6th Annual Falcons Cage Full Mock Draft Competition

Time to Get Those Mocks In

Clowney's Coming - Prepare Yourself!!! (Getty)

It’s that time Ladies and Gents………our 6th Annual Cage Mock Draft Competition!!! Hard to believe it’s been 6 years. Time flies when you’re having fun. Sorry for the delay on getting it up, but it times out perfectly with the draft FINALLY only a week away. Seems like eons ago since the Falcons ended their season in misery with Matt Ryan getting sacked an eye-gouging 10 times in one football game. That came at the hands of our bitter rivals that wrapped up a 1-5 record in the NFC South. Just remembering the last time the Falcons played hits home the radically important draft coming up in a few weeks. Also, if you didn’t receive a copy of the 2014 Draft Prospects Excel Spreadsheet, then shoot an email to dawsondevitt@hotmail.com and I’ll be happy to get one out to you. It really helps take a look at all the available prospects and every statistic and measurable you could want.

Cage Mock Draft Rules and Regulations

  • We’ll be doing things a touch different than year’s past. First, you can submit up to four total mocks and you will be asked to do two mocks and their purpose: #1) What the Falcons Should Do and #2) What the Falcons Will Do (explained more below)
  • Same rules as previous competitions apply (see below)
  • To save this author some time, we’ll be operating on the honor code: we’re going to keep our own scores of our mocks (hey, we’re all family in here, so no reason to lie, right?)
  • All mocks must be submitted by Draft Day; Thursday, May 8th @ 7 pm EST
  • All mocks must be submitted on our blog before the deadline; No need to send any mock drafts via email since we’re grading our own.
  • If you want to do anything different than the Falcons given picks, you’ll need to include that in your mock, such as trades, etc.
  • Mocks can only be scored singularly (no borrowing and combining points from various mocks)
  • Highly encourage you to write about and explain your picks to keep the great convo’s going.
  • Cage Member with highest points wins Cage Championship Trophy

Point Scoring

Pryor Likely to Popular Mock Pick (Getty)

Direct Hits (4 Points) – If you choose the exact player the Falcons select at the exact pick, you receive 4 points. (EX) If you choose the Falcons to select Anthony Barr at pick #6 and they do just that, you receive 4 points

Correct Player (3 Points) If you choose the correct player, but it is not the exact pick, you get 3 points. (EX) If you have the Falcons taking Calvin Pryor at pick #37, but the Falcons had to trade up and selected him at #31 you would receive 3 points

Correct Position, Correct Round, Wrong Player (2 Points) – If you select the Falcons to take the correct position in the correct round, but it’s the wrong player, you get 2 points. (EX) You have the Falcons selecting Jake Matthews (an OT) in the 1st round, but they choose Greg Robinson (a different OT) instead in the 1st round, you receive 2 points

Correct Position, Wrong Round, Wrong Player (1 Point) – This part is a sum total scoring system. For each position you have the Falcons selecting and they take a player at that position, you will receive one point per position. (EX) You have the Falcons taking 3 offensive linemen, but they selected 2. You would receive a point for each one you guessed correct (2 points in this case)

Confusing Scoring System? – The reason behind creating multiple scoring opportunities is due to the extreme unpredictability of the draft. Trying to get an exact Thomas Dimitroff draft right is like winning 3 different lotteries in a lifetime. The more chances to receive points, the better.

Your Task: Two Mocks with Completely Different Strategies

Terrance West = 84 TDs (Getty)

What the Falcons Should Do – This will of course be what would suit the Falcons best, how they could best address their issues, and how you would run the draft if you had the chance. Of course we know there’s no way in Hades that will actually happen. So….

What the Falcons Will Do - This is where you actually try to win the competition. Throw away picks, trade up 20 spots, reach for unknown players entirely too early. Essentially, you may be better off using a dart board while trying to get inside Dimitroff’s plans for the upcoming draft.

The Cage’s Meager and Futile Attempt

1st Round

Jake Matthews – Offensive Tackle – Texas A&M

As hard as I tried, just couldn’t move off of original position of getting an elite offensive tackle. Many have said that Matthews may be the safest pick in the entire draft. It’s hard to argue with that one. Matthews has All-Pro written all over him and has NFL Bloodlines supremacy (father Bruce is a Hall of Famer, uncle Clay Matthews Jr a Pro Bowler, and All-World cousin Clay Matthews III). He’s roundly considered a lock to be taken in the top 5 and is at least tied with Greg Robinson as the best linemen in the draft.

Don't Count On it (AJC)

Matthews can do it all and has shown as much. He played 3 seasons at right tackle earning First Team All-SEC and First Team All-American as a junior before moving over to left tackle, where he earned First Team All-SEC and Consensus All-American as a senior. He has proven that he can play both tackle spots and could immediately start at RT until the charade of Sam Baker at LT ends. The Falcons took a step by adding Jon Asamoah at RG, but they’re nowhere near finished. Matthews could be a franchise LT to protect Ryan’s blindside for the rest of his career. Some feel a pass rusher is needed more, but the offense led by Ryan gives the Falcons the best of a chance to win a Lombardi. The Falcons have been pretty good with a terrible-to-weak defense for 6 years and are much closer to being dominant on that side of the ball than they are on defense. Last game the Falcons played: 10 sacks. Enough said.

2nd Round

Jeremiah Attaochu – Outside Linebacker – Georgia Tech

Barr Might be Pick if Stay at #6 (Getty)

Offensive line and pass rush are the two big ones as the Falcons roll towards the draft. Even though there’s a big hole at free safety, the idea is that the Falcons finally getting a pass rush would make that a much easier proposition. A big thought of course is that Dimitroff will trade away tons of picks to get either Jadeveon Clowney or Khalil Mack and not even possess most selections after the 1st round. Even though Clowney, Mack, and Anthony Barr are the elite pass-rushers, there’s plenty of talent in the later rounds. This one hails as a local legend only miles from the Georgia Dome.

