Fans Grade the Atlanta Falcons 2012 Draft

Great, Good, or Awful?

Falcons selected Peter Konz in the second round of the NFL draft on Thursday. (Associated Press)

Hard to Argue with the Konz (AP)

After a long wait, it’s finally over and in the books. The Falcons took 6 players in the 2012 NFL Draft and reportedly signed another 20 undrated free agents. Immediate reaction here in The Bird Cage wasn’t very kind. Predicting what direction Thomas Dimitroff will go has become next to impossible. The Birds to add some beef and definitely didn’t wow many with no flashy picks and a handful of players that even the most die-hard draft researcher hadn’t seen.

Feel free to use any grading system you want for the Falcons haul in 2012, but The Bird Cage will go with some simple terms of “Great, Good, Risky, Bad, or Terrible.” Even though many will disagree, here goes……..

2nd Round

Peter Konz – C/G – Wisconsin

It’s really hard to argue with this pick at all. The Falcons biggest need has been offensive line for quite some time and Dimitroff took the best center in the draft and one of the best overall OL prospects in the draft. Almost every single scouting site or mock draft had Konz going either in the 1st round or the early 2nd round. Konz brings size (6’5, 314), toughness, leadership, and most importantly, talent to an offensive line in severe need of it. He offers a ton of versatility and Dimitroff and Coach Smith said that he will be competing for two spots (Guard or Center). If nothing else, Dimitroff hopefully just locked up an excellent starting Center for the next decade. Draft Grade – Great Pick

3rd Round

Lamar Holmes – T – Southern Mississippi

Here’s where most Falcons fans threw their remote or mug through their TV, or at least broke something close to them. The idea of adding more talent and beef to the offensive line has long been a cry for the majority of Falcons fans. In terms of potential, there weren’t too many left tackle candidates that has more of it than Holmes. But the problem is not necessarily the player, but where they drafted him. Holmes was roundly projected by almost every website to go somewhere around the 6th or 7th round and possibly even go undrafted. After not having a 1st or 4th round pick in this draft, many fans were livid with what seemed an outrageous reach.

Southern Mississippi offensive lineman Lamar Holmes, left, blocks Auburn offensive lineman A J Greene during a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Holmes the Most Controversial (AP)

Even though scouting websites aren’t soothsayers, when it’s that much of a consensus, it’s hard to argue that it wasn’t at least a little bit of a reach. Most fans expect 3rd round draft picks to at least contribute some as a rookie and everyone says he is too much of a project to spend a 3rd round pick on. Several things to be positive about this pick, however.

Thomas Dimitroff is batting pretty good with his 3rd round picks since 2008. He has drafted 3 current starters (Thomas DeCoud, Corey Peters and if you include Harry Douglas in the slot) and one potential starter in 2012 (Akeem Dent). He missed on Chevis Jackson and most will say he missed on Chris Owens as well. If you assume that Dent has a place on the field in 2012, than Dimitroff is batting at a 66% rate and if you think Chris Owens still has something left, it’s even higher to 80%. In other words, previous “reaches in the 3rd round” have worked out pretty well to give Dimitroff the benefit of the doubt.

While needing some major coaching, Holmes is everything that Sam Baker is not (big, strong, long arms, big hands, good pass protector) and the potential is certainly there for him to become a legit left tackle sooner rather than later. Still, this pick will have to be considered risky until proven otherwise, especially when he passed on guys like Brandon Thompson in the 3rd round. Draft Grade – Risky Pick

5th Round

Bradie Ewing – FB – Wisconsin

One reason Falcons fans quickly soured on this draft was that after many thought Lamar Holmes to be an unbearable reach in the 3rd and not having a pick in the 4th round, Dimitroff selected a….fullback? It is true that Bradie Ewing was the best fullback in the draft, but most believe that fullbacks should be taken towards the very end of the draft and possibly even as undrafted free agents. Ewing the player is a very good pick, but taking him in the 5th round with limited draft picks is hard for many to bear. Ewing has a lot of potential at fullback with him being able to do it all: run, block, hit, catch, and even line up at tight end if needed. Ewing is a load at 6’0 feet tall and 240 lbs running a 4.76 forty. Although some don’t like the pick, Ewing makes the second player in one draft considered the best at their respective position.

