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A Projected OL Under 30

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In a fairly surprising move, the Atlanta Falcons released long time right tackle and 2010 Pro Bowler Tyson Clabo. The former Wake Forest product may not have always been lights out as he was in 2010, but he’s surely been solid and one of the biggest stalwarts on the Falcons otherwise unsettled and inconsistent offensive line.

In terms of pure numbers, it’s not hard to see why the Falcons made the move, at least in the long term. Clabo had $11.5 million guaranteed in his contract and had been paid $6.85 mill to date. Very rough estimates only had the Falcons saving $1.4 million this year and creating well over $4 million in dead money (which seems to piling up) this season, but takes him completely off the books after this season.

It’s hard to believe this is a move that signals the Falcons will use the money on the open market but more about clearing the space for the future while also going ahead and doing the inevitable. Flowery Branch appears to be fulfilling the promise of getting younger on the offensive line. Clabo was 31 years of age and would turn 32 during the season. In fact, the Falcons OL looks to have a starting five all under the age of 30, with only Justin Blalock nearing that mark.

Clabo Hits the Road (AJC)

It’s definitely somewhat of a risk letting go of a former Pro Bowl right tackle and one of the biggest linemen of the group. He may have dipped some since 2010, but he still was solid. This year, however, did see him as one of the major weaknesses on the line. Todd McClure shared that some, as did rookie Peter Konz. It was a shrewd move, but a good one moving forward.

Some think that the Falcons will now look early in the draft to fill that void, but they may be mistaken when draft day rolls around. Right now, the early candidates looks like 3rd round pick Lamar Holmes moving to right tackle and will likely work next to Garrett Reynolds at right guard, unless another candidate beats him out. Holmes may not have the experience, but he surely has more athletic upside on the perimeter.

Best Wishes to a Darn Good Falcon!

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DePlane

April 4th, 2013
11:59 pm

Isn’t Garretts natural position right tackle?

The Time is NOW

April 5th, 2013
12:18 am

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monroe

April 5th, 2013
12:43 am

Hope they dont out smart them selfs, with these moves!!!!

Big Ray

April 5th, 2013
1:38 am

Clabo was going to be cut the following year if not this year. It’s still a surprise move because many of us assumed the OL was about set to be the way it was last season with the same guys at largely the same spots.

But then McClure retired. And then Clabo was cut. What’s the rub? Changing of the guard, so to speak. Plans have been in place for some time, else you don’t see a move like this happening. It’s not like the KGB went out and re-signed TG88, signed SJax, snagged Osi and then went, “Oh crap, we’re only $2.9 mil under the cap and we haven’t even extended Matty Ice yet!”

There’s a plan. We just don’t know what it is. My guess is more movement to the ZBS, less money committed to veterans that are quickly outliving their usefulness. Clabo did not one thing to distinguish himself on an OL that lost Dahl and subsequently had questions at RG. Since then, the position has been a turnstile and I think that what is most clear is that Clabo functions better next to a “stand alone” RG.

Dahl was big, mean, and nasty. Playing next to him, Clabo garnered a Pro Bowl slot for himself. Next to Reynolds, he was the most oft-penalized OL player for us and also gave up the most sacks if I recall correctly. Next to Konz, he was better (not particularly good) to the point of solid. There’s a common denominator there.

I’m not here to bash Clabo. Perhaps I should say that it is what we didn’t see that left me underwhelmed. Leadership? Steadiness and stability? I saw little of this. I saw all of it from McClure, and now he’s gone.

Clabo doesn’t hold his own well enough at times, and therefore he can’t help a teammate anymore (if he ever could). Time to move on.

Big Ray

April 5th, 2013
1:40 am

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1559438-2013-nfl-mock-draft-best-value-for-all-32-picks

I find it interesting that the article begins with something along the lines of teams getting locked into picking a player based on need…then immediately say that the Falcons need a defensive end for pass rush purposes and mock Sam Montgomery to us. Heh….yet the 49ers can pick based on value the very next pick…and take Kawann Short.

:roll:

Joshua malavenda

April 5th, 2013
2:21 am

In td and hulk hill I trust.

