Your Top 5 for Atlanta Falcons Draft

Out of town and away from the computer, so we’ll make this one short until we get our Falcons Full Mock Madness 2.3 up, which will be soon. The topic is simple: list your desired top 5 prospects that you hope the Falcons take at #27, with the assumption that they have a decent chance of falling to us at the bottom of the first round.

Bird Cage Attempt:

1) Justin Houston – DE

Extremely raw and will take some time to develop, but taking in the assumption that most rookie DE’s don’t produce on a high level immediately, the former Georgia Dawg give the Falcons a ton of athleticism, versatility, and pass rush. Proved he could play in both schemes in consecutive years in the toughest conference in college football. Would give Coach Smith and Coach Van Gorder a ton of flexibility with his ability to drop into coverage. In a perfect setting to develop under Abraham’s tutelage and also has Biermann and maybe Sidbury to pair with. Local UGA ties don’t hurt either.

2) Torrey Smith - WR

Many are down on this kid and think he’s either not first round worthy or that it would be a mistake. Simply think that’s wrong. The guy has speed to burn, an insane work ethic, and one of the best receivers in the draft in yards after catch. Amassed almost 3,000 kick return yards in just three years. Finally adds much needed speed to Falcons receiving corps. Would definitely challenge Jenkins as #2 sooner rather than later.

3) Aldon Smith – DE

Many have compared Smith to John Abraham with his physique and pass-rushing skills. Extremely young, but definitely looks to be a playmaker at the next level with proper development and grooming. May need time, but the guy has talent and speed.

4) Ryan Kerrigan – DE

May be the most pro-ready defensive end in the draft. Great hustle guy and had some of the best and most consistent production in college over the last years in terms of sacks and tackles for a loss. Concerns about him reaching his ceiling, but the guy immediately adds talent to defensive end unit.

5) Brandon Harris – CB

Many will disagree that the Falcons should invest money in 3 potential starting cornerbacks, but anyone remembering the Green Bay playoff disaster can’t think this would help a good bit. Harris is generally considered the 3rd best CB after Peterson and Nakumara. A trio of D-Rob, Grimes, and Harris immediately upgrades one of the weakest units.

Alternates

6) Aaron Williams – Another corner who has good cover skills and likely to go in the first round. Would add needed size and physicality to secondary.

7) Gabe Carimi – Not sure how much an OT helps with Baker at LT and either Clabo or Reynolds at RT, but the idea of upgrading the offensive tackle spot with future talent may be too hard to pass up.

8.) Randall Cobb – Probably too high to take in the first round, but many draft sites are starting to slot him as a round 1-2 pick instead of just a 2nd rounder due to his versatility and playmaking ability. Will definitely be gone by the time the Falcons pick in second round.

There you have it Cage Family, time for you to list your favorites for Falcons to draft as we head into less than a month until the big weekend.

126 comments Add your comment

Bangkapi Ajarn

April 3rd, 2011
10:21 pm

I am starting to lean Aaron Williams over Harris, he would provide versitility and options at two positions.

I am now against Houston, and don’t think we will go OT.

Aldon Smith and Kerrigan are 90% likely to be gone by 27, if not 99%

Smith is a possibility, as is Jernigan if they decide he won’t last until 59.

Bangkapi Ajarn

April 3rd, 2011
10:22 pm

Oh, and have a safe trip home, D3.

Bangkapi Ajarn

April 3rd, 2011
10:25 pm

For my list;

1) Kerrigan
2) Aaron Williams
3) Torrey Smith
4) surprise pick here – OLB, either Ayers or Foster IF he rises up draft boards (possible)
5) Randall Cobb if necessary

As of tonight, I would NOT go OT early unless Cortanza from BC falls (very doubtful) He is the only one that would give an immediate return in 2011.

Bangkapi Ajarn

April 3rd, 2011
10:50 pm

Rationale:

A first rounder should be able to significantly contribute the first year. That means getting on the field, and improving some aspect of the Falcons THIS year. We are soooo close as a 13-3 team, we need to improve something, that extra whoomph, to get us to the Superbowl parade. Getting into the playoffs is no longer enough. Just my opinion.

