Falcons Free Agent CB Targets

Are the Falcons in the Market for a Free Agent Cornerback?

Thomas Dimitroff made a couple of splashes in his first year at the helm in free agency, inking Michael Turner and Erik Coleman. He followed up his first season as GM with an extremely quiet venture into free agency last year, playing the free agent market very slow and measured. Dimitroff only made one big signing in Mike Peterson and a few deals for lower tier guys like Brett Romberg, Will Svitek, and Jeremy Newberry (who later retired). Many thought that tight end LJ Smith would be a Falcon, but evidently something went awry after he came in to meet and interview. Good call on that one. With the labor deal making many desirable free agents restricted, the market looks to be thin in general, and Dimitroff surely won’t engage in a bidding war for the few amount of unrestricted free agents out there. He will certainly not part with draft picks to gain restricted free agents. Picking up one big free agent may certainly open up a few more possibilities when the draft rolls around. A look at some candidates who may look good in red and black:

Cornerbacks

Even though there’s not many unrestricted free agent cornerbacks out there, many fans would love for TD to lock up a solid, starting cornerback to go along with the youth movement in the secondary. Chris Owens and Brent Grimes looked like 2010 day one starters down the stretch, but nabbing a corner with good starting experience would be nice. Chris Houston looks to have one more big chance to prove he’s legit and may have already lost his starting spot to Grimes. Chevis Jackson followed up an excellent rookie year in the nickel with some road bumps in 2009. Tye Hill is the big x-factor, obviously having a ton of talent and the Falcons will give him every chance to regain his mojo with an entire off-season. The addition of new secondary coach Tim Lewis may prove to be the difference. He was frank about the cornerbacks need for improvement in their coverage skills. Even though Brian Williams had a major knee injury, Dimitroff has made it sound as though he may return back to form. A look at some free agent corners that could bolster the secondary:

Leigh Bodden – 6’1, 193, 28 years old

Bodden had a very good year in New England and would definitely come in and be a number one cornerback from day one. He signed on with the Patriots for a one year,$2.25 million dollar deal, basically to prove he could regain his swagger after a down year with the Detroit Lions. Bodden had an excellent year, picking off five passes and playing over 80% of the teams snaps throughout the year. Likely will command a high dollar, multi-year deal and latest news has him wanting to re-up with the Patriots. Would be nice for many fans wanting a taller cornerback, but likely way out of the Falcons price range.

Dunta Robinson – 5’10, 184, 27 years old

Robinson was so good a year ago that the Texans slapped their franchise tag on him and paid him top dollar. After being a solid cover cornerback throughout his career, Robinson saw a pretty big drop-off in 2009. He came away with no interceptions and was ranked near the bottom in terms of coverage according to ProFootballFocus.com, finishing 98th out of 107 total corners. Robinson also was one of the most flagged cornerbacks in the league as well. While not being among the worst in terms of opposing QB ratings, he quarterbacks averaged a 99 QB Rating when throwing to his side (Brent Grimes averaged a 65 QB Rating, by comparison). After being upset over the franchise tag, Robinson looks to cash in on the open market as one of the only unrestricted free agent corners on the market. Although showing flashes early on, its doubtful TD will go after a pretty big risk at CB when the cupboard appears to be stocked at 6 deep already (assuming they re-ink Brian Williams). Also would not add any more height to the cornerback corps.

Dre Bly – 5’10, 188, 32 years old

Last memory Falcons fans have of Dre Bly is the botched interception where he started to showboat a little too early on a pick and was stripped by Roddy White on a major hustle play. Bly was not even the starting cornerback last year for the 49ers, sitting behind Nate Clements and Shawntae Spencer. The Falcons would likely not pay for any free agent corners that are over 30 years of age and only played nickel, but Bly did play over 700 snaps last year and had one of the best opposing QB Ratings at 59.0, according to ProFootballFocus.com. Seems given the choice of signing someone like Bly and drafting another young corner to develop, the latter is the obvious pick.

