Draft report card: Graders get an F, Falcons get 3 to 5 years

This is Mel Kiper. I don't particularly like what he does, and I certainly don't like his hair.

This is Mel Kiper. I don't particularly like what he does, and I certainly don't like his hair.

I was going to start this by saying what a stupid exercise it is for media members to “grade” an NFL teams’ drafts every year, and then I found something written by Rob Rang of CBS Sports that supplies the perfect analogy:

“Grading a draft immediately after it concludes is akin to giving your compliments to the chef before the meal has been served. Sure, the food might sound good (or bad) based on the ingredients listed on the menu, but the true review can’t be done until after the product has been tested.”

Think about it. I’ve had 17,000 plates of fettucini alfredo in my [ever-shortening] life. Sometimes, I wanted to marry it. Other times, I want to use it as spackle.  Now, I may know my body NEEDS fettucini alfredo (go with it). But can I really give myself an A for making the right choice of fettucini alfredo on the menu, especially when the name of the restaurant is “Pedro’s”?

That didn’t come out right. But the point is, while I can know the Falcons need help at outline linebacker and on the defensive and offensive lines, I can’t know if Thomas Dimitroff picked the right players until after we’ve seen them play?.

You might’ve noticed: There’s no scoreboard at drafts.

And, dude: Please don’t come to the table with: “The guy shouldn’t have been drafted. EVERBODY knows it. I heard it on ESPN!”

Here’s what I know: The non-experts don’t know because the fact is even the experts don’t really know. Every year there are first-round busts and sixth-round Pro Bowlers. Drafts take three to five years to accurately judge.

All we can do is judge whether our team seemed to fill the right positions and didn’t do anything obviously stupid, like draft a player with five kids,  seven DUIs or ever once uttered the phrase, “I see nothing wrong with dog fighting.”

So with that as a backdrop, I’ve compiled a list of “grades” from “experts.” They range from B to C-minus.  They are for entertainment purposes only.

But before getting to the report cards, following is some actual serious analysis from a guy named Nolan Nawrocki, a respected draft analyst from Pro Football Weekly. Here’s his take on each of the Falcons’ seven draft picks:

Sean Weatherspoon, OLB, Missouri: With Mike Peterson aging and playing undisciplined football, Weatherspoon adds youth to the Falcons’ linebacking unit. He is big, fast and flies to the ball. His play dropped off as a senior after he bulked up, but he looked much more comfortable after dropping weight at the Senior Bowl. The biggest challenge he will face upon entering the pros will be keeping his ego in check and not alienating veterans in the locker room.

Corey Peters, DT, Kentucky: The Falcons concentrated on shoring up the the middle of their defense with the selections of Weatherspoon and Peters. Peters is a developmental three-technique with the quickness to add some value on third downs. With the injuries that struck the interior defensive line last season, depth was much needed.

Mike Johnson, G, Alabama: With Harvey Dahl and Tyson Clabo restricted free agents and Justin Blalock entering a contract year, the Falcons needed some depth on the right side of their line, and Mike Johnson could provide it. He was a versatile performer on a national championship line and has the toughness and competitiveness to function ably in the NFL’s trenches.

Joe Hawley, C, UNLV: The Falcons had a need in the middle of their line with Todd McClure aging, and they may have found a suitable replacement in Hawley . He may not look the part, but he is tough, scrappy and competitive and has the type of football temperament to play in the NFL a long time. He could also provide depth at guard, where he played as a senior.

Dominique Franks, CB, Oklahoma: Hawley could bring the most value to the Falcons as a return man. He looks the part and has an intriguing physical skill set, but too many inconsistencies showed up on tape in college. He could compete for a job as a No. 4 or No. 5 corner.

♦ Kerry Meier, WR, Kansas: A converted quarterback, [Meier] has the dependable hands to stick as a No. 4 or No. 5 possession receiver with the Falcons, and could bring added value in the locker room with strong intangibles. He should earn a roster spot and has a chance to contribute.