1) Kerrigan is NFL ready enough that he should be able to get onto the field in certain packages, The possible extra sacks he can contribute, along with a fresher Abe and Biermann with quality help to come in on rotation, can only help improve our weakest link (22nd pass D). I don’t think he will make to the Falcons though, doubtful, buthe would be Abe’s heir apparent.

2) Aaron Williams brings size and versatility (S and CB). He should get on the field a LOT, as evidenced by the last two CB’s picked at 27. He won’t displace D-Rob or Grimes, nor should he, but provide quality rotation and a quality NCB, a real hole in our team. He would be a good fit as well from what I have seen, and recent mocks seem to have him in the latter part of the 1st, so this is no reach.

3) Torrey Smith would put Jenks on notice that he will be replaced sooner than later. I am not sure how much MM would utilize him, but he would make HD redundant this year for sure, and maybe Jenks later. The downside, WR’s picked in this slot usually take years to become effective, and we need help how. I see no reason for this year to be different, for this team. The role he would play on this team could as well be played by a 2nd round WR.

4) This is early to get an OLB, but if TD doesn’t think we can get someone that is a significant upgrade later then he could surprise. This person would provide quality depth (not all you expect from a #1 hopefully), and eventually replace Peterson. 4th option at best and would leave a taste of unnecessarily getting reduced value for a 27.

5) Randall Cobb or Jernigan if TD is confident that their chances of slipping to 59 are slim to none. The immediate reaction would be that they were picked a round too early, but that is what was said about peters, and that turned out pretty good for the Falcons.

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Bill

April 3rd, 2011
11:56 pm

1. Kerrigan 2. Torry Smith 3. Aaron Williams 4. ?..5. ?

zeeke

April 4th, 2011
12:08 am

1. Sheard
2. Williams
3. Hankerson
4. Sherrod
5. T. Smith

Paddy O

April 4th, 2011
12:11 am

Alright, before I read any responses: My top 5 1st round picks would be:
1) Kerrigan
2) Castanza
3) Houston
4) Pouncey
5) Torrey Smith / Hankerson

Paddy O

April 4th, 2011
12:14 am

Now, if all those guys are gone?
- Moore, FS
- Carimi
- Solder
- A DE
- A CB
- A DE
- A CB
- A DE

Tana

April 4th, 2011
12:33 am

sadly I think the immediate impact we need is not coming from the draft this year. The lockout is hurting a potential free agent acquisition that could become the real quick fix to some of our needs. at 27 there are steals that become instant winners, but many of them are still working their way into the rotation as role players.

The Wide Receiver group that are potential free agents is extreme and there are some explosive guys in the batch if we could only negotiate with them. There are some impressive DE free agents as well, but again not being able to know if we even have an opportunity to sign them or how much they are demanding is a big issue.

If we had the chance like a normal off season to maybe snag a WR or DE off the market I would go OLB to groom into taking Peterson’s position.

Sand

April 4th, 2011
2:58 am

We need to draft Jimmy Smith !!!

just me

April 4th, 2011
3:17 am

A guy can dream no chance to fall to us list in abc order would love to have any of these guys in a bird uni!
1. AJ Green
2. Patrick Peterson
3. Von Miller

I’ll put together something more realistic later.

D3 – I am one of those down on T. Smith, It’s because of the way he catches the ball! Maybe that is something that can be coached out of him, but changing the way a WR catches the ball is like changing a batters swing in baseball. It usually messes them up more than it helps them.

Big Ray

April 4th, 2011
5:43 am

D3 !

Great stuff, as always. I’ll make my picks later, when my brain doesn’t feel like mush (after a 12 hr midnight shift). But I am not sure about Houston. I won’t cry if we get him, that’s for sure, but I’m also not sure he’s a best option, or where we should play him.

BA ,

As always, your shiznit is tight.

Now if only TEE PEE SPORTS would get a move on and do another mock, I’d have even more highly thought out material to leech off of! LOL.

Big Ray

April 4th, 2011
5:56 am

BA ,

GREAT point on Castanza. I would agree that he is one of few that may drop to our draft slot who could contribute immediately. I’m kinda leaning towards the idea that TD and MS only take a guy for the O-line if the following conditions apply:

1) No desirable scenario of trading down ever develops.

