11:45 am April 29, 2011, by D. Orlando Ledbetter
April 29th, 201111:54 am
Yes, but hey, it’s just a game. This will not get you in or keep you out of the Kingdom!!!!!!!
D. Orlando Ledbetter
April 29th, 201111:55 am
*Meant to say Charles Johnson
Bride of Chucky Knapp
Thanks for the vid. Eager to hear more about JJ and this trade and what’s up on the D-side of the ball. Hey O Led, the AJC needs to spring for a decent microphone and room acoustical treatments for your videos so your sound will be up to par with your sharp look!
ww1cooks – That’s good to know! Information you can use.
April 29th, 201111:57 am
Based on this years draft not being the best talent wize after the first round not a bad move. We actually only gave up one 1st round pick as we still picked #6. If smith and company will now take the training wheels off of Ryan should look to be a interestind season. And if we address a couple of issues on the defensive side and add a speedy running back we are good to go.
April 29th, 201111:58 am
Falcons still have 6 picks this year.
The only thing that bothers me is the 1st round pick next year. I never have been a proponent of trading future 1st round picks.
That being said, I think Julio is a great upgrade. We lose Finn, and gain a monster who will immediately jump in and force some competition in the WR corps!
Now, for the need of a DE what are you gonna do???
April 29th, 201112:03 pm
Wow, when you consider it……
Michael Jenkins….Julio is coming for your job
Roddy just got more open…
Harry Douglas, Julio Jones, Michael Jenkins, and Roddy White in a 4 WR set with Turner….
JJ, MJ, RW, MT, and Tony G….. Tony just got WIDE open.
This offense is immediately more difficult to defend!
April 29th, 201112:21 pm
I like the move ……… as long as we still snag defensive depth and a speed RB. We still have Kerry Meier coming back from knee injury (Finn replacement), and TD must believe the young, stockpiled talent garnered as 2nd/3rd day draft picks (Dominique Franks, etc.) will pay dividends the next couple of years to compensate for the traded picks.
April 29th, 201112:26 pm
why do people care about next years pick? it will most likely be a low pick and if the falcons sare so good they will win the superbowl and the pick will be the 31st pick
April 29th, 201112:38 pm
Only time will tell, but why trade 4 picks and not just wait and draft a DE like Heyward, less money and bigger need, that is what the Steelers did (6 superbowl wins?)
April 29th, 201112:43 pm
who dat Julio dat Julio
April 29th, 201112:45 pm
This year’s pick @ 31 by the Steelers: Cam Heyward DE 6′4″ 294#
There are top notch players all up and down the first two to three rounds. But losing any 1st round pick is dangerous. And in the overall scheme of the draft, when there are several hundred guys being picked, anything in the first 2 rounds is a high draft pick.
April 29th, 201112:46 pm
Dont forget, we still have not opened free agency yet. We may still enhance the defense through this draft and FA!
April 29th, 20111:25 pm
This was definitely an unorthodox move by our Falcons. I believe that this move was methodical and will probably work out in the long run! This was not the move M. Ditka mad for Ricky Williams. The Falcons are a really good team. Yes, this move was risky, the way we lost last year, something drastic was necessary. Do I prefer AJ, absolutely! However, Julio fits better into our system. A physical football player. Also, he has the opportunity to learn from Roddy and Michael. Yes, we need better defense, but needed Julio as well. I remember when Tampa gave up two 1st rounders and a couple of other things for Jon Gruden. We all know what happened that next season. Did we mortgage our future? The way we finished the season, this was probably for the best! “We shall see!” Great job D-Led!
I do not believe the Falcons mortgage their future if you believe we are a super bowl team. If we win it all next season we will be looking at the number 32 pick. So in all we gave away the 27 and 32 pick when it comes down to the 1st round. When it comes to the rest of the late round picks, who to say they would have made the team anyway. I believe the Falcons will be very aggressive in free agency this year when it comes down to the defensive side.
April 29th, 20111:32 pm
I think the falcons already have something setup for when free agency comes around. We were well under the “salary cap” last year. Time to spend a little money. 1st Julio. Then maybe Ray Edwards (DE from Minn) and somebody like Carlos Rodgers (CB from WA) in the free agency. What do you think?
