Falcons Full Mock Madness – 2.1

3rd Annual Bird Cage Falcons Mock Draft Competition

 

It’s that time again fellow Bird Cagers, the NFL draft is rapidly approaching and it’s one of the best events of the entire year. Even the greedy owners and selfish players can’t ruin this, at least let’s hope.

Beginning this week and lasting until the week of the draft, The Bird Cage will offer a new look at what the Falcons might do as the draft nears, culminating with the 3rd Annual Bird Cage Mock Draft Competition. The competition will be a friendly and enjoyable chance for Bird Cage readers and posters to predict what the Birds will do. The next several weeks will not necessarily be the exact prediction of what the Falcons will do, but rather to examine the possibilities they could entertain with various prospects in the different rounds. In other words, research and play around with your practice mocks for the next several weeks, before offering your final version submitted for the actual competition.

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

DraftCountdown.com

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

FootballsFuture.com

1st Round

Justin Houston – Defensive End – Georgia

Houston Headed to ATL? (AP)

Many believed that Houston was way off the Falcons radar since he was slotted to purely be a 3-4 outside linebacker. After showing up a little heavier than expected to the combine and the fact that the Falcons will hold a private workout with the Bulldog star, it seems like a perfect fit. Measuring just under 6’3 and hitting 270 at the combine, Houston absolutely could fill a huge need for the Falcons where his pass rushing skills and playing in space could help the Birds immediately.

Many still believe that Houston will be drafted by a 3-4 team, but he produced in the best conference in college football in the 4-3 as a junior (15 tackles for loss, 7.5 sacks) and made the conversion to the 3-4 very well (18.5 TFL, 10 sacks). Would go against Thomas Dimitroff’s belief in drafting only seniors, but the last time he pulled the trigger on a junior, it worked out pretty well (Curtis Lofton). Would give Van Gorder and Smith immense talent as a 4-3 DE and open up tons of possibilities with him dropping in space.

2nd Round

Randall Cobb – Wide Receiver – Kentucky

One of the most popular picks among fellow Cage members, Cobb is a type of playmaker that can do it all. Definitely not considered a #1 wide receiver by most draft websites, but one of the most dynamic prospects to fit in the slot or even as a #2 wideout. Dimitroff and Smith both have been quoted repeatedly as needing more “explosion.” Cobb measured 5’10, 191 and posted a 4.46 forty time at the combine.

Cobb runs great routes and is very shifty, even though he’s not a true burner. Would immediately upgrade something the Falcons sorely need which is Yards After Catch. Cobb broke the SEC single-season record for most all-purpose yards with 2,396. The Wildcat caught 84 balls for 1,017 yards with 7 TDs, but also ran for 424 yards with 5 TDs, and even threw 3 touchdowns as a QB. According to NFL Draft Scout, “he put points on the board eight different ways this season – rushing, receiving and passing for touchdowns; returning a punt for a TD; throwing for a TD on a fake field goal; and notching two-point conversions by rushing, passing and receiving.” That’s impressive. Cobb could be an insurance policy at returner in case they parted ways with Weems.

3rd Round

Dontay Moch – Outside Linebacker – Nevada

If the Falcons want to add speed and explosion to their team, there aren’t many better than Dontay Moch. The guy’s speed is insane, running a 4.40 forty while being 6’1, 248. Amazing production as a four year starter notching 241 tackles, 71 tackles for a loss, 1o pass break ups, and a whopping 28.5 sacks. Even though he didn’t participate in the combine, he’s even been clocked as being as fast as 4.25. Knocks against Moch include his inability to change direction enough and will need some work to become a starter at the next level. Could be in a good spot since the Falcons most likely will re-sign Stephen Nicholas (or at least should). Are Smith, Van Gorder, and Dimitroff too inflexible to take him if he doesn’t fit the scheme perfectly? Maybe, but if they want explosion, they don’t get faster than Moch.

