Falcons Full Mock Madness – 2.3

Less than a Month……

Even as the NFL owners and players continue their irresponsible greed-fest, fans still have one more thing to look forward to before the NFL season actually starts to contract and disappear. The NFL Draft is always one of the most fun events of the entire year, but this year it holds sway a little more since this may be the last football related event for a long while.

The fight seems to be getting worse, not better. You have owners, such as our own Arthur Blank, sending out letters basically trying to justify their position and say it’s not their fault and you have the players seeking damages for the owners stockpiling a billion dollars from TV contracts getting ready for the lockout. Just a matter of time before fans start turning to other activities and sports, where disappointment turns into anger and anger turns into ambivalence.

Well, at least we have the draft rapidly approaching and with that the 3rd installment of the Falcons Full Mock Madness. Remember that the goal of The Bird Cage is to put different players in each mock in an attempt for variety and getting familiar with various prospects. Be sure to include your own new mock in preparation for our 3rd Annual Falcons Full Mock Competition.

Round 1

Gabe Carimi – Offensive Tackle – Wisconsin

One of the most interesting positions up for debate and as soon as you mention the offensive line, you’ll usually get a pretty passionate response on one side or the other. The offensive line is littered with huge question marks this off-season, where 3 out of the 5 starters (Justin Blalock, Harvey Dahl, Tyson Clabo) are/were set to become free agents this off-season and another (center Todd McClure) is likely getting close to retirement. They have Garrett Reynolds, Mike Johnson, Joe Hawley, Jose Valdez, and Will Svitek as possible starters. Thomas Dimitroff could elect to go ahead and upgrade their OL with talent, thus giving them definite options instead of possible options.

This draft class doesn’t appear to have the deepest or best offensive tackle prospects in recent memory, but several could be taken by the Falcons if they were to drop to #27. Gabe Carimi may be long gone by the time the Falcons pick, but if he falls he immediately upgrades the Falcons talent level. At 6’7, 314, Carimi has a prototypical left tackle frame. Many scouts believe he has the talent to start at left tackle out of the box and could move to the right if he struggles. He got a lot of attention at his Pro Day, where he showed off his agility and quickness. Some believe that Carimi may struggle mightily against speed rushers, but he’s considered a 1st round lock and an immediate starter at one tackle spot. Even though this goes against OL Coach Paul Boudreau’s comments and philosophy of slowly working in offensive linemen into starters, Carimi gives the Falcons a big talent upgrade and one certain option in a very unsure off-season.

Round 2

Mason Foster – Outside Linebacker – Washington

Hard to imagine the Falcons staff going outside linebacker in the first two rounds two years in a row, but some of Stephen Nicholas’ actions this off-season have raised the possibility. Nicholas made some very interesting comments about the Detroit Lions, their upward trajectory, and how awesome it would be to play with Ndamukong Suh, seemingly out of the blue. He then changed agents around the same time. Much of it could just be chalked up to off-season craziness, but if #54 did leave for some reason than the Falcons would be in a serious bind.

Mason Foster out of Washington is shooting up draft boards and may not even be around when the Falcons pick in the second round. Foster has excellent size (6’1, 245) and posted a sub 4.8 forty yard dash. One of the most prolific tackling machines to come out of college football in some time. He led the Huskies with 343 total tackles in his career and an eye-popping 163 in his senior year alone. Has great range and fluidity on the field and very good in pass coverage, which the Falcons sorely need. Foster is also a good blitzer where he made 14 tackles for a loss (44 career) and 6.5 sacks (12.5 career). As fans saw with Weatherspoon, there will likely be growing pains and they’ll surely be hesitant to start basically 2 rookies at outside linebacker, but pairing Foster with Lofton and Weatherspoon would absolutely give the Falcons one of their most athletic LB corps maybe in history. Some are mentioning that Foster may even be considered as a first round target.

3rd Round

Edmond Gates – Wide Receiver – Abilene Christian

The Birds will most likely draft a receiver somewhere in the first three rounds this year, at least if you go by how many prospects they’ve worked out, talked to, or scouted and the fact that they’re all likely to go to in the first three rounds (thanks for the excellent research BA!). If the Falcons elect to pass on receivers in the first two rounds, than they’ll surely choose to take one in the third due to all their talk of needing “speed, explosiveness, and playmakers.” Not one of the biggest names at receiver, but Edmond Gates has some of the best speed and would fit as a prototypical slot receiver and could prove a needed spark on offense.

