2nd Annual Bird Cage Mock Draft Competition

The Grand Finale………….

 

Finally, finally, finally….the wait is almost over! The Big Day is almost upon us. The hundreds of scenarios have been played out over and over and the anticipation on the big finish is oh so close. The 2010 NFL Draft will bring in a ton of excellent players (hopefully), but it also issues in the start of the 2nd Annual Bird Cage Mock Draft Competition! Get ready to lock and load those picks in for good as we roll towards a ton of fun in mocking the picks.

Not only will the winner get major bragging rights, but there also is a fun prize involved for the Mock Draft Champion. There might even be a small prize for 2nd and 3rd place finishers as well. Here’s the details on submitting, scoring, and all the rest:

The Mock Draft Competition will operate in two parts: 1)Mocking the entire first round of all 32 teams and which players the team will pick, just like Mel Kiper and Todd McShay. 2)The second part will be offering up your Falcons Full Mock including all the picks that the Birds look to make throughout the entire draft. Some may ask why do both, and the answer is simply……because the first round will affect your Falcons draft, give you something to check throughout the entire draft, and just that its more Football, Falcons, and Fun.

Scoring

This may come across as quantum physics at first glance, but it’s really not to bad once you get the hang of it. The 1st round of the NFL Mock Draft (all 32 teams) will feature scores for “direct hits” and “trade picks.”

NFL First Round Mock Draft Scoring (Part 1)

1. “Direct Hits” will receive 2 points. A direct hit consists of accurately picking the correct player at the given position on the board. For example, say Jim predicts that the St. Louis Rams will select QB Sam Bradford with their 1st overall pick and that actually happens, it will be awarded 2 points.

2. “Trade Picks” will receive 1 point. This is a scenario where a prediction has a team taking the correct player, but not in the accurate position of the draft. For example, say Bill has the Falcons taking OLB Sean Weatherspoon at their #19 pick, but the Falcons actually trade up to #15 to take Weatherspoon, then Bill would score 1 point. (Highly unlikely scenario, but it did happen a few times in the 1st Competition).

Falcons Full Mock (Part 2)

1. “Direct Hits” will be the same and will net the same score.

2. “Trade Picks” will also be scored the same (even though its very unlikely someone could get this one)

3. Fans will also get 1 point for a “Position Pick” which means if they predict what football position they select at a certain draft pick, but not the exact player, they will receive a point. For example, say Ted has the Falcons taking Center Matt Tennant in the 3rd round, but the Falcons actually select a different Center JD Walton, they would get a point for guessing that the Falcons would take a Center at that spot even though it wasn’t the right one player.

Total points from Part 1 (Entire NFL 1st Round Mock Draft) and Part 2 (Falcons Full Mock) will be added together to determine Champion.

Confused? If so please feel free to post any questions in the blog or email me anytime at dawsondevitt@gmail.com

Submitting

Submissions for both mock drafts will be taken and saved to an MS Excel or MS Word with the date and time of your submission. Mock Drafts can be changed or altered at anytime before the final deadline, which is Wednesday, April 21st at 11:59 pm.

Tools

Here’s some tools that will help you become Mock Draft Champion:

Websites

DraftCountdown

DraftCountdown Trade Value Chart

NFLDraftScout

WalterFootball

FootballsFuture

ProFootballFocus

The Bird Cage Falcons Full Mock Madness  1.0    2.0    3.0    4.0

DOL’s 1st Round Mocks 1.0    2.0    3.0    4.0    5.0    6.0    7.0

2010 NFL 1st Round Draft Order

1 St. Louis Rams

2 Detroit Lions

3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers

4 Washington Redskins

5 Kansas City Chiefs

6 Seattle Seahawks

7 Cleveland Browns

8 Oakland Raiders

9 Buffalo Bills

10 Jacksonville Jaguars

11 Denver Broncos

12 Miami Dolphins

13 San Francisco 49ers

14 Seattle Seahawks

15 New York Giants

16 Tennessee Titans

17 San Francisco 49ers

18 Pittsburgh Steelers

19 Atlanta Falcons

20 Houston Texans

21 Cincinnati Bengals

22 New England Patriots

23 Green Bay Packers

24 Philadelphia Eagles

25 Baltimore Ravens

26 Arizona Cardinals

27 Dallas Cowboys

28 San Diego Chargers

29 New York Jets

30 Minnesota Vikings

31 Indianapolis Colts

32 New Orleans Saints

Atlanta Falcons Draft Picks

1st Round – #19

3rd Round – #83

3rd Round – #98

4th Round – #117

5th Round – #149

5th Round – #165

6th Round – #171

6th Round – #189

Unofficial Reported Atlanta Falcons Workouts (courtesy of Bangkapi Ajarn)

1) Linebackers

Rolando McClain, Daryl Washington, Jerry Hughes, Sean Weatherspoon, Eric Norwood, Darryl Sharpton, Vuna Tuihalamaka, Jamar Chaney, Sterling Lewis

