What a weekend. If any Falcons fan thought they had a good idea of what GM Thomas Dimitroff had in store, they were wrong. Mock drafts are always just as good as throwing darts, but this year seemed particularly crazy. Even though we heard the rumors close to draft day that the Birds may be moving up to get wide receiver Julio Jones from our very own D. Orlando Ledbetter, no one took the bait except for one person (james), who also was the only BCFM (Bird Cage Family Member) to guess more than 1 player we actually drafted.
Waynester was the only Bird Cage Family Member to make the correct strike on Jacquizz Rodgers, even though he had him going in the 5th round. Akeem Dent was by far the most hit on pick, but almost all had him slotted in the very late rounds. Several notched points by guessing that we’d take a receiver with the first pick, but only one had us taking Jones. One of the more popular selections had the Falcons taking a running back in the 5th round, but most had Da’rel Scott or Derrick Locke there. Perhaps the biggest shock was watching Virgil Green plummet down the charts from the 3rd round, where most BCFM’s had him slotted, all the way down to the 7th round. Although many had the Birds taking a kicker, all had them in the 7th round. Finally, many had the Falcons taking an offensive lineman, but absolutely no one had Andrew Jackson.
(((Side Note – It’s not a matter of IF I made a mistake, but where and how. So if you feel you were shorted somewhere, please shoot me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or just post it somewhere on the post)))
Direct Hit/First Choice – 4 points: If you select the exact correct player in the exact correct position, you will receive 4 points. (EX) You choose the Falcons to select Adrian Clayborn in the first round (pick #27), you will get 4 points.
Direct Hit/Alternate – 3 points: Same rules as direct hit/1st choice, but the alternate will garner one less point since it’s not the original mock draft.
Correct Player/Wrong Spot – 2 points: If you choose the Falcons to select Jerrel Jernigan in the second, but they pick him in the 1st round, you would get 2 points.
Correct Position/Wrong Player – 1 point: If you have the Falcons selecting defensive end Justin Houston in the 1st round, but they end up taking Ryan Kerrigan, you still get 1 point for predicting they take a defensive end in the 1st round.
(((Counted any OL as being correct if that was a choice. Also, made no distinction between inside linebackers or outside linebackers. Both were counted correctly)))
And with that, the………
Had us selecting Akeem Dent in both of his mocks (2 + 2 = 4). Had us taking a wide receiver in the 1st round of his original mock draft (1), even though it was not Julio Jones. Paddy O also had us taking a linebacker in the 3rd round (1), even though it was Akeem Dent and not Brooks Reed. Finally, he had us taking an offensive lineman in the last round, although he chose Willie Smith over Andrew Jackson.
2 + 2 + 1 + 1 + 1 = 7 Total Points
james (got it all with just one mock submitted)
mike falcon 63
So there you have it Bird Cage Family Members, Paddy O is our new Falcons Full Mock Champion! Congrats on a job well done. Thanks to all of you who participated and offered your excellent opinions, thoughts, research, and information to help us all through this downtime for our Falcons and football.
Draft Grade post coming soon, but here’s some questions to get you going until then…………