If you’re talking about pure pass-rushers, than Jeremiah Attaochu isn’t that far behind the elite bunch. Attaochu trails only Mack, Ryan Shazier, and Kyle Van Noy in tackles for loss (43.5) and has the highest career sacks (31.5) of Division I prospects (Howard Jones has more, but plays for Shepherd University). In terms of productivity (stats divided by games), Attaochu ranks only behind Barr in terms of tackles for loss and sacks on a per game basis. He obviously doesn’t have the cover skills of a Mack or Ryan Shazier, but he’s likely not far off from guys like Barr and Clowney. Didn’t run at combine, but did run a 4.58 at his pro day, so speed shouldn’t be an issue.

3rd Round

Deonne Bucannon – Safety – Washington State

This seems a favorite for most mock drafts, selecting a safety in the 3rd round. The two lines seem to be the most immediate (even though the term “pass rusher” has absorbed the defensive line position). They seem to have arbitrarily cut DeCoud with no apparent plan in place. They signed Dwight Lowery and appear set to give Zeke Motta and Kemal Ishmael every chance to win the job. A 3rd round pick may not immediately have to start, but be the future. All the talk is about Ha-ha Clinton Dix, Calvin Pryor, and to a lesser extent Jimmie Ward, but the sleeper of the draft might be Buccannon.

Mack vs. Clowney (Getty)

Bucannon has the highest totals of any safety in many categories, including tackles (384) and interceptions (15), and is 3rd in tackles for loss (13.5). He had one of the better 40 times for safeties (4.49), one of the highest verticals (36.5) and was 3rd on the bench (19). This guy has playmaker written all over him and if William Moore does move to free safety as many think, Bucannon could form a dynamic duo at safety for years to come.

4th Round

Daniel McCullers – Defensive Tackle – Tennessee

This has been a popular pick for many mocking the draft for the Falcons. The Falcons signed a mountain of a man in Paul Soliai. Problem is, he’s already 30 years old and he’ll be 31 at the end of this season. The Falcons really don’t have a lot of “beef” after Soliai and will need someone to groom for the future if they are in fact intent on moving more the 3-4 (Mike Smith says no, but their free agent moves say yes). If Soliai is a mountain, than McCullers would be Mount Everest or the Mariana Trench. Standing 6’7 and weighing 352 lbs, the former Vol doesn’t have the stats as you’d expect a pure plugger to have, but one problem is that many 3-4 teams will be looking for that nose tackle. McCullers played in the rough and tumble SEC for two years and would provide some much needed girth and toughness to a DL in major need of it. Fortunately for the Falcons, there’s quite a few big-bodied DT’s if McCullers is gone (Ryan Carrethers, Justin Ellis, Robert Thomas).

4th Round – Compensatory

Arthur Lynch – Tight End – Georgia

CJ Fieordiwicz Likely to Be Popular Mock (Getty)

Thomas Dimitroff said he didn’t see a replacement for Tony Gonzalez in this draft. That could be due to the fact that tight end is one of the weaker positions in the entire draft. While there’s a few elite prospects (Eric Ebron, Jace Amaro, Austin Seferian-Jenkins), the Falcons simply have too many other holes and priorities to take care of first. They also seemed surely intent on allowing Toilolo to just have the starting spot. Literally with no competition, since there’s no other tight ends of note on the roster. Lynch is a popular match for many mock drafters and for good reason.

This would seem to be a good spot for the Falcons to take a chance on a tight end after filling a few more important holes. Lynch will never blow your doors off, but he could be the perfect complement to Toilolo: solid blocker, decent hands and speed, more in line with the throwback TE’s instead of the new basketball-convert paradigms. He doesn’t have the stats, but some of that goes to UGA’s offensive coordinator, Mike Bobo, going away from using the tight end last season. At a bare minimum, Lynch would be an excellent #2 to Toilolo, since apparently they will hand him the starting job on a platter.

5th Round

Jerick McKinnon – Running Back – Georgia Southern

If you want to talk about a guy bursting with potential, then look no further than the former Georgia Southern Eagle. There may be no other single prospect that raised his chances in the combine than McKinnon. He was 2nd in the 40 with 4.41 (behind only Dri Archer – 4.26), 2nd in the vertical leap (40.5), blowing most prospects away by being 1st in bench (32), tied for 3rd in the shuttle and 3-cone drill. In short, this kid has physical tools that coaches and GMs dream of in their profession.

Not only that, he also had an amazing career while at Georgia Southern as well (remember the team that beat the once might Florida Gators in Gainesville?). He ranked 6th among all running backs in career rushing yards (3,998), 5th in touchdowns (42), and 5th in yards per reception. McKinnon seems like the total package and at 5’9, 209 lbs he could deliver a mean punch.

6th Round

Jeff Janis – Wide Receiver – Saginaw Valley State

Lynch Would be a Good Fit (AJC)

Most immediately discard Janis due to his small school ties. That would be a major mistake. Even though he’s from a small school and conference, take a look at his career numbers. 4,305 receiving yards (1st among all receivers) and 46 receiving TDs (also 1st among all receivers). Even though he has more yards and TDs than any other prospect, most would say that he couldn’t adjust to the pro game. Then take a look at his combine numbers.