Wisconsin's Bradie Ewing, center, celebrates after catching a bad punt and making a turnover during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Oct. 15, 2011, in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

Ewing Best FB in Class (AP)

Even though this sounds like a major cop-out, there is somewhat of a caveat attached to this pick. If the Falcons plan was to draft Ewing as the starting fullback for 2012 and the next 8 years or so, than this makes a lot of sense. Getting such a versatile prospect with so much potential and the best player at his position has to be thought of as a good move. However, there is a sneaking suspicion among many that the Falcons plan on keeping both Ovie Mughelli, who is coming off ACL injury and turning 32 soon for almost an almost $4 million dollar cap hit, and Bradie Ewing. Sure, it would be great to keep both, but both money and roster spots say differently.

One thing fans want more of in the backfield is speed and Michael Turner, Jason Snelling, nor Jacquizz Rodgers offer that. Rodgers is very quick and elusive, but doesn’t possess homerun speed. If you believe that 5th round picks are destined only for special teams greatness, than perhaps this is still a good fit for you. However, if you’re only concerned with special teams duty and a backup fullback, that can be found with undrafted free agents. Draft Grade: Starting, Sole Fullback – Good Pick; Backup Fullback – Terrible Pick

Jonanthan Massaquoi – DE/OLB – Troy

Many didn’t really see this one coming either, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a good pick. Massaquoi may not have the fastest forty time in the world, but the guy simply can get to the quarterback and penetrate in the backfield. He was a community college transfer to Troy University his last 2 years and really notched some impressive stats while there. At Troy, he collared 125 tackles, 31 tackles for loss, and 19.5 sacks. It’s somewhat hard to understand why the Falcons brass would take Massaquoi with so many defensive ends either financially committed (Edwards, Biermann, Abraham) or seemingly loaded with potential (Sidbury, Matthews). You can never have too many defensive players that can rush the passer, but this certainly will be interesting to see if any of the aforementioned players will have to look over their shoulders in camp. Draft Grade – Good Pick

6th Round

Charles Mitchell – S – Mississippi State

Former Troy defensive end Jonathan Massaquoi (above in the 2010 New Orleans Bowl, AP photo) declared for the NFL Draft as a junior. He played at Central Gwinnett High School.

Mass Can Rush the Passer (AP)

It’s hard to argue with the Falcons taking a safety for depth in this draft. In fact, many fans thought a safety pick would’ve come much sooner than it did. Mitchell seems to be a pretty good match with where he was picked. He was a 3 years starter in the SEC, which in and of itself is no small feat, and a tackling machine. In four years in Starkville, Mitchell racked up 238 tackles. His measureables won’t blow you away (5’11, 202, 4.63 forty), but he’s an aggressive hitter with smooth footwork. He needs some work on angles and pass coverage, but a good pick for safety depth as well as special teams. Many fans may wonder why the Falcons passed on more highly rated prospects George Iloka and Antonio Allen, among others. Draft Grade – Good Pick

7th Round

Travian Robertson – DT – South Carolina

Like taking Mitchell at safety, the selection of Travian Robertson in the 7th round appears to be another good pick with some upside at a position of need. Robertson is a big defensive tackle at 6’4, but only 302 lbs. His frame could possibly even support 10-15 more pounds. Another SEC starter for several years, Robertson had some pretty productive statistics in his final two years in Columbia with 91 tackles, 18 tackles for a loss, and 6.5 sacks. Not too bad for a defensive tackle. While Robertson is not necessarily the big-bodied DT that many thought would be coming to Atlanta, he gives good depth to a position of need. Dimitroff struck gold the last time he took a defensive tackle in the 7th round with Vance Walker, who has steadily worked himself into the defensive tackle rotation. The only frustrating thing to some on this pick is the fact that the Falcons could have taken one of the better DTs in the entire draft if they hadn’t passed on Brandon Thompson (twice) in the 3rd round. Draft Grade – Good Pick


It certainly wasn’t the flashiest of drafts and there will be some major question marks until proven otherwise on some of the picks, but overall the Falcons added some major talent to the offensive line, took two players considered to be the best at their respective position, potentially nabbed their center and fullback of the future, a defensive player who can get after the passer, good and proven depth at safety and defensive tackle, and possibly their left tackle of the future.

