Falcons Full Mock Madness – 2.5

A Matter of Days……

Will it ever get here? The 2011 NFL Draft is getting close to a week away and it seems as though it slows down as the weekend gets near, as opposed to speeding up. If you listen to the mock “experts,” the Falcons might as well go ahead and send an airplane to pick up Adrian Clayborn or any other defensive end prospect that’s still available. Will Thomas Dimitroff and Co. really be happy with the 6th or 7th best defensive end prospect in the first round? We’ll know very soon. The last Falcons Full Mock until we start our competition beginning on Sunday Night, April 24th. All rules and details will be included in the final post coming Sunday. Until then, one final mock to jog the brain on possible candidates.

1st Round

Leonard Hankerson – Wide Receiver – Miami

Many will vehemently disagree with this pick, but if you take a look at the guys highlight reel, it may change your mind. Hankerson is regarded as one of the best wide receivers in the draft, and while he may be ranked below Torrey Smith on most sites, he offers almost everything that Smith offers and than some. He is slightly taller than Smith at 6’2, 209, and ran the forty 1/10 of a second behind him at the combine, clocking 4.41. Currently owns the University of Miami single-season record for most receptions, and touchdowns. Pretty impressive if you think about how many great receivers have come through there. Hankerson hauled in 72 receptions, 1,156 receiving yards, and 13 TDs.

Many will say that Hankerson will not make an immediate impact and doesn’t possess the speed or play-making ability to legitimately help the Falcons offense. While that may be partly true regarding the timeframe, Hankerson looks like he will have a very bright future in the NFL. While many are focusing on speedy slots, one thing to remember is that Michael Jenkins will be turning 29 this summer and Roddy White will turn 30 this November. The Birds still have Harry Douglas, Kerry Meier, and possibly Eric Weems to fill that role. The main point is that Hankerson could elevate the Falcons offense by finally providing Roddy White with a legitimate #2 wide receiver, while working his way in and producing to get to that point.

2nd Round

Sam Acho – Defensive End – Texas

Even though Acho may be considered an OLB in a 3-4 defense, the Falcons will gladly take him as a defensive end who has proven he can rush the passer. Acho may not have the prototypical defensive end size (whatever that is) at 6’2, 262 lbs. He was extremely productive for the Longhorns, where he notched 17 tackles for a loss (34 career) and 9 sacks (20 career) as a senior. He also runs a sub 4.7 forty and has a non-stop motor. He’s also known as “a hard-worker who’s respected as a leader by his teammates” according to draftcountdown.com, qualities highly appreciated by Thomas Dimitroff.

3rd Round

Kendall Hunter – Running Back – Oklahoma State

Like with many of these picks, Hunter may very well be long gone, but many sites are listing him to go somewhere in the 2nd or 3rd round. The possibility especially opens up if only one running back or even none are selected in the first round. The Falcons could hit gold if they get Kendall Hunter this late because he is a dynamic playmaking running back with superb production. The Oklahoma State running back had a whopping 4,099 career rushing yards and had 1,500+ yard seasons twice (sophomore and senior). He also posted a career 37 rushing TDs (16 twice), 519 career receiving yards, but only scored twice through the air.

Hunter could be the perfect 3rd down back to Turner and Snelling in Atlanta. He is short and compact at 5’7, 200 lbs and lightning quick. Many teams probably dropped him down their boards with a fairly mediocre 4.53 forty at the NFL combine, but his quickness and agility is what makes him a potential steal for someone. May not lack true burner speed, but is a “big play threat who can take it the distance anytime he touches the ball,” according to draftcountdown.com

4th Round

Jordan Cameron – Tight End – USC

This is looking more and more like a possibility since the lockout seems more and more uncertain by the day. The Falcons have only scouted a handful of tight ends and may either make a move to grab one of them or simply bypass the position altogether. Cameron is the definition of potential. He was a basketball player by trade at BYU, until he transferred to USC to play wide receiver. He lost a year for transferring and finally settled on tight end. Even though he has very limited production (126 receiving yards, 1 TD), he could hold major potential in the long line of basketball converts including Tony Gonzalez, Antonio Gates, and even last year’s Jimmy Graham. Cameron has rare athleticism and size (6’, 254) and could even afford to add more weight to his frame without losing speed (he already runs a 4.53). The Falcons could be in a great situation if he lasts long enough.

5th Round

Demarcus Van Dyke – Cornerback – Miami

The Falcons know they need a cornerback to fill out their roster; it’s just a matter of when they choose to go after one. They could go early or they could decide to wait for another Dominique Franks type player to groom. Demarcus Van Dyke may still be very raw, but he has insane speed (4.25) to go along with a great frame for cornerback (6’, 176). Van Dyke started 21 games, had 79 career tackles, 10 pass breakups, and 3 interceptions. Many sites have him lasting to the 6th round, but with speed being at a premium in the NFL, especially for the Falcons, Van Dyke will go earlier than many think.

