Bradley’s Buzz: “The Falcons select Terrence Cody”

After the draft, more draft!

Before we take our leave of the 2009 NFL draft, we look ahead to the 2010 edition. Andrew Perloff of SI.com has been kind enough to do a mock for next year and, while it’s way too soon to take such things overly seriously, a mock draft is always fun to scan. And Perloff has the Falcons, who just took a big defensive tackle from the SEC West in Round 1, taking an even bigger one 12 months hence.

He’s Terrence Cody of Alabama, also known as Mount Cody. (He weighs 365 pounds, or thereabouts.) It’s also interesting that Perloff has the Falcons, who drafted 24th overall this time, picking 16th in 2010, which would seem to indicate he foresees some slippage in the 2009 season. Feel free to disagree. But, as you’re griping, take note of these names:

  • Sam Bradford, the Heisman holder from Oklahoma, goes No. 1 overall;
  • Eric Berry, the Tennessee safety, goes No. 2;
  • Tim Tebow, who plays for some school (I forget which) goes 13th;
  • Jonathan Dwyer, the Georgia Tech B-back who’ll only be a junior, goes 19th;
  • Four hated Gators go in Round 1, along with three Alabama guys;
  • No Georgia players are listed.

One final set of 2009 draft ratings

Writing for SI.com, Ross Tucker doesn’t offer letter grades but sorts the 32 teams into categories. He lists the Falcons under “Steady as she goes,” which would certainly seem an improvement over “Another Nebraska cornerback — are you kidding me?”

One Tucker-ism: He calls Peria Jerry “a rolling bucket of butcher knives.” Which got me to thinking: Shouldn’t that be a rolling ball of butcher knives? Because if the knives are on the inside of the bucket, they can’t do much damage, can they? Am I right about this? Hello, is this microphone on?

Turning to the ol’ horsehide …

After Week 1 of the six-month — repeat, six-month — baseball season, the local nine was No. 1 in ESPN.com’s power ratings. After Week 2, the Braves were 15th. As of the latest rankings, they were 12th. The lesson we derive from all this? Don’t put too much stock in baseball power ratings.

For the sake of comparison, it should be noted that Larry Dobrow of CBSsports.com has the Braves 13th this week; Aram Tolegian of FoxSports.com has them 16th and calls them “perhaps … the slowest team”; Ted Keith of SI.com has them 14th, and Sporting News Today has them 16th.

Pay $39.95 to become an ESPN Insider and you also get Jordan Schafer

In ESPN The Magazine — that’s the publication many receive but nobody really reads — Ryan McGee profiles the Braves’ Jordan Schafer. (Link requires registration.) If you’ve kept up with the story of Schafer and his return from a suspension due to suspicion of substance abuse, you won’t find a whole lot new, except maybe this: Schafer reported to training camp in 2008 acting pretty much like a jerk.

Speaking of which: In an article about his article — not for nothing is ESPN the Worldwide Leader in self-promotion — McGee allows that he believes Schafer has changed his ways (link requires registration) because he said “yes, sir” and “no, sir” in their interview.

Still haven’t gotten enough NFL draft?

Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.

Me, either. So here we go yet again.

Prominent on Chad Reuter’s list of the best undrafted free agents for NFLDraftScout.com was wide receiver Aaron Kelly of both Marietta and Clemson. And he has since, as esteemed colleague D. Orlando Ledbetter reported, signed with the Falcons.

Who’ll be the 2009 NFL rookie of the year? Albert Breer of Sporting News Today lists Mark Sanchez as the top candidate, with Percy Harvin, the hated Gator who’s now a Viking, the third choice. (Me, I think Sanchez is way overrated and would much rather have Harvin.)

Nowhere in Breer’s top five was Matthew Stafford, whose welcome in Detroit was somewhat less warm than Jerry’s in Flowery Branch. Indeed, Stafford was greeted by this column from Michael Rosenberg of the Detroit Free Press, in which the writer identifies himself as a Stafford “skeptic” and then holds the Lions “totally botched” the contract negotiations. (And some of you folks thought I was hard on young Matty.)

As further evidence these Dogs aren’t in Athens anymore, there’s this from Woody Paige of the Denver Post, who rips the Broncos’ pick of Knowshon Moreno for being, of all things, too sexy. (Thanks to faithful reader Cuz for the tip.)

Many of you will never know the feeling of being too sexy, but from experience I can tell you that it indeed has its drawbacks. Now I’m going to sit myself down and try to recall one.

102 comments Add your comment

Cuz

April 29th, 2009
10:37 am

Nah, you were easy on the kid. And just for kicks check out what the Denver Post is writing about Knowshon. Not a lot of happy campers in the Mile High City.

