Falcons set to pick 27th in the NFL draft

Maybe the Falcons will pick Ironhead's little boy, Cameron Heyward (Whitfield Academy/Peachtree Ridge) in the NFL draft. (Associated Press)

Maybe the Falcons will pick Ironhead's little boy, Cameron Heyward (Whitfield Academy/Peachtree Ridge) in the NFL draft. (Associated Press)

FLOWERY BRANCH – With the Patriots, who were the No. 1 seed in the AFC, also losing in the divisional round,  the Falcons moved up from the 28th spot to the 27th spot for the 2011 NFL Draft.

The Patriots selected Rutgers cornerback Devin McCourty with the 27th pick last season.

Some of the players who could be available at 27 include:

Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio State

Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin

Brandon Burton, CB, Utah

Aaron Williams, CB, Texas

–D. Orlando Ledbetter

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Falcons will win

January 17th, 2011
12:45 pm

Really going to be a long offseason

Bill Campbell

January 17th, 2011
12:46 pm

I said last year that the Falcons needed a top wideout with their first pick! They still do!! Outside of Matt Ryan..tne draft picks have been a bust!


January 17th, 2011
12:55 pm

DE or OL, definitely


January 17th, 2011
12:56 pm

I think it’s kind of hard to call Roddy White a bust at this point. In case you didn’t notice, he led the NFC in receiving this past year.

The entire Falcons team stunk it up on Saturday. However, Ryan does need more options at WR, fast ones. I’d like to see that remedied by bringing in a veteran wideout to be Ryan’s #2 guy. Although, I’m not sure who will be available.

We need to continue to build on defense. Another pass rusher, another cornerback, something…


January 17th, 2011
12:57 pm

Dled any chance we get in the running for the cornerback from Oakland so maybe we can have 3 good corners, Owens killed us during the game and I don’t know if Williams would have been any better. I would stay away from Heyward he is fine until he goes up against a player his size then he disappears.


January 17th, 2011
12:59 pm

how bout moving up and picking up the other Cameron….the QB?


January 17th, 2011
1:01 pm

I think we need to get a DE to help out Abraham. I wouldn’t mind going after Steve Smith for a veteran wideout. One concerns I see are 1) Not throwing the ball deep and 2)maybe just maybe a new Defensive Coordinator.

Bob in SF

January 17th, 2011
1:06 pm

I’d be very happy with Cam Heyward, he’s a beast. That being said I don’t think he’ll be around at 27.


January 17th, 2011
1:10 pm

Stop blaming Van gorder this is mike Smith’s weak @ss scheme. VG was very aggressive at UGA. Mularkey was agressive in Pittsburgh the HC is Micromanaging the game plan.

Why seek another wide receiver when the quarterback can no throw pass 25 yards with his weak arm. The interception that was returned for a toughdown was a simple pattern and he could not complete that, he also under threw Mike jenkins for the first interception. mark Sanchez has a low completion rate but he can throw the deep ball and he is 4-1 in the playoffs Ryan is and will always be overrated

Charley Partanna

January 17th, 2011
1:12 pm

Maybe TD will pick someone else with a history of injuries in college, who can also sit out for us and then be a non-factor like Jerry, Witherspoon and Moore.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

January 17th, 2011
1:12 pm

I’m thinking they need to take a PLAYMAKER! Any position. The best, baddest, biggest football player on the board at 27th.

The Falcons could have been playing with Revis at cornerback (passed on him to take Jamaal Anderson) and Clay Matthews III at linebacker (passed on him to take Peria Jerry) on the defense on Saturday. Just a random post-game draft thought.

Captain Kirk

January 17th, 2011
1:14 pm

Hey YO!!

dont get your hopes set too high as its evident that Dimitroff & CO CANNOT evaluate defensive talent. Its SO obvious, it stings..the d talent they get is barly adequate for matghing up with the NFC South, let alone the studs from the balance of the Conference..as evidenced Sat nite..

Hey Dimitroff!!!!

for openers, you need a 350 lb new version of Grady Jackson a hoss stud LB wholl match up with that big TB runnin back

and several cover corners like the JETS have..

got it??

can I come work for you this is so damn obvious????

