Mock Draft Champs and DT Peters a Reach?

Corey Peters Really a Reach?

 

The Falcons went pretty much according to plan with their first pick, grabbing OLB Sean Weatherspoon with their #19 overall pick. Media and fans alike were generally happy and thought it was a good move to fit a glaring need on defense with a potential playmaker. Of course drafts never go as planned, but many felt that if the Falcons passed on a DT in the first round that they would likely wait until a good bit later (4th or 5th round perhaps) to address a fairly unstable defensive tackle position. They were wrong. After not having a second round pick, fans watched excruciatingly as pick after pick came off the board. They wanted a big splash to make them feel better after not having a second rounder. And then the name scrolled across the board: Defensive Tackle from Kentucky Corey Peters. What?

Many had learned a little about Peters here in The Bird Cage after he was featured among many players in the Mock Drafts put forth. He was thought to be a good player, but surely could be gotten in the later rounds (5th, 6th, or maybe even the 7th). Fans felt a mix of shock, disgust, and confusion when Peters became the newest Atlanta Falcon. Defensive tackle was surely going to be addressed due to Peria Jerry’s fragile injury concerns and Jonathan Babineaux’s future suspension, which could be anywhere from 2 to 8 games. Obviously an entirely different situation, but Ben Roethlisberger wasn’t charged and received 4-6 games. Rookie and former 7th round pick Vance Walker and former Undrafted Free Agent Thomas Johnson played really well in backup roles, but would you really want to depend on them out of the gate? And according to Mike Smith, Jamaal Anderson has not permanently moved to defensive tackle. Trey Lewis did have an injury free season, but was pretty ineffective overall and didn’t see much action.

The arrows then got pointed at the newest Falcon Corey Peters, not because of his production, but because all the draft “experts” hadn’t predicted that Peters would go before the 6th round in most scenarios. Peters fits Coach Smith and DC Van Gorder’s defensive scheme perfectly, with his size (6’3, 300), quickness, and ability to disrupt the line of scrimmage. Many immediately panned the pick as a huge reach, but after taking a second look at his college production, skill level, and the fact that many teams were also targeting him around then, it may be beneficial to take another glance.

Defensive Tackles Senior Year Production

1st Round

Tyson Alualu (10th overall) – 11.5 Tackles for Loss, 7.5 Sacks

Dan Williams (26th overall) – 9 TFL, 2.5 Sacks

Jared Odrick (28th overall) – 11 TFL, 7 Sacks

2nd Round

Brian Price – 23.5 TFL, 7 Sacks

Torrell Troup – 5 Tackles for Loss, 2 Sacks

Lamarr Houston – 22 Tackles, 8 Sacks

Linval Joseph – 13 TFL, 3 Sacks

Mike Neal – 11.5 TFL, 5.5 Sacks

Terrence Cody – 6 TFL, 0 Sacks

3rd Round

D’Anthony Smith – 2.5 TFL, 3.5 Sacks

Earl Mitchell – 12.5 TFL, 6.5 Sacks

Corey Peters – 12 TFL, 4 Sacks

4th Round

Geno Atkins – 10.5 Tackles for Loss, 3 Sacks

5th Round

Cam Thomas – 2.5 Tackles for Loss, 0 Sacks

Arthur Jones – 7 TFL, 1.5 Sacks

Obviously, stats don’t ever tell the whole story because it doesn’t take into account schemes, players, teammates, competition, coaches, etc., but it is a nice barometer to at least try and gauge players at a similar position. Going by pure stats alone, it’s hard to argue that Corey Peters was THAT much of a reach in the third round, particularly considering the run on defensive tackles at that point in time. Notice that only three defensive tackles were taken in the next 3 rounds (4th-5th-6th) after Peters was selected. Peters matched or had better senior year production (tackles for loss and sacks) than Dan Williams, Torrell Troup, Linval Joseph, Mike Neal, Terrance Cody, and D’Anthony Smith; all drafted before him. After going back to make sure that Peters was in fact rated low, it was surprising to see that he actually was slotted for the 3rd-4th round by NFLDraftScout and a “mid-rounder” by DraftCountdown, meaning the same area.