Leland

April 29th, 2009
10:37 am

Good morning, Mr. MB. Your pal, Leland

Leland

April 29th, 2009
10:38 am

Mr. MB–dadgummit, just missed again. Your pal, Leland

Mark Bradley

April 29th, 2009
10:45 am

I will, Cuz.

Hey, Leland. But let me tell you, being first is overrated. (No offense, Cuz) Slow and steady wins the race, I always say.

Mark Bradley

April 29th, 2009
10:54 am

Hey, Cuz. (That’s the title of an Afghan Whigs’ song, by the way.) You just got a shout-out. Check above.

Najeh Davenpoop

April 29th, 2009
11:15 am

Woody Paige is entertaining, but he is very wrong about Knowshon. Maybe #12 is a little too high (I think the top 15 is a little too high for any RB not named Peterson or Tomlinson) but he will be a solid player in the NFL.

Kno-Clue

April 29th, 2009
11:19 am

Moreno’s effect against any capable defense was minimal. On most of those occasions he “took himself out” of the game. The Alabama and Florida games from 2008 are the best examples of this. He will not be an effective NFL rookie and his career will be irrelevant.

bama12titles

April 29th, 2009
11:20 am

Mark,

That would be awesome as an Alabama fan and also a Falcon fan if we could get Cody. Also, he has slimmed down to a svelte 354 lbs during spring practice and his goal is to get down to a waif thin 345 for fall camp. He’s not quite ready to compete in the 100 meter dash but it certainly seems to be giving him more energy to stay in the game more. He only plays about half the snaps on defense and rotates with 1 to 2 other nosetackles. If the Falcons could have him and Peria Jerry lined up together we could stonewall just about any inside running game. BTW, I am probably the only Bama fan who was more impressed with Jerry this past year than Cody. Jerry is an absolute beast and made many more sacks and tackles for loss than Cody did.

Although I hate to say it but Tennessee’s Eric Berry would also be a tremendous pick. Have you seen anything about where Bama’s great inside LB Rolando McClain would go? I’m certain he will come out after his junior year. Mel Kiper or somebody along that line said he already is rated as the no. linebacker for next year’s draft if he comes out early.

the real Old Gold

April 29th, 2009
11:21 am

Sanchez will be solid. The others are questionable.

ATLfalcon

April 29th, 2009
11:23 am

I’m not a big fan of Andrew Perloff and got a little irratated when I saw he had the Falcons picking at 16. At first glance I said the Falcons would improve because this is Matt Ryan’s second year. But the Falcons do have a BRUTAL schedule next year if you look at their opponents winning record in 2008. If Ryan keeps up the good work and with the new addition of Tony Gonzalez, the offense seems like it’s in good shape. The Falcons must get some major contributors on defense from this year’s draft to handle 2009 challanging schedule. If we improve our defense from last year I say we make to the playoffs in 2009.

Mac

April 29th, 2009
11:23 am

Yeah, the knives would have to be protruding from the sides of a bucket for that analogy to work.

Mark Bradley

April 29th, 2009
11:26 am

Glad you’re with me on that one, Mac.

I don’t know Andrew Perloff, but I just became a fan. Anybody who can provide the lead item in Buzz earns a big Laurel and Hardy handshake from yours truly.

willie

April 29th, 2009
11:26 am

Falcons will pick 16th and Texans 22nd…yeah, right.

Mark Bradley

April 29th, 2009
11:33 am

I keep hearing NFL types project the Texans as being the surprise team of 2009.

That said, it’d surprise me, too.

Harley Quinn

April 29th, 2009
11:33 am

One or more of Michael Vick’s prison boyfriends will probably write a naughty, tell-all book in time for the 2010 NFL Draft, assuming any of them are out from behind bars by then. I can see it now.

THE MIKE VICK STORY: From Teammate to Inmate to MY MATE

Meat Rabbit

April 29th, 2009
11:33 am

How ’bout a shout out to the Meat Rabbit, too?? I know that this is not on your blog, but….GO HAWKS!! If Josh Smith shoots a jump shot tonight, someone should break his friggin arm! All he needs to do is drive to the hole and block shots. Hawks in 6.

NRBQ

April 29th, 2009
11:37 am

Cody will be exposed this year if he doesn’t get an inordinate number of defensive downs off, like in ‘08.

row3

April 29th, 2009
11:37 am

No mention of the saftey from USC?

Mark Bradley

April 29th, 2009
11:39 am

You’re shouted, Mr. MR. And I had the Hawks in six before this thing started, and I’m not as distressed about that pick today as I was four days ago.

Mark Bradley

April 29th, 2009
11:43 am

If you mean Taylor Mays of Southern Cal, Row3, Perloff has him going No. 5 overall.

brewdawg

April 29th, 2009
11:44 am

Mark,

I for one, could not care less if a UGA player is drafted in any round next year. I want to see a team that doesn’t fold if they get hit first. I want to see a team that wraps up on tackles. I want to see a team at the end of the year, people aren’t going, “Why were these guys rated so high in the preseason?”, they are going, “Why were these guys rates so LOW in the preseason?”

