Bradley’s Buzz: Post-draft grades show B’s for TD the GM

Draft grades! Get your draft grades right here!

They’re as much a part of the NFL draft as Chris Berman’s forced jocularity and Mel Kiper’s gelled follicles — the post-draft grades, I mean. And here, without further ado, we go.

On CBSsports.com, Pete Prisco gives the Falcons a B-plus. He likes the Peria Jerry pick — hey, who didn’t? — and thinks defensive end Lawrence Sidbury could be a Round 4 sleeper. Prisco does, however, wonder about the choice of William Moore in Round 2.

Writing for USA Today, Larry Weisman bestows a solid B on the Birds. Weisman applauds the Tony Gonzalez trade, the selections of Jerry and Sidbury but wonders if third-rounder Chris Owens will be any more than a nickel back. And you’ll never guess what grade Clifton Brown of Sporting News Today assesses this Falcons’ draft class. Or how Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports rates this crop.

More Prisco? You got it. He called Jerry’s selection “a great pick,” likening him to Warren Sapp, and gave the choice itself a bright shiny A. He only awarded the Moore pick a gentlemen’s C because of doubts concerning his coverage. (Then again, Thomas Dimitroff didn’t grab Moore for that reason. The GM lauded Moore as “a downhill blow-you-up tackler.”)

Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.

For ESPN.com, Mel Kiper Jr. hands the Falcons still another B. (Link requires registration.) Mel says Moore “could be one of the steals of the draft.” But Todd McShay, Mel’s ESPN counterpart, calls Moore the Falcons’ worst pick (link requires registration), saying “he has too much bust potential for my liking.” The Falcons’ best pick per McShay? Sidbury.

On FoxSports.com, John Czarnecki issued a B-plus for this draft bunch, and he also lauded Jerry’s pass-rushing skills and called him “a perfect fit.” For its part, NFL.com hailed Moore as potentially “one of the draft’s biggest sleepers.”And after Day 1 of the draft, both ESPN.com and Sporting News Today identified Sidbury as one of the top players left on the board. ESPN had him ranked No. 4 (link requires registration) among the then-undrafted, while SNT had him 20th.

Analyzing the draft moves of the teams in the NFC south, Pat Yasinskas of ESPN.com called Jerry’s selection the best move. The riskiest move, according to Yasinskas, was Tampa Bay’s choice of quarterback Josh Freeman. And Peter King of SI.com, who doesn’t offer a grade, believes the Falcons overpaid for Gonzalez but allows that Dimitroff “doesn’t care what you and I and the man in the moon I think.”

And here, from Gregg Rosenthal and Evan Silva of MSNBC.com — thanks to Randy and Mitch at WGST for the tip on this — is the obligatory contrarian grade of C-minus. Why C-minus? Because Moore wasn’t the best player available at No. 55. And also because “this draft was unimpressive on paper.” Harrumph.

Me, I’d give the Falcons an A. Drafting 24th in Round 1, needing defense by the boatload, they added seven defenders plus an offensive tackle — and traded for Gonzalez to boot. I don’t believe any team did more to better itself than the boys from Flowery Branch. But you know me. I’m just a big ol’ homer.

What you get if you pay $39.95 to become an ESPN Insider

In ESPN.com’s pick-by-pick analysis of the Falcons’ draft (link requires registration), Moore is considered a possible “full-time starter” and Owens, it is believed, “could develop into a playmaker.” Sidbury, according to ESPN, “must develop physically” and even Jerry needs to develop lower-body strength because “he has problems holding his ground and working against double-teams.”

William Middleton, the fifth-round cornerback, has “ball skills” but also has “some tightness in his hips.” Garrett Reynolds, the fifth-round tackle, is possessed of “outstanding length” but is “heavy-footed.” Spencer Adkins, the sixth-round linebacker, “lacks instincts” but is “a quick-twitched athlete.” And seventh-rounder Vance Walker of Georgia Tech is “relentless at the point of attack” but “needs major work on his technique.”

A Tech man lacking in technique? Fancy that.

Falcons get a pass-rushing computer programmer

Back to Sidbury, whom I consider the most intriguing of all the new Falcons. Les Carpenter of the Washington Post notes that Sidbury has spent the past two years helping tutor high school kids in math and has also written a computer program to assess data from a football season. (Thanks to faithful correspondent Bill Norton, who like Sidbury is a Richmond Spider, for the linkage.)