 

Gates is just a shade under 6 feet tall, weights in at 192 lbs, and is one of the faster wideouts in the draft (4.37). He had an excellent senior year with 66 catches, 1,182 receiving yards (2,885 career) and 13 touchdowns (27 career). He posted a career 18.3 yards per catch average, but had above 23 yards per catch average his freshman and senior years. Only concern is his lack of competition playing at Abilene Christian.

4th Round

Jacquizz Rodgers – Running Back – Oregon State

This may be a good spot for the Falcons to look for a speedy back since they’ll likely be rolling with Michael Turner and Jason Snelling as their top two feature backs, even though they not as complementary as traditional two-back pairs. They are very outspoken on giving Jerious Norwood another shot at making the roster and returning to health, but everyone expects the Birds to take a running back at some point. Jacquizz Rodgers may not one of be the fastest backs, but he’s one of the quickest and most elusive.

Many teams likely dropped Rodgers way down their boards when he ran a shocking 4.74 forty time at the combine. He redeemed himself a good bit at his pro day with a 4.47 forty time. He is a very diminutive back measuring right at 5’7 and weighing 197 lbs. He could be in an excellent position in Atlanta to work his way into the lineup as a 3rd down back and pass catcher out of the backfield. Even though not the fastest back in the draft, his production is stellar. Rodgers ran over 1,000 yards in each of his three seasons as a starter and amassed an amazing 3,790 rushing yards in his career with a high of 1,440 as a sophomore. He also was very productive in the pass game with over 1,000 yards receiving and posted over 500 yards receiving as a sophomore. The Falcons will have to use a higher draft pick if they want to get one of the fastest backs in the draft and with Turner and Snelling they may not be willing to do that.

5th Round

Cortez Allen – Cornerback – The Citadel

Of all the positions to watch, cornerback looks to be one of the most intriguing. Everyone knows that there is an open spot for at least one cornerback to make the roster and possibly more with the release of former nickel back Brian Williams. The folks at Flowery Branch continue to speak loads of confidence about what Chris Owens will bring in his 3rd year after a really terrible showing against Green Bay (even though he was an easy scapegoat for a really awful showing from the entire defense and even worse coaching gameplan). Dominique Franks figures to be in their plans as well after he was considered a steal in the fifth round last year. He notched his first career interception against Arizona and was never heard from again. The Falcons may go much earlier at cornerback, potentially even 1st, or they could go later.

Cortez Allen seems to be an interesting prospect out of The Citadel. He has nice size at 6’1, 197 lbs and runs a 4.46 forty yard dash. His stats aren’t blistering (22 tackles, 5 pass break ups, 2 Int’s as a senior), but he could bring some much needed size and speed to secondary and slowly work his way up with both Owens and Franks getting most playing time and looks in the secondary being in their 3rd and 2nd years, respectively. Level of competition is certainly a concern.

6th Round

Cliff Matthews – Defensive End – South Carolina

If the Falcons don’t go defensive end early, they may elect to skip the position altogether, but there are a few candidates they could bring in as projects to develop under Abraham, Biermann, and Sidbury. Matthews played in every single game at South Carolina in the SEC and could have some serious potential to develop.

Matthews weighs in at 257 lbs and stands 6’3 ½ inches tall. Even though a little light for NFL defensive ends, he has a nice forty time (4.82) and had good, solid production playing in a very tough conference. Had 44 tackles (149 career), 8.5 tackles for a loss (26 career), and 5.5 sacks (15.5 career). Would need to add weight and would need time to develop, but could be plugged in the pipeline to produce at some point. Question is how many more “projects” can the Falcons afford at defensive end?

7th Round (1)

Dejon Gomes – Strong Safety – Nebraska

Important to remember that we as fans might as well be throwing darts when the Falcons start nearing the end, as evidenced by drafting rarely heard of safety Shann Schillinger last year. The Falcons could elect to go safety much earlier since there’s at least one spot open with the release of Erik Coleman and maybe more with the season-ending injury to Shann Schillinger.

Dejon Gomes played on a big stage at Nebraska and helped engineer their defense as one of the best in the country. He has good speed (4.48 forty) to pair with a prototypical strong safety size (5’11 ½ , 208) and had almost 100 tackles as a senior. Broke up 7 passes (12 career) and picked off 3 passes (7 career) in only two years after transferring from a JUCO.