Peters is a tough and quick defensive tackle that was highly productive throughout his career in the SEC, something that is highly regarded by Dimitroff and Co. Made 2nd Team All-SEC, behind only Terrance Cody and Dan Williams both drafted ahead of him. He definitely has areas that need improvement, such as developing his pass-rush technique and making sure his motor is on high all the time, but those are surely areas that can be coached up. He was an extremely hard worker with superb grades and character, another trait high on TD’s list. While Peters certainly wasn’t the biggest name left, it’s hard to argue that it was a big reach since their was a run on DTs, he was mostly slotted at that point anyway, other teams were getting ready to draft him, he feels a big need, and he could turn into an excellent player, and possibly even become a starter in the near future. Assuming he proves himself on the field, the selection of Peters officially makes defensive tackle one of the deepest positions on the team.

2nd Annual Bird Cage Mock Draft Competition Awards!

1st Round NFL Mock Draft Champion

Co-Champs – JJ and Buford Bob- 18 pts

Had 9 direct hits including: Bradford to Rams, Suh to Lions, McCoy to Bucs, T.Williams to Redskins, Okung to Seahawks, Iupati to 49ers, Pouncey to Steelers, Spoon to Falcons, and Gresham to Bengals.

17 pts – Eddie Q.

16 pts - FalconsFan284

15 pts – Seminole

14 pts - D3

13 pts - just me

12 pts – Nookah, Ed, Knew Money, Falcon Devil, Chelf,

11 pts - Bangkapi, luladawg, Bill, Unca Bob

9 pts - Aaron F., Coop, Rikus

8 pts – tyler

7 pts – JohnWaynesWorld, hstapleton, Mark N., Sportaree

Falcons Full Mock Draft Champion

 

Falcon Devil - 5 pts

Had Falcons taking Sean Weatherspoon in 1st rd (2 pts), Corey Peters in 5th rd (1 pt), Joe Hawley in 6th rd (1 pt), and us taking a CB in 5th rd (1 pt).

4 pts – Nookah

3 pts – luladawg, Hamad Meander, Bangkapi

2 pts – Knew Money, Eddie Q., JJ, Coop, Unca Bob, FalconsFan284, Marcus, JohnWaynesWorld, D3

1 pt – Mark N., Aaron F., Ed, tbhawksfan, darrell starks, just me, Chelf, Sportaree

Understandably Missed – Ipuga17, hstapleton, Bill, tyler, Rikus

**Please let me know via posting or email (dawsondevitt@gmail.com) if I may have missed your mock draft submission or may have gotten the points wrong.

Want to say a special thank you to everyone who participated in the 2nd Annual Bird Cage Mock Draft Competition. It was a ton of fun and hope you all enjoyed it. Will have many friendly and fun competitions throughout the season.

Huge CONGRATS to JJ and FALCON DEVIL on their respective CHAMPIONSHIPS! Prizes will soon be on their way to the CHAMPS!

412 comments Add your comment

Sarah B

April 29th, 2010
9:11 pm

Firstish? Not that I care…

Sarah B

April 29th, 2010
9:12 pm

JJ freakin won something????

falcon21

April 29th, 2010
9:23 pm

Glad you were joking Sarah, and JJ WTH? It had to be luck.

waynester

April 29th, 2010
9:26 pm

To the Victor belong the spoils! As far as I can figure, my first pick was the only one I got right! The Eagles KC and Denver chewed my ATL mock to bloody shreds….
PS
Did any of ya’ll just see that International Space Station fly-by? Brilliant….

JJ

April 29th, 2010
9:27 pm

UNBELIEVABLE! I’d like to thank my son rocky and SW for the train ride!
D3- your bird cage and family helps me through the off-season, as the idiots on 680am say ‘you rock’!

ps- I cram my foot in mouth more than most, tks for welcoming our new greenhorn (BA) back. We will win the NFC SOUTH this yr, process continuess…cue nookah…I wish for BT and Stirg to come back to the cage!!!

BufordBob

April 29th, 2010
9:28 pm

D3-

Why didn’t I qualify?

I posted April 21st, 2010 at 11:49 pm.

And I’m pretty sure I had 9 direct hits as well.

BufordBob

April 29th, 2010
9:31 pm

JJ

April 29th, 2010
9:32 pm

f21-total luck my friend, but you cant have the trophy.

