DEPTH CHART: Updated post-draft version

California's Michael Calvin, right, runs with the ball as Utah's Eric Rowe reaches for him and the ball during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, in San Francisco. (Associated Press)

California's Michael Calvin, right, runs with the ball as Utah's Eric Rowe reaches for him and the ball during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, in San Francisco. (Associated Press)

Caught up with Falcons general manger Thomas Dimitroff at the team’s community service project on Thursday.

Here’s the blog on that.

I wanted to follow-up on his radio interview about the cornerbacks and he elaborated on the plan. He said Dunta Robinson, Brent Grimes and Asante Samuel will all get some action inside.

“Dunta has played inside at Houston and has a desire to play inside as well and that’s positive,” Dimitroff said. “He did a nice job down there. When he came to us, he’s been outside-only as you know. I understand that he’s looking forward to jumping back inside and spending some time in there as well. There is a good chance that all of those guys will be spending time inside and out.”

The theme of the training camp will be “open competition.”

“They’ll be competing for their positions and where they’ll be playing,” Dimitroff said. “Like Mike Smith has said, this is a very, very competitive year at a number of positions. We are excited about having Asante on board to improve the talent in our secondary.”

He was excited about watching the new rookies, drafted and undrafted, next Friday through Sunday at the rookie minicamp.

He had a group assessment to share about the undrafted players.

“Interestingly enough, as a group, it seems like at virtually every position grouping there are guys that are going to be very interesting to monitor through the process,” Dimitroff said.

We likely will not get the team’s first “unofficial” depth chart until late July. However, that will not keep us from stacking our own unofficial depth chart.

The Falcons have filled their roster at 90 players, the maximum number allowed by league rules.

(DOL’s Revised) UNOFFICIAL OFFSEASON

DEPTH CHART

OFFENSE

WR 11 Julio Jones, 12 Kevin Cone, 15 Michael Calvin, 16 Marcus Jackson

LT 72 Sam Baker, 74 Will Svitek, 76 Lamar Holmes

LG 63 Justin Blalock, 79 Mike Johnson, 68 Phillipkeith Manley

C 62 Todd McClure, 66 Peter Konz, 61 Joe Hawley, 64 Tyler Horn

RG 61 Joe Hawley, 66 Peter Konz, 65 Vince Manuwai , 79 Mike Johnson , 75 Garrett Reynolds

RT 77 Tyson Clabo, 75 Garrett Reynolds, 67 Andrew Jackson, 70 Bryce Harris

TE 88 Tony Gonzalez, 81 Michael Palmer, 86 Tommy Gallarda, 85 Marquez Branson, 85 LaMark Brown, 86 Adam Nissley

WR 84 Roddy White, 83 Harry Douglas, 80 Kerry Meier, 19 Drew Davis, 17 Cody Pearcy, 18 James Rodgers

QB 2 Matt Ryan, 8 Chris Redman, 4 John Parker Wilson, 14 Dominique Davis

RB 33 Michael Turner, 32 Jacquizz Rodgers, 44 Jason Snelling, 35 Antone Smith, 30 Dimitri Nance, 40 Robbie Frey

FB 34 Ovie Mughelli , 36 Bradie Ewing, 44 Jason Snelling, 42 Mike Cox

DEFENSE

RE 55 John Abraham, 90 Lawrence Sidbury, 98 Cliff Matthews, 69 Louis Nzeqwu

DT 91 Corey Peters, 99 Vance Walker, 92 Travian Robertson, 67 Regis Micanor

DT 95 Jonathan Babineaux, 94 Peria Jerry, 97 Carlton Powell, 70 Ray Kibble,

LE 93 Ray Edwards, 71 Kroy Biermann, 96 Jonathan Massaquoi

OLB 56 Sean Weatherspoon, 50 Robert James, 43 Rico Council, 30 Matt Hansen

MLB 51 Lofa Tatupu, 52 Akeem Dent, 46 Max Gruder, 53 Pat Schiller

OLB 54 Stephen Nicholas, 59 Spencer Adkins, 49 Jarrell Harris

RCB 22 Asante Samuel, 23 Dunta Robinson, 21 Christopher Owens, 27 Robert McClain

NB 23 Dunta Robinson, 24 Dominique Franks, 21 Christopher Owens

LCB 20 Brent Grimes, 24 Dominique Franks, 29 Darrin Walls, 38 Marty Markett, 37 Peyton Thompson

