Posted: 6:00 am Friday, March 21st, 2014

MOCK 1.0: Falcons trade out of sixth spot land Pryor, Ebron 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

Here’s the first mock offering for the 2014 NFL draft, which is set for May 8-10.

Last season, I correctly predicted 26 of the 32 first-round picks and had four direct hits. In the mock draft scoring-community that ranked 47th.

In 2012, I had a much more respectable showing.

After the Falcons addressed their line over the offseason, I have them trading back in the first round and picking up an extra pick to select Louisville safety Calvin Pryor with the 11th overall pick and North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron with the 17th pick.

They can continue to build the lines later in the draft.

Here’s how the first round of the NFL draft will proceed on May 8:

1. HOUSTON: Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida – He had a dazzling pro day.

2. ST. LOUIS: Sammy Watkins, WR, Clemson – The Rams need to get some weapons around Sam Bradford.

3. JACKSONVILLE: Greg Robinson, OT, Auburn – He has a huge upside and is a relentless run blocker. He showed a willingness to work on his pass sets at Auburn’s Pro Day.

4. CLEVELAND: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A – Perhaps he can energize the franchise, which has been looking for a quarterback since Bernie Kosar was shown the door by Bill Belichick.

5. OAKLAND: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina – The Raiders can’t resist not taking Clowney and his athletic gifts.

6. TENEESSEE (projected trade with Atlanta): Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville – Coach Ken Whisenhunt needs a quarterback just in case Jake Locker can’t handle the job.

7. TAMPA BAY: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo – Some consider Mack the best player in the draft.

8. MINNESOTA: Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A – He is considered the most technically sound of the tackles in the draft. He is the son of Hall of Famer Bruce Matthews.

9. BUFFALO: Taylor Lewand, OT, Michigan – He is considered the nastiest of the tackles in the draft.

10. DETROIT: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA – Went to UCLA as a running back before Jim Mora converted him to linebacker.

11. ATLANTA (projected trade with Tennessee): Calvin Pryor, FS, Louisville – The Falcons need a replacement for Thomas DeCoud, who was released mostly because of his poor tackling. Pryor has 204 career tackles and seven interceptions.

12. N.Y. GIANTS: C. J. Mosley, LB, Alabama – The Giants need to improve their linebacker unit.

13. ST. LOUIS: Zach Martin, OT, Notre Dame – He had a strong showing at the Senior Bowl.

14. CHICAGO: Ha’Sean Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama – “Ha Ha” would help to stabilize the back end of the Bears’ defense.

15. PITTSBURGH: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State – Dennard is a great scheme-fit for the Steelers. At the combine, Dennard ran the 40-yard dash in 4.51 seconds, which was the 13th fastest time and he was 13th in the bench press with 15 lifts of 225 pounds.

16. DALLAS: Dee Ford, DE, Auburn – Ford solidified his first-round draft status at the Tigers Pro Day. He had a 35 1/2-inch vertical, 10-foot, 4-inch long jump, he lifted 225 pounds 29 times on the bench press and 4.59 on his first 40-yard dash attempt and 4.53 on his second. “They said 4.53,” Ford said. “Some said 4.4 and half. But it’s all good. I’m just glad that I got out there and ran.”

17. ATLANTA (projected trade with Baltimore): Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina – The Falcons swoop in to get the best tight end in the draft.

18. N.Y. JETS: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M – He’s a smooth route runner and will be coupled with Eric Decker.

19. MIAMI: Aaron Donald, DT, Pittsburgh – He was dynamite during the Senior Bowl practices. He has a knack for splitting double teams. He’s 6-1, 288 pounds. Defensive line guru Chuck Smith compared him, size and stature-wise to Geno Atkins.

20. ARIZONA: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State – He had a strong showing at the combine.

21. GREEN BAY: Jace Amaro, TE, Texas Tech – The Packers have to replace Jermichael Finley.

22. PHILADELPHIA: Timmy Jernigan, DT, Florida State – He was a force in the national championship game.

23. KANSAS CITY: Brandin Cooks, WR, Oregon State – Ran the 40-yard dash in 4.33 seconds at the combine, which was second-best of the receiver group.

24. CINCINNATI: Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State – He would add some speed to a slow linebacker group.