2) No other position that is high on our board can be adequately addressed at our draft slot (still not sure if that’s DE, WR, or CB, etc).

3) They see a sure-fire starter for the O-line. A guy who starts right away, or shortly thereafter.

We shall see.

The Real Falcon

April 4th, 2011
6:48 am

1. DE
2. TE
3. RB
4. LB

waynester

April 4th, 2011
8:03 am

Count me among the 40% who hope we can trade back into the upper 2nd due to another team’s desperation to move up. There are only a handful of guys we could take at #27 without “reaching” (again, it’s not reaching if you get “your” targeted guy) and both Cobb and Jernigan are moving up. If we don’t get an offer for #27 we’ll probably take a guy earlier than expected….

Paddy O

April 4th, 2011
9:09 am

Somebody commented on trading down to #4 & selecting AJ Green – that would be a terrific move!

John Waynesworld

April 4th, 2011
9:31 am

D3, you probably have the list spot on right there if we don’t trade up or down. I’ll take any of these picks and call it a success, except possibly the Miami CB. I know the Randall Cobb pick is wishful as, like you said, he is not worthy of a #27 and he should be gone by #54, but you never know! If Cobb is still breathing around the high 40’s, TD may make a mini-move to nab him. I think he will still be there for us for our 2nd pick, but do we take him there and NOT a wide receiver?? What if Hankerson is still around? Who knows.

I agree Waynester, we could get some real value off the 2nd Round scrap heap, as the 1st Round is being called a collection of projects. Since the 1st Round has been maligned by sports media as the weakest set of top draft selections in recent NFL draft history, maybe there is true worth in picks 33-64. Either trade down or trade up, but don’t stay and wait for the 27th leftover in this yucky draft. If everybody is such a “project”, then the 2nd Round is the best place.

What? Matty got hitched??

Unca' Bob

April 4th, 2011
9:45 am

JB FALCON

April 4th, 2011
10:05 am

I hope Matt’s marriage doesn’t translate into the same performance we’ve been getting from Bierman since he hooked up with his Mom’s friend.

Coop

April 4th, 2011
10:12 am

Hmmm, I really don’t want to draft at 27. If forced, I go for the best available at DE or OL. Looking at draft prospects, I’d go:

1. Aldon Smith
2. Mike Pouncey
3. Dereck Sherrod
4. Nate Dolder
5. Cameron Heyward

Of that group, I like all the OL better than the two DE. I just don’t think there is a DE in this draft worth taking in the 1st round. All projects. But you could plug in any of these OL on day one. They could replace Dahl or Clabo or at least compete with Johnson and Reynolds. Plus, you’d basically have your OL set for 5 – 7 years (you’ll need another OC to back up Hawley, but not a top round need).

I might be swayed on the Maryland WR, but again, why not take the top rated OG versus a slot receiver you hope will ocmpete for #2 WR? If Torrey was going to compete with Roddy, maybe. So if you can’t get an AJ Green, then stock up on the best OG or heck, even OLB in this weak draft.

Coop

April 4th, 2011
10:13 am

Sports marriages usually lead to down turns the first year or so. It killed Francouer.

CBrass

April 4th, 2011
10:16 am

Coop,

Francouer was/is just hard headed and didn’t listen to his coaches. Matt doesn’t have that problem.

IceFan

April 4th, 2011
10:18 am

Another solid post D3. When are they going to let you take over for DLed? You are better. Anyway…..

1. Justin Houston
2. Akeem Ayers
3. Ryan Kerrigan
4. Torrey Smith
5. Aaron Williams

I really want Randall Cobb but we aren’t going to reach at 27 for him. I would love for TD and Smitty to trade 2nd round picks with someone and snag him.

SeminoleWarrior

April 4th, 2011
10:18 am

LOL…Big Ray

I gave the staff some down time after all the work they put in working on the big board thus far. But I will see what the old grey rabbit CEO can put together for you.

My Top Five for the Falcons are as follows:

1) DE Aldon Smith: You guys know how I roll. I finish what I start. And I do believe that the Falcons can still get this guy. Pass rush generation is our NUMBER ONE need.

