Bradley’s Buzz: SI sees the Falcons taking a Boise cornerback

Another day, another mock draft. This one comes from Don Banks of SI.com, and his is noteworthy because it doesn’t have the Falcons taking a pass rusher with the 19th overall pick. (Which, as noted previously, the Falcons don’t yet own — there’s a coin flip with Houston upcoming in February.)

No, Banks has the Falcons taking a cornerback. And not just any cornerback. A cornerback from Boise State. His name: Kyle Wilson. Banks’ rationale:

“The search for the draft’s No. 2-rated cornerback behind Florida’s Joe Haden at this week’s Senior Bowl turned up a surprising name, that of the former Bronco defensive back, Wilson. He has blanketed receivers on behalf of the North squad, and has made play after play on the ball. There’s no team that needs cornerback help more than Atlanta, and look for Wilson to continue to climb up teams’ draft boards.”

Cross-reference time: ESPN.com’s Scouts Inc. has Wilson ranked fourth among cornerbacks and 38th overall (link requires registration), which means he’d be a reach at No. 19. But both Mel Kiper and Todd McShay of the Worldwide Leader have commented favorably on Wilson this week, according to Chad Cripe of the Idaho Statesman.

And then there’s the RV factor. Reports Mike Herndon in the Mobile Press-Register:

“A blue-and-orange bus sat in the Ladd-Peebles Stadium parking lot as the North squad practiced Wednesday morning, bearing the name and larger-than-life likeness of Boise State cornerback Kyle Wilson.

“Wilson[5-foot-10, 186 pounds], a native of Piscataway, N.J., said the bus is owned by his older brother, Jerry Wilson, a former player at Princeton.

” ‘He drove it to all my games this last year,’ said Wilson, who admitted to being surprised when he first saw the bus. ‘My brother goes all out for me. He’s my No. 1 supporter. He’s always there for me, whatever I need, any advice, any help. He just wanted to show support and he made it fun traveling to all my games this year for my family.’ “

I’ve mentioned it before, but here it is again: If I had to guess today — and I don’t, but I will anyway — I’d say the Falcons will take a defensive end in Round 1 and wait for Round 3 to snag a cornerback. But Thomas Dimitroff is known in the industry as a keen judge of defensive backs, and he might just have been impressed by Wilson in Mobile this week.

And if Wilson’s workouts and the RV aren’t enough to turn heads, there’s always this Web site — Kdub1.com. It contains this admonition: “Receivers beware. Quarterbacks beware. Special teams’ defenses beware. [Wilson also returned kicks.] #1 is gunning for you.

133 comments Add your comment

Benjamin

January 29th, 2010
7:49 am

Two in one week?

Mark Bradley

January 29th, 2010
7:50 am

Yes, Benjamin. You’re closing in on Sonny Clusters now. Kudos.

Benjamin

January 29th, 2010
7:50 am

FIRST!

We need a corner, but honestly, as one of the charter members of the Grimes fan club, I hope he’s able to play a prominent role for us for some time. I like the little guy…

Benjamin

January 29th, 2010
7:54 am

Clusters’s Dairy Queen and Parkview talks help the man stand out far beyond yours truly in these parts.

In truth, I can only aspire to be Clusters-lite.

Just what the Birds need...

January 29th, 2010
7:56 am

…another midget CB!

falcon 71

January 29th, 2010
7:59 am

this guy is probably 5 9. forget this runt. if TD takes a CB get a ligit 6 ft gu that can jump

falcon 71

January 29th, 2010
8:01 am

even Jenkins could probably catch a one handed lob over this dwarf

Thirty Points to Your Twenty-Four Points

January 29th, 2010
8:02 am

It doesn’t matter who the Falcons take……..

It doesn’t negate the fact that Georgia Tech football has been the most overrated team in sports the last couple years, and that they were embarrassed by UGA on their home field on November 28th, 2009…….

Mike Jay

January 29th, 2010
8:03 am

You guys are aware that there are very few CB taller than 5′ 10 right?

I thought our CBs improved as the year went along. Grimes in particular has a nose for the ball and plays the run way better than a man of his size should, he is not afraid to get physical. You add a legitimate and consistent pass rush and our current CB will be fine. That being said taking one later in the draft should still be a priority.

Marvin Mangrum

January 29th, 2010
8:06 am

I got one thing to say! Only a bunch of freaking morons would pick someone who is 5 freaking 10 to be a cornerback. That is insane, I guess there is no 3ft 9 defensive tackles?

Mike Jay

January 29th, 2010
8:12 am

Go look at the NFC pro bowl, one guy is lsited at 5′11, the rest all 5′10.

Granted the AFc side has a 6′0, a 6′2, and a 5′11 guy. Still they are the exception not the rule. Taller CB are more physical and generally not as good in pass coverage or takeaways from my observations.

falcon 71

January 29th, 2010
8:16 am

the 1980 Falcons were possibly the best team they ever had. the cb Rolland Lawrence was 5 8.
Drew Pearson was 6 0. we were 2 scores ahead with 4 min left. season over Dallas advanced. i was there so no arguement

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

January 29th, 2010
8:17 am

dont think it will happen got to put pressure on the quarterback ,get a consistent pass rush and the corners we have will look good. Of I would lay odds that TD and CMS are not following theses mocks to see what they should do

Mark Bradley

January 29th, 2010
8:18 am

Didn’t a coin flip enable the Falcons to draft third overall in 2008, Geoff?

