Falcons Full Mock Madness – 2.4

Oh So Close……..

Almost 2 weeks away and nothing is any clearer regarding the Falcons draft plans than it was 2 months ago. The Birds have done their due diligence and then some. According to an agent at UGA’s pro day, they said the “Falcons were everywhere, all over the place.” They have worked out plenty of prospects and likely won’t finish until the actual draft kicks off two weeks from Thursday. They seem to be looking at several key positions in the 1st round: defensive end, wide receiver, cornerback, and possibly offensive tackle. There are obviously a number of ways the Falcons could this year, but this one has been one of the hardest to get a hold on from the fan’s perspective. And with that comes Falcons Full Mock Madness 2.4. Be sure to explore some more scenarios before the real competition gets started in only a few weeks.

1st Round

Aaron Williams – Cornerback – Texas

Some will definitely disagree with this pick since the Falcons decided to invest so much money ($57 million dollar contract) in Dunta Robinson to mixed results and are expected to re-sign Brent Grimes after rising from a 7th round draft pick, being developed by the Falcons, and making his first (and well-deserved) Pro Bowl. But the scars should still be fresh from one of the worst beatdowns in playoff history at the hands of the eventual Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers. Even though Chris Owens still gets too much blame, our secondary and linebacker coverage was absolutely atrocious bordering on laughable. There really aren’t many 1st round OLB’s outside of Von Miller and also tough to believe that they would go OLB two years in a row in the 1st round. Enter Aaron Williams.

Many experts will disagree on who’s the best cornerback after Patrick Peterson and Prince Amukamara, but the debate seems to be between Brandon Harris of Miami and Aaron Williams of Texas. Some think Williams is more suited to be a safety in the NFL, where Harris is more of a cover corner. The corner from Texas has really nice size at 6 feet, 201 lbs and ran a 4.44 at his Pro Day. Williams is very versatile and could even play safety if needed, but adds a much needed physicality and size to the cornerback unit. Williams posted 106 tackles, three sacks, 12 TFL, three pressures, four INTs, 24 pass break-ups, 6 forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and five blocked punts (No. 2 on UT’s all-time list) for his career (he declared for draft after his junior year). Even though a lot resources would be committed to the cornerbacks, Williams could finally put to rest the issue at cornerback the Falcons have had for a long while. With the departure of Brian Williams, who started at nickel back, there is an open spot and even though they rave about Chris Owens, hard to forget that awful night in January. In a league facing Drew Brees twice, Josh Freeman twice, and Aaron Rodgers, the Falcons finally secure their secondary with Aaron Williams.

2nd Round

Jerrel Jernigan – Wide Receiver – Troy

Dimitroff and Head Coach Mike Smith have stated several times of the need for an explosive playmaker. Combine that with the fact that the Birds have scouted more wide receivers expected to go early in the draft and the idea of drafting a wide receiver is starting to move from the possible to the certain. The prerequisite, of course, is that any WR the Falcons draft must possess some serious speed. Jerrel Jernigan is one of the fastest prospects in the entire draft.

The wide receiver from Troy set all kinds of school records at the university in Alabama. He clocks in at right under 5’9. weighing 185, and ran a forty as low 4.32. While his stats aren’t insane, they are pretty impressive over his career: 3,128 yards receiving (high of 1,101), 18 TDs (6 his senior year), and 262 career receptions (high of 84 his senior year). Even though his stats aren’t off-the-chart, many defenses game-planned solely around him and double and even triple covered. Defines exactly what the Falcons are looking for in a receiver in terms of speed and explosiveness. According to Draftcountdown.com, Jernigan is “a dynamic playmaker who is a threat to score every time he touches the ball.” Some have even compared him to Percy Harvin. Thomas Dimitroff and the Falcons have talked to Jernigan once and reportedly had private workouts with him twice. He definitely seems to be a major target. Could he be in contention for pick #27?

3rd Round

Virgil Green – Tight End – Nevada

Will he or won’t he? Tony Gonzalez came out pretty quickly and said he was coming back for more. But then the NFL Greedfest commenced and has put several older veterans on the verge of retirement a little closer to hanging them up. Justin Peele is a valuable backup and a complementary tight end to Gonzo, but he’s over 30 and doubtful he could take the full-time role. Michael Palmer showed flashes (props to Big Ray), but nothing to show for certain that he’s the ultimate answer either. The Falcons haven’t seemed too interested in taking a TE in the first round, but have looked at Virgil Green and Jordan Cameron, who are slotted around the 3rd or 4th round.

Virgil Green has immense talent and was first brought up by our very own Seminole Warrior. Green has prototypical size (6’3, 249), excellent speed (4.64), and excellent hands. He had good stats for a tight end with 849 receiving yards (453 as a senior), 11 touchdowns (5 as a senior), and 12.7 career yard per catch average (14.6 as a senior). As awesome as Gonzalez has been, he has faded in terms of stretching the field. The Falcons appear to be looking for a tight end who can run the seams and possibly even take it the distance. A draft pick like Green or Cameron would battle it out with Palmer to be Gonzalez’s eventual replacement.

4th Round

Greg Romeus – Defensive End – Pittsburgh

If the Falcons don’t get their target DE in the first round or so, there is good value later in the draft as possible pass-rushing defensive ends. Any DE taken certainly wouldn’t be asked to contribute right away, but they could get some good players to develop as eventual successors.

Greg Romeus is a rarely mentioned player due to an injury he suffered as a senior, otherwise he may be rated much higher than the 3rd or 4th round. He has prototypical D-End size (a shade under 6’5, 264 lbs) and ran a sub 4.8 forty. His production was excellent at Pittsburgh, where he notched 38.5 career tackles for a loss in only 3 years (high of 15.5 and was injured as a senior) and 20.5 sacks in 3 years as well (8.5 as a junior). Many teams may be scared away from his ACL injury, but he may be a steal for someone. Once again though, if the Falcons wait this long for a DE, where will the pass rush come from?

5th Round

Da’Rel Scott – Running Back – Maryland

It’s almost a certainty of the Falcons drafting a running a back at some point in the draft, it’s just a matter of when. Just like wide receiver, anyone they take will need to have some serious speed. It’s unlikely they’ll take a RB before the 3rd round, especially this draft class of RB’s is so thin.

Da’Rel Scott might be the perfect fit for the Falcons. Even though he’s a little too much like Turner and Snelling in terms of size (5’11, 211), he’s also “track star fast” and is a “serious playmaker who broke TD runs of 61 and 91 as a senior” according to CBS Sports Draft Scout. He runs a 4.34 and catches the ball out of the backfield extremely well. Even in a 3-back rotation, Scott still churned out some excellent numbers. Had 2,401 rushing yards in his career (high of 1,133 as a sophomore), 17 career rush TDs (high of 8 as a sophomore), 506 career receiving yards (high of 178 as a sophomore), and 4 career receiving TDs (nabbing 3 of those as a senior). Scott had some injury history, so that might be a reason for his lower status. Could be a great third down back for the Falcons team craving speed.