Mr. Adkins and a slimmer Smitty

Adkins’ selection by the Falcons kept his school — Miami, also known as “the U” — from being shut out in the draft for the first time since 1974, according to this Associated Press dispatch. So that’s something.

And if you saw any of the various press conferences from Flowery Branch over the weekend, doubtless you came away asking, “Has Mike Smith lost weight or what?” He has, you should know, dropped 38 pounds.

How? “It’s not quite Atkins [meaning the famous diet], but it’s like Atkins,” Smitty said. “No carbohydrates.”

It’s the second time, he allowed, that he has dropped several sizes in one offseason. “After we won the Super Bowl [with Baltimore], I got really big,” he said. “I lost 50 pounds after that, but I did it by working out really hard. Now I’m not working out.”

Stafford? Moreno? Remember them?

For SI.com, Don Banks writes that Detroit should essentially shelve Matthew Stafford for a while. I understand the reasoning, but I don’t think it’s practical. An 0-16 team spends between $41 and $78 million on one player, and now it isn’t going to play him? After Matt Ryan and Joe Flacco just took their teams to the playoffs as rookies? Um, no.

And, regarding Knowshon Moreno, Jeffri Chadia of ESPN.com rates him one of the 10 players who landed in the best spots. I’d agree. I think Knowshon will be terrific in Denver. Better than Stafford in Detroit, I say.

The big Bird Tweets about motors!

Perhaps you’ve wondered, with Dimitroff handling the general-managing and Arthur Blank performing the glad-handing, just what it is Rich McKay does these days. The weekend gave us our answer. He offers draft updates via Twitter. (He’s FalconsRMcKay, if you care to follow him.) Herewith, a weekend sampling:

  1. 2 picks to go before us
  2. @danielcox a true wildcard–great measureables (11 AM Apr 26th)
  3. Day 2–this is where your scouting department really shines. We r ready to go. (10 AM Apr 26th)
  4. Signing off–see you tomorrow. (
  5. We will take Moore–DS. (
  6. Stay focused–the draft feels like it has been going a long time, but there are a lot of good players to be picked
  7. Does NE take White or maybe Butler?? @J2ThaU I would rather not say–he is a really good player on the field……..
  8. Alphonso Smith goes to Denver
  9. I am happy for Robiskie– a good kid with w great Dad
  10. Testing TwitterBerry…
  11. Testing my connection
  12. Am I back up again??
  13. I have been out since our pick–Jerry is a high motor pass rushing DT
  14. My phone went down–Jerry will help the pass rush and give us another high motor DL
  15. Jerry will help the pass rush–excellent motor (
  16. Jerry–Ole Miss (
  17. DT for us (
  18. Success! I’m back in business. Sorry for being out of pocket.
  19. Fixing TwitterBerry…hoping this works! (

166 comments Add your comment

Bank Walker, Texas Ranger

April 27th, 2009
7:33 am

MB, thanks for the recap on grades. I agree with your grade. My only wish was for Asher Allen but you can’t have it all. This could be a huge stepping stone for the future. Somehow the OLB position needs to be addressed.

Keeper

April 27th, 2009
7:39 am

Go Spiders! The defensive leader of a national champion, fits Dimitroff’s “urgency” mold with a chip on his shoulder, will be one of the smartest guys on the team, and a class act who volunteers off the field. Not a bad combination for a 4th rounder.

Leland

April 27th, 2009
7:41 am

Dear Mr. MB–I can’t believe I have a chance for my third first. Your pal, Leland

Leland

April 27th, 2009
7:42 am

Dear Mr. MB–aw, heck. But, third ain’t so bad. Your pal, Leland

Bank Walker, Texas Ranger

April 27th, 2009
7:55 am

Veteran Fan

April 27th, 2009
8:04 am

Bank Walker Sidbury and the kid from Miami, Adkins, are the two candidates for the OLB position. Sidbury is as fast as most wide receivers in the draft and definitely as fast as any TE. Both of them are big enough to stuff the run and fast enough to rush the passer.

Mark Bradley

April 27th, 2009
8:21 am

Hey, Leland. Hey, Keeper.

If I had to guess, I’d say Sidbury is the key to this class.