Shann Schillinger, S, Montana: [Schillinger] quickly came off the board to the Falcons and has the temperament to make the roster as a special-teams kamikaze.

The judges weigh in with their opinions after a draft pick at Radio City Music Hall in New York Thursday night.

The judges weigh in with their opinions after a draft pick at Radio City Music Hall in New York Thursday night.

And  now, here’s are some of the grades:

♦ Mel Kiper, ESPN (C-minus) Sean Weatherspoon is a good outside linebacker and has the strength and size to start and be productive in this league, but after that, it’s a lot of wishful thinking. Corey Peters was a slight reach on my board even at 83 and has a ways to go to improve his skills. Joseph Hawley has a chance to develop, but a pair of guards and no tight end or even a shot at a defensive end surprises me. I don’t see an improved football team. (Note: Kiper also gave out C-minuses to Miami, Denver, Washington and Minnesota. The only team with a lower grade was Jacksonville with a D.”

♦ John Czarnecki, Fox Sports (B) (who’s solid and I’ve known for years, going back to NFL beat writing days in Los Angeles): “The Falcons concentrated on filling needs with Missouri OLB Sean Weatherspoon, possibly the most complete linebacker in the draft. He can cover and also rush the passer. To beef up the defensive line, Kentucky DT Corey Peters was taken with the 83rd overall pick and he should be a run stuffer. Alabama guard Mike Johnson is a physical run blocker and gives the Falcons some much needed depth at the position. Johnson started 41 consecutive games and played in a school-record 54 games. You have to remember, too, that the Falcons used a second-round pick on Tony Gonzalez, who paid huge dividends last season to Matt Ryan and the offense. Weatherspoon should be a starter. Guard Joe Hawley provided much-need depth. Oklahoma CB Dominique Franks knows how to play, but does he possess NFL speed and quickness?”

♦ Ross Tucker, Sports Illustrated (he didn’t give grades, just opinions): “What I liked: The selection of Sean Weatherspoon, ranked by some as the top linebacker in the draft, to immediately start at outside linebacker next to tackling machine Curtis Lofton. What I didn’t: The Falcons still don’t have a legitimate pass-rusher opposite John Abraham and even he isn’t the player he used to be. Moving forward: Signing Dunta Robinson in free agency and getting last year’s first round pick, Peria Jerry, back from injury gives this defense enough juice to compete with the New Orleans Saints for the NFC South division title.”

Rob Rang, CBS Sports (B-minus) (who did this despite denouncing the exercise) “The Atlanta Falcons struck gold a few years ago with the selection of undersized linebacker Curtis Lofton in the second round. They went back to the Big 12 for another speedy playmaker with Sean Weatherspoon in the first. Expected to take over the weak-side position, Weatherspoon is ideal in Atlanta’s cover-two scheme, as is third-round pick Corey Peters, an underrated defensive tackle who several teams were targeting. Offensive guard Mike Johnson and center Joe Hawley provide solid depth. Cornerback Dominique Franks slipped to the fifth round, but has the length and straight-line speed to be effective in this scheme.”

Pete Prisco, CBS Sports (B-minus): “Best pick: Third-round guard Mike Johnson is a tough guy from Alabama who will fit right in with the Falcons’ style of linemen. He is insurance for Justin Blalock, who has one year left on his deal. Questionable move: I wasn’t enamored with first-round pick Sean Weatherspoon as much as the Falcons were. I think he’s a bit overrated. Third-day gem: Cornerback Dominique Franks from Oklahoma is a talented player. He does have some character issues. But he could push for time as a nickel corner. Analysis: They were hoping a defensive end fell to them in the first round, but when the top ends went they took Weatherspoon. The rest of the draft was mostly spent trying to improve the defense. They landed some solid players.”

