Falcons Full Mock Madness 1.0

Time to Be the Falcons GM

The 2010 NFL Draft is drawing ever so closer (35 days, but who’s counting) and the predictions, conversations, and debates are heating up at a rapid pace. The anticipation of the Big Day is almost as much fun as the event itself. Everyone who loves Falcons and football are scanning prospect lists and trying to figure out who would look best in red and black come August. Thomas Dimitroff has proven to be one of the best in the business in scouting players to add to the Birds roster. Only  2 players that Dimitroff has drafted (Wilrey Fontenot, William Middleton) failed to make the roster in their first year, and only one other (Thomas Brown) is not on the current roster or practice squad. The majority of TD’s picks have either become starters (Matt Ryan, Sam Baker, Thomas DeCoud, Curtis Lofton, Chris Owens), heavy contributors (Harry Douglas, Kroy Biermann, Chevis Jackson, Vance Walker), promising rookies (Lawrence Sidbury Jr., Garrett Reynolds, Spencer Adkins), or haven’t had a chance due to injury (Peria Jerry, William Moore). Dimitroff is batting at an 84% success rate of the players he’s drafted making the active roster or practice squad. In short, as you get ready to play Atlanta Falcons General Manager, you got your work cut out for you.

2nd Annual Bird Cage Falcons Mock Draft Competition

Beginning this Friday and lasting each Friday until the week of the draft, The Bird Cage will offer a new look at what the Falcons might do as the draft nears, culminating with the 2nd Annual Bird Cage Mock Draft Competition. The competition will be a friendly and enjoyable chance for Bird Cage readers and posters to predict what the Birds will do. The next three weeks will not necessarily be the exact prediction of what the Falcons will do, but rather to examine the possibilities they could entertain with various prospects in the different rounds. In other words, research and play around with your practice mocks for the next several weeks, before offering your final version submitted for the actual competition.

Some excellent websites to assist you in your venture (special thanks to these sites for their superb draft research):

DraftCountdown.com

NFLDraftScout.com (particularly good with its estimated draft rounds for each prospect)

FootballsFuture.com

My Weak Attempt:

1st Round

Sean Weatherspoon – Outside Linebacker – Missouri

The great debate rages about the most important pick the Falcons will make on Thursday, April 22nd. The Falcons have several obvious needs and can go in several directions, but one of the most glaring needs is the lack of production from the weakside linebacker position. Mike Peterson was signed as a stop-gap linebacker and played well early, but quickly wore down as the season grinded on. According to ProFootballFocus.com, Mike Peterson ranked 50th out of 53 linebackers in the 4-3 defense, using cumulative statistics. Peterson had one sack, was very weak in stopping the run, and had major difficulties covering running backs out of the backfield or intermediate routes. Weatherspoon may benefit from being one of the best prototypical 4-3 linebackers (opposed to a 3-4 DE/OLB hybrid), but he’s the real deal. He’s 6’1, 239, and had a superb Senior Bowl followed by an excellent Scouting Combine. He is a natural leader who totaled over 400 tackles, over 13 sacks, and over 40 tackles for loss as a three year starter. Weatherspoon is rated as a top 20 overall prospect by the majority of draft and scout websites and experts. Spoon, as he’s nicknamed, is a great talent that fills one of the Falcons biggest needs. Falcons just had a private workout with Weatherspoon. Other private workouts have included Matt Ryan and Peria Jerry. Other possibilities: DE Brandon Graham, OLB Sergio Kindle, WR Golden Tate, Taylor Mays (OLB)

3rd Round

Riley Cooper – Wide Receiver – Florida

Many fans may disagree in taking a wide receiver this early in the draft, especially not having a second round pick, but the offense needs more playmakers in the passing attack. Roddy White is a two-time, consecutive season Pro Bowler who is one of the best receivers in the NFL and gets little help from the other side. Harry Douglas was one of the best surprises as a rookie, being able to stretch the field in the slot and make the run after the catch. Michael Jenkins has underachieved as a former first round draft pick and caught only one touchdown in 2009 after having Roddy White, Tony Gonzalez, and Michael Turner on the field. Perhaps the injury to Harry Douglas was much more detrimental than many believed, and Jenkins dipped accordingly, but its time to seriously upgrade the receiving corps (see Super Bowl Champion New Orleans Saints). Jenkins should definitely be a part of the Falcons receiver roster, but is he a legit #2 WR? Douglas is coming back from major surgery, Eric Weems was ineffectual, and Marty Booker added zero threat. The Falcons can go in two directions for receiver: short, speedy deep threat in the mold of Harry Douglas or tall, possession receiver to compete with Jenkins. Riley Cooper out of Florida might be a perfect fit. Cooper became Tim Tebow’s favorite target for good reasons. He possesses a natural athleticism, excellent hands, and superb speed (4.54 forty) for such a solid frame (6’3, 222). Not afraid to go up for the ball and make runs after the catch. Other WR possibilities: Eric Decker, Jacoby Ford, Jordan Shipley, Mardy Gilyard

3rd Round (Compensatory Pick)

John Jerry – Offensive Guard – Ole Miss

One of the biggest areas of need for the Falcons is to continue and build the offensive line through a youth movement. Dimitroff has only drafted two offensive lineman in Tackle Sam Baker and Tackle Garrett Reynolds. Most fans will likely assume that the Birds will take a center this year since Todd McClure will be 33 years old this year and probably on the verge of retiring, but Dimitroff signed Brett Romberg as a backup center who filled in very nicely for McClure last year. The guard position is much more vulnerable. Harvey Dahl will become an unrestricted free agent next year unless he’s signed during the season. Justin Blalock ranks near the bottom of most categories and was the weakest link on the line, at least according to ProFootballFocus.com ranking as the 73rd best guard out of 84. Quinn Ojinnaka provides great versatility in being able to play both guard and tackle. That leads right into the next pick of OG John Jerry. Considered a guard by DraftCountdown.com and listed as a tackle by NFLDraftScout.com. This is the versatility that Coach Smith and Boudreau crave. Excellent size and bulk (6’5, 328) and gets a great push in the run game. Brother of none other than one certain defensive tackle Peria Jerry. Provides great insurance on a very vulnerable line. Other possibilities: OG Mike Johnson, C Matt Tennant, OT Jared Veldheer

4th Round

Garrett Graham – Tight End – Wisconsin

Even though Tony Gonzalez is definitely coming back for another year, the fact that he considered possibly not returning should give the Falcons top brass a much needed push to finally draft a tight end to groom for the future. Justin Peele has proven to be an excellent and reliable #2 tight end and could serve as a possible stop-gap if needed, but is over the age of 30 himself. Keith Zinger made the team as the #3 tight end and did improve some in the passing game, but after being assigned to the practice squad as a rookie, its hard to believe he a legitimate number one TE. Many possibilities abound no what the Falcons can do at Tight End, but Graham fits the bill of something Dimitroff desires: superb college production. Graham is not as tall as some would like (6’3), but has good size and speed nonetheless (243, 4.67 forty). His production at Wisconsin is hard to ignore: over 120 receptions, almost 1,500 yards receiving, and 16 TDs in three years as a starter. Not a blazer, but neither is Tony Gonzalez. Other TE possibilities: Jimmy Graham, Colin Peek, Andrew Quarless

5th Round

Myron Lewis – Cornerback – Vanderbilt

This probably will on the board much earlier in the draft, but this year’s cornerback groups seems to be particularly deep and Dimitroff is one of the best in the business at scouting and mining late cornerback talent (Asante Samuel, Chris Owens). The signing of Dunta Robinson seemingly created a logjam of players at cornerback, but Dimitroff quickly traded Chris Houston to Detroit and released Tye Hill, giving the Falcons 5 CBs on the roster, with one of them coming back from major knee surgery. Dimitroff and Coach Smith have stated that they want to add size to the cornerback group and Lewis certainly adds that (6’2, 203) with excellent speed (4.42 forty). Lewis may have some issues adjusting to the quick hip-turn at the NFL level, but is an excellent zone-cover corner who supports the run with authority, wraps up well, and can be an active blitzer. Doesn’t need to come in and start immediately and will have time to develop. Other CB possibilities: Kevin Thomas, AJ Jefferson

5th Round (Compensatory Pick)

Daniel Te’o–Nesheim – Defensive End – Washington

Definitely probably the pick that will get lampooned the most by fans, but if the Falcons pass on defensive end with their first overall pick, than its probably a signal that either Kroy Biermann, Lawrence Sidbury Jr., or both in rotation could be starting opposite John Abraham in September. Dimitroff mentioned to DOL that they’re happy with their defensive ends and expect the return of Peria Jerry to boost the pass rush. Obviously a risk in waiting, but the talent level dramatically drops off in terms of potential after the first round. Te’o-Nesheim follows the trend of extremely productive college careers that Dimitroff likes: almost 200 tackles, 47 tackles for a loss, and 30 sacks in 4 years. Has nice size (6’3, 267) and speed (4.75) to develop. Other DE Possibilities: Austen Lane, CJ Wilson, Clifton Geathers

6th Round (Chris Houston Trade)

Al Woods – Defensive Tackle – LSU

Also a pick that will likely receive criticism, but compared to other positions, defensive tackle is one of the more stable on the team. Jonathan Babineaux was one of the best DTs in the game according to ProFootballFocus.com and only looks to improve with more playmakers around him. Peria Jerry basically missed the entire season with a knee injury, but they obviously feel good about his rehab. Jamaal Anderson appears to have found a new home at defensive tackle and could flourish at DT, particularly against the run. Vance Walker and Thomas Johnson both showed promise in the time they played and made starts. There may not have been much of a push in terms of QB rush, but they drastically improved in the run game. Woods adds very good size (6’4, 309) and surprising speed (5.15) to add depth to the line. Would be in direct competition for a 5th spot on the roster and would add the bulk many fans desire. Other DT possibilities: Corey Peters, Brandon Deadrick

6th Round

Emmanuel Sanders – Wide Receiver – Southern Methodist

The Falcons need more playmakers on the offensive side of the ball, particularly in the aerial attack. After adding a big receiver to complement Roddy White, this might be a good spot to add another speedster to compete for a receiver spot. Once a source of strength, the receiving corps became anemic last season. Sanders speed (4.40) and college production (over 3,700 receiving yards, 34 TDs) may cause him to be gone much earlier than the 6th round, but adding a player like Sanders could quickly give the Falcons some much needed firepower in their air attack. His size (5’11) would make him a perfect fit as a #4 or #5 receiver.

Fire away Ladies and Gentlemen. My attempt will surely take some shots and, frankly, that’s the point in creating discussion about what the Falcons biggest needs are, what some of the best prospects are, and who would fit best in Atlanta. Which combinations would be the best? Which positions are the deepest and can be picked accordingly?

Use the draft sites above to help you with your research. Remember, these next three weeks will be “practice rounds” leading up to a final submission for the 2nd Annual Bird Cage Mock Draft Competition. Have some fun!

Enjoy and Go Falcons!!!!!!!!!!!!!………….

 

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Sarah B

March 19th, 2010
12:13 am

Nice work D3 – don’t know how you do it and teach all day.

Nookah

March 19th, 2010
12:13 am

Greetings cagers!!!

Nookah

March 19th, 2010
12:14 am

Sarah B,

You are the Queen of late night blogs!!! I can’t be first, not when you are around.

Great blog D3, you the man. you never disappoint.

Go Falcons!!!

Sarah B

March 19th, 2010
12:19 am

Nookah that’s because I need a job. Interview tomorrow.

waynester

March 19th, 2010
12:25 am

You won’t hear any ridicule from anyone who has bothered to look at this young fellow.
Daniel Te’o Nesheim if we’re lucky enough will be an awesome addition to any team,but seems absolutely perfect for ours. Playing out in Washington left him out of the media’s eye and we might be the benificiary. This kid is exactly the type of guy every team looks for in a player. I’m truly sold on this guy as our LDE–but I’d want him in our locker roomat whatever position I could find room on the roster. Google him– you’ll come away a believer.

mo

March 19th, 2010
12:32 am

Elaine

March 19th, 2010
12:34 am

Sarah B- What kind of job are you in the market for?

mo

March 19th, 2010
12:34 am

no i’am not

Sarah B

March 19th, 2010
12:49 am

Hi Elaine, I’m mostly Admin but at this point am open to anything.

mo

March 19th, 2010
12:52 am

Sarah B-yes the Queen of late night blogs!!! Glad to have you back . D3 you the man no wonder this blog was best in the south plus this great fan here. your 3rd and 6th I wil disagree with an WR I think that RB in one of those rounds .

Nookah

March 19th, 2010
12:57 am

D3, I would not mind your #1 & #3 picks. I won’t even comment on the Spoon pick because SW will do that for me…lol. Although I’m not sure Riley will be there when we pick in the third. If I don’t get Riley, I’ll settle with Danario Alexander or Marcus Easley. To be honest however, Riley fit’s the bill quite well.

I however disagree with you in the DT pick in terms of the positioning. I really don’t think Woods will be there in the 6th round. He will be long gone by about the 3rd or 4th. He is a sleeper I have been watching because he has not been getting too much press. He has excellent size (6′31/2″; 312lbs; runs about a 5.4. “Country” strong as they like to say. I think he will be able to handle double teams and would be an excellent addition to the depth of DT. He however is raw and has limited experience but can be coached up. However, he certainly looks the part.

I’d really prefer Unca’ Bob’s TE, Pitta. He is the man I would like to have to understudy TG. He is the consumate pro and will not disappoint. I’ve done some work on this guy. He is 6′41/2″; 252lbs and runs a 4:75 40. However, he has had outstanding production and has great ball skills and fits Smitty’s blueprint in that he is a decent blocker. Not very explosive but will be solid.

Go Falcons!!!

Nookah

March 19th, 2010
12:59 am

Sarah B,

Good luck tomorrow. I’ll send up a prayer for you. Keep a positive outlook and the “ddor” will soon open for you.

I have nothing but love for you my sister!!

darrell starks

March 19th, 2010
1:04 am

There are many ways we can go with this D3 but i want 2 no how bad do chargers want C.J SPILLER ?
GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!

mo

March 19th, 2010
1:10 am

waynester i like him too , looks like a hard hitter , I am that person call a hard hitter , a great player need player like that on the falcons here a look at this hard hitterhttp://www.gohuskies.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/teonesheim_daniel00.html take a look your might like hem tooo.

darrell starks

March 19th, 2010
1:18 am

This is a big what if, larry english will soon be replacing shawne merriman because no way they keep both but who no is it possible we can get merriman D3?
GO FALCONS!!!!!!!

darrell starks

March 19th, 2010
1:35 am

IF C.J fall 2 the falcons and the chargers give the falcons shawne merriman and there #28 for C.J AND #81 i would make that trade in a heart beat.
GO FALCONS!!!!!!

darrell starks

March 19th, 2010
1:40 am

Sweet deal for the falcons and charger

FALCONS HAVE 28# AND SHAWNE MERRIMAN

CHARGERS HAVE C.J AND 60# AND THE FALCONS 81#
GO FALCONS!!!!!!

Ed

March 19th, 2010
1:42 am

Terrific work and as mentioned earlier I simply don’t know how you do it all. You must have a high motor to go with a lot of passion. I really like going WR w/ Cooper, and the rest of your lower picks are fine w/ me. As far as your round one pick I’d go with any of your “other possibilites” over Spoon. If either Graham or Kindle are available they both bring more value at the same position and you have no worries about locker room chemistry due to Weatherspoon’s loud & constant rantings. That’s something most everyone here wants to brush under the carpet, but it is an issue that could go either way. Golden Tate is the playmaker we are missing on offense and Ryan so desperately needs. Mays is interesting only because of his physical tools, which are immense, as his college career didn’t live up to the billing.

Big Ray

March 19th, 2010
2:15 am

D3 ,

Great job with that Mock. I really loved reading it!

Big Ray

March 19th, 2010
2:16 am

D3 has more than a motor. Y’all should have seen him when he first got started blogging. Dude was burning like a California forest fire! :)

darrell starks

March 19th, 2010
2:25 am

WITH THE 28# THE FALCONS SELECT YOUR CHOICE
WR DEZ BRYANT, GOLDEN TATE, OR ARRELIOUS BEN.
GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!

darrell starks

March 19th, 2010
2:34 am

OH I FOR GOT DAMIAN WILLIAM 2
4 choices for the ice man at pick 28#
DEZ BRYANT, GOLDEN TATE, ARRELIOUS BEN, AND THE GUY I LIKE DAMIAN WILLIAM.
GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!

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JJ

March 19th, 2010
6:16 am

D3, my man, excellent article!!! Save, print and frame!!!

Most of us search the web for everything “falcons” and no writer comes close to you my friend, no one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Really like your mock I, of course I’m on the spoon train and agree with WR and OG picks. Wondering if we pick a K but I need to research a little more before I post my mockvs1.

The Real Falcon

March 19th, 2010
6:57 am

Let’s see:
No early WR picked needed. The team needs defensive help.
No TE picked needed before a DE. The team needed defense.
NoT 4 picks on offense. The team needs defense.

THE TEAM NEEDS DEFENSE!

triplb

March 19th, 2010
7:07 am

Excellent well thought effort! Kudos to you!

The Trippmeister

March 19th, 2010
7:33 am

This draft’s potential is really getting me pumped about this upcoming season. I would really love to see us get Spoon first and foremost, then the remainder of your list I would be ecstatic with as well. I believe this season will be so positive for Gonzalez that he will go another year or even two, so TE is less of an issue. I believe the 2011 primary draft needs will be TE and RB. Finally, I think the addition of Jerry to the OL would be a great situation – imagine the fire for brothers to play at their best to get that Lombardi Trophy!

JJ

March 19th, 2010
7:34 am

SW, think DOL is jumping on the SPOON train today, its filling up!

Bangkapi Ajarn

March 19th, 2010
8:48 am

D3, small note please – you said “All but 2 players that Dimitroff has drafted (Wilrey Fontenot, William Middleton) failed to make the roster in their first year”. Shouldn’t that be “only two players”, or possibly “All but two players made the roster?”

Sorry to pick nits, but it does affect the meaning.

Bangkapi Ajarn

March 19th, 2010
9:00 am

Sarah B., good luck with the interview! I’m looking myself, so I know how tough it is out there. Last company I talked to that sounds interested wanted me to move overseas and help them shut down production in Gwinnett, likely costing over 100 jobs. Bummer!!!

Bangkapi Ajarn

March 19th, 2010
9:02 am

Great Mock, D3, well justified. The only change I would make is with your last pick, go for another developmental OL.

CBrass

March 19th, 2010
9:07 am

D3,

Outstanding work hon. You really out done yourself on this one. I agree 100% with your first pick. We have to get Spoon. Just imagine pair him with William Moore again!!! I would trade your TE pick with Unca’ Bob’s man out of BYU or Colin Peek out of Bama.

SeminoleWarrior

March 19th, 2010
9:13 am

Good Morning Cage…

D3, simply put, AWESOME BABY!! Simply AWESOME!!

Finishing up the later rounds. Will be back shortly to post.

I can definately saw that the Cage knows for sure who my first round pick is going to be. I will confess up front that the Giants have me on pins and needles. I am really concerned that they will take my guy. If that is the case, I wish him the best and move on. But I have no doubt that this young man is a premium talent at the WLB position and we need a SIGNIFICANT upgrade at that position. Enuf said for now.

JJ, DO Led and the Batmobile had to catch up with the Express sooner or later. As I have said my friend, I have not felt this strongly about a player since I wanted the Falcons to draft Patrick Willis a few years back. You just get that feeling about some players. I have it with Sean.

Going to see if I can get a few more cars for the Spoon Express. I know that it is going to fill much more quickly now. But rest assured..if you were with me and Sean early, your place in first class is secured.

Back in a little while with the release of TeePee Sports Mock Draft, Version One.

SeminoleWarrior

March 19th, 2010
9:22 am

Damned…Sweet October Gonzolez gve birth to a 9 pound-plus baby boy.

Congrats Tony. You stay an extra day in NY with the NFL Network. Dr. Warrior will take care of October.

SeminoleWarrior

March 19th, 2010
9:23 am

JJ, I may have to outplay the Playa…LOL.

CBrass

March 19th, 2010
9:29 am

blord

March 19th, 2010
9:33 am

I actually liked the mock except for the Cooper pick and that isn’t so much the pick as it is just I hate anything Gator related:)
D3: I would love Spoon but with how he seems to be growning in popularity I am growing a little concerned that others might try to leap the Falcons in order to grab him. Do you see this as a legit concern? If so where do you fell the Falcons go then? Mays? Tate?

drmaryb

March 19th, 2010
9:42 am

T.D.

This draft is very very rich with talent. There is so much talent and I hope we take an impact player on offense. Our offense seemed to disappear a lot in games last year. The running game was unpredictable and of course we all know what happened at Quarter – Back.

If CJ Spiller is there? I say we take him, if not then take an impact player on defense and pick,
“Spoon” at OLB. Then, build the D-Line from the interior out, the rest of the rounds.

I have complete trust and faith that the GM will plan a great draft strategy! I can’t wait till draft day!

blord

March 19th, 2010
9:43 am

I mean “feel” not fell

waynester

March 19th, 2010
9:49 am

D3
Quick mock based on staying put in the 1st–no trades–plus projected comps:
19 “Spoon (conventional wisdom– fills need–elite at his position)
83 Dexter McClusters (incredible versatility–little guy packs a wallop)
COMP Geno Atkins (Awesome DT with strength & speed)
117 OT M Tepper (6′5 325lb solid wall for M Ryan’s protection)
148 AJ Jefferson ( a 6′1 CB from a small school 44″ vertical leap–very productive)
COMP S Hodge (replacement for our current #2 WR–tall kid with lots of SEC experience)
167 OG Beadles (can play at Center. OG or OT)
185 D Te’o Nesheim (DE with the work ethic coaches want from every player but rarely get)
COMP TE D Pitta (hard to believe this guy is still on the board but many mocks have him here)
UDFA OLB Moats ( under-the -radar guy who brings the pain)
This is fun! Thanks for the forum…..

CBrass

March 19th, 2010
10:06 am

JMikes mock draft. 1.0 In the vid he said he’s probably going to do about 6.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LyeAOxapt0&feature=sub

D3

March 19th, 2010
10:21 am

Waiting – Waiting on those awesome mocks to start coming across the board. waynester, love the mock. Tons more from me in a minute…………..

thunderbull56

March 19th, 2010
10:22 am

Thanks for the head’s up on R Cooper.It sounded like you were describing my hero, the honorable Mr. Finneran. I agree we need help on the D side,but an offense that keeps the foe’s O off the field is also to be strived for.Reference Saints/Colts ‘10.

CBrass

March 19th, 2010
10:23 am

D3,

Keep your pants on…LOL I’ll post mine during lunch.