6th Round

Mike Mohamed – Inside Linebacker – California

I know some are throwing their computers against the wall right now with this pick, but this is purely a pick due to the Falcons pretty heavy interest in inside linebackers. They have scouted several inside linebackers this draft season, maybe to finally secure a legit backup for Curtis Lofton, but also to get an ILB who is better in pass coverage.

Mohamed could be a diamond in the rough and an excellent find for the Falcons. Mohamed has really good size (6’3, 239) and excellent speed for an inside linebacker, running 4.65 forty. He has career tackles of 339 (high of 111), 20 career tackles for a loss (high of 8), 6 career sacks (high of 3), 9 career pass break ups (high of 3 twice), and 7 career interceptions (high of 3 twice). The Falcons have had a rotating door at backup MLB since Dimitroff/Smith era began. Perhaps its time to set that position in stone once and for all.

7th Round (1)

Brian Lainhart – Safety – Kent State

This position could much higher and some are even thinking the top 4 rounds. DeCoud and Moore are slotted in really solid at the safety positions, but the depth is razor thin, especially with Shann Schillinger coming off surgery. Some even believe DeCoud to be on the hot seat after a very sub-par second campaign.

Lainhart may not be the fastest safety in the draft, but he’s picked off more passes than any other safety that will be taken well ahead of him. Throughout his career he pulled in 17 INT’s, got 17 pass break ups, and collared 343 total tackles. Has a good frame at 6’1, 207 and ran a 4.55 forty. The Falcons need some ballhawks and Lainhart could be that guy and maybe push DeCoud one day.

7th Round (2)

Aldrick Robinson – Wide Receiver – SMU

Maybe be long gone, but a highly productive wide receiver who is extremely fast. Two things that Dimitroff looks for in prospects. Robinson’s a shade under 5’10 and 184 lbs, but also has been clocked at a 4.35 forty. Insanely productive at SMU, where he totaled over 3,300 receiving yards (high of 1,301), 30 career TDs (high of 14 as a senior), and a whopping 18.3 career yards per catch average.

7th Round (3)

Willie Smith – Offensive Tackle – East Carolina

If the Falcons are happy with their current group of O-Linemen, they could wait and take a chance on a project to develop alongside Garrett Reynolds on the other side. The re-signed Will Svitek and could have Clabo back since he’s taking the lead for the off-season programs.

Smith could be a great project left tackle who played several years at LT and “Excellent lateral agility, slide and ability to pull, trap and seal. Very quick, can bend knees, sink hips, anchor and generate power. Ideal frame for the NFL left tackle position properly proportioned with long arms and strong hands. Can look like Walter Jones for possessions when he uses proper technique, but not full games. Smart in the classroom. Healthy and durable” (CBS Draft Scout). Could be a good project for OL Coach Boudreau.

Your Turn (Your 4th Mock Due Up)

-Try to give a completely different mock than any of your previous ones

-Should Falcons go CB @ #27?

-Too much money for CB corps?

-Aaron Williams or Brandon Harris?

-Could Jernigan be targeted for #27 instead of #59?

-Does Jernigan’s lack of production concern you?

-Should Falcons go TE early, such as Green or Cameron?

-Should Bird even bother with DE if they don’t go early?

-Can Falcons afford another DE project?

-Do players with major injuries scare you?

-How about Da’Rel Scott, Mike Mohamed?

-Should Falcons take an ILB?

Atlanta Falcons Reported Workout/Contact/Interview List

**Compiled by our very own awesome drafttek Bangkapi Ajarn. Special thanks to him on his excellent work!

1 Gabe Carimi – OT – Wisc. 6’7” 314 5.18
1 Tyron Smith – OT – USC 6’5” 307 5.08
1 Anthony Castanzo – OT – Boston College 6’7” 311 5.21
3-4 Marcus Gilbert – OT – Florida 6’6” 330 5.41
6-7 Willie Smith – OT – ECU 6’5” 310 5.40
FA Matt Murphy, UNLV, 6’4” 300 6’4” 300 5.24

4-5 Zach Hurd G Connecticut 6’7” 316 5.28
FA Colin Baxter – C – Arizona 6’3” 311 5.42
FA John Gianninoto , C UNLV, 6’3” 292 5.25

2 Ryan Williams – RB – Virginia Tech 5’9” 212 4.59
2-3 Kendall Hunter – RB – Oklahoma St 5’7” 199 4.46
3-4 Taiwan Jones – RB – Eastern Washington 6’0” 194 4.53
4-5 Derrick Locke RB 5’8” 188 4.37
4.5 Alex Green RB Hawaii – 6’0” 225 4.45
5 Bilal Powell Louisville 5’11’ 207 4.54
5-6 Da’Rel Scott – RB – Maryland 5’11” 211 4.40
7 Noel Devine – RB –5’8” 179 4.35
7-FA Mario Fannin RB Auburn 5’10” 231 4.37
7 Anthony Allen RB Ga. Tech 6’1” 228 4.56
7 FA Damien Berry RB MiAMI – 5’10” 211, 4.58
FA DuJuan Harris – RB – Troy – 5’7” 197 4.45

1-2 Kyle Rudolph TE ND – 6’6”, 259 2.64
3-4 Jordan Cameron – TE – USC –6’5” 254 4.53
3-4 Virgil Green –TE – Nevada 6’3” 249 4.54
FA Corday Clark TE McNeese State 6’1” 234 4.72
FA Will Yeatman TE Maryland 6’6” 273 4.89
FA Stephen Skelton (Fordham) 6’5” 252 4.78
FA Chris Blohm – TE – Yale 6’4” 262 4.87

2-3 Colin Kaepernick – QB – Nevada 6’5” 233 4.53
4-5 Pat Devlin QB – Delaware 6’3” 225 4.53
7 Adam Weber – QB – Minnesota 6’1” 209 4.73
7-FA T.J. Yates, North Carolina 6’3” 219 5.06
FA Adam Froman, Louisville 6’4”220 4.56
FA Justin Roper – QB – Montana 6’6”218 4.86