2) Center

Erik Cook, Matt Tennant, Ted Larsen, Joe Hawley, J.D. Walton

3) Wide Receiver

Damian Williams, Ryan Wolfe, Jordan Shipley, Riley Cooper, Armanti Edwards, Emmanuel Sanders, Jacoby Ford

4) Defensive Tackle

Brian Price, Arthur Jones, Jared Odrick, Cory Peters, Tyson Alualu, Torrell Troup

5) DE

Everson Griffen DE, Brandon Graham DE, Brandon Lang DE **, Roderick Battle DE **

6) Cornerback

Traye Simmons CB **, Perrish Cox CB, Javier Arenas CB

7) Tight End

Dorin Dickerson, Michael Hoomanawanui, Michael Palmer **

Other Positions

Jeromy Miles S, Mike Iupati G, Chris Campbell OT, Chris Scott OT **, Dace Richardson OT/OG, Rashawn Jackson FB

** Part of Local players visit on April 12, does not count as one of the 30 “official” visits

Final Falcons Full Mock Madness

1st Round – #19

Sean Weatherspoon – Outside Linebacker – Missouri

After going back and forth and forth and back, decided to come back where it started with Sean Weatherspoon. So many scenarios and so many possibilities ranging from taking a defensive tackle, a center, a defensive end, and even a wide receiver, but the decision came back not over think it too much. The Falcons were one of the worst in the NFL in getting off the field on third down. Spoon has had two private workouts, he adds instant athleticism, tenacity, and a great work ethic that will immediately upgrade the linebacking corps. The Falcons passed on going outside linebacker last year and the player that went two picks later (Clay Matthews III) had 10 sacks and made the Pro Bowl as a rookie. Weatherspoon is a superb tackler, is a fierce competitor, and adds the much needed playmaker skill set to the LB corps. The only other team that may snag Weatherspoon is the New York Giants, but he seems a perfect fit at weakside linebacker, rather than a middle linebacker in NY. Welcome to the ATL Mr. Weatherspoon!

3rd Round – #83

Riley Cooper – Wide Receiver – Florida

Once considered one of the biggest strengths on the team, the wide receiving corps took a major step back last year with the injuries to Harry Douglas and Brian Finneran, average-to-subpar performance of Michael Jenkins, and inexperienced work of Eric Weems. The Falcons look to most assuredly take a wide receiver, just a matter of when. Riley Cooper can add height, strength, speed, and athleticism that the Falcons are looking for in a wideout. Cooper was extremely productive in his final two seasons after waiting behind Percy Harvin and Louis Murphy. Cooper has excellent hands and runs superb routes. Also had a private workout with the Falcons.

3rd Round – #98

Matt Tennant – Center – Boston College

Its almost a certainty that the Falcons will take a center with all the ones they’ve worked out and having the ability to groom Todd McClure’s future replacement. Tennant is a superior team leader and is one of the most athletic lineman in the draft with the potential to pack on more weight to his frame. One of more cerebral lineman that is known for his nasty streak. Will need to develop and improve his run blocking prowess, but already is an extremely good pass blocker. The fact that he was Matt Ryan’s center during his record breaking senior year can’t be denied. Not a consensus, but generally regarded as the next best center after Maurkice Pouncey. Extremely quick, versatile, and has all the intangibles. Also had a private workout with the Falcons.

4th Round – #117

Daniel Te’o- Nesheim – Defensive End – Washington

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. 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. Although the Falcons would signal they are comfortable with the current set of defensive ends, John Abraham has been somewhat injury prone and his contract will run out after the 2011 season. Te’o-Nesheim has been shooting up draft boards for good reason and will be a gem for someone. No private workout, but the Falcons reportedly had representatives at his pro day.

5th Round – #149

Jeff Owens – Defensive Tackle – Georgia

Owens likely won’t be around when the Falcons draft at this point, but a sub-par senior season may allow him to drop. This would be amazing news for the Falcons. Owens has a huge upside and looks to probably be a better pro player than he was in college, thanks to one certain defensive coordinator he played under. Owens didn’t have a fantastic senior season (4 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks) in a very forgettable defensive season for the University of Georgia. Jeff Owens probably was limited to returning from a season ending ACL injury. The UGA D-Tackle may have helped his stock significantly with a 4.97 forty time and ripping off 44 bench reps of 225 lbs. Although the defensive tackle position is one of the deeper ones on the roster, Peria Jerry’s injury history and Jonathan Babineaux’s legal issues would make this a fantastic choice. Throw in the fact that Owens size is the perfect fit for Smith and Van Gorder’s system and you have the makings for magnificent selection. Also, how awesome would it be to have a Georgia Tech guy(Vance Walker) and Georgia guy (Jeff Owens) manning the interior line? Not listed as working out at Local Pro Day, but hard to believe the Falcons wouldn’t bring him.