Big Ron26

January 17th, 2011
1:15 pm

I watched the jets-patriots game last night and Im so impressed with what the jets did and it makes me even more angry we lost the jets were angry they felt disrespected and they played like a team that felt like they were good and no one believed them so they promptly went out on the road and beat tom brady and the mighty patriots my question is why didnt the falcons play with that kinda fire?? I mean the falcons never got any respect this season even after big wins and for them to play the way they did is totally unacceptable im ashamed to be a falcons fan right now but with that said this should be used a example i hope they keep the game film of this cause when these guys show up in june for camp the coaches should run the tape and remind them in case they forgot we got our a**** kicked maybe that will feed the fire some more and next year maybe both offense and defense will come out and play angry and destroy some people and make everybody respect us.

Captain Kirk

January 17th, 2011
1:16 pm

Orlando LedB

seems as if youve spotted the same draft day flaws as I have…..

lifes ’bout the choices we make

D. Orlando Ledbetter

January 17th, 2011
1:16 pm

Billy — I don’t think so. The FA pattern has been for them to spend one year and take the next year off. This is the off year if the pattern holds up. They spent on CB last year. Nnamdi Asoumugha would command top dollar.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

January 17th, 2011
1:18 pm

Captain Kirk – No doubt Captain Kirk! One of the units has to dominate (ranked 16th on O and D) is not dominating. Draft studs and cut them loose.


January 17th, 2011
1:25 pm

Every year, we draft defense and it means nothing. Draft a WR and bring in free agents for defense.

Big Ron26

January 17th, 2011
1:26 pm

Your right DLED they need playmakers on defense there biggest need to me is DE no question i like our tackles im not ready to close the book on jerry i just think if we can find enough consistent pass rush on the otherside that will help the coverage and maybe another playmaking linebacker our safeties are keepers i like william moore he’s gonna be a good player and call me crazy i actually like our corners i think grimes is a future pro bowler i just think if we can keep pressure on the qb i think the guys in the secondary will make plays and on offense we need a left tackle move baker over to the right i like steve smith to be signed along with another young speedy receiver and also more speed in the backfield i love turner but we need some lightning back there just a few holes to fill remember this team won 13 games with a mediocre defense word to dimitroff FIX THE DEFENSE LIKE RIGHT NOW!!!!!!! Cause its the only thing holding us back.


January 17th, 2011
1:31 pm

Is Peerless Price still available as a #2 or does he still hate us?


January 17th, 2011
1:32 pm

Just as the players and coaches have some questions to answer this off season, TD and his player personnel department need to step up as well….In Saturday’s game we watched a dominating performance by the 26th pick of the 2009 draft (Clay Matthews), while our pick at #25 (Perea Jerry) played a few snaps as a rotation D-lineman…..also, the # 32 pick of that draft (Ziggy Hood) was playing well at D-Line for Pittsburgh. We also watched a rookie free agent cornerback (Sam Shields) dominate our #2 WR; while our fifth round draft cornerback pick (Dominique Franks) was only dressed due to injury to another player, and our last two third round cornerbacks (C. Jackson and C. Owens) are busts……I know you can’t hit on every pick, but our personnel (and/or ability to coach up the guys we do get) seems to be falling behind the elite teams in the league. I also understand the team’s strict adherence to “character”, which may be why they skipped Matthews due to ‘roid rumors; but with the culture of the team now firmly entrenched, we should be able to see a few talented guys with question marks brought in and refined by the coaches and veteran players…..

Ron "CHOKE" Mexico

January 17th, 2011
1:33 pm

Defintely defense, for the last 3 years the offense has ranked higher than the defense, draft a DE, CB, or OLB with first pick. I think they need a new defensive coordinator.

gonna also be holes to fill at TE, maybe center…. if TG and Mcclure retire.

need 1or 2 WR’s 1 or 2 RB’s,

John Williams

January 17th, 2011
1:36 pm

Wanted: Defensive coordinator. Must have NFL experience. Go home college boy.


January 17th, 2011
1:53 pm

Really hard to assess what positions to target in the draft, without knowing what players we will lose due to retirement/free agency…

Greg Moundine

January 17th, 2011
2:05 pm

I agree Mr. Bill Campbell, We need another Top WR. T.O. With T.O on one side and Roddy white onte other. This will open the running game. Whats so hard to understand about this move. T.O. is hard worker and him and R. White will create a mismatch for any D and open up the run. We need a tough LB as well. Someone mean like Ray, Ray!