1-2 Leonard Hankerson – WR – Miami 6’2 209 4.45
1-2 Torrey Smith WR Maryland 6’1 204 4.37
2 Jerrel Jernigan – WR – Troy 5’9 185 4.32
2 Jon Baldwin WR 6’4 228 4.45
2 Randall Cobb WR 5’10 191 4.45 3rd round
2-3 Titus Young – WR – Boise St. 5’11 174 4.42 3rd round
3 Edmond Gates – WR – Abilene-Christian 6’0 189 4.35 5th round
4-5 Denarius Moore – WR – Tennessee 6’0 194 4.37 5th round
5-6 Dwayne Harris WR 5’10 203 4.56 6th round
6-7 Aldrick Robinson WR – SMU 5’10” 184 4.35
6- 7 Ricardo Lockette – WR – Fort Valley St. 6021 211 4.37 7th round
7-FA Jock Sanders WVU 5-06 181 4.50 FA???
FA Vidal Hazelton Cincinnati – dad is a diehard Falcons 6020 210 4.57
FA Kevin Cone WR ga tech FA 6’3” 216 (4.37 40)
FA Tyler Beiler, WR – Bridgewater College (4.39 40)
FA Ryan Lincoln, WR Texas AM-Kingsville 5’11” 196

7-FA Reid Forrest – P – Washington State
6-7 Kai Forbath –k – UCLA

1 Aldon Smith – DE – Mizzou 6’4” 263 4.74
1 Ryan Kerrigan – DE – Purdue 6’4” 267 4.67
1 Cameron Jordan – Cal 6’4” 287 4.74
1 Da’Quan Bowers – Clemson 6’3” 280 4.84
1-2 (OLB) Justin Huston DE UGA 6’3” 270 4.62
1-2 Jabaal Sheard – DE – Pittsburgh 6’3” 264 4.68
1-2 (OLB) Brooks Reed – Arizona 6’3” 263 4.65
2-3 (OLB) Sam Acho – DE – Texas 6’2” 262 4.67
2-3 Allen Bailey – DE – Miami 6’3” 285 4.71

2-3 Jurrell Casey DT – USC
4 Sione Fua DT 6-foot-1 310
FA Frank Kearse – DT – Alabama A&M 6’4” 315
FA Nate Frazier DT – North Alabama -6-foot-2, 305- 5.25

1-2 Akeem Ayers LB – UCLA – 6’3” 254 4.81
2-3 Quan Sturdivant – LB – North Carolina – 6’1” 241 4.63
3 Mason Foster LB – Washington 6-foot-1, 245 4.65
3-4 Colin McCarthy LB Miami 6’1” 238 4.59
4-5 Nate Irving LB NC State 6’1” 240
5 Casey Matthews – LB – Oregon 6’1” 231 4.79
6 Mike Mohamed LB – Cal 6’3” 239 4.65
7-FA Akeem Dent LB UGA 6’1” 242 4.78

1-2 Aaron Williams CB/S – Texas 6’0” 204 4.40 pro day
1-2 Brandon Harris – Miami – 5’10” 4.53 40
3 Marcus Gilchrist CB/S/Returner ‘– Clemson 4.45 40 5’9”, 192#
3-4 Jalil Brown – CB – Colorado 6’1” 204 4.52 40
4 Buster Skrine CB Tenn-Chattanooga – 5’10” 186 4.37
4 Rashad Carmichael – Cb – Va Tech – (5th round?) 5’10” 192 4.56 40
5-6 Jeron Johnson – CB/SS Boise State 5’10” 2124.51
6 DeMarcus Van Dyke – CB – Miami – 6’1” 176 (2nd round?) 4.28 40
6 Mistral Raymond S/CB – S. Fla 6’1 196 4.62
FA Anthony Walters – CB/FS Delaware 6’0” 204 4.52
FA Cole Brodie – Cb – South Dakota State – 5-foot-10, 188 4.41 from Dacula

2-3 Quinton Carter – S – Oklahoma 6’1” 208 4.57
3 Chris Conte -S – Cal (same school as Decoud) (6-2/197) 4.52
3-4 Robert Sands – S – West Virginia 6’4” 217 4.53
7 Mark LeGree – S – App State – 6’0”, 210 4.49
FA Anthony Walters -S – Delaware 6’0” 204 4.52
FA DuJuan Harris – S – Troy 5’7” 197 4.45

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Unca' Bob

April 12th, 2011
9:48 pm

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April 12th, 2011
9:49 pm

Full Disclosure — Like this mock a little better (much better than last one). Still like Justin Houston first and Torrey Smith and Aaron Williams are now tied as my 2nd favorite prospects @ #27. I know CB’s not a huge need, but we officially have an open CB spot (essentially a starting position – nickel back). Would immediately give us one of the best CB backfields in the league. Check it out:
1) D-Rob
2) Grimes
3) Aaron Williams
4) Chris Owens
5) Dominique Franks

Young, fast, physical. I’ll take it!!!!!

Have a great night Cage Fam.



April 12th, 2011
9:53 pm

should have my multi-round mock up tomorrow! Looks good D3, but like I have said I don’t know about a CB in the 1st. TD’s so hard to predict

just me

April 12th, 2011
10:04 pm

D3 – nice mock. I like most of the picks. They fill a number of needs. Romeus was the star De at Pitt until he got injured. Sheard shine with Romeus down. Other than the injury history he is a bit slower than what I would like in a DE. I don’t know if JJ will be there in the second. If he is gone who would you replace him with? Overall nice work!


April 12th, 2011
10:36 pm

Jerrell Jernigan is “a threat to score everytime he touches the ball” but only had six TDs his senior season at Troy Senior College……now that’s funny, I don’t care where you’re from…LOL. Hopefully, the Raiders will draft his 3.9 speed before we pick at 27…..

Ken Strickland

April 12th, 2011
11:57 pm

D3-It would certainly make it a lot easier to do a mock if we knew what the Falcons have planned for our OL situation, and where they think DE LSidbury is at this point in his development. While he mau not yet be a complete DE at this point, he could be far enough along to provide us with a solid pass rushing specialist opposite JAbraham.

His level of progress could make drafting a pass rushing DE much less of a priority. If KBiermann can give us 5-7 sacks, and Sidbury can duplicate the 5 sacks Biermann gave us his 2nd yr off the bench, we’ll have a solid pass rush @ LDE.

We have a number of players that are in various stages of development that could end up resolving most of the issues we have at OL, DE and CB. We’ve already seen the positive results of that happening with safeties TDeCoud and WMoore, CB BGrimes, and OLB SNicholas.

Just look at what we would have lost if we had given up on the development of solid RG HDahl and Pro Bowl RT TClabo, who were practice squad players, and decided to draft replacements. There are still fans who continue to have issues with CB BGrimes simply because of his height, and in spite of his Pro Bowl status.

We just can’t ignore the developing talent we already have and think we should try to resolve all of our issues through the draft. RB and WR are the only positions that can’t be addressed from our current roster, thus must be addressed through the draft.

Ken Strickland

April 13th, 2011
12:14 am

CRABAPPLEJOE-You can’t rely exclusively on a players college stats without knowing the type of OFF he played in and how he was used. He was their primary receiving option, and it’s been documented that he was routinely double and triple covered. With the Falcons, he won’t be our primary receiving option, nor will he be double or triple teamed, certainly not with RWhite and TGonzalez on the field.