5th Round – #165

Marshall Newhouse – Offensive Tackle/Guard – TCU

The vulnerability of the offensive line after the 2010 season would make the selection of at least two offensive lineman a really good idea. Newhouse offers great versatility after playing most of his entire career at left tackle, but projects inside to guard where his strength and size can be used more effectively in the pros. Lined up at every offensive line position and did extremely well during the week of the East-West Shriners Game. Very quick, strong, and agile for a big offensive lineman. Durable after starting every game but one over three years as a starter. Helped lead TCU to a top 5 finish in scoring offense, total offense, and rushing offense. Newhouse could pair with Tennant, Sam Baker, and Garrett Reynolds to provide for some serious depth and talent for years to come. Could learn for a year and possibly be ready to take over a starting role at some point. Has great size at 6’4, 326 and moves tremendously well for his size.

6th Round – #171

AJ Jefferson – Cornerback – Fresno State

Jefferson would add the much needed size to the cornerback corps, sitting at 6’0, 193 lbs. He also possesses very good speed (4.42 forty) and quickness. Extremely good in zone coverage and has good recovery speed. Even though he needs some development in man-to-man, Jefferson can use his size and strength to give a solid press on opposing receivers. Can come and compete for a 5th CB position and develop rather slowly as opposed to having to come in and immediately produce. The Fresno State CB also adds a much needed boost to special teams as a kickoff and punt returner. The Falcons only worked out three cornerbacks and one was one for Locals Day. The Falcons will likely take a cornerback at some point and the pick they gained for shipping Chris Houston might be a good slot, considering he will be low on the depth chart under Dunta Robinson, Chris Owens, Brian Williams, Brent Grimes, and Chevis Jackson.

6th Round – #189

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. Peek can be a great value here since he doesn’t have eye-popping measurables or speed, but could flourish in the right system. The Falcons decide to wait since they’re obviously happy with Gonzalez in first, Peele as an excellent #2 TE option, and Keith Zinger has made long strides since being drafted in the 7th round.

So there it Bird Cage, the Final Mock is in the books (Entire NFL 1st Round Mock Coming Soon) and now it’s……

YOUR TURN

Take your time and feel free to make any needed changes before the final submission date of Wednesday, April 21st at 11:59 pm. Discuss, analyze, and examine what you think the First Round will look like and what the Falcons will do. Both Mocks don’t have to be included together.

Seek Greatness and Become the 2nd Annual Bird Cage Mock CHAMPION!!!

Coming Monday: A Panel of Falcons Experts give their picks

Coming Wednesday: NFL Draft Eve

DOL is steady on the Pouncey Train with his latest Mock……….

 

 

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Marcus

April 16th, 2010
2:06 am

could it be?

Marcus

April 16th, 2010
2:13 am

1st Round – #19 – OLB S. Weatherspoon – mizzou

3rd Round – #83 – DE B. Lang – Troy

3rd Round – #98 – C Matt Tennant – BC

4th Round – #117 – WR Eric Decker – Minnesota

5th Round – #149 – OL

5th Round – #165 – LB – Micah Johnson – Kentucky

6th Round – #171 DB – Trevard Lindley – Kentucky

6th Round – #189 TE – Nate Byham – Pitt

Ed

April 16th, 2010
2:46 am

Tremendous work as always D3. Wonder how many times you will change your mind before Wednesday night even though you have already posted your mock. As you said, there are so many senarios and all it takes is for one team to make an unexpected choice to change everything. If the Falcons go any other position than OLB in the first, your whole perspective for the following picks is thrown off. If the Jaguars or Broncos take McClain, the Giants then are far more likely to look at Spoon. Of course you knew this already…

SeminoleWarrior

April 16th, 2010
8:32 am

D3, once again, an outstanding effort. There is no doubt where my first round selection is going and I am proud to have you on the Express

Marcus, I like your selections. Ed, the Giants are hated. They had better not take Spoon!!

The Real Falcon

April 16th, 2010
8:45 am

Bring on the OLB!

CBrass

April 16th, 2010
9:20 am

D3,

Great mock. Owens is going to be steal and I hope we the team to steal him. Owens next to Jerry would be an outstanding duo. You’re right about Walker. Once he really get the hang of things he going to be a darn fine DT(can’t believe I just said that about a former Nerd).

SeminoleWarrior

April 16th, 2010
9:26 am

All Abroad the Spoon Express….

The staff is hard at work here in the TeePee. I loved the mock competition last season. I look forward to improving my final standing. I did not do bad but the TeePee always want to shoot for the stars.

Bangkapi Ajarn

April 16th, 2010
9:53 am

D3 – “Submissions for both mock drafts will be taken and saved to an MS Excel or MS Word with the date and time of your submission.”

So, send them to your email as word, or post them here? Can you handle word 07? Not compatible with earlier versions.