Roderick Hood – 5’11, 198, 28 years old

Likely a big, big reach for the Falcons. At his peak, Hood was an excellent cornerback starting 30 games at corner for the Arizona Cardinals with his best year coming in 2007, pulling down 5 interceptions, 21 passes defensed, and 2 interception returns for touchdowns. The wheels obviously came off in 2009 where he was released by three teams (Cardinals, Browns, and Bears) since last April. Played in only three games after being picked up by the Titans, where he had three interceptions and returned one for a TD, but only played started one game in the next 8 week span. The Falcons already have one major project in Tye Hill, would they really want another one?

Restricted Free Agent Cornerbacks

Carlos Rogers – Redskins

Richard Marshall – Panthers

Tramon Williams – Packers

Ellis Hobbs – Eagles

Fabian Washington – Ravens

As you can see there just aren’t that many names out there to sign in terms of cornerbacks, and free agency as a whole, due to the uncapped year and the move from 4 years to 6 years needed to become an unrestricted free agent. The Falcons have plenty of depth and it certainly should make for a great competition with 6 cornerbacks already on the roster (assuming Brian Williams is re-signed), 7 if TD drafts a corner, and a new secondary coach that seems to determined to improve the corners.

Thanks to ProFootballFocus.com and FootballsFuture.com for research on stats and potential free agents.

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Sarah B

February 21st, 2010
10:59 pm

I like Leigh Bodden…

D3

February 21st, 2010
11:05 pm

I like him too Sarah B., but I think Bodden will get paid with a ridiculous contract (perhaps overpaid). It really worked out to be a perfect storm for him: the uncapped year means some team will way over-spend to get a lock at CB and with the labor deal limiting the free agents out there, he will be one of the only big names out there. Don’t really see much worth spending on. A guy like Tramon Williams would cost at least a 1st rounder and maybe even a 1st and 3rd rounder. TD love his draft picks and will not even sniff at any RFA’s. JMHO.

Good luck at your interview Sarah B. and have a good week. Time to go to bed, the longest part of the work-week!

Wabe

February 21st, 2010
11:08 pm

Bodden sounds good, but I’m not sure if the Falcons need to dip into FA to pickup a corner at this point. I know we’ve been ragging our corners all season, but with another season under their belts, I’m excited about the young core of CB’s we’ve got.

I’m not sure what the situation will be with Brian Williams next season. I’m also not sure about Chris Houston’s contract status and whether he’s signed through next season. But, assuming both are back, we’d have Houston, Grimes, Owens, Jackson, B.Williams, T.Hill.

Now, I know we don’t have many Chris Houston fans in here, so I know the idea of swapping a guy like Houston for a Leigh Bodden doesn’t sound so bad. If the Falcons could get a guy like Bodden to plug into Houston’s spot, then we’d have a solid core of guys back in the secondary with 3 good/young safeties back there as well in DeCoud/Moore/Coleman. I’m honestly confident enough with that group back in the secondary if we generated a better pass rush.

EPt Buzzer

February 21st, 2010
11:15 pm

For the love of God, would you please proof read before you post. This is the most unprofessionally written blog I’ve ever seen on AJC — and I’ve seen some doozies from your pal DOL.

Ed

February 21st, 2010
11:23 pm

D3 I say pass on all of them. Don’t won’t to have to overpay or give up valuable draft picks on any of the restricted free agents. Team chemistry is important(in regards to overpaying a FA), and hopefully we can pickup a CB in the draft in the third round or later. Still think TD might give up 19/20 for a package that picks up a second or high third rounder. If we had two second rounders instead of a first it would bring so many more players into play and address two needs instead of one. Nice work as always D3 on your breakdown btw.

Sarah B

February 21st, 2010
11:30 pm

EPt go elsewhere….

D3

February 21st, 2010
11:34 pm

EPt Buzzer – I found a couple of errors for sure and I corrected them, but I think you might want to check your own post before you start criticizing mine. “For the love of God, would you please proof read before you post”. Proofread is one word, not two. I know you’re used to Chaucer, Dickens, and Tolstoy because you obviously share a high level of editing and writing and are on a FAN BLOG for Godsake. Thanks for your constructive and helpful input. You may return to your Editor in Chief position at Harper-Collins now. Truly amazing…………..

