Mock Draft 1.0: Falcons to select Cal’s Schwartz

The Indianapolis Colts are expected to select Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck. (Associated Press)

The Indianapolis Colts are expected to select Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck. (Associated Press)

 With the draft quickly approaching, I thought that I’d better unveil my 2012 NFL Mock Draft 1.0.

A couple of things to keep in mind, the draft is deep at wide receiver, the running backs will slide and you’ll have bunch of hybrid defensive end/linebackers. Alabama, the reigning national champs, will likely have five players selected in the first round.

Georgia offensive tackle Cordy Glenn and Georgia Tech wide receiver Stephen Hill have been invited to New York and won’t be in the green room long.

We have the Cleveland Browns selecting tight end Coby Fleener with the 22nd pick they received from the Falcons in the Julio Jones trade.

Also, we are projecting the Falcons to select California offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz with the 55 pick overall in the second round.

Apparently, this is the year to find a wide receiver. There are plenty of receivers after Oklahoma State’s Justin Blackmon, Notre Dame’s Michael Floyd, Hill, Baylor’s Kendall Wright and LSU’s Rueben Randle.

Cal's Mitchell Schwartz (6-5 1/2, 320 pounds) could be headed to the ATL.

Cal's Mitchell Schwartz (6-5 1/2, 320 pounds) could be headed to the ATL.

South Carolina’s Alshon Jeffery, Illinois A.J. Jenkins and Rutgers’ Mohamed Sanu are also highly regarded.

Once you get past the top tier, ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper likes Appalachian State’s Brian Quick and Wisconsin’s Nick Toon.

“If you want a slot guy in the third round or fourth round select (T.Y.) Hilton out of Florida International,” Kiper said. “If you want a second round big receiver, (a team) can take Marvin McNutt out of the University of Iowa. A mid-round guy is Danny Cole out of Virginia Tech.”

Kiper has Liberty’s Chris Summers and South Dakota State’s Dale Moss on his late-round sleeper list.

Kiper and Todd McShay, also an ESPN draft analyst, actually concur on a key point about the receivers.

“There is a lot of depth in this class,” McShay said.

Here’s a look at Mock 1.0:

1. Indianapolis: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford: “I think Andrew Luck is the most dynamic quarterbacking talent to come out since John Elway, as a prospect,” said former NFL head coach Brian Billick.

Cordy Glenn (71) is one of top tackle prospects in the NFL draft.  (Brant Sanderlin/

Cordy Glenn (71) is one of top tackle prospects in the NFL draft. (Brant Sanderlin/

2. Washington: Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor: The Heisman winner can run, but looks to pass first.

3. Minnesota: Matt Kalil, LT, Southern California: His older brother , Ryan, is the Pro Bowl center for the Carolina Panthers.

4. Cleveland: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama: The Browns need to provide quarterback Colt McCoy with a major weapon.

5. Tampa Bay: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU: The Bucs need help in the secondary.

6. St. Louis: Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State: He’s a play-maker that the Rams lack.

7. Jacksonville: Melvin Ingram, DE, South Carolina: Jags take the best player available. They can get receiver help later because the draft is deep at that position.


or quarterback Robert Griffin III looks to pass during the first half of the Alamo Bowl college football game. (Dec. 29, 2011) Photo Credit: AP

or quarterback Robert Griffin III looks to pass during the first half of the Alamo Bowl college football game. (Dec. 29, 2011) Photo Credit: AP

8. Miami: Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M:

He will be reunited with his college head coach Mike Sherman, Miami’s new offensive coordinator.

9. Carolina: Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State: The Panthers have to fortify the middle of their defense.

10. Buffalo: Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame: After addressing defense in free agency, coach Chan Gailey gets some help for the offense.

11. Kansas City: Riley Reiff, LT, Iowa: He’s the second best tackle in the draft.

12. Seattle: Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina: He could develop into a Pro Bowler.

13. Arizona: Cordy Glenn, LT, Georgia: Scouts have fallen in love with how he battle back from a rough start last season.

14. Dallas: Mark Barron, S, Alabama: The secondary must be addressed.

15. Philadelphia: Michael Brockers, DT, LSU: They have to put some beef in the middle of the wide-tackle-nine defense.

16. New York: Courtney Upshaw, OLB, Alabama: “I think his stock has dropped a little bit after the combine,” ESPN draft analyst Mel Kiper said.