Bangkapi Ajarn

April 16th, 2010
9:54 am

Final Mock – No trade scenario (50% chance) – REQUIRED – PLAYER SELECTED MUST HAVE A REPORTED MEETING WITH FALCONS – draft position in line with at least some credible projections.
1)Sean Weatherspoon LB – I think he WILL still be here, immediate upgrade of second level of defense (first level is upgraded by Jerry’s return, back level is upgraded by Moore and Richardson, all levels benefit with maturation of young players). The process inexorably thunders along to Lombardi trophyville.
Clicking heels three times and chanting “I believe, I believe— There’s no choice but Spoon there’s no choice but Spoon–“.
IF Graham and Spoon are available, I look for a slide down to 22 on the threat of taking Graham, then STILL take Spoon. It could happen.
3A) Javier Arenas – CB, return specialist – Will contribute this year as blitzing specialist and special teams returner
3B) Matt Tennant – Center of the future, insurance policy for Matt Ryan, may start at G for a year. Could easily be J.D. Walton if Tennant goes too early. Don’t put too much stock in Tennant playing with Ryan, it was just for one year, Ryan was Sr and Tennant was Soph., Tennant simply seems to be the consensus 2nd best C in the draft, and appears to fit the Falcons intelligence/character profile BUT – coming off Tommy John surgery at the end of the 2009 season.
4) Riley Cooper – WR for the future, with great hands, size, special teams play, and blocking – could swap draft slots with Tennant/Walton contingent on how the first three rounds play out. IF the Falcons managed a slide down from 19 (NE Scenario for example) they could pick Damian Williams in the 2nd, creating a ripple effect at this pick.
5A) Renee Curran UGA – Linebacker depth – They always seem to get one local player, and the Falcons have looked at a LOT of LB’s. I also considered Jamar Chaney, but I think this pick solves a perceived need and is the best fit for more than pure on-the-field reasons. Situational player the first year.
5B) Eric Cook, C/G/T 6’6”, 315, NM – Good developmental backup, excellent size, versatility, and intangibles – could be a late round steal in 2 years. The more I look at this guy, the more I think the Falcons found a late round Gem. Bears met with him twice, so he may be gone by this point, surely by time the Bears pick in the 6th.
6A) Michael Hoomanawanui TE Illinois (6’3”, 270) strong, fluid blocker with good hands. Dropped down draft boards because of late season injury (I prefer the Kansas State kid but this is a TD draft). Not sure they go TE to be honest, but this kid has some intriguing long term upside, is a great blocker in 2TE formations (where he could provide a significant contribution in his rookie season), and could spell TD to help preserve his legs thru the long season and perhaps energise him enough to return for the final year of his contract for a superbowl run. Replace Peele, give him a chance to grow into TD’s shoes.
6B) Cory Peters DT – Insurance policy for Babs, Jerry, etc. Another late round SEC Gem, Jefferson likely out after Babs returns if no one hits the Injured Reserve. In another year, he would likely go much higher.
Positional Breakdown_
Defense 4:
LB (2 – just got a feeling from the interviews I saw, 1st and 5th – not clear where they would fit on the roster)
CB (ST Returner, 3rd to get that serious upgrade in the return game – two extra W’s next year from this pick alone!)
DT (last pick in the 6th – not really worth a high pick unless they get a new 2nd round pick AND have a bad feeling about Babs or Jerry that isn’t public. Also, TD has mentioned on occasion that he has two extra rookies next year with Jerry and Moore, so according to his logic a high DT pick offers 2 rookies at the middle of the defensive line – NOT a pretty sight)

Offense 4:
OL-2 (C (something most folks agree on, and a versatile, high character G or RT or backup C. I agonized over picking Jerry, but I honestly don’t see a huge difference, all things considered, between him and Cook other than the size of the school/conference and PR department. Choosing Cook later allows the Falcons a legit chance at Arenas, Tennant AND Cooper)
WR – Tall smart Possession receiver with excellent blocking skills to groom for Finneran’s role.
TE – great blocker and hands, nice understudy for TD and a excellent 2nd TE in certain formations.

First call Free Agents:
OT – Dace Richardson
WR – Ryan Wolfe, Michael Moore
LB – Vuna Tuihalamaka
TE – Jeron Mastrud – my favorite to apprentice under TD, maybe available as FA
(a favorite of mine – no indication the Falcons talked to him, but Eagles, Giants did – I would personally take him over Hoomanawanui who is also coming off an injury)
This son of a high school football coach brings intelligence (2008-09 Academic All-American), character (named to AFCA Good Works team) and athleticism –

I did not take the big tackle from Morehouse, Ramon Harewood as a FA -Minnesota Vikings, Baltimore Ravens, Chicago Bears, Oakland Raiders, Dallas Cowboys, and the Jacksonville Jaguars, are interviewing him now and I suspect he will be a 5th to 7th round developmental pick for one of them .

Bangkapi Ajarn

April 16th, 2010
9:55 am

I see two other potential scenarios playing out here based on trades with NE or Pkilly, can we submit more than one mock?

SeminoleWarrior

April 16th, 2010
10:09 am

BA, a nice piece of work.

The Express will lead my listing for sure no doubt about that. He will be a Falcon, damned those Giants!! I truly believe it and I am already making plans to order my Weatherspoon jersey for the season. I’ve said it before and I will say it again…I have not been this excited about the LB slot since we had the chance to take Patrick Willis or DeMarco Ryans a few years ago.

SeminoleWarrior

April 16th, 2010
10:10 am

If the rules are like last year, BA, you can make multiple adjustments to your mock.