6th Round

Doug Hogue – Outside Linebacker – Syracuse

Although the Falcons appear to be looking way more at inside linebackers in this draft, a player and value like Hogue this late would be too hard to pass up. Hogue has a prototypical linebacker size at 6’3, 245 and runs a 4.63 forty yard dash. The Syracuse linebacker may be a late bloomer, but he also had very good production as an Orangeman. During his last two years, Hogue collared 26.5 tackles for a loss and even nabbed 12.5 sacks (9.5 as a junior). If the Falcons elect to re-sign Stephen Nicholas, they appear to be set at OLB, but Hogue could be a great special teams player as well as possibly adding something the Bird desperately need…….a pass rush.

7th Round (1)

TJ Yates – Quarterback – North Carolina

The Birds have interviewed quite a few QBs this year and appear to either have something up their sleeve or may just be looking for another arm that may eventually replace Chris Redman someday. Yates is one of the most productive QBs in the country, amassing over 9,300 yards passing with 58 touchdowns over his career. He has nice size at 6’3, 220 and has pretty good speed as well (5.06). The big problem of course is his interceptions. He threw 46 picks in his career, but he did have over a 66% completion rate as a senior.

7th Round (2)

Colin Jones – Safety – TCU

Even though they haven’t interviewed or talked to Jones, this guy screams to be a Dimitroff pick. He has good size (6’0, 204) and ran a superfast 40 yard dash (4.38). He is an excellent special teams player and could be a very similar pick to Shann Schillinger last year. Would fill the open spot behind William Moore while earning his way on special teams. Considered a “riser” by some sites.

7th Round (3)

Akeem Dent – Inside Linebacker- Georgia

Local product who had the misfortune for playing for a poor defensive coordinator for three years and then had to undergo a change in defensive scheme his senior year. Could finally be the backup middle linebacker the Falcons have been searching for after rotating guys three years in a row.

So there you have it Bird Cage Family, all the crazy and insane mocks are in the books. The only thing left to do is get your own draft boards ready for the big competition. But first, a few questions…….

Your Turn (Try one more different mock)

-Your thoughts on this one: decent, great, beyond terrible?

-How would you feel about Hankerson @ #27?

-Hankerson or Torrey Smith?

-Can Acho be an answer to the pass-rush woes?

-Would Kendall Hunter be a good Falcons fit?

-Will Jordan Cameron last until the 4th round?

-How about Demarcus Van Dyke: too early or just right?

-Could Hogue be a future starter one day?

-Your thoughts on the 7th round “darts?”

 

Atlanta Falcons Reported Workout/Contact/Interview List

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

OT
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

C/G
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

RB
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

TE
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

QB
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

WR
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

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

DE
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

DT
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

LB
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

CB
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

S
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

512 comments Add your comment

JB FALCON

April 19th, 2011
9:57 pm

I’m gonna have to do some thanking on this.

waynester

April 19th, 2011
10:20 pm

D3
I know I criticized the last one but this one is Mucho bueno. The 1st 4rds, for sure. I’ve got my doubts about Acho, but like him better than Bailey at #59. Hankerson is looking better and better to me, especially if we can pick up a pure speed WR like Hazleton in the 7th. Hunter looks awesome and Cameron very promising. DVD would go well since we already have HD. Hogue is a guy we worked out recently and he or Mohamed in the 6th would probably be good value. I’ve got a feeling we may go for a S earlier like Sands or Johnson but pick up Yates at QB who was pretty good as a senior…and top it off with some home cooking from UGA. Very good, sir!

Knew Money

April 19th, 2011
11:09 pm

D3,
Good stuff as always. After looking at the new 2011 schedule, man I gotta go with your last mock 1st round pick Aaron Williams, the CB from Texas. Playing the Eagles, Packers, Bucs, Colts and Saints in the first 9 games to open the season is tough. We need to do a better job defending against these passing teams. What would make this years draft a great one is if we can get Williams in round 1 and somehow make a trade to get Justin Houston in round 2. After that grab the best WR available, maybe Jernigan, Cobb or Young in the 3rd. any one of these guys would work, Then from there go after Dontay Moch in round 4, this guy runs a 4.4 at OLB. Here’s my wish list order of picks:
1. A. Williams – CB
2. J. Houston – DE
3. J. Jernigan – WR
4. D. Moch – OLB
5. G. Little – WR
6. L. Stocker – TE

Big Ray

April 19th, 2011
11:49 pm

Well, I saw the article about not trading down from D. Ledbetter. Well, I think we can hope for a heavy run on QBs in the first round, which will definitely let some guys fall to us. I still hate that the Saints and Bucs will be picking ahead of us, though.

D3 ,

Nice mock, brother. Nice mock.

Big Ray

April 20th, 2011
12:00 am

Heh…now that I think about it, D. Ledd’s article means nothing in the grand scheme of things (no offense to him, of course).

Dimitroff says he feels there will be plenty of guys available to us that can help at #27, and that us trading down won’t come cheaply. Sounds to me like a smart poker player letting everybody know that the pick is available, but only for the right price.

In other words, the possibility of us trading down this week is no different than it was last week. Because when you trade up, you HAVE to make a nice offer…or else the other team has no reason to consider your proposal. It ain’t over yet. If the right guys are available, TD won’t trade down unless it behooves him to do so. Otherwise, he’s comfortable picking where he’s picking.