4th Round

Marcus Gilbert – Offensive Tackle – Florida

Gilbert a new OT? (AP)

The Falcons may elect to go offensive tackle earlier since more than likely Tyson Clabo will be exiting for a huge payday and the Birds are looking to get younger. They’re not ready to give up on Sam Baker at LT just yet, re-signed Will Svitek, and probably will give Giant Garrett Reynolds the starting nod at RT after tutoring under OL Coach Boudreau for two years. Marcus Gilbert from Florida could be an excellent pickup if he lasts this late.

The former Gator has prototypical size at 6’6, 330 and could project as a future left tackle in the NFL at some point. Scouts say that Gilbert is a solid pass protector with good lateral movement, but needs to improve against 3-4 rush linebackers. A very willing run blocker who readily engages would-be blitzers and gets down field to mix it up. Moved to right tackle as a senior, so do the Falcons need another right tackle project?

5th Round

Derrick Locke – Running Back – Kentucky

Could the Falcons dip into the Wildcat well with two picks in 2011? The Falcons likely will be keeping both Turner and Snelling unless something changes from now until the draft, which doesn’t seem plausible. Turner and Snelling form a great dual threat between the tackles, but neither has breakaway speed and that was painfully evident in many of the Falcons losses last year. The Birds can’t really count on Norwood to stay healthy anymore, so speed is needed in the backfield.

Locke has been extremely productive the last two years at Kentucky, rushing for 1,800 yards, 12 TDs, almost 600 receiving yards, and 4 TDs as a junior and a senior in the rough and tumble SEC. Showed great speed at the combine when he ran a 4.40 forty time. Would be a perfect complement to Turner and Snelling and could definitely gain a role as a 3rd down back and receiver out of the backfield. Will he last until the 5th round?

6th Round

Jeron Johnson – Strong Safety – Boise State

One of the most dangerously thin positions for the Falcons is at safety after they parted ways with Erik Coleman and Shann Schillinger went on IR for the season in 2010. Thomas DeCoud and William Moore had outstanding years in their first year starting (even though DeCoud took a step back) and look to get even better as they play together more. Both safety positions will be on the board for depth, especially at strong safety and in special teams.

Johnson has a great size at 5’11, 210 and possesses good speed as well, running a 4.51 forty yard dash. Had 100+, 90+, and 80+ tackles as a sophomore, junior, and senior, respectively. Even though not a playmaker in terms of getting his hands on the ball, he still totaled 8 picks and 25 pass break ups in his career. Is a great tackler and hits with ferocity, but has issues in coverage.

7th Round (1)

Richard Sherman – Cornerback – Stanford

At this late stage, it’s anybody’s guess, but the Falcons could use some size and speed in their cornerback corps. It’s assumed that the Falcons will re-sign their Pro Bowl cornerback Brent Grimes, but they parted with Brian Williams creating an opening at nickel back for Chris Owens or Dominique Franks. They may opt to go cornerback earlier, but if they don’t Sherman could be a late round steal.

Sherman has great size (6’2, 192) and pretty good speed to go along with it running a 4.54 forty. He was also a playmaker on a highly successful Stanford team. He had 49 tackles, 9 pass break ups, and 4 interceptions. Would be in a good spot to slowly develop.

7th Round (2)

Ricardo Lockette – Wide Receiver – Fort Valley State

Lockette the Rocket (AP)

Local product was interviewed by the Falcons and is extremely raw, but lacks great size (6’3, 211) and speed (4.41). As most all late round picks, Lockette would have a very tough time cracking the 53 man roster while they already have White, Jenkins, Douglas, Meier, and Weems. And there’s a distinct possibility they will draft another wide receiver early on.

So there you have it Bird Cage Faithful, Falcons Full Mock Madness is in the books. Now the real fun begins…….your turn.

 

Your Turn

-Like, hate, or indifferent to Falcons First Full Mock?

-Which picks do you like most?

-Which picks do you like least?

-Is Houston a legit consideration at DE? Or is he destined for a 3-4?

-What about Cobb: will he even last until Falcons pick in 2nd round?

-Should Falcons go OLB early on again?