SS 25 William Moore, 26 Charles Mitchell , 40 Chad Faulcon

FS 28 Thomas DeCoud, 39 Shann Schillinger, 41 Suaesi Tuimaunei

SPECIALISTS

K 3 Matt Bryant

KO 5 Matt Bosher, 9 Dawson Zimmerman

P 5 Matt Bosher, 9 Dawson Zimmerman

KR 17 Cody Pearcy, 18 James Rodgers, 24 Dominique Franks, 83 Harry Douglas

PR 17 Cody Pearcy, 18 James Rodgers, 24 Dominique Franks, 83 Harry Douglas

LS 82 Joe Zelenka, 47 Josh Harris, 48 Corey Adams

H 5 Matt Bosher, 80 Kerry Meier

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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220 comments Add your comment

GDawg

May 4th, 2012
8:00 am

Formul8or

May 4th, 2012
8:03 am

Why would Sam Baker start over Svitek who beat him out last year and played much better? What sense does that make?

Delbert D.

May 4th, 2012
8:19 am

Snelling’s status has been reduced to #3 FB?

Paddy

May 4th, 2012
8:30 am

Fullback is strong if Mike Cox is last on the depth chart!

Fanatic Falcon Fan (F3)

May 4th, 2012
8:32 am

Most interesting take, to me, is Cody Pearcy as defacto presumptive heir to Weems returner spot. That will be a very interesting battle, to me. Hard to argue with his speed, though.

Intriguing take on the depth chart, thanks, DOL.

Bills fan

May 4th, 2012
8:48 am

Where’s Julio Jones?

dean

May 4th, 2012
8:50 am

Look again Bills fan.

chc4

May 4th, 2012
8:51 am

Think we can safely call Mike Johnson a bust. 3rd year coming up for a #3 draft choice and he’s 4th on the RG depth chart? Ouch. And I guess Garrett Reynolds is on his way out too. Dimitroff’s drafting of OL has been quite awful. Let’s hope Konz and Holmes pan out.

Mikey

May 4th, 2012
8:57 am

The depth is getting better and I am sure the coaches love that! I would call our man Jason Snelling a RB2. If Turner goes down, he will be the guy to carry the rock. Competition will be interesting at LT and among the speedy WR behind our top 3. The defensive secondary took a big step forward and the rookies will be pushing for a roster spot. I suspect that we have an improvement over Weems in both WR depth and the return game. A couple of guys that I want to watch in practice are DE Jonathan Massaquoi and TE/WR Lamark Brown. Both these guys appear to have special talents and could develop into special players or at least make others at their position step it up a notch. Thanks D-Led for putting it together for our first look at the 2012 Falcons… I can’t wait!

win

May 4th, 2012
9:00 am

are you serious, DOL? pearcy as the starting PR and KR? you must think this kid is exceptional, a true diamond in the rough, for him to even make the roster, let alone be a starter on opening day. you must think douglas as PR and smith/quizz as KR is just outlandish. c’mon, man.

(also, snelling not even on the depth chart at tailback??)

Brownie

May 4th, 2012
9:01 am

I have to echo Delbert’s question: Snelling is a complete non-factor?? Although I know Turner has run for a lot of yards over the years, much of that has come from high # of carries. Seems to have a LOT of ineffective runs, and I get the sense he’s got little gas left in the tank. Too much hesitant tip-toeing to the line hoping a hole opens up in front of him….no lateral ability left at all….a large % of his tackles are essentially made by his own OLinemen, as he just runs up their backs.

Snelling has greater quickness, almost as much power, runs much more aggressively and appears to have greater vision/instinct. Can’t figure out why he’s not getting the touches.

Personally, I would be good with a backfield on most plays of Snelling and Quizz – lots there for the defense to worry about every play.

coachx

May 4th, 2012
9:02 am

Looking foward to OL competition.

Also interested in the ILB battle

J-Lo

May 4th, 2012
9:05 am

Why is Snelling not on RB depth chart? Have you heard rumors that the organization also views Pearcy as the likely returner? Any chance Tatapu and Dent start?