7th Round (2)

Schuylar Oordt – Tight End – Northern Iowa

As with cornerback, tight end is another position that could go either way. Initially, the Falcons seemed to be in good shape with Tony Gonzalez coming back for another year and having sure-handed Justin Peele backing him up with nice surprise Michael Palmer showing potential glimpses he could eventually be the main guy to replace Gonzalez. Then the lockout happened and you get guys like Gonzalez possibly ending their careers on an awful note. The Birds will likely get a tight end at some point, it’s just a matter of when.

Oordt could be a late round gem to pick up if the Falcons believe in Peele’s ability to bridge a gap and Palmer’s potential to be an eventual starter. The tight end has a nice frame at 6’6 and 261 lbs and runs a 4.67 forty yard dash. Had very nice production catching 1,170 yards and 11 TDs in his career with a 17.7 yards per catch average. His production may have only been a product of playing low-level competition. Not only will Oordt or any TE have to compete against Peele and Palmer, he’ll also have to battle against practice squad player Robbie Agnone, who they recently resigned.

7th Round (3)

Josh Jasper – Kicker – LSU

Many will definitely disagree with this since most believe that kickers can be taken as undrafted free agents and groomed accordingly. Point well taken, but having 3 7th round draft picks gives a luxury of basically having early dibs on players who are very close to not being drafted. They tried that route last year with Garret Lindholm only to cut him even before training camp even started. Even though his longest career field goal is 53 yards, Jasper had a 72% field goal made percentage at LSU as a four year starter.

Your Turn (Your 3rd Mock Due Up)

-Give your own 3rd version mock, be sure to mix it up and be different

-Thoughts on mock #3: decent, good, awful, terrible?

-Should Falcons go OT in first?

-Is Carimi even a good prospect?

-Should Birds look at Nate Solder, Tyron Smith, or Derek Sherrod instead?

-Will Mason Foster last until Falcons in second?

-Should Foster be a candidate for #27?

-Is there value after expected 2nd round run on WR’s?

-Can Gates offer any spark on offense?

-Should Birds consider Jacquizz Rodgers with his “slow” combine time?

-What about other prospects: Cortez Allen, Cliff Matthews, Dejon Gomes?

-Should Falcons go TE much ealier?

-Should they definitely wait for UDFA for a kicker?

401 comments Add your comment

D3

April 5th, 2011
10:50 pm

Full Disclosure — I will not be very happy at all if we take an OL at #27, but I’ll learn to like it as medicine….tastes really bad initially, but may cure what ails.

BA — Officially with you on liking Aaron Williams more than Brandon Harris. Just read him getting burnt in Sun Bowl by……Notre Dame. Also like Williams size and physical nature. I’m worried to death that a serious run on WR’s may leave us SOL in the second and we don’t get T.Smith, Hankerson, Cobb, Jernigan, or Titus Young. Pretty big dropoff from 2nd to 3rd if you ask me. I will break my TV if we draft Cameron Heyward.

JWW — Great argument earlier about taking a WR. Agreed that an OT, G, DE, or even an OLB don’t help us get over the hump. Can’t say the same about WR or CB.

ATLJBO

April 5th, 2011
11:03 pm

I feel like we are in the position to trade up for the DE we really like…. We have to get our guy at DE

Bangkapi Ajarn

April 5th, 2011
11:17 pm

Will address the mock version 2.3 tomorrow, but as for the 2nd round pick I am starting to feel Foster won’t be around at 27 – Jernigan may be 50-50 to last that long.

The benefit on Aaron Williams is his size – lacking in our backfield – and his versatility.

We are short a CB and S, he can play NCB and spell the top 2 CB’s to keep them fresh, as well as subbing for S if there is a problem. Smitty loves diversity in his players, playing different package/positions, and Williams just seems to fit that Falcons mold. Look also at just how well his pass D did as a whole last year – VERY impressive. Another plus is that is is now rated by most as a late 1st round value, which stops the pundits from trashing the Falcons mock. I read last year where the Falcons brass were annoyed that their “grade” by the talking head experts was so low (many because they valued players differently than the experts, and didn’t take a DE when the experts said it was essential that he Falcons did so).

Who really knows, but the more I see the closer we get I see DE AND Cb as the Falcons two greatest needs going into the draft – with no FA to fill one or the other hole.

Bangkapi Ajarn

April 5th, 2011
11:18 pm

Should proof read, meant to say Foster won’t last until 59. Wish he would.

Bangkapi Ajarn

April 5th, 2011
11:24 pm

An odd suggestion on the Abe replacement options – I think we will go FA – NEXT YEAR!!