-Give your own Falcons Full Mock Madness 1.0

293 comments Add your comment

Bangkapi Ajarn

March 20th, 2011
1:38 pm

Nice first Pass. I like Cobb as well, but he likely won’t last until the falcons pick in the 2nd.

Stirg d'Nahsif

March 20th, 2011
2:01 pm

1st round: Derek Sherrod, MIssissippi (if Justin Houston is available, take him)
2nd round: Mark Herzlich, Boston College
3rd round: Ras-I Dowling, Virginia
4th round: Niles Paul, Nebraska
5th round: Josh Davis, UGA
6th round: Da’Norris Searcy, North Carolina
7th round: Schuylar Oordt, Northern Iowa
7th round: Stephen Schilling, Michigan

Bangkapi Ajarn

March 20th, 2011
2:04 pm

While I suspect Houston is near the top of the Falcon wish list at 27 if they don’t get an acceptable trade partner (for PR if no other reason) I wanted to see where the mocks are landing him. After 5 minutes or so, I am getting dizzy.

This is where Justin Houston is being mocked by 11 sites:

Round 1picks

11 Houston SB Nation –
16 FF – Jax
17 – NE Bleacher Report – Brandon Galvin
20 Bucks – Chad Reuter CBS
24 – NO Walter
24 – NO, Rob Rang CBS
27 – Atl FF
28 – NE FF
32 – GB FF

Round 2
3 Cincy FF
9 Wash FF

Bangkapi Ajarn

March 20th, 2011
2:28 pm

This will likely change, but here is a first pass:

1st round: Justin Houston DE/OLB (Local product to help remove the sour taste of the lockout

2nd round: Jerrell Jerrnigan WR Troy (won’t be there in the 3rd, they may take him in the 1st if Houston is gone as ha may not last until late 2nd. They like him)

3rd round: Derrick Locke RB 5’8” 188, 4.37 40 (shooting up draft boards, the Falcons seem to like him)

4th round: Buster Shrine, CB Fits profile of who TD likes, takes Williams spot on the roster.

5th round: Mark LeGree, FS 6’0” 210 App State

6th round: Schuylar Oordt TE Northern Iowa, 6-6 261, soft hands

6th round: Zavious Robbins WR Hardin-Simmons 5’10” 4.35 guy who put up 89 catches for 1200 yards 3 Year Team Captain Academic All-American, 3.93 GPA http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVyFRHbM0b0

7th round: D.J. Young OT 6’5” 307 Michigan state

7th round: Mike Person OG Montana state – versatile, smart, allowed 0 sacks last year

Bangkapi Ajarn

March 20th, 2011
2:35 pm

Net Result:

More speed, explosiveness, and a local draw in a key position (Keith Brooking effect??). 6 on the O, 3 on the D. Insurance for losses on the O line. No OLB this pass, assuming that they keep Nichols, and they seem to like James, Wire, etc. this could change later, but they don’t seem to be looking at LB’s in their interviews.

Defense

DE/OLB
CB
FS

Offense:
2 sub 4.4 WR’s with good hands
sub 4.4 Scatback
TE, 6-6 with good hans to replace Finn in the Redzone, fight it out with peele for last TE position.
OT Developmental Depth/Insurance
OG Developmental Depth/Insurance

Bangkapi Ajarn

March 20th, 2011
2:51 pm

Note the 7th round pick, Mike Person, will be a good locker room fit if for no other reason that he can join the Montana Mafia (Bierman, Schillinger). THAT is the reason I fit him in, I needed someone from Montana and he seemed to be the best 7th round fit.

Bangkapi Ajarn

March 20th, 2011
3:01 pm

D3’s Questions deJour/;

-Like, hate, or indifferent to Falcons First Full Mock? –
Like

-Which picks do you like most?
I like Cobb, but I now doubt he will last that long. Houston may be the guy IF he lasts that long (less than 50-50) I like CB and S depth

-Which picks do you like least?
Dontay Moch – From what I saw, he is 3-4 guy which takes him off TD’s radar. I would go OLB if we are unsure of Nichols however, my mock above I assumed that TD already has that in hand, and doesn’t want to invest draft picks into the Linebacker corps two years in a row, especially considering that Bear Woods resigned and may well make the roster this year.