EPt Buzzer

February 22nd, 2010
1:52 am

D3, you are obtuse. If only an errant spacebar were the worst of your writing mistakes I would be able to read your commentary without the need for aspirin.
“While not being among the worst in terms of opposing QB ratings, he quarterbacks averaged a 99 QB Rating when throwing to his side”; you missed another.
As a teacher of children, surely you can see by your original post how many decide that education in this state has reached a point of serious decay.
However, if you would rather delude yourself to the point of believing that a FAN BLOG requires no use of proper diction then please feel free to just stay home “sick” and allow a substitute to take over your class while you type drivel and nonsense for Falcons fans to attempt to read.
Sarah B: I happen to be a long-time fan of both the Falcons and the AJC; however, I do not see why journalistic integrity and basic English composition should be thrown into the gutter.

Box

February 22nd, 2010
2:18 am

Cage Family,
I apologize in advance for my response to this blog waste of space.
EPt,
The most important function of a fan blog is to have those of a common interest communicate amongst themselves about said subject and create a community revolving around said subject. When are you going to bring any substantial information concerning our team to the table? As mentioned in earlier posts, even you haven’t been perfect in your typing in this forum. Please don’t hesitate to come back when you have something of worth to share with the rest of our group. And if you accidently fat finger a word or phrase, we will just say, “Your family, it’s OK”.

EPt Buzzer

February 22nd, 2010
2:40 am

Box, you’re absolutely right; I should take my late-night, disgruntled rants to some other forum. Apologies to the Cage.
How about Antonio Cromartie? Young, good size and hopefully the ability to shake off a bad experience in S.D., if he can reclaim the form that nabbed 10 int’s in 2007, he could lock down one side of our backfield.
With their readiness to trade him, anybody think we could land him for Jerious?

Box

February 22nd, 2010
3:39 am

EPt,
I doubt it. I don’t think TD\MS want the baggage. Welcome, friend.

Box

February 22nd, 2010
3:41 am

Later Cagers.

The Real Falcon

February 22nd, 2010
6:56 am

Has to be an experienced shutdown corner. Let everone else compete for the other CB and nickel positions.

[...] Over in THE BIRDCAGE, they are talking about which  free agent cornerbacks the Falcons should pursu… [...]

florida falcon

February 22nd, 2010
7:58 am

Looky here! What we am need is speed onf the edges. Translation- What we need is speed on the edges (as in edge rushers). that was our plan last year that went down in flames due to injuries. We don’t need (or want) to break the bank on a DB. Perhaps we’ll look at a few for depth. we must disrupt the opposing QB’s.

WR

February 22nd, 2010
9:05 am

D3, nice FA CB post, love Bodden but I agree he may have parlayed this past season into big time money and as you said maybe even money thats over spent. Robinson was very frustrated about the franchise tag last year, that could have had something to do with his play, even if it did at 5′10 I don’t see him being any better then Houston if the new DB coach is about to get into Houston’s head the idea of turning around. I like Robinson though, but upon further review we have a team of Robinson’s already. If the team went after Dre Bly, the fans would burn down the dome, character, Hood has some mental issues, and the Falcons all ready have the therapy appointments full with Houston. I see CB getting a look in the third, but more then likely a 4th especially if Ghee is still on the board.

Coop

February 22nd, 2010
10:14 am

D3 – Good post but a bit depressing. I hadn’t done much research on availble CBs (cause you’ve spoiled us and I knew you would bring it). Of the group above, the only one I’d consider is Leigh Bodden, but I think you’ll be proven correct that he is too expensive. So if we don’t get a FA, then I say we draft in the 3rd or 4th. In the 3rd, I’d take the best OLB or CB available and go from there.

I would love to see our current group improve, but I don’t want to “hope” on our D like we did last year. That was painful until the last few weeks.

D3

February 22nd, 2010
11:07 am

Great Mon(dane) Day Cagers! – Nothing like a Monday to hit you like a cold splash of water. The NFL Scouting Combine is only a couple of days away, so there’s something to look forward to.