He’s 6’3, 219 lbs, ran a 4.42 forty (tied for 5th), benched 20 reps (tied for 3rd), jumped 37.5 in the vertical (tied for 7th), 3.98 in the shuttle (tied for 5th), and ran a 6.64 in the 3 cone drill (3rd). In short, he showed that he’s top among all receivers not just in production, but also in athletic ability. The Falcons are pretty set at receiver, but Janis can do it all. With Roddy White aging, Janis could really push the younger guys (Drew Davis and Darius Johnson) for a roster spot and possibly even playing time.

7th Round

Russell Bodine – Offensive Line – North Carolina

The former Tar Heel may not last this long, but he would be welcome addition to a team in major search of toughness. He had the record for most reps by any prospect (42) at the 2014 scouting combine. He also added one of the better 40 times and earned second in the vertical jump among all interior linemen. Bodine could compete for guard or center and likely would be fighting just for a practice squad spot, but he Bodine did over double the amount of bench reps that former starting center, Peter Konz, did (18).

7th Round – Compensatory #1

Jonathan Dowling – Safety – Western Kentucky

McKinnon Blew Up Combine (AJC)

As Dimitroff showed this time last year, he’s liable to do anything towards the end of the draft. Last year, he used his last 3 picks on a 2 safeties and a quarterback. Even if the Falcons draft one safety, that will still only give them 5 total safeties in camp, and just one of them is considered a true free safety (Dwight Lowery). Dowling would be an excellent low risk / high reward pick to take at this point

At 6’3, 190, he’s got some bulking up to do, but he actually had the highest productivity in terms of interceptions per game (1st) and passes defensed per game (1st). He only played 2 years at Western Kentucky, but he made the most of it. He also had one of the best 40 times (4.52), shuttle, and 3-cone times of any safety in the draft. He’d definitely be a project, but he has serious potential and upside.

7th Round – Compensatory #2

Andrew Jackson – Inside Linebacker – Western Kentucky

Inside linebackers are some of the least glamorous positions to be drafted in the NFL Draft. Everyone wants flash and sizzle, but the bricks and mortars of teams come in the inside, specifically of the throwback, tackling machine ilk. If the Falcons are moving to a 3-4, they will need to add some pieces to the 3-4 ILB, where they have only Paul Worrilow, Sean Weatherspoon, Akeem Dent, and perhaps Joplo Bartu available. While Jackson won’t confuse anyone with Patrick Willis, he came in 2nd in tackles per game among all ILBs, and 1st overall in terms of tackles for a loss. Would be an excellent prospect to mold into a 3-4 ILB.

And for The Cage’s “What the Falcons Will Do” Draft………

1st Round

Falcons trade their 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and next year’s first round draft picks to the Houston Texans for DE Jadeveon Clowney.

1st Round

Jadeveon Clowney – Defensive End – South Carolina

No explanation needed.

4th Round – Compensatory

Tony Palepoi – Defensive Tackle – Utah

5th Round

Jerome Smith – Running Back – Syracuse

6th Round

Jeremy Gallon – Wide Receiver – Michigan

7th Round

Kaleb Ramsey – Defensive End – Boston College

7th Round – Compensatory #1

Wesley Johnson – Offensive Tackle – Vanderbilt

7th Round – Compensatory #2

Nat Berhe – Safety – San Diego State

Your Turn to Mock it Up Cage Members!!!

2,240 comments Add your comment

Kennycaine

May 1st, 2014
1:28 am

If the “braintrust” follows your “what if” draft then they should be summarily fired immediately after the draft.

Your first draft would make my happy, I would just prefer one of the 7th rounders to be Aaron Murray or Zach Mettenberger. Mckinnon and Janis are steals in this talent laden draft.

Kennycaine

May 1st, 2014
2:07 am

!. Khalil Mack/Jadeveon Clowney ( if he drops to #6.) I realize that a tackle is a popular pick but I cant see the egos in Flowery Branch admitting a mistake on a 28 year old Sam Baker. With any semblance of a good pass rush over the last 6 seasons and Matt Ryan would have beaten Joe Flacco to a title. That is what separated the two; Ryan the superior quarterbacking talent but Flacco possessing the superior defense.

2. Cyrus Koundijo. There seems to be some injury concerns yet recent reports say that they are exaggerated. A starter for two national championship and a run blocker as well as a pass protector. A massive 6-7 340 pound player who was once spoken of in the same breath as Jake Matthews and Greg Robinson. The experts don’t seem to be bothered by the knee reports and have him rated as a 1st to 2nd round talent.

3. Jordan Mathews: 6-3 220 pounds, 4.45 forty time, great hands but above all has the production to match the physical. The SEC all time leader in receptions, yards and touchdowns would add a dynamic weapon to the Jones/White/Ryan arsenal and provides insurance against having a lack of playmaking if either star goes down. Mathews would make the passing offense unstoppable.

4. Deone Bucanon: It may be wishful thinking if he falls this far but a trade back could land him. Has the range, speed and ball skills lacking at safety since the days of Scott Case. A poor man’s Ha Ha Clinton-Dix.

4. Tre Mason: another possible 3rd rounder but if available is a steal here. He fancies himself better than Bo Jackson and has the ego to prove himself right. Has shown in live action the ability to go the distance and to be an every-down back. Gaining 309 yards in the SEC championship game should tell you everything that you need to know about his toughness and talent.

5. Sentreal Henderson: A project who could turn out to be a player. 6-7 and at some reports 360, the former Parade lineman of the year may benefit from some Mike Tice toughness. Some have him rated as a 3rd rounder so the experts see the potential.

6. Arthur Lynch: Good size but inconsistent hands. His saving grace is melding good run and downfield blocking with his decent skill level and athleticism. Lynch is the anti-Gonzalez; Not a great receiving threat but will pass protect in max protection and seal the edge on runs or block linebackers on the second level. The team could do better but he is a solid pick in this round.