We already have pretty good depth. We need ballers and playmakers. Quality and not quantity, especially since we still have 6 picks this year. You can only have so many people on team folks. That’s what good drafting previous years affords us.
April 29th, 20112:06 pm
I think this is a great move. No team feared the falcons last year.. we ran clock all year long and escaped many times. this move gives us firepower now with one of the prob receiver duo in the nfc now.(dallas has a great one as well) But this will give firepower that we would never see in the draft picking in the high 20s the rest of matt ryan’s carerr… so stop complaining and get ready for a good season. FYI Arthur Blank is going to sign 1-2 big free agents this year so we can address defense then…. A good wideout is hard to come by in free agency
Actually we have 3 first rounders this year, 2 on defense, as Peria Jerry and Sean Witherspoon should finally have a chance to prove themselves coming off of injured campaigns. Let our young defensive core develop, and we’ll be fine. Just look at what William Moore did after a lost rookie season. I love the trade. I love the pick. I’m glad we did something bold. Most of us weren’t thrilled about the Mike Smith hire. I openly questioned taking Matt Ryan. Thomas Dimitroff has proved time and time again he’s smarter than us.
April 29th, 20112:08 pm
WR’s are a dime a dozen in the NFL, since you can hardly touch the receiver coming off the line, you can plug in any speedy receiver and he will catch at least 60 passes per year. 5 draft picks on a receiver…stupid!
April 29th, 20112:09 pm
If the Falcons think they are only 2 to 3 players away from the Super Bowl they’re fooling themselves.
April 29th, 20112:13 pm
Looking at NFL.com best remaining list, I think enough folks got pushed down to where we can get a decent DE or speed RB in the 3rd, esp. if we can trade up earlier in the round …
Joe Tess Fish House
April 29th, 20112:24 pm
I dont understand why they pix a guy with a girls name. Juliet Jones.
April 29th, 20112:26 pm
Perrier Jerry – bust
Sean Witherspoon – injruy prone
Sam Baker – Short arms – bust
Juliet Jones -girls name.
April 29th, 20112:34 pm
people that question this pick dont understand. by the time the falcons picked (27th) all pash rushers for a (4-3) defense would have been gone. example:tampa and new orleans both were looking for a DE. i really like the trade. we add an explosive reciver opposite roddy white, now teams cant double roddy. we pick late in the draft anyway, as far as the defense goes. look for the falcons to get either ray edwards. have faith falcons fans. have faith!
April 29th, 20113:05 pm
I mentioned earlier that TD and Smitty could take a WR in the first if they decided it would be more beneficial to add a blocking TE, rather than trying to replace TE TGonzalez’s production. Having a big, play making WR opposite RWhite would definitely stretch the DEF, and both Palmer and Peelle are better blockers than Gonzalez, and are capable of hurting DEF’s up the middle.
If we allow OT TClabo and OG JDahl to walk, the 2 compensatory picks we’d get back in return would make up for 2 of the picks we gave up in the trade. The trade is also indicative of the confidence TD and Smitty have in the development of DE’s KBiermann and LSidbury.
There is still enough talented pass rushers in this draft for us to get one in the 3rd rd. We can forget that it’s been our OFF that’s taken the Falcons as far as they’ve gone so far. Therefore, it makes sense to improve upon your strength.
April 29th, 20113:20 pm
Mortgage the future? What future? LOL!
The failcan’ts won’t know how to use Jones, and he’ll end up being a bust, on a team that can’t put pressure on the opposing QBs much less sacking them. Brees is going to eat them up next year.
April 29th, 20113:53 pm
Brees is still choking on Seahawk poop….
April 29th, 20114:03 pm
JJ seems legit and the more I hear from him the more I like him. However, this move will be only be successful if we get a good(not necesarily great but at least good) DE in free agency.
April 29th, 20114:08 pm
How many CURRENT successful NFL wide receivers you would trade 4 picks for? And this guy hasn’t stepped on the field yet.