Wabe – Yeah, it’s definitely not going to be worth it on Bodden, or any one for that matter. Some teams always overpay for free agents, but it looks to really happen this year with no salary cap and only a few marquee names.

Ed – I could see TD possibly trading back to gain some more picks and that would be awesome, IMHO. But I still think we need a top OLB, Spoon or Kindle, and I know Norwood is a major playmaker, but not sure he has the upside of the other two.

Ept Buzzer – In all seriousness, I will try to catch some of my errors more. It is a Sports Fan Blog and it should be held to a high standard, just like anything else. If the occasional grammatical errors bother you that much, than you may want to look elsewhere. On your Cromartie point, not sure they would take Norwood for him straight up and Chris Mortensen bascially said he’s one of the more overrated corners in terms of coverage skills. I think our CB’s are actually a lot better and deeper than many think. On education, please don’t bother talking to me about my job, because I’ll never insult you about yours, considering all I see is a random screen name.

The Real Falcon – I was surprised to see how few shutdown CB’s were actually available. Market is razor thin this year.

florida falcon – Very good point. Our CB’s surely got little to no help in terms of a pass rush. A playmaking OLB in the form of Weatherspoon or Kindle would be an immediate upgrade. Look what Brian Cushing and Clay Matthews did for the Texans and Packers, respectively.

WR – Agreed. There’s just no one out there and anyone outside of Bodden wouldn’t be any better than what we have now. Here’s to hoping Tim Lewis makes a big difference.

Coop – Great points all-around. That’s my desire, to draft a CB in the 3rd, unless TD can swing a 2nd round pick there. After Haden, there’s not much seperation between Perrish Cox, Patrick Robinson, Kyle Wilson, Kareem Jackson, or Dominique Franks, IMHO. Along with you, I knew it would painful after watching the Chargers and Ravens march up and down the field on our DB’s in pre-season.

Enjoy the day Cagers!…………..

MSS

February 22nd, 2010
11:11 am

i say get a young guy in the 3rd round of the draft

Mitun

February 22nd, 2010
11:45 am

I say get Bodden, Robinson or Rogers

CBrass

February 22nd, 2010
11:51 am

D3,

Once again great job. I can’t say much about anyone that you have listed due to the fact that I know little to nothing about them. As you stated many times our CB’s are better than what others give them credit for. It will be interesting to see what we do with B. Williams. It usually takes nearly a full calendar year, sometimes longer, to fully recover from an ACL tear and seeing that Williams tore his in week four makes his case interesting. I think TD will grab a CB in the 3rd or 4th round.

darrell starks

February 22nd, 2010
12:07 pm

The falcons need 2 solid corner dont be fool by the last three games, CB is the number 1 priority for the falcons period.
GO HAWKS!!!!!!!

ATLJBO

February 22nd, 2010
12:26 pm

D3…. Espn is using you as there source that the Falcons might go after Leigh Bodden

Bodden in black and red?
10:14
AM ETLeigh Bodden | Patriots | Interested: Falcons?, Ravens? Top Email ESPNBoston’s Mike Reiss reported on Friday that Leigh Bodden has re-hired former agent Alvin Keels, potentially improving the chances that the cornerback remains with the Patriots. Reiss writes that the move “shouldn’t have a major impact when it comes to the possibility of the Patriots re-signing Bodden,” but “with Bodden re-hiring Keels, the sides could potentially pick up where they left off last year on the talks regarding a longer-term deal.”

2009 was a good season for Leigh Bodden in New England. He went from the 0-16 Lions to a team that won a division title. Bodden is one of the uncertainties for the Pats this offseason, and he might be on yet another team by the time the 2010 season rolls around.

In a free-agent market that lacks star power amongst CBs, we could see Bodden getting some play around the league. The Vikings, Ravens, Steelers, Titans and Eagles might all take a good look, [b]but the Falcons might be heavily after Bodden, too, according to Dawson Devitt of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.[/b]

alex

February 22nd, 2010
12:48 pm

taylor mays all day that all i can say

screg

February 22nd, 2010
1:31 pm

I like Owens Moore DeCoud and Grimes to start in the secondary this season. They can all make plays on the ball. Keep Williams and Jackson, but evaluate Houston and Hill in the pre-season to decide if they go or stay.