7. Jerrick McKinnon: despite his impressive workouts, there may be some small college bias coupled with the fact that he was never a clear cut anything, be it running back or quarterback. Still with those athletic numbers its hard to call him a reach as a draft pick, particularly in the 7th round.

7. Aaron Murray/Zach Mettenberger: Though the preference would be Murray, either quarterback would provide a legitimate competition for the #2 position and even some discussion for “future consideration” if either showed well in the preseason or if Matt Ryan has an unexpected slide in performance.

At the very least they would provide some semblance of confidence in the backup quarterback position that incumbent Dominique Davis doesn’t. Although bother were injured, prior to injury they were deemed 2 to 4th round talents. This makes them a great value in the 7th round.

Kennycaine

May 1st, 2014
2:18 am

2nd to last line should begin “Although both were injured”.

Kennycaine

May 1st, 2014
2:39 am

As to what the Falcons will do, I cannot empty my head of logic so that’s no small feat to predict their thought processes. Trading valuable picks is the equivalent of a person who lives paycheck to paycheck going out and buying a Porsche. You can’t spend money on luxuries when you have no food in your house.

If Clowney was the missing piece in a Super Bowl title then I would have few concerns. I have been one of those who has been vehemently against trading picks in this once in a decade draft unless they were late round picks. Even a 4th round pick in this draft is equivalent to a 2nd rounder in prior recent drafts.

We are not Denver, where a player here or there may put the team over the hump, we are at least 7 players away and some would argue more. Therefore any draft that entails trading up using valuable picks (as opposed to trading back into a round for a talent which dropped) is gambling your mortgage on your home on a lottery ticket.

Waltergo

May 1st, 2014
7:04 am

Your mock draft might be the best mock draft I’ve seen for the Falcons. Kudos. Wish I felt this was what would actually happen. I cannot argue with a single draft pick.

NFL Stats

May 1st, 2014
7:06 am

D3 — What is your pick at #6 if Clowney, Mack, Robinson, and Matthews are gone?

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snacktastic

May 1st, 2014
8:27 am

@D3: Pretty sensible picks. I had Attaochu and Lynch in mind myself.

Good luck with this draft, Cagers. I’ve followed a minimum of draft discussion this offseason and I’m still tired of it.

Grits Blitz

May 1st, 2014
9:22 am

D3 & Cagers –
ALL indications are TD is spreading the word of his insistent proclivity to “trade up” once again.

I have now boxed all Falcons memorabilia from ‘66-present. Do you know of a reliable and honest sports memorabilia appraiser?
If so, I would greatly appreciate a company name-drop for future research.
I am 100% serious.
(I fully realize I can not take one more “give away” draft. Beaten down and punked too many times.)
Thank you for the help, Brothers.

Ken Strickland

May 1st, 2014
9:35 am

CAGERS-This is a MUST READ. The article is rather lengthy, as it comes in 2 parts, but it reflects my sentiments perfectly. I’ve previously stated that injuries robbed the Falcons of it’s OFF strengths, which were used so successfully in 2012 to overcome the weaknesses that devastated the team in 2013.

John Waynesworld

May 1st, 2014
9:36 am

WooHoo!!!

Nice opening mock there, D3. Andrew Jackson in the 7th round…Part Deux! :)

Ken Strickland

May 1st, 2014
9:36 am

SOMEBODY NEEDS TO TELL THE TRUTH

May 1st, 2014
9:56 am

D3, very impressive mock, from the 2nd selection, downward…

I’ve really had some time to think about all the hype centered around Matthews, most prognosticators (draft gurus) are assuming he’s a plug and play OT, and his supposedly collegiate dominance will just translate over to the NFL. Why? is it because of his pedigree? is it because he can play every guard/tackle/, and center position on offensive line?

If it sounds if though I’m skeptical of Matthews, I am…

Let’s rewind back to last years draft, when everybody thought Luke Joeckel (Texas A&M Product) was a can’t miss, plug and play, instant probowl offensive lineman. Luke Joeckel, before his season ending injury, gave up 3 sacks, and about 13~15 QB hurries in approx. 188 snaps. On average, there’s 60 offensive snaps per game, 960 in a 16 game season, per team. So, the sample size (playing 5% of average season snaps) would tell me, Joeckel wasn’t very good, being he was selected 2nd overall in last years draft.

In my summation, These two linemen have one thing in common, JOHNNY FOOTBALL! It’s very easy, IMO, for Matthews to play every position on the O-Line, when JHONNY is running around, throwing the football from the locker room, from the stand seating, local supermarket…and everywhere else you could imagine.

But, can he (Matthews) protect a statuesque Matt Ryan for 4 secs??? That’s the $100 million dollar question?

ps.I’m not sold on Greg Robinson either. Lewan, IMO, will be the best of the three, I don’t know, quite, what it is in particular about Lewan, he just has that it about’em…

If we go OT in the 1st, Lewan, in my opinion, will be the better Pro.

John Waynesworld

May 1st, 2014
10:26 am

Somebody, I actually had the opposite thought that Matthews is the top OT target. With his experience at both Tackle spots (and his pedigree, which does count) Jake could be the first Tackle taken.

Everybody knows Robinson is a road grader extreme, but there are many who worry about his pass protection in the NFL because of his college experience blocking for a one-progression QB. Can Robinson last for those 4 seconds while a QB goes through his progressions?

There are also questions about whether Lewan can handle the movements of the RT position. He was a full-time LT for his entire college career, so he may only be compatible with teams needing a LT specifically.