Legend of Len Barker

April 27th, 2009
8:36 am

Thank you for deconstructing ESPN. After watching the coverage all weekend, I thought the Jets had the worst record in football and picked #1. And that Mark Sanchez was not just the greatest thing since sliced bread, he invented the bread, the knife, and was working on the butter.

Falcon Faithful

April 27th, 2009
8:38 am

i thought the choice of cornerbacks was very questionable, especially with dj moore there. they probably still could have gotten one of the other ones.

jaydee

April 27th, 2009
8:51 am

2 things I really don’t like: ESPN’s Insider and Twitter. And you were poking fun at both….I think

Falcon Faithful

April 27th, 2009
9:01 am

Is Sidbury gonna play DE, and move anderson inside (or off the field)? Or do you think he will play OLB? Does he have the coverage capabilities to do so?

Mark Bradley

April 27th, 2009
9:01 am

Me? Poke fun? Never!

I just said — shameless cross-platform plug — on WGST that I think Sanchez is way overrated, Legend of Len.

Mark Bradley

April 27th, 2009
9:02 am

I think Jamaal could well be a full-time DT soon. And I think Sidbury is strictly a DE.

Falcon Faithful

April 27th, 2009
9:07 am

Do they see Sidbury as an immediate starter

Ed-Covington

April 27th, 2009
9:12 am

First of all, as already stated, TD, MS and RMc have mush more experience scouting; and certainly a lot more at stake in their profession, than any of us; so we really have to trust their judgement. I have been following Falcon drafts since Norb Hecker drafted Tommy Nobis[LB-Texas]and Randy Johnson[QB-some other college in Texas] in the first round of the first Falcon draft. I generally agree with all of this year’s picks; and no one can questions the acquisition of TG. Still, some observations:
Last year, TD drafted the best QB available, from a BCS school[BC], then his picks were from USC, Okla., LSU, all elite BCS programs, and Louisville, another top-tier BCS school at the time. Lots of experience against top-level competition in big games. Fewer questions about how a player might perform against top talent.
This year’s picks were from second-tier BCS schools [Miss, Mizz, MiamiFla, GT & NC] and non-BCS programs[Furm, Rich, SJS]. TD took a lot more risks this year. However, we trust that his scouting background serves him well.
I must add a comment on WM in the 2nd: I am a GT alum and huge fan. I remember Ken Swilling from Stephens County playing as a big[6.3,230]safety for the 90 GT national championship team as a junior, and projected as a 1st round pick if he came out. He stayed for his senior year, under-performed and never did anything in the NFL. Another, more recent and painful example, would be when a potential first round S/CB fell to the Falcons in the 2nd round:from VT, his name: Jimmy Williams.
I wish TD & MS all the success in the world; I have always been a dedicated Falcon fan, even in the worst of times. But I also remember when Norm Van Brocklin met with some success in the Harmon Wages, Bob Berry, Dave Hampton Art Malone, Jim Mitchell years and was proclaimed a genius. Then there were the Eddie LeBaron-Leman Bennett years of Steve Bartkowski, William Andrews, Alfred Jenkins, Lynn Cain, Mike Kenn, Jeff Van Note etc. They were labeled as geniuses the first few years. Then there was Dan Reeves, who finally actually took the Dirty Birds to the SB. The point is that all of these were actually football geniuses. They just could not sustain their success. I personally believe that EL-LB and DR could have lasted except for the impatience of their respective owners. The Birds languished for years after EL-LB were fired by the Smiths; and I wonder how AB feels in retrospect about his hire of RMc & JM to replace DR. I’m anxious to see if JM really learned anything about handling star players in Seattle. Point is, all of these regimes met with initial success with the Falcons and were praised by the fans and media; then ignominously ordered out of town a few years later. “All Fame is Fleeting”
Still, I believe that this draft exemplifies TD’s confidence in his own ability to find talent hidden at the lower levels; these picks are much riskier than last year’s “safer” draft.

Mark Bradley

April 27th, 2009
9:12 am

Maybe not an immediate starter, but I think they’d love it if he’s at least the third-down pass rusher fairly soon.

And, not to inflict cruel and unusual punishment on you early-morning readers, but I’ve already added three items — including MSNBC’s bizarre grade of C-minus for the Falcons — since this post appeared at 7:02 a.m. So check back above, if you would.