Ain’t nuthin’ changed, folks…

just me

April 20th, 2011
12:36 am

I think Hankerson is a real possibility if TD is looking for a future #2 WR. He plays faster than he looks on tape and does a great job extening his arms to catch the ball away from his body.

Acho is a TD type player. He has all the off the field attributes that TD looks for. I don’t think he will be Abe’s heir, but he should be able to mix it up some in the DE rotation.

If we draft Hunter he could be MT’s heir. I agree that he is not a true scatback, but would be a steal in the 3rd. Todd McShay listed him as one of his “space eaters” on sportscenter this morning.

I like Jordan Cameron’s potential to be a great recieving TE or H-back. His limited exp. will make him a liability in the run game the first few years he’s on the field.

DVD has speed, but how much will he lose as he adds weight to his frame? He is raw never being a full time starter at “The U” which leaves some doubt about his play. Though alot o f coaches will tell you that they can teach a player technique and how to play the game, but they can’t teach speed!

Hogue is a developmental player could possibly be ins. incase Nick boltz.

Yates might give JPW a run for his money for the number 3 spot or sit on the PS a year until Redman’s contract is up in 2012.

Jones is another speed DB who played Safety in a 4-2-5 defense. He will need to earn to play a more tradisional safety position to be successful in the NFL. The easiest way to describe his job in the 4-2-5 def is simular to an OLB in a 3-4, but with slightly better mobility and cover skills.

Dent, whom I love, was a one year starter in a new system. He made the most of it! He always seemed to be in on any play within 5 yards of the LOS. He has alot of room to improve, but has to potential to become a starting 2 down ILB if he can add some weight.

D3 overall I like the mock. It addresses a number of depth areas with some nontraditional type of players. Nice job!

Now back to my fatherly duties of cleaning bed linens since I got the little guy too worked up before bed time :(

Rikus

April 20th, 2011
12:47 am

This mock reminds me a lot of 2.2, at least postion-wise.

This draft wounldn’t anger me, although I noticed you didn’t draft any O-linemen. Still thinking, as you mentioned in 2.4, that we might re-sign some of ours FAs after the lockout? I dunno, I think we’ll have to draft at least one lineman, just to be safe.

Bangkapi, thanks so much – that list is awesome!

Rikus

April 20th, 2011
12:53 am

Wow, that list of DEs visited is a really stark contrast to the rest of the list! In other positions, the Falcons have scouted all the way down to FA, and everything in between. For DE, they seem focused only on 1st and 2nd rounders. Maybe that’s why all the draftniks seem so sure they’ll take one early? Looks like telegraphing to me…

OB/DB

April 20th, 2011
2:05 am

TD should trade the Falcons 1st to his former team the Patriots for their 2 second round draft picks. Then take te K. Randolph, WR Jerigan and DE Allen Bailey. In the 3rd round take OT Luke Zemba Auburn, 4th round CB Williams from Texas, 5th round LB K. Sheppard LSU, 6th RB Anthony Allen GT,7th DE from Boise St. 7th LB D. Gamble UGA

marko

April 20th, 2011
6:16 am

D3 I’m Going to assume that this is the teaser before you produce your Final effort before draft. Bankapi Ajarn Is a great asset. It’s interesting that when you check the list of defensive ends, the Falcons have worked out, all carry round one or two grades. Do you think that’s a not too subtle clue about where we’re going? Conspicuous by his absence, Adrian Clayborn. Are the birds not interested, or are they trying to keep him off the radar? I’ll try to follow up on that latter.

waynester

April 20th, 2011
7:51 am

OB/DB
The Pats have 4 picks in the 1st 2 rds, already, and having #28 and #33 puts them in a primo bargaining position. Why would they trade up one spot ahead of where they’re already going to pick? If they do, they would lose 200 points in trade value since #27=680pts while #33=580pts + #60=300pts. Don’t get me wrong–I like that you’re coming up with trade options, but don’t think the Pats would make such a poor deal even if they were desperate for a player(which they’re not)….

John Waynesworld

April 20th, 2011
8:17 am

Good morning rabid fans! Awesome work D3, again, with kudos to statmaster BA!

-Your thoughts on this one: decent, great, beyond terrible?
D3, most if not all of your mocks are fine mocks. You have stayed away from troubled players and out-of-position players, so in essence it is blending the best athlete available with a position of need. Good stuff.

-How would you feel about Hankerson @ #27?
I really can’t complain about this pick, mostly because it is so close to draft day that I’ll take anybody right now.

-Hankerson or Torrey Smith?
IMO, either or. I know the hands discussion and the height issue, and I agree with you, D3, that Hankerson seems the right fit for us.

-Can Acho be an answer to the pass-rush woes?
Acho is a beast and he had good sack stats, even though he is a bit short and under weight for the pro game at D line.

-Would Kendall Hunter be a good Falcons fit?
Maybe, I just don’t know. I was looking for someone a lot smaller and faster with more consistent yearly stats.

-Will Jordan Cameron last until the 4th round?
I don’t think so, but it would be nice to grab another ex basketballer who plays tight end. Seems to be a good combo.