The new ol of Reynolds, Holmes, Konz , blalock , and baker are perfect fits for hulk hill’s zbs. This time next year will be trying to figure out who the falcons will be drafting at 32 and forget that this ever happened.

Big Ray

April 5th, 2013
2:22 am

http://blogs.palmbeachpost.com/thedailydolphin/2013/04/04/palm-beach-post-2013-nfl-mock-draft/

Uh-oh! Is SP onto something, or is this another version of the punditry mocking to us whatever the perceived “latest position of need” is (based on FA and what not, no doubt)?

Big Ray

April 5th, 2013
2:22 am

Joshua ,

I sure hope so!

Joshua malavenda

April 5th, 2013
2:29 am

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Joshua malavenda

April 5th, 2013
2:39 am

I wouldn’t be suprised if we do draft eifert in the first round after this article

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/04/04/dimitroff-says-falcons-still-looking-at-tight-end-position/

John Waynesworld

April 5th, 2013
3:19 am

Agree, Big Ray. A good number of those picks are different from most mocks and make alot of sense…right up to our pick. I don’t know taking Montgomery. That is a huge drop off at DE, 17 spots in the 1st round between DEs. If you look at Walters, there are 4 DEs rated between Werner and Montgomery. This mock passed on Moore, Okafor, Hunt, and Jones before having us grab Montgomery. NFL DraftScout has 3 before him. The only reasoning I can see is his good rush defense, but his recent comments just don’t mesh with the aura of dedicated hard workers in our organization. Hopefully the Falcons locker room is at a point where we can take in good players with minor flaws and have them become good people through osmosis, like apparently the Pats.

Right you are DePlane. From the 2009 CBSSports draft stats…

“Reynolds may lack the flashy athleticism that characterizes many of this year’s top tackle prospects, but his toughness and reliability on the right side could help him ultimately enjoy a more established pro career than some rated ahead of him. A three-year starter, with his action almost exclusively at right tackle, Reynolds has the frame and physicality to remain at the position at the next level.”

That’s a ton of reps at RT, so that gives us 3 solid guys trying out for the right side.

Joshua Malavenda

April 5th, 2013
4:01 am

this is td right now because hes got everybody right where he wants them.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WaIJKM0sjdo

marko

April 5th, 2013
6:19 am

I really don’t want to kick Clabo while he’s down, anyone sense a but coming here? But it’s clear we were paying very good money for a player that was only pretty good. After Dahl took his nasty demeanor elsewhere, Tyson never looked the same. It seemed that Dahl had been elevating the performance of his team mate, and not the other way around.

It’s not the end of the world, Tyson’s not going to have to fight Mud Duck for the rocking chair. He’ll cash checks for many seasons to come. Smaller checks to be sure, but less pay beats no pay. Here I speak from experience. Salary caps are hard cold things, and I wish we could afford to pay very good for pretty good, but that’s not the way the cookie crumbles. Some time back I noted the disparity between Tyson’s pay ,and his performance, I suggested that sooner or later the situation would be addressed. Sooner as it turns out.

Tyson was a good player for us, and I sincerely wish him the very best, with the note worthy exceptions of the times he lines up across from us wearing an ugly new uniform.

Rosco

April 5th, 2013
6:33 am

Thanks Clabo and best of luck. Regardless of what others say you were still a darn good Falcon through the years, You along with the others that have departed helped the (FALCONS) move forward in our dreams of a Super Bowl.

marko

April 5th, 2013
7:05 am

Just a thought, Mike Johnson sits behind Clabo on the old depth chart. I know that these charts don’t count for much, but Johnson’s an interesting case. As things stand, the 3rd rounder, from mighty Bama, looks to be one of TD’s more conspicuous bust. Still his coaches seem to like him. They’ve found an assortment of creative ways to sneak him into games. Tight end, and fullback come to mind. Reynolds only signed a 2 year contract. Anyway we all know that Johnson wasn’t very popular with Boudreau. I just wonder how Hill feels about him.

Buford Bob

April 5th, 2013
7:56 am

@BR: lol, that MIA mock is “turrible.” The poster down below nailed some of the many issues.

@SW: Correct me if I’m wrong, (and I t know you’ve already covered this on here), but I seem to remember your saying that Watson was not ready, but could wind up being a solid tackle after some seasoning/coaching.