25. SAN DIEGO: Bradley Roby, CB, Ohio State – Roby, of Peachtree Ridge High, ran the 40-yard dash in 4.39 seconds, which was the fourth-fastest time of the cornerbacks at the combine. He also finished in the top 10 in the vertical jump, bench-press and broad jump.

26. CLEVELAND: Derek Carr, QB, Fresno State – I know, two quarterbacks in the first round. Well, Cleveland has to keep taking quarterbacks until they get one with NFL talent.

27. NEW ORLEANS: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State – Had the big catch in the national championship game.

28. CAROLINA: Cyrus Kouandijo, OT, Alabama – The Panthers have to start rebuilding their offensive line.

29. NEW ENGLAND: Ra’Shede Hagemen, DT, Minnesota – He’s massive. He started to turn some heads at the Senior Bowl. He has a good attitude. He didn’t mind when Falcons defensive line coach Bryan Cox had him doing push-ups after mistakes.

30. SAN FRANCISCO: Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech – The 49ers are rebuilding their secondary. Fuller is the younger brother of Detroit’s Corey Fuller.

31. DENVER: Trent Murphy, LB, Stanford – A consensus All-American, who was productive for the Cardinal.

32. SEATTLE: Stephon Tiutt, DE, Notre Dame — The Monroe native had 124 tackles and 22 sacks over his career.

155 comments
TBoneTanner
TBoneTanner

Like Tyger's mock, really solid. But I would like to see a RB in rd 4 or 5. We need a play maker at that position; a guy that can spell SJax and be effective with a few touches as well as catch a few balls out of the backfield. Quizz is solid, but  we need someone with ability to take it to the house.

TBoneTanner
TBoneTanner

Like the idea of trading back, and like the Pryor pick. But we have much more pressing needs than TE in 1st rd.How about Kouandijo from Ala? If he is truly healthy he is a 1st rd talent from a school that coaches up their guys and gets them NFL ready. We can get a TE in rd 3 or 4.

Fun and Gun
Fun and Gun

FS Chris Clemons just signed with the Texans for half the money we were paying Decoud. Jared Allen signed with the Bears with a reasonable star contract. Osi and Kroy's contracts are not getting restructured and this mock draft has us drafting FS and TE in the first round...WTF!

Fun and Gun
Fun and Gun

I don't mind trading down but I think you can get a TE in 3rd or 4th rounds. Load up the lines! 

RandyFalcon
RandyFalcon

If this were to happen I'd be disappointed.  I understand that we need a safety. But the drop in talent for a tackle is severe this year after the big 3. The chances of picking up a decent safety later in the draft is better than getting a good tackle. And I thought Toilolo was going to get a shot at TE? So you're saying that the Falcons are going to see the first round of the draft go without addressing the rest of the OL or getting a pass rusher? I sure hope not!    

tyger
tyger

Falcons Easy Button 3.1 - 


6. Greg Robinson, OL, Auburn...if not, trade down for Lewan/Barr...


38. Stephon Tuitt, DE, Notre Dame - uber-talented, playmaker on edge 

70. Austin Serefin-Jenkins, TE, UW - 6'3, NW Conf.,  athletic hands guy

102. Brandon Thomas, OG, Clemson - big, strong Clowney stopper

134. Seantrell Henderson, OT, Miami - 6'8, 330, prototype #1 recruit USA

135. Keith McGill, S/CB, Utah - 6'3, 4.5/40, w ball skills

166. Joseph Thomas, ILB, SC State - MEAC DPOY - thumper

198. Jay Prosch, FB, Auburn - bull strong, smash-mouth blocker

223. Shontez Nelson, DL, St. Aug.'s - DII AA, see Robert Mathis

227. AC Leonard, TE, Tenn. St. - NFL Combine Top Performer

233. Thomas Wolfe III, CB, FVSU - 6'2, 190, 4.4/40,  #2 DII in Int.'s

www.hbcuclassics.com

Diddler-on-the-Roof
Diddler-on-the-Roof

D=Led.. you mean, they've "addressed the line concerns" by signing three non-impact players?  "OK, job done, let's trade back and draft a tight end" -- that would be the last straw for Tommy Hairdo.  The jury is out, and has been out on TD.  We just gave an aging borderline has-been RETURN MAN 9 mill with a 2.5 mil signing bonus.  Oh, and that was after signing ANOTHER return man.  I guess they decided that special teams were of paramount importance, and the line could be fixed by adding a few average players.  Come on D-Led.