Bird Cage Critics Turn………..

1) What’s your grades on each draft pick? Feel free to use any system you want (letters, points, words, etc).

2) What’s your overall grade and review of the entire draft?

3) Will Peter Konz start this year? Center or guard?

4) Your thoughts on the Holmes pick: love or hate?

5) Was it a good move or insanity to take a fullback in the 5th?

6) Should the Falcons keep both Mughelli and Bradie Ewing?

7) Your thoughts on the Massaquoi pick

8.) Will one of the current DE’s get the axe with Massaquoi’s selection?

9) Mitchell and Robertson picks: good value or wasted picks?

489 comments Add your comment

Unca' Bob

May 2nd, 2012
11:00 am

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May 2nd, 2012
11:09 am

Positive grades for Konz & Ewing(if they cut Ovie). The juries still out on the rest.


May 2nd, 2012
11:21 am

“Predicting what direction Thomas Dimitroff has become next to impossible.”

Might have left a few words out of that one, D3.


May 2nd, 2012
11:30 am

I admit I was one of the extremely puzzled by their 1st three selections BUT having had time to think about it I like it. There is a whole lot more info floating around the FO than we will ever be privvy to. I was also astonished that they didn’t select Brandon Thompson. I was convinced they would but there must have been something they didn’t like for them to pass over him twice. I have to trust their decision.
I personally believe that Ovie won’t be with us long and I also think that MT will be a casualty in the near future. This was the year for the trenches and it was well needed.

Chop Buster

May 2nd, 2012
11:39 am

The draft is like pissing in the wind to me. It’s not an exact science and that explains some going undrafted later to go on to Hall of Fame careers. That being said, the only pick that made me raise an eyebrow was the FB pick. Other than that, I’ll have to trust that our guys did their homework and will fit the Falcons’ system. I will say, I do feel better about our new coordinators getting these guys coached up. I think I’m more excited about the UDFAs and what they can do to be honest.

Chop Buster

May 2nd, 2012
11:41 am

Also, because we got a second 5th round pick, it was almost as though the Falcons didn’t know what they were going to do with the extra pick and chose the FB. It seemed so out of place based on what the team’s needs were–and you can’t say he was BPA.


May 2nd, 2012
11:42 am

D3 – I love the Konz pick. BPA and I don’t believe for a second that was their goal going into the draft. I think they saw the top OC fall into their lap and pulled the trigger. Excellent move.

The LT is just a bone headed move. I agree with most, draft Thompson there and the Cage would be losing it’s mind. Getting the best OC and a DT most were hoping we could get in the second would have been amazing. But TD has to reach in every draft. Wasted pick in my mind. Hope he pans out, but even if he does, we all believe we could have had this guy in the 6th.

I love the FB pick IF we cut Ovie. I’m OK with the 5th round, but not ecstatic.

The rest of the guys are ST projects and I’m OK with that too. That’s were you draft projects, in the 6th and 7th round… not the 3rd.

Overall, considering our lack of picks, we did fairly well. Konz is a steal and Ewing should be solid. But we missed opportunities and I can’t give a high grade. I’ll say C+.

Then again, what the hell do I know. I ould have picked Dorsey over Ryan, so… yeah…


May 2nd, 2012
11:42 am

Its a hard draft to grade cause value can’t be determined because of when picks were made. I like Konz alot because of our resident C wanting to retire for a couple years now. I am very hopeful over Holmes but hope can’t cover the blindside. Its a wait and see with him. Have to cut or trade Ovie for this pick to make sense if this one, only way it gets a good grade. Massaquoi could be a great addition if given some pass rushing opportunities but the same could be said for our other DEs that don’t get reps. Got to see these guys on the field to determine their worth. Mitchel is “ok” for S depth and much needed so a good grade there. Robertson is the worst rated pick imo. He is what we already have multiples of. Overall I give us a C-. This grade could improve in the future if some of the picks, mainly Holmes, panout. We lost alot of value because of when players were selected so things have to go extremely well for a better grade otherwise it will always be a C- or could even drop if we don’t get production out of these guys and some others we passed on do well.


May 2nd, 2012
11:43 am

snack — Got it. Thanks.