I’ve got mocks with all 3 and I can’t figure it out either. I do agree with you that I would prefer to take the nasty, technical guy in Lewan (with 48 college LT starts) to protect Ryan’s blind side and give him comfort in the pocket.

waynester

May 1st, 2014
10:43 am

Ken
Hope everything’s going well with your treatments….
You were right about that article–the writer made some valid points about our depth improving with the return of our injured and the assumed improvement of our 2nd and 3rd year players. His argument is fairly persuasive. I’m still unwilling to give up this year’s 2nd and next year’s 1st to move up–however, IF we can get it done for less of a hit, I’d withhold criticizing TD & Co for making a tough call identifying our greatest area of need, even if I’d prefer to see us go a different direction….

D3

May 1st, 2014
10:43 am

Somebody — Fair point. I would say the same about Robinson in regards to Nick Marshall. And I’ve always like Lewan. But to counter your argument on Matthews, I’d go with All-American at right tackle as a junior and All-American at left tackle as a senior. All the while playing in the SEC.

gman

May 1st, 2014
12:14 pm

KS – Great article. Some valid points. However one of his points regarding the injuries and how they affected our seasn was that our best blocker went down. He was referring to Sam Baker. If he is our best blocker then I believe the argument for our #6 pick is pretty clear.

Die Hard Falcon

May 1st, 2014
1:11 pm

Here it goes…

For my mock as I would like it to fall:

1st round trade w/ Lions, Falcons send #6 pick in exhange for Lions #10 + their 2014 2nd round pick

1st rd. — Taylor Lewan — OT Michigan — Absolute nasty beast, great value at 10 plus picking up and extra 2. This trade is assuming Sammy Watkins slips out of the top 5 and Lions want him to pair up w/ Megatron

2nd rd. — Rashede Hageman — DT/DE — Minnesota — Again fitting the nasty, strong theme the Branch is saying they want to get meanier and more physical, no better than these first 2 picks for that.

2nd rd. (from Lions) — Jace Amaro — TE Texas Tech — Falcons need a viable threat at TE and this guy will bring a true receiving threat, will need to get better as a blocker

3rd rd. — Deonne Bucannon — S Washington State — With this pick, if things fell out this way, I’d say we filled out biggest needs, OT, D Line, TE, and Safety, this guy will be another thumper like Willy Mo and they will form a SE version of the hated LOB from the pacific NW.

4th rd. — Tre Mason — RB Auburn — A versatile back that can catch the rock, can run inside & outside the tackle and will stabilize the position and infuse it w/ youth. Doesn’t hurt that his father was a member of De La Soul either :)

4th rd. (Compensatory) — Jared Abbrederis — WR Wisconsin — This is a blue collar kid who was a walk on and turned into a #1 WR at Wisconsin, tough kid who will work his tail off and add depth and youth to potentially be a solid #2 WR behind Julio after Roddy is gone.

5th rd. — Caraun Reid — DT Princeton — Another DLineman w/ a motor that doesn’t quit, this kid blew up the senior bowl game, bringing pressure from the inside, really stood out in that game to me maybe more than anyone else. I know we’re moving to more 3-4 base sets, but in this passing league, we’ll be in the nickel quite often and have 4 dlineman.

6th rd. — Jordan Zumwalt — LB UCLA — A versatile LB that can be a tackle machine and if he somehow fell to the 6th, would be a great value. A player that flashed in his bowl game against VA Tech w/ 10 tackles and an interception. Probably will need to add a little weight to do the heavy lifting in the NFL.

7th rd. — Rashaad Reynolds — CB Oregon State — Be a good special teamer and dime back for the Falcons w/ plenty of potential to move into a nickel w/ experience. Had 6 INT’s thiss year and has good instincts, solid slot cover guy.

7th rd. (Compensatory) — Max Bullough — ILB Michigan State — Another tough player from a stout Michigan State defense, who would primarily be a run stuffer and ST player, very solid tackler who leaves something to be desired in coverage, great addition for inside on run downs in our 3 – 4.

7th rd. (Compensatory #2) — Beau Allen — NT Wisconsin — 6′3″ 325 lbs., run stuffer and depth behind Solai.

Go Falcons!!!

Greg Mendel

May 1st, 2014
1:26 pm

I’m not competing with you gurus. In my opinion, if the whole Falcons’ draft isn’t based on making life safer for Matt Ryan, we might was well draft nothing but quarterbacks.

John Waynesworld

May 1st, 2014
1:32 pm

Is anyone as befuddled about our TE position as I am?

Isn’t the Toilolo selection a little too fresh to go re-drafting the position, concerning the Falcons’ history of stubbornly hanging onto draft picks for years? If we do re-draft the position, do we need to use a 2nd or 3rd round pick for a good one? Is Arthur Lynch really worth a 4th round pick? The unknown Crockett Gilmore has a good Senior Bowl, but is that enough to take him with a 5th round pick?

It seems like there are a bunch of potential stiffs in this TE bunch. I’ve even heard Troy Niklas is highly overrated. It is even worth a draft pick if all the Falcons want is some backup blocking TE depth? The UDFA route could be used here to allow other positions of need to be drafted.

paddy o

May 1st, 2014
1:42 pm

only complaint I’ve got is – direct hits should be worth more than 4 points; say 5. A direct hit – with TD as GM – is a pretty good accomplishment- despite our glaring holes – King TUT the reacher. A porn movie in waiting?

paddy o

May 1st, 2014
1:43 pm

Greg – I don’t know diddly – if you use D3 spreadsheet, you can make a decent mock selection! At least throw 1 together!

paddy o

May 1st, 2014
1:46 pm

die hard – like your selections; especially the top 5 picks

paddy o

May 1st, 2014
1:49 pm

consider the s position – we drafted 2 last year

John Waynesworld

May 1st, 2014
1:53 pm

paddy, agreed, it is difficult to match wits with a trade-o-phile.