17. Cincinnati: Dont’a Hightower, ILB, Alabama: “The improvement since he’s a couple of years removed from the knee injury in terms of big plays was monumental,” Kiper said.

18. San Diego: David DeCastro, OG, Stanford: He’s the top rated guard in the draft ahead of Wisconsin’s Kevin Zeitler.

19. Chicago: Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina: He is a scheme-fit for Coach Lovie Smith’s cover-two zone.

20. Tennessee: Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama: “Dre Kirkpatrick, I know some teams are concerned about it’s not character baggage as much as the personality and is he going to fit. Obviously, he has short arms and not great ball skills. I could see him dropping a little bit out of the top 20, maybe. But I still think he’s a first round pick,” ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay said.

21. Cincinnati: Janoris Jenkins, CB, North Alabama: The Bengals have not

Stanford tight end Coby Fleener.  (D. Orlando Ledbetter/

Stanford tight end Coby Fleener. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/

been to take on players with character issues.

22. Cleveland: Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford: The Browns get a security blanket for Colt McCoy.

23. Detroit: Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford: The Lions know they have to upgrade Matthew Stafford’s protection.

24. Pittsburgh: Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State: The Steelers have a strong locker room and can ignore some of the red flags.

25. Denver: Jerel Worthy, DT, Michigan State: The Broncos need to fortify their run defense.

26. Houston: Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor: He was highly productive in the Bears’ spread offense.

27. New England: Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech: The former Miller Grove star lands in a good spot.

28. Green Bay: Chandler Jones, DE, Syracuse: The Packers ignore his lack of production and figure they can get something out of his talent.

29. Baltimore: Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin: He’s massive at 6-foot-5, 314-pounds.

30. San Francisco: Shea McClellin, DE, Boise State: He has started three years at DE for the Broncos. Could project to LB in the 3-4.

31. New England: Harrison Smith, S, Notre Dame: The Pats want to improve their defense.

32. New York Giants: Orson Charles, TE, Georgia: Charles goes to a team that needs help at the position.

Falcons Draft Selections

The Falcons traded away their first and fourth round picks of the 2012 draft as part of the Julio Jones trade with the Cleveland Browns.

2nd Round (No. 55 overall) — California OT Mitchell Schwartz

3rd Round (No. 84 overall)

5th Round (No. 157 overall)

6th Round (No. 192 overall)

7th Round (No. 229 overall)

7th Round (Compensatory Selection, No. 249 overall)

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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April 16th, 2012
5:13 am

I’d love this pick for the birds!

TRUTH BE TOLD...........

April 16th, 2012
5:53 am

Saw him play in thier bowl game & he’d be a good’un!!!


April 16th, 2012
5:56 am

Great start for the ATL.


April 16th, 2012
6:06 am

I think this mock draft is way off. Fleener will not go to Cleveland. Buffalo will take Reiff.

G. Tanner

April 16th, 2012
6:11 am

I thought Orson Charles behaved his way out of the first round.

G. Tanner

April 16th, 2012
6:12 am

I hope the Falcons do get a big, tough OT with their top pick.

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April 16th, 2012
7:26 am

Who cares, the Birds put all their eggs in one basket last year with Jones and now what do they have. Jones is not what they thought and NO draft picks this year


April 16th, 2012
7:29 am

Schwartz looks best on the field. His underwear Olympics numbers are pretty ordinary. Good kid, Academic All American, and his mamma’s proud of him. That sort of stuff earns you the coveted Thomas Dimitroff seal of approval. By the way, it seems the kids Jewish. You don’t suppose that would bother Arthur do you? I raises an interesting question though, I’d always heard that it was scientifically impossible to produce football players on a bacon free diet. There must have been some kind of technological break through. Anyway I missed the memo on that one.

Mr. Schwartz wouldn’t be my first choice, but we could do a lot worse.

