He appears to be content to be on the team he’s not putting any pressure on Turner or Snelling to compete.Holla Back!!


April 24th, 2010
1:55 am




April 24th, 2010
1:56 am

Scott Case hopefully they can light a fire under Peters. Remember in Jacksonville Coach smith had 2 big guy’s in the middle of his defense looks like he’s trying to do the same thing here.Maybe he feels like he can coach him up.


April 24th, 2010
1:58 am

Matt the Brave just make the play your helment will be there when your


April 24th, 2010
2:02 am

So which linebacker do you think Weatherspoon will replace i think Peterson still has some gas in the tank if we can keep him clean and let him make tackles his hits rock the Dome!!!


April 24th, 2010
2:04 am

Will any of you that is a professional football – NFL – scout stand up and acknowledge that any of these picks are bad….stop being wannabe coaches and GM’s and enjoy what we have going on in the ATL. Everybody says Falcon needs this year are: OLB, DT OL. Mission accomplished. Still have a chance at DE and TE…Do you guys actually think you know more than the Falcons staff? I think not. There was a reason Peters was picked. I love the steal we got with the Tide Guard…how much more do you need to know about a guy…SEC…most starts forever at ALABAMA? are you kidding me? I think its a steal…at any rate I am 100% loving our draft even though its not flashy.


April 24th, 2010
2:13 am

UtahFalcon football fans everywhere analyze their pick’s it does’nt mean we are wannabe coaches or GM’s.We do it because we love football and we want to win.

LT Marietta City

April 24th, 2010
2:45 am

I too am underwhelmed. I couldn’t agree more with KC in Smyrna. We could have gotten 3 more picks from Denver and still got Spoon. I am not happy at all with this draft. I see a missed chance to amass picks in the deepest draft in at least the last 20 years.


April 24th, 2010
2:56 am

KC in Smyrna,
For those that are complaining about the guy being undersized at DT do you all know how much McCoy and Suh weigh? 295 and 307 respectively. Who is to say that they didn’t try to trade down? You know in order to trade down you have to have willing team to want to trade up. You all say they would be available later how do you know they would be there when we pick again.

KC in Smyrna, wait until a few seasons before you want to begin questioning the drafts that TD has had. Why should Atlanta go after a pass rushing DE? Aren’t Sidbury and Biermann the future and they have done decent in their playing time. Typically a DE isn’t ready to contribute at his full abilities until maybe year 2 or 3. Rick Gosselin had Peters rated in his top 100 at #72

Big Ray

April 24th, 2010
3:38 am

I love all these people who are absolutely sure that this player or that player was going to be available at exactly our pick, in a later round, no less.

Funny, I don’t see you writing columns for,, or ESPN. And guess what? They had it wrong, too! Jimmy Clausen and Colt McCoy had to wait a long time to hear their names called. I hope nobody was sure Tyson Alualu was going to be available in the bottom of the first or top of the second, ’cause..uhhh…he got picked in the top 10.

By the way, how come you haven’t won the Powerball lottery or beaten the crap out of every single casino in Vegas? I mean, since you know when players are going to be available in the draft, that is…

By the way, when were you going to tell us that Everson Griffen was still going to be on the board going into the 4th round? What? You didn’t know? How about Bruce Campbell and Jonathon Dwyer? Why didn’t you mention the fact that Dez Bryant wouldn’t be in the first round, much less the top 10-15 picks? Surely you knew this!

Big Ray

April 24th, 2010
4:15 am

Scott Case,

What history do you speak of? History of the draft? History of the Falcons in the draft? History of the Falcons in the draft with TD at the helm?

Be specific. If you’re telling me the history of all those expert mock drafts, then I have news for you: They all bombed, even Mel Kiper.


April 24th, 2010
5:03 am

These players were projected lower by the draft analysis people, not by the people who make a living scouting players. Big difference. If TD says they can play thats good enough for me. Need I say more, have you seen Kiper the last 2 days, he is a draft analysis person, he can’t even come close anymore. Whom do you trust TD or the Kiper types? Slow and steady always turns out to be fast and smooth!

Rick in Grayson

April 24th, 2010
5:35 am

I was disappointed in the third round picks the Falcons made. It is true that I kept consulting Mel Kiper’s “best available” list and I’m listening to the rest of the fans here. If these picks don’t pan out then TD risks losing the confidence of the fans. The Corey Peters pick causes me to scratch my head, don’t we have a stable of these types of DT’s already on the team? Don’t we need another good TE and WR. Tony G. is great, but he will be retiring soon and Michael Jenkins seems to disappear in many games.


April 24th, 2010
5:40 am

Very dissapointed in this years draft.
You either draft for need or take the best available player. I don’t think we did a good job of either.
We could have traded down and still gotten every player we picked.
I have a feeling that Mr. Blank is adversly meddling in the draft process.