-Is Houston a legit consideration at DE? Or is he destined for a 3-4?
Legit – he only played collegete 3-4 for one year and was likely slowed by the confusion associated with the transition

-What about Cobb: will he even last until Falcons pick in 2nd round?
I doubt it at this stage, he is shooting up mocks.

-Should Falcons go OLB early on again?
Only if Nichols bolts.

-Give your own Falcons Full Mock Madness 1.0
Done above, and likely to change before the “real deal” mock.

Bangkapi Ajarn

March 20th, 2011
3:03 pm

Stirg – Like your pick of Schuylar Oordt, Northern Iowa, he could be another TG IF he bulks up, great size and hands

CBrass

March 20th, 2011
3:31 pm

BA,

If TD doesn’t move up in the 1st. I hope he moves up in the 2nd to take Cobb. I still believe in HD but he drop some very catch able passes last season that had nothing to do with this knee.

Bangkapi Ajarn

March 20th, 2011
4:15 pm

CB – I no longer count on HD, and gave up on Norwood. I expect both to not make it thru training camp (wouldn’t be the first time I have been wrong, mind you).

TD is spending a LOT of time and resources surveying WR’s, and has already resigned Brandon Harvey from last year (he was one of the last cuts, injured).

Bangkapi Ajarn

March 20th, 2011
4:20 pm

WR’s that the Falcons have talked to at some point from what I see (13), and the list may well not be complete:

Jerrel Jernigan – WR – Troy
Edmond Gates – WR – Abilene-Christian
Titus Young – WR – Boise St.
Ricardo Lockette – WR – Fort Valley St.
Leonard Hankerson – WR – Miami
Denarius Moore – WR – Tennessee
Kevin Cone (4.37 40) WR ga tech
Randall Cobb WR
Dwayne Harris WR
Jon Baldwin WR
Jock Sanders WVU
Tyler Beiler, Bridgewater College (4.39 40)
Vidal Hazelton Cincinnati – dad is a diehard Falcons

CBrass

March 20th, 2011
4:29 pm

BA,

HD will be back. They are going to have him a second chances because of the knee. Norwood on the other hand may be gone. Poor guy just can’t stay healthy.

Bangkapi Ajarn

March 20th, 2011
4:32 pm

For those of you that are refering to various mocks while constructing your mocks, may I offer another site for review:

http://falcfans.com/?p=3249

This dude compiles over 300 mocks, and differentiates between those that have updated in the last 30 days, and those that didn’t.

I think the latest numbers have Notre Dame tight end Kyle Rudolph #1 for the Falcons pick, appearing in 40 total mocks and 26 unique ones. Then Torrey Smith, who is in 32 total and 20 unique mocks.

But Georgia defensive end Justin Houston has been on a steady rise for a while now, coming in third with 28 total and 16 unique. He is also the current leader for the month of March so far, appearing in 14 total mocks and 10 unique ones. So far in March, Smith is in second place with 12 total mock appearances and 8 unique ones.

But Iowa’s Adrian Clayborn has been on the rise, appearing in 10 total and unique mocks each. Since January, he is now tied in fourth place with Pitt receiver Jon Baldwin in fourth place with a total of 17 total mocks.

Stirg d'Nahsif

March 20th, 2011
4:36 pm

BA, thanks. You seem to be high on Jerrel Jerrigan. I agree, we do need additional help in the vertical game but we need a receiver with size, hands and good speed. The purpose is to draw a double-team. Also, don’t forget that our bread-and-butter is a running game. Which tells me that our scouting will include a good blocking receiver. Niles Paul is a Senior, which TD prefers. He’s 6′2″ 220 with 4.45 speed. He has impressive speed and a burst that draws double-teams. He loves to block.

waynester

March 20th, 2011
4:37 pm

D3
I’d be pleased if it fell as you predict. My only questions are about your #6 and 1st 7th. I love the rest of these players and think they’d fit in well. I prefer BA’s mock as I think Jernigan is more realistic than Cobb at our 2nd rounder. By the time you take another pass rusher, Moch is probably the best left and he does have great speed but needs lots of coaching….