Just a thought, but Charles Johnson is a restricted FA that is likely to get a one year deal at Carolina when all is said and done (we certainly won’t give Carolina our 1), becoming an unrestricted FA. Just about the time Abe’s contract expires. Funny coincidence time, if you believe in coincidences.

TD thinks ahead, he has to in that position, think he hasn’t thought of sticking with the status quo this year, develop the young players and give Abe one more year, before replacing one big contract (Abe) with another for a Ga boy coming home (Charles Johnson, just like Athens native D. Rob. last year).

Just an idle thought.

Paddy O

April 6th, 2011
2:31 am

this draft comes close to awful, although I like Carimi. Still hope for Castonzo or Pouncey. I do think either Cobb, Jernigan or Hankerson (not Torrey S) will be there at our 2nd pick.

Paddy O

April 6th, 2011
2:35 am

Cliff Matthews at 6 seems a good selection – I thought we were considering the VAn Dike fella at NCB – super fast. I don’t consider Citadel football real competitive, same with the guy from Abilene, so evaluating either would be tough, and would generally lead me to cross them off – unless we get them as UDFA.

waynester

April 6th, 2011
8:01 am

D3
I like this one a lot better. Carimi looks like a RT to me, but worth a try at LT. If we lose Clabo, Carimi could save our butts on the right. Like others, I don’t think Foster will last ’til #59 but I like the player. Gates would probably be the best of the remaining WRs at this point and Rogers gives us a good change-up. If (as BA posted) we want one of the other WRs, we may have to ignore the draft-graders and take him at #27…..

The Real Falcon

April 6th, 2011
8:27 am

Whoa! After talking for weeks about the need for a TE one is included in the 7th behind a strong safety.
That shoud really position us for the loss of Gonzo!

John Waynesworld

April 6th, 2011
8:35 am

D3, thanks for another thoughtful post. Wow, I was listening to Tony Gonzales on the NFL Network yesterday and what I saw in his eyes and mannerisms was not just player “greed” but more accurately a sense of “it’s now or never”. Not a pleasant picture to a fan. I personally think public opinion will come to a head in the Summer and this will be all hashed out coincidentally on the last day of OTAs. No surprise, the way the veterans have been bitching about them for years.

Mayock is big on Pouncey and I am getting beat down on this debate. He may be the best pick we could imagine at #27, with McClure being so close to retirement and the Center postion being so important. We have been taking Todd for granted lately and we don’t need to cross train someone on how to shotgun snap while staring Suh in the face. Pouncey may be our guy.

Man I hate taking a lineman on a high pick. Look at our line’s history…

Sam Baker and Justin Anderson were high picks.

McClure was taken in the 7th round. Tyson Clabo and Harvey Dahl were undrafted free agents.

waynester

April 6th, 2011
8:52 am

JWW
The problem is, Pouncey is much better as a G than OC. I don’t yet see any reason to trust Hawley with this vital job. There are some better OC’s later in the draft.Wisiewski, Kirkpatrick, Barnes, Linnenkohl, even somebody like Rodney Hudson who can also play Guard like Pouncey(who would be a dominant OG). I fully admit my anti-gator bias,BTW….

marko

April 6th, 2011
9:10 am

Nice job, should the Falcons select an OT with their selection? probably not. Defensive end seems a greater need, and with nine kids carrying first round grades it seems were sitting in a pretty good position to land one. With quality offensive tackles hard to come by, you wouldn’t hear me crying in my beer because we selected Carimi. If I can quibble with this mock a bit, it’s the thought of passing on a defensive end in the first round, and not addressing the position till the sixth round. If Carimi’s to be our first pick, shouldn’t we look after the defensive end position no later than round two. with painful memories of Aaron Rogers picking us apart, shouldn’t we see see to it that future games feature more opposing quarterbacks running for their lives? The more you knock a Quarterback on his butt, the fewer touchdowns he throws. It Really comes down to basic math. I think most of us agree that Allen Bailey doesn’t warrant a first round pick, but if he’s still there in round two, he’s our huckleberry.
Should we wait till later in the draft to deal with our tight end situation for me that’s a no. That’s because the new toy I covet won’t last that long. Jordan Cameron, Tight end Southern Cal. Not to be confused with Cameron Jordan defensive end California. Personally I’d like to have them both, but Cameron Jordan figures to be long gone by the time the Falcons would get a crack at him. That leaves us with Jordan Cameron, he Started out as a basketball player at BYU. Transferred to Southern Cal as a wide receiver. I think he might have found out about BYU’s dating policies. At any rate he grew into a six foot five inch two hundred and sixty pound tight end. He’s by far the fastest tight end in the draft. He catches everything in his Zip code. Blocking? well we can work on that. At any rate the kid’s a little raw but we still have Tony G. for another season, hopefully, after that we’ll have a fully trained replacement ready to irritate and annoy the opposition. D3, as always a worthy effort. Thanks for the hard work.