Big Lou

May 2nd, 2012
11:47 am

Joshua Malavenda

May 2nd, 2012
11:55 am

I give the falcons A because I am including all the undrafted fa they signed

I love how they beefed up the oline and it will finally give matt ryan time to throw the ballin the pocket and give him the ablity to finally to reach his elite status potential

I am not sure where they are going to place konz

Draft grades on players

A + peter konz- he will be a beast on the ol for years to come especially under the coaching of hulk hill and he brings tenacity and leadership to the falcons. I love this pick especially with the limited picks we had. I really love this pick

Lemar Holmes- B= intially I was heated like why did you pick this bum but I did some research on him and on different draft stratagies and changed my tune on him. Hes a monster at 6-5 320 pounds and will do great a protecting matt’s blind side for years to come. I think he will excell under the tutledge of hulk hill. I watched his scoutting combine and he was very agile for a man his size.

Bradie Ewing b= He is great player that fits into the falcons system perfectly and I think they will cut mughelli to further free up cap space.

Charles mitchel- b- got a great physical player that will fit in nolans press scheme as a depth playerand will replace the loss of James sanders

Johnathan Massaquai- great pick up if he is used as a player like clay mathews in passing situations but the verdict is still out on how nolan is going to turn it into a hybrid defense so I really dont how to grade this one

Travian Robertson- B – I like the pick he will do great to add some depth to weak dt core

they wont axe any of the de because mike nolan made a intersting comment in his interview talking about how he rather 10 people with two sacks then just one with 10 sacks and he wont be able to acomplish that if they axe des but who knows I could be wrong about that

Heres my bold prediction from this draft- He will get at least 3 starters out of the six draft picks we got this year.


May 2nd, 2012
11:56 am

With the 3.5M Cap room we just got (thank you M.Vick) and if we choose to clip Ovie + Baker we can really be in a position to make an additional grab and swing or the fences…


May 2nd, 2012
11:57 am

Brandon Thompson is not a smart football player. I wasn’t suprised. I would have avoided that Clemson defense like the plague too. Sure they sacrificed their DC, but it was the players blowing assignments that doomed them.

I wanted NO part of Clemson defensive players in this draft.

Go back to the Georgia Tech and West Virginia game tapes and watch how many times that defense and Thompson in particular blow assignments and run themselves out of the play.

There’s a reason Thompson fell that far.

John Waynesworld

May 2nd, 2012
12:06 pm

Thanks D3,

1) What’s your grades on each draft pick?

Konz – A
Holmes – A
Ewing – C
Massaquoi – B
Mitchell – B
Robertson – B

2) What’s your overall grade and review of the entire draft? I give this draft a B for effort with a #55 starting point. We addressed the offensive line, twice, then got a $4M replacement for $400K, grabbed a small school DE with potential, and picked two SEC defensive stalwarts. An overall good job addressing most of our needs.

3) Will Peter Konz start this year? Center or guard? Yes he will start at Guard and, as planned, move over to Center next year.

4) Your thoughts on the Holmes pick: love or hate? I really like this pick and I think he will be playing some LT by the first quarter of our schedule if we continue to have inconsistencies with Baker and Svitek. Either way, he is not going to the PS and it may spell the end for Garrett Reynolds.

5) Was it a good move or insanity to take a fullback in the 5th? A real head scratcher, however for those who say we should have instead gone DT/DE at that spot, there was only one DT taken after #157 where Ewing was taken (Jack Crawford, DE, Penn St, #158) and not another defensive lineman (DT or DE) was picked until #189 (Christo Bilukidi, DE, GA State) before our #192 selection (Mitchell). That means we also got our man in Massaquoi at #164, so these picks could have been flip-flopped.

6) Should the Falcons keep both Mughelli and Bradie Ewing? No. Sorry Ovie, but money talks and overpaid fullbacks walk.

7) Your thoughts on the Massaquoi pick…Solid pick, a potential rotation player right out of the gate (pass rushing DEs don’t require a large playbook), and without any draft remorse, as I stated with the Ewing pick.

8.) Will one of the current DE’s get the axe with Massaquoi’s selection? Definitely. This is either El Sid’s and Matthews’ last rodeo with the Falcons.