Stirg d'Nahsif

March 20th, 2011
4:37 pm

I like Edmond Gates too…

Bangkapi Ajarn

March 20th, 2011
4:55 pm

Stirg – I was torn on the 2nd receiver between Vidal Hazelton who I believe is schedule for a private visit with the Falcons, and Kevin Cone from Ga. Tech (6′3″ 216, with an impressive 4.38 40).

Cone was in a running team so he had to block, he has blazing straight-line speed, but little experience running effective routes at Tech. I went for the guy that has reasonable hands over Cone and Lockette (another blazer who may actually go earlier).

I will look at Niles Paul, thanks (going offline for a while).

Stirg d'Nahsif

March 20th, 2011
5:24 pm

I want Lockette but I think he’ll last to 4th, maybe 5th round.

D3

March 20th, 2011
5:30 pm

Great Sunday Cage! — Hope the First Full Mock initiates some good discussion, which it has already of course. The first one’s always the easiest, and it gets harder and harder as it goes along. And with all those mocks from last year, I only got a handful correct (Spoon and Mike Johnson).

BA — Good pointon Randall Cobb. Unfortunately, I think you’re correct on the Wildcat wide receiver. Can’t see him going in the first, but hard to believe he’ll last until we pick at 54. Honestly, all these are the “best” case scenarios of these guys dropping. NFL Draft Scout has the most complete list of where all prospects will fall, so I use them the most. Not sure if Jernigan warrants a 1st round pick. I’ll take Hankerson every day of the week over guys like Jernigan. Sure would be nice to trade down and then our possibilties really open up.

Stirg — I like Niles Paul as well, but (hopefully) they won’t wait that late this year. I hoping for a 1st or 2nd round pick for WR. Not feeling taking one of these OT’s. Sherrod had a pretty bad Senior Bowl and is dropping out of many 1st round mocks. Heirlizch is an interesting pick. Color me selfish, but I want a blitzing OLB. I like Gates as well.

CBrass — Great point on HD. As much as I wasn’t really counting on him to do a ton with his injury, he still underperformed because he dropped passes that hit him directly in the hand. The real question is….what receiver will go if we draft one? My bets on Weems or Meier.

waynester — Just kind of spit-balling with those last few picks. Total crapshoot, but they’ll probably get someone who can contribute on special teams towards the end of the draft.

BA — Any way that you could find a list of all the players the Falcons have worked out? Nt sure why its so cloak and dagger, but most of the guys they drafted, they worked out last year.

gman

March 20th, 2011
5:31 pm

what ever happened to the second part of the Chris Houston trade? you mean we only got a 6th round pick? what was the conditions of the trade? anybody know?

CBrass

March 20th, 2011
5:46 pm

D3,

No, we keep Weems and Meier and let Strickland go. Weems is to value on special teams and TD will like to see what Meier has to offer before giving up on him.

CBrass

March 20th, 2011
5:47 pm

D3,

Don’t forget that TD is not renewing Finn’s contract so by letting Strickland go that’s a spot open for a receiver.

Stirg d'Nahsif

March 20th, 2011
6:16 pm

I agree, we really do need a wide receiver but lets consider his duties to fit our agenda. We need a receiver that is too fast for a nickel back and occasionally draws help away from Rowdy Roddy (remember, Michael Jenkins ain’t a bad consideration for a go-to guy in single coverage). Three big receivers, starting, like a Second-Rounder-Torrey-Smith-type player (6′1″+, 210+lbs, 4.45+speed, that has a reputation to block). I really like Randall Cobb but I’m afraid his size won’t fit our need. With Cobb, we might as well leave well-enough alone and stick with HD. Grab an Edmund Gates or a Niles Paul early and put out an APB on Ricardo Lockette in later rounds. The Georgia native, Lockette, is a must-have. You heard it here first. I will covet Lockette until draft day. This kid has all that we need. I am officially launching the “Draft Ricardo Lockette” campaign. YES WE CAN!