I also wondered, as far as the contest, if we could get 1 point for guessing the correct round to be traded away (a 2nd, a 3rd, a 4th, two of those, or all three). There could be some kind of reward for that.

John Waynesworld

May 1st, 2014
1:54 pm

2 f-ing sentences and this thing locks up.

D3

May 1st, 2014
2:04 pm

JWW — Yes, you are correct. This TE class is insanely weak. Probably the weakest position in whole draft. I honestly had us taking Austin Seferian-Jenkins with our 2nd round pick, but saw he had character issues so I passed. The Lynch TE pick was really kind of forced because I want someone, anyone, to give Toi-too-tall a run for his money. As a UGA fan, I think Lynch has hidden potential, well because……..all UGA players have major potential that is untapped by a weak coaching staff. I actually want Joe Don Duncan, but couldn’t find any combine numbers on him, so that scares me. Right now, we have only ONE tight end on our roster. Lynch is a rich man’s Michael Palmer. A solid #2 until we can fill our major holes and gaps and draft for want over need. That likely will never happen, though, with TD at the helm.

Die Hard Falcon

May 1st, 2014
2:13 pm

Now, the not so fun part, the what is more likely to happen:

Falcons trade their #6, 2014 3rd round, 2014 4th round and 2015 1st rd picks for the Rams #2

1st rd. — Jadeveon Clowney — DE South Carolina — Well, this is what all the prognosticators have been saying, except the Texans want our 2nd round this year and next years 1, which backs off Dimitroff, and to his delight the Texans don’t take him and we trade w/ Snead. I’m crying in my whiskey as this unfolds.

2nd rd. — Morgan Moses — OT Virginia — The Falcons do get a Tackle, but waiting until the 2nd may prove costly. He cannot be any worse than what we already have though, can he? Solid player who could develop into a good starter.

4th rd. (Compensatory) — Daniel McCullers — NT Tennessee — I like the pick for sure, just wish we hadn’t given away the rest of our draft. Stout guy who will take over for the big Samoan in a couple years.

5th rd. — Arthur Lynch — TE Georgia — In state Bulldog who will compete w/ Toilolo for our starting TE, which will be a shadow of it’s former self.

6th rd. — Terrance West — RB Towson — The Falcons sent a contigent to check him out and I think they’ll take him if he’s still on the board here, we need to get younger at this position.

7th rd. — James Gayle — DE/OLB Virginia Tech — Solid performer who will give us some value as a pass rusher situationally, as well as depth and Smitty’s favorite special teams

7th rd. (Compensatory) — Tevin Reese — WR Baylor — This could actually be a sleeper pick, doubt he’d actually fall to the end of the 7th, but if he did, it’d be a great pick, he’s 4.4 speed guy and if he hadn’t been hurt for a big portion of the season he’d probably be a 2nd or 3rd rounder.

7th rd. (Compensatory #2) — Alden Darby — Safety Arizona State — Played very well as a Senior and amassed over 70 tackles and 4 INT’s, solid pick up, but really, another 7th round safety?

I had significantly less fun doing the what will happen mock

JB Falcon

May 1st, 2014
2:14 pm

dhff, I like that idea of trading w/the lions. TD hinted that we would not trade “out” of the top ten. Ya
think they’d give up their two?

Ken Strickland

May 1st, 2014
2:17 pm

GMAN-Baker’s overall abilities as a LT aren’t in question. What’s in question is his inability to consistently stay healthy enough to put his abilities to consistent use. When he’s been healthy, which has been about every other yr, we’ve prospered. When he suffered his preseason injury, instead of letting him sit a few gms & recover, he was forced to start, just like RWhite. Both were very ineffective & he eventually went down for the season.

WAYNESTER-What’s up my friend? I’m doing fine with my treatments. I have 3 more to go & have yet to suffer a single side effect. I don’t think we’ll have to give up as many picks as you might think to trade up with the Texans. What you mentioned is likely what they want. But with the Falcons most likely being their only trade down option, & knowing how desperately they want to trade down, as well as how badly they want & need a QB more than they need Clowney, the Falcons will call their bluff.

If a trade up with the Texans happens, it will be on the Falcons terms, which means in addition to swapping 1st rd picks, they’ll get our 1st rd pick next yr. There might be an additional lower rd pick thrown in, but that’s about it. It the Texans don’t feel any of this yrs QBs are worthy of their #1 pick, do they really think their chances of getting the day 1 starting QB they need will somehow improve in the 2nd rd?

I’d give up next yrs 1st & a lower rd pick this yr in a heartbeat for Clowney. I don’t see any of the top 4-5 QBs making it to the top of the 2nd rd because there are simply too many QB needy teams. You have the Texans, Jaguars, Browns, Raiders & Bucs, which represents 5 of the top 7 teams in the draft.

Die Hard Falcon

May 1st, 2014
2:20 pm

Paddy — Thanks, I would be ecstatic if it worked out that way, but I don’t have a lot of confidence that it will. I am the eternal pessimest though, so we’ll see

Die Hard Falcon

May 1st, 2014
2:22 pm

JBFalcon — I think they’d give up a 2, the trade value is there there if they want one of the top talents, I’ve seen people give up more, of course it’s always hard to say, maybe we’d have to give up our 4th or 5th to get it, or maybe they’d only do it for their 3rd, it’s all about how bad they want it.

Another nice thing is it’d keep the Bucs from getting Watkins

BA

May 1st, 2014
2:46 pm

Not much time to check in like I used to, but I do love this season of quasi-universal optimism in each cities fandom that the superbowl is just a few bold strokes of personal genius away. D3’s impressive spreadsheet inspired a brief foray into the realm of mocking the unmockable (where TD will draft, and what/who catches his fancy).