Now, I tend to misremember stuff as often as the next guy, so rip me a new one if I’m wrong!

Snisin

April 5th, 2013
8:15 am

Out w the old and innwith the new, bye bye Clabo. I sincerely hope you are correct D3, and his departure does not mean we are suddenly bumping OL up in draft priority. But F5’s find regarding the recent private workouts is a good indicator we are focusing on the D, as it should be. The loyalty (almost to a fault) this team shows its high selections makes me pretty confident Holmes will get to step up and show us all something, provided he isn’t beaten out by someone substantially better. And if that IS the case, we still can’t complain cuz if you’re gonna pay a QB all that sweet green, you better damn well make sure he’s not getting knocked on his tookis every game. I’d want the best man for the job, regardless of experience level and draft position, protecting that kind of investment! Clabo was clearly not that best man. Let him be “solid, not exceptional” somewhere else.

Sinisin

April 5th, 2013
8:16 am

Dang, this thing will really let you sign in with any old name, even if it’s typo-ed? Sorry! Didn’t know I had to spell check that too….

Buford Bob

April 5th, 2013
8:21 am

Just listened to Greg Cosell very briefly discuss a few CBs on TB radio.

http://yhoo.it/XTw21D

Quick hits:

Mark Anthony CB Cal: didn’t get to elaborate much because the DJ moved him forward (probably because he’d never heard the name), but called him a VERY intriguiung prospect.

Jamar Taylor BSU: complete skill set. Can zone, press, etc.

David Amerson (DJ brought him up): Cosell talked about the plays Patterson beat him on. One play because his eyes were in the wrong place. Doesn’t relate to ability to transition to NFL. Other play because he had a too-wide base & stopped his feet. Does relate, but likely coachable. Some questions about whether he can turn & run with NFL receivers. Cosell thinks he’s athletic enough & can.

Side note: His favorite player in this draft is DT Sharrif Floyd. Remarkable quickness & athleticism. Warren Sapp-kind of mover. Tackle for loss guy.

Sinisin

April 5th, 2013
8:23 am

For those sweating all the mocking of DEs to us in rd1, just chuckle and move on. Sports writers might be dumb enough to select the 10th best player at a position that could stand an upgrade, instead of the 4th, 6th or even 8th best at a position of TRUE weakness (you guessed it, I’m referring to an LB, or failing that a CB, here). That doesn’t mean our management is that dumb….

Buford Bob

April 5th, 2013
8:28 am

Here’s Cosell’s recent take on TEs:

http://yhoo.it/XTw21D

I still don’t want a TE in the 1st (and definitely not Ertz there. If it must be, let it be Eifert).

But one of these other names in say RD3 maybe would be more than fine (the names he brings up are Jordan Reed & Gavin Escobar).

I know a lot of y’all want to see a WR taken there. That’s also an option.

But an athletic TE flex may have more of an overall impact, short-term at least, IF (and only if) Koetter is willing to line up in 2TE sets like many teams with the personnel luxury are.

Also, don’t underestimate SFs need for a TE with Walker gone now. They are very 2TE dependent. Doesn’t have to be a 1st RDer by any stretch, but they will take a TE.

Sinisin

April 5th, 2013
8:34 am

Buford Bob – heck, I’d support taking a TE just so SF can’t have him ;)

Grits Blitz

April 5th, 2013
8:38 am

Shocked execs waited until now to cut Clabo a couple of weeks before the draft! (If they knew they wanted to just cut him, he could’ve been aided in his free agency job search by releasing him sooner. Does this show any real appreciation for a player?) Confused, they could not have at least attempted a trade! Looks like ANOTHER need has now been created, along with def. end, cornerback, and middle linebacker. A real mystery wrapped in a riddling enigma…

Buford Bob

April 5th, 2013
8:44 am

Just watched TG88 on NFL AM. Quick hits:

Wasn’t a deadline. Wanted to get things resolved early to help team assemble best plan/roster.

Very few reasons not to come back. Ryan one of best in league. Such a good team. So close last year.

Team has gotten better in his opinion.