-How about Demarcus Van Dyke: too early or just right?
Just right. The guy is fast as a hiccup but also a bag of bones. Another project (yawn), but speed wins. Good pick up.

-Could Hogue be a future starter one day?
Yes, and I like the fact that he has only been a linebacker since 2009 yet his production was outstanding. Like Richard Samuel at UGA, he was a RB before. I can only hope Samuel turns out like this guy.

-Your thoughts on the 7th round “darts?” Hey, D3, you got a very good QB, a Safety from a winning Bowl team, and a hometown guy all in the 7th. What could be better?

John Waynesworld

April 20th, 2011
8:58 am

Concerning the schedule…although it looks like a real bear, at least it’s not Carolina’s! lol They might earn another #1 draft pick after the 2011 season.

The December 26th game at New Orleans will give us a slight advantage. We will have a few more days off than the Saints, as we play a Thursday night game at home against Jacksonville on the 15th, and then can rest and watch the Saints play an away game at Minnesota on Sunday the 18th.

With a schedule like the Panthers have, I wonder if that may sway their GM to stay away from drafting a QB this year as next year they should be in the same position. That would mean Andrew Luck landing in our division (not good), so next week we need to root for Carolina to pick good ole’ Cam I Am! More likely they will be smart and pick Dareus or Green and wait for next year for their quarterback.

falconsam

April 20th, 2011
9:07 am

Are YOU KIDDING ME?? William Moore was arrested on traffic charges?!? C’mon WillMo, the Falcons have a reputation to uphold. Ug…

Btw, I love the mock D3. I would be happy if it played out like this.

dan

April 20th, 2011
9:11 am

1 Justin Huston DE UGA
2 Jerrel Jernigan – WR – Troy
3- Dontay Moch -LB- NV
4-Jordan Cameron-TE USC
5- DeMarcus Van Dyke – CB – Miami
6- Noel Devine – RB –WV
7-Akeem Dent-LB-UGA
7-Vidal Hazelton Cincinnati
7-Frank Kearse – DT – Alabama A&M

Bangkapi Ajarn

April 20th, 2011
9:35 am

William Moore arrested in Dacula.

Sigh.

Bangkapi Ajarn

April 20th, 2011
9:40 am

Very nice Mach 5 mock draft (speeding up with each scenario, get it??).

I may well have 3 or 4 of these guys in one version or the other of my mock when it is said and done.

Sam Acho isn’t a good scheme fit but he IS one of the early guys we looked at (at the Texas pro day if I recall correctly, where a dude named Aaron Williams just coincidentally happened to be :-) ).
Not sure if Acho is a legit target, of a smokescreen when we were checking out Williams and Chucky Brown.

Bangkapi Ajarn

April 20th, 2011
9:46 am

What this mock doesn’t have – and the requirement to change the picks 5 times makes this understandably impracticable – is a blazingly fast WR to stretch the field. Who’s slot on the Roster does Hankerson earn (or, who gets cut?). It IS a possibility that we get Hankerson, we spent a lot of time with Miami players.

2LB’s isn’t out of the question, I toyed with that myself, but I may look at two S’s now as a knee jerk reaction to Moore’s apparent stupidity, but if that was the Gwinnett police that got him then maybe it is nothing.

D3

April 20th, 2011
10:10 am

Great Apex Day Cage Fam! — Here’s the final mock and I kinda like this one, certainly better than 2.2 and 2.3 after I jumped from the moving Torrey (Smith) Train. Hankerson’s my 3rd favorite option (after a tie between Aaron Williams and Justin Houston).

waynester — Thanks. I like this one better myself. I like 2.1, 2.4, and 2.5 the best. I was going to put Hogue in one of my earlier ones, but I saw that we were focusing mostly on ILBs. I really like Hankerson. Will he help us beat the pass happy teams this year? Hard to answer, but I do know that our offense has no limits with a legit #2 WR opposite our All-Pro Receiver.

Knew Money — Totally agreed. After seeing that schedule, he’s become my new favorite. If Justin Houston AND Williams are there, that’s a tough call. Williams would help us more immediately, but Houston may help us more in the future.

Big Ray — Good point on the trade back. I know there’s a lot of poker playing going on, but I also know that TD likes his first round draft picks as well. So even if that is some gamesmanship (?), I do think there’s a little truth in that too.

waynester

April 20th, 2011
10:11 am

Suspended licence? Don’t you have any sense? Can’t you afford to call a cab or hire one of your buddies to drive you around? Gwinnett does suck, but–C’MON….

Paddy O

April 20th, 2011
10:44 am

As one of the last posts on 2.4, I am really happy with this draft arrangement. Van Dyke – good; Hankerson – excellent! Only change I’d take Hazleton instead of the QB from NC. I think Murray could still be on the board in Rd 3, and I’d prefer over Hunter – you disagree or just figurin’ since he has not shown up on our visit list he is completely out? Finally, I would hope Virgil Green drops to 4, and we pick him! However, this is a fine mock for us!