April 29th, 20114:48 pm
IF THEY DONT SIGN A RAY EDWARD OT CHARLIE JOHNSON THEY COULD BE IN TROUBLE. THE DEFENSE WAS SUSPECT LAST YEAR. GIVING UP 41 POINTS TO GREEN BAY SENDS A MAJOR SIGNAL TO ME. THEY NEED A SOLID D LINEMAN, ANOTHER LB AND SOMEONE THAT CAN COVER IN THE DB . DONT FORGET ANOTHER RUNNING BACK TO SPELL TURNER. I DONT THINK ALL THIS CAN HAPPEN IN THIS DRAFT. MR BLANK GET OUT YOUR CHECK BOOK FOR FREE AGENTS.
April 29th, 20116:25 pm
Joe Tess is strictly here for comic relief!
April 29th, 20116:42 pm
How many CURRENT successful NFL wide receivers you would trade 4 picks for? And this guy hasn’t stepped on the field yet.
Totally agree. This is a huge bet.
April 29th, 20116:56 pm
brings back memories of the ricky williams days!
April 29th, 20117:00 pm
@ big ray- your whole D is still chokin’ on wisconsin cheese and they draft a wr! well it is the failcans!
April 29th, 20117:04 pm
@ kenneth- improve upon your strenth? the refs make 3 correct calls and you take away 3 lucky last minute plays and your a 7-9 team last year and it showed against the #6 seed wildcard packers. sorry girlfriend but i’m not seein’ that strength your talking about.
April 29th, 20117:05 pm
MUST HEAR ATLANTA FALCONS FANS!!!! WOW!!!! SOMETHING BIG COMING!!
April 29th, 20117:12 pm
the something big is the laughter from the rest of the nfl recalling ricky williams. i think jj is good but your qb-matty meltdown – just can’t throw that far on a consistent basis. i see a lot of air balls from matty to go along with many many picks
April 29th, 20117:25 pm
I don’t what all the complaining is about. I would have made the same deal- Oh , I already did .
April 29th, 20117:45 pm
I like Jones and all, but not at the price the Falcons paid to go up and get him. Absolutely terrible! We could have gotten a big-time defensive player in the 1st, and a serviceable WR to compliment Roddy in the 2nd. The Jones pick was the 1st Falcons transaction since they were knocked out of the playoffs and it was disappointing news at best! It’s bad decisions like this that keep good teams from being great teams.
April 29th, 201110:30 pm
Falcons don’t make Green Bay punt even once and after review they decide all they need to make the Super Bowl is a wide receiver. Talk about disconnect from reality.
April 29th, 201110:54 pm
no way to know right now if it was a good move or not. In a couple of years if we do not remember what Atlanta gave up to get Jones, then it was a good move. I generally am not a proponent of moving up and giving up picks, but logically we gave up a late second, more than likely a late 1st next year, and two fourth round picks….who may or may not make the team. We still have free agency eventually….hopefully. If I am a free agent and I see a team as committed to winning as I think the Falcons are, I want to come to Atlanta.
April 29th, 201110:56 pm
D fence wins championships and we dont have it. Ryan leaf can not carry us; need a all down back with a D-FENCE falcons fans. Take a good look at the who we play this year and think with your head not heart; if we can stop those O-fences with what we have. jj good pick; just not for us!!!!!!!!!!!! We gave to much to get one good O-fences player when we need 7 solid D-fence player.
April 29th, 201111:42 pm
April 29th, 2011
“”"”"”"”"”"”"I like Jones and all, but not at the price the Falcons paid to go up and get him. Absolutely terrible! We could have gotten a big-time defensive player in the 1st, and a serviceable WR to compliment Roddy in the 2nd. The Jones pick was the 1st Falcons transaction since they were knocked out of the playoffs and it was disappointing news at best! It’s bad decisions like this that keep good teams from being great teams.”"”"”"”"”"”"”"”
who do you feel we could have taken with the 27th pick that A. will be a good as of player as Julio and B. better than what we currently on the roster?