9) Mitchell and Robertson picks: good value or wasted picks? Mitchell will be great for Special Teams. Robertson may find rotational value and could bump someone if he shows a motor.

Sk falcon

May 2nd, 2012
12:22 pm

Good solid draft. But a great free agent signings.

Big Ray

May 2nd, 2012
12:38 pm

Jonathon Vilma gone for the season. Will Smith, Scott Fujita, and a 4th defender gone for 3 games or more.

So Saints fans, will that be paper or plastic?



May 2nd, 2012
12:40 pm

Konz- I agree with you D3, hard to argue with this pick. I think that those of us who follow both college and pro football will admit that at some point when you pondered over the Falcons getting stuffed on those 4th and shorts vs. the Saints/Giants, you thought “just give me one of those big Wisconsin lineman to put inside”. I don’t see Konz getting pushed around like a ragdoll the way Zach Galifian…oops Joe Hawley did last year.

Lamar Holmes- I live in NYC and I was at the draft. When Gene Washington came to the podium to announce the Falcons pick, I just knew that the first syllable I’d hear would begin with a “B” as in Bobby Massie or Brandon Thompson. I was shocked like the rest of you when I heard “Lamar Holmes”. However, like some of you have said, after doing some research on this guy I’m not upset with the pick anymore. First off, you cannot base your opinion solely on where draft prognosticators rate a player. The NFL teams work off of their own boards, and there is a lot of misinformation put out there by teams to the prognosticators as part of the gamesmenship that is the draft. We aren’t privy to the information the Falcons had. Some of you groaned at Akeem Dent in the 3rd last year, but we later found out that another team was trying to trade up to take him in the 3rd as well. The Falcons did their homework on Holmes and did not want to risk him getting drafted by another team in 4th Round. Holmes has the size that we want in a tackle, and his pass-blocking skills are ahead of his run-blocking skills. Bobby Massie is more of a run-blocker, and his big negative was that he likes to “react and catch” rushers when pass blocking because he isn’t that athletic. That sounds like the guys we have now. I get this pick.

Bradie Ewing- See my comments on Wisconsin lineman, same thing for their fullbacks. I just hope this means they are going to let Ovie go. Don’t like it as much if he’s going to be a backup.

Massaquoi- Never hurts to have another rusher. See the NY Giants.

Charles Mitchell- Clearly needed a backup safety, made sense.

Travian Robertson- Hopefully he’s another Vance Walker

Grade? Not until they play some games….

FRESH----Need another cold one!

May 2nd, 2012
12:48 pm

With the first three picks over the last two years going to the offensive side of the ball, the hiring of a new OC and line coach, and additional weapons around him, at what point do you place the blame on MRyan for not getting it done. If the Birds fail to make the playoffs? Another early exit? I feel it;s “make it or break it” time this year for MRyan and MSmith.

Damage Inc.

May 2nd, 2012
12:50 pm

tee-hee-hee saints fans.


May 2nd, 2012
12:58 pm

Big Ray, I ’spect GB ain’t none too happy with the Hargrove suspension. Like buying a good used car and finding out the motor has blown up!
I wonder if Goodell is done. Four players out of twenty something?

Big Ray

May 2nd, 2012
1:00 pm

On the draft –

I grade it a B-.

The Konz pick was awesome. We shouldn’t have even had a shot at him.

The Holmes pick just won’t settle in the belly well, but that’s a natural feeling, I’m thinking. That said, if Holmes pans out, then crow pie it is. I’m completely over the idea of “we could have had him in a later round.” The truth is, we think he could have been had in a later round based solely on what the experts/pundits were saying about him. But we don’t know that.

If you need further proof, then here’s this – every single draft pundit would have told you Bruce Irvin could be had in the 2nd round. It was a “known” fact. It was also incorrect by a LONG shot.

Nobody ever knows these things. And to say that you do is folly. The Seahawks alone (foolish though they be) destroy these theories all by themselves.

Bradie Ewing is a guy I think we’ll learn to not regret, despite the fact that his position is not glamorous and likely never will be. But he’ll be stalwart, I do believe. And he’ll make and/or create more plays than we expect, I think. Dude blocked the way for 30 TDs and was Monte Ball’s personal escort to first downs and the endzone.