Bangkapi Ajarn

April 20th, 2011
11:07 am

http://www.tampabay.com/news/publicsafety/bucs-coach-assistant-accused-of-dui-in-tampa/1164884

NOT just the Falcons William Moore – Bucs coach assistant accused of DUI in Tampa.

CB, assistant coach, this could impact their shot of making the playoffs in 2011 possibly.

SOMEBODY NEED TOO TELL THE TRUTH

April 20th, 2011
11:12 am

I will go on a limb and predict the Falcons will draft 3 players out of the University of Miami…

1. Hankerson
2.Bailey
3.Van Dyke

Just saying… could very well end up this way, senarios could dictate this outcome.

Bangkapi Ajarn

April 20th, 2011
11:13 am

One More reason to consider Aaron Williams at 27 if we stick with the pick, and you KNOW Smitty and TD will think of this first thing –

When the CBA is hammered out, the Commish will be reviewing ALL these offseason transgressions, and handing out suspensions. Moore will be lost for some amount of time, think of the impact on the Falcons 2011 season if Moore is suspended for the first 4 games, say.

Look at who we play, and pray we can make 1-3 IF our starting safety is suspended and we draft someone like Clayborn. A stud CB/Safety hybred with size and speed gives us a chance, and slides to NCB after Moore returns.

Bangkapi Ajarn

April 20th, 2011
11:15 am

SOMEBODY – Very possible – may I toss in Brandon Harris into that pot to consider as well.

Coop

April 20th, 2011
11:24 am

D3 – Great work, but you know I can’t support this mock!!! there’s not one OLineman?!?!?!?

Just kidding. Seriously, I could buy this mock. I’m not sure Hankerson is1st round material, but may not last till 59. Also not sold on Acho as a DE, but I could live with each of these picks. Which, of course, means TD won’t pick any of them. :)

I saw the schedule and got a sick feeling. If we win the division this year, we’ll definitely earn it. They’ll be no doubt we are legit. This schedule really makes me bemoan last year’s playoffs. 13-3 doesn’t come around everyday. We really blew a golden opportunity.

Bangkapi Ajarn

April 20th, 2011
11:29 am

falconsam

April 20th, 2011
11:30 am

Nice mock D3. The Hankerson pick is really growing on me, and I wouldn’t mind taking him in the 1st.

Ugh, my boy WillMo got himself arrested?! C’mon man, the Falcons have a reputation to uphold!! I don’t think he will be suspended though…

falconsam

April 20th, 2011
11:31 am

How come the blog isn’t posting anything I say??

Coop

April 20th, 2011
11:33 am

Super early prediction:

Week 1: Sunday, Sep. 11, at Chicago, 1:00 PM Win
Week 2: Sunday, Sep. 18, Philadelphia, 8:20 PM Loss
Week 3: Sunday, Sep. 25, at Tampa Bay, 4:15 PM Win
Week 4: Sunday, Oct. 2, at Seattle, 4:05 PM Win
Week 5: Sunday, Oct. 9, Green Bay, 8:20 PM Loss
Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 16, Carolina, 1:00 PM Win
Week 7: Sunday, Oct. 23, at Detroit, 1:00 PM Win
Week 8: BYE
Week 9: Sunday, Nov. 6, at Indianapolis, 1:00 PM Win
Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 13, New Orleans, 1:00 PM Loss
Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 20, Tennessee, 1:00 PM Win
Week 12: Sunday, Nov. 27, Minnesota, 1:00 PM Win
Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 4, at Houston, 1:00 PM Win
Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 11, at Carolina, 1:00 PM Win
Week 15: Thursday, Dec. 15, Jacksonville, 8:20 PM Win
Week 16: Monday, Dec. 26, at New Orleans, 8:30 PM Win
Week 17: Sunday, Jan. 1, Tampa Bay, 1:00 PM Loss

12-4… probably a game or two too many, but that is possible. Split with NO and TB, lose to GB and Philly. Key to this schedule is to sweep the AFC (including Peyton) and take care of the NFC North (only slightly better than the NFC West minus GB). Manage the schedule Smitty, this is doable!

SOMEBODY NEED TOO TELL THE TRUTH

April 20th, 2011
11:34 am

Yeah, BA… D3, big ups to ya on all the draft possibilities and senarios, excellent work… hadn’t commented in a while, but the cage has offered some good pre draft stuff.

BA, (our inhouse drafttek) props to you on all the insightful and hardwork you have put into this as well. Thank you!

Bangkapi Ajarn

April 20th, 2011
11:41 am

SOMEBODY – Thanks! It truly is a labor of love.

just me

April 20th, 2011
11:51 am

If we lose Moore for 3 or 4 games to begin the season after a new CBA is in place then TD might look at signing FA Deon Grant or Darren Sharper as short term fillins that could also tutor the younger guys. I guess we’ll see what comes of it.

D3

April 20th, 2011
12:03 pm

Moore — Doesn’t seem too bad, but nothing more than just stupidity. Amazing how these guys can’t take care of basic functions like renewing their licenses.

Paddy — Thanks. I really would like Hankerson @ 27, but I just get the feeling they won’t get a true #2 because of their man-crush on great-blocking WR Jenkins.