waynester

April 6th, 2011
9:25 am

marko
I actually saw a mock that had us getting BOTH Jordan and Cameron…JC in the 1st and CJ in the 4th….

marko

April 6th, 2011
9:27 am

Hey marko is cool i think personally i think it sounds to mexican.

marko

April 6th, 2011
9:37 am

Waynester, sorry about the last comment, My little girl,s on spring break and thought it might be fun to play with the computer. If we get Cameron Jordan and Jordan Cameron I’ll be a happy camper, but most the mocks I’ve seen have JC a top twenty guy. Does’nt hurt to dream though.

waynester

April 6th, 2011
9:48 am

marko
10-4. He’s probably a better fit in a 3/4 anyway….

uga_b

April 6th, 2011
11:14 am

Version 2.3:

1 – CB Aaron Williams (Texas): versatile CB for NCB or FS
2 – DE/LB Sam Acho (Texas): Would be a steal if he is here
3 – WR Greg Little (North Carolina): lots of talent; suspended last year
4 – ILB Colin McCarthy (Miami): Good hustle; spotty atheleticism
5 – RB Da’Rell Scott (Maryland): The RB I like the most here
6 – DE Ryan Winterswyck (Boise State): High character; Reminds me of Biermann;
7 – QB TJ Yates (North Carolina): Great accuracy at pro day
7 – CB Byron Maxwell (Clemson): highly productive player
7 – S Da’Norris Searcy (North Carolina): suspended and tweener between FS and SS; highly productive and did grab some interceptions.

uga_b

April 6th, 2011
11:20 am

I really didn’t mean for this to be a Texsas and North Carolina draft but that was just kind of how it fell out. Tried to be more realistic about who would be there and not even sure about Acho. The others have a good chance to be there or a few picks earlier, but based on their posistions I felt it okay to drop them: Yates, Maxwell, Searcy. Some I moved up like Little and Scott.

Waynester, Hawley actually played more than the highly touted and higer pick Johnson. I am more comfortable with him right now than any of the other backups outside of Svitek.

ryan

April 6th, 2011
11:39 am

If the Falcons want a impact player not a project should try and trade up and get Robert Quin NC or A. Smith Missouri with lock out at stale mate Falcons need trade up to the best available because your not going to be able have any contact with him that why we have to an impact draft .

South ga boy in the Atl

April 6th, 2011
11:45 am

Dude, appreciate the work and all but this mock (for info only), I hope, is a million miles from who we really draft, at the top anyway. DE is a need, duh ! With all of them going in the rd. 1, we would be foolish not to get one. (clayborn would be my pick, hope he’s still there at 27) think it thru, we need a DE, 9 teams will get, instantly, better by drafting one. If we don’t get one then we fall further behind other teams in pass rushing capability. Secondly, what kind of sense does it make to waste a first rd pick on a RT when we have an All-Pro we can sign. I doubt re- signing Clabo would cost any more money than a first rd pick would, and we would still have our no. 1. I like Jernigan in rd 2 and Rogers but I think we would have to invest a 3rd rd pick to get him, not a 4th. Don’t mind letting one of our OG go, because we have young backup ready to go but drafting an OT in Rd 1, pleeeeeeze

Bangkapi Ajarn

April 6th, 2011
11:51 am

uga_b – VERY nice new proposed mock

uga_b

April 6th, 2011
12:15 pm

BA, like D3, I tried to incorporate some of your research. I think we would select DVD from Miami in later rounds but his stock is all over the map. I do see Akeem Dent as our fall back ILB option too.

John Waynesworld

April 6th, 2011
12:42 pm

Yes mock drafts are all good, and I saw about 5 of them on TV yesterday, but in reality the 2011 NFL Draft could start something like this…

“The Carolina Panthers TRADE the #1 pick in the 2011 NFL Draft to the Cincinnati Bengals for their #1 and #2 picks. With the first pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Cincinnati Bengal pick Blaine Gabbert, Quarterback, University of Missouri.”