Will miss off season workouts. Said it wasn’t a stipulation, just normal. “It’s no secret” that he’s never participated in OTAs anyway.

He trusts TD to put Falcons in best position to win. Likes the moves. “There still might be more to come.”

On Osi:

“I think he’ll be extremely effective.”

“One of the greatest DEs in the NFL.”

“Gotten to know him. He’s a good guy. He’s got a lot to prove. He’s gonna come in hungry.”

On Banks:

Nothing special said. Move speaks well of the organization & they’ll welcome him.

Oh, & he’s repping Clear Men Scalp Therapy & likes Louisville to win.

Buford Bob

April 5th, 2013
8:49 am

@Gritz:

Falcons brass actually helped Clabo (as far as timing goes) by cutting him now.

Since it’s a June 1 designated move, the real cap relief doesn’t come until then.

In other words, they could have just waited until June 1, cut him, and then left him in the lurch.

Instead, they did it now & Clabo’s agent has a chance to go about securing his future. Clabo wasn’t going to get a ton of early attention because the LT market had to settle first.

Doesn’t look like Falcons did him a disservice at all from this corner. Rather, seems to me that they informed him as soon as they decided to move in a different direction.

In the salary cap world, there will be cuts. Cold hard truth.

Buford Bob

April 5th, 2013
8:54 am

@Sin: I like it!

I think we’re prolly looking for two different TE types tho.

SF needs a Walker type (blocks as much as runs routes).

Not sure if Falcons are as firmly in that market. Unless Coffman is the answer, think they’d benefit more from the guy who can win against nickel corners, like Davis in SF & Hernandez in NE. THAT really dictates matters to Ds.

Again, this is all predicated on whether DK wants to take advantage of those personnel mismatches or not. At this point, I’d say we have very little indication either way. You can’t just say he hasn’t done it in the past. It’s a rather newer development (in terms of prevalence) & you have to have to right personnel.

Fabulously Foolish Fanatic Falcon Fan (F5)

April 5th, 2013
8:59 am

Best wishes to Tyson, he was a great Falcon, started on some of our best teams in history to date, and stood tall to protect our future hall of fame QB. Shame he is leaving before he gets his ring, but best of luck on where ever he lands.

Here’s hoping that TD sends him tickets to the falcons SB victory in the NY garbage dump (aka the Meadowlands).

SeminoleWarrior

April 5th, 2013
9:00 am

Good morning Cage

Big Ray said it best in some comments be made in the early morning hours. There is a plan. And that plan began with the hires of OC Koetter and OL coach Hill last year.

Both of these guys are experts in the West Coast offense and the zone blocking scheme. If you want to know why things are flowing in a certain way, a new Process so to speak, you have to understand th STRENGTHS of the foundation on which you seek to build your team.

The first STRENGTH is the desire of the GM to build this team to win both now and most importantly, in the long term. In the mold of the Patriot Way, TD is now fully invested in such.

The WCO and ZBS approach allow him to do that because the players that are needed in each are easier to find and install into your scheme than it is to find players to support the “power” philosophies of the past. As stated many times, the ZBS does not require an extensive financial commitment and is very fiscally advantageous to a team.

Players for the scheme can be found in the middle to late rounds with relative ease IF and ONLY IF you have a scouting department that KNOWS where to look and an OL coach that is a MASTER of teaching the scheme.
Alex Gibbs did it with amazing success in several NFL stops, including right here in the ATL.

SeminoleWarrior

April 5th, 2013
9:01 am

D3, I got caught by the monster.

Guess he is still upset over missing my mock on Monday. LOL

SeminoleWarrior

April 5th, 2013
9:10 am

@SW: Correct me if I’m wrong, (and I t know you’ve already covered this on here), but I seem to remember your saying that Watson was not ready, but could wind up being a solid tackle after some seasoning/coaching.

BB, you are correct. Those were my comments and they are accurate. I love the big fellow and he WILL make an outstanding player in the NFL. If I was to draw a comparison, I would related him to another ACC guy, former VT tight end Duane Brown. Brown, now a left tackle with Houston, conveted to tackle while at VT in his junior season. He had one great year and was taken in the first round of the 2008 draft, the same draft in which the Falcons used TWO first rounders on Sam Baker and MR2.