D3

March 20th, 2011
6:44 pm

CBrass — True. But if we draft a wide receiver early on, someone has to go unless we keep 6 wide receivers on the roster and cut somewhere else because we have 5 set right now. Strickland was on the practice squad and Meier didn’t count since he was put on IR before season started.

After watching Justin Houston for several years, I will admit that he is still raw. He has been one of the few bright spots on an otherwise not-fantastic defense the last few years. What I like about him is that he has proven himself in two different schemes and under two defensive coordinators in consecutive years. He will need some work, especially in the run game, but his pass-rushing skills are unquestioned. Throw in the fact that he can work himself in slowly with Biermann and/or Sidbury and its a perfect fit. He has more upside than Kerrigan and is more proven than Aldon Smith or Adrian Clayborn.

D3

March 20th, 2011
6:49 pm

gman — There’s been conflicting reports since the trade was made, but here’s what I got from ProFootballTalk.com……

The Falcons have received in exchange the Lions’ sixth-round pick. Also, the two teams will flip flop draft picks in the fifth round.

Bangkapi Ajarn

March 20th, 2011
8:16 pm

D3, the Falcons do NOT make a list public, but
http://ogdraft.wordpress.com/category/team-interest/

is the best I’ve seen to far. This guy does an outstanding job. I have found some that he missed on, but not many. I am trying to kep a list by position myself, but it is impossible to be 100% accurate because the Falcons are so secretive, and they attend most pro days in some fashion or another where they will likely mine lower picks from the internal scouting reports.

More sites that I review every day:

http://atlanta.sbnation.com/atlanta-falcons/2011/3/18/2058473/justin-houston-is-most-popular-pick-for-atlanta-falcons-among-mock

http://life.atlantafalcons.com/topic/3917093-2011-players-the-falcons-have-shown-interest-in/page__st__120

http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/draft-blog.html

http://www.kffl.com/team/7/NFL

Of course, all this is in lieu of actually having a job.

Bangkapi Ajarn

March 20th, 2011
8:19 pm

Here is my poor attempt to list who the Falcons have interviewed, either private, pro day, or senior bowl, from the above excellent sources and the occasional other news report I ran across while surfing, as of today. Caviet Emptor:

OT
Willie Smith – OT – ECU
Marcus Gilbert – OT – Florida
Anthony Castanzo – OT – Boston College

CB
Jalil Brown – CB – Colorado
Anthony Walters – Deleware

WR
Jerrel Jernigan – WR – Troy
Edmond Gates – WR – Abilene-Christian
Titus Young – WR – Boise St.
Ricardo Lockette – WR – Fort Valley St.
Leonard Hankerson – WR – Miami
Denarius Moore – WR – Tennessee
Kevin Cone (4.37 40) WR ga tech
Randall Cobb WR
Dwayne Harris WR
Jon Baldwin WR
Jock Sanders WVU
Tyler Beiler, Bridgewater College (4.39 40)
Vidal Hazelton Cincinnati – dad is a diehard Falcons

DE
Sam Acho – DE – Texas
Allen Bailey – DE – Miami
Justin Huston DE UGA

RB
Noel Devine – RB – West Virginia
Taiwan Jones – RB – Eastern Washington
Ryan Williams – RB – Virginia Tech
Kendall Hunter – RB – Oklahoma St
Derrick Locke RB
Da’Rel Scott – RB – Maryland

TE
Jordan Cameron – TE – USC –
Corday Clark TE McNeese State

QB
Colin Kaepernick – QB – Nevada
Adam Weber – QB – Minnesota
Pat Devlin QB – Delaware

S
DuJuan Harris – S – Troy
Anthony Walters -S – Delaware
Robert Sands) – West Virginia

LB
Casey Matthews – LB – Oregon

Bangkapi Ajarn

March 20th, 2011
8:26 pm

On that Houston trade, we either get a 6 or 7 this year, most say a 6th. Here is a link:

http://www.draftinsiders.com/node/35

The “official” list of picks should come out this week from the league, after comp picks are presumably assigned at the owners meeting.

Bangkapi Ajarn

March 20th, 2011
8:33 pm

“Da’Rel Scott/RB/Maryland worked out privately for the Patriots and will be doing so with the Atlanta Falcons in coming days”

http://twitter.com/capeleaguer

JB FALCON

March 20th, 2011
8:36 pm

BA, I’ve been on the Kerrigan band wagon but, according to your list of interviees I guess the Falcons done figured that he won’t drop to us. I kinda figured that but I am an optimist. Glad about the Huston interview, he’s my next 27.

big o

March 20th, 2011
8:41 pm

I think the Birds need in this order Pass Rusher (linebacker or DE) OL, RB ( yes a true change of pace speed back MT and Snelling skill sets are to similar) after RB then we can go for a speed receiver and CB but we need a speed back who can take to the house from anywhere maybe then we can have a screen game.

Bangkapi Ajarn

March 20th, 2011
8:53 pm

JB – From what I’ve seen, they have been concentrating resources on WR and RB, with very few 1st round interviewees for any position- the list is likely incomplete, of course.

Remember last year when all the pundits said that the Falcons MUST pick a DE to improve the pass rush?

And, how some downgraded the Falcons pick because they didn’t pick even one? That could be coming again this year, just sayin’.

Afterwords, TD said they wanted to allow the guys on roster to grow and develop, he didn’t want to discard them too early. I wouldn’t be shocked if we see that again. Mildly surprised, but not shocked. If Houston doesn’t slip to27, we may not get a DE this year – again, relying on existing staff to get it done, with Biermann/Abe on the first line, and backed up by Davis/JA/Sidbury.

D3

March 20th, 2011
8:56 pm

BA — Thanks BA. Great website.

A breakdown by percentage of players worked out or talked to according to his list…..

WR – 29%
OT – 13%
DE – 13%
RB – 21%
QB – 8%
DB – 8%
LB – 4%

Now, even though its hard to draw too much from the workouts and interviews, I find a few interesting observations here. This is music to my ears and wonderful sight to my eyes. It appears that wide receiver will finally be addressed in the top 3 rounds since most are slotted early.

Also, look at which is next highest? Running back. Definitely looks like the speed will be addressed at running back and wide receiver since almost every single RB and WR has serious speed.

Two workouts with quarterbacks? Do they know something we don’t? Is Redman on the block? Can’t imagine them parting with JPW since they took him as an UDFA and he has progressed amazingly well.

Of the OT’s and DE’s, only 1 a piece were first round material (Houston and Contanazo). To be fair, only a handful were 1st round material across the board. Titus Young, Leonard Hankerson, Constanazo, and Houston.

To my recollection, we interviewed or worked out Spoon, Hawley, Johnson, and I think Peters.

Bangkapi Ajarn

March 20th, 2011
9:01 pm

D3 – On Jerrnigan warranting a 1st round pick –
A) IF TD wants him, and
B) IF they feel reasonably confident that he won’t slip to the late 2nd, and
C) IF they can’t trade down to the early 2nd into a spot where they are still confident they cb get him,

a 1st rounder on ‘their man” wouldn’t shock me.

I refer doubting minds to the surprising (at the time) case of Cory Peters, and the premium placed on speed by NFL teams.

JB FALCON

March 20th, 2011
9:12 pm

BA, you’re DE theory leads me to rethink the question everyone has about Sidbury. As D3 has noticed, we haven’t drafted anyone we haven’t interviewed. Going back to your list and with the information you supplied I’m saying Jernigan or Devine?

Bangkapi Ajarn

March 20th, 2011
9:22 pm

JB – They apparently spent a lot of time with Jerrnigan, and Derrick Locke, who ran a 4.37 40. Jerrnigan especially.