♦ Clifton Brown, The Sporting News (B-minus): “Linebacker Sean Weatherspoon has a chance to fill a need. The defensive line could be improved if defensive tackle Corey Peters contributes, along with defensive tackle Peria Jerry, who missed last season with a knee injury. If they become better on defense, particularly against the pass, the Falcons could return to the playoffs.”

So those are some of the grades.

Care to grade the graders?

Earlier Falcons draft posts

Falcons’ additions will get them back into playoffs

Falcons still need linemen (and Weatherspoon video-palooza)

Weatherspoon helps Falcons fix the right side of the ball

Draft night (LIVE): Behind the scenes at Falcons’ HQ

Draft day (Part II): Tebow top 15, Morgan to Falcons?

Draft day (Part I): Falcon options; Berry rips Deion; Tebow to Vikes?

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164 comments Add your comment

@DanWeiner

April 25th, 2010
8:26 pm

I give it an A+ if only because Thomas Dimitroff is good at his job and those wankers don’t know their butts from a hole in the ground.

UGA Student

April 25th, 2010
8:27 pm

I personally think that we had a great draft. I know that we don’t necessarily NEED to address DE, TE, or S just yet but we get a chance at the draft every year. I love the addition of the linemen, it reminds me of when we were the #1 rushing team in the league (just a couple years back). Colin Peek looks like a solid addition but I want to know more about the Schillinger guy, he intrigues me. Good job TD, I give the birds an A.

Mando

April 25th, 2010
8:30 pm

Mando

April 25th, 2010
8:31 pm

I AM Epic Fail.

First

April 25th, 2010
8:31 pm

First

April 25th, 2010
8:32 pm

I know what you are thinking: I called myself first even though I didn’t make the top 5. But what you fail to understand, even though Jeff has tried to explain this to you, is that these things take at least 3 years to evaluate.

Matt the Brave

April 25th, 2010
8:32 pm

Why does ESPN hate everything Atlanta? Is it because we’re Southerners and they are uppity Yankees? Geez. And why all the hate for Tebow? It’s not like anyone put a gun to Denver’s head to pick him. Let them deal with the consequences. A lot better players with a worse attitude have gone higher and been a worse player. If anything, he’s the exact kind of person that the NFL needs.

Ben

April 25th, 2010
8:32 pm

I like the new draft format. Now if only we could get rid of some of the “talking heads” and replace others, we would really improve it. Five on the panel is too many! Cut it down to three, one of which should be Herm Edwards who knows his stuff and is low key. Team him with Gruden and pick a good host. I am tired of Berman, Kiper thinks he knows everything, Jackson looks tired and adds little and Young can go to the 2nd team. What do you think?

Delbert D.

April 25th, 2010
8:42 pm

Mel Kiper believes only in himself. ESPN’s Steve Young was ridiculous. He called Bay-Bay “Aurelius Thomas”, and he basically tried to shout everybody else down. Berman is so bad he is starting to reek.

Falcon Fanatic

April 25th, 2010
8:44 pm

It looks like we got 1 potential starter in Weatherspoon and maybe 4-5 back-ups. Not all that exciting right now, but we could still find a player or 2 in undrafted free agents and veteran unsigned free agents. Plus we have 2 or three major contributors coming back from injury. We should be at least 10-6 next year with the schedule we have and the bi week coming at a much better time than last year. GO FALCONS!!

Safety First

April 25th, 2010
8:45 pm

Has anyone ever thought of using Mel Kiper’s hair as padding in football helmets, to protect against brain injury?

Lenny in Ludowici

April 25th, 2010
8:46 pm

I think we actually need to grade Kipper-snack. How convenient that you’d have to pay to actually see what his mock draft picks were on ESPN Insider. If you compare his picks to how things panned out I’d bet a paycheck that he probably isn’t even near 30% in his predictions. He simply memorizes everything about the top 100 players and then when their names pop up, he develops diarrhea of the mouth and starts spewing worthless “facts” and his even more useless opinion.