A lot of our fans want us to cut ties with RB JNorwood, but if he’ll sign for less money, I’d resign him. Even though he’s proven to be injury prone, he’s still a better option than what we had last yr in RB’s Gartrell Johnson and Antone Smith. I’d use him almost exclusively as a receiver out of the backfield and as an outside runner.

His presence on the field, along with his speed, quickness and open field running ability, would force DEF’s to adjust and account for him.

Big Ray

April 13th, 2011
12:42 am

Nice one, D3 .

I know you’re still hanging onto the idea of getting Houston even if you’re not saying it too loudly, LOL. I think that if the Falcons go WR in the first round, they really have to be sure about the player’s impact THIS YEAR. Having said that, I also understand the concerns about a run of WRs in the second round. That only makes me want to see us trade up in the 2nd round even more, but we don’t know what will happen.

On the subject of LBs, I also agree that it’s hard to project a guy coming in an helping right away, and doing better than S. Nicholas has. At the same time, you just never know what’s going to happen there. I think we’re best served by a full year of health and production via Sean Weatherspoon, personally…

Ken Strickland ,

I know how you can be when you’ve got an argument/discussion firmly set in your teeth, LOL. However, I would spare you the trouble. While I have no doubts about your health whatsoever and pray for you daily, trust me when I say you have a much better chance of beating cancer with a rusty knife and an old witch doctor than you do of getting our dear Arian Nation Brother (CAJ) to see your point of view. Just let him be happy with his complaining and sarcasm, he lives for it. As long as he can point to a white player that TD didn’t pick (for whatever reason), that succeeds elsewhere, he’ll be happy to b!tch about it. Why you wanna disturb the man? :lol:

Big Ray

April 13th, 2011
12:44 am

Ken ,

Do have to disagree with you on one thing – Jerious Norwood. Less money or no, I’m sick of drawing up plays and hoping a guy will stay healthy and productive when all he seems good for us a handful of wonderful plays, then a season-ending injury. It’s been 4-5 years, man. We gotta move on. And unlike with our beloved/hated Atlanta Hawks, I don’t see money as being an issue.


April 13th, 2011
1:49 am

Love your energy and passion D3, and I know this isn’t your primary draft, but there will be greater value at 27 than Aaron Williams. But most importantly, if any of the tier one OL are still on the board we need to run to the podium and select him, Ryan still has to rush too many throws, make too many hurried decisions because of a lack a stud LT. Where’s Coop when I need him…

Big Ray

April 13th, 2011
2:44 am

Ed ,

Is it OL troubles, or is it also some failed play calling? I hate to tilt the argument back towards coaching vs players, but I have to think that some of this is coaching.

At the same time, if we have a clear shot at an OL player who really can be a starter right out of the gate, then grab him (I’m thinking OT just like you are). I’m just not sure that guy is there, or is gonna be there. But I could be wrong. That, and the fact that the Falcons prefer to have their guys coached up. Then again, that isn’t what they were thinking when they took Baker, huh?

Big Ray

April 13th, 2011
2:46 am

Having said all that, I STILL won’t be happy if we go OL in the first round. I think you can block until the cows come home, but if we don’t have enough threats to get the ball to, and those threats don’t make plays, then you end up with Matt Ryan smartly throwing the ball away on third down…again…after a couple of failed run plays or a predictable pass to a thrice-covered Roddy White. Ugh…

just me

April 13th, 2011
4:14 am

I will proabably draw some flak for this mock. I tried to explore some not so obvious routes as for who/how we might draft. I also tried to introduce some new prospects to the cage for folks to speculate about. Not that I think this mock has the slightest chance of becoming reality, or that it’s the players I want us to draft, just trying to layout something a little different. Enjoy!

1 – RB Mark Ingram (Ala) has been a dropping stock throughout the off season. Seems like the knee injury he sustained the beginning of the 2010 season may still be bothering him. Look for him to fully recover and be MT eventually replacement. He has soft hands for catching the ball out of the backfield and has been clock as fast as 4.47 in the forty even thought he ran a 4.6 at the combine. He ran behind a weaker line his senior season. He has all the tools when he is healthy to be a star in the NFL! Buy low! This would be a BPA pick in my opinion.

2 – CB Devon House (NMST) started a number of games as a true freshman. Played in every game the past four years, a few of the games his senior year he played with an ankle sprain. QB began throwing away from him his sophomore year which can be attributed to his lower stat total. Ranked 3rd all time in school history with 11 picks. I can see him competing for the nickel position. May be gone by the time we pick in the second.

3 – ILB Colin McCarthy (Miami) might be the best coverage ILB in this years draft. He not just limited to good coverage skills. He led the team in tackles with 119. He has started at both inside and outside LB. Blue collar player who leaves it all on the field. Look for him to be in on passing downs and to be a solid special teams player.

4 – TE Rob Housler (FA) has great speed and very good hands! Not built to be a blocking TE, but he gives great effort! Has good wing span and can be illusive after the catch. More of a H back than a true TE.

5 – WR Denarius Moore (Tenn) had 9 touchdowns and averaged 21 yards per catch his senior year. He had to deal with the turmoil of 3 different head coaches while he was at Tenn. He adjust well to off target passes and has soft hands, is also known as a good blocker. (I know that puts him over the top for a lot of fans!!! :) Look for him to come alive in a stable offensive system! Two years down the road he will be seen as a steal in the 5th round!

6 – OT DJ Young (Mich St) started at LT for the team that put p over 400 yards a game in 2010. He is a solid pass blocker with long arm that he gets good extension with. He has good lateral movement but needs to work on staying on his blocks longer. Has weaker upper body strength, will need to hit the weight room. Should do well as a back-up and could possibly develop into the starter we need on the left side with some work and added muscle.

7(1) – DE Gabe Miller (Ore St) was the fastest DE in the Pac-10. If you want a late round rush DE he is your man. He is also versatile, during Oregon states pro day he was worked out at DE, LB, and TE. We all know how TD loves versatility in his players.

7(2) – RB Donald Buckram (UTEP) struggled with a knee injury his senior year. Had great numbers his junior year. Is one of only 4 players to record 200 yards rushing and 100 yards receiving in a single game. Ran a 4.4 forty on pro day to attempt to prove to scouts that his knee was ok. Could step in as a 3rd down back.

7(3) – S DeJon Gomes (Neb) is a Polamalu type safety! He played a LB/S hybrid position at Nebraska. He had 7 picks in 23 games. That’s almost 1 pick per 3 games on average. He was second on the team with 93 total tackles. Could be just he guy we need to push DeCloud.

Big Ray

April 13th, 2011
8:15 am

just me ,

I enjoyed your mock. But then, I pretty much enjoy your posts in general. Smart out-of-the-box thinking there, and I had said something about RBs several days back, but it was in reference to players of value being available at our pick, assuming we don’t/can’t trade back and are faced with not getting who we want at targeted positions.