2) WR Leonard Hankerson: The TRUE #2 WR that we seem to be missing. Capable of being a force on the outside as well as in the intermediate passing game.

3) LB Mason Foster. Again, another key need is addressed with this talent.We need to upgrade the LB corps in terms of pass defense and youth. Foster, Lofton, Nicholas, and Spoon give us the best LB corps in the NFC South, hands down and possibly, the best in the NFC.

4) WR Randall Cobb. The COMPLETE package in the intermediate passing game. Enuf said.

5) TE Virgil Green. TG88 is waffling about retirement if this lockout goes on deep into the spring and early summer. We need to secure the future at this critical position of play and Green does that. An immense talent, he holds down the job for the next ten years. RW84, MR, Green, and Hankerson/Cobb – think of the potential that Mad Mike would have. Wow…

Infamous

April 4th, 2011
10:32 am

1 – Ryan Kerrigan
2 – Cameron Heyward
3 – Brandon Harris
4 – Gabe Carimi
5 – Kyle Rudolph
6 – Brooks Reed (check him out; stock is climbing)

Nobody likes the possibility Rudolph in the 1st???

SeminoleWarrior

April 4th, 2011
10:35 am

Infamous, me personally, I just like Green more. He could be picked later…a value so to speak.

waynester

April 4th, 2011
10:50 am

Seminole
Hey Warrior–just a clarification–When you say top 5 picks, do you mean first 5 rds? If so, I can’t imagine Foster and Cobb still being available so late…even Hankerson may be off the board before #59. If we want any of your top 4 we’ll probably have to take them at #27 unless we move down–then we could manouver around and pick up perhaps 3 of those guys…One in the upper 2nd rd, our current #59 and package picks to get into the top of the 3rd and your list suddenly becomes a lot more doable. If Aldon S is there at #27 I agree that TD would pull the trigger and our chances at most of those other guys diminishes greatly. We could still have a shot at Hankerson/Jernigan, etc. at #59 and V Green at #91 and that’d be pretty solid….

SeminoleWarrior

April 4th, 2011
10:50 am

BA, given the apparent shift in the minds of several teams, it may be that the Falcons will not in a position to take any of the “better” pass rushers in this draft. My crack intel squad here at TeePee Sports is briefing me that that TWELVE of the teams picking ahead of us are now shifting their focus to the pass rush. Leading the pack are the Rams, Jaguars, Titans, 49ers, Browns, Cowboys, and Bucs. This would make it VERY hard for the Falcons to get a quality pick at 27 in that regard.

Will continue to get the briefs and update accordingly. I still stand with my Aldon Smith pick and would race to the podium with that card if he is there. But I have a feeling that there is going to be a major overhaul in the coming days. Staff is back in the office on Wednesday so we will go from there.

SeminoleWarrior

April 4th, 2011
10:53 am

Waynester, the five persons that I selected are the five young men that I would draft at their position as being the BEST available at positions of need. If any of them are available at that position for the Falcons when it is our pick, I would take them. Defensive end is the HIGHEST priority on the board here at TeePee Sports.

But as I just passed on to the Cage and BA in particular, I am sensing a potential serious run on DL and DE personnel in this draft. That means, IMHO, that the Falcons, may have to wait another year to address a crucial need. And that sucks….

Coop

April 4th, 2011
10:59 am

SW – concur with your last post about the run on DE. That makes OL look better. Might have a stud WR to chose, but doubtful. I think the best scenario is to trade up or down. If you could get AJ, then go up, otherwise, try like hell to trade back.

D3

April 4th, 2011
11:01 am

Great Monday Cage Fam! — Got a sec at the computer to rap about some Falcons draft action.

Cameron Heyward — Sorry folks, but I absolutely hate this pick that DOL just put up as his new #27. The guy barely averaged over 3 sacks in college and offers nothing in the way of pass-rush. We already have that in JA98. Would he be good in a 3-4? Probably so. But he offers nothing in terms of getting after the QB. Will toss my beer if this one comes up.

