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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.