And what’s up with his dorked up hair-do? I mean, c’mon, he paid to have someone do that to your head and make his head look square? There are greens at Augusta that aren’t that flat.

Archie

April 25th, 2010
8:48 pm

I didn’t have a problem with passing up the chance to take another DE. Bierman and Sidbury showed some promise last year that they can develop and earned at least another year to prove themselves. Bierman had 8 sacks last year, that’s not too shabby. I expect Jamaal Anderson to be release now because there are simply too many DEs and DTs on the roster now. The Franks pick confused me. If they’re looking for a guy with return skills, why not get a guy who can play WR too and give yourself the possibility that he can fill two roles. CB is another position that’s REALLY crowded now with about 7 guys competing for 5 or 6 spots, all the while WR is as shallow in numbers as CB is crowded. I can’t believe that WR wasn’t considered a need going into this draft given that Eric Weems and Brian Finneran were our #4 and 5 receivers and we had a scrap pile pickup at #3 in Marty Booker. I like the Kerry Meier pick, but I think Desmond Briscoe (his college teammate) would’ve been a better pick, or a WR with return skills would’ve been a better fit than Meier or Franks.

YellerSkeeters are PeterEaters!

April 25th, 2010
8:49 pm

We got what we needed, and in some cases what we wanted too. So, time will tell.

Harry

April 25th, 2010
8:49 pm

I cant help but agree, the picks that ticked me off were peters, franks, and the safety they got late

MarkTwain

April 25th, 2010
8:51 pm

After a day to digest it all, I’m satisfied with the draft. Smith/Dimitroff looked us in the eye a few years ago and said the goal was to build a consistent playoff contender. To that end, they drafted a pile of lunch-pail players just like the last two years. They didn’t go for the high risk/reward players that most of us fans wanted. For that we get back to back winning seasons. Most importantly, we’ve turned into one of the most physical teams in the league. Winning is great but mauling the opponents is more satisfying. For that I can shut up about Dwyer as long as Schillinger doesn’t end up playing in the same secondary as William Middleton.

Supes

April 25th, 2010
8:57 pm

Jeff,

Mel Kiper Jr. is correct. We did NOT address TE and DE in this draft, and we are one injury away from JUSTIN PEELE starting instead of Tony G, with no other pass catching TE in sight. Please don’t even try and bring up Colin Peek (who had 1 TD catch of note in his college career at Bama) as a TE possibility.

We are also counting on Abe going back to form, and getting improved production from Kroy B. and Lawrence S.

So if Abe goes down, then what? Who is our pass rusher coming off the end? Sidbury and Biermann?

While I understand that you create pressure from the middle (DT and LB) positions, TE and DE were NEEDS that the Falcons did NOT address in this draft.

Maybe if they had more picks, but to say that this Falcons draft doesn’t deserve criticism…I think you are reaching.

Felix the Cat

April 25th, 2010
8:57 pm

Solid A.. Filled needs with quality picks.. No reaches here.. As a season ticket holder…been nice to see a premier defensive end fall to 19 but they were scarfed up with trade ups before the 19th pick..so we took the best player at a need position…

Poor McKay

April 25th, 2010
8:59 pm

Shoulda grabbed Dan Williams in the 1st or Cam Thomas in the 3rd. Is the tandem of Jerry and Babineaux supposed to be some incredible run-stopping force? It feels like we’re so focused on stopping the Saints that we may not be able to defend the other 12 teams who will run the ball down our throats. A 320+ pound DT woule have been ideal and we failed to move on Williams or Thomas (or Woods for that matter). Remember when the Jaguars had Henderson and Stroud? Where are our comparable space-eaters? I would love to see a 4-some of Abraham, Jerry, Big-NT type and Babineaux at DE for the first 2 downs and then move Babineaux inside and bring Bierman in to rush from the end on passing downs.

Oh well, it’s a process.