BA — Great list. I’m starting to warm to Williams over Harris as well. Bigger and more physical. I completely agree with you on immediate impact a CB will have because nickel is basically a starting position and I have a lack of faith in either Owens or Franks full-time. That OL article you found with Boudreau’s comments was gold b/c it confirmed what many of us thought regarding the OL. It takes time to tutor and develop and NONE of those guys offer anything more than Reynolds/Valdez in year 3 and Hawley/Johnson in year 2. JMHO.

Paddy O — Like that list. Perhaps my alma mater connection with Houston is blurring my objectivity, but if draft assuming that any DE will take time to develop, than this guy has serious potential.

Tana — Perfectly said and Welcome to The Cage! I’ve done exhaustive research on drafting DE’s first and the years they have as rookies and it just doesn’t happen. They average less than 3 sacks, and that’s a good year. Derrick Morgan, for instance, had a whopping ONE sack and Jason Pierre-Paul had 4.5 sacks, which is pretty good, but Biermann had 3 sacks in year 3 (1st as a starter). If we draft ANY DE first, I’m not expecting a lot. Same goes for ANY OL.

SeminoleWarrior

April 4th, 2011
11:01 am

Coop, I can see the OL pick before I see the trade scenario. I am just having a hard time feeling the Falcons trading up. IMHO, we would have to give up a pick or two that would be better served by just staying put and taking the best player at a position of need.

SeminoleWarrior

April 4th, 2011
11:03 am

D3, I am with you. I normally am not critical of the Godfather but I see no logic to picking Cam. That would be a totally horrific move if we went that way.

D3

April 4th, 2011
11:10 am

just me — That is a concern about Torrey Smith, but the thing that makes it OK in my mind is excellent work ethic and committment to the game. Many started to throw around the “B” word with Roddy White, he turned on his work habits, and has made 3 straight Pro Bowls. I’m under no illusion that he may not start, but that goes for pretty much anyone we draft at #27, including OL. Perhaps that’s a testament to our team lacking holes.

Coop — I hate always being the Anti-OL guy, but none of these guys impress me in the least. I finally came around to your Bryan Bulaga argument last year and none of these guys are anywhere close to him. He didn’t even start at LT as a rookie, so I’m skeptical of any starting day 1. Maybe my stock’s just too high on Reynolds. Regarding Pouncey, I don’t think he’s as good as his brother and he went to the Steelers where it was easy to be successful right away and went to a system that fits him. Maybe it was just the whole team, but that entire Florida offense looked a hot mess (but they still found a way to beat our Dawgs, eh?). I would begrudgingly accept a Pouncey pick and would like it better than an OT pick, but I think that Johson was drafted to start and I can’t see them letting Blalock go. My belief is to go away from pretending we’re a smashmouth offense, because we’re not, and let Matty Ice sling the ball around to his many weapons (like the last two Super Bowl winning MVPs). Just my opinion. We would need to heavy of an overhaul to become a road-grading team.

Back later…………

uga_b

April 4th, 2011
11:29 am

BA (and D3), I am definitely higher on Williams because I see an option to push him back to FS in the NFL. So basically, you get better NCB this year and a possibly Decoud replacement if he doesn’t progress.

List if it were me:
1 J. Houston
2 A. Williams
3 R. Moore
4 A. Ayers
5 M. Leshoure

My Falcons thinking list:
1 J. Houston
2 M. Pouncey
3 J. Sheard
4 J. Baldwin
5 A. Williams

uga_b

April 4th, 2011
11:31 am

Here is why I picked Baldwin over Smith:

Smith:
3/17/11: Torrey Smith didn’t run the 40 at his Pro Day, but the important thing is that he didn’t drop any passes in the drills. Smith has tiny hands, but general managers could warm up to taking him at the end of the first round if they’re confident that he won’t drop many balls.

2/28/11: Torrey Smith’s microscopic 8 5/8-inch hands are a concern, but he showed us Sunday why he’s a legitimate first-round prospect. The 6-1, 204-pound Smith ran a 4.37. He also notched a 41-inch vertical and a 10-foot-6 broad jump.

Baldwin:
3/17/11: Jonathan Baldwin caught every pass at his Pro Day (he also stood on his Combine numbers), but looked stiff and tight in the drills. The Sporting News even went as far to say that Baldwin going in the first round is “crazy talk.”