They could slot into the 2nd and 3rd rounds, but they have also talked to some late round speed WR’s as well like Lockette, Cone, and Hazelton who specifically requested, and received, a workout with Falcon scouts. All Sub 4.4 40’s

Bangkapi Ajarn

March 20th, 2011
9:23 pm

Time to sign off, enjoyed it, folks.

Dave Gold

March 20th, 2011
11:35 pm

Vidal Hazelton will be a great addition for us

There is always that one player that won’t get drafted high or be a free agent and has a a lot to prove. That player is Vidal Hazelton. This kid was ranked the # 1 Wide Receiver in the Nation coming out of HS. He was ranked above Percy Harvin. We need a player like this. Things went sour for him in college. you heard it here first. This kid will show up the AJ Green and Julio Jones in the NFL. Someone will get a bargain for this pick. I have seen him. He’s the complete receiver. Blocks like hell, great route runner and very physical. ESPN said it. He is the Best Player not invited to the Combine. Check this reel on him. make sure to look at his practice stuff at the end of the reel. This kid got great ball skills. http://www.govidal.com

Ken Strickland

March 20th, 2011
11:58 pm

It’s driving me crazy not hearing anything about what TD and Smitty intend to do about our FA OL situation. What we do in the first 2-3 rds will depend on how we intend to address that situation. Which FA’s have they extended tenders too besides RB JSnelling?

If OL coach PBoudreau can take 2 UFA’s off the practice squad and turn them into solid starters, one a Pro Bowl OT, what can we expect from a draft pick after 2yrs under him? We’ve heard some glowing reports about the rapid progress of OG JValdez, who, like starting RG HDahl, was an UFA on the practice squad.

So, how much progress can we expect from draft picks MJohnson and JHawley after a yr under his guidance? Is either of these 3 ready to take over a starting OL position? I co-sign D3’s idea of us not resign RT TClabo, and us not give up on LT SBaker yet. I’ll go out on a limb and predict we’ll only resign OG JBlalock. With the release of safety EColeman, it’s a given we’ll draft another one. With both starting OLB’s being FA’s, and one being past his prime(MPeterson), OLB is definitely a priority.

If Smitty wants to make more big plays in our passing gm, then he needs to to get OC MMularkey to make his play calling less predictable and modify his pass routes. We run mostly possession routes, like hooks and curls, that don’t lend themselves to big plays or yards after catch. We seldom run the big gainers like quick slants, fly patterns, or deep post routes.

I think we should pass more on running downs, when teams are in their run DEF(1st & 2nd downs), and run more on passing downs, when teams are in their pass DEF(3rd down). MULARKEY IS JUST TOO DOGGONE PREDICTABLE AND CONSERVATIVE.

a large green thing in a trash bag of water ballons

March 21st, 2011
12:04 am

idk abou randall cobb lastin till 2 but heres mine

1.Kyle Rudolph or Johnathin Baldwin

2.Brooks Reed (Arizona)

3.Jaquizz Rodgers

4.Demarcus Love

5. Zavviouros Robins

6.Malcom Smith

7.Mike Blanc (6 or 7)

Not ral accurate but just thrown something out there

darrell starks

March 21st, 2011
12:12 am

1ST ROUND PICK WR TORREY SMITH.
GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!

darrell starks

March 21st, 2011
12:14 am

darrell starks

March 21st, 2011
12:15 am

darrell starks

March 21st, 2011
12:19 am

2ND ROUND PICK DT STEPHEN PAEA.
GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!

darrell starks

March 21st, 2011
12:20 am

darrell starks

March 21st, 2011
12:23 am

3RD ROUND CB RAS I BOWLING
GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!

darrell starks

March 21st, 2011
12:24 am

darrell starks

March 21st, 2011
12:26 am

4TH ROUND OLB DONTAY MOUCH
GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

darrell starks

March 21st, 2011
12:27 am

darrell starks

March 21st, 2011
12:30 am

5TH ROUND PICK OT LEE ZIEMBA
GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!