BIRDLAND – With the NFL draft less than two weeks away, the Falcons have their draft board set and so do we here at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The position-by-position series will start in Monday’s print editions.
As a public service, we wanted to share our board.
There are some quirks.
The defensive line, offensive line, linebackers and secondary are just a group of 10. For example, the secondary is not broken out as to cornerbacks, strong safety and free safety. On our board all you get is the 10 best defensive backs.
Also, we don’t have them in tiers.
As we get more calls back over the weekend, some of the players will be moved around on the board. The assistant coach who has the list of the tight ends could call and turn that list upside down.
Here’s how our board – the list of the top 10 players by position group – is stacked.
1. Cam Newton, Auburn
2. Blaine Gabbert, Missouri
3. Ryan Mallett, Arkansas
4. Jake Locker, Washington
5. Andy Dalton, TCU
6. Colin Kaepernick, Nevada
7. Christian Ponder, Florida State
8. Pat Devlin, Delaware
9. Greg McElroy, Alabama
10. Tyrod Taylor, Virginia Tech
Fringe: T.J. Yates, North Carolina; Ricky Stanzi, Iowa; Nathan Enderle, Idaho; Zack Eskridge, Midwestern State; Mike Hartline, Kentucky.
1. Mark Ingram, Alabama
2. Mikel Leshoure, Illinois
3. Ryan Williams, Virginia Tech
4. DeMarco Murray, Oklahoma
5. Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon State
6. Kendall Hunter, Oklahoma State
7. Daniel Thomas, Kansas State
8. Anthony Allen, Georgia Tech
9. Dion Lewis, Pittsburgh
10. Bilal Powell, Louisville
Fringe: Shane Vereen, California; Delone Carter, Syracuse; Noel Divine, West Virginia; John Clay, Wisconsin; Shaun Chapas, Georgia.
1. A.J. Green, Georgia
2. Julio Jones, Alabama
3. Jonathan Baldwin, Pittsburgh
4. Torrey Smith, Maryland
5. Randall Cobb, Kentucky
6. Jerrel Jernigan, Troy
7. Titus Young, Boise State
8. Leonard Hankerson, Miami
9. Greg Little, North Carolina
10. Dwayne Harris, East Carolina
Fringe: Vincent Brown, San Diego State; Tandon Doss, Indiana; Edmund Gates, Abilene Christian; Ronald Johnson, Southern California; Austin Pettis, Boise State.
1. Kyle Rudolph, Notre Dame
2. D.J. Williams, Arkansas
3. Virgil Green, Nevada
4. Luke Stocker, Tennessee
5. Weslye Saunders, South Carolina
6. Jordan Cameron, Southern California
7. Daniel Hardy, Idaho
8. Charles Clay, Tulsa
9. Andre Smith, Virginia Tech
10. Kyle Adams, Purdue
1. Anthony Castonzo, T, Boston College
2. Nate Solder, T, Colorado
3. Tyron Smith, T, Southern California
4. Gabe Carimi, T, Wisconsin
5. Mike Pouncey, C, Florida
6. Will Rackley, T, Lehigh
7. Derek Sherrod, T, Mississippi State
8. Danny Watkins,C-G, Baylor
9. Clint Boling, T, Georgia
10. James Carpenter, T, Alabama
1. Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama
2. Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina
3. Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn
4. J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin
5. Cameron Jordan, DE, California
6. Da’Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson
7. Aldon Smith, DE, Missouri
8. Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue
9. Corey Liuget, DT, Illinois
10. Cameron Heyward, DE, Ohio State and Adrian Clayborn, DE, Iowa.
1. Von Miller, Texas A&M
2. Akeem Ayers, UCLA
3. Martrez Wilson, Illinois
4. Greg Jones, Michigan State
5. Sam Acho, Texas
6. Akeem Dent, Georgia
7. Dontay Moch, Nevada
8. Ross Homan, Ohio State
9. Mike Mohammed, California
10. Casey Matthews, Oregon
1. Patrick Peterson, LSU
2. Prince Amukamara, Nebraska
3. Jimmy Smith, Colorado
4. Brandon Harris, Miami
5. Johnny Patrick, Louisville
6. Marcus Gilchrist, Clemson
7. Rahim Moore, UCLA
8. Aaron Williams, Texas
9. DeMarcus Van Dyke, Miami
10. Buster Skrine, Tennessee-Chattanooga.
1. Kai Forbath, Kicker, UCLA
2. Leon Berry, Returner, Mississippi State
3. Alex Henery, K-P, Nebraska
4. Ryan Donahue, P-K, Iowa
5. Shaky Smithson, R, Utah
6. Dan Bailey, K, Oklahoma State
7. Chas Henry, P, Florida
8. Reid Forrest, P, Washington State
9. Josh Jasper, PK, LSU
10. Danny Aiken, Long Snapper, Virginia.
NFL DRAFT TIMES
ROUND 1: Thurs., April 28, 8 p.m.
Rds. 2-3: Fri., April 29, 6 p.m.
Rds. 4-7: Sat., April 30, 12 noon
Radio City Music Hall, New York
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog