Falcons Full Mock Madness 2.0

Time to Play Falcons GM Part 2 

The 2010 NFL Draft is finally within a distance that is manageable (under the 30 mark; 27 days to be exact) and the anticipation is really starting to build. Besides a couple of potential trades, all that’s left is private workouts and speculation. The Falcons can go in any number of directions as the Big Day draws closer. Some of the most obvious needs include outside linebacker and offensive line, but the defensive end spot is the position that draws the most interest. 

Taking Thomas Dimitroff and Coach Mike Smith purely on their word, it seems that defensive end is not a need and might not be a part of the equation as the draft rolls around. Coach Smith talked about Jamaal Anderson making “great strides” at the defensive end position. Yes, he was being serious. Anderson can and does add great value to the team and defensive line, but at the defensive tackle position, not at End. The stats are pretty well known on drafting first round defensive ends and their ensuing rookie years.  There’s a possibility of snagging the next Dwight Freeney, but for every Julius Peppers, there’s twice as many Michael Haynes’, Jerome McDougal’s, and  Derrick Harvey’s. With that being said, Falcons Full Mock Madness 2.0 crashes that theory. 

Remember to have fun with the mocks as we approach Draft Day. The Falcons mocks leading up to the draft won’t necessarily be what the Birds will do on April 22nd, but can be a wishlist of sorts as you play Falcons GM. Prepare your best combinations for the final submission of the 2nd Annual Bird Cage Falcons Mock Draft Competition. 

1st Round

Brandon Graham – Defensive End – Michigan

The return on drafting defensive ends in the first round has been well-documented and the misses are much higher than the future Pro Bowl successes. 1st round defensive ends certainly can develop into solid to great players, but they usually have one of the deepest learning curves of any position. Since 2002, 71% of rookie defensive ends had less than 5 sacks and 58% of rookie D-Ends had 2 sacks or less. Brandon Graham has the massive potential to break the mold. His production in college is unmatched. Collaring almost 30 sacks over 3 years is impressive enough, but his tackles for a loss may be even more imposing, with almost 60 in 3 years and 26 in his senior season. Graham’s measurables match up almost exactly with Dwight Freeney’s. His quickness, strength, and non-stop motor will add the much needed pass rush heavily needed and desired by the Falcons top brass and fans alike. Adding Graham to the young and promising mix of Kroy Biermann and Lawrence Sidbury Jr. gives the Falcons a lot of explosiveness in rushing the passer as well as providing excellent insurance for Abraham as he enters the last two years of his contract. The Falcons strike the right pick on defensive end this time. 

3rd Round

Akwasi Owusu-Ansah – Cornerback – Indiana (PA)

The Falcons made a strategic splash in free agency with the signing of the best free agent cornerback Dunta Robinson, thus eliminating the glaring need to draft a cornerback with their first pick. They promptly traded Chris Houston to the Lions, for very little evidently, and then they promptly cut Tye Hill soon after. The Falcons still have a need to stock their cornerback roster with talent, height, and playmaking ability, but they also have a glaring need in special teams. Owusu-Ansah, or AOA as he’s referred to sometimes, adds both. AOA adds height (6’0), excellent size (207), and superb speed (4.32 forty time) at cornerback. Had 10 interceptions in two seasons, including 2 returns for touchdowns. AOA is very aggressive in the run game and can flourish in a zone system. Of all things mentioned above, Owusu-Ansah adds an amazing threat on special teams, one of the most glaring needs for the Falcons. Eric Weems showed some promise early on returning kickoffs and punts, but quickly faded. One of Owusu-Ansah’s greatest strengths is his special team prowess, ranking 10th in the nation in kickoff return average and 15th in punt return average. AOA also took four punts back for touchdowns and 3 kickoffs to the endzone in his career. Many may disagree with a CB pick so early after the Robinson signing, but the Falcons have only 5 cornerbacks on the roster and one is coming back from major knee injury. Owusu-Ansah adds the size, speed, and special teams ability the Falcons desperately desire. 

3rd Round (Compensatory Pick)

Eric Decker – Wide Receiver – Minnesota

The argument has been made many times that wide receiver is absolutely one of the biggest areas to upgrade this off-season. Roddy White is one of the best in the business at wide receiver, but the injury to Harry Douglas exposed how thin the wide receiving corps actually was. Thomas Dimitroff felt so good about the receiving corps depth that he traded Laurent Robinson to the Rams to swap picks in the 5th round. Robinson showed major flashes as a rookie, but proved to be injury-prone. A decision that looks better since Robinson was injured for the year again in St.Louis, but the depth became a serious issue. Michael Jenkins can be a legitimate part of the team, but he needs some serious competition. Eric Decker may very well not be around by this time in the draft, but if he is the Falcons should run to the podium. Decker had superb productivity in college with over career receptions, 24 TDs, and over 3,000 yards receiving including a shortened senior year. Decker has magnificent size (6’3, 217) and speed (4.54) to complement his terrific route running ability. He has no problem lining up anywhere on the field and finds ways of getting open. Can come in and add speed, size, and hands to a much maligned receiving roster, in addition to pushing Michael Jenkins and Harry Douglas for the number 2 or slot receiver positions. Carlton Mitchell also a strong candidate. 

4th Round

Dekoda Watson – Outside Linebacker – Florida State

This might seem like the craziest pick of all in the draft. If the Falcons biggest need is outside linebacker, why in Hades would they wait until the 4th round? The argument goes something like this: if the Birds elect to not go outside linebacker with their first pick or don’t trade down in the first or second round, then value has to be become the main issue. Outside of Sean Weatherspoon and Daryl Washington, the draft doesn’t feature many true 4-3 linebackers, particularly LBs on the weakside that need good coverage skills. Players like Thaddeus Gibson and Jason Worilds project as a outside rusher in the 3-4 and a prospect like Eric Norwood is a fantastic player but might be more suited to a strongside linebacker or even a rush specialist defensive end. Navorro Bowman certainly might be a possibility around this time, but he’ll likely be gone. Dekoda Watson might not come in and replace Mike Peterson, but his upside is tremendous. He has good size (6’1, 240) and speed (4.55) that projects extremely well to the WLB position. He is fluid in coverage and a terrifically reliable tackler. The biggest bonus comes with his potential playmaking ability in rushing the passer where Watson had 6.5 sacks and 13 tackles for a loss. Watson would likely need time to grow into the position but his talent is off the charts and could turn into a magnificent weakside linebacker for the Falcons and add a much needed fire to the pass rush. 

5th Round

Ciron Black – Guard/Tackle – LSU

The rockets will be headed my way after waiting until the 5th round to add a much needed dose of depth to the offensive line, but hear out the argument. Even though Thomas Dimitroff will have his work seriously cut out for him this upcoming season with so many issues on the offensive line. Tyson Clabo, Harvey Dahl, Justin Blalock, and Quinn Ojinnaka will be due to become unrestricted free agents after this season. Add to the fact that Todd McClure is potentially on the verge of retirement and you get the feeling that TD needs to draft 4 offensive lineman this April. With all the bad news, TD actually still holds the cards to some extent. Dimitroff has one more year to see who is worth re-upping. TD might feel that Clabo and Dahl are both worthy of contracts and re-up them for their current positions, or he may elect to re-up them and shift the line around a bit such as moving Clabo to guard and inserting Garrett Reynolds at right tackle. The O-Line had a lot of injuries last year and felt some growing pains against a tougher schedule, but they’ll likely get another year to prove themselves. Adding some versatility and depth can be a great addition in developing them the way they are with Garrett Reynolds. Ciron Black adds excellent mobility in being able to play both tackle and guard. Black has a huge frame 6’4, 327 and is mauler in the run game. He was good enough in pass protection to play for LSU in the SEC and can add good pass blocking at guard. This is a risk in waiting so long to take an OL for sure, but its hard to imagine the current line not getting one more year to prove themselves. 

5th Round (Compensatory Pick)

Colin Peek – Tight End – Alabama

This was the toughest of all the positions to rationalize in taking so late. Tony Gonzalez is at the end of his career and Justin Peele may be a stop gap, but little more. The Falcons can surely go TE a lot earlier, but good value can be found here with Peek. There are other prospects that have more upside in the passing game, but they have to block first in Mularkey’s scheme. Peek is a reliable, very well-rounded tight end. His blocking skills were honed in the rough and tumble SEC paving the way for Alabama’s national title run. Peek is athletic enough to find the soft spots and stretch the field enough for the Falcons needs. He showed great ability in having a big game against the extremely athletic Florida in the SEC Championship Game and also had an excellent Senior Bowl in catching a long TD pass. Peek has very good size at 6’5, 252 and is not a burner, but is an excellent pass-catching in a run first, play-action offense. 

6th Round (Lions)

Corey Peters – Defensive Tackle – Kentucky

Waiting this late to take a defensive tackle is assuming that the Falcons plan on going with a DT rotation of Jonathan Babineaux, Peria Jerry, Vance Walker, Thomas Johnson, and Jamaal Anderson. The defensive tackles played very well in the run game, but needs improvement in rushing the passer. Peters was a very disruptive force in the run game totaling 12 tackles for a loss and even notching 4 sacks. Peters played in SEC and goes right in line with the type of defensive tackle that Coach Smith desires. Peters could be last years Vance Walker. 

6th Round

Freddie Barnes – Wide Receiver – Bowling Green

The popular choice would be to add another offensive lineman, and that’s completely understandable. The fact still remains that the Falcons aerial arsenal looks to be one of the weakest positions in terms of depth. They tried going the right of undrafted free agents last year and not one of those receivers even made the practice squad. The two names that need repeating are Marty Booker and Robert Fegurson. Those two names were being bandied about around mid-August as legitimate receiver prospects for the Falcons. Booker even became the Birds number 3 receiver after Brian Finneran fell to another injury. Barnes broke the record for number of receptions in a year. One of the most sure handed receivers in the draft. Could be a fantastic addition as a #5 receiver being able to catch anything thrown his way. After seeing the drops of the past few years, the Birds can use another sure handed, tough receiver that has an inspired work ethic and will come in with a chip on his shoulder after being overlooked. 

So there it is Cagers. Fire away at will and find the holes in the Falcons Full Mock Madness 2.0. Work out your own Mock 2.0 and feel free to change some things from the first just to see what might give a better combination. And have fun with it! 

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Bangkapi Ajarn

March 25th, 2010
11:52 pm

And now it starts—

Bangkapi Ajarn

March 25th, 2010
11:53 pm

Before posting my mock, I would like to go over some of the things that shaped my decisions here. Last week, my first attempt (ever) was kina who “I” would choose based on my perception of our needs. On this second pass, I am trying to divine the process TD is using, what priorities he may be looking at “needs” wise, and who may be realistically available (more or less – LOTS of conflicting “expert” opinions out there), who he may have privately interviewed and then pick who He may choose based on who is available
I summarized TD’s articulated motivational directives as follows:
A)5 year plan (per D-Led, who I trust as one of the most reliable sources of TD insights)
B) 1st year offense overhaul, 2nd year Defensive overhaul, 3rd year ??? (from a 5 year plan, in context)
C) An expressed desire to build from the inside out
D) The use of ALL the toys in his toolbox, including free agency BOTH WAYS (signing a very few key position players in FA, getting Comp picks by letting older players get big contracts elsewhere), trades (preserving comp picks).
E) Taking an overall multi-year strategic approach to building the team, with tactical selections in the early part of the draft.
F) Choosing for character, motor, intensity, locker room fit, and representing the Falcons in public well (call it the Vick rule).
G) Needs based approach to the draft as opposed to highest rated.
H) Biggest problem this year, the area of immediate need (lowest rated relative to other teams), is Pass D. The CB situation is only one aspect. He is now comfortable with CB, and comfortable with DL. Didn’t mention a comfort level with the LB corps.
I) Jerry (DT) and Douglas (ST, WR) are still hurt and will be unable to participate in offseason activities or mini-camp. It is hoped (anticipated, etc.) they will be at full speed for training camp (but no guarantees – don’t count your chickens until they’re hatched). I take this as an indication that the draft needs to yield an insurance policy for these two positions, but not necessarily early. Extra motivation here – Babs has an undetermined suspension coming up this year, the length of which will not be known on draft day(s).
Having said that—

Bangkapi Ajarn

March 25th, 2010
11:54 pm

For the Ajarn 2.0 mock, we tune in the time machine and see—

1)“With the 18th pick, the Pittsburgh Steelers pick guard Mike Iupati, the Atlanta Falcons are on the clock”.
As anticipation builds, an electric rumbling murmur grows within the famed Radio City Music hall. Rumor has been building thru the day that the Falcons magical GM has a surprise up his sleeve for the 19th pick. Now, as the giant clock mounted in the rear of the hall edged past 10:45, the agonizing wait was almost over!
After a brief suspense filled pause, the lights suddenly dim in the room as the sharp sound of a train whistle cuts thru the tension that has building in the crowded auditorium. A spotlight suddenly cuts thru the murky shadows, casting a stark strobing finger at a —colorful red and black clad conga line dancing down the aisle towards the commissioner on the podium! Not just any conga line, but a magnificent collection of birdcage experts that would be the pride of any New Orleans Mardi Gras celebration.
At the head of the line is the now-famous precipitation prognosticating locomotive Seminole Warrior, followed closely by famed journalist D3, Coach Smitty, Uber owner Blank and the rest of the birdcage. The caboose in this magnificent mobile mob is none other than D-Led, with a huge personable smile on his face and a flashing neon sign on his back that proudly proclaims “Pouncy, Really? Consider yourselves PUNKED!”.
The commissioner watches, stunned into immobility, doing his best imitation of a deer staring into some headlights as the irresistible force known as the Falcon nation determinedly advances upon the podium. His best imitation is very good, indeed.
As they reach the podium, the noble Warrier proudly hands the commissioner the Falcons pick. He glances at the card, turns to the microphone and proclaims “The Spoon Express has pulled into the station! With the 19th pick the Atlanta Falcons select Sean Weatherspoon!”
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All aboard the Spoon Express!! He should be the stud OLB with the God Given skills we need to excel in the Falcons scheme. He is the highest rated player in the draft 2010 for this position/defensive scheme (4/3 olb). Replaces an aging stopgap OLB (Peterson) who can tutor him and ease his transition into the NFL, and will work well with Moore, Jerry, and Dunta to improve the area of greatest need from last year (pass D). If Spoon is gone, look for Graham first option or Mays second option.
3A) Matt Tennant – Boston College (HT: 6-4½ – WT: 300 – 40: 5.16)– I feel if he isn’t taken here he will surely be gone – maybe too late anyway, in which case go for Jerry and look at J.D. Walton – Baylor (HT: 6-2⅝ – WT: 300 – 40: 5.24) or possibly Ted Larsen in the 4th and go for AOA or Arenas at 3B
Positives: Versatile, will gets some looks at Guard as well… Solid athlete… Good length… Does a nice job in pass protection… Solid lateral mobility… Long arms… Mean streak, plays an aggressive style… Good quickness… Fires out of his stance… Possesses good feet and agility… Gets good hand placement… Controls defenders once he locks on… Good overall technique, reliable… Reasonably good strength at the POA… Plays with very solid power… Very solid anchor… Good wall-off blocker… Very solid run blocker… Plays with good leverage… Pulls well from Center… Gets out in front on running plays and seals off linebackers… Can get to the second level and does a very solid job blocking in space… Good physical toughness… Stays with his blocks, very good finisher, hard worker… Good football IQ… Good fit in ZBS.
3B) John Jerry – Mississippi (HT: 6-5⅜ – WT: 328 – 40: 5.15) – setting up the new OL to go into the future with MR. Ready for OL Free agency after the 2010, let the old guard go and get some more comp picks the next year .
Positives: NFL bloodlines… Very solid athlete… Versatile… Heady, good football IQ… Reasonably long arms… Good quickness, lateral movement and flexibility for his size… Does a solid job reacting to blitzes… Mauling run blocker, opens holes in the running game… Good playing strength and power, can consistently drive defenders off the ball… Good arm extension… Will control once he locks on… Can get to the second level and seal defenders from the action… Hard worker… Flashes a mean streak… NFL Right Guard who could get some looks at Right Tackle as well… Has some similarities to Dallas Cowboy Leonard Davis.
4) Akwasi Owusu-Ansah – Indiana (PA) (HT: 6-0¼” – WT: 207 – 40: 4.47) (assuming Javier Arenas is gone by this spot) – excellent special teams returner which should translate to the NFL better than CB skills. Being back on the depth chart will allow him the time to learn the position and possibly grow into a key role as a tall CB in red zone defenses. He has also played RB if (when?) Norwood goes on IR.
Positives: Strong player with good frame, has great size for a corner… Great kick returner, has added value on special teams and is very dangerous when the ball is in his hands… Reads and reacts well to the QB, back pedal and footwork is good… Very productive, put up eight interceptions in 2008 averaged 19 yards per interception return for his career… Good in zone coverage, really good at baiting quarterbacks and reacts extremely quick when the ball is in the air… Great ball skills, can go up and get the ball at its highest point, turns well and tracks the ball in the air, has great hands and will make a ton of big plays… Good speed… High upside who continues to improve each year.
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**(Pause at this point – My dream draft includes Tennant and Jerry because they are high midrange picks that have been targeted for private workouts by the Falcons, have the correct intangibles, will build the OL for years to come while allowing for some comp picks to come the Falcons way in 2012, and provides options coming into the 2011 season labor issues. I also want one of the big 3 special teams aces early because they can immediately help put an extra W or 2 on the board. McCluster is projected to be off the board by the end of the 2nd round, perhaps with one of NE’s 3 2nd round choices, and Javier Arenas sometime in the 3rd. Tennant and Jerry are both rated in the top 3 for their positions, with Tennant going sometime in the 3rd and Jerry in the 3-4th round range. If I want all three, then Tennant and Jerry must be my two 3rd round picks, and go for Arenas or AOA in the 4th. The difference between AOA and Arenas is not so great that I would be willing to give up Jerry or Tennant who would anchor the running game, protect the franchise QB for years to come, and help provide 2012 comp picks. Bottom line, I think TD has targeted both of them if they reach the Falcons and they likely won’t be around after the 3rd, so I will as well.
So my earlier round choices are OLB, ST returner/redzone CB, OC, and OG ). The payback of this approach is a first year defensive starter who immediately provides a missing puzzle piece in the pass D, a backup tall CB, an extra W or 2 from the special teams, and two immediate contributors that provide the future inner anchor of the OL that pays returns with two eventual comp picks if it plays out correctly.
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5A) Danario Alexander WR(possession/redzone/first down)- Missouri (HT: 6-4⅝ – WT: 215) – Gives 3 Missouri players, good chemistry and good College coaching.

Positives: Ideal size for the position, big target at nearly 6′5″, very good red zone weapon (a younger healthier Finneran)… Very productive senior season: 113 receptions, 1,781 yards, 14 TD, was one of the most productive college WRs this season… Makes things happen after the catch, had eight games with at least a 50-yard reception this past season… Defenders have a tough time bring him down, good at breaking tackles… Very good athlete, has a 46 inch vertical jump, and combined with his frame, will win any jump ball opportunity… Has good, reliable hands and can adjust to the ball in the air… Willing run blocker, has a good frame for blocking.

5B) Jeff Owens DT- Georgia (HT: 6-1 – WT: 304 – 40: 4.96) – depth and improved surge – may replace Jefferson after Babs returns from suspension, insurance if Jerry can’t stay healthy
Positives: Incredible strength, 44 reps of 225 lbs. was one shy of the combine record (has also bench pressed 535 pounds)… Stout at the point of attack, can fight through double-teams, gets good penetration at the line of scrimmage… Has good quickness to pressure the quarterback, ran a 4.96-40… Plays with appropriate pad level… Good tackling fundamentals and instincts… Hard hitter, especially when given space to gain momentum… Team leader, is very coachable, plays with a good motor… Experience, had started 25 straight games before injury in 2008… Nominated for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team (honors the outstanding contributions in the areas of volunteerism and civic involvement).
(And, I just like the idea of him and Walker together, UGA and GT holding down the middle of the D in relief of the first teamers ;-) .
Second choice – Earl Mitchell – Arizona (HT: 6-1¾ – WT: 315 – 40: 4.73
6A) Daniel Te’o-Nesheim – DE depth – ( based on D3’s excellent recommendation ;-) .
Positives: Experience, started 49 career games for Washington, two-time second team All-Pac 10… Productive, has a career 194 tackles, 47 for loss, all-time school leader with 30 sacks… Good technique as a pass rusher… Deep pass rush repertoire, shows adaquete bull, swim, rip and club moves… Active hands to effect passing lanes when he can’t reach the QB… High football IQ, recognizes screens as they develop, does a nice job reading quarterback’s eyes… Plays stronger than his size would indicate, good lateral movement to contain running plays… Does a good job fighting through blocks… Can be an explosive hitter to knock the ball loose even without space to gain momentum… Plays with appropriate pad level… Overachiever, relies on intensity to be effective… Playmaker, has that innate ability to change the game when he’s on the field, came up with big plays when they were needed most… Team captain, won several hustle awards through his career, Defensive MVP following the past two seasons.

6B) TE (TG’s apprentice)– First choice – Jeron Mastrud – Kansas State (HT: 6-5⅜ – WT: 256)

Positives: Ideal size… Does a very nice job blocking, good anchor on the edge, keeps hands and feet moving… Savvy route runner, sneaky receiver, is able to find soft spots in the zone… Shows some surprising agility in the open field, fights for extra yardage after the catch… Fairly well-rounded prospect with a good motor, plays hard every snap… Intelligent (Academic All-American), good character (nominated for award for volunteer work)… Experience, could be used as a tight end, fullback or H-Back.

Second choice – Colin Peek, Alabama
**My later round selections (5&6th) are for areas I think they have a chance to make the team, insurance for WR and DT that still haven’t recovered from injuries, players with good motors and character from what I can tell. = WR, TE on the offence, DE, DE on defense
Potential Free Agent WR (special teams returner as well) – Tarleton State wide receiver Devin Guinn – 2009 70 receptions for 1,019 yards (14.6 avg) and 8 touchdowns. He also returned 25 punts for 260 yards (10.4 avg) and a touchdown. Falcons are already in touch, only team that has contacted him so far.
Potential Free Agent Kicker – Matt Bosher,- 2009 ALL-ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): K-Matt Bosher, Miami (27), has been selected First Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference for the 2009 college football season as voted on by the 40 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. Bosher was selected All-ACC first team as a kicker and All-ACC second team as a punter. He connected on 14-of-16 field goals and now has made 12 in a row which is the second-best streak in school history in a career and in a single-season. He ranked third in the ACC in field goal percentage (87.5). He was a perfect 48-of-48 in PAT’s, which were the most in the ACC and ranks as the second-best mark in a single season. He has now made 88 consecutive extra-point attempts, which is the third-best streak in a career at Miami. In ACC action, he tied for the league-lead going 32-of-32 in PAT’s. Overall, he made 10-of-11 field goals of 30-plus yards. He earned All-ACC Specialist of the Week honors twice and was a Lou Groza Award Star of the Week. – Miami football

Draft Summary –
Defense (4): OLB (top ranked in this draft at position/defensive scheme of need)
CB – (selected primarily for ST returns, but height can provide redzone support against tall receivers)
DE (depth)
DT (depth)
Offence (4)– OC (replace retiring stud with top 3 C that works well with franchise QB)
OG – (top 3 G that has good intangibles)
WR – possession (with a second WR undrafted free agent)
TE – TG apprentice
Special Teams – Key returner to provide field position and an occasional score (including FG’s on 30 yard returns), Undrafted free agent Kicker.
Intangibles – This draft allows the flexibility for next year’s FA’s to leave and provide the Falcons some comp picks – so these draft picks can spawn MORE draft picks in two years. Also, substantial upgrade in ST and Pass D while maintaining Run D. Key reserves on both sides of the ball behind vets coming off injuries.

Bangkapi Ajarn

March 25th, 2010
11:59 pm

For the Ajarn 2.0 mock, we tune in the time machine and see—

1)“With the 18th pick, the Pittsburgh Steelers pick guard Mike Iupati, the Atlanta Falcons are on the clock”.
As anticipation builds, an electric rumbling murmur grows within the famed Radio City Music hall. Rumor has been building thru the day that the Falcons magical GM has a surprise up his sleeve for the 19th pick. Now, as the giant clock mounted in the rear of the hall edged past 10:45, the agonizing wait was almost over!
After a brief suspense filled pause, the lights suddenly dim in the room as the sharp sound of a train whistle cuts thru the tension that has building in the crowded auditorium. A spotlight suddenly cuts thru the murky shadows, casting a stark strobing finger at a —colorful red and black clad conga line dancing down the aisle towards the commissioner on the podium! Not just any conga line, but a magnificent collection of birdcage experts that would be the pride of any New Orleans Mardi Gras celebration.
At the head of the line is the now-famous precipitation prognosticating locomotive Seminole Warrior, followed closely by famed journalist D3, Coach Smitty, Uber owner Blank and the rest of the birdcage. The caboose in this magnificent mobile mob is none other than D-Led, with a huge personable smile on his face and a flashing neon sign on his back that proudly proclaims “Pouncy, Really? Consider yourselves PUNKED!”.
The commissioner watches, stunned into immobility, doing his best imitation of a deer staring into some headlights as the irresistible force known as the Falcon nation determinedly advances upon the podium. His best imitation is very good, indeed.
As they reach the podium, the noble Warrier proudly hands the commissioner the Falcons pick. He glances at the card, turns to the microphone and proclaims “The Spoon Express has pulled into the station! With the 19th pick the Atlanta Falcons select Sean Weatherspoon!”
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All aboard the Spoon Express!! He should be the stud OLB with the God Given skills we need to excel in the Falcons scheme. He is the highest rated player in the draft 2010 for this position/defensive scheme (4/3 olb). Replaces an aging stopgap OLB (Peterson) who can tutor him and ease his transition into the NFL, and will work well with Moore, Jerry, and Dunta to improve the area of greatest need from last year (pass D). If Spoon is gone, look for Graham first option or Mays second option.

Bangkapi Ajarn

March 26th, 2010
12:00 am

5A) Danario Alexander WR(possession/redzone/first down)- Missouri (HT: 6-4⅝ – WT: 215) – Gives 3 Missouri players, good chemistry and good College coaching.

Positives: Ideal size for the position, big target at nearly 6′5″, very good red zone weapon (a younger healthier Finneran)… Very productive senior season: 113 receptions, 1,781 yards, 14 TD, was one of the most productive college WRs this season… Makes things happen after the catch, had eight games with at least a 50-yard reception this past season… Defenders have a tough time bring him down, good at breaking tackles… Very good athlete, has a 46 inch vertical jump, and combined with his frame, will win any jump ball opportunity… Has good, reliable hands and can adjust to the ball in the air… Willing run blocker, has a good frame for blocking.

5B) Jeff Owens DT- Georgia (HT: 6-1 – WT: 304 – 40: 4.96) – depth and improved surge – may replace Jefferson after Babs returns from suspension, insurance if Jerry can’t stay healthy
Positives: Incredible strength, 44 reps of 225 lbs. was one shy of the combine record (has also bench pressed 535 pounds)… Stout at the point of attack, can fight through double-teams, gets good penetration at the line of scrimmage… Has good quickness to pressure the quarterback, ran a 4.96-40… Plays with appropriate pad level… Good tackling fundamentals and instincts… Hard hitter, especially when given space to gain momentum… Team leader, is very coachable, plays with a good motor… Experience, had started 25 straight games before injury in 2008… Nominated for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team (honors the outstanding contributions in the areas of volunteerism and civic involvement).
(And, I just like the idea of him and Walker together, UGA and GT holding down the middle of the D in relief of the first teamers ;-) .
Second choice – Earl Mitchell – Arizona (HT: 6-1¾ – WT: 315 – 40: 4.73
6A) Daniel Te’o-Nesheim – DE depth – ( based on D3’s excellent recommendation ;-) .
Positives: Experience, started 49 career games for Washington, two-time second team All-Pac 10… Productive, has a career 194 tackles, 47 for loss, all-time school leader with 30 sacks… Good technique as a pass rusher… Deep pass rush repertoire, shows adaquete bull, swim, rip and club moves… Active hands to effect passing lanes when he can’t reach the QB… High football IQ, recognizes screens as they develop, does a nice job reading quarterback’s eyes… Plays stronger than his size would indicate, good lateral movement to contain running plays… Does a good job fighting through blocks… Can be an explosive hitter to knock the ball loose even without space to gain momentum… Plays with appropriate pad level… Overachiever, relies on intensity to be effective… Playmaker, has that innate ability to change the game when he’s on the field, came up with big plays when they were needed most… Team captain, won several hustle awards through his career, Defensive MVP following the past two seasons.

6B) TE (TG’s apprentice)– First choice – Jeron Mastrud – Kansas State (HT: 6-5⅜ – WT: 256)

Positives: Ideal size… Does a very nice job blocking, good anchor on the edge, keeps hands and feet moving… Savvy route runner, sneaky receiver, is able to find soft spots in the zone… Shows some surprising agility in the open field, fights for extra yardage after the catch… Fairly well-rounded prospect with a good motor, plays hard every snap… Intelligent (Academic All-American), good character (nominated for award for volunteer work)… Experience, could be used as a tight end, fullback or H-Back.

Second choice – Colin Peek, Alabama
**My later round selections (5&6th) are for areas I think they have a chance to make the team, insurance for WR and DT that still haven’t recovered from injuries, players with good motors and character from what I can tell. = WR, TE on the offence, DE, DE on defense
Potential Free Agent WR (special teams returner as well) – Tarleton State wide receiver Devin Guinn – 2009 70 receptions for 1,019 yards (14.6 avg) and 8 touchdowns. He also returned 25 punts for 260 yards (10.4 avg) and a touchdown. Falcons are already in touch, only team that has contacted him so far.
Potential Free Agent Kicker – Matt Bosher,- 2009 ALL-ATLANTIC COAST CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (MEDIA): K-Matt Bosher, Miami (27), has been selected First Team All-Atlantic Coast Conference for the 2009 college football season as voted on by the 40 members of the Atlantic Coast Sports Media Association. Bosher was selected All-ACC first team as a kicker and All-ACC second team as a punter. He connected on 14-of-16 field goals and now has made 12 in a row which is the second-best streak in school history in a career and in a single-season. He ranked third in the ACC in field goal percentage (87.5). He was a perfect 48-of-48 in PAT’s, which were the most in the ACC and ranks as the second-best mark in a single season. He has now made 88 consecutive extra-point attempts, which is the third-best streak in a career at Miami. In ACC action, he tied for the league-lead going 32-of-32 in PAT’s. Overall, he made 10-of-11 field goals of 30-plus yards. He earned All-ACC Specialist of the Week honors twice and was a Lou Groza Award Star of the Week. – Miami football

Bangkapi Ajarn

March 26th, 2010
12:01 am

Ajarn’s Draft Summary –
Defense (4): OLB (top ranked in this draft at position/defensive scheme of need)
CB – (selected primarily for ST returns, but height can provide redzone support against tall receivers)
DE (depth)
DT (depth)
Offence (4)– OC (replace retiring stud with top 3 C that works well with franchise QB)
OG – (top 3 G that has good intangibles)
WR – possession (with a second WR undrafted free agent)
TE – TG apprentice
Special Teams – Key returner to provide field position and an occasional score (including FG’s on 30 yard returns), Undrafted free agent Kicker.
Intangibles – This draft allows the flexibility for next year’s FA’s to leave and provide the Falcons some comp picks – so these draft picks can spawn MORE draft picks in two years. Also, substantial upgrade in ST and Pass D while maintaining Run D. Key reserves on both sides of the ball behind vets coming off injuries.

Bangkapi Ajarn

March 26th, 2010
12:04 am

SORRY for the dup, seems the first post (and an intermediate) were delayed somehow, and posted AFTER the shorter ones. D3, can you clean the dups? Thanks

Bangkapi Ajarn

March 26th, 2010
12:11 am

Didn’t realize that would take so many column inches, sorry, don’t mean to hog the blog. Just got to writing the past few days, and wanted to rationalize the WHY’S.

D3, agree on AOA (VERY STRONGLY on board on the need for special teams upgrade and AOA’s running skills)but from what I have seen he can be had in the 4th. Regards the OL, seeing the interest the Falcons expressed (apparently) in Tennant and Jerry I have to think they are in the orefront of TD’s thinking. Also, building now lets him allow Tyson Clabo, Harvey Dahl, Justin Blalock, or Quinn Ojinnaka to sign elsewhere and bring him comp picks (building thru the draft).

It’s all good.

Big Ray

March 26th, 2010
12:18 am

Geez that was a huge mock, BA . Nice one, though. :)

D3 ,

Believe it or not, I think DE is NOT off the radar for the Falcons if the right player is available at the right time. I’m not just talking about the 3rd and later rounds, I’m also talking about the first round. A good ball player is a good ball player. Guys like Graham and Spoon are very productive, and that simply exudes urgency, which is the buzz word with TD and MS.

At the same time, taking any defensive player in the first round means that the value of said player and his position are higher than they are elsewhere. That is the explanation for the possibility of getting an OL in the first round as well, however.

I’d rather go defense, but I don’t know what’s best. As heavy as the Spoon wagon is, don’t be surprised if Graham gets the nod, if both are available.

Dawson Devitt (D3)

March 26th, 2010
12:18 am

Bangkapi – All good. Just excited as you are about the draft. I’m basically going by NFLDraftScout’s rankings, because they seem to be the most complete. They have AOA as a 3rd rounder. I really only took a CB that early because of his Spec Teams work. I know this one will anger many OL loyalists, but good points have been made about injuries to the OL many times. And I firmly believe that more playmakers in the pass game and MUCH better playcalling by Mulakery can help our O-Line out a lot. I guess my point is: is the Saints OL really that much better than ours? Payton did an amazing job calling plays and Brees gets rid of the football b/c of all his awesome aerial targets. I can surely see us switching many things around, and right now, I would still have to go with my first mock over my new one, but I’m just trying to find the best combo. Have a great night and can’t wait for the excellent debates that will ensue.

Sporkdevil

March 26th, 2010
12:24 am

Yo, WTF B.A.? Give the rest of us a little room.

This would be a damn near perfect draft, but I fully don’t expect Akwasi Owusu-Ansah to be there in the 3rd. I think there will still be a few good corners in the 3rd, just not this dude.

I’d much rather take OLB instead of Decker, just because of the level of talent that should be there in the 3rd.

Really like the draft though. Very balanced, as well as taking players I think Falcons have shown interest in. Thumbs up.

D3

March 26th, 2010
12:25 am

Big Ray – Great points as usual. If we take an OL in the first I have no problem with it, but do we really want to take a G or C @ #19? I suppose what I’m saying is that is there really that much difference between a guy like OG John Jerry and OG Mike Iupati? I know many argue yes, but Iupati did not have a good senior bowl. Honestly, I’d rather just try moving Dahl to LG, Clabo inside to RG, and adding big Garrett Reynolds to RT, and benching Blalock because he is our weakest link. I won’t be disappointed with anything we do in th first round, but if Spoon, Graham, Kindle, and Mays(OLB) are gone, I think we should trade down, which is looking like a big possibility lately.

Big Ray

March 26th, 2010
12:25 am

Via Charles Davis of NFL.com :

19. Atlanta Falcons
Brandon Graham, DE/OLB, Michigan
Momentum continues to build for this pass rusher who many believe can stand up and play outside linebacker like his Wolverines predecessor, LaMarr Woodley. The Falcons are dying for a pass rusher, and this guy was not often blocked in the Big Ten, or during Senior Bowl week.

I’m telling you…don’t be surprised if the Spoon Express turns into the Graham Motorway….and it’s all because he can probably play standing up…

Big Ray

March 26th, 2010
12:27 am

D3 ,

I tend to share your sentiments about the OL. Maybe I’m just being stubborn, wouldn’t be the first time. I don’t think Kindle will be available, but the possibility of Spoon and Graham both being on the board is quite strong, I believe.

Bangkapi Ajarn

March 26th, 2010
12:27 am

If AOA is really slotted that high by that teams, I can’t be unhappy about taking him mid 3rd, ST is the biggest opportunity to immediately add a couple W’s next year to reach that next plateau in the Falcons development. I even tossed the Miami K in there as a undrafted camp invitee for the same reason, seems to have a strong leg. And, the super productive WR/St dude the falcons contacted from Tarleton state.

The next priority would be OL though I am thinking, to allow TD the option of some extra comp picks two years hence (strategy). Lots of mid round WR’s this year.

It’s all good, the more ideas the better!!

Big Ray

March 26th, 2010
12:28 am

The idea that Spoon can play both inside and out is what might get him taken before we pick, though. That, and he’s not the rusher that Graham is. We’ll see…

Bangkapi Ajarn

March 26th, 2010
12:30 am

Big Ray, thanks! Just started writing, looking at what TD would do, and it grew.

Sporkdevil, sorry about that, it was delayed somehow so I thought it exceeded a character limit and had been flushed. My bad.

Time for bed.

Big Ray

March 26th, 2010
12:31 am

Meanwhile, this won’t go away. It’s making me nervous:

31. Indianapolis Colts
Maurkice Pouncey, C, Florida
I’ve been warned … this may be too low for the versatile center/guard from Florida. But, if he lasts to this pick, expect the Colts to snatch him up. He can immediately start at guard and be groomed for the day when current Colts center Jeff Saturday decides to retire.

ATLJBO

March 26th, 2010
12:59 am

Good Mock D3

Ed

March 26th, 2010
1:42 am

Bringing it as always D3, you are the man. Can totally agree with Graham being the first pick depending on who’s still on the board (Weatherspoon not included). But going CB in the 3rd round would have to mean there are no WR, OL, or OLB worth taking. Would much prefer a Jordan Shipley for example. Who’s the most important player on the team? Of course Ryan, & we need to help him out with a potential playmaker. WR is really lacking when you have Jenkins as your number two, and your slot receiver coming off a major injury. We have already gone defense with Robinson, then projecting the #19 as a defensive guy, we need another integral piece on offense don’t you think?

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D. Orlando Ledbetter

March 26th, 2010
3:19 am

Peek in the fifth. Too Slow. Falcons have him already. His name is Keith Zinger. (Brandon Lang in the fifth????) Zinger is a much better blocker.

Big Ray

March 26th, 2010
4:53 am

Definitely have to pick up a receiver. No sense in giving Matt Ryan better protection if the guys he’s getting the ball to still aren’t making the catches or play after the catch.

tony

March 26th, 2010
5:05 am

Here’s where the falcons rank in the league.

On offense:

Rank 14th passing
Rank 15th rushing
Rank 13th scoring
Rank 12th touchdowns
Rank 16th total yards

On defense:

Rank 10th rushing
Rank 28th passing
Rank 14th scoring
Rank 17th touchdowns
Rank 21st total yards

Based on our ranking in the league our #1 biggest need has to be either a DE, CB or S because we were rank 28th against the pass. We signed D.Robinson and lets hope P.Jerry and W.Moore have a injury-free season free. I’m taking Graham-DE if he fall to 19th.

Our #2 biggest need has to be OLB because our defense were rank 21st in total yards and 17th in allowing touchdowns. I’m taking Rennie Curran if he’s still there in the 3rd round.

Our #3 biggest need has to be C. Our offense was rank 15th rushing and 14th passing. A healthy Turner will help but an old McClure won’t help the cause so I’m taking J.D Walton if he’s still there in the 3rd round.

My Mock Draft

1) Graham-DE or Spoon

3) Rennie Curran-OLB or Arthur Moata

3) J.D.Watson-C

4) Geno Akins-DT or Jeff Owens

5) Charles Scott-RB

5) Andre Roberts-WR

6) Selvish Capers-OT

6) Trevard Lindley-CB

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The Real Falcon

March 26th, 2010
6:54 am

We have a safeies, 1 coming back from injury and another in Decoud. OLB is a need after DE. It’s all about the D, baby!

JJ

March 26th, 2010
7:43 am

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Bill

March 26th, 2010
7:46 am

The Falcons normally are true to thier board:

If I had the chance I would trade down (2 lowest 2nd round picks from Pats or a team that just has to have Tim Tebow), if not here how I would go:

First Round—Pick # 19– Pouncey C from Florida.
He is highly rated and the Falcons now have a quality center for the next ten years.

Third Round–Pick # 84, James Worilds OLB/DE, V-Tech
He is 6′1″, 250 lbs, runs a 4.65 forty. Had a very good career at V-Tech, is rated as one of the top 10 LB’s in the draft, he also was a good pass rusher at V-Tech.

Third Round (Compensatory Pick)–Pick # 98–Ansah CB from Indiana (Pa)
He is tall (over 6 foot), very good speed (4.4.on Forty), will need a year or two to learn proper techniques etc. He will be a very able to contribute immediately as a very good special teams player.

Fourth Round—Dakota Watson OLB Florida State
He has good size, (6′1″), good speed, but is a little small at 230lbs. Could be a good OLB pass rusher. Another player that will be a very good special teams player while he learns the Falcons system.

Fifth Round–Pick # 133–I would take Tony Moeaki TE from Iowa.
He has decent size 6′ 3″, 245, runs a 4.69 forty. A very hard worker who is a decent blocker and should be the replacement forny when he decides to retire.

Fifth Round–Compensitory Pick # 165–Linya Joseph DT from East Carolina
A big run stuffer 6′ 5″ 328, a hard worker who got better every year at EC.

Sixth Round–Pick # 160–Brandon Carter OG Texas Tech
A huge OG at 6′ 6″, 326, has some questions about motivation but at # 160 I would take the chance, our coaches are very inspirational.

Sixth Round–Pick # 190–Joe Webb WR from UAB
Good size and speed (6′3, 225, runs a 4.46 forty), will need some work but we drafted another WR from UAB and he is doing OK !!!

The Falcons would have drafted on defense a OLB/DE, OLB, DB, DT, on offense C, OG, TE and WR

Comments welcomed !!!!!!!!

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JJ

March 26th, 2010
7:49 am

D3, great post. I’ll post mine this evening.

BA, absolutely loved it, not all the picks but the presentation!!! One of the best ever not named D3. Cannot wait for SW to read it. He’s going to fall out of his chair from laughter. Coop and f21 will love the OL picks but probably not high enough for them. Not bad at all for a rook in the cage, keep it up!

GRITZBLITZ1

March 26th, 2010
8:58 am

Great work Dawson. Inteligent, well thought out. I have no problem seeing this exact scenario play out, especially getting guys like Black and Peek in late picks. Thanks.

D. Orlando Ledbetter

March 26th, 2010
9:17 am

D3: Awesome stuff. Really likethe A.O.A. pick in the third. Sorry about the late night Peek comment. Just don’t see it.

Bangkapi Ajarn

March 26th, 2010
10:46 am

JJ, thanks! I had kinna finished where I thought TD would choose what/when (not necessarily MY wish list) when SW posted about his crappy, long day of inspections. I thought this would perk up his day, seems like a nice guy.

I also tossed in one about D-Led and his neon sign, not sure if he will respond though.

Bangkapi Ajarn

March 26th, 2010
10:49 am

I am liking that more and more folks are putting Special teams as a high priority in their mock! AOA seems to be falling into the slot as the best special teams returner/backup value available out there for the Falcons slots.

FDB

March 26th, 2010
11:09 am

I like the Dekoda Watson pick

Coop

March 26th, 2010
12:09 pm

Greetings Cage! finally back from NY. Thanks for keeping the snow off SW.

I’ll submit my mock 2.0 later today, but wanted to pop in and say hi. Good mocks and convos and looks like we’ve picked up a few new talents to the Cage. Welcome!

Mister E

March 26th, 2010
12:45 pm

I hope I am worthy…

1st Sean Weatherspoon – OLB, or Brandon Graham – DE
3rd Anthony Dixon – RB, or Dexter McCluster – RB
3rd Matt Tennant – C
4th John Jerry – OG
5th Zane Beadles – OT, or Derek Hardman – OT
5th Rennie Curran – ILB, or Greg Hardy – DE
6th Trindon Holliday – WR/PR, or Prince Miller – CB
6th Danario Alexander – WR, or Dustin Keys – K

Coop

March 26th, 2010
1:17 pm

OK Cage, her is my next shot at the mock. As most of you know, I’m big on VALUE picks. Unfortunately, I have to rely on others to evaluate the talent since I’m not qualified, but using NFL DraftScout.com, I derived this mock. I tried to cover all our needs and add depth while chosing VALUE. So I list the round, the overall pick number, the player, position, then what Draftscouts has them in OVERALL rank. So instead of tkaing Spoon (ranked 24 overall) at 19, I pick Iupati (17 overall). Plus, I think NYG will reach on Spoon. This let’s a guy like Iupati fall to us. If Trent Williams (10th overall) falls to us, grab him. But, I think he’s gone. So here you go:

1. (19) Mike Iupati – OG (17)
3. (81) Lamarr Houston – DT (65)
3. (98) John Jerry – OT (83)
4. (117) Dekoda Watson – OLB (115)
5. (149) AJ Jefferson – CB (135)
5. (165) Eric Olsen – OC (154)
6. (171) David Getts – WR (162)
6. (189) Marcus Easley – WR (181)

Unca' Bob

March 26th, 2010
2:00 pm

Coop,

I can’t get next to M Iupati.

“Geno Atkins was unblockable in the Senior Bowl. He constantly put pressure on the opposing quarterbacks, senselessly beating Mike Iupati on numerous occasions.”

D3

March 26th, 2010
2:10 pm

Sporkdevil – Good point on OLB. Ultimately, I think OLB is our greatest need and if we can’t go Spoon, Kindle, or Taylor Mays @ OLB, than I say we trade down, but this assuming we stay at #19. About halfway through, I thought about going Navorro Bowman in the 3rd round, which will be my next mock. I could totally see taking OLB before WR or CB to be honest. Watson just has so much upside that its hard to pass on him.

Coop

March 26th, 2010
2:12 pm

UB – Not my favorite pick either, but one that will be available and according to my approach this time represents value. I am starting to think a guy like Trent Williams or Dan Williams is going to fall to us. Either of those two would be my pick at 19 and I’d look at Ciron Black in the 5th for OG.

Coop

March 26th, 2010
2:16 pm

D3 – I really think the 3rd is where we take out OLB IF we don’t trade back to the 2nd. The more I look, the more Watson looks like a great WLB. Faster and more agile (in terms of drills) than almost any other. Knock I keep hearing on Spoon is his ability to drop into coverage. Seems like Watson would be better sutied for that aspect.

Coop

March 26th, 2010
2:24 pm

UB – How about this instead:

1. (19) Dan Williams – DT (16)
3. (81) Matt Tennant – OC (68)
3. (98) John Jerry – OT (83)
4. (117) Dekoda Watson – OLB (115)
5. (149) AJ Jefferson – CB (135)
5. (165) Ciron Black – OG (166)
6. (171) David Getts – WR (162)
6. (189) Marcus Easley – WR (181)

D3

March 26th, 2010
2:27 pm

Coop – Love the mock, but you gotta give me a WR before the 6th round. I’ll concede to you that we need more OL if you concede that we gotta have at least 1 playmaking WR before the 5th round. Much rather have Dan Williams than Iupati or Pouncey.

D3

March 26th, 2010
2:29 pm

DOL – It’s all good brother. I went back and forth many, many times on when to take a TE. I could have easily swapped the 3rd round CB for a 3rd round TE like Dennis Pitta or Jimmy Graham. Really the only reason I took AOA is due to his special teams power.

D3

March 26th, 2010
2:31 pm

Mister E – Really like the Mock. Like the Curran pick and Zane Beadles pick, but not sure we’ll take an RB with our 3-headed monster of Turner/Norwood/Snelling. Although McCluster can play WR. You are definitely worthy.

Unca' Bob

March 26th, 2010
2:35 pm

Coop,

How did I know a DT would be thrown in there(lol). You have some of the same names I have.

Mister E

March 26th, 2010
2:36 pm

I think it is interesting that most everyone did not pick a running back higher in the draft. Granted our number one pick needs to go to a definite need (pass rushing DE or OLB, or even O-lineman), but many are choosing wide receivers for their offensive playmaker picks. I am sure everyone remembers what a wonderful job that Snelling did last year, but do you remember WHY? Because our running backs were stacked up like firewood on the PUP pile. Just look at some of the teams last year that “discovered” they had a diamond as a backup running back. Shonn Greene comes to mind as well as LeSean McCoy and even Chris Johnson and Matt Forte the year before. If we can get a solid, injury free all-around back like Anthony Dixon, or a blazing scat back who catches passes, a la McCluster or Holliday, we would have depth and another headache for DCs around the league. And if they didn’t pan out right away, running backs make the best special teamers.

CBrass

March 26th, 2010
2:37 pm

D3,

As always great job. Unlike DOL I love the Peek pick. When/If I get more energy I’ll try to get my mock in.

From the Falcons facebook page.

Come meet Falcons Kroy Biermann and Michael Peterson tomorrow at the Atlanta International Auto Show. Players will be signing autographs at the Ford display. Biermann will be signing form 12 – 1 and Peterson from 1-2 pm.

Mister E

March 26th, 2010
2:42 pm

And thank you D3. You will always be the Christopher Columbus of this blog.