Robert Barron

April 27th, 2009
9:13 am

This may not be the time and place but I don’t want Ryan running the ball at all next year. He is too important just to pick up a first down.

Robert Barron

April 27th, 2009
9:13 am

With Gonzo, he probably won’t need to.

Mark Bradley

April 27th, 2009
9:14 am

I remember Ken Swilling very well, Mr. Ed, but I’m not sure we’d call picking Matt Ryan No. 3 overall or trading up for Sam Baker “safe” picks.

NC Braves Fan

April 27th, 2009
9:18 am

Off-topic: who pays $40 a year to find out what the ESPN talking heads think? Are their opinions really that worthwhile?

Mark Bradley

April 27th, 2009
9:21 am

NC Braves Fan, I’ll tell you who pays $39.95: Someone who’s hoping like heck he gets reimbursed.

uga_b

April 27th, 2009
9:23 am

Mark, I think your biggest mistake in paying for it was not realizing they were giving the Cosby & Cosby coverage away for free on ESPN.com.

I believe they would have taken Asher and that was the only place their guy didn’t fall to them. Moore had a down year after being a Top 15 pick. I will take my chances in the 3rd round. I agree with most pundits that it is B to B+. Mostly because of the number of potential starters, I come up with 3.

Mac

April 27th, 2009
9:24 am

It’s nice to be able to say Falcons brain trust without sarcasm. I have no doubt the players they picked have the potential to play.

I used to read Prisco when he was covering the Jag-U-lars for the Florida Times-Union. He’s pretty good – no Bradley, mind you – but a good ‘un just the same.

Falcon Faithful

April 27th, 2009
9:26 am

Ofcourse Mark Sanchez can make the Jets have one of best drafts. He’s the best quarterback of this draft. He’s so mature and faced adversity every game against the nations best teams in the best conference…

Julia Wallace

April 27th, 2009
9:26 am

Ain’t happening, pal.

(Just kidding. – Mac)

Robert Barron

April 27th, 2009
9:29 am

I thought Swilling got stiffed by staying another year just to watch the guy who talked him into staying take the money and run for the pros.
Beatherd holds a grudge vs the Falcons so it was funny to watch him on ESPN’s worst picks ever defend his choice of Ryan Leaf.

NC Braves Fan

April 27th, 2009
9:29 am

MB: HA! I can see it for a sportswriter, blogger and video producer extraordinaire (but only if the info on the ESPN site doesn’t suck). :)

Mark Bradley

April 27th, 2009
9:31 am

Good one, Mac. You got my attention.

Robert Barron

April 27th, 2009
9:34 am

Mark, the AJC pays you a lot extra to put up with us? Right?

Mark Bradley

April 27th, 2009
9:38 am

Robert, I like to think that hanging with you folks is a perk of the job.

Cuz

April 27th, 2009
9:45 am

Solid draft and great trade for Gonzales. I think the birds will be a force to be reckoned with this year.

Robert, Mark just loves the opportunity for the snappy comeback.

Falcon Faithful

April 27th, 2009
9:51 am

Can’t wait to see Gonzalez’s effect on other defenses. Teams wont be able to load up the box or double team our wide receivers anymore now that there’s a middle of the field threat. He makes our offseason as a whole of the best out of the league this year.

Mark Bradley

April 27th, 2009
9:55 am

I think we all do, Cuz. Unfortunately, I don’t have one at present.

BT

April 27th, 2009
9:56 am

When are non-drafted free agent signings announced.

willie

April 27th, 2009
9:58 am

I remember mostly B and C grades last year and look how that draft worked out. I’ll trust TD, Smitty and gang over these guys any day, but still glad to see that most of them had us in the B range.

Mark Bradley

April 27th, 2009
9:59 am

I’m sure the Falcons don’t really care overmuch what those of us in the media think. But nobody wants to do all that work and see somebody lay a C-minus on you.

willie

April 27th, 2009
10:00 am

They would have certainly taken Michael Johnson if he had slipped to them in the 3rd, but he correctly did not. What a steal for Cincy.

Mark Bradley

April 27th, 2009
10:00 am

Free agent names and signings should start to trickle out this afternoon or tomorrow morning.