Triple double entendre

April 25th, 2010
9:00 pm

Peters and Franks as draft picks? Is there a theme here? Next thing you know, someone is going to say the Falcons also drafted a Johnson.

Michael Thompson

April 25th, 2010
9:04 pm

“matt the brave” – I agree, if it aint dallas the giants or other marquee team, kiper and his ilk look down on them. On another note, Kiper’s strength may lie more in talent evaluation. His weakness is more obvious; he cannot evaluate how the talent is developed, utilized or integrated. then he has to give an opinion on that very thing.

Tech Fan Since 1950

April 25th, 2010
9:04 pm

I’m not so sure grades from the so-called experts are worth anything anymore, if ever. I was really amazed with the First Team(?) of ESPN experts (?) on Friday night this year. I thought their on-the-air coverage Friday was the poorest I have ever seen. Their team chemistry was way off and they seemed to be at each others throats. I do give kudos to the Saturday and Sunday ESPN crews (2nd and 3rd teamers) who brought a little life and humor to the show. Their expertise did not seem to be a drop off. Go Falcons, Broncos, Packers, Steelers and Bills!

crabapplejoe

April 25th, 2010
9:06 pm

Can someone please explain to my why Biermann is not the starting DE opposite Abraham. He has seven sacks in two years playing part time. Jamaal Anderson has 2.5 sacks in three years as a starter. Am I missing something here?

Vinny D

April 25th, 2010
9:08 pm

I remember watching a few Kansas games and being impressed with Meier. He is never gonna burn anyone deep or break 4 tackles to take it to the house. But look at his games and his stats and when you see games where he had 16, 14, 12 catches, you see what he is all about. Give what the DB gives you, get to the first down marker, make a catch. This guy is the definition of POSSESSION receiver. HE had 12 games in his career with at least 9 catches. My man shipley only had 9 games with that many catches. The other guys, never seen play so I have no opinion. Nothing worse than someone who forms their opinion based on “Someone else thinks…..”

Tech Fan Since 1950

April 25th, 2010
9:08 pm

My bad. I should have said Thursday, Friday and Saturday crews with the Thursday folks being a little off. Looks like I was off too, so I will not claim to be an expert.

Mr. Green Jeans

April 25th, 2010
9:10 pm

Nice one triple double – i’m still laughing

wasn't built in a day

April 25th, 2010
9:19 pm

these guys are not building the florida marlins here… they are putting the pieces together to create a year in, year out contender, maybe a super bowl winner here.

two winning seasons in a row. first time in my lifetime for sure. Tony Gonzalez should be considered part of this draft. Jerry comes back healthy, and weatherspoon is an effective starter. Peters makes the LB’s better and able to create more turnovers.

Let’s go Falcons!

Tdawg

April 25th, 2010
9:19 pm

Come on people cut Mel some slack. I personally thought that this draft was a bust. I give it a grade D and I am being kind in my opinion. Weatherspoon may pan out, the rest will be sent to the practice squad. The two linemen will get playing time in a couple of years by default because the Falcons won’t have anybody else that can play on the line. They took a wide out with good hands over another wide out with good hands and better speed. They took a CB that couldn’t blanket my grandmother. They took a safety because he will be a beast on special teams. They passed on Griffin and Norwood a pure tackling machine to take Peters. I actually like Peters, but he was not a big need. This draft strengthen us in no position on the field what so ever.

CONFEDERATE DAWG

April 25th, 2010
9:33 pm

ESPN DEF HATES ATL. HAWKS DAMN NEVER GOT A GAME HIGHLIGHT ALL YEAR AND NOW THEY TRY TO SHOW ALL THE PLAYOFFS ON NBA TV. MAYBE A SICK JSMITH DUNK ON TOP TEN. FALCONS FILLED NEEDS WITH WHAT WAS THERE. EVERYONE SAYS WE DIDNT GET A DEND. BUT WHICH ONE WOULD WE HAVE GOT? EVERSON GRIFFIN WHO OBVIOUSLY EVERY TEAM WAS PASSING ON FOR SOME REASON. WOULD OF LOVED TO GET ONE OF THEM DAWG DT’S OR RENNIE OR RESHAD BUT HEY. HOW BOUT THEM DAWGS.