April 29th, 201111:45 pm
Yes – this was a bold move. This move up to pick #6 comes with plenty of risk. But, if we sit pat at 27, we had no chance at a game changer on either side of the ball. With this move we get a guy that can be a stud for the next ten years. If we get a scat back in the draft and a D-end and corner in free agency, we are right where we want to be. If we deal some guys like Jenkins and others, we can pick up some picks for next year.
April 29th, 201111:53 pm
YOU HAVE TO GIVE UP SOMETHING TO GET A FRANCHISE PLAYER. JONES WILL BE A PRO BOWL PLAYER IN YR 2! BIG TIME SCHOOL IN A BIG TIME CONFERENCE! PLAYING FOR NICK SABAN, NO DOUBT. JULIO JONES IS USED TO PRESSURE. THE 27TH PICK WOULD HAVE NEVER OFFERED UP THIS KIND OF TALENT. I APPLAUD DIMITROFF ON BEING AGGRESIVE!
April 30th, 201112:44 am
HIRAMAINT-it’s obvious you can’t manage to over come your SHOULDA, COULDA, WOULDA delusions, and deal with reality. Otherwise, you’ll find that none of your delusional scnarios happened, and the Falcons really did win the division with a 13-3 record.
All of you AINT FANATICS know perfectly well have far a prolific OFF can take a team. WR HJones, Pro Bowl WR RWhite, and Pro Bowl TE TGonzalez, will give your aging secondary fits. You won’t be able to consistently double RWhite and/or TGonzalez. Your LB’s, who led the team in tackles due to your sorry DL, will have to drop back more often to help your secondary.
There were multiple reasons for your AINT DEF finishing 29th overall. Last yr, our DEF had a 1st time starting DE, a rookie DT, a rookie OLB, a 1st time starting FS, and a 2nd yr starting SS. With DT’s PJerry and TLewis entering this season after fully being recovered from season ending injuries, we’ll be able to get after the QB.
Falcons 4 Real
April 30th, 201112:45 am
I’m still feeling good about the move, there was no one available at the 27th and 59th picks that gave me the warm fuzzies. If we were rebuilding it’s a bad move but this team is on the cusp and if you can get a playmaker in a draft with plenty of solid players but just a handful of blue chippers why not? Granted we still have free agency concerns at OL, one at OLB and an inconsistent pass rush but these have been addressed in the 2009 and 2010 drafts in addition to Dent today whom I’m guessing they’ll kick outside should Nicholas leave. Jones gives the offense an extra vertical threat and great downfield blocker, He’s Roddy White version 2.0 and who better to teach him and willing?
MARIETTADEREK! WHO EXACTLY WAS THIS “BIG TIME DEFENSIVE PLAYER” THAT WAS AVAILABLE AT 27TH AND “SERVICEABLE RECEIVER” AT 59TH? PUT UP OR SHUT UP!
April 30th, 20112:07 am
Do you give a grade when the test is not finish ? Why would you judge the draft from one pick. Between the draft and free agency.Is how a team improves in the offseason.The Falcons have gone from an up and down team,very inconsistent.To an more consistent team.2 time nfl executive of the year. And you want to question his actions now.Oooh yea of little faith.You people ,and you know who you are,worst than the Isrealites.We have just come off of an 13-3 season ,2 games from the SB.This isnot a bad team,just not complete.That’s why it’s called building a team.Patience People
April 30th, 20116:14 am
They are ATL Falcons fanatics they have no patience. NOW, NOW, NOW. All of you whining about the pick sound like two year old crying for his nuki! Give it a rest! Who’s to say that next years 1st pick will be anything like what we are going to get production wise from Julio? Much less the 27th pick this year? We would have gotten another defender who would need one to two years of development to make a difference. This year we got a WR who will/could make a difference now. Yet, you are complaining about potential loss of picks this year. OK, makes a lot of sense.
Julio Jones aka Waffle House
April 30th, 20117:27 am
I love this pick. It shows we’re aggressive and willing to do whatever it takes to win. This kid will contribute tremendously to this team. Yes we need help on defense, but we also need help on offense. GB scored 3 times cause of the offense, not the defense. Our defense is young and our offense is complete, now we can be an offfensive threat vertically, in the run game, and short yardage. Julio’s nickname is Waffle House, cause he’s always open
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