2/28/11: Jonathan Baldwin ran a great 40 (4.45) considering his massive frame (6-4, 228). He also posted a 42-inch vertical and a 10-foot-9 broad jump. Concerns remain about Baldwin’s attitude, but there’s no questioning his physical ability.

Still think you wait til 2nd rd and get an equal WR prospect.

Coop

April 4th, 2011
11:40 am

D3 – I can’t disagree with your OL analysis. I do think we can upgrade over Dahl and Clabo. Hopefully Johnson and Reynolds are the guys to do that. I also agree, we should keep Blalock. I think he’s better with Baker next to him. Maybe that’s a plug for Baker, but those two still have some upside.

The problem is, I hate spending #27 on the 8th DE, 4th WR, 3rd CB, etc. (rankings are just as an example). Does that improive our team or just add depth or a “project” at a position of need? So what next year? Draft another DE at 28 or 30? So we have two 1st round “projects” at DE? Lot of money tied up there. Same goes for CB.

At WR, I could see taking someone cause we could use an upgrade at the slot or #2. Will we get that at 27? That will give us 3 first round WRs…

Pouncey isn’t sexy and he isn’t his brother. But he is the top rated OG on the board. Your OL is good, but set to lose some guys. You’ll need depth no matter what. So here’s an opportunity to grab the highest rated player at a position you need to draft for. It’s the question of grabbing the best at a positon of lesser need versus getting the 4th or 5th best at every position you draft.

Sometimes, you strengthen your team with the BPA, then you fix glaring needs through FA or trade. We didn’t draft Abe, Turner, Ovie, DRob, etc. We are not going to fix the pass rush for 2011 in THIS draft. That player is NOT falling to us at 27.

So go against the grain. If everyone runs DEs and OT, draft OL or OLB. If the best CB is still there, grab him, etc.

Then next year, you don’t have to worry about that spot.

At the end of the day, trade down and stockpile. Good luck with that. If the draft IS weak, who’s trading up to 27???

uga_b

April 4th, 2011
11:40 am

So tiny handed slot receiver versus big stiff guy…haha. I had read that Baldwin adjusts to the deep ball better than anybody outside of AJ.

For S & Gs, here is Hankerson (Per Walter Football):
3/27/11: Leonard Hankerson had a good Pro Day workout. He’s had an excellent draft offseason after a mediocre year. Mike Mayock said that Hankerson “scares the hell out of me.”

1/30/11: Leonard Hankerson was the best offensive player on the field in the Senior Bowl. He made numerous outstanding catches, including a 49-yarder where he made a great adjustment on Christian Ponder’s severely underthrown pass. Hankerson has a shot to go in the bottom of the first round if he has a good Combine.

1/26/11: Leonard Hankerson is having a solid Senior Bowl. He’s shown improvement in his route-running and catching ability. Monday’s hand measurement helps too.

1/25/11: Leonard Hankerson measured in an inch shorter than he was listed at Maimi, but his 10 5/8-inch hands are unbelievable. Outside of Vincent Brown, no one else had larger than 10-inch hands at the Senior Bowl.

Clearly, this guy is the hand pick.

SW, given that a lot of us see a run on the true pass rushers, where do you see some late round DE value? Mathews, Chinasa, and Winterswyk?

Paddy O

April 4th, 2011
11:48 am

I still think Castonzo could fall. I still like FS Moore – if he is a legitimite #1 FS. IMHO Cowboys go CB. We know Torrey Smith is a high character selection, good speed. Who is better? Hankerson or Smith? Cocoa is leaning toward Hankerson, so . . . I think we must draft Jernigan in 2nd, so I really doubt we draft WR 1st round – unless AJ falls to us (yuk, yuk). I still think if we limited this WR draftee to 100% go routes (if successful early, exceptional impact, he should slide right in. Who here thinks MR2 & HD are practicing now as we speak?

waynester

April 4th, 2011
12:09 pm

Paddy O
I ’spect right now Matty’s practicing sumpin’ else–knowhuttamean?

crabapplejoe

April 4th, 2011
1:04 pm

Its real simple……we trade our #27 to Kansas City for Glenn Dorsey and all of our other draft choices to move up and get A.J. Green…..then its on to the SuperBowl! We get two top five draft picks for nothing. We make all of the folks happy who demanded that we pick Dorsey a few years back instead of Ryan and the A.J. Green apologists can fill the Dome hoping to see Green’s first 1000 yard season…….