Brown came in, raw and needing technique refinement, but was still seen as a future talent by Houston. With a proven offensive line coach in place as well as a head coach/former OC that understood the ZBS in Gary Kubiak, Brown was installed in the system and turned loose. The rest has been a solid return on the investment as Brown has become one of the most steady left tackles in the game.

Menelik Watson is surely capable of the same. But the risk factor is VERY high if a team takes him seeking a power player. That is not what we are at FSU; coach Trickett is a master of the ZBS and that is how we roll. But again make no mistake. The physical tools are there; the work ethic (IMHO) is there. Place him in the right scheme with a veteran OL coach like Hill and the guy could become a Pro Bowler in the likes of Duane Brown.

Bob

April 5th, 2013
9:12 am

The Falcon is trying to get under the salary cap to pay Ryan a large contract which will be a horrible mistake. Heck! Everyone forgot he single handed gave away the game to the forty-niner.

Fabulously Foolish Fanatic Falcon Fan (F5)

April 5th, 2013
9:14 am

Re: TE in the 1st – I think one of the key advantages in bringing TG back is to allow TD to address Defensive needs at the top of the draft.

Remember that TD uses ALL the toys in his toybox – Trades, FA, and draft. TE doesn’t need to be addressed just by a high draft pick.

How about if he could get a TE coming off an injury (like Pro bowler William Moore who he drafted in the 2nd), 6′6″, 250, with the following pedigree? What if TD already spoke highly of him in a Jan 25 AJC interview?

College stats:

2008 Pre-Season 1st-Team All-American (Playboy)
2007 John Mackey Award Semifinalist
2007 All-Big 12 Second Team (Associated Press, Austin American Statesman)
2007 All-Big 12 Honorable Mention (Coaches)
2007 John Mackey National Tight End of the Week (Oct. 15)
2007 Team Tight End of the Year
2006 John Mackey Award Semifinalist
2006 1st-Team All-Big 12 (AP, Kansas City Star, Houston Chronicle)
2006 2nd-Team All-Big 12 (Coaches)
2006 John Mackey National Tight End of the Week (Oct. 26)
2006 2nd-Team Academic All-Big 12
2006 Team Receiver of the Year
2006 Team Hammer Award (Most Big Hits)
2005 1st-Team Freshman All-American (College Football News)
2005 1st-Team Freshman All-American (Rivals)
2005 Team Freshman of the Year

Quotes-
**Is more than a pass catcher, as he stands out on special teams units,
**he won the team’s Hammer Award, which goes to the (player) who delivers the most big blocks during the season …
** Is a superb athlete who can do virtually anything he is asked to do, and often times looks effortless in doing so do his smooth abilities …
** Has hands of gold, as he catches virtually everything that he gets his hands on, whether in a game or in practice …
**Is a smart receiver who knows how to use his considerable size advantage over defenders, whether lined up against a defensive back, safety or linebacker .
** The 2008 Mackey Award winner
**Good bloodlines. Father,was an NFL tight end for 10 years.

IF he has overcome injuries, this is a safe backup for TD until next year after the D is addressed this year.

Sinisin

April 5th, 2013
9:17 am

Hey hey hey F5, eeeaaasy on the Meadowlands! That SB being here next year might be my very best and only chance to go. Why do you think I’m so excited the Falcons might actually win the superbowl….in front me, live! Now if I can just scrounge up several thousand dollars before then…..

Buford Bob

April 5th, 2013
9:21 am

Another position close to home. Cosell on LBs:

(I know, have some extra time & on a Cosell kick this morning. Forgive me).

http://bit.ly/XMwteh

Dion Jordan: the usual

Arthur Brown: has very good “play” speed on film. Sideline to sideline.

Jarvis Jones: tape is good. 3-4 OLB. Put him on the open side.

Alec Ogletree: best pure athlete of all the LBs. Likes him better on the outside. Versatile. Could see others liking him on inside.

Chase Thomas: not sure he’s athletic enough. Attributes may not project well to NFL. Likely not a starter.

Jelani Jenkins: run & chase LB. More of a mover than a physical guy, but the league is moving that direction. Traditionally everbody talks about these guys as WLB.