Big Ray

April 13th, 2011
8:26 am

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHH! Why is everyone trying to give us Cameron Heyward???!!!

I go and look at the latest updated mock drafts on NFL.com and now Steve Wyche and Pat Kirwan have us taking the guy! Why? Why? They keep saying line versatility, going to end on rushing downs and then inside on passing downs. They’re gonna give me a brain aneurism with this ish, maaaaaaaaan!

Big Ray

April 13th, 2011
8:29 am

On top of that, Kirwan has New England and others doing trades in the draft, and us missing on every single wide receiver most of us have looked at in the 2nd round, finally falling down to picking Luke Stocker, who isn’t even the highest ranked tight end in his segment.

I don’t like Pat anymore.


April 13th, 2011
9:10 am

Great Apex Day Cage Fam! — Will be back into rap with you guys and gals on the latest mock very soon. Right now, I have a serious problem with our own Atlanta Falcons season tickets customer service team. I have been a season ticket holder for 3 years now (going on 4) and all I wanted to do was combine mine and my mothers season tickets. All I got was a standard form email about why I didn’t get it. No phone call. No assistance. No nothing. If you going to have crappy customer service than whatever, just stop acting like “you care” so much, when in actuality you do not.

Later Cage Fam!


April 13th, 2011
9:34 am

Needing the draft to arrive quickly. What are the odds the team addresses some needs (players capable of helping or just backup types?) if/when free agency ever gets here?


April 13th, 2011
9:46 am

OK, sorry I had to get that off my chest. Just disappointing after all we hear is how much they “care” about their customers. F’n please. Anyway, back to the Birds…….

falconsam — I was in total agreeance with your side about taking a CB in the 1st. But the more I started thinking about the alternatives (”reaching” for a WR, getting the 7th best DE, or getting the 5th best OT in a VERY weak class), I started to come over to this side. The belief here is that Williams could make the MOST immediate impact and set our CB corps for years and years. Still like Houston if he’s there, but starting to like Williams over Torrey Smith (even though I’m deathly afraid we’re going to miss out on all our WR targets in the 2nd).

just me — Yeah, I just found Romeus last night. The injury is a little concerning, but he would be worth it because he has great size, speed, and had good college production.

CAJ — I’ll have to agree with you on college production. After the latest and greatest “can’t miss” prospects that were busts, I’ll take college production over “possibilities.” Hard to compare him to Percy Harvin because he was one of the most productive WR’s in the SEC.

Ken — Agreed. My thinking is that if we take an OT or OG, than it will be later to develop. Boudreau’s comments last week confirmed my belief that they like getting guys and “developing” them for several years before they throw them out to the wolves. He said it’s insanely hard to start on OL as a rookie. I acutally think Baker did much better last year overall. And as you said, you can slow down a good pass rush with receiving/fast options out of the backfield. We DO NOT have that, and haven’t basically in 2-3 years.


April 13th, 2011
10:02 am

Big Ray — Yeah, still hoping that we get Houston, but my biggest fear is that he goes to the hated Saints. He probably would not help immediately, but I think he has the tools to be really good very soon and could our replacement for Abe. RE: the “pundits”….I know. I just finally had to stop looking at them, because 98% of them make NO SENSE. After seeing Adrian Clayborn and Cameron Heyward being slotted to us most of the time, I just finally said screw it. We already have one Clayborn/Heyward and his name is Jamaal Anderson. What I’ve found out is that they have no concept what they’re doing, they just try to perceive a need (pass rush) and fill it in with no regard to organization, philosophy, GM’s draft history, etc. Dumb.


April 13th, 2011
10:10 am

Best Mock you have done A+ love it!!!! CB Aaron Williams, TE Vigil Green and DE Greg Romeus!! The only change I would make would be in the 2nd round selecting Dontay Moch LB that you had posted in an earlier draft!!! Then fill the WR and starting DE in Free Agency and have Romeus ready to take over when Abraham ’s time is up.

Ken Strickland

April 13th, 2011
10:33 am

BIG RAY-I made a point of saying I WOULD RESIGN HIM, not that resigning him would be the right or best thing to do. Therefore, you definitely won’t get an argument from me on the JNorwood issue. While I love his talent, I’m sick of his season ending injuries, although I don’t blame him.

We had an outstanding regular season last yr despite our issues with a limited pass rush, as well as our conservative and predictable OFF approach. Therefore, I’d be willing to give DE’s KBiermann/LSidbury, and DT’s CPeters/PJerry another yr to develop and resolve our pass rushing issues.

I wouldn’t give up on our young DE’s just yet, and I wouldn’t use another high pick on another DE project. With the resigning of OLB’s RJames and BWoods, resigning SNicholas and starting SWeatherspoon would solve our LB issues. However, we have no one on the current roster that can increase our speed and big play capability at WR or RB.

And, if we don’t resign at least 2 or our FA OLinemen, an already thin OL will become that much thinner. We’re primarily a run 1st OFF, which won’t change anytime soon. This means if we make WR a high draft priority, and with TGonzalez retiring after this season, that means we intend to make our future #2 WR, not our TE, our #2 receiving priority. Therefore, we won’t need to make drafting a receiving TE a high priority.

Therefore, RB, WR and OL, not necessarily in that order, should be our top priorities, although I do think we should address those other concerns in the lower rds. They’ve concentrated on DEF the last drafts, after making OFF their top priority in draft one. I have a feeling TD and Smitty are going to surprise us all and make OFF a top priority and let the DEF players we’ve drafted over the last 2-3yrs continue to grow and develop.

Let’s face it, we’ve seen enough of DE’s KBiermann/LSidbury, LB’s SNicholas/SWeatherspoon, safeties WMoore/TDeCoud, CB’s COwens/BGrimes and DT’s CPeters/PJerry to know there’s a lot of talent and room for improvement. We can’t keep throwing them aside jsut because they haven’t developed within a certain timeframe. And we can’t afford to keep drafting the same type of projects each yr hoping one will become an immediate success.

Ken Strickland

April 13th, 2011
10:42 am

DS3-I must admit to thinking you were really out of it for posting your mock drafts with OFF players in the early rds. But the more I look at this thing, the more I realize you just might be onto something. Don’t get me wrong, I wouldn’t have a problem with whoever TD and Smitty decide to draft. Their success on the field and in the draft room over a very short 3yrs and made a firm believer out of me.

I’m with SEMINOLE WARRIOR on having bought into the PROCESS. While we’re considered to have a veteran OFF, our DEF is still young and developing, with a lot of developing talent in the wings. This might be the yr we can harvest a pass rushing DE, DT, and a quality nickle CB

Bangkapi Ajarn

April 13th, 2011
10:54 am

Mornin’ cagers. I already pulled together a 2.4 mock that I don’t especially believe in, and will post it in a bit.