Sarah B

April 29th, 2010
9:34 pm

Ya’ll are funny! JJ congrats!

falcon21

April 29th, 2010
9:35 pm

I hear you JJ, keep the darn thing lucky. Foot in mouth, HA HA.

JJ

April 29th, 2010
9:39 pm

D3

April 29th, 2010
9:45 pm

falcon21 and Sarah B.__Hey guys and gals are doing well. Cheers you both.

falcon21__Is Richt under the gun a little bit after these recent fiascos in Athens? Talked to a friend that lives in Athens and says that the Athens radio stations have turned up the heat a little bit. If we don’t win the East this year, than I would have to say his job may be in jeopardy. If we can’t beat Florida after they have 9 players drafted into the NFL, we’ll never do it. d@mn

CONGRATS AGAIN!__to JJ for being crowned NFL 1st Round Mock Draft Champion and Falcon Devil for Falcons Full Mock Draft Champ!

Corey Peters__Initially, I was like many other fans in sharing the shock and disgust with the pick. But after further examination, I really like this pick a lot. DT is obviously a big need for us, as we’ve all discussed at length in here in The Bird Cage. My sneaking suspiscion is that Babs will be suspended upwards of at least 4 games, if not even 6 or 8 games. A pretty serious offense and although he was cleared in the other incident, its still a really bad deal. Combine that with the injury history of Peria Jerry and it makes complete sense. The guy was highly productive and adds some good size, quickness, and strength to a DL in sore need of stability. A best case scenario roster depth would be a raging battle between Jonathan Babineaux, Peria Jerry, Corey Peters, Vance Walker, Thomas Johnson, Jamaal Anderson, and Trey Lewis. And worst case scenario would have us with (Babs suspended and Jerry re-injured) Jamaal Anderson, Corey Peters, Vance Walker, Thomas Johnson, and Trey Lewis. Even though the latter is certainly not ideal, losing two frontline DT starters would give us some serious depth.

Alright Cagers, enjoy the new post and we’ll see you on the flip. And on that note………….

7 DAYS and 15 HOURS UNTIL 2010 ATLANTA FALCONS MINI-CAMP!!!!!

falcon21

April 29th, 2010
9:46 pm

JJ, congrats, but I don’t mean it.

JJ

April 29th, 2010
9:49 pm

f21, lol no prob. buddy, rome right?

Dawson Devitt (D3)

April 29th, 2010
9:53 pm

Buford Bob ->You’re exactly right on the submission. I’m really sorry my man. I just updated your score on the page. You had 17 points to my count. Bradford, Suh, McCoy, T.Williams, Okung, Gresham, Pouncey, Spoon were all direct hits (2 pts x 8 = 16), but your Anthony Davis was a “position pick” because you had him being selected @ #17, but he actually was taken @ #11, so it was 1 pt instead of 2. Sorry for the omission. I had it saved and on my paper, but missed posting it for some reason.

falcon21

April 29th, 2010
9:54 pm

D3, after all I have read about Corey I think he is a good pick. As for MR, yeah I think he is in trouble and I think our new DC may be our next HC.

JJ

April 29th, 2010
9:55 pm

All praise to SW and the SPOON TRAIN, thank you buddy! This trophy is yours my friend, you were the first to bring spoon to the cage, well done!!!

BufordBob

April 29th, 2010
9:55 pm

What about Berry to KC @ 5?

falcon21

April 29th, 2010
9:55 pm

Kinda sorta JJ.

BufordBob

April 29th, 2010
9:59 pm

Checked again, & I nailed picks 1-6, 18-19, & 21, which comes out as 9 unless my single AmberBock is throwing off the math.

No worries though D3.

And not trying to shake you down JJ, just getting vocal.

Falcon Devil

April 29th, 2010
9:59 pm

Thanks D3!!! You are the man!

D3

April 29th, 2010
9:59 pm

Buford Bob – – You’re right my brother. Send me your address so we can include you in on the prizes. So many mocks that got to the head. I will change the post to reflect it as we speak. Shoot me an email with your address, so I can get you your prize.

JJ – Need your addy my friend so I can get your prize on the way.

BufordBob

April 29th, 2010
10:03 pm

10-4. Thanks D3, sending that email now.

And congrats to JJ & Falcon Devil!