It is my belief that, unlike Auburn in ‘04, UGA has the schedule to climb the polls as high as they want, regardless of where they start. I am NOT saying UGA will be as good as Auburn was in ‘04. I’m merely saying that UGA will be in control of its own destiny. I don’t know where this team winds up at the end of the year, only that I have a feeling we are going to be much, much better than people think.

Oh, and I like the Hawks tonight, the Heat in Game 6, and then the Hawks in Game 7. (Then Cleveland in 5).

PTC DAWG

April 29th, 2009
11:46 am

No doubt that UT’s Berry would be a great pick for any NFL team. That boy can play.

observer

April 29th, 2009
11:46 am

On Schafer, I gathered from the article that McGee changed his mind on him by Schafer’s humility not “yes sir”. You’re correct in asserting that words are not going to change our minds. However, actions are. Perhaps McGee is sharing his take on Schafer’s demeanor. That’s something the writer is suppose to get across to his readers!

Volman

April 29th, 2009
11:46 am

Meat Rabbit

April 29th, 2009
11:48 am

Do you think that there will be any rap artists at Philips Arena tonight? If you were in the business of serving warrants, it’s like a dream come true….like one-stop shopping. PA will be the Super Wal-Mart of process servers tonight.

Mark Bradley

April 29th, 2009
11:51 am

Rap artists at Philips? Why, I’m pretty sure Steve Holman will be there. He hasn’t stopped rapping in the 25 years I’ve known him.

GeoffDawg

April 29th, 2009
11:53 am

I can’t see any team spending a first round pick on a DT that doesn’t have the conditioning to play more than half the snaps.

Regarding Bradford, he may have a #1 arm but he’s got to put on some bulk this year. Next to Tebow, he looked like he was still racing in the pine box derby. He’ll snap like a dry twig in the NFL.

Speaking of Tebow, I’m waiting to see how the new coordinator at Florida develops his throwing motion before I’ll forecast him going that high. He’ll apparently get his chance to prove his pro-style QB worth this season.

Braveshater

April 29th, 2009
11:56 am

Whoever Andrew Perloff is he’s an idiot. Geno Atkins is a sure fire first round pick, he would have been this year. This why I stopped reading sports illustrated a long time ago. They print and report misguided information and dont know what the hell they’re talking about.

Meat Rabbit

April 29th, 2009
12:00 pm

If I were running an NFL franchise, I would do whatever it tokk took to draft Tim Tebow. He has that same drive that rarely comes along…that MJ and Tiger drive…that will to win. He makes his teammates better, and he can speak in complete sentences. Definitiely more than capable of being the face of a franchise.

And if I were Tim Tebow, then Erin Andrews would have to call the police on me.

Mark Bradley

April 29th, 2009
12:00 pm

Perhaps Mr. Perloff believes Geno won’t profit from another season of fine defensive coaching in Athens.

Glenn

April 29th, 2009
12:00 pm

According to Pro Football Weekly’s 2008 All-America team, the one that’s comprised by NFL evaluators, taking into consideration a player’s pure talent and contribution to his team, with an extra premium on true talent and draft value in the selection process, Morgan Burnett is the better Safety prospect than Eric Berry (Morgan was First Team All American along with Taylor Mays of Southern Cal while Eric Berry was only Honorable Mention).

Also, the Draft Evaluators thought Peria Jerry was the better prospect than Terrence Cody (and B.J. Raji for that matter) because he was a First Team All American as well.

By the way, the only Running Back in the Country who was named as an All American was Jonathan Dwyer. All other Running Backs listed were Honorable mention, including Knowshon Moreno, Chris “Beanie” Wells, Donald Brown, Jahvid Best, LeSean McCoy, and C.J. Spiller.

http://www.profootballweekly.com/PFW/College+Football/College+Football+Extras/2008/allamerica.htm

matt

April 29th, 2009
12:08 pm

Tebow 13th??? 13th round maybe. Ask Alex Smith how well he likes that gimmick offense now that he’s in the NFL. Tim Tebow will be the next Eric Crouch.

Nigel Tufnel

April 29th, 2009
12:13 pm

What’s wrong with bein’ sexy?

Mark Bradley

April 29th, 2009
12:14 pm

Like I always say, Nigel: There’s a fine line between clever and stupid.

Marcus

April 29th, 2009
12:21 pm

MB
I peeped SI.com’s 2010 projected list yesterday. Nice mock, given its way early publication. Cody isn’t a sexy pick, but he will do. If Trey Lewis comes back strong, Jamaal Anderson gets moved (and is successful) at DT, we may hve more flexibility to get a top LB.