You gotta figure, we are building the offense the way our new OC is saying we need to do it. The man is being given the kinds of tools he’s asking for. Why deny a guy you just hired to fix your problems? Give him a shot at fixing them by giving him what he asks for.

Massaquoi might be a pure pass rusher who can’t help much against the run. We got him with a 5th round pick to play under a guy who knows how to utilize “specialists.” The guy has the college stats and could have had more if he’d tried harder. He’ll be trying harder under Nolan.

Travian will have his work cut out for him, but here’s what I find ironic/amusing/whatever….he’s a lot in the same mold as Peria Jerry, without the injuries. Two naturally strong guys that go about the same weight, though Travian Robertson is taller and could probably go to about 310 or 315 without limiting his flexibility/speed very much. His presence alone puts Jerry on notice. I’ll go out on a limb and say that he’ll be what Jerry was supposed to be, will take Jerry’s spot in the rotation, etc. I didn’t like the Jerry pick, but I’ll give TD credit for not giving up on the position, constantly stoking it with new blood.

Maybe Holmes will help us forget we coulda had Brandon Thompson in the 3rd….

The UDFA crowd looks more interesting than ever. I’m so glad we have new Coordinators, because this group has some potential lurking in it and I’m sick of having guys with potential that end up being ignored or sent to the PS for an eternity before being released or snapped up.

I wonder what would have happened with Jose Valdez if Pat Hill was here two years ago…..

Dominique Davis….hope he pushes JPW to hell and back. We need a backup QB whose name isn’t Chris “the crypt keeper” Redman.

just me

May 2nd, 2012
1:07 pm

There are a number of reports out there on each of the players we drafted and a few for the UDFAs. I prefer to look at tape of them before I make a call on how well I think each of them will do. It’s like PMC said about DT – Thompson not being a smart player and missing assignments. Very few of the scouting reports said anything about him missing assignment or over pursing. If anyone finds any good videos of any of our draftees or UDFAs please post a link!

Big Ray

May 2nd, 2012
1:08 pm

Michael ,

Good point on Bobby Massie. I was screaming for his name to be called, but that makes sense. We don’t need somebody who can’t pass protect, honestly.

Agreed on Ewing…I don’t want to see him backing up Ovie, and to be honest, I don’t think Ovie’s gonna be fully healthy. Have yet to see anybody come back fully to health off a knee injury that quickly. Ovie’s experiences MCL and ACL tears as I understand. I think he’s not going to be that effective…

JB ,

Nope, that sucks for the Pack. Goodell may have been looking for the most egregious offenders, hence the low number of suspensions.

the real falcon

May 2nd, 2012
1:08 pm

How someone who is 314 pounds and cannot lift 225 pounds but 18 times can be called a good pick is beyond me. Remember the 4th round pick Sidbury from a small college that was oing to set the world on fire? Meet Massaquoi. The FB did not even lift at the combine. So was he hurt or hiding. Upper body strength is needed for blocing.
Every scouting report on the 7th round DT says he has NO upside and is stiff. Go figure


Ken Strickland

May 2nd, 2012
1:23 pm

2-WHAT’S YOUr OVERALL GRADE AND REVIEW OF THE ENTIRE DRAFT?-I’d give us a big B on this one, since we filled a definite need with each pick.
3-WILL PETER KONZ START THIS YR? CENTER OR GUARD.-I definitely see him starting at RG this yr, which will give Hawley a chance to prove if he can take over at OC before deciding where Konz will settle in.
4-YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE HOLMES PICK: LOVE OR HATE-I love it. Our biggest need at LT is better pass protection, and Holmes is rated as one ot this drafts best at it. He also has the size and and strength to be a definite factor as a run blocker.
5-WAS IT A GOOD MOVE OR INSANITY TO TAKE A FB? It was definitely a good move, and for several reasons. First, it guaranteed we wouldn’t have to settle for less than the best at the position, since he’ll be replacing a Probowl caliber FB in Mughelli. Secondly, he’s younger, healthier, and far more versatile than Mughelli, both as a runner and receiver. When you’re trying to build a championship caliber team like we are, and you’re as close to that goal as we are, it’s just downright stupid to think we should try and do everything on the cheap by consistently gambling that the best players available at positions of need will be available when we pick again.
6-SHOULD THE FALCONS KEEP BOTH MUGHELLI AND BRADIE EWING? It depends. If they cut Mughelli, it might require that we buy him out with an injury settlement., and I don’t know how that will affect his cap hit.
7-YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE MASSAQUOI PICK. He’s a DE/LB hybrid that will play on our special teams, but his primary role will be to function as our designated pass rusher.
8-WILL ONE OF OUR DE’s GET THE AX WITH WITH MASSAQUOI’s SELECTION? No, since he’ll likely be moved around and function more as a blitzing LB than an edge rushing DE.
9-MITCHELL AND ROBINSON PICKS: GOOD VALUE OR WASTED PICKS. Good value. We were definitely in need of more depth at both safeties spots, and he fills the bill. With both PJerry and JBabineaux becoming FAs after the season, and with Jerry’s lack of production to this point, it was a must move.