Unca' Bob

March 19th, 2010
10:25 am

D3,

Another great post. Thank you for providing the best Falcon Fans Forum anywhere.

While it’s still a little early for mocks, comp pick placement, etc, but here goes:

#1- Spoon- No need to expound further.
#3- D Pitta TE BYU- He’s not the fastest TE in this years draft, but he has the best hands and does nothing but find an openings and catch passes.
#3b- Akwasi Owusu-Ansah- CB IU@Pa- 5′-11” 195,lbs, 4.46 40, 29.7yds per KOR, 12.5yds per PR.
#4- Andre Roberts- WR Citidal- 6’-2”, 205, 4.43 40.
#5a- Brandon Carter- OG TTech-6’-6”,319.
#5b- Blair White- WR MSU- 6’-2”, 209, really good hands.
#6a- Earl Mitchell- DT Ariz.- 6’-1” 295, 4.50 40.Huge first burst. Made a living in the backfield.
#6b- Joique Bell- RB Wayne St- 5’-11”,220, 4.50 40. Very good hands.

Please understand, everything in this years draft is in constant flux. This is a very, very rough draft and will, no doubt, change.

CBrass

March 19th, 2010
10:47 am

waynester

March 19th, 2010
10:52 am

Unca’ Bob–
Great illustration between our two mocks of how variable the draft can be–case in point: Dennis Pitta. We obviously both like this guy for our TE of the future–willing blocker, amazing catches,yards after catch terrific–he’s our guy. Yet you take him at our #2 while I’m trying to get him late. That’s a swing of roughly 200 picks on the same player. I think he’s worth a round 3 grade but many of these professional draft gurus have him WAY lower ( so of course I took full advantage of that in my mock–my eyes lit up with $$signs at the value I’m seeing)
By the way, your 1st 5 picks are great players and their draft positions resonable. I hope you will check out the kid from WASH te’o Nesheim–especially the remarks of his teammates (teamMVP/Captain/multiple player-voted awards) and coaches….

Unca' Bob

March 19th, 2010
11:01 am

waynester,

I don’t see Pitta dropping that far. I took him 3a because I’m not sure he will be there for us at 3b.

D3

March 19th, 2010
11:14 am

Sarah B – Thanks. Just passion for our Birds and lack of sleep, that’s all.

waynester – T’eo Nesheim stuck out to me purely because of his amazing production, and he has nice size that probably can add some weight to. My thing is that if we don’t go Graham or DE first, than is there really that much difference in Greg Hardy (slotted for 3rd rd) and T’eo Nesheim (slotted for 5-6 rd). My bias is coming out, but we desperately need to upgrade our receiving corps.

mo – Thanks for the props my brother. The only reason I didn’t slot an RB for the future is assuming that we roll with the 3-headed monster of Turner/Snelling/Norwood for one more year. Nice thing is that if anyone wants Snelling or Norwood, we get a draft pick for them to use on a future RB. I didn’t expect them to keep both Snelling and Norwood, to be honest with you.

Nookah – Great point about Cooper. DraftCountdown has him rated much higher than NFLDraftScout does, but DraftCountdown hasn’t completed their entire list of where they expect every prospect to go. If Cooper is gone, I say any of the following I would be happy with: Eric Decker (little scared of injury), Jordan Shipley, Jacoby Ford, or Carlton Mitchell. For instance, if we speed/slot at WR early like Ford or Shipley, we could go big/posession later like Danario Alexander or Marcus Easley. After we had to bring in Robert Ferguson and Marty Booker to be our slot, the decision was made in my mind that its time to upgrade our WR corps(x 2).

waynester

March 19th, 2010
11:30 am

D3 & mo–
If we go the way I suggested at 9:49 McClusters suddenly becomes our change-of-pace and returner (plus adding some of the reciever help we need.) Norwood becomes odd-man out, and we take a taller #2 WR replacement a few rds later…..