Mark Bradley

April 27th, 2009
10:01 am

Actually, Willie, I believe the Falcons were hoping for Asher Allen in Round 3.

willie

April 27th, 2009
10:04 am

I can’t imagine them passing on MJ in the late 3rd with his monstrous upside when they obviously valued pass rush enough to take Sidbury in 4th, but who knows. You can never have enough good corners, so I hope Owens pans out.

Falcon Faithful

April 27th, 2009
10:07 am

AFC EAST
Patriots
S Marcus McClinton (Kentucky)
CB Jamar Love (Arkansas)
QB Brian Hoyer (Michigan St.)
LB Antonio Appleby (Virginia)
FB Eric Kettani (Navy)
WR Tyree Barnes (Navy)

Dolphins
TE Jared Bronson (Central Washington)
OG Mark Lewis (Oregon)
DE Ryan Baker (Purdue)
LB Orion Martin (Virginia Tech)
WR Chris Williams (New Mexico St.)

Jets
DE Jamaal Westerman (Rutgers)
TE Andrew Davie (Arkansas)
DL Matt Kroul (Iowa)
P T.J. Conley (Idaho)
S Emanuel Cook (South Carolina)
TE Robert Myers (Utah State)
FB Brannan Southerland (Georgia)
QB Chris Pizzoti (Harvard
OT Tavita Thompson (Oregon St)
DE Zach Potter (Nebraska)
OT Kyle Link (McNeese St)
TE J’Nathan Bullock (Cleveland State – Basketball)

Bills
DL David Lindquist (Illinois)
OT Joel Bell (Furman)
TE Travis McCall (Alabama)
K Danny Urrego (Portland State)
DE Gerald Washington (USC)

AFC West
Chiefs
DE Pierre Walters (Eastern Illinois)
WR Taurus Johnson (South Florida)
LB Jovan Belcher (Maine)
DB Londen Fryar (W. Michigan)
DE Bobby Greenwood (Alabama)
LB Bobby Abare (Yale)

Chargers
LB Darry Beckwith (LSU)
OL Ryan McDonald (Illinois)
WR Charly Martin (West Texas A&M)
OT Sam Allen (Grand Valley St.)
OT Dan Gay IV (Baylor)
TE Kory Sperry (CSU)
DT Rashaad Jackson (Clemson)
LB James Holt (Kansas)
TE Jermiah Wurzbacher (NDSU)
RB Curtis Brinkley (Syracuse)
CB Wopamo Osaisai (Stanford)

Raiders
LB Frantz Joseph (Florida Atlantic)
DE Desmond Bryant (Harvard)

Broncos
DL Everette Pedescleaux (Northern Iowa)
CB Dominique Johnson (Jackson St)
WR Lucas Taylor (Tennessee)
DE Rulon Davis (Cal)
WR Nate Swift (Nebraska)
TE Marquez Branson (Central Arkansas)
DT Chris Baker (Hampton)
WR David Grimes (Notre Dame)
CB Tony Carter (FSU)
P Britton Colquitt (Tennessee)

AFC North
Steelers
LS Mark Estermyer (Pittsburgh)
OT Ramon Foster (Tennessee)
S Derrick Richardson (New Mexico St.)
QB Mike Reilly (Central Washington)

Ravens
QB Drew Willy (Buffalo)
DT Will Johnson (Michigan)
OL Greg Ryan (Western Kentucky)
DE Willie VanDeSteeg (Minnesota)
WR Eron Riley (Duke)
OT Cameron Goldberg (Duke)
LB Dannell Ellerbe (Georgia)
K Graham Gano (FSU

Browns
WR Jordan Norwood (Penn St.)
S Jason Venson (UCF)
OG Marlon Davis (Alabama)
DB Corey Boudreaux (SDSU)
WR Brent Casteel (Utah)
p Chris Lynch (Albany)

Bengals
DT TY Steinkuhler (Nebraska)
DL Dan Skuta (Grand Valley St.)
FB Chris Pressley (Wisconsin)
S Tom Nelson (Illinois State)
RB Marlon Lucky (Nebraska)
WR Quan Cosby (Texas)
TE Greg Orton (Purdue)
QB Billy Farris (CSU)
C Colin Dow (Montana)