NFL fan

April 25th, 2010
9:35 pm

Smith is too old school. The Jags couldn’t beat Indy with run stopping D and running O, so we get Smith a Jax disciple, wanting to run the ball and stop the run. That’s not going to work with the Saints. They don’t run. They have eight guys to throw to. So we get behind and are forced to throw. Sounds like the big Ten. We don’t have many weapons on offense, and can’t rush the pass. We’ll beat all the mediocre teams and finish above 500, but until Jax can beat Indy, we won’t beat the Saints.

raglan99

April 25th, 2010
9:35 pm

I think everyone may be selling Bierman and Sidbury a little short. I listened to an interview on Sirius NFL with Jay Glazer of Fox Sports last weekend. He also runs an MMA gym with Randy Couture and I believe now 12 Falcons are participating in his training program this offseason. He specifically mentioned Sidbury as a someone who’s embraced the program and that he’s a beast. Glazer has been training Jared Allen for several years now and that’s turned out pretty well. Not to say Sidbury is another Jared Allen but if he can learn that type of intensity maybe we have something.

Barkin'Dog

April 25th, 2010
9:36 pm

I liked the results of this draft. Get depth for the long haul and trade for the big names we need.

Meier reminds me of Wayne Chrebet with the Jets of yesteryear, and he wasn’t even drafted. He catches everything thrown his way, especially with the game on the line. With Meier and Gonzo in on 3rd downs, Ryan will find one of them for first and 10. With Dunta providing leadership, Spoon will get 4-5 picks this season, but the best part is getting them when they’re needed most. This will be a magical season for the Falcons. You’ll see so much success, even a hurt Abraham will play through pain to keep the team on track for a playoff run.

jerry

April 25th, 2010
9:39 pm

a great big Frickin F . My son could have done better

kenneth

April 25th, 2010
9:41 pm

to everybody you all know football so why your not playing the season hasn’t started and you already bad mouthing people we pick I hope all of you get made fools of but your are already that. GOOD ATLANTA.

Triple double entendre

April 25th, 2010
9:44 pm

Much obliged Mr. Green Jeans

Reid Adair

April 25th, 2010
9:49 pm

There’s a reason that these self-proclaimed “experts” talk about drafts and players’ potential as opposed to working for an NFL organization and actually being involved in the process.

I’ll take the decisions of Thomas Dimitroff and Mike Smith over those of Mel Kiper Jr., Chris Berman and Steve Young every day of the week.

B

April 25th, 2010
9:58 pm

Really no clue how to grade them, but it seems like TD likes players from certain schools i.e. Mizzou,, Oklahoma, and Montana?!? Well see how it pans out, but I would have liked to see the Falcons add an exlposive playmaker on offense.

Berman rhymes with vermin

April 25th, 2010
10:01 pm

An NFL exec would get more value picking their nose than letting Berman advise them on a pick.

That even goes for the Raiders.

JBFALCON

April 25th, 2010
10:06 pm

All of you wannabe GM’s really are amusing. Those of you who want to complain about our draft picks should go up to Suwanee and put on a uniform. Woulda, shoulda, coulda, don’t get it. Get on board or shut TF up!

rmutt1917

April 25th, 2010
10:09 pm

I think there are astute people who see the potential in Kerry Meier – although I don’t get the Chrebet/Welker comparisons (other than being a possession receiver and working well in tight space). Meier is much bigger than those two, and can only benefit from an association w/Gonzalez, who’s clever at using a big body to shield a defender from the ball. Kansas fell apart last season w/the Mangino issues, but their 3 draftees are all likely keepers (WR Dezmon Briscoe w/Cincy, and S Darrell Stuckey w/SD).