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April 16th, 2012
7:33 am

Wow… waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay off on Jones @birddroppings! What were you watching. He came on very strong in the last half of the season. He would have been a bigger asset if not for injury. Really? We have draft picks idiot, just not the full complement of them. Time for you to catch the short bus to school. Really


April 16th, 2012
7:36 am

You forgot Poe from Memphis. He will for sure be a first round pick. No one’s stock went up as much after the combine as his. So you might want to rethink this.


April 16th, 2012
7:42 am

birddroppings……….seeing how dfficult it is to be a stand-out at wr as a rookie,Falcons and most fans are very happy with J. Jones. Year 2 will slience all critics as far as Jones is concerned. “Bird”, most true fans do care. Thats what makes us fans!!

I like the mock 1.0 pick of a lineman, either on offense or defense.


April 16th, 2012
7:48 am

I sense birddroppings glass is half empty. He’s sure it’s leaking, And he really doesn’t care because the damned stuff was sour anyway.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 16th, 2012
7:50 am

Cole – They like his measurables, but he did nothing on tape at Memphis. He was just out there bumping around.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 16th, 2012
7:53 am

G. Tanner — There are only three tight ends — Fleener, Charles and Allen — and somebody is going to take them. Charles will get a pass if Coach Dungy is calling around on his behalf.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 16th, 2012
7:54 am

TommyP — Thanks for checking in. You are free to send us your Mock Draft. Everybody has one, you know.


April 16th, 2012
7:54 am

Where do you see Brandon Boykin going? I’d love to see the Falcons pick him up.

The Real Falcon

April 16th, 2012
8:04 am

Just another guy who will not start, again. There are no starting LT’s in the second round. Agree about Poe being a first round pick. If he drops to 55 we should take him.


April 16th, 2012
8:09 am

Looks like Schwartz has long arms.


April 16th, 2012
8:22 am

Good morning Orlando, I uncovered a small problem with your numbers. My Draft site listed over 40 tight ends. 18 are deemed draftable. You seem to have stopped counting after the first three. Have we explored the limits of your math skills? You omitted Michael Egnew and and Ladairius Green, If either were to last till the fifth round, I’d consider myself a mighty happy Falcon Fan.


April 16th, 2012
8:25 am

The Real Falcon…..I must dissagree. 2nd rounders can and do start with regularity. Not many thought Hawley would be a NFL starter.


April 16th, 2012
8:31 am

Personally, I think every Falcons draft pick needs to be at least 300 pounds and play on either line. Perhaps a few guys that either have just gotten released from prison or have anger management issues. This team is in desperate need of size and toughness. Just blow the dust off of Harvey Dahl’s psychological profile and use that as your draft guide!

Falco peregrino

April 16th, 2012
8:32 am

11 Players projected to go in the first round are from the SEC. WOW!
SEC= Superior Elite Conference

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 16th, 2012
8:36 am

Marko – My math skills are fine. Egnew is from Missouri. Look at their recent TE prospects. Last good one was Kellen Winslow SR!. Green is a project and has to add weight and learn how to block. Falcons could take Green late. But for the second round pick, there’s only there to consider and they will be gone with the wind.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 16th, 2012
8:37 am

PMC — I think 35 1/2 arm length.

BCS Tiger

April 16th, 2012
8:40 am

Make sure we squeeze in as many UGA players as we can. LOL!! We’ve gone from suddenly zero TE’s selected 1st round to a hand full. Draft day can’t get here soon enough with these silly predictions.

comical list


April 16th, 2012
8:53 am

The draft may be deep at WR ………..but none of this years crop of WRs grade out to be any where close to were AJ Green and Julio Jones were last year.

I hope the Falcons take a hybrid 3-4 OLB / 4-3 DE to allow Mike Nolan to run both 3-4 and 4-3 formations.
Kroy Bierrman will be a better 3-4 OLB then he is a 4-3 DE.
Weatherspoon will shift to ILB when in a 3-4.

In the 3rd round the Falcons pick up a space eating NT.

Top 2 picks go to defense in order to give Mike Nolan the flexibility to run multiple formations in his defensive scheme.

Burn your 5th and 6th rounders on interior lineman,and a TE in hopes you hit.

That is my Falcons War Room rant.