IMO, there will be some serious trading going on in this draft especially because of the weakness of this field. Sure, everybody needs alot of these guys, but there is a definitive lack of the Blue Chip players. There are few exceptions to be sure in A.J. Green, Patrick Peterson and Marcell Dareus, and it could be possible for someone (TD?) to trade up to get one of them, but everyone else has some kind of question mark. Even Julio Jones (foot, injury history) has flags. Who’s the best DT after Dareus? Bowers? Fairly? Both have big question marks. Who’s the best DE? Quinn? Take out the East-West Game and he hasn’t played in a year. QB? Who friggin knows, these guys are all 2-year projects. Offensive Tackles? The list keeps flip flopping around to where Tyron Smith is #1 one day and #3 the next. This also lends credence to the opinions that this year’s 2nd Round may be last year’s 3rd or 4th Rounds, because of so many Junior defections last year.

That’s why I think some teams will be itching to get out of their slots (too pricey for what they need) and others will be equally as itchy to move up to get “their guy” (need) because there just aren’t enough quality alternatives this year. It wouldn’t surprise me if even the mighty scruffy Belichick moved up to the top of the First Round in this one.

Bangkapi Ajarn

April 6th, 2011
12:47 pm

Next Version of mock draft (Mock 2.3) – NOT my first choice, but a change per the rules of 2.3:

1) Mason Foster LB (assuming that Nichols is likely to be lost)
2) Jerrell Jernigan WR (best case scenario for him to be available)
3) Allen Bailey – DE – Miami (can apprentice this year)
4) Marcus Gilbert – OT – Florida
5) Da’Rel Scott – RB – Maryland
6) DeMarcus Van Dyke – CB – Miami
7a) Adam Weber – QB – Minnesota
7b) Anthony Walters – CB/FS Delaware
7c) Will Yeatman TE Maryland

Immediate help at LB worst case scenario they can step in for Nichols, best case scenario apprentice for Peterson.

Immediate help at slot receiver and scatback, contribute immediately.

DE that can contribute for relief while getting up to speed, AB can be had later as so many DE’s ahead of him are rated as 1st round, allowing more immediate needs to be addressed. Next year when Mr. Anderson and Abe complete their contracts the Falcons can use AB if he comes up to speed, or get a stud FA like C Johhnson.

Late round CB and S to learn and fill the two open slots on the roster.

Late round competition for Peele and Palmer as backup for TG

Roster replacement for 1 loss at OL, TD loved him as I recall so good fit.

Late round QB (who the Falcons seem to be paying a lot of attention to) as a possible replacement for one of our subs.

NOT what I will do for a final mock I don’t think, but it is realistic and conforms to a certain scenario.

Bangkapi Ajarn

April 6th, 2011
1:01 pm

D3’s 2.3 – good job considering the restrictions self imposed by the necessary changes. As always, I love the reasoning behind your picks.

OT is definitely a possibility as shown by the falcon due diligence on some 1st round talent there. Likely not their top choice but if the chips fall the right way I can definitely see it. Carimi is a better choice than Solder for sure.

Foster in the 2nd is a steal at this stage, the leading tackler over the past few YEARS!!! Not many “pure” LB’s rated higher than him for sure (not counting DE/OLB hybrids so popular in the 3-4 D). He will be gone by pick 40 I think, and maybe by pick 30.

Edmond Gates is a burner, and a solid pick for the Falcons in the 3rd, he would contribute immediately. I am not so worried about small school for WR, look at the Falcons roster at all the small school WR’s (OK, maybe not the best example :-) ).

in the 4th Jacquizz Rodgers doesn’t “feel” like a good fit with the Falcons at this stage, but with the need to change up the picks he slots into the round/need well.

Late round DE TE, CB and S are all realistic under certain situations, but as you noted TD drafting a K seems to be out of character.

Overall, a great job of filling needs with realistic picks under the restrictions of the 2.3 rules.

John Waynesworld

April 6th, 2011
1:02 pm

I don’t know if anyone linked this but it could be informative when doing final mocks:

http://www.nfl.com/draft/2011/tracker#dt-tabs:dt-by-position/dt-by-position-input:ol/dt-by-college-input:83/dt-by-team-input:atl

It does names, postition, teams, etc. as well as a basic grade. It doesn’t have everyone but I think it could help in mocking later rounds. For some reason the OL list is not complete but the other positions seem to be listed properly.