AFC South
Colts
DT Pat Kuntz (Notre Dame)
OT Cornelius Lewis (Tenn St.)
P Tim Masthay (Kentucky)
LB Ramon Humbler (NDSU)
TE Colin Cloherty (Brown)
WR John Matthews (San Diego)
CB Brandon Harrison (Michigan)

Jaguars
WR Jason English (Tuskegee)
CB Peter Ittersagen (Wheaton)
DE Jeremy Navarre (Maryland)
QB Tyler Lorenzen (Uconn)
DE Julius Williams (UConn)
QB Michael Desormeaux (UL)
RB Kyle Bell (Colorado St.)
QB Nathan Brown (Central Arkansas)
DT George Hypolite (Colorado)
WR Todd Peterson (Nebraska)
S Kevin Patterson (Wake Forest)
LB Russel Allen (SDSU)
FB Brock Bolen (Louisville)
CB Weldon Brown (La Tech)
WR Maurice Dupree (Jacksonville St.)
RB Mike McClendon (North Alabama)
C Cecil Newton (Tenn St.)
LB Johnny Williams (Kentucky)

Texans
OT Jason Watkins (Florida)
DE Tim Jamison (Michigan)
RB Arian Foster (Tennessee)
RB Jeremiah Johnson (Oregon)
LB Toddrick Verdell (FSU
DT Josh Leonard (Hawaii)

Titans
WR Dudley Guice (NW State)
DE Mitch King (Iowa)
OL Ryan Scmidt (South Florida)

NFC East
Giants
DE Maurice Evans (Penn State)
S Otis Wiley (Mich State)
S Sha’reff Rashad (UCF)

Eagles
RB Marcus Thigpen (Indiana)
DL Josh Gaines (Penn State)
WR Brandon Robinson (Boston College)
RB Walter Mendenhall (Illinois St.)
SS Rashard Langford (Vanderbilt)
LB Dallas Reynolds (BYU)
K Sam Swank (Wake Forest)

Redskins
QB Chase Daniel (Missouri)
OT Scott Burley (Maryland)
DE Derek Walker (Illinois)
WR Josh Briscoe (Tennessee)
C Edwin Wiliams (Maryland)
WR Jaison Williams (Oregon)
CB Doug Dutch (Michigan)

Cowboys
WR Kevin Ogletree (Virginia)
WR Julian Hawkins (Boise St)
QB Graham Harrel (Texas Tech) (Tryout for Contract – could sign with Dallas)
OG Greg Isdaner (West Virginia)
OG Mike Turkovich (Notre Dame)
FB Asaph Schwapp (Notre Dame)
TE Jamar Hunt (UTEP)

NFC West
Seahawks
DE Michael X. Bennett (Texas A&M)
LB Tony Fein (Mississippi)
RB Devin Moore (Wyoming)
LB Dave Philistin (Maryland)
OT Andre Ramsey (Ball State)
RB Tyler Roehl (North Dakota State)
LS Sean Griffin (Michigan)

49ers
DE Pannel Egboh (Stanford)
CB Jahi Word-Daniels (Georgia Tech)
RB Kory Sheets (Purdue)
OT Alex Boone (Ohio State)
CB Carlos Thomas (South Carolina)
CB Terrail Lambert (Notre Dame)
DE Brandon Long (MSU)

Cardinals
WR Justin Brown (Hampton)
DB Michael Ray Garvin (FSU)
WR Shane Morales (Oregon St.)
LB Chase Bullock (Maryland)

Rams
OG Roger Allen (Missouri Western)
DE Ian Campbell (Kansas State)
OT Phil Trautwein (Florida)
SS Mark Rubin (Penn State)
LB Dominic Douglas (Mississippi State)
C Daniel Sanders (Colorado)

NFC North
Bears
OL Dennis Conley (Hampton)
WR Eric Peterman (Northwestern)
S Dahana Deletson (UConn)
FB Will Taufoou (Cal)
LB Mike Rivera (Kansas)
LB Kevin Malast (Rutgers)
OG Johan Asiata (UNLV)
RB Tyrell Fenroy (UL-Lafayette)
DT Steve Ostrowski (UW-Whitewater)
TE Vernon Sims (Northern Illinois)