D3 – I think this is actually very realistic if the cards fall a certain way (impossible to know picking at 27, if we stay there). You provided immediate improvements and explosiveness, and have just plugged the holes that kept us from seizing the day and marching to the superbowl!

Lets take a look at the questions de jour:

-Try to give a completely different mock than any of your previous ones
Coming soon after I answer your questions

-Should Falcons go CB @ #27?
It is an option. I know I have been tooting the CB horn quite a bit, but this is baed on what will be available at 27 that can provide immediate help/upgrade/impact this year. CB does it.

-Too much money for CB corps?
Not in THIS league, you need three now I believe to counter some of these offenses.

-Aaron Williams or Brandon Harris?
Williams at this stage, more height, more success in a VERY good college D, can go into S as Williams could (who he is replacing)

-Could Jernigan be targeted for #27 instead of #59?
VERY possible, I won’t be shocked depending on how the board falls.

-Does Jernigan’s lack of production concern you?
Depends on the system he is working in. He won’t have superstar numbers here either as a slot, 2nd or 3rd option receiver. Roddy will still get his, and we will still run a LOT.

-Should Falcons go TE early, such as Green or Cameron?
Not feeling it, but what do I know. If value is there compared to other positions, then???

-Should Bird even bother with DE if they don’t go early?
Nope, already explained why ad nausium.

-Can Falcons afford another DE project?
No, because you would need to cut someone that is already there. I say wait one year when both JA contracts expire and money is available.

-Do players with major injuries scare you?

-How about Da’Rel Scott, Mike Mohamed?
Good options where you slotted them, a real possibility.

-Should Falcons take an ILB?
Yes, if they can sub in passing situations or against teams that aren’t especially skilled in the running game.


April 13th, 2011
10:59 am

Ed — Thanks man. Like I said earlier, it’s taken me awhile to come over to this CB pick, but that gives us the MOST immediate impact of any other position in my opinion, including DE, WR, or OL. I just have a different belief than many that 1st round OL picks are necessary to be successful in the NFL and we already have one in Sam Baker. If Coach Boudreau wasn’t as good as he is, than I would probably agree with the OL pick more.

just me — Nice mock. You’ll have to count me in the camp against Ingram. If we had a speed back instead of a between the tackles back already on our roster, I could see it, but we don’t and Ingram is just too similar to Turner and Snelling for me. He never was the same since his knee injury. Really like the Gomes and Young pick. Not real sure about Moore from Tenn (perhaps that’s my anti-Vol bias).

Ken — Good points on OFF. I agree with you as well though that much of the onus is also on Mularkey (and Smith) to be more aggressive and creative with our offense. Very predictable offense led to our collapse against Green Bay. Our offensive play-calling makes it almost impossible to come back from one or more mistakes or 3 and outs.

Bangkapi Ajarn

April 13th, 2011
11:03 am

just me – no flak from this quarter, well thought out and explained.

WR Denarius Moore could easily find himself in a Falcons uniform if we miss on Jernigan in the 2nd, he could well be the fall back option.

Teaming Ingrim behing his old G Johnson would be interesting as well, that would be a very high investment in RB while Turner is still rolling, BT if Snelling leaves that is an intriguing possibility.

Gabe Miller and DeJon Gomes look like potential late round steals.

Good job.

Bangkapi Ajarn

April 13th, 2011
11:13 am

Ok, understanding that this isn’t how I think it would play out, or even how I would do it in TD’s shoes


with the understanding that the rules state that I need to change the picks up, play out some different scenarios, here is–

Next Version of mock (mock 2.4)
1) Akeem Ayers LB – All their primary targets in DE and CB are gone, they gamble that Jernigan will slide and pick good value with Ayers to replace Peterson.
2) Hankerson, WR, Falcons want WR early, and find Cobb, Jernigan and Smith off the board at 59. Hankerson slides to the bottom of round 2
3) DeMarco Murray, RB 50-50 is is still on the board, or a tad less. BUT, if there is an early run on WR’s, then someone has to slide, I am guessing RB’s
4) Buster Skrine CB Tenn-Chattanooga – The new NCB in the likely event he can beat out Owens.
5) Pat Devlin QB – Delaware – serious competition at back QB spot, could eventually be starter if Ryan goes down.(See Tom Brady/Drew Brees in NE) – Makes Redman trade bait in a QB hungry league that needs seasoned NFL backup in a year when rookie QB’s can’t pick up the playbook in time to be effective this year. Surprise pick, where is the DE????
6) Willie Smith – OT – ECU Anthony Walters -S – Delaware
**One 7th rounder to move up in the 4th or 5th to get their guy**
7a) John Gianninoto , C UNLV – Same school as Hawley, that is how TD rolls.
7b) Kevin Cone, WR Ga. Tech – local speedster that can block is mercy pick in the 7th

No DE picked, TD decides to let Biermann and Sidbury develop one more year, then go for a FA splash NEXT year and go after Charles Johnson when he becomes Unrestricted FA. This way, no learning curve for a new DE, and our depth continues to mature. Sidbury could be gone after this year if he can’t grab some Playing time.

Same for TE, let Palmer continue to develop, bring in a FA (FA Chris Blohm of Yale will be invited) to challenge.

Bangkapi Ajarn

April 13th, 2011
11:35 am

Tennessee Titans wide receiver Kenny Britt was arrested on three charges Tuesday afternoon after a car chase

Britt is the 10th player arrested since the NFL locked out its players on March 11. The Titans’ inability to run an offseason workout program may explain why Britt was back in his hometown.



April 13th, 2011
11:37 am

Alright, so let’s break down one of my biggest fears here, which is if we pass on a WR at #27, than one of our targets (Torrey Smith/Hankerson/Cobb/Jernigan/Young) will be gone by #59. We obviously know that AJ Green and Julio Jones will definitely go in the first. A big debate is whether or not T.Smith will go in the first. Us and the Ravens are the biggest teams to take him since we both need WR help. So here we go, let me know if you agree or disagree:

Could they take a WR?

1st Round
#26 – Ravens – yes
#27 – Falcons – assume that we don’t
#28 – Patriots – could, but doubtful
#29 – Bears – possibly with just Hester and Bennett
#30 – Jets – no
#31 – Steelers – no
#32 – Packers – could with James Jones, but probably not

Round 2
#33 – Patriots – absolutely here
#34 – Bills – maybe, but kind of doubtful
#35 – Bengals – probably not here since they get Green in 1st, but if no AJ, than absolutely
#36 – Broncos – possibly
37 – Cleveland – absolutely, depending on 1st round
38 – Arizona – yes
39 – Tennessee – yes
40 – Dallas – no
41 – Washington – absolutely
42 – Houston – possibly
43 – Minnesota – maybe with Sidney Rice FA possibility
44 – Detroit – yes
45 – San Francisco – maybe, but doubtful
46 – Denver – yes, depending on 1st pick
47 – St. Louis – absolutely, unless they Jones in 1st
48 – Oakland – probably not, but never know
49 – Jacksonville – yes
50 – San Diego – maybe, depending on V-Jax and Floyd FA situation
51 – Tampa Bay – doubtful
52 – New York Giants – doubtful
53 – Indianapolis* – yes
54 – Philadelphia* – doubtful
55 – Kansas City* – absolutely
56 – New Orleans* – doubtful
57 – Seattle* – yes
58 – Baltimore* – absolutely, depending on 1st pick

If the Ravens take Torrey Smith and we CAN NOT trade back into the 2nd round, than it’s almost a certainty that we will not get one of our targets: Hankerson/Cobb/Jernigan/Young.