SeminoleWarrior

April 4th, 2011
1:08 pm

Uga B, if there is a gem late on the DE board, I would say it is the Matthews kids from South Carolina.

Have said it a million times my friend. I do not think I have seen a draft with so many hyped players and so much bust potential. I am really struggling to feel a lot of these guys.

D3

April 4th, 2011
1:08 pm

Coop — Well put argument. Makes sense. I just think that if we draft Pouncey than that either eliminates Blalock or Johnson. Hard to believe that TD is giving up on either right now, especially since he took Johnson in the 3rd round out of Alabama. Maybe its unrelated, but Mark Ingram sure looked less spectacular without Johnson (at least partly) blocking for him. I think the thing we can agree on is that there simply is no GREAT route to go this year. Also well put on that would give us 3 first round WRs, but Jenkins is a bust if you consider him as a first round pick and TD did not draft him. Initially, I was definitely against taking ANY DE in the first round, but since the greedy @ssholes decided to ruin free agency, than I think we’re almost forced into it. I think we may be stuck with the fact that whomever we draft at 27 likely won’t be an impact player. In that case, your Pouncey argument is excellent.

uga_b — Not sure what Mayock is talking about with Hankerson because dude had over 1,100 yards receiving, over 70 catches, and 13 TDs last year. I like Hankerson for sure, but he seems to be dropping out of the first round.

RE: WR — As many of you know, I’m not completely objective when it comes to taking a wide receiver. We have one great receiver and that’s it. Jenkins is not getting it done. HD apparently was a fluke. Meier is coming off a major injury. Weems might as well be a DB, because he’s non-existent in aerial attack. I just know that we have one of the best young QB’s in the NFL and I’m not sure he’s surrounded by the amount of talent and speed that Rodgers, Brees, Vick, Manning, and Brady are (I know some of you are snickering with the Brady and Manning mentions, but they have fast and smart WR’s who can make plays…..ours do not). Let’s put it this way, as long as we get any of the following, I’ll be happy: Torrey Smith, Hankerson, Cobb, Jernigan…..and much less enthused: Edmond Gates or Titus Young. Baldwin seems too much like Jenkins. If Baldwin were drafted to replace Jenkins outright, then fine. But we all know that WON’T be happening.

SeminoleWarrior

April 4th, 2011
1:11 pm

LOL…waynester. I hope he does not need too much practice. Remember that famous line from Mickey in the “Rocky” movies…”Women weaken legs”.

SeminoleWarrior

April 4th, 2011
1:13 pm

Cage,

Baldwin was one that was on the radar here but his immaturity issues raised flags for me. He is a talent but I think that we will pass on him. Do not need a headache in our offense.

SeminoleWarrior

April 4th, 2011
1:15 pm

Paddy O, I have seen them both in person, Hankeson and Smith. I personally like what Hankerson does over the middle of the field.

Coach Rob would love either of them…but if he was to ask Cocoa, I would go with the man from the U. And that is not an easy thing for a “Nole to say.

John Waynesworld

April 4th, 2011
1:21 pm

I read this whole thing and nothing about small hands…

http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/draft/players/1242961

Parts I like:

1) 6′1″, 208 lbs.
2) #3 Wide receiver in 2011 Draft yet just started mastering the position in 2010 (Was a KR/WR)
3) Willing to block
4) Graduated early.
5) Described by head coach Ralph Friedgen as “God created a perfect person” due to Smith’s humility and dedication, as well as his athletic talents.

Sounds like a high character Falcon to me.

SeminoleWarrior

April 4th, 2011
1:22 pm

JWW, there is no questioning the man’s talent and work ethic. Just boils down to the choice. And it would be a tough one. TeePee goes Hankerson but have nothing against Smith at all.

SeminoleWarrior

April 4th, 2011
1:25 pm

In many ways, the Smith story reminds me of that of Warrick Dunn. The only difference is that Smith did not lose his mom to tragedy. But he was asked to be the man…and he rose to the challenge.