Bangkapi Ajarn

April 16th, 2010
10:10 am

Finished this late last night with the comments, sorry for typos (like TG replaced by TD in the TE section). I really don’t know what I am doing, but my best shot today on what TD is looking at doing. DOL’s blog entry this morning is giving me some second thoughts regarding DT, though.

My final review was based on the last video interview I am aware of with TD, here:
http://jmike.blogs.atlantafalcons.com/2010/04/15/talking-draft-with-t-d/

He calls Jerry a valuable ROOKIE, which leads me to believe that he isn’t targeting DT in the 1st round with the 19th pick, for instance. But, DOL is messing with my mind.

Discarding paralysis by analysis, getting on with life, full speed ahead!

Bangkapi Ajarn

April 16th, 2010
10:13 am

SW, thanks! Now, watch Pouncey go 18, Spoon 15 and Graham 16 , no trades available, and TD does Odrick. AUUGGGHH (best Charlie Brown imitation)

SeminoleWarrior

April 16th, 2010
10:13 am

I truly love the draft process. I told a friend earlier in the week I love to refer to myself as the Cocoa Mel Kiper Jr (with less hair though…LOL).

SeminoleWarrior

April 16th, 2010
10:14 am

But BA, it is those last minute shfts that make it so much fun. Trust me, you will become a junkie like me. Got to love it.

CBrass

April 16th, 2010
10:33 am

“Cocoa Mel Kiper Jr” Wow!!! I can’t stop laughing!!! ROFL

Bangkapi Ajarn

April 16th, 2010
10:34 am

SW, yes, it is entertaining, never had the chance to do this – now to just get a job based in the ATL area where I can see the games!!!!!

By the way, the Bier truck got a lot of mention in that TD interview. He is apparently in great shape and much improved. TD is quite high now on getting 5th or 6th round talent from small schools and coaching them up to2nd or 3rd round talent – and the need to give them time to develop instead of continually replacing them with more developmental talent. That was the final straw in shifting me to Cook, who can easily become a starting G or RT, and sub for LT and C (calling blocking schemes when Tennant is out).

Interesting that TD apparently thinks the Falcons are at or near that point now. We MAY be at the point that we only want draft choices that can compete for a starting position within 2 or 3 years if the player ahead of them leaves in FA (providing new comp draft picks for more developmental talent behind them). That makes the positions to draft for difficult for TD, but more interesting for the longterm health of the franchise.

It makes the 2LB draft scenario more understandable IF perpetual backups that are kept primarily for ST are replaced by potential starters (Coy Wire?).

John Waynesworld

April 16th, 2010
10:46 am

BA, if I owned a researching company you would be my first draft choice. Good stuff, so much it is almost undigestable. lol Keep it coming.

I am at a cross road at the bottom end of the Falcons draft picks…Should I choose for us to pick a good kicker (which there aren’t many) or go for a hometown favorite who may be dropped to the early 6th round in the draft due to a prior knee injury and a sub par senior season? Mmm…

Here’s my rough draft, assuming I get a chance to edit names in leiu of trades, discoveries, etc.:

2010 NFL 1st Round Draft Order
1 St. Louis Rams – Sam Bradford
2 Detroit Lions – Ndamukong Suh
3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Gerald McCoy
4 Washington Redskins – Russell Okung
5 Kansas City Chiefs – Bryan Bulaga
6 Seattle Seahawks – Trent Williams
7 Cleveland Browns – Eric Berry
8 Oakland Raiders – Taylor Mays
9 Buffalo Bills – Jimmy Clausen
10 Jacksonville Jaguars – Joe Haden
11 Denver Broncos – Derrick Morgan
12 Miami Dolphins – Mike Iupati
13 San Francisco 49ers – Sergio Kindle
14 Seattle Seahawks – C.J. Spiller
15 New York Giants – Sean Weatherspoon
16 Tennessee Titans – Dan Williams
17 San Francisco 49ers – Earl Thomas
18 Pittsburgh Steelers – Rolando McClain
19 Atlanta Falcons – Brandon Graham
20 Houston Texans – Anthony Davis
21 Cincinnati Bengals – Dez Bryant
22 New England Patriots – Jermaine Gresham
23 Green Bay Packers – Maurkice Poucey
24 Philadelphia Eagles – Jason Pierre-Paul
25 Baltimore Ravens – Kyle Wilson
26 Arizona Cardinals – Jared Odrick
27 Dallas Cowboys – Demaryius Thomas
28 San Diego Chargers – Ryan Matthews
29 New York Jets – Carlos Dunlop
30 Minnesota Vikings – Bruce Campbell
31 Indianapolis Colts – Jahvid Best
32 New Orleans Saints – Devin McCourty
Atlanta Falcons Draft Picks
1st Round – #19 – Brandon Graham – DE
3rd Round – #83 – Dekoda Watson – OLB
3rd Round – #98 – Matt Tennant – C
4th Round – #117 – Zane Beadles – OT
5th Round – #149 – Riley Cooper – WR
5th Round – #165 – Myron Lewis – CB/SS
6th Round – #171 – Jeff Owens – DT
6th Round – #189 – Corey Peters – DT

CBrass

April 16th, 2010
10:50 am

Very nice BA.