April 16th, 2012
8:58 am

@ DOL I see u got D Poe slipping out of the first RD,u dont think a team going to bite on him in the first,I dont mind that OL pick In the 2 nd for the falcons just want to see a DT in the 3rd


April 16th, 2012
9:04 am

Goodness, Orlando, You seem a tad on the touchy side. Actually I’d assumed you met tight ends with second round grades, but you didn’t say that did You? Why so thin skinned? Did you have breakfast with birddroppings?

I politely disagree with your assessment of Egnew. If He’d been Catching balls for Andrew Luck last season, you’d think much more highly of him. Last season he caught 50 passes, the year before 90. The difference seems to be that Blaine Gabbert moved to Jacksonville. If Matty were to throw him a couple of balls, I’m pretty sure he’d remember how it’s done. By the way , I counted 18 TE’s with draftable grades. For your information, that’s pretty close to exploring the limits of my math skills. Anyway my comment was intended as as good natured fun. If I hurt your Itty bitty feelings, I’m sincerely sorry.


April 16th, 2012
9:05 am

Poe looks like a real stretch. Afraid he may join a list of draft busts!


April 16th, 2012
9:12 am

Lots of good options, just not enough early opportunities for the Falcons.

How do Belichick and the Patriots always have 2 first round draft picks?


April 16th, 2012
9:22 am

When I look at Schwartz, I see Sam Baker 2.o minus the NFL experience….


April 16th, 2012
9:35 am

waynester……..what makes Schwartz look like Baker2.0? That is a real deep analysis and would be very costly for a NFL scout to make without facts to tell his GM. What do you see in Schwartz that would make you skip his name in the 2nd round?

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April 16th, 2012
9:36 am

hey, let’s draft Coby Fleener with that 22nd pick! We need a TE! oh wait..


April 16th, 2012
9:40 am

One of the best TE’s, JImmy Graham was taken in the 3rd round. He could have been ours. I keep saying, get someone with some basketball skills and you have a jump on others.
As for Julio, he’s going to be great. If TD can get us an OL we will be in great shape. That is if we have chosen a good OC who can use his imagination for plays for the receivers we have. With good pass blocking, how would you like to go up against RW & JJ at WR, HD in the slot, TG at TE, Snelling at FB and Quizz at RB? This is why we need (and hopefully got),a better OC. We have to have better than the play caller of the last 4 years. I just hope the conservative plays were from MM and not because MS insisted on them.
If so as Khaos (sp) says: Fire Smitty and Dimitroff


April 16th, 2012
10:05 am

#55…the world’s most important 2nd round pick.
Fire Smitty and Dimitroff

Bucky Badger

April 16th, 2012
10:18 am

Green Bay takes Peter Konz if he is there! Guaranteed!


April 16th, 2012
10:22 am

Weres luke kuechly?


April 16th, 2012
10:49 am

Khaos, in the words of Charles Barkely, “you a knucklehead”.

Mr. Phil

April 16th, 2012
11:01 am

Wait. So the Falcons will draft an OT with back problems to try and replace an OT with back problems. Neither of whom do we know will actually be healthy and available come the regular season…..Smacking myself in the head as we speak.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 16th, 2012
11:04 am

Khaos is on the loose again????

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 16th, 2012
11:05 am

Bucky Badger — Thought about that. They just signed Saturday.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 16th, 2012
11:08 am

waynester — He has longer arms!

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 16th, 2012
11:15 am

marko — Maybe it was just a little early in the morning and I hadn’t purchased my coffee products yet!. Appreciate your comments. I have my Vanilla Nut from ABC and I’m feeling much better.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 16th, 2012
11:16 am

tfalcon — I’ve got Poe going in the early second.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 16th, 2012
11:17 am

BCS Tiger — Glad I could provide you with some comical relief!!!


April 16th, 2012
11:17 am

The Falcons need to stay away from drafting PAC12, BIG10, and other guys outside of the SEC. Drafting at 55 still leaves some effective players available from top tier SEC teams to fill a void.

Jeff B

April 16th, 2012
11:25 am

This mock is a joke. No Luke Kuechly in the 1st round? This is the first mock I’ve ever seen where he falls out of the top 15… what a joke.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

April 16th, 2012
11:32 am

Jeff B – Thanks for your kind words. Philly would have taken Luke, but they got Ryans in Free agency. Early second rounder now.