We may never get a #6 pick again, so if TD trades out of it, I'm calling him a bust - as should the rest of the fanbase.

bffriel1
bffriel1

I can't see the Falcons passing on Khalil Mack if available. Especially with the presumed switch to a 3-4 base defense, where he will thrive at DE/OLB. I'd like the extra picks though. I think the Falcons had better focus on both lines.

Columbus68
Columbus68

A TE in the first round?! Man TD will be ran out of town BEFORE the season starts! PRIORITIES....TE early is a nice thought and daydream BUT NOT A FIRST ROUND PRIORITY IN 2014. We all what is and they all are on the freakin line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball! Its so easy to see. Its right in front of your face! Dont think any further and complicate things that are so simple and screw up what is obvious! We dont need skill players! We need the hogs!!! We need a beast on the DL! after we pick or trade for the best available in the TRENCHES!!! THEN AND ONLY THEN....move way from tje priority HOPING a mid- to-late round pick will eventually maybe have an impact on our sorry lines! Football 101...in case any of you forgot in this era of the passing game....no lines you SUCK! AND YOU ARE NOT ONLY NOT PICKING 1 WITH YOUR FIRST PICK BUT NOT WITH YOUR SECOND ONE ALSO?!!! HOPE LATER?!!! A TE?!

YOU'RE FIRED!!!

Columbus68
Columbus68

OLED, OLED, OLED.....you were high on something! First if ATL WAS to go this route....why in the world would Tenn A) trade as high as 6 to get a QB

? B) why trade at all because according to your own flawed mock...nobody between 6-10 is looking to draft Manziel or any QB? C) falcons can build the free safety positiion LATER NOT THE FREAKIN OL & DL LATER! they CAN NOT ONLY NOT BLOCK FOR OUR 130 MILL QB....THEY CANT BLOCK FOR ANY RB IN THIS LEAGUE! As far as defensive backfield goes A HIGH QUALITY PASS RUSHER HELPS THE SECONDARY MORE THAN ANYTHING! DL kills 2 birds with 1 stone...OL IS PRIORITY 1 AND 2! AND MAYBE 3! NO OFFENSE NO RYAN NO RUNNING GAME...FREE SAFETY AINT GONNA HELP THAT DEFENSE ENOUGH TO OVERCOME A NON- BLOCKING. QB ALWAYS ON HIS BUTT NO RUNNING GAME OFFENSE. ITYAN HAS HAD CRAP defenses since he has been there for the most part and got us tfurther n more consistent thqn ever before n was 1 play away from the superbiwl...yes defense must improve but without a HUGE improvement in OL blocking...wont matter how much defense improves...it won't be enough to win without a QB that has no time and RB'S that have no holes!

AtlantaStu
AtlantaStu

O-Led, with all due respect ...... ARE YOU KIDDING ME!!?? So the Falcons are going to trade back to get a Safety and a Tight End. What the Falcons need, in order, is (1) MUST - Pass rushing OLB (Mack) (2) MUST -Stud offensive tackle, unless you want to go with Lamar Holmes again (Kouandjio or Moses) (3) Stud strong side ILB, unless you think 230 pound Worrillow is the answer (Skov) THEN, (4) Free Safety (Dontae Johnson), (5) Tight end (Free agency or Best available in draft - either way, Toilolo will start

kls82883
kls82883

What the Falcons NEED is to protect their $20 mil/yr QB.

kls82883
kls82883

Trade down with Mack and a potential 10 year starter on the o-line still on the board to take a free safety when you're most glaring needs are on both lines of scrimmage? MMmmmk.

TG88
TG88

I would trade down but would not take a TE.in the first few rounds. Has Goober Pyle AKA TD ever traded down in the 1st round?? NO TD is lost...

FalconsFrenzy
FalconsFrenzy

7. TAMPA BAY: Khalil Mack, OLB, Buffalo – Some consider Mack the best player in the draft.


So logically, the Falcons trade their 6th with Mack still on the board because he is considered the best player in the draft, even according to you. All the while, we continue to build toward better 3-4 looks with our free agency moves. You are an idiot, Bedwetter. 

CedricJohnson
CedricJohnson

I don't think we will trade back if Mack is on the broad at #6 ..... I would hate the idea of trading back to get Pryor ... We must