Please disregard the ignorance on posts above about tonights’ Hawks/Heat game.

Mark Bradley

April 29th, 2009
12:24 pm

It is way early, Marcus, as Mr. Perloff concedes. But you know what? It’s still fun to read.

ndadome

April 29th, 2009
12:30 pm

Mr. Bradley, are you sure that Jordan Schafer and Charles Howell III are not the same person? Have you ever seen them both at the same place, same time?

murfdawg

April 29th, 2009
12:31 pm

Tebow will not go 13th. He will forego the nfl in order to open up a circumcism clinic in the Philipines, will find a cure for the common cold and give tearful motivational speeches to sad sack gator fans every time they lose a game.

Mark Bradley

April 29th, 2009
12:32 pm

No, I haven’t.

Come to think of it, I’ve never seen Tony La Russa and Thurston Howell III together, either.

mudcat

April 29th, 2009
12:38 pm

The ladies don’t call me sexy, they call me the unquenchable animal. What does that mean?

Mark Bradley

April 29th, 2009
12:42 pm

Probably just that you need to re-hydrate.

Paddy

April 29th, 2009
12:46 pm

murfdog…Tebow would never attempt to find a cure for the common cold; it is just too common. From what I hear, he is only about 3 mons away from finding the cure for cancer and finding the Holy Grail. It has not been announced yet but, he knows what causes restless leg syndrome.

Willie H

April 29th, 2009
12:53 pm

Tim Tebow will not be picked anywhere nearly as early as 13. Terrence Cody is a 3-4 nose. I really dont see him being very succesful in the one gap penetration scheme the falcons use.The only way the falcons pick him is if they switch to a base 3-4 after next year.

Brandon

April 29th, 2009
1:06 pm

Tebow will never be the 13th player taken in next year’s draft. Are you kidding? What position will he play? It most certainly won’t be qb. The NFL usually usually does not draft slow white boys at running back.

Gatorzone

April 29th, 2009
1:07 pm

You crybabies just wish you had a LEADER on your team 1/2 of Tim Tebow! I do not care what he does in pro football, I am just hoping he can 2 in a row and 3 out of the last 4 National Championshps. Oh, and another Heisman will do nicely too.
One would think that with the number 1 overall pick and Knowshon going in the first round as well, that sometime during their tenure UGA would have either a heisman, National Championship, SEC championship, or SEC East Championship…. All of that talent wasted! Too Bad Doggies, keep looking up because you are mired in the second tier of the SEC!!!

Go Gators!

Boo Boo

April 29th, 2009
1:07 pm

Makes me remember the National Lampoon’s Golden Turkey ablumn of the 70s. The voice of Brian Doyle Murray playing a football coach, talking about his latest phenom, little 5-year old Jimmy Dugan. “He can beat you outside. He can beat you inside, and he’s good on the option.”, said Murray “And, he can take a lick. Go on. Punch him in the gut.” The interviewer said, “What! He’s just a kid.” Murray followed, “Punch him!” Interviewer, “OK.” Then you heard a “Hummmmph”, then a thud. “You killed him!”, said Murray. Quick cut to a commercial.

Of course this was soon after followed by a commercial, where a voice announces the coming documentary, “The Jimmy Dugan Story”.

It is not amazing that people get paid phenominal amounts of money to play children’s games. It is amazing that there are people that idolize anyone who writes about children’s games. They see blogging about sports their shot to be a sports pundit. Sad really.

TheItalianDawg

April 29th, 2009
1:08 pm

Hey Mark, I read Andrew Perloff of SI.com article and my first impression was he is absolutely clueless and has very limited knowledge about the criteria that NFL teams use to draft players. I think he based his predictions on the player productivity on the college level and we all know it is not a primary factor. I even can predict players better than him. first he predicted Bradford to go #1 overall, well I agree he will probably be the first QB taken so what about if Detroit or the raiders finished last?!!!. and Tebow will go in the first round!!!!! is he a moron, ALL experts think Tebow will not be even a QB in the NFL!! Did he even know Geno Atkins??! just plain stupid predictions

78 DAWG

April 29th, 2009
1:09 pm

Only Bulldawgs can be good in the nfl

Reno 911

April 29th, 2009
1:16 pm

Agree with Willie: Cody is a 3-4 NT. If I had to bet, the Falcons go LB in 2010 with Mark Herzlich out of BC, or pickup the best o-lineman available. Herzlich would be a good 4-3 Sam in Atl’s scheme.

highlights:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OzZUA5CZ6IQ

Not only is he a good linebacker, but he’s also a bad actor:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfOWK_hBFzU

Cuz

April 29th, 2009
1:20 pm

Mark Bradley may be my idol Boo Boo, but I am his ideal.