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Greg Moundine

January 17th, 2011
2:18 pm

Check this out.The four teams left to make Super Bowl:

Chicago: Urlacher and Peppers

Pittsburg: Nothing else needs to be said

GB: Hawk and Clay Matthews

Jets: ^&((&) Brady guy and Revis…not to mention star

What do all these have..meaness. In regular season you can have class, but in playoffs you need a mixture of both.


January 17th, 2011
2:28 pm

D. Orlando/ Mr. Blank
Why do we still believe in this 1990 style of foot ball? It really just burns me to my soul when I hear Mike Smith say he wants to keep the same coaching staff. Obviously all the fans, media and other coaching staffs know that our offense is horrible. It’s not built to catch up if you fall behind more than one score or in a game that becomes a shootout. The Defense is built like a 1990 team…We do not have the rush or secondary skills to be successful against passing teams in the 4-3. I know we don’t have the players to convert to a 3-4 defense right now, but it’s time to start the process. New Orleans first year converting to the 3-4 won them a super bowl, and they didn’t have all the pieces yet. Our coaches’ style of coaching is outdated period. The only time we get compliments on our team is when the other team is getting ready to play us and being courteous. If you really think there was any doubt in Green Bay’s mind about playing us replay A. Rogers or Clay Matthews’s pregame interviews. We do not have good cornerback’s period. We do not have a number 2 receiver period. We do not have a change of pace back/play maker period. (Norwood should’ve been gone; at least you would have gotten a pick for him, now you get nothing…period. MR. BLANK stop worrying about image and who got baggage, find ball players that love the game. Name one player that TD drafted that’s a star player? Don’t say mat Ryan because he was knocked completely of the pedestal Saturday. The offense the falcons run are handicapping him, when it’s time to all out slang the ball around the field he can’t do it.

Ben B

January 17th, 2011
2:45 pm

Besides a WR, the Falcons need some nasty defensive players, line and safeties who really like to hit. We need to apply more pressure on the QB. Hopefully the offensive line will learn from the Packers game. Ryan needs to be protected!!


January 17th, 2011
2:48 pm

That was by far the Worst game I’ve seen in a while. Since the start of 1st Quarter, Aaron Rogers was picking the D apart and out Coaches had NO CLUE to stop it. By 3rd quarter, it was over.

Look at the Saints’/Packers’ 4 receivers set. Just unstoppable. I hopes the whole Falcons’ team live and learn from it.

As for the Draft, we need get tough DE, OLB, Receiver, or Corner. Just get the best one available at 27th.

For Free Agent, we need to get a Tackle, Guard, Receivers, and a bad ass Corner. Do whatever it take to get the Oakland boy. Can’t spell his name.


January 17th, 2011
2:50 pm

Fellas The falcons will be fine. They need to draft a BIG d tackle, a olb/de that could replace abraham, GO AETER STEVE SMITH(roddy is a position reciver) a nickel corner, a replacement 4 tony gonzs a true slot reciever. And unleash matt ryan he need flexabilty and a factor back

pcb mike

January 17th, 2011
2:57 pm

What a group of whiners. Sure, we are all upset about getting our butts kicked by the Packers at home, but 13-4 is a great season. Can’t wait til next year. GO FALCONS !!!!


January 17th, 2011
3:06 pm

Fellas, it is plain and smiple it time for management to trade #12 ,and go after some one with some true talent,like steve smith or the corner from oakland # 21. also we need to play bump and run more. when a team see our corner’s play ten yards off, i see us getting beat just like in the game saturday. also if we cannot get they players,i mentioned,how about champ bailey! atleast teams will respect him! so DTM AND MS,RISE UP AND GET US SOME GREAT PLAYERS,AND STOP SETTLING FOR GOOD ONE!


January 17th, 2011
3:28 pm

Why would we spend first round $ on OL? We gave up something like 22 sacks and Turner was the leading rusher in the NFC? I can see going with one of our 5th rounders for some back up, but not first. Also, Heyward is the sexy easy name for pundits because of the tie-in. I say go with Sapelo Islands Allen Bailey. BEAST of a kid.


January 17th, 2011
3:31 pm

DL- Do you forsee TD and company going after a diffrent DC, if in fact we don’t have the money to really spend on defense in Free Agency? What’s the wrap on Sean McDermott? Would he make a difference in Atlanta since he did study under the late Jim Johnson?