Every one of our picks fills a definite need that had to be addressed either in this draft of the next. How can you devalue our draft when we got the best FB in the draft, the best and most complete OC/OG in the draft, one of the best pass blocking OLinemen in the draft, and the most versatile pure pass rushing hybrid DE/LB available at the time we picked him. The DT and safety we drafted were perfect fits for what we needed from the positions.

Any team that enters a draft with no 1st or 4th rd picks, with every pick falling in the bottom half of each rd, and still manages to come up with at least 3 potential players that will likely start either this yr or next, had an extremely productive draft.

Big Ray

May 2nd, 2012
1:31 pm

The FB did not even lift at the combine. So was he hurt or hiding. Upper body strength is needed for blocing.

Strange….I could have sworn the FB in question was the top rated guy at his position and successfully blocked for Heisman Finalist Montee Ball….but hey, read what you want to and ignore the rest, right?

BTW, blocking starts with the LEGS….

Big Ray

May 2nd, 2012
1:32 pm

With the first three picks over the last two years going to the offensive side of the ball, the hiring of a new OC and line coach, and additional weapons around him, at what point do you place the blame on MRyan for not getting it done. If the Birds fail to make the playoffs? Another early exit? I feel it;s “make it or break it” time this year for MRyan and MSmith.

You’re assuming the problem was with the QB in the first place. Drink another cold one. May as well kill off those last two brain cells…they aren’t doing anything else.



May 2nd, 2012
1:34 pm

the real falcon — Love your standard, typical sunnyside-up opinion as always.

Ken Strickland

May 2nd, 2012
1:35 pm

Here’s some FOOD FOR THOUGHT for all of you who think we could have gotten Ewing and Holmes in a later rd. How do you know that we didn’t wreak some other teams attempt to wait until a later rd to draft Ewing or Holmes? How do any of you know that no other team was interested in drafting either player before our next pick came up?


May 2nd, 2012
1:41 pm

@ the real falcon- Physically, Football is actually played from the waist down. Having fluid hips and great lower body strength are way more important than bench press. Especially on the O-Line.


May 2nd, 2012
1:56 pm

Ken Strickland

May 2nd, 2012
2:09 pm

Upper body strength is very important for OLinemen, who often use their hands and arms when blocking. But FBs don’t use their hands or arms as weapons when blocking because they usually block on the run when moving forward.

Big Lou

May 2nd, 2012
2:18 pm

The saline tears of the Saint’s fans as they sob upon the ESPN boards tastes delicious.

Actually, the potent liquid has given me newfound energy. Time to go run a mile. ;)


May 2nd, 2012
2:36 pm

I’m not bothering to grade any draft picks below the 4th round. If they make the team, then great, but I don’t automatically expect them to. This is not an expansion team – there is more overall talent and depth here then I can recall in Falcon’s history. Hoping for a hidden gem for sure, but I can’t understand why so many are popping a gasket over selecting a 5th round FB. So what!

Big Lou

May 2nd, 2012
2:54 pm

“Hoping for a hidden gem for sure, but I can’t understand why so many are popping a gasket over selecting a 5th round FB. So what!”

Trolls got to be negative about something.

That’s why they went on vacation. Lol


May 2nd, 2012
2:59 pm

John Waynesworld

May 2nd, 2012
3:00 pm

A troubled man. Rest In Peace.