WR

February 22nd, 2010
1:51 pm

Considering this, yes the jury is out on Owens,Grimes, Houston, Hill, Jackson, and maybe even Williams (especially because of the ACL), at the same time it wasn’t like the D generated any pressure. So now we’re looking at 6 CBs already on the roster, they already no the system, and the GM just got rid of the secondary coach, which screams it may not be the players. There’s definitely not a need to waste a 1st round pick 19/20 on a CB, there won’t be one there worthy, Foxworth proved that it can be the system more then the player, so its starting to get hard for me to even see the Falcons taking a CB in the draft. TD is a mastermind of discovering a CB in the draft so they may take one late, but honestly I see the Falcons improving the playmakers on defense(OLB, maybe DT, longshot DE) and improving the playmakers and protection on offense (WR, OL, TE, and RB for depth or a possible explosive type in the running game as well as the passing game).

Austinw79

February 22nd, 2010
2:40 pm

Personally, we should pursue a DE instead of a CB. Honestly we have a great group of Safeties and CB’s. After Jerry went down with an injury, and Abe slowed down, our coverage went WAY down. So lets see what we have there first. D-line and O-line should be our focus, and maybe grab a late-round TE to develop behind Gonzalez. Heck if you have the best TE in history, why not let him teach your new TE? Put him to good use.

LRD

February 22nd, 2010
3:23 pm

Tough call… age and wisdom or youth and having to build? New coach could lead to new blood(youth) that he then molds into what he wants his Secondary to be.. relying on the experience of the players already in house.
If we Bring in Age and Wisdom and do we have head butting with new coach and FA that then turns into a poison in the locker room?
I would say we will see youth in the draft as our choice.

LRD

February 22nd, 2010
3:30 pm

And for kicks.. consider Rogers from Redskins.. if pattern holds true for skins, new coach means the Danny is gong to spend mega bucks on Names, not necessarily players….. which could then mean we could pick up Rogers cheap just for the simple fact the Skins could be dumping him for a more higher profile CB (Bodden).. Seriously…

tbhawksfan

February 22nd, 2010
4:08 pm

Don’t want any of them, only good one is going to get paid.

Looks like the draft will give us a good chance at a OT or OLB with our first. What is our biggest FA need if we draft an OT? An OLB?

Draft is going to probably end up with an OT as BPA at our pick. Bulaga, Williams and Campbell are all top 20 type picks.

Spoon is rated near #30 the the places I’ve looked at, Kindle about #20. If I have the choice between the above players, I go this route: Bulaga, Williams, Kindle, Campbell, Spoon.

Get the OT, look for an OLB / WR / CB / TE / RB / DE

DL will be pretty good with Jerry and if Bier and Sid can step up.
OL would look real good with bookend first rounders at OT.

Without-a-clue

February 22nd, 2010
4:11 pm

D3- Thanks for your effort and it is a good and informative blog. And for those that don’t like it: Don’t let that swinging door bump your wallet pocket on your way out.

ATLJBO

February 22nd, 2010
6:02 pm

Listen to Mike Mayock Talk about the Atlanta Falcons and there needs.

http://media.790thezone.com/Podcasts/1346/Mike_Mayock_2-22-10.mp3

Rich Mccay

February 22nd, 2010
6:04 pm

How about an option for: work with the DB group they have and spend efforts to get an OLB and DE to limit the DBs exposure.

The falcons have good safeties, solid corners (albeit small) and a good interior defense. What they dont have is a presence on the edge. Speed and tenacity is desperately needed. Draft OLB/DE first, followed most talented player in each round at OL, WR, RB, DE, or OLB.

John K

February 22nd, 2010
6:23 pm

I think that Grimes on the right and Houston on the left is a combination that will work great! They started looking really good toward the end of the season and I suspect that they will continue to improve this coming season. If williams gets healthy I think that the raw material is there for the new secondary coach to work up a solid pass defense. Especially so if the pass rush improves. I would vote to keep the secondary as it is and concentrate on the D line.

falcon21

February 22nd, 2010
6:32 pm

Houston looked really good because he was on the bench. Yes Grimes did play better toward the end of the season but Houston?????