Kevin Minter: Inside stack LB. Likes him. Good play recognition. Good at digesting what was in front of him & working his way through the bodies. Not the athlete Ogletree is, but a better football player.

Sio Moore: Cosell would line him up outside. UCONN lined him up at mike. Doesn’t think he’s a true Mike in a 4-3. Can he be the athletic inside backer in a 3-4 a la Timmons. Yes. “I think Sio Moore can do THAT.”

Manti Teo: Stacked ILB in base D. Doesn’t think he’ll play in sub-packages in NFL. Not a special LB. “I think there’s a lot of guys like him quite frankly.” May have long career, but won’t be an impact player.

That was it. Don’t worry, I’ll stop for a bit now!

Buford Bob

April 5th, 2013
9:21 am

@SW: Thanks! Good stuff.

Sinisin

April 5th, 2013
9:24 am

Lol @ “very good bloodline”….I know, that is a contributing factor, but it’s still kind of funny to read. Like reading about Ertz and his “disappointingly short arm measurement”. It’s like talking about horses or dog show contestants; it just makes me giggle.

SeminoleWarrior

April 5th, 2013
9:32 am

BB

No problem. I disagree with Cossell on Moore. I think he could play either the SLB or the MLB. He has the range and makeup for either. I really like this kid.

As far as the MLB, I am all in with my kid, Steve Beauharnais of Rutgers. Dude is going to be a damned good one I think.

SeminoleWarrior

April 5th, 2013
9:36 am

F5

The TeePee has been an advocate that young man for a while. I love me some Chase Coffman. And I am on record. If those foot issues are now TRULY behind him, dude is a hidden secret on the Falcons roster.

I went as far as to advocate against the TG88 re-signing because Coffman is that darn good. The “flash” that caught so many by surprise in the playoffs DID NOT catch the TeePee off guard.

There is absolutely NO need to invest in a early pick at tight end when you have Coffman and can get a guy Sudfeld (Nevada) late.

Fabulously Foolish Fanatic Falcon Fan (F5)

April 5th, 2013
9:40 am

Sinisin LOL, no disrespect to NYC, but I used to fly into Newark every 3 months or so and drove to Paramus past the HUGE garbage dump across the Hudson from the city, flocks of birds marking some of the “fresher” spots in the sea of, uhh, stuff.

The heat of Summer created it’s own uniquely NJ scent, wafting past the mounds of trash over the turnpike that I was traversing, dodging potholes that would would not be out of place in a city besieged by an extended mortar attack.

Having said that, I would be grateful for such a convenient place to bury the hopes and dreams of 31 other teams as Matty Ice closes the deal on his first ring next Feb.

I truly hope you get the chance to see it in person. You would have me, and many others, with you in spirit screaming our imaginary lungs out :-)

SeminoleWarrior

April 5th, 2013
9:42 am

Will give D3 time to address the missing post the monster took away from me.

But will simply say it again…the Clabo move was simply about cash flow. Nothing more, nothing less.

And for all of those that are stating it is crazy to invest in the QB, you had better recognize. Quality quarterbacks are in SERIOUS short supply. If you have one, you have NO CHOICE but to “overpay” because if you do not, someone else will.

Sinisin, feeling you on that desire to see your team in the Super Bowl.

I was just returning from Korea when the Falcons went to the Super Bowl in Miami. Had no chance of getting a game ticket BUT the joy had in the city in all the “Super Bowl Experience” activities will forever be a treasured time.

Sinisin

April 5th, 2013
9:56 am

SW & F5, I’m really looking forward to it. Jersey could use the added revenue, and it would be a once in a lifetime experience to score a ticket to the event. I’ve been saving my pennies ;)

F5, no offense really taken. Jersey does have it’s own unique smell, but it’s home, and I love it, the good parts and the bad.

If Coffman tears it up for us, next season, or the next, I will be cheering for him as loud as anyone. I’m just waiting to see it first. Not being familiar with his college exploits (though dang, that’s an impressive resume) I can only look at his nfl production. Holding out hope for the best, but with needs in mind should the worst come to fruition.