Anyway, I hereby drink the Comrad Kool-aid, and regurgitate the following two mockable mocks-

First, my Should’a Mock – what I would like to realistically see – I only guessed at one trade, more than that can make one bleed from the ears at the progressively exponential possibilities

9 (trade with Buffalo, go from 6 to 9, Buffalo takes Mack, Falcons get their 3 & 5) – Jake Matthews – long term toughness cut in the Falcons mold.

37) –Jimmie Ward, SS – fills a hole

68 (from Buffalo) Jordan Tripp, OLB Our rusher de jour

73 Lache Seastrunk*, RB, Baylor – replaces Snelling

103 C.J. Fiedorowicz TE – We NEED another TE on the roster.

139 (c) Christian Jones, ILB

147 ) Anthony Johnson, DT

149 (from Buffalo) David Yankey, OG

182 J.C. Copeland, FB – For those times when you NEED that contested yard or two, when you NEED to impose your will on the goal line.

220Bryan Stork, C

253 (c) Ryan Carrethers, DT

255(c) Albert Wilson WR

BA

May 1st, 2014
2:50 pm

Here is my likely mock, based on QB’s getting love in the first few picks, and St Louis goes for Sammy Watkins. No trades in this one (extremely unlikely)

would’a (likely)
6) Greg Robinson, OT
37) Dee Ford DE (if NO doesn’t grab him in the 1st – it will be him or a CB)
68) Dion Baliey, S
103) Charles Sims, RB
139 (c) Arthur Lynch, TE
147 Seantrel Henderson, OT,
182 Nevin Lawson, CB
220 Bruce Gaston, DT
253 (c) Shamar Stephen, DT
255(c) Connor Shaw, QB

BA

May 1st, 2014
2:53 pm

I didn’t anticipate a trade up to Houston’s, St. Louis’s, or the Jags pick – no need to risk spewing all over my keyboard in such a deep draft until absolutely necessary.

Die Hard Falcon

May 1st, 2014
3:11 pm

Well, I’m just going to get this out of the way, here’s my 2nd mock of what I’d like to happen:

1st rd. — Jake Matthews — OT Texas A & M — Bloodline, solid pro, safe pick, will be a stalwart for 10+ nuff said.

2nd rd. — Jimmie Ward — Safety Northern Illinois — We do need a playmaker in the backfield and he fits the bill, IMO the 3rd best safety in this draft.

3rd rd. — Kyle Van Noy — LB BYU — If he gets to us in the 3rd, a very high value pick IMO

4th rd. — Justin Ellis — NT Louisiana Tech — Mammoth at 334 lbs, will eat up space and free up our LB’s to make plays

4th rd. (Compensatory) — Donte Moncrief — WR Ole Miss — Another high value pick, this guy had a down season and I believe he’ll have star potential especially working w/ coach Rob and learning behind Roddy & Julio, could be our #2 in a year or 2.

5th rd. — EJ Gaines — CB Missouri — Dimitroff loves his Mizzou Tigers on D and Gaines played well against big competition in the SEC, he held down Mike Evans against A & M and could face him twice a year if the Bucs take him.

6th rd. — Ed Stinson — DE — Walter says that “Stinson is a good run-defender, but he needs to improve his pass rush to be a starter.” Which to me says 3-4 end and Tyson Jackson clone, dline depth

7th rd. — James White – RB Wisconsin — Workhorse back we can ride until the wheels fall off, solid blocker who can be on the field on 3rd downs.

7th rd. (Compensatory) — James Morris — LB Iowa — Solid tackling machine who probably will be a 2 down LB, but in the 7th round he’s a great pick up and addition to our LB corps

7th rd. (Compensatory #2) — Crockett Gilmore — TE Colorado State — Did very well in the Senior Bowl and would be a good TE for depth, not our future, but a solid contributor

Go Falcons!!!

Die Hard Falcon

May 1st, 2014
3:58 pm

And now my 2nd attempt at figuring out what the KGB will do:

1st rd. — Khalil Mack — Falcons are ecstatic he falls to 6 and they didn’t make a trade up, I’d be happy w/ this.

*Trade up Tommy Alert*

Falcons trade their 2nd round pick in this year and 4th& 5th round picks this year, along w/ next years 2nd round pick in exchange to move up to #26 which was owned by Cleveland who’s QB they wanted didn’t fall and they moved back w/ us

1st rd. — Calvin Pryor — Safety Louisville — Pryor slips further than expected and King TUT moves up to snatch him. Great pick, but unneccessary move up.

3rd rd. — CJ Fiedorowicz — TE Iowa — Falcons need a TE and CJ is solid, early 3rd is a bit of a reach, but look who we’re dealing with. Not a bad pick

6th rd. — Tyler Gaffney — RB Stanford — Solid RB, who really came into his own

7th rd. — Kevin Norwood — WR Alabama — Solid depth at receiver

7th rd. (Compensatory) — Mister Cobble — NT Kentucky — 340 lbs. space eater, depth pick