WR

February 22nd, 2010
6:48 pm

Falcon21, stop that LOL, Grimes did look good, the other corner your referring to John K, was Chris Owens. I liked what Owens brought to the table, might sound crazy but I like Houston’s chances under Lewis. I believe, well hope, with some coaching Tye Hill can return to form, I don’t think TD brought him without seeing his worth. Jackson is the enigma of the group, at times he’s as good as it gets, at other times it appears he isn’t even playing the same team or game as the rest. Grimes will be around and will continue to progress, once William Moore takes his rightful place in the secondary he will help overcome Grimes lack of height, which leaves Williams. Williams preformed well in his limited time, but asking a Corner to comeback from an ACL torn is asking alot. Unlike a WR a corner has to be able to cut and run on a dime, a WR knowns were he has to be, a corner doesn’t, Williams may be resigned, but he to may be the odd man out if the Falcons draft a CB in April.

CBrass

February 22nd, 2010
7:00 pm

falcon21,

I can’t stop laughing. That was classic…ROFL

WR,

I hope you’re right in saying that Houston may flourish under Lewis. Sounds like the same can be said for Tye Hill. He’s to have all the talent in the world but it also seems that it takes him a little longer to catch on. It’s hope with OTA’s and training camp he may come around.

CBrass

February 22nd, 2010
7:01 pm

That should read “He looks to have…”

falcon21

February 22nd, 2010
7:02 pm

Sorry WR, I couldn’t help myself!

blackbee

February 22nd, 2010
7:53 pm

Falcons dont like Tech players but Morgn Burnett is the guy they can get and need in the second or third. Nice size and can play corner or safety. I’m not homeing it but Morgan is the guy they need!

Sarah B

February 22nd, 2010
7:55 pm

LT was released today, just FYI.

WR

February 22nd, 2010
7:57 pm

Falcon21, I know, thats why I couldn’t stop laughing, CBrass, I do believe Houston can be coached up, it might sound crazy, but from what I saw doing the season the guy just needs to get his head around, he doesn’t get his head around and trust me good QBs notice that.

falcon21

February 22nd, 2010
9:01 pm

I agree WR, the man can stay stride for stride any WR in the NFL. It’s a little too early to give up on him.

falcon21

February 22nd, 2010
9:08 pm

falcon21

February 22nd, 2010
9:42 pm

I agree with D3’s 11:05 post. We need to stay with what we have for now and maybe get a CB in the later rounds and hope. We still have a lot of questions, Houston and Williams. And Tye.

D3

February 22nd, 2010
9:46 pm

Great ‘One Day Down’ Night Cagers! Hope all is doing well this Mon(dane) night. How about the US Hockey Team and the huge upset of Canada last night, eh?

Without-a-Clue – Thanks for the props. Nice to be talking about actual Football, instead of grammar.

MSS – Completely agreed.

Mitun – Would be nice. Robinson, Wilson, Jackson, Cox, or Franks would be perfect in the second round, if we could snake our way back in there.

CBrass – I think TD will stay put this year and we what Coach Lewis can do. Remember, Emmitt Thomas was the only holdover from the previous staff. Thanks, BTW.

darrell starks – The last 3 games were against inferior opponents with weak QBs, but they played pretty well against the Saints in game #14 as well.

ATLJBO – That’s a trip. I guess they didn’t read the part where I said he was likely way out of our price range.

alex – Could Mays make the successful jump to OLB?

WR – Spot on again. I could also see us not taking another CB, but certainly not first. Given the ultimatum of DE or CB, I would have to say CB. I am very against taking ANOTHER DE, after having KB#71, JA#55, LS#90, and CD#92 as our rotation. No one has yet to answer me on how Graham (or any other 1st rd DE) could come in and make a more immediate impact than Biermann or El Sid.

Austinw79 – Wouldn’t Aaron Kampman look fantastic in Falcons uni?