Jimmy Crack

May 4th, 2012
9:09 am

Smith and Nance are not ahead of Snelling in the RB depth chart. Snelling is Turner’s backup, period, but will also be used in other packages and occasionally as a FB. Jaquizz is a pure package player. Thankfully Mularkey’s not around anymore to call “Jaquizz up the middle”. Jerious Norwood should sue Mularkey for shortening his career with those insane play calls.

Who’s the backup FG kicker? Every position should have a backup.

I can’t wait to see Pearcy battle for a roster spot.

Sid

May 4th, 2012
9:10 am

Delbert D.

May 4th, 2012
8:19 am
Snelling’s status has been reduced to #3 FB?
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That one caught my eye as well……………..I thought most of the time Snelling was in for Turner.

http://www.nfl.com/videos/auto/09000d5d82413eb0/QB-Ryan-to-RB-Snelling-21-yd-pass-TD

Ronnie Mack ATL

May 4th, 2012
9:14 am

DOL has a 12 man defense depth chart. Probably right.. we do need to try to keep 12 men on the field….

suwaneefalcon

May 4th, 2012
9:16 am

J-Lo, i believe that DOL is betting that Snelling is a fullback when it is all said and done. Probably a better fit for the team.

Sid

May 4th, 2012
9:25 am

Jimmy Crack

May 4th, 2012
9:09 am
Who’s the backup FG kicker? Every position should have a backup.
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It’s not Bosher?

grip

May 4th, 2012
9:33 am

We could use an upgrade At OLB DT and safety, maybe one of the FA WR will step up and provide a spark. Our OL is still suspect, but ryan has much more to work with than last year. He will take us as far as we will go.

Let's Go Hawks

May 4th, 2012
9:35 am

DOL,

Is there any word out on what positions or players the Falcons are planning to use the 3 million dollars cap space credit, given to them by the NFL for the Michael Vick bankruptcy-bonus recovery thing?

P.S
This is not a Vick bashing comment. The man made bad decisions, paid and went to jail for those bad decisions, and people just need to get over it!!! Only god can judge and we all need to practice forgiveness as he would.

Ken Strickland

May 4th, 2012
9:37 am

This is not a well thought out lineup. First, TD and Smitty have made it perfectly clear since the Giants gm that they intended to get bigger and stronger along our OL to prevent a repeat of our total failures in those 3rd and short situations. This OFF lineup guarantees a repeat of last yr, especially at RG(JHawley) and OC(TMcClure), which is where the problem was most evident.

Secondly, TMcClure is 35yrs old and on a 1yr contract, and we’re looking for a longterm solution at OC. Both Hawley and Konz are bigger, stronger, younger, more athletic and mobile, so why take another step back with McClure? Hawley did a decent job overall at RG, but when it came to moving defenders off the ball in key situations, he didn’t get it done. MJohnson and Konz are bigger, stronger, and are better options.

If you understand anything about the new VERTICAL OFF Koetter will impliment, and I posted a link that explains it, then you’ll know that pass protection, especially for our LT, will take on an entirely different approach than it did under Mularkey. Here’s what I don’t understand about some of the ignorance that keeps getting put out there by some of these so called experts about Holmes being unable to start this yr.

They say there’s no way he can beat out SBaker or WSvitek, due to their starting experience and his alledged issues with speed pass rushers. Well, if any of these clowns watched SBaker and WSvitek last yr, they woud know just how much of an issue both of these players had with speed rushers, and their experience didn’t help them or MRyan one doggone bit.

So, why is it perfectly acceptable to make that an issue with a rookie LT, that has tremendous room for improvement, but not make it an issue for a couple of vets with the same problem, and limited room for improvement? Bottomline, how in the devil are we suppose to get bigger and stronger along our OL by starting last yrs weak links and putting our bigger and stronger OLinemen at the bottom of our depth chart?

Defensively, it’s been proven that CB COwens is a far better defender on the outside than inside at NCB. Therefore, why list him as a NCB, unless you’ve forgotten the Packer gm?

Logan Walker

May 4th, 2012
9:42 am

Yeah, I’m with the majority of the other posters: Whats the deal with Snelling’s placement?

larry w.