Bangkapi Ajarn

April 16th, 2010
10:53 am

John W., thanks! I know I am not really brief, just part of an academic background where proof (why) is sometimes more important than the final result. Likely many don’t read it for just that reason.

When talking to managing directors and like ilk, I usually stuck to pictures ;-)

Bangkapi Ajarn

April 16th, 2010
10:55 am

CBrass, thanks! Likely am not close to the final result (50% chance of a trade I am thinking), 19th pick is in that “sweet spot” where certain positions have unexpectedly slipped and a feeding frenzy can result). Just having fun.

SeminoleWarrior

April 16th, 2010
11:04 am

JWW, a very well done draft. Of course, I am partial to the pick at 19 but I like the flow of your draft.

BA..this is the year that the Bier Truck becomes a force in the NFC South and serves notice that the Falcons are here to stay as a contender. I love this kid…he would have started for me last year over JA98 at the end opposite JA55. He is a keeper and a Pro Bowler in bloom.

CBrass

April 16th, 2010
11:04 am

BA,

I’m sure I will be seeing many more of your mocks as the week progresses. Just be sure to keep Spoon at the top…LOL.

Bangkapi Ajarn

April 16th, 2010
11:04 am

D3 – there is another DT the Falcons have talked to – Travis Ivey
http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Source-Falcons-host-four-defensive-tackles-including-Brian-Price.html

“According to a league source, the Falcons hosted four defensive tackles for a visit earlier this week.

They met with Brian Price (UCLA), Corey Peters (Kentucky), Arthur Jones (Syracuse) and Travis Ivey (University of Maryland).

Price also visited the New England Patriots, San Diego Chargers. Philadelphia Eagles, New Orleans Saints and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Peters visited the Tennessee Titans, New York Jets and the Indianapolis Colts and conducted private workouts for the Cleveland Browns and the Patriots.

Jones had a private workouts with the Buffalo Bills and visited the Patriots.

Ivey is a 6-foot-4, 341-pounder who has bench pressed 225 pounds 29 times.

He recorded 25 tackles, two for losses and one sack last season.

He’s been graded anywhere from the later rounds to a priority free agent.”

SeminoleWarrior

April 16th, 2010
11:05 am

JWW / BA,

The rules are the same as last year. Changes can be submitted. Final drafts are due B4 midnight, Wednesday.

Bangkapi Ajarn

April 16th, 2010
11:08 am

Reported from Jaevery McFadden, LB, Wisconson (being a Vick fan will NOT help his prospects with the Falcons, I fear)
http://life.atlantafalcons.com/topic/3885168-college-players-who-falcons-have-shown-an-interest-in/page__st__240
Post 253 from JRid

“I got an e-mail from the Falcons. They wanted my draft day information and stuff. They e-mailed me and wanted me to reply with my draft day phone numbers, my agent and stuff like that.

I guess we’re getting closer and closer.

It wasn’t really a surprise because I figured there will be teams that are interested. But there are certain kinds of teams, the Atlanta Falcons are team I’ve been following since Michael Vick. I’ve always been a big fan of Michael Vick. He’s not on the Falcons any more, but I like to go onto YouTube and watch his old highlights. Definitely old school. A freak of nature.

So it was a nice little surprise. I’m definitely excited that the Atlanta Falcons are interested. I guess I’ll be expecting some more e-mails.”

He received this during a workout with the Dolphins, apparently.

SeminoleWarrior

April 16th, 2010
11:08 am

Someone put out an APB on Nookah. We can not enter the home stretch towards the draft without a Nesta Moment. That is simply wrong!!

SeminoleWarrior

April 16th, 2010
11:09 am

BA, that definately will cost him stock and value in the TeePee. The Playa rubs me just as wrong as my ex wife…..

Bangkapi Ajarn

April 16th, 2010
11:17 am

SW, those two reports didn’t change my thoughts on the mock at all, McFadden is FA material at best from the Falcons perspective, waste of time and money based on other resources available at the position. Ivey looks like FA material as well, may get the chance to challenge Jefferson and Walker

Regards changes to the mock, my question was more along the lines of 2 or 3 submissions, trade scenario vs. no trade scenario. If just one submission, not sure if I will stick with the no trade scenario, or go with a Ne trade scenario and the falcons get Price or Odrick in the late 1st/ early2nd (means Babs has an expiration date stamped on his glutious maxmius.

Bangkapi Ajarn

April 16th, 2010
11:24 am

Mike Iupati as the 8th pick? Bovine excretement tsunami envelopes NFL as draft day approaches:

“Per an NFL source, the Oakland Raiders are extremely high on Iupati and have him under consideration to be drafted eighth overall. Raiders coach Tom Cable used to coach at Idaho.