Big Lou

May 2nd, 2012
3:05 pm

I know this is a Falcon’s blog, but you got to give credit where it’s due…

I have the give a round of applause to the Bucs for signing this kid. Truly a classy move and a TRUE representation of the NFC South. Unlike those tainted Saints.


May 2nd, 2012
3:08 pm

wow.. Hurricane Goodell… wow…

Big Lou

May 2nd, 2012
3:09 pm

This is what I would like the Saints Organization to do this year…

I am going to need help to describe this by the The Trammps…

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May 2nd, 2012
3:28 pm

I think the FB pick was awesome. They didn’t reach on a Tight End after their guy was taken. They got a similar position. This guy catches the ball. I see screens with him and big blocking touchdowns!


May 2nd, 2012
3:32 pm

I also like the concept of drafting leaders and team players. The majority were team captains. If they weren’t, they would have been their senior year. The patriots have been drafting hungry players like this for years.


May 2nd, 2012
3:40 pm

Rank the draft.. I will wait to after training camp to start to try and rank, and finally, this time next year, we may be finally able to truly rank this class.
I like pick up of Konz, even though history of injury make us all nervous.
Ovie should start working on his next career in media, where I think he could do very well for himself.


May 2nd, 2012
3:57 pm

Just read where cut Jolly and Albritton from the practice squad. That’s a good sign that we have something better. I think some were considering Joly as a possibility but don’t think there’ll be any tears.


May 2nd, 2012
4:11 pm

D3 – I know this is an old refrain from me, but in the end, it’s less the players than the way they are used in my opinion. Let’s not forget that Smitty is still st the helm. I do like that we drafted mostly beef, but Smitty ball has been a larger part of the issue than the players on the field. Will that change???


May 2nd, 2012
4:23 pm

Been troliping around the ‘net and it seems like the NO fans are jumping off/on their “Ban” Wagon.

Hamad Meander

May 2nd, 2012
4:42 pm

Ok, here we go:

Peter Konz – GREAT pick because it was a value pick and a need pick. That’s what I complain about most with Dimitroff is that is doesn’t get value – he got it here. A+ grade

Lamar Holmes – TD, how do you go from genius to goat in a few hours? This guy could have been gotten so much lower and we could have completely traded out of the 3rd round and gotten him in the 5th. Not a value pick, not really a need pick with Baker and Svitek on the roster. F grade

Bradie Ewing – probably can be argued a need position because Ovie is unaffordable in his current contract and not a sure thing to return to top form. Great that he got the best FB in the draft, but he might have gotten a great FB in the 7th or UDFA. C grade

Jonathan Massaquoi – I really like this pick in this round. Pass rush is never an overabundant luxury and this guy’s measurables look great be an eventual starter. Get him down to 255 lbs and strong, and he will take Abrahams spot in a season or two. A grade

Charles Mitchell – a William Moore on the cheap. I like a tackling machine at SS, and this guy fits the mold. I see him making the team, which is no small feat for a 6th rounder. B grade

Travian Robertson – what can you say about a 7th rounder? I’m not sure he makes the team, but it will be interesting to see what he’s got. B grade

Overall: B- grade. I would give a higher grade if we had hit on BOTH need and value in the 3rd and 5th. If do like the beef and I’m glad we didn’t waste any picks on WR, CB, TE, or RB in this draft. We definitely addressed our needs and we signed some interesting UDFA to look at as well. I’m excited.

Hamad Meander

May 2nd, 2012
4:45 pm

WAIT – shouldn’t we evaluate this draft considering the Asante Samuel for a 7th rounder deal? Bump my grade up to A- when you consider that deal.


May 2nd, 2012
4:59 pm

I generally liked the strategy Falcons brass had with this draft – focus on the tranches rather than impact players (which we already have plenty of). Love the Konz pick!

On the Holmes pick, it seems that TD and MS felt like the oline lost its nastiness when Dahl left to StL last year and they really wanted to correct that. You can argue that nastiness was a major factor in our olines dropoff this year. From everything I’ve read, nasty may as well be Holmes’ middle name. I have definitely warmed to the pick, but I’m hoping they didn’t just reach for a nasty player. Only time will tell….