MR.true fan

January 17th, 2011
3:33 pm

falocns need moss or to or steve smith they need to cut douglass move grimes to the nickel he is to little td needs to start hitting on draft picks he the reason that we have the worse cornor backs in the game curtis is a bust we need a real lb he will lead i were defense iam glad he didnt make th eprowbowl stop crying about being a probowl guy curtis is over rated out side of roddy we dont have no wr that is a big problem also mike smith at times is soft need to be more assertive


January 17th, 2011
3:57 pm

As a true Falcons fan the one thing that will make it a long off season is if the two sides don’t get it together and play football-THE FANS SUPPORT THE TEAMS AND MAKE ALL POSSIBLE FOR THE OWNERSHIP AND THE PLAYERS- its time for them to understand that without the fan they have nothing.


January 17th, 2011
4:04 pm

C-football. I believe that Tom Brady was knock off his pedestal also-WAKE UP MAN AND APPRECIATE THE DIRECTION THIS TEAM IS TAKING.

boiler up

January 17th, 2011
4:13 pm

Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue if avl., db from Oakland, a deep threat WR and a rb with some serious Chris Johnson speed.. Then, you can consider us a SB team!

Falcons will get Better

January 17th, 2011
4:19 pm

These are things Necssary to have a goo offseason:
1- sign conerback from oakland (move brent to nickel)
2- beg tony gonzalez to come back next year
3- draft WR Jon Baldwin (6″5) -he has good size and length plus has a 4.49 speed
4- draft offensive left tackle or get speed running back (for screens and quick yardage)
5- change the offensive scheme for matt ryan, instead of run first, set the run up with the pass- this will increase the number of 20+ receptions for the recievers aka. more screens, slants, reverses


January 17th, 2011
4:24 pm

@Bill Campbell-i agree with u completely our first round picks besides matt ryan have all been busts i been sayn that all year weatherspoon had been hurt a little bit bt hes stell sorry…our best pick since the 08 draft has been william moore..in the 2011 drat we need a de…and we really need a new defence of cornaiter


January 17th, 2011
4:28 pm

@falcon get better dude ur sick brent grimes is the best cb we got..move dunta robinson 2 nickle and we need a defence end in the first round or free agentse….this off season in the draft and free agense we need a defence end,a running back,a ot,and a wr


January 17th, 2011
4:32 pm

wow these so called falcon fans are really stupid sum1 said cut douglas and get randy moss lmao u guys no nothing about football

Outside Observer

January 17th, 2011
4:33 pm

DOL, I completely disagree with your thoughts on who the Falcons should have picked. For value, Revis just wasn’t expected to be this good. The guy I wanted, is this guy named Patrick Willis. He was picked shortly after we picked Anderson. Matthews doesn’t fit our scheme, and Jerry was the best rated player available at a position of need for us. Yes he has been banged up, but let him have a game when he is 100% then form your judgment. This year, we have to pick Rudolph, TE out of Notre Dame. Tony G won’t be around forever.

Smart Falcon Fan

January 17th, 2011
4:35 pm

I know this is a cvrazy idea but what about Julio Jones to Atlanta. I think he would be a great benefit to the team. Heyward is not a person to passover though.


January 17th, 2011
4:36 pm

Big Ron —

Keep in mind that the Pats beat the Jets 45-3 during regular season. It happens in the NFL hot QB, Momentum end of half, and game planning swung the wrong way for the Falcons.


January 17th, 2011
4:39 pm

how cant u people see WILLIAM MOORE


January 17th, 2011
4:40 pm

WILLIAM MOORE is the best thang we have workin 4 us besides curtis lofton open ur eyes and maybe u can see….and sumone said get t.o ur an idiot


January 17th, 2011
4:44 pm

What Matt Ryan lacks is the zip on the ball. Floaters are gonna get intercepted all day. Please find
someone who can get open for a few seconds. This might help his weak arm.


January 17th, 2011
4:47 pm

Keep in mind the Jamal Anderson pick was made under the McKay regime- not Dimitroff’s. A #6 pick overall should be an impact player and he’s no where near an impact player. IMO this was the ‘missed pick’ that really set the Falcons back. A pass rushing end is a ‘must’ for the Falcons this offseason.

Arthur Blank Check

January 17th, 2011
4:49 pm

I hear Nnamdi Asomugha is now available. He used to be the highest paid CB in the league before his contract with the Raiders was terminated. Guess who was the 2nd highest paid CB: Dunta Robinson. Yeesh. Not even the best CB on the team. Maybe we can swap him out for someone with an incredible track record like Asomugha.