BA — Maybe I’m slow, but how is Acho not a good scheme fit? He has the same measureables as Biermann does. Did Texas run a 3-4?

JWW — I’m like you at this point, just get here already. Good points on the schedule. I think its an OK schedule, but its very top-heavy. If we can go 6-3 or 5-4 in our first 9 games, we’ll be right where we want to be.

D3

April 20th, 2011
12:11 pm

Coop — I know. I realized that when I looked back over it and the first thing I thought of was you screaming, “No OL. WHAT?” I tried really hard to go by prospects they’ve worked out and one just didn’t fit on this one.

SOMEBODY — Where you been bro’? Welcome back.

falconsam — May I introduce you to what we call the hated “Blog Monster.” We named it a long time ago. Basically, its a filter that catches stupid spam emails and sometimes it filters regular comments for no reason. If you ever have that problem, just post it on here or email me. Your posts should be “released” now.

D3

April 20th, 2011
12:17 pm

Willy Mo — I don’t really expect him to be suspended for more than one game max and may not get suspended at all. Remember all that stuff that Babs went through which involved drugs, etc. and he got off without much at all happening (wasn’t it like one game).

Coop — I think thats a very fair record prediction. Hard to see us going 13-3 again with this schedule. Being a negative nellie, I would say more along the lines of 11-5 and that’s only because we finished the season on such a poor note (losing last 2 out of 3, including the blowout of the decade).

Nationally Televised Games — As a fan I love that we’re getting so many games on national TV. As a person that has to work, it’s not all that fantastic.

ryan

April 20th, 2011
12:27 pm

Does anyone think Falcons still might be buyers in the draft even though they said TD wont trade 27th i read at least few teams in the top ten want to trade down Dallas may be thinking of a trade with the 9th pick .

just me

April 20th, 2011
12:28 pm

Here’s a new mock with prospects for thought. There a re a few that we have not interviewed, but I think TD will draft atleast one if not more that have not made the interview list. I do think there is a good chance that Durham and Harvey were at the local pro day. I do have two safeties not b/c of the Moore incident, but b/c one is a versitle DB and I wanted to mock the other who seems to be under the radar as far as draft coverage goes. Enjoy the list with a couple new prospects that I don’t recall seeing posted previously.

1 – WR Randall Cobb (KY) is a do it all offensive weapon. He can line-up as a WR, RB, and QB. Ran the wildcat at KY. He might not be as fast as JJ, but he has played against top notch competition and succeeded! MM will be wiping the drool off his chin just thinking about the possibilities if we draft Cobb!

2 – S Quinton Carter (Okl) is considered to be one of the most versatile DBs in the draft. He has the skill set to play both safety positions as well as NCB. He is a hard hitter that excels at reaching the WR as the ball does. Has good off the field accolades, established a charity in his home town of Las Vegas, NV.

3 – RB Taiwan Jones (EWU) ran a 4.3 forty on his pro day, some clocks had him in the high 4.2s after fully recovering from a foot injury. He could be a great 3rd down back with big play ability. Catches the ball well out of the backfield, but needs to work on tracking deep passes. One of the knocks on him is that he has had some fumbling issues in college. Has the potential to be an every down back a few years down the road if he can add some bulk (6’0” 196lbs). He can also fit in as a return man.

4 – C Tim Barnes (Mizzou) was 1st team all Big 12 in 2010. He is strongest in blocking for the run game. Does a good job of moving defensive players out of the play. Needs to work on footwork in pass protection. Would benefit from a year or two under TM!

5 – TE Schuylar Oordt (N. Iowa) has the frame to become a good NFL TE. He is 6’6” but only 248lbs. He will need to add some weight and improve his blocking technique. He is an excellent receiver with good speed and leaping ability. Meets TD’s off the field character reqs. Helped raise funds for a child to secure a service dog. Maybe a bit early to take him.

6 – CB Justin Rogers (Richmond) has be the top shutdown corner in the league over the past two years. He had 7 ints in 2008 and made QBs weary of throwing in his direction. Was timed in the low 4.4s in the forty. Level of competition must be taken into consideration. Dare we draft another player from Richmond?

7(1) – S Mana Silva (Hawaii) had 6 ints his junior year and 8 his senior year including 2 off Kellen Moore and 1 off Colin Kaepernick. He ran a 4.4 forty at Hawaii’s Pro day. This kid is flying under the radar. I couldn’t find much in the way of scouting reports on him. He is a 6’1” 210lb ball hawk who reads the run fairly well. He will be a steal for somebody!

7(2) – WR Kris Durham (UGA) impressed everyone with a sub 4.5 forty. He has been tagged and played the role of the possession WR at UGA. He could very well be used in the slot position or eventually lined up opposite RW. Very sure handed with a good feel for space on the field. He’s like Fin with speed!

7(3) – ILB Mario Harvey (Marshall) ended his senior season with 142 tackles 16.5 TFL and 7.5 sacks. He was timed in the mid 4.4s in the forty on Marshall’s pro day. Not too bad for a 250 lb ILB. His nickname is Thumper. Poor coverage skills, will need to improve if he wants to be on the field for passing downs. Extremely aggressive, sometimes to a fault. Could fill B-truck’s hole on ST and be the back-up MLB.