May 4th, 2012
9:57 am

In D-Led’s defense, the initial depth chart usually lists the vets ahead of the rookies. The final depth chart at the end of training camp normally shows the progression up the depth chart by the younger players who have stood out in camp and pre-season games.

PoolerSpirit

May 4th, 2012
10:00 am

First point… this would be the starting lineup today… Sure to change once Training Camp gets under way…
Second… Is this DOL’s or the team’s depth chart?

E-Roll

May 4th, 2012
10:32 am

Ronnie Mack – DOL has included the nickel back as the starter because we will pull a lb a lot of times to off set 3 receiver sets so you have to show your nickel and your starting lb’s on the list which brings it up to 12.

Also Pooler is spot on, this is the depth chart going into camp so you can not just instantly plug a draftee into the starting line up. Matt Ryan did not get the starting job until the end of preseason so you can’t expect a 2nd, 3rd or later draftee to be penciled in yet.

Don’t worry about Snelling he will be first off the sideline to replace Turner when the games start.

D man

May 4th, 2012
10:52 am

I love this team. We should do well again this season. GO FALCONS!!!

Just saying..

May 4th, 2012
10:53 am

Gee, behind the starters, feels thin at linebacker.

PMC

May 4th, 2012
10:56 am

I like Dunta moving inside. He’s a feared hitter so that should bode well, and he’s got good ball skills.

I appreciate his being a team player on this renegociating his contract and I think he’s going go have a fantastic year in this defense.

Paddy

May 4th, 2012
10:59 am

This pre-camp chart is like mock drafts and pre-season college football ranking, very fluid situation.

Bills fan………check the first name on the depth chart above, it say Julio Jones!

Sid

May 4th, 2012
11:16 am

We lucked out on Pearcy. 4.31 in the 40, that’s faster than Vick. If anybody runs across Tim Dwights’s 40 time please post it, I’ve looked for it and I get everything else but.

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/blog/rob-rang/18883645/feelgood-workout-star-cody-pearcy-signs-with-falcons

Big ED

May 4th, 2012
11:19 am

I agree with Brownie on this one. Sometimes in this league there isn’t going to be a gaping hole to run through. You try and get what you can instead of running to the sidelines or running up the back of your linemen. It seems Turner has lost his ability to make even the slowest guy on D to miss.

Sid

May 4th, 2012
11:19 am

We may have lucked out on Cody Pearcy. 4.31 in the 40, that’s faster than a former Falcon QB. Does anybody know what Tim Dwight ran the 40 in…………….??

Jesus DOL, what if I want to write about Vap O Rub?

Roger

May 4th, 2012
11:20 am

Ken Strickland, you are 100% right with this post….Dont know how we get better on OL doing the same things we did last year…thought it was THE big area of concern, yet according to these depth charts, we are right back where we failed

PMC

May 4th, 2012
11:20 am

74 is going to finish ahead of 72.

72 is done.

TheMostHatedjR

May 4th, 2012
11:21 am

Some of yall sound dumb…why would you use Turner’s stats for last year to say that he has little left in the tank and he had ineffective runs, and he tiptoed up the middle and that Baker shouldnt start because he got beat out last year and all this other non sense….

its a NEW REGIME new Coordinators on both sides, DIFFERENT SCHEMES…different GAME PLANS…you dont know how effective Turner will be in this seasons offense… Mularkey is not here anymore, so i doubt we continue the same predictable run up the middle on 1st and 2nd…

and for those who question Jacquizz running ability up the middle…he might be 5′7 but he’s 198 200 solid… thats like having a 5′10 244lb running back on the roster…oh wait, we do….some dont know football and shud just save what they say for moments with their boys and not times like these when all falcons fans can realize your incompetence

Sid

May 4th, 2012
11:25 am

PoolerSpirit

May 4th, 2012
10:00 am
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Did you read the article?

MrShields

May 4th, 2012
11:36 am

Enter your comments here

MrShields

May 4th, 2012
11:37 am

@Sid…. apparently not lol

Dr. Don

May 4th, 2012
11:39 am

JR – having a 5′7″ 200 lb RB is NOT like having a 5′10″ 244 lb RB. Not sure what you are thinking there.