GeoffDawg

January 29th, 2010
8:19 am

The general cosensus must be that TD is great at calling coin flips. Seems like everyone’s assuming the Falcons will get pick #19.

Mike Jay

January 29th, 2010
8:20 am

And lastely. Grimes is small for a CB but he has serious hops and plays bigger than his height. I’m sure you all that redicilous INT he had were he seemed to be about 8 feet in the air.

Oh conviently forgot that did you?
http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-cant-miss-plays/09000d5d813ec60b/WK-8-Can-t-Miss-Play-Grimes-INT

There are 6′1 CBs who owuld not make that play.

GT, In Your Dreams

January 29th, 2010
8:22 am

45-42. The Greatest Game Ever Played. The game that restored order to nature. The game in which it was proven that true scholar-athletes could defeat mindless for-hire thugs. I get shivers just thinking about that magical day in November 2008. Sorry, Georgia, but the truth hurts (you).

FJR

January 29th, 2010
8:22 am

Look at pro-bowl corners. How many of them are over 6′?

By taking the advice of guys here, we wouldn’t draft:
Asante Samuel (5′10″ and actually he’s probably 5′9″ in reality);
Terrence Newman is 5′11″;
Mike Jenkins is 5′10″;
Darrelle Revis is 5′11″;

So you guys would advise TD to not take 4 of the 6 pro-bowl CB’s. People on here astound me with their lack of football knowledge. 5′9″ is fine for a corner. Not ideal, 5′11″ is probably more the absolute ideal. After 5′11″ players get big to the point of not normally being able to change direction fast enough to be a corner. It’s like physics and stuff. But since you guys apparently have trouble reading numbers, I don’t expect you to understand that either.

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

January 29th, 2010
8:23 am

I think the height is the problem only in the redzone , how tall is charles woodson anybody know , how tall was Deon ?

Benjamin

January 29th, 2010
8:25 am

Hey! What’s wrong with the little guys?

I know one in particular that had six picks this season, including arguably the greatest interception in the history of football against the Saints…

Mark Bradley

January 29th, 2010
8:25 am

Heh, heh. I laughed, lefty fielder.

Mark Bradley

January 29th, 2010
8:26 am

South GA, Charles Woodson is 6-foot-1.

FJR

January 29th, 2010
8:26 am

South GA Dawg fan:

NFL GMs do follow the mocks a little. Not to get an idea of what they should do, but to get some sort of idea of what other’s people’s picks might be and roughly how late guys are going to go. Where a player they really like is projected (so they can know roughly how late they could take him), etc.

Even if you love a certain guy, you don’t want to take him in the second round when it’s reasonably certain you could pick him up in the third. You’d want to draft a guy with that second pick who isn’t going to be there in the third and then use that third round pick for “your guy”

lefty fielder

January 29th, 2010
8:26 am

The bus . . . the website . . . sounds like a another version Meangelo Hall.
We could call him Me-2.

The Great Carnack

January 29th, 2010
8:31 am

Bradley compliments the funny before it’s posted. That’s my turf, Mark.

FJR

January 29th, 2010
8:31 am

Deion was tall, but he was a freak of nature. True freak. Dude could run a 4.5 40 running backwards in work boots. If you sit there waiting for another Deion, you will be waiting for quite a while. There may not be another corner as physically gifted as him for quite a while.

Blindog

January 29th, 2010
8:32 am

With a good pass rusher the corner-backs we have will be even better.

GeoffDawg

January 29th, 2010
8:35 am

I think you’re right about the 2008 coin flip Mark.

And how the heck did you answer my question a minute before it was posted? You should be picking lottery numbers, not writing blogs.

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

January 29th, 2010
8:39 am

got nothing against the little guys i just think they are vulnerable in the redzone against 6′3″ or so wideouts. i think there jumping ability can make up for the height on a slower developing play but not so much on short bullet passes in the endzone.

SOUTH GA DAWG FAN

January 29th, 2010
8:41 am

Great point about the mock drafts , but when the raiders are up toward the front of the draft shouldn’t that throw everyones mocks off by at one pick , I mean I dont think even Mark Bradley can predict what Al Davis is thinking

DDawgDavis

January 29th, 2010
8:42 am

See again, Chicken or the Egg, which came first? Sound/Solid secondary will give time for the D-line to move in, but a quick aggressive D-Line will rattle normal QBs, but Brees can dump it off to checkdowns.

I say go after BOTH. FA and draft should be dominated by Defense.

Get a Elvis Dumervil to play the WLB/SLB or draft a Wilson out of BSU. (Dumervil is the quickest name I could come up with w/o looking at the list).

I still say Taylor Mays and rotate him and Moore between Mays and LB and Moore/CB.