Packers
WR Andy Brodell (Iowa)
RB Tyrell Sutton (Northwestern)
WR Kole Heckendorf (North Dakota State)
TE Carson Butler (Michigan)
WR Jaron Harris (SDSU)
DE Ron Talley (Delaware)
OL Evan Detrick-Smith (Idaho State)
WR Jamarko Simmons (Western Michigan)
OG Dario Nanni (Stillman Valley)
LB Willie Williams (Union College)
P Kurt Achter (UW-Oshkosh)

Vikings
S DeVon Hall (Utah State)
LB Andy Schantz (Portland State)
WR Vinny Perreta (Boise St.)
LB Robert Francois (Boston College)
RB Ian Johnson (Boise St.)
C Jon Cooper (Oklahoma)
WR Nick Walker (Alabama)
OL Andy Kemp (Wisconsin)
RB Kahlil Bell (UCLA)
FS Colt Anderson (Montana)

Lions
DT John Gill (Northwestern)
LB Andrew Downey (Maine)
C Dan Gerberry (Ball State)
PK Swayze Walters (UAB)
DL DJ Boldin (Wake Forest)

NFC South
Bucs
S Marshall McDuffie (FIU)
S Terrence Moore (Troy)
OL Rob Bruggeman (Iowa)
DB DeAngelo Willingham (Tennessee)
QB Joe Ganz (Nebraska)
OG Maurice Miller (Mississippi)

Falcons
LB Brock Christopher (Missouri)
WR Aaron Kelly (Clemson)
OL Ryan Stanchek (West Virginia)
QB John Parker Wilson (Alabama)
WR Darren Mougey (SDSU)
DE Maurice Lucas (Colorado)
LB Derek Nicholson (FSU)
P Robbie Dehaze (NAU)

Panthers
LB Anthony Heygood (Purdue)
OL Keith Grey (UConn)
OT Gerald Cadogan (Penn St.)
LB Brit Miller (Illinois)
OL CJ Davis (Pitt)
TE Kevin Brock (Rutgers)
WR Jason Cherry (UL-Lafayette)
DT Justin Kershaw (MSU)
WR Larry Beavers (Wesley)
OT Patrick Brown (UCF)
LS Nick Sundberg (Cal)
QB Hunter Cantwell (Louisville)
RB Jamall Lee (Canada – Bishops)

Saints
CB Danny Gorrer (Texas A&M)
OG Cedric Dockery (Texas)
WR Chris Vaughn (Louisville)
OT Augustus Parrish (Kent State)
LB Jonathan Casillas (Wisconsin)

Robert Barron

April 27th, 2009
10:09 am

I noticed the Viks were the ones taking the risk on Harvin, having succeeded with the same strategy on Randy Moss which worked until he nearly ran over a female cop.

dericc anderson

April 27th, 2009
10:09 am

i thought we did horrible in our draft. the first guy never even heard of him and i didnt see anything special in his highlight tape. We should have gotten Big Play Ray from USC Atlanta needs a star and a big one fast and not on offense I mean defense. And how did they help Ryan We still need WR’. Roddy stepped up but who else you gonna rely on? a TE cmon this is a joke the Falcons flunked the draft wacth and see. The only name i thought that was a great pick was Vance Walker he is a horse

Falcon Faithful

April 27th, 2009
10:09 am

And the falcons definitely would have and should have taken allen over m johnson if the cards played out that way. sidbury will probably have a more productive career than johnson

Falcon Faithful

April 27th, 2009
10:11 am

and that long list i posted was undrafted free agents

Robert Barron

April 27th, 2009
10:16 am

I sure hope you didn’t have to type it.

Falcon Faithful

April 27th, 2009
10:17 am

yeah, i have quick fingers

Falcon Faithful

April 27th, 2009
10:19 am

SavBird

April 27th, 2009
10:20 am

I’m with you Mark, but I’m a homer too. Good draft. We should not doubt TD or MS. They’ve proven they know what they are doing.

Phillip

April 27th, 2009
10:22 am

I’m not suprised by the Falcons good grades – it was a “hole-filling” draft – nothing real sexy but a workman like draft that fills holes. Peria Jerry was a no-brainer pick. William Moore, if he plays up to his potential Mark – well then Falcons are looking tough. I agree with you that I think Asher Allen was the pick for the Falcons in round three – he just went a few spots too early….Love the Sidbury pick as I think he could develop – don’t know about those corners – but Dimitroff gets the benefit of the doubt with me. Great draft!