Bangkapi Ajarn

April 6th, 2011
1:04 pm

One position many of us are bypassing in mocks is DT (roster strength compared to other positions, picks already invested there, etc.) but I have seen at least 4 that the Falcons have talked to (two of them potential UDFA’s). We could see a surprise here, from the 5th round on.

uga_b

April 6th, 2011
1:21 pm

BA, I wouldn’t be surprised if they picked up a DT in mid to later rounds. I think after the 4th we will be 100% BPA.

-Thoughts on mock #3: decent, good, awful, terrible?
Yes.

-Should Falcons go OT in first?
Like it better than Heyward. Still doesn’t seem to be the highest value pick based on need. Baker, Svitek, Reynolds, Valdez, and possibly Clabo.

-Is Carimi even a good prospect?
As a an RT.

-Should Birds look at Nate Solder, Tyron Smith, or Derek Sherrod instead?
I think Carimi is projected as a solid RT with possible LT upside. Seems to be the most consistent. Would have to consider Smith.

-Will Mason Foster last until Falcons in second?
Most likely. Despite the recent draft talk, LBs usually last awhile.

-Should Foster be a candidate for #27?
If we are looking to replace an OLB he is the best fit so 27 wouldn’t be a bad spot.

-Is there value after expected 2nd round run on WR’s?
Yes, Greg Little and Greg Salas comes to mind. Deep slot WR draft.

-Can Gates offer any spark on offense?
Most 1st yr WRs offer a few sparks but not throughout a year.

-Should Birds consider Jacquizz Rodgers with his “slow” combine time?
He plays fast on film and that is all that matters. Still don’t see him as a real fit.

-What about other prospects: Cortez Allen, Cliff Matthews, Dejon Gomes?
Cliff Matthews is my mid round developmental pick too. I don’t think we are looking for a press corner but the Dejon pick could be pretty nice.

-Should Falcons go TE much ealier?
I personally don’t think they should at all unless someone has a 1-2 round higher grade.

-Should they definitely wait for UDFA for a kicker?
Normally, but 7th rounders are almost throwaway picks. You at least get the one in your system and have flexibility fo UDFA elsewhere.

waynester

April 6th, 2011
1:24 pm

BA
Here’s one based on the new DraftTek mock:
1. DE Houston
2. ILB Sturdivant
3. WR Little
4. WR Cobb
5. S Sands
6. TE Cameron
7. RB Locke
7. OT Smith
7. QB Yates

Bangkapi Ajarn

April 6th, 2011
1:32 pm

waynester – At least they have Cobb higher than 6th now :-)

waynester

April 6th, 2011
1:54 pm

I almost left him out for that very reason, but since it was based on their big board I took him, anyway. In reality, it’d probably be somebody like Maehl….

Paddy O

April 6th, 2011
2:58 pm

I have decent faith in TD to make a trade up (trade back don’t quite concur/see benefit – unless we got 2 more rd 2’s, or a really low 2 & 3) – if he sees the need. I still think we are focused on “explosive” WR and a better rush. You must also think that TD has his top 25 players for each position with an anticipated draft position, so this would also play into their trade action, which in general we are not afraid of doing. I definately see enormous value in trading up to take AJ Green. Then select the Rocket somewhere after the 5th round. We could take a decent DE in RD 2, LB rd 3, then work on scatback 4th & after (assuming we hang onto the rest of our picks this year). This scenario also necessitates a DE in FA. I still lean toward Babin for 2-3 years, 1st 2 guaranteed.

Paddy O

April 6th, 2011
2:59 pm

HOwever, in the worse case scenario, I still think FS Moore in Rd 1, is NOT a bad selection (assumes no trading around).

John Waynesworld

April 6th, 2011
3:10 pm

It is possible that an asteroid could strike the Earth…Here’s my latest mock…

1st) A. J. Green, WR, Georgia: #4 overall (in a trade with Cincinatti and Detroit) Atlanta gives its #27 & #59 2011 picks and next year’s 1st Round pick.
3rd) Jason Pinkston, OT/G, Pittburgh: #91 overall.
4th) Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Oregon State: #115 overall. (in a trade with S.F. 49ers) Atlanta gives its 4th Round (#124 overall) and its 7th Round (#229 overall).
5th) Ugo Chinasa, DE, Oklahoma State: #158 overall.
6th) Alex Linnenkohl, C, Oregon State: #192 overall.
7th) Collin Franklin, TE, Iowa State: #210 overall.
7th) Ryan Donahue, P, Iowa: #230 overall.