April 24th, 2010
5:46 am

yeah, I was feeling underwhelmed, esp. when I started seeing some of my faves getting snagged by other teams in the 2nd round and early 3rd.
I was esp. kinda bummed when I saw Dexter McCluster (RB/WR Ole Miss) and Eric Decker (WR, Minnesota) go off the board.
That said, if things pan out with Johnson and last years OL selection (Garrett Reynolds, UNC), we may be building our long-term future OL and short-term depth for the long-in-tooth OL, esp. if he is versatile with C/G experience.

With Peters selection, I think JA98 might as well start packing now.


April 24th, 2010
5:48 am

I would guess there are still some quality WRs and TEs left on the board. I was hoping we would get Jimmy Graham, but Dorin Dickerson (Pitt) and I think Pitta (BYU) are still there, and so is Marty Gilyard (WR, Cincinnati).
Now, one thing, unless I missed it, maybe we can snag the Cincinnati QB, Tony Pike to compete w/the guy from Alabama that we got last year.


April 24th, 2010
6:18 am

I like this draft. With everyone healthy we have a good team. We’re building depth, and drafting players of need to replace players in the next year or two who retire or slow down. I expect Spoon to be an impact player, which is what you want out of a #1. Peters and Johnson fill depth needs, although DT is getting a bit crowded. (Have you noticed no one ever mentions Trey Lewis? ’sup wit dat?) Expect rounds 4-7 to be the same. I’ll take substance over flash any day.

I’m amused at all the guys saying we should have moved up or down, and this guy would have been there later. Our guys have made moves in previous drafts, and I’m confident that if the price were right we would have again. The fact is, our needs can be filled with the picks we have. I stand by our brain trust. TD is the man!


April 24th, 2010
7:14 am


Yellow Submarine

April 24th, 2010
7:15 am

Would love to see the Falcons add TE Fendi Onobun, Houston and either WR Seyi Ajirotutu, Fresno State, WR Carlton Mitchell, South Florida, or WR Riley Cooper, Florida with 2 of the remaining selections.

The 6′6″Fendi Onobun will need to be developed (limited football experience played basketball for 4 years) but has enormous upside potential. The only other TE that could help is Dorin Dickerson, Pitt, but I would expect him to go early in the 4th round.

As with Dickerson, Carlton Mitchell is not likely to be there in the 4th round by the time the Falcons select. If Riley Cooper would fall to the Falcons in the 5th round, he would be a steal. Seyi Ajirotutu is far more intriguing as a 6th round target. Decent speed, decent size at 6′3″, very similar to Vicent Jackson.


April 24th, 2010
7:18 am

Enter your comments here I think there might be more than meets the eye here. Maybe this might signal Babs is on his way out due to the off field issues. Maybe a trade for him in the works? Then the Peters pick makes sense. We have a pick in round 4 at 17 with 3 decent DE still on the board ( Griffen, Wooten,Sapp).Chances are that 1 or 2 of them will still be there when the falcons make their next pick!


April 24th, 2010
7:18 am

The Falcons desperately needed an end to put pressure on opposing passers. I do not like the Peters pick because I do not see how he comes in and starts or even plays on a regular basis. Falcons could have packaged a later pick and moved up into the third round and gotten a pass rushing defensive end.Lets hope that they can address the end with the #4 pick.


April 24th, 2010
7:34 am

Good job falcons Abraham, Davis, Bierman, and Anderson will be enough…Anderson this is your last shot to get it right…


April 24th, 2010
7:41 am

Variety of opinions going here, as usual. But I think the only guy that hit it on the head was Terrell at 2:56 (get some sleep, man).

Everyone says we’ve got to get a DE, but maybe they’ve identified that there are no IMPACT DE’s on the board (Everson Griffin has dropped like a rock….something’s up there…drugs? injury? character?) Besides, are any of the guys projected to be better than Sidbury and/or Biermann?? I happen to like how those guys are developing.

Keep this in mind – rarely do you find an impact player (immediate starter) in rounds 3 & 4, etc. They are drafting for depth.

AND Terrell made a great point about Peters’ weight…we’re not playing a 3-4 here.

Finally, my guess is the Johnson pick will in time be seen as strong – they mentioned he’s been working out at center. TD likes versatility on the OL, McClure has 1 or 2 yrs left max, and Johnson is obviously durable, experienced, smart (gotta be to play center).

My guess is the only “playmaker” position they’ll draft will be a WR, maybe a RB late. Other than that, TD should bring in beef.


April 24th, 2010
7:44 am

Larry Asante, S, Nebraska


April 24th, 2010
7:46 am

Oh, and another point many of you are crying about: wondering why the Falcons didn’t trade down to accumulate more picks. Gotta have willing trade partners.

Question: after early in the second round, how many trades did you see?? VERY few. This is a deep draft, and teams are not going to be moving around much and giving up picks in these rounds.