Obviously, we all want to trade back, but until I see it, I’m believing we pick at #27.

Does that mean we reach for a guy like Cobb or Hankerson at #27 if Smith is gone? I think everyone in the world would say its a reach, but the idea that we “just pick up a guy in the 2nd round” shouldn’t be thrown around like its a certainty. There is an ENORMOUS dropoff after those guys are taken in my opinion. It’s time to upgrade our WR corps…..period, and we settle for another 3rd rounder or later like Edmond Gates, than do not expect any upgrade over what we have. And really no certainty they’ll even make the team.



April 13th, 2011
11:58 am

I like this one a lot better. BA and just me also have good ones today. I prefer BA’s due to the players selected but still hope to see us make some moves to trade down and stockpile future picks. Peter King at SI.com has a piece on the Patriots and how they are positioned to take advantage of QB-needy teams at the end of rd1/top of the 2nd, since they have #28 and #33. The way he figures it(and I concur) there will be as many as 8 teams in the top of the 2nd who need a signalcaller, and only 3 or 4 QBs worthy of an upper 2nd grade. Some of these teams may go with a QB in rd 1, but they’d really be reaching. There are 6 teams at the end of rd 1/top2nd that may be willing to trade down–advantage:NE(and us).
Teams needing QBs:
34 BUF
35 CIN
38 AZ
39 TN
41 WAS
43 MIN
45 SF
49 JX
Teams willing to trade down:
26 BAL
27 ATL
28 NE
29 CHI
30 NYJ
33 NE
With only 3 or 4 QBs to fight over, somebody will make out like bandits. King says it will be NE–I say”please, let it be us!”… I know I’ve said it before, but I truly am convinced that this is the year to strike(while the iron is hot)…so much so that I hope to see us move at least twice in this draft…Ideally, we’d trade #27 to someone like CIN at #35 plus either this year’s 3rd & 4th or (preferably) this year’s 3rd and 2012 2nd. Then I’d like to see us trade down AGAIN with another mid 2nd team like #49 JX for a similar deal– this year’s 3rd and 2012 2nd. NE is going to own this draft as usual, based on past performance and current positioning but we’re in an ideal position to undercut them somewhat and steal some of that thunder for ourselves. TD has already positioned us well for something like I’ve just fantasized about by making it well known that we’re looking to take a QB ourselves this year, meaning that one of our backups may be available, as well. Go TD, go…..

Bangkapi Ajarn

April 13th, 2011
12:05 pm

D3 – Excellent point, but for most of those teams they have other, higher priority needs that they simply can’t count on filling in FA. T. Smith is 50-50 to Baltimore, either WR or CB seem to be the biggest options. If Jimmy Smith AND Brandon Harris are taken ahead of 26 (the Eagles, for one team, may easily take a CB for example), then T. Smith may well be a no brainer for the Ravens- home town stud receiver same as AJ is popular in these parts to the point some columnists propose mortgaging the farm to get him.

Cobb will likely be gone by 40, Hankerson is very highly rated as well. Jernigan isn’t considered a every down WR that can block, so that will limit his usefulness. Jon Baldwin of Pitt and Titus Young of Boise State are often mocked ahead of Jernigan as well, but beauty will be in the eye of the beholder (who is the Darius Bay of 2011?).

Bottom line, if rankings mean squat – and they don’t each team has different needs be it possession receiver, tall receiver, #1 option star option, #2 option, slot option, etc. Jernigan could be the 3rd receiver of the board in the 1st, or the 7th/8th receiver off the board in the 2nd.

Near as I can tell he has only visited the Browns, Chargers, and Vikings to this point. He had combine formal interviews with Green Bay, Indianapolis and the Carolina Panthers (but no visit that I can see).

just me

April 13th, 2011
12:11 pm

D3 – If Romeus can get completely healthy I think he will be great value in the 4th.

I like the Scott, Mohamed, and Smith picks in the late rounds. Scott and Mohamed fill needs we currently have and should be able to contribute right away.

I think Smith will need some development but has limited exp. on the OLine as he is a converted DLine man, but he has the ideal build for a NFL LT.

I need to do some research on your other two seventh round picks they are not names I am familier with. Nice job of finding some new names for me to look into.

just me

April 13th, 2011
12:18 pm

I understand the anti Tenn bias, I have the same for Tenn, UF, and Clem. I am starting to ease up a little on my Tenn since they did give the great one’s son a chance to prove himself. I look at it like when you move to high school and the star player from your rival Jr High team is now on your team. You findout that even though you once hated the guy for being great on the field that he is actually a really cool person and great to have on your team!

just me

April 13th, 2011
12:37 pm

BA – nice change-up in your mock.I really like Skrine in the 4th and maybe as early as the 3rd.

I am hoping that we don’t pick a QB unless we have a new CBA and have traded one of our current back-ups, but with TD you never know.

I think we will give Cone a shot whether he is a 7th rounder or a RFA. I am looking for a major log jam at WR this year. As a coach it always nice to have the problem of too much talent and not enough available spots!

Again I really like the Smith pick I think this kid can do great things for us in the future. He will be a great value in the later rounds!


April 13th, 2011
12:41 pm

BA, love the mock! Ayers is a fantastic pick if the DEs play out like we think they will. Also, Hankerson is definitely one of those guys we cannot pass up in the 2nd, UNLESS Jernigan is there.

just me

April 13th, 2011
12:51 pm

wayne – I am on board with the trading down. Twice would be really nice and still have 2 2nd round picks along with picking up some extra picks next year! I have faith the TD will do the most with our picks this year. I doubt I will like every move he makes, but I know their will be value in the long run.

Bangkapi Ajarn

April 13th, 2011
12:58 pm

waynester – nicely researched on the trade options. I am in total agreement that a trade down is a real possibility this year, maybe slide a few spots down in return for a 3rd. If we could get two more 2’s I would jump on that in a heartbeat.

Bangkapi Ajarn

April 13th, 2011
1:03 pm

D3, just me – I remember going to Tech games with my dad, and the anti Tenn Chants. Something about a similarity between Tennessee and an Orange that likely wouldn’t be allowed in by the blog monster.