LRD – How goes it my friend? Rogers would be nice to have for sure.

tbhawksfan – Wouldn’t be upset at all with OT, even though not my first choice. But drafting a DE will make me throw my computer through the wall.

Rich Mccay – I’m sticking with OLB as our playmaker. Granted, an OLB won’t be rushing every down, but MP#53 gave us absolutely ZERO threat of a blitz. A guy like Kindle would be perfect DE/OLB hybrid.

John K – I agree with you that I think Owens and Grimes are our starting CB’s. I think we’re pretty good and deep at CB, but I also thought that last year until the Chargers pre-season game.

Have a great night Cagers and see you for “No-Feel Tuesday”!………

Big Ray

February 23rd, 2010
12:09 am

The free agent cornerback we need is already here: Brian Williams. Get him healthy and re-sign him. The mix of other options plays out mostly to two categories: too old, or too expensive.

Big Ray

February 23rd, 2010
12:12 am

As far as first round of the draft, I don’t see a CB falling to us that we should take (there’s only one, Joe Haden). The others are reaches to grab them at 19 or 20. OLB over DE any day. I don’t see TD drafting a DE unless he and Mike Smith really think the kid is THE TRUTH. And if that’s the case, it’s because they feel that some kid they already have isn’t going to work out. I’m not inclined to believe such a theory when only one year has passed.

If a DE gets drafted, he’s going to play OLB, or be a dedicated pass-rush situation specialist. I don’t see it any other way. But hey, that’s just my opinion.

ct55

February 23rd, 2010
1:58 am

I believe we have too many questions about the possible talent at CB and DE and another year will determine if our current guys will continue to get better. I think we should go after Cromartie in FA. TD should be able to evaluate the talent out there and get us a future starting CB with the 3rd Rd pick. As for DE, I think we should go after Kampmann in FA and let Sid and Biermann develop. If we draft ANOTHER DE, then we will have to wait another year or two to see if he develops. Also, with Jerry coming back, Abe should have a better year, and Babs and Biermann are developing nicely. That leaves the OLB question. We need to address the OLB position, and it’s the LB position that can come in and contribute right away. So I’m in favor of drafting the best available OLB with our first pick. That should be Bowman or Weatherspoon. Kindle is a better pass rusher, but he is more of a DE or suited better for a 3-4 D.

Ken Strickland

February 23rd, 2010
10:47 am

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, WE CAN’T OVERREACT AND LOOK TO GET RID OF EVERY PLAYER WE HAVE THAT DOESN’T FIT THE TRADITIONAL MOLD OF WHAT WE WANT. We have just completed only the 2nd yr in the PROCESS, and we have a lot of young inexperienced draft picks on our roster.

In their 1st yr on the job, Smitty and TD did an excellent job of drafting and signing players that have become starters or significant contributors(WR’s HDouglas and EWeems, RB JSnelling, QB MRyan, LT SBaker, RG HDahl, SS TDeCoud, DE KBierman, CB BGrimes and CJackson, and LB’s SNicholas and CLofton). In their 2nd yr they draft drafted 4 players, DT’s PJerry, VWalker, TJohnson and CB COwens, who either became starters or were significant contributors.

They’ve done an excellent job of sprinkling some key vet players into the mix, like LB MPeterson, FS EColeman, RB MTurner and TE TGonzalez. It takes time to develop chemistry and continuity, and 2yrs isn’t enough time to get everything down pat.

As fans, we need to show patient and understanding, and stop thinging we can immediately solve all of our problems by jumping on the bandwagon whenever we hear of high profile players like DE JPeppers, CB ACromartie and RB LTomlinson becoming available. Common sense and an actual football IQ should tell you we can’t solve our problems by overspending for high priced over the hill vets who’ve failed to equal or exceed the overall production of the players they’d be replacing. THINK FALCON FANS, THINK!

Give our 1st and 2nd yr draftees a chance to develop to their full potential before throwing them under the bus and suggesting we load the roster with other teams big named castoffs. That’s the same kind of stupid reactionary thinking that caused the franchise to go its entire existence without having consecutive winning seasons, before this yr.