D3

April 20th, 2011
12:29 pm

Here’s the voter breakdown on Mark Bradley’s new column………

Adrian Clayborn, Iowa DE. (40%, 34 Votes) Justin Houston, Georgia OLB. (28%, 24 Votes)Cameron Heyward, Ohio State DE. (17%, 15 Votes)Somebody else. (15%, 13 Votes).

I might as well go ahead and order me a new Falcons beer mug I suppose. What is wrong with these people?

D3

April 20th, 2011
12:44 pm

Help me out here — Have I become too skewed on a guy that could only do 19 reps on bench, had 3 sacks as a senior, and does not project as an elite pass rusher at the next level? In all honesty, I’m I missing something here?

LRD

April 20th, 2011
12:55 pm

TO follow up with Coop and D3 predictions
) Falcons @ Bears Win and Dunta starts the year with a pick
2) Eagles vs. Falcons (SNF) Win.. yes its a win. PAYBACK. Spoon comes into his own by tracking down He Who Must Not be Named and putting a hit on You Know Who that is not fined, but makes you cringe.
3) Falcons @ Bucs loss after big win
4) Falcons @ Seahawks Win
5) Packers vs. Falcons (SNF) Payback time WIN but playing in the limelight is not exactly our strength…
6) Panthers vs Falcons Loss tough win the week before. We will be spent and looking to the bye
7) Falcons @ Lions Win
Bye (nice to have this mid season again. We will need it)
9) Falcons @ Colts Peyton picks us a part and we all worry about our secondary after havng a week to prepare for Peyton
10) Saints vs. Falcons Loss we will lose 1 to them this year.
11) Titans vs. Falcons Win..curious of their QB situation
12) Vikings vs. Falcons Win.. they are going to have sub par season
13) Falcons @ Texans Win Dunta returns home, and busts his butt against his old team
14) Falcons @ Panthers Win..state of confusion still up 85
15) Jaguars vs. Falcons WIn THis one I think could be a toss up. Will they be in their end of season collapse, or will they be legit?
16) Falcons @ Saints (MNF) Win HUGE win for us.
17) Bucs vs. Falcons Loss after big win. And Tampa makes me very nervous
Bucs could be our achilles heel this year.
and if we will have 2 more games or not will obviously change things… but hey at this point gotta dream right?

LRD

April 20th, 2011
12:59 pm

I think it is awesome we have more TV time. But like stated previously, we are not the best team playing in the limelight like this. Could be that the Falcons Bandwagon is growing? Seeing more and more falcon gear around town, less braves, and do we still have a hockey team(ha)

John Waynesworld

April 20th, 2011
1:04 pm

D3, they must be going by a defeated idea that all the good ones will be gone (I disagree). There are varying opinions, though, that several of these players that we are all writing off as being taken well before us do in fact fall to our spot (or close enough to package something simple to move up a spot or two). N.E. may be a partner with us, as it is still a family of sorts between TD and the Scruffy One (as they have many picks).

Here’s a few early shocking predictions…

1) Ryan Mallett goes to Minnesota at #12.
2) A.J. Green goes to Carolina at #1. Big shock, but the Panthers will stick with “The Bloodline” (haha) at QB this season and look forward to the 2012 draft (Luck or Barkley). I have rarely heard of a high #2 pick (#48 overall) on a QB being dumped so quickly, so I think Clausen will be given the entire 2011 season to keep his job. Green wouldn’t mind playing so close to home either and he would make Steve Smith extra dangerous without defenses constantly quadruple-teaming him.
3) More offensive linemen and quarterbacks will go in the first round than anybody anticipates, causing the “epic” run on defensive ends to be less than anticipated and one of those touted defensive jewels fall into our laps without TD moving an inch from #27.

Bangkapi Ajarn

April 20th, 2011
1:09 pm

D3 – you’re not slow, don’t worry (you NEED to me agile to keep up with the next soccer superstar).

Everything I have seen projects Acho’s best NFL position is as a 3-4 DE/OLB hybrid. Here are some comments compiled in
http://www.nfldraftscout.com/ratings/dsprofile.php?pyid=68308&draftyear=2011&genpos=DE

Draft Scout Snapshot: DS Rating on 9-1-10: #10 DE, #86/750 Overall, 3-4

Acho (6-1 ¾, 259 pounds) stood on everything at the combine. He had an excellent workout. He showed great change in direction, which will help him as an OLB in a 3-4 defense. – Gil Brandt, NFL.com

Texas Pro day: Sam Acho, who might make the transition to outside linebacker from defensive end if he gets drafted by a team that plays a 3-4, participated only in the position drills to demonstrate he can drop into coverage. He rarely did that at Texas. —Randy Riggs, The Austin American-Statesman

10 KEY NFL COMBINE BATTLES: Second-tier 3-4 outside linebacker: Sam Acho (Texas) vs. Jeremy Beal (Oklahoma) vs. Brooks Reed (Arizona) vs. Jabaal Sheard (Pittsburgh)…Teams using 3-4 schemes looking for pass rush help in the late first or second round may be evaluating these four college defensive ends. Acho’s strength and character will endear him to some teams, and an excellent combine could really push him up boards. Chad Reuter, NFLDraftScout.com

Bangkapi Ajarn

April 20th, 2011
1:15 pm

just me – Outstanding work on that alternate mock, well thought out as usual.