7th rd. (Compensatory #2) — Chris Davis — CB Auburn — Mr. 109 yards himself

Dewey

May 1st, 2014
4:24 pm

1st mock of “what the Falcons should do.”
Trade down, amass picks, shotgun method of acquiring talent. Depth is important, no matter what TD says.
SF has a ton of early round picks, and is said to be big on Mack, Barr, Watkins and Evans. Probably can’t help with Mack/Watkins, but can with Barr/Evans.
Trade #6 to SF for #30(rd1), #56(2nd), #100(3rd), plus a 2015 2nd.
Rd1#30(from SF)-Rashede Hageman, DT, Minn-big, strong versatile. 3-4 NT or DE as well as 4-3 DT. Helps build a wall plus is insurance in case Soliali goes down.
Rd2#37-Jeremiah Attaochu, OLB, GaTech-non stop motor that specializes in getting to QB, tough against the run, will have to work on pass coverage, but helps our main issue and that’s pressure on QB
Rd2#56(SF)-Gabe Jackson, OG, Miss St-not a major need this year, but bull dozer that adds depth this year and a definate replacement possibility for Blalock next year should he become a cap casualty.
Rd3#68-Terrance Brooks, FS, Fla St-#3 rated FS and if available, don’t have to worry about switching up WM25.
Rd3#100(SF)-Jack Mewhort, OT, Ohio St-should immediately help out at RT this season with the possibility to move to LT if the need arises.
Rd4#103-CJ Fiedorowicz, TE, Iowa-really hate not getting Lynch, UGA, but believe CJ is best “receiving” throw back TE. Not the best blocker on the board, but definately not the worst.
Rd4#139-Preston Brown, ILB, Louisville-tough, hard-hitting ILB that will help if Spoon is not ready. Also, will be on roster when we don’t resign Spoon in 2015.
Rd5#147-John Brown, WR, Pittsburgh State-guy can flat out fly, could be the #3 that we always envisioned HD83 would be, also very good PR/KR in case we need to do something with Hester next season. Average hands, catches some with body, but threat to go the distance when has the ball in space. Picture all those wide open crossing routes that HD83 missed over the years. Plus, HD83 seemed to be more productive as wideout, which is where he’ll be 2015 when we don’t resign Roddy.
Rd6#182-Tyler Gaffney, RB, Stanford-if it wasn’t for the baseball thing, believe he would be ranked much higher, still might be gone by here, but if he isn’t, need to grab him. Physical 1-cut runner who’s major problem seems to be lack of patience “sometimes”. Can catch, run, block, durable, not a ton of miles on him. Will stick his nose in and fight for extra yards.
Rd7#220-Russel Bodine, OL, UNC-very strong man that will probably be better fit at OG, but would work him out at C. Definately stout enough to get job done, quickness would be only question.
Rd7#253-JC Copeland, FB, LSU-have DiMarco under contract for 1 more year, but Copeland as a 7th rounder would be a better lead blocker and cheaper. Watched him destroy a few face masks this year for the tigers.
Rd7#255-Brett Smith, QB, Wyoming-never can tell with these late round QB’s. smart, strong enough arm, footwork, particularly on the move, needs work. 1 year on practice squad, Davis’ contract is up in 2015, Renfroe moves to #2, Smith or QB drafted next year #3.

The mega trade back was the main thing. Lots of options after that.

John Waynesworld

May 1st, 2014
4:27 pm

Dewey

May 1st, 2014
5:09 pm

JWW-thanks for link. Wasn’t really impressed by TE signing but had been looking for full video of TD’s per draft press conference. Feeling a bit better than I was after watching 5 minute snipit from yesterday. Definately a must see. Not totally convinced we’ll go in direction I would prefer, but shines a ray of hope.

jdiggitty

May 1st, 2014
5:25 pm

I’m with SW here, I want Aaron Donald.

That is all, for now.

paddy o

May 1st, 2014
5:45 pm

the first desperate flyer by the TUT reacher of the off season – Falcons signed Bear Pasco. whew.

Arno

May 1st, 2014
5:51 pm

The full presser confirms to me my first impression– that they are much more comfortable with the players that will be available to them in each round, rather than having to reach for them, as in years’ past.

Ken Strickland

May 1st, 2014
6:16 pm

http://www.thefalcoholic.com/2014/4/30/5665192/why-massaqoui-could-make-a-big-leap-in-2014

CAGERS-This is an article about Massaquoi that explains why I wish we would go after Mack instead of Clowney. Mack is a far more natural OLB with cover skills. Teaming him with Massaquoi would definitely give us the pass rush we need. If we can take a chance on LT SBaker & potential RT MJohnson having an injury free season, we can certainly take a chance on Massaquoi having a breakout season.

The Mack Massaquoi combination would also provide us with much more protection against injury if one goes down we still have one left. The recent TE signing might indicate we’re satisfied with Toilolo as our starting TE, which could also mean we’ll see a lot more 3-4 WR sets.

gman

May 1st, 2014
6:58 pm

Just watched Mooch interview Anthony Barr on NFL “Game Changers”. I like the kid. Killer instinct, good motor,and big desire to get the job done.

falcon21

May 1st, 2014
7:07 pm

GO Hawks, Shock the NBA!

John Waynesworld

May 1st, 2014
7:17 pm

My guess is the signing of a veteran blocking TE was done right before the draft in order to lower the apparent priority for one. It may be because they are ready to use a 2nd or 3rd rounder on a running back.

Picking a RB in a higher round than Quizz will instantly make a point of who is next in line to SJ39 at the start of training camp. Then the competition can start to see if the kid can beat out the aging All Pro.

falcon21

May 1st, 2014
7:22 pm

JWW, or a 2nd to trade up.

PoolerSpirit

May 1st, 2014
7:25 pm

I like the Pascoe pickup… wanted him in the 2009 draft… think he’ll be an excellent blocker and will make the occasional catch for a first down…

JB Falcon

May 1st, 2014
7:33 pm

Ken, 6:16, that link justifies and supports everything you have been talking about, as was the one at 9:36 this morning. To me, they also justify the reason trading up for any player would be a mistake.
As the yardbarker article stated, the core players from our 13-3 team were the ones that got injured.
Mass was a helluva TE in college and his time is now.
PS, glad you’re doing well!