Does this mean you weren’t a huge fan of Peerless Price? :-)


April 13th, 2011
1:05 pm

just me
Agreed. We already have more picks than we do roster spots, enabling us to start looking more to the future in regards to amassing future picks which will, in turn, enable us to more aggressively move UP when the player we want is there. To date,it’s been too costly for us to make upward moves that involve giving up picks like we did to move up for Baker. Now we are in a position to start cultivating future picks as an insurance policy and as part of our overall team strategy….

John Waynesworld

April 13th, 2011
1:11 pm

D3, another excellent mock, as in I’ll take every one of them. Our first pick is all over the board so it is hard to pinpoint. As Michael Lombardi at the NFL Network says now (or actually starting last week) was the “week of lies” or some such tag that means don’t believe any more rumors coming out of teams’ spokespeoples’ mouths. That is good because I am tired of trying to read the Falcons thoughts whenever they work out some FCS inside linebacker.

I like the Williams pick because he can possibly play Safety. It may take him a year (or two) to get settled into a spot (or two), but he will only make us better. Not my favorite, but as stated previously, I will take him and like it. Personally though, I am not enamored with taking another “Williams” as a DB. Bad memories of a past wasted first pick.

As for #2, everybody likes Jernigan so I think he may be gone by the late 2nd. If he is not there for us then we can still pick between a bunch of good WRs. Even if he is there I would still take Hankerson, Cobb, or Gates (maybe even Young) ahead of him. Again I’ll be thrilled to have Jerrel on our team. I wonder if his father’s name was Jerrel (son of Jerrel, Superman you know).

At #3, I like Virgil Green. Not the Green I wanted but a serviceable guy at TE no less. I heard this guy yesterday on TV and he is a team guy that loves to block, and catch. Not exactly what I want to see as far as a true receiving threat at the TE position, but a good solid pick on a character guy. Maybe not a 3rd Round guy, but a quality player.

At #4, Greg Romeus is a risk and a question mark. This quote from Walter’s: “Before Romeus’ injury, he was highly productive and tough in run support, but he didn’t show much in terms of a pass rush.” Before his injury? We need a pass rusher, and he did have 8 sacks in 2009 and 7 sacks in 2008. Maybe DE Sheard on the other side was helping out Romeus’ stats by being a stud himself, as Jabaal had 5 sacks each in 2008 & 2009 before breaking out in 2010 with 9 sacks. Interestingly, the fact that these two have similar stats may also point to the DTs on the Panthers team, Chas Alecxih and Myles Caragein, who may have helped them both by drawing double teams. Both DTs had multiple sacks last year as well. I would probably grab a RB here in the 4th Round (if Jacquizz Rodgers is available here I would take him).

6th Round…I am taking a home town defensive guy here, maybe Dent or Dobbs.

7th Round…Chris Durham? Anthony Allen? Josh Davis? Colin Baxter (Ariz)? BAA?

Keep ‘em coming, D3!

Bangkapi Ajarn

April 13th, 2011
1:12 pm

falconsam , just me – Thanks, but I really don’t see it falling that way in a couple weeks.

At the moment, as I feel this afternoon, if we keep the 27th pick I see CB or WR, Harris, Williams, or Jernigan with an outside shot at OT or OG. I keep changing my mind though, based on what I see other teams doing and who may be available.

I saw where they interviewed Ayers privately, and I think there is a real possibility that he drops to the end of the round based on team needs. TD may well be doing due diligence if
A) The Saints grab him, he is mocked there in some sites.
B) Our first few options disappear, and he is our best option still standing.


April 13th, 2011
1:19 pm

BA — As much as I would love to have Jernigan, I would have to say he’s a reach at #27, unless they truly believe in him that much. If we had to take a receiver other than Torrey, I would take Hankerson or Cobb over Jernigan at #27. I like Harris, but we have too many 5′9 CBs as it is, we don’t need another one IMO. At least Hankerson and Cobb are 1-2 area guys. I just think its tough taking a WR to be purely a slot, and I guess the same goes for Cobb. But Hankerson and Smith could easily be #2’s.

waynester — I think JB Falcon posted last week that since there is no CBA deal, than future draft picks can not be traded. I absolutely think our best option would be to trade back, but I think its a lot easier to trade up than it is to trade back.

I wouldn’t even having a problem with them taking a DE or CB in the 1st and be willing to trade up to get one of our targeted receivers. I hate giving up draft picks, but we’re at a point now where we don’t have that many holes, especially if free agency is null and void this year.

Bangkapi Ajarn

April 13th, 2011
1:28 pm

Bangkapi Ajarn

April 13th, 2011
1:30 pm

D3 – I saw where 2012 picks CAN be traded on draft day and the week before, but no players.

Bangkapi Ajarn

April 13th, 2011
1:36 pm


Q: Can teams trade draft picks this year?

A: Here’s where things get interesting. Yes, teams can trade draft picks. However, they can only trade picks that they haven’t made yet. In other words, Bill Belichick can do his usual routine of making 40 trades in a draft, but he can’t trade the rights to any players that the Patriots already have selected with earlier 2011 picks. Teams can trade all the 2012, 2013 and 2014 picks they’d like, but the 2011 ones will be a bit trickier. Also of note — no current NFL players can be included in any trades, either.

Bangkapi Ajarn

April 13th, 2011
1:40 pm

Agree that Jernigan is a reach at 27, BUT the Falcons seem to love him, and if they feel he won’t be there at 59 then it is 27 or watch him play for someone else.

Hankerson I could live with, concerned with T. Smith’s hands. Jernigan just seems to fit the Falcons needs for that particular package. He has been rated the 6th, 7th, or higher total rated WR, bt the HIGHEST rated slot receiver that I have seen, on some sites.

Bangkapi Ajarn

April 13th, 2011
1:55 pm


“The NFL’s proposal to the players for a rookie compensation system would divert about $300 million a year from first-round draft picks’ contracts to veterans and player benefits.

According to documents obtained by The Associated Press, the league’s offer would free more than $1.2 billion by 2016 and slow the growth rate of guaranteed payments to first-rounders, which the documents show increased by 233 percent since 2000. All contracts for first-round picks would become fixed at five years.”


April 13th, 2011
2:04 pm

D3, I see Houston going to Tampa Bay as a real possibility. Then they may take McCarthy in front of us too. Price we pay for winning the Division.

DE may be even harder to hope for if Bowers drops like they are talking. One less to go ahead of the rest. I don’t know if we pull the trigger or not if he is there.


April 13th, 2011
2:13 pm


Until a new/temporarily CBA is in place, we can’t trade for any draft picks other than this year’s. I like the idea somewhat but at the rate the NFL and the players are going it may not be possible.


April 13th, 2011
2:15 pm


I didn’t see BA’s comments. scratch what I posted