The 6-foot-6, 331-pounder is coveted by NFL teams for his intensity, athleticism, long arms and brute strength.”

http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Source-Iupati-in-heavy-demand-with-nine-visits.html

CBrass

April 16th, 2010
11:25 am

BA,

This McFadden guy lost me when he said he was a fan of you know who. TD please stay away!!!!

Bangkapi Ajarn

April 16th, 2010
11:30 am

NO seems to be interested in DT’s that would be available at their 32 pick. How many of the DT’s that the Falcons worked out were simply for gathering intel on a future NO player?

http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Source-Al-Woods-visiting-Saints-today.html

Bangkapi Ajarn

April 16th, 2010
11:34 am

D3 – no indication that the Falcons talked to Te’o-Nesheim:

“University of Washington defensive end Daniel Te’o-Nesheim is now drawing third-round grades from multiple NFL teams, according to league sources.

He has visited the New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles and the Oakland Raiders.”

http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Source-TeoNesheim-moving-up-the-charts.html

SeminoleWarrior

April 16th, 2010
11:46 am

I know this guy plays for the enemy (the Saints) but this is a very good story. Says a lot about the state of young men today. Well done, Carl Nicks.

http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/blog/shutdown_corner/post/Saints-lineman-is-really-sorry-that-he-was-a-jer?urn=nfl,234516

SeminoleWarrior

April 16th, 2010
11:49 am

BA, the two teams are more similiar than most people think. The Saints are just one year further along in their process. And they just happened to catch lightning in a bottle last season.

We are not that far behind them….

D3

April 16th, 2010
11:58 am

Great Best D@mn Day of the Work Week Cage! – The final push to the Big Day is finally here…………thank the Good Lord! Less than a week to go and the the excitement is building like a volcano ready to erupt. Let’s get to the final push of our discussions………..

Mocks Saved So Far –Falcons Full Mocks (Marcus, JohnWaynesWorld, Bangkapi Ajarn) and First Round Mock (JohnWaynesWorld)

Ed – Gonna have to say that will be my final deal. If I change it anymore, I will have to be checked into an insane asylum. I like most of my picks, but I was really torn on where to take a CB and even if to take a DE. Basically, if the first pick is off, most of the rest will be changed as well, which another reason I liked doing both, giving fans a chance to find success in one or the other. I’m fairly certain that we’ll target a WR and a C around the 3rd round or so.

CBrass – – Thanks as always. Honestly, I don’t really think that Owens will make it to the 5th round, but NFLDraftScout is dead set on him going in the 5th, so that’s what I used. I almost thre Rennie Curran in the mix too, but couldn’t get my hopes up that much.

BA – – Excellent mock my brother. Almost pulled the trigger on taking arenas with one of the 3rd picks and truth be told, I would rather see us take Arenas and a WR in the 3rd and take a C later, but I had to at least try and put some of my bias aside. Like your TE pick since we worked him out, hard to believe we didn’t work out Peek at Locals Day, which I still have no idea how it works on who’s invited.

JWW — D@mn fine mock you got there my man. Sure do like that Graham pick.

See you all back in the Cage a little later tonight. Until then, have a great day and GET THOSE MOCKS IN!

SeminoleWarrior

April 16th, 2010
12:08 pm

D3, have faith…The TeePee staff is hard at work. The early submissions do look great. Going to be a great competition.

SeminoleWarrior

April 16th, 2010
2:03 pm

Ted Ginn Jr moved from Miami to San Fran……undisclosed pick.

CBrass

April 16th, 2010
2:39 pm

SW,

Great special teams pick-up for San Fran.

Bangkapi Ajarn

April 16th, 2010
2:54 pm

Finished a 1st round guesstimate, based on two trades (re-adjustment of draft positions) and one earlier “scrambler” pick, since there always seems to be one – Mine is Oakland at 8 going for Taylor Mays. Oakland is often good for a pick based on physical freakish measurables and speed, and Mays, at the top of that list, is a California product to boot so good for Bay area ticket sales. A realistic scenario I believe.

I also made a change from what most predict for Denver based on Josh McDaniels pedigree (NE protegee), many will think I am nuts but “needs, motor, and character based” justifies my bizarre pick, I believe. If too insane, blame it on a rookie mistake :-) .

I was surprised at how many CB/S picks I did, but needs and value were there.