Still, I’m not more familiar with Eifert than I am Coffman, and I’m not advocating going offense at any position in the first few rounds (including WR, sorry guys). But if thats the route we take, I’ll trust theres a reason and roll with it, til there’s solid evidence to the contrary. Then, I might break something.

SeminoleWarrior

April 5th, 2013
9:58 am

BR

http://blogs.palmbeachpost.com/thedailydolphin/2013/04/04/palm-beach-post-2013-nfl-mock-draft/

Uh-oh! Is SP onto something, or is this another version of the punditry mocking to us whatever the perceived “latest position of need” is (based on FA and what not, no doubt)?

BR & SP

You know I love my Seminoles. Last year, I was extensively with the potential selection of Zebrie Sanders for the Falcons. And I am here to tell you that Sanders was a more complete tackle than Watson is.

Do not get me wrong…both have CONSIDERABLE upside. Both have been great in the ZBS.

If the Falcons go this route as the Palm Beach press is thinking, it will be the BIGGEST surprise of the franchise’s history.

Again, I love Watson but the TeePee still feels that a team will experience some growing pains with him this season. But the future is immense.

Sinisin

April 5th, 2013
9:59 am

Pls excuse extraneous and missing apostrophes. I’m not fully awake yet.

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SeminoleWarrior

April 5th, 2013
10:04 am

Sinisin,

He is that good in my eyes. If he is healthy, OMG…the sky is the limit.

As far as WR, I disagree respectfully, my dear. We have absolutely no depth at the position behind White, Jones, and the occasional Douglas sighting. We need to find a playmaker in this draft and sooner rather than later. That is why I mocked Swope so highly. He could fill that critical void and add a whole extra dimension to our game especially the intermediate game.

A little Swope flavor for you, Sinisin.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCosoGT0beM

Chop Buster

April 5th, 2013
10:15 am

The way I see it Clabo received a big payday probably from the input of Boudreau–since Pat Hill or Koetter weren’t in place then. Let’s face it, he was not worth that type of money because of his inconsistent play. The faster DEs were blowing by him. Thanks for your service and good luck to ya Tyson.

Chop Buster

April 5th, 2013
10:18 am

AND…what is the weakest part of our offense? The OL. Falcons leadership knows they have to protect Ryan better; especially if he’s going to be their multimillion dollar QB. With all the weapons we have offensively, it does you no good when the QB doesn’t have sufficient protection.

Chop Buster

April 5th, 2013
10:35 am

SW (9:36) – The TeePee has been an advocate that young man for a while. I love me some Chase Coffman. And I am on record. If those foot issues are now TRULY behind him, dude is a hidden secret on the Falcons roster.

SW I couldn’t agree more with you. I don’t know why everyone acts as though TE is such a dire need for us and we have a pretty good pass catching TE on the roster. The flashes I’ve seen of him shows good speed and hands catching in traffic. I would love to see he and Gonzalez in a two TE set. I think the Falcon’s offense can be scary good with all of the weapons we now have if Ryan gets the needed protection.
There is absolutely NO need to invest in a early pick at tight end when you have Coffman and can get a guy Sudfeld (Nevada) late.

Hamad Meander

April 5th, 2013
10:42 am

Best of luck to Tyson Clabo in finding a new team. It must suck when you are cashing checks for $112,500 every two weeks and have to go find a new job. Why didn’t I eat better as a kid as get to be 6′6″ 315 lbs? He is too good an offensive lineman not to find another team, so best of luck.

As far as the Falcons go, I’m comfortable going into the season with the offensive linemen we already have in house. This team is going to have so much more talent after the draft than last year’s team – I am really excited.

Fabulously Foolish Fanatic Falcon Fan (F5)

April 5th, 2013
10:46 am

HMMM, could be smoke from the Cunning Cossak, but–

“Our eyes are still on many positions in this draft and there is no question — this may be selling it out a little bit — but we continue to look at the tight end [position],” Dimitroff said.

“You don’t deviate from your plan when you go into the draft after bringing a guy back,” G.M. Thomas Dimitroff told NFL Network on Thursday. “We don’t know if we are going to have Tony Gonzalez past one year.”

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/04/04/dimitroff-says-falcons-still-looking-at-tight-end-position/