Quinton Carter has been on and off my mock for a few days now, I think that depends on who is around, and if we trade down from the 1st to accumulate more “sweet spot” picks. Durham is a real possibility as well if we keep 3 7th rounders.

Bangkapi Ajarn

April 20th, 2011
1:18 pm

JWW – From what I am seeing thru the BS storms raging out there, there could be as few as 4 and as many as 7 QB’s taken in this no FA mess (no way that happens this year if we DO have FA.

There COULD be some under the radar deals on hold for backup QB’s – I saw one report that Tampa has one of those in place to trade one of their backups.

Bangkapi Ajarn

April 20th, 2011
1:20 pm

JWW – meant to say in the 1st round there, fielded a phone call in the middle of writing.

Coop

April 20th, 2011
1:21 pm

JWW – Interesting predictions. I must comment:

1. Ryan Mallet won’t go to Minnesota, cause Cincy will have already drafted him. There the only team that high who won’t care about his attitude problems.
2. If I was a Carolina fan, I’d pass on Newton or any QB. I agree they should give Clausen one more year. Worst case, you’re right, they get to draft Luck next year. However, no way they draft AJ Green. They’d go DL (Fairley perhaps). All that said, I predict they grab Newton because they need to inspire the fans.
3. I’m completely opposite here. There is a massive run on DL (specifically DE) and an amazing opportunity to grab a top notch OL falls in our lap… and we pass for the 6th best DE or a CB.

John Waynesworld

April 20th, 2011
1:46 pm

Exactly BA, and with the new rookie rules set to be in place (and they should be) before signing anyone this year, several teams may opt to grab a QB of the future/backup QB in the first round, consequently creating a small run on QBs in this year’s draft.

I don’t see how they don’t change the rule, especially after the Jamarcus Russell fiasco. Even the NFLPA still feels the ethical pain from that public embarrassment. This topic should be settled quickly after they stop posturing. From NBC Sports:

“This should be the easiest problem for the two sides to fix. In a cap-driven system, a rookie wage scale does not undermine in any way the total money available to players. Indeed, every dollar taken away from unproven rookies is one more dollar available to proven players. By ensuring that tens of millions won’t go to players who never contribute to the betterment of the game and by also ensuring that rookies who achieve greatness immediately get compensated for their efforts now, the pie can be carved up fairly for everyone.

But first the union has to ignore any and all self-interests clouding the process and commit to taking actions aimed for the good of the game, and for the good of the current members of the union.

Yea, rotsa ruck with that. The NFLPA doesn’t even call it a “rookie wage scale”. They conveniently now call it a “veteran wage scale”. Lawyers, blech.

D3

April 20th, 2011
1:56 pm

I guess the question simply comes down to what you want out of our #27 pick.

If you want immediate impact THIS YEAR, than there’s simply no better pick than Aaron Williams. Most have him not getting past the Pittsburgh Steelers, and as BA said, if he’s good enough for their defense, isn’t he good enough for ours? Williams gives an immediate injection of speed, toughness, size, physicality, and most importantly, versatility with the arrest of William Moore, the open space at SS, and the injury to Shann Schillinger. THIS should be the pick that all the idiot “experts” should be picking. Should the Patriots have passed on Devin McCourty just because they had Leigh Bodden? I simply would not take the 7th best DE just because a player fills a “perceived” need. Williams would start at nickel back at a minimum, while also challenging Grimes for an eventual starter position. Would that be a lot of money in CB? Perhaps. But can you name me a better position to have depth and money invested in than CB? The following QB’s are on the docket this year: Brees x 2, Freeman x 2, Manning, Rodgers, Newton or Gabbert x 2, Schaub, Cutler. Could DE provide an impact? Seriously doubtful even if we did draft an Aldon Smith or Daquan Bowers which won’t be happening. The stats don’t lie: 3.3 sack average from rookie DE’s. Would taking a Clayborn or Houston help any more? No and No. Even Houston would be limited to pass-rushing downs alone and won’t supplant BierTruck.

Would an offensive tackle have an immediate impact? Absolutely not. If we’re talking about the future, than fine. But even if we draft the best tackle, Costanaza, than its doubtful he would do any better THIS year than Sam Baker. If we’re talking about the future, than fine, but I can’t see where Pouncey/Solder/Tyron Smith/Carimi et al help us at all this season. Add to it the fact that we have several prospects that have been groomed for several years under one of the best OL coaches in the NFL and its looking more and more like Clabo is coming back and this simply is not a high need. Same goes for Pouncey. Assuming they are not going let both Blalock and Dahl go, and the fact that TD spent a 3rd rd pick on a G to simply be a backup. No immediate impact, not to mention that this is generally a very weak OT class.

more to come……..