If you have personal contact w/Meier in the future, be certain to offer condolences on the loss of his brother, Dylan, who died last week, in a freak hiking accident in Arkansas. From what I read, the elder brother lived a very rewarding, well-rounded life for the entirety of his 26 yrs. There was much anticipation in big xii N country that the brothers would square off w/their respective teams in Kerry’s 1st yr at KU (when he was still a QB), as Dylan was then the QB at K-State. Dylan got injured, was supplanted by freshman Josh Freeman, and it never came to pass.

shawn

April 25th, 2010
10:13 pm

I could care less what grade anyone from ESPN gives TD or any team for that matter. One of their analysts said Friday (on air) that we got Matt Ryan in the third round! Nice try pal!

DamYankee

April 25th, 2010
10:16 pm

Lot of self-proclaimed “experts” blogging here who know even less than Kiper, Berman and Young, if that’s possible. And on the subject of ESPN talking heads, I spent the last 2 hours listening to Jon Miller & Joe Morgan, Tweedledum & Tweedledee. If I had to listen to those morons over 100+ games a year I’d open a vein. It almost makes me yearn for Chip Karay’s insightful grasp of the obvious,

Draft aficionado

April 25th, 2010
10:16 pm

Not so fast JBFalcon. Having been a third string junior varsity QB in an 8 on 8 football league, I know a thing or two about competing at the highest levels.

Chip Carey play by play

April 25th, 2010
10:20 pm

“And here’s the 4-2 pitch…and it’s a line drive down the third base line; bounces off the wall in centerfield…and he slides into second with a triple!”

Jamaaliver

April 25th, 2010
10:22 pm

I am amazed that Defensive End Eversen Griffen was projected by so many to go in the 1st round, fell all the way to the 4th round, yet we passed up on him with BOTH of our 3rd round picks. We have a need for a young TE, and even though 21 other TEs were drafted, we didn’t get one of them.

Weatherspoon and Johnson were solid picks, if not spectacular ones. But after free agency and the draft, we still have serious questions at DE, backup TE, and WR.

Draft Grade: B-

JMAYNE

April 25th, 2010
10:25 pm

Falcons had a good draft. Jerry+Peters+Babs= a good d-tackle rotation. The key to defense is up the middle. Stoppin the run and taking on the double team all begin with dtackles. It will make the d-ends better. LBs are covered for a few years with Spoon on the weak and Lofton in the middle. Daunta and owens = moore and decoud? sounds like a better than average defense

Whopper Dawg

April 25th, 2010
10:28 pm

I hope everything works out. I have been keeping up with these bozos since 1966 and I assure you I can list more bad draft picks that you could SPOT immediately than I can count. Fricking Vick included.

I think this draft and the last are full of choices that you could definitely question and for sure 2009 is a major disappointment after playing (or not) for one year, (mostly not). If Spoon is not a player, I mean a starter that can come in a kick a little tail, then we are in big trouble with the 2010 draft as the others are complete developmental/situational players at best and at least two would have been free agents.

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Mike F

April 25th, 2010
10:33 pm

I can’t believe that after all these years, there’s still anyone (even at the AJC) that still sees ESPN as anything but a broadcast, sporting tabloid.

These folks don’t specialize in real sports. They make their money on boorish spectacle like PT Barnum.

Of course, we created this monster just because we’ve never once kicked them to the curb and demanded a higher standard.

As long as we continue to patronize their product and sponsors, they don’t have any reason to improve.

Jeff Schultz

April 25th, 2010
10:33 pm

Supes — 1) I understand the need for a tight end to replace TG but to me that’s not a higher priority than DL, OL or even WR; 2) This draft was said to be deep in DTs, not DEs. So while I agree the Falcons need ends, I’m not sure you reach for an end if there’s a more talented tackle. Further, if you improve the inside pass rush, it will take some pressure off of Abe.