Positional picks for round 1 – 15
Offense
OT – 6
QB -2
WR-2
RB-2
G-1
c-1
TE – 1

Defense – 17
DB (includes S and CB) – 7
DT – 4
DE – 4
LB – 2

Bangkapi Ajarn

April 16th, 2010
2:55 pm

Bangkapi Ajarn 2010 NFL 1st Round Mock
1 St. Louis Rams – Sam Bradford QB
2 Seattle (trade with Detroit) – Ndamukong Suh DT – Kearney retired, they NEED a replacement DE (maybe 2), and trade up to get the best available this year – give Detroit their 2nd round pick from SD
3 Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Gerald McCoy DT
4 Washington Redskins – Russell Okung, OT
5 Kansas City Chiefs – Trent Williams, OT
6 Detroit (trade with Seattle) – OT Bryan Bulaga, Iowa – insurance for their franchise QB
7 Cleveland Browns – Eric Berry, DB
8 Oakland Raiders – Taylor Mays, S (Measurable over resume, Played at USC, will sell tickets, likely plays CB or OLB some)
9 Buffalo Bills – Jimmy Clausen QB – Chan Gailey needs a franchise QB to build around
10 Jacksonville Jaguars- Earl Thomas –S Surprising run on safeties this year, but strongest class in memory and defensive backfield is always a priority for teams – like Taylor Mays, could play another position (CB)
11 Denver Broncos- Golden Tate WR– Surprise pick, but the Broncos NEED a WR, and are not willing to take on Dez Bryants baggage (Josh McDaniels NE Character filter at work here)
12 Miami Dolphins- Dan Williams, DT
13 San Francisco 49ers- Joe Haden, CB – SF’s greatest hole, they are thrilled at his availability
14 Seattle Seahawks- Dez Bryant WR – Needs a #1 receiver badly
15 New York Giants- Rolando McClain, LB – Giants are thrilled he slips to 15 – so are the Falcons
16 Tennessee Titans- Jason Pierre-Paul, DE
17 San Francisco 49ers- C.J. Spiller, RB
18 Pittsburgh Steelers – Michael Iupati, G
19 New England (trade with Atlanta) –Branden Graham DE
20 Houston Texans – Kyle Wilson CB
21 Cincinnati Bengals – Jermane Grisham TE
22 Atlanta (trade with New England) – Sean Weatherspoon, LB – Need I say more?
23 Green Bay Packers – Anthony Davis, OT, Annual run on OT continues this year, GB is thrilled he is still here, weight issues make him slip
24 Philadelphia Eagles – Kareem Jackson, CB best CB available
25 Baltimore Ravens – Jared Odrick, DT
26 Arizona Cardinals – Charles Brown, OT
27 Dallas Cowboys – Maurkice Pouncey, C/G
28 San Diego Chargers – Ryan Matthews, RB
29 New York Jets – Derrick Morgan, DE
30 Minnesota Vikings – Patrick Robinson, CB
31 Indianapolis Colts – Rodger Saffold, OT
32 New Orleans Saints – Carlos Dunlap, DE

Bangkapi Ajarn

April 16th, 2010
3:01 pm

Note the slip of Derrick Morgan and Pouncey, trades and team needs just cost them a few spots. Colt McCoy could still surprise, maybe even at 9 with Chan Gailey. I was sorely tempted, though. Colt is a winner, special, an intangible trait hard to measure. More heart than Clausen I suspect, but measurables tend to rule in the NFL.

John Waynesworld

April 16th, 2010
3:27 pm

BA, my sentiments exactly. The living ghost of Al Davis, or undead Al, is attracted to speed like a moth to a flame. Even if the stop watch was wrong on Taylor Mays, old undead Al just cannot pass on that 4.24 (or whatever) time. Plus like you said he’s a SoCal product.

Yea, these draft numbers are gonna change every day. I’m still expecting for Cleveland to pull a NYJ and jump up and take Sam Bradford any day now. They were already burned by one ND QB and won’t try again with Claussen, but they need a franchise QB worse than almost any team given their history and next year’s pickings look awful slim.

John Waynesworld

April 16th, 2010
3:29 pm

I only want to add one thing about Sam Bradford…Jason White.

Bangkapi Ajarn

April 16th, 2010
3:52 pm

John W. – I won’t be shocked if someone reaches for Colt McCoy, or even Tebow late in the round – stranger things have happened.

Or Cleveland could trade the pick to Pittsburgh for Rothlesberger if the Rooneys are too sick of him, then a QB goes at 7 for sure.

Bangkapi Ajarn

April 16th, 2010
4:00 pm

Expanding on the Seattle-Detroit trade scenario, Seattle must be desperate for a stud DL dude or two, and could go DE in their other 1st round pick as well (I guessed WR, another critical pick). Two first round choices are expensive for them, so using their very late 2nd round pick to trade up to get a 10 year replacement for Kearney makes sense. Might even get it cheaper, say a third rounder.

For Detroit, The greater need in the 1st is OT to protect Stafford (last year was rough, they have too much invested in him to subject him to so much abuse). Their 1st pick in the 2nd could snag them a stud DE or DT (I am thinking Derrick Morgan could slide), and they then have a second pick in the round for another starter quality player, maybe another OL stud (hopefully not Tennant). After two rounds they have a quality DE an TWO quality OL picks to protect Satfford in this scenario. BIG win.

Unca' Bob

April 16th, 2010
4:50 pm

AB,

What happens if the Rams pick an OT with #1 and picks Colt McCoy with #33? Besides saving a ton of money.

Unca' Bob

April 16th, 2010
4:54 pm

P.S.- I don’t think the steelers would want to face Ben twice a year.

Bangkapi Ajarn

April 16th, 2010
4:59 pm

UnCa’ Bob – that would be smart for the Rams, McCoy may turn out to be a more long term sucessful NFL QB. But Ist pick money is still quite high, slotted somehow.