WILDCARD: take Ducasse for the O-line! protect the investment.

leland

January 29th, 2010
8:46 am

Dear Mr. MB–colons after complete sentences. Your pal, Leland

willdave

January 29th, 2010
8:52 am

Perhaps Houston’s Matt Schaub might help out his old team and do something to rig the coin toss and make sure we get that 19th overall pick.

What do you say, Matt? You remember all those good times here in Atlanta!

Bob Horner had a sweet compact swing

January 29th, 2010
8:59 am

falcon 71 that was gruesome memory to bring up…you had to go there..??

Nativebird

January 29th, 2010
8:59 am

No please, not ANOTHER college CB that will take 2-3 years to determine that he’s too short (grimes) and too dumb (williams)and too arrogant (Hall) to play in the NFL.

trickworm

January 29th, 2010
8:59 am

An ounce of pass rush is worth a pound of coverage.

Chef Mentuer

January 29th, 2010
9:04 am

GEAUX SAINTS! WHO DAT!

Sonny Clusters

January 29th, 2010
9:05 am

We was flattered to find our name mentioned in this blog before we turned on our computer this morning. One time we went to Dairy Queen and they saw us coming and Mr Taber’s daughter started making us a peanut buster parfait when we got out of the car and had it ready for us when we got to the window – but she followed Dairy Queen rules and made us go over to the pick-up window to get it. Still, we was flattered. That young man having his own bus is pretty special and it looks a lot like a MARTA bus to us with all those graphics on the side and taking up all those parking places.

Sonny Clusters

January 29th, 2010
9:14 am

We was told that some of our favorite journalists will not have offices in Dunwoody when the paper moves there. We was thinking Dunwoody would be a nice place for an office with the Dairy Queen being right there on Ashford Dunwoody.

Marky Mark Bradley

January 29th, 2010
9:16 am

I just hope that he uses that impeccable judgment that he did in the last two drafts. The first class is spectacular, and I think it is way too soon to declare anything about the second draft because of the injuries and such. That first class truly was the exception, and I think that we will have plenty of stellar players suiting up in the Dome in the years to come.

Ol' Ball Coach

January 29th, 2010
9:17 am

Take a knee everybody. The Falcons are looking for a big corner, a linebacker, a running back, Offensive Line and an athletic tight end. They will go best available or trade down as needed. We are ok at DE with Sidbury and the “Beer-man” to rotate for Abe and the bust. If we could get a meaty DT for cheap that would be good too. Don’t forget Babineaux may get dealt for his indiscretions….think people, think.

Greene Hornet

January 29th, 2010
9:19 am

I know height is important, but it is not the be all end all. The way the CBs are used and how the defense as a unit plays (like the D-line with good pass rushers) makes the smalled CBs look and play taller than they are. Either way, we need both a CB and D-line help. Which is more important and what is available through the draft and free agency to address those needs is TDs job…

Ryno

January 29th, 2010
9:21 am

Still would rather have an upgrade to the pass rush rather than another late round CB gamble. Would much rather see Sergio Kindle on the team.

Big Slick

January 29th, 2010
9:22 am

nice one, Mark – I have to agree with Kiper that Dimitrof will go with a pass-rusher and reiterate your thought that the Falcons will wait until the 3rd round or later to go with a CB. From all I’ve heard and read about DT, he tends to wait until the later rounds for your flashy players like WRs and CBs – which I think is a smart move. That said, if he does surprise us and take a CB (which we desperately need), he’s earner plenty of trust – aside from the fact that he has trouble picking guys who can stay healthy…

SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE

January 29th, 2010
9:25 am

A guy with his own bus in college? Isn’t that against NCAA rules or something?

NCBravesFAN

January 29th, 2010
9:25 am

Hey nativebird….I see your here to offer great suggestions again. Oh nevermind, i forgot, all you do is spew negativity on these blogs!

Sonny Clusters

January 29th, 2010
9:31 am

That’s a nice picture on the sports page of Arthur Blank wearing that grey suit. Maybe Arthur ought to get a bus like that and put his picture on the side. It would be a lot better than leaving it Blank. Wait a minute . . .

Smarty

January 29th, 2010
9:33 am

Come on Mark. Most of us can get this as well FOR FREE and most of do.
I would love your job just to copy someone else’s work. And you rehashed your article before about the Defensive end. Now to important issues. Dylan is coming to Atlanta soon with a new all star band. You heard it hear first!

collegeballfan

January 29th, 2010
9:35 am

Do not be surprised if Dimitroff trades for a 2nd round pick if there is a player available that he really covets. Trading next year’s 2nd and this year’s third or fourth for a player you really believe in is a good deal.

Sonny Clusters

January 29th, 2010
9:38 am

If the Falcons stay downtown they could just rent some MARTA buses to put Arthur Blank’s picture on the side. Mark, do you know if Mr Blank has any tattoos? We was never tattooed though some players on our team got tattooed when we went to Jacksonville to play a game. Coach got one, too, but Coach was going through some bad times about then. We never understood him getting that Chevron sign tattooed on his arm but the tattoo parlor was right next to a Chevron station and Coach thought the sign was colorful. We would have gone for the Dairy Queen look.