Dawson Devitt (D3)

April 29th, 2010
10:03 pm

MOCK DRAFT AWARD UPDATE – I MESSED UP MY FELLOW CAGERS! WE ACTUALLY HAVE CO-CHAMPS (sorry JJ), but BUFORD BOB ACTUALLY TIED FOR THE TROPHY. I HAD HIS SCORED, BUT FORGOT TO INCLUDE IT IN THE FINAL AWARDS. APOLOGIES TO BUFORD BOB and JJ FOR THE MISTAKE. But hey, the more the merrier!

JJ

April 29th, 2010
10:04 pm

D3, give me 1st pick in ffl this yr and send BB my prize, ok? He really seems to want it and I dont care, it’s FFL BABY!!!

JJ

April 29th, 2010
10:07 pm

WAR EAGELS IN 2X10!!!!!!!!

Sportaree

April 29th, 2010
10:07 pm

D3 Thanks for your time and effort. Good job.

Dawson Devitt (D3)

April 29th, 2010
10:07 pm

Nope, you both get prizes. We can discuss the 1st pick in the 2nd Annual Bird Cage Fantasy Football League, where I will exact my revenge and I won’t F up the draft like I did last time. What was it like 5 milli-seconds a pick or something?

JJ

April 29th, 2010
10:08 pm

lol, eagles, yea had a pepsi or two, lol.

falcon21

April 29th, 2010
10:10 pm

Never mind the congrats JJ, you only tied. And yeah I live in Rome, Rome Texas. Don’t come looking for me because I’m mean as hell. Just kidding Cagers, back to football.

JJ

April 29th, 2010
10:12 pm

D3, my man, you know I have the utmost respect for you bro, BUT you sucked in FFL last yr!!! Just kidding buddy, how I miss it!!!

JJ

April 29th, 2010
10:12 pm

waynester

April 29th, 2010
10:13 pm

I got Spoon but then went with Geno Atkins at our 3rd(he was the next DT to go) but Philly snapped up my DE choice and Ravens got my TE and it was it and that was that for all that there….
D3
Walker, Johnson and Lewis need to tighten up or else I ‘m afraid “Big Peters” might send one of ‘em to the PS….

JJ

April 29th, 2010
10:14 pm

f21, love the attitude, its a good thing.

CBrass

April 29th, 2010
10:15 pm

D3,

As always great job!!! The amount of work that you put in is gladly appreciated.

JJ,

Please hon it too soon for FF talk. That’s the one part of the season that I’m dreading.

falcon21

April 29th, 2010
10:19 pm

Have a good night Cagers, 6 am comes early.

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JJ

April 29th, 2010
10:30 pm

CB, I know but trust me, as a rookie last yr, FFL is NFL x 1000. Ask Unca’Bob or D3 or SW or SB. It is amazing, just watching all the games plus our falcons. I CANT WAIT TILL 2010 CAGE FFL!!! sorry… go hawks big ray…

Sarah B

April 29th, 2010
10:32 pm

JJ et all… I;m ready to kick arse…

thunderbull56

April 29th, 2010
10:33 pm

Congrats to Mocker’s winners.Gong to DOL.Pouncey wouncey,banna wanna fo floucney,fo,fo,fo wouncey,Pouncey.YEEE HAAA, find another profession Dude.

JJ

April 29th, 2010
10:34 pm

D3, 1st pick in ffl draft for winning/tying right? Come on, dont want money/trophy/fame, I just want # 1 pick my friend, year of the WAR EAGLES 2010!!!

JJ

April 29th, 2010
10:39 pm

hold on, lets retrieve ‘09 Cage ffl…

Sarah B

April 29th, 2010
10:40 pm

JJ 1st pick is a curse. I don’t want to go first this year.

JJ

April 29th, 2010
10:45 pm

I will take that curse!

Sarah B

April 29th, 2010
10:46 pm

Only you would!

Sportaree

April 29th, 2010
10:53 pm

The bull 56
Now what would make you want to say something like that? Are you for real?

JJ

April 29th, 2010
10:54 pm

Did you finish last in our ffl league?

Did you raz us about getting michael and norwood?

We shall play again my friend but UB and I have a yr under our belts.

JJ

April 29th, 2010
10:58 pm

Just lightin a fire darlin! You know were cool!

Sarah B

April 29th, 2010
11:00 pm

Why yes I did… whatcha gonna do?

Sarah B

April 29th, 2010
11:01 pm