Gripe all you want about giving up next year’s #1, if we get A.J., we will be launched into the #2 power ranking spot behind Green Bay for next season. Our offense would be EPIC. Besides, if you thought this year’s draft was iffy, you should check out the yawners coming out next year (mostly seniors who didn’t rate leaving last year).

JB FALCON

April 6th, 2011
3:27 pm

JB FALCON

April 6th, 2011
3:31 pm

Barry

April 6th, 2011
3:42 pm

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ryan

April 6th, 2011
4:03 pm

If the Falcons stay 27 Justin Houston or Pouncey Brandon Harris if is still there its going to be hard to get a Corner latter in draft because its not that deep but i really think Falcons should trade up because D. Bowers will fall or you can a Aldon Smith is probably best DE in the draft .

Sweet Old Buck

April 6th, 2011
4:25 pm

Who the hell is Dawson Devitt?

crabapplejoe

April 6th, 2011
4:53 pm

Seriously people, has any NFL team ever traded two first round picks + for a WR that never had a 1000 yard season in college………I mean seriously……are you A.J. nuthuggers on drugs or just delusional? Surely, TD is not that stupid coming from an environment like NE where they go to Superbowls with WRs that they gave up a 4th round pick (Moss) and a 2nd round pick (Welker) to acquire.

Bangkapi Ajarn

April 6th, 2011
5:07 pm

Trade scenario with the Bengals – They very much want a WR as has bee widely mocked, and decide that they need QB, but don’t want to invest the #4 ick on a project that won’t be able to contribute this year because of the strike, and who knows, Palmer may decide to stay after all.

So, the Bengals take Julio Jones (who they are said to prefer for their specific system) ober AJ, then trade with Atlanta to grab the 27th pick to grab Andy Dalton (who they seem to like and is rising up draft boards) or Ryan Mallett. They have had private meetings/workouts with both QB’s.

From the Bengals perspective, they get a the QB AND WR of their choice and keep the same number of picks.

From the Falcons perspective, they drop 8 spots from 27 to 35, but trade picks in the 3rd round (91 to 66) and 5th round ( 158 up to 134). Points are close to the same. Falcons wind up with 2 picks in the 2nd, and a high 3rd to go after some of the prospects that all fall into that range.

Another possible value would be for the Falcons to trade down from 27 to 35, taking the Bengals 4th and 6th round picks – Falcons possibly throwing in a late 7th rounder to make it closer player wise, but I see that as less advantageous to both clubs. In this draft in the Falcons position I would rather have that early 3rd rounder and 5th rounder than an extra 4th and 6th

John Waynesworld

April 6th, 2011
5:31 pm

Nuthuggers, lol That’s funny CAJ.

You just can’t see a franchise player through your red eyes. I’m surprised Green got any balls thrown near him some years. He’s ultra-athletic, tall, fast, great hands, gets the ball at the absolute apex of height, sheds cornerbacks like water and has a nose for the end zone. He’s like Dez Bryant with a brain.

You’re right though. It’s only a mock anyway, Crabster.

John Waynesworld

April 6th, 2011
5:49 pm

Paddy O

April 6th, 2011
5:49 pm

Hey, 2 ones of Green is NOT a bad deal – if you anticipate the #27 this year, and with green the #31 or 32 next year – you are essentially trading to Rd 2’s for a top flight WR, with great hometown connections. Plus, Houston might just still be available at our #2 slot (really a lot of wishful). As stated though, have more faith in TD than in my own limited knowledge.

Paddy O

April 6th, 2011
5:51 pm

HOwever, I DO NOT care to trade another selection in this years draft – which is why I would throw in one of our back up QB’s.

Paddy O

April 6th, 2011
5:52 pm

I do remember a team from Minnesota signing off on a blockbuster trade for a player with Dawg connections – now, who could he be and how big a trade was that?

Paddy O

April 6th, 2011
5:53 pm

Dawson Devitt is the KNOWLEDGABLE sports writer at the AJC, and a heckuva bargain for the paper, too!

uga_b

April 6th, 2011
5:53 pm

Honestly, if you gave me Von Miller and Jernigan, I would give you the rest of the draft picks.

Bangkapi Ajarn

April 6th, 2011
6:05 pm

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ryan

April 6th, 2011
7:24 pm

I would not mind the Falcons trading up to get Von Miller or AJ Green but our biggest need is a DE , TE , or a corner .