Jimmy Crack

May 4th, 2012
11:52 am

JR, we already saw Quizz go up the middle several times last season. No gain or a yard loss. Every time it looked like he hit the back bumper of a parked Humvee. Do your homework before you start bashing the Cage.

Sid

May 4th, 2012
12:30 pm

TheMostHatedjR May 4th, 2012 11:21 am
why would you use Turner’s stats for last year to say that he has little left in the tank and he had ineffective runs, and he tiptoed up the middle
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I am glad you are here………….finally somebody who knows everything. But, nonetheless I will attempt to counter your input.
Turner is not fast to the line, he does tiptoe, lacks the vision to see the hole, and cannot cut outside to either direction, resulting in an O line butt thump. This is Turner’s modus operandi and though we hope the new coaches and personnel on the O line will open holes big enough to drive a semi thru without the vision Turner may continue the ol’ butt thump.

I’ll agree, Jaquizz Rogers is solid and much more durable than Jerious Norwood , but I am looking forward to some actual screen passes and sweeps with the ball in his hands. Fairly incompetent on your part to say he is ” like having a 5′10 244lb running back” , he is not. We are in trouble if we try to pound the middle with Rogers, save for an occasional shovel pass. You say “i doubt we continue the same predictable run up the middle on 1st and 2nd…”, I think you will prove to be wrong but we’ll have to debate that in December.

It’s obvious you feel an element of empowerment that you can be that condescending hiding behind a computer keyboard but if you are like that with friends or family I doubt you have any.

With that said I would like to make an appeal to the Falcons coaches to work with Matt Ryan on his QB sneak technique. No leg drive, his knees never extend, his feet never leave the ground, he ducks his head (hell, I don’t blame him).
A perfectly executed QB Sneak, lol:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBxKHOLvVSk

NFL Vid: The Ice Bowl
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zaAmQVoGWPI

.

PMC

May 4th, 2012
12:38 pm

Guys, it’s an offseason depth chart. Don’t read that much into it. This is basically what Dled thinks it will look like for OTA’s.

There will be changes all the time over July and August before settling on the final 53 that matter.

**Frederick(Bailey)Douglass**

May 4th, 2012
12:45 pm

DOL…you didnt want to make the hard call. I think Asante and Grimes start, with Robinson playing the nickel.

I think that the new D Coordinator may start the three of them and choose between starting DeCoud or Moore at FS. Thats why James Sanders became dispensable.

The days of a roaming, hard hitting SS that is a liability in coverage are over…just like the days of facing a RB that carries the ball 40 times a game are over. I actually think Moore is more of a playmaker, but his eargerness to lay people out could be a liability in coverage.

With the extra cap space, I want to see the Falcons bring in a veteran LT and/or MLB. Once that happens…we are set.

FDB

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 4th, 2012
12:48 pm

FDB – Rookies will eat up that space and may have something leftover for a late cap-casualty veteran.

Sid

May 4th, 2012
12:49 pm

I would love to see Massaquoi beat out Ray Edwards. Seems to me Edwards takes a lot of plays off and stops playing before the whistle.

aprilglaspie

May 4th, 2012
12:54 pm

“Where’s Julio Jones?”

Dropping a pass in the end zone, probably.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 4th, 2012
12:54 pm

KEN STICKLAND – It is a very well thought out lineup. Spent two days working on it. I decided that the veterans will hold their spots until they have been beaten out. The Falcons have played rookies, but that’s because they didn’t have anything else. I don’t see Konz coming in and winning a job right away when he only benches 18 to 22. He’ll get steamrolled. Holmes is not ready to play left tackle. He’ll have to be developed. You don’t find starting left tackles in the second or third rounds. It’s Baker’s job. He has to come back as a trained killer and beat out Svitek. I put the fastest guy on the roster at returner and that’s Cody Pearcy.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 4th, 2012
12:56 pm

Ronnie Mack ATL — I have a 12 man defensive chart because Coach Smith considers the Nickel Back a starter.

Falconbikerdude

May 4th, 2012
12:57 pm

Cornerbacks are only as good as the pass rush.. with no pass rush.. CB’s are very average..

D. Orlando Ledbetter

May 4th, 2012
12:57 pm

Sid – Snelling is third string swing back right now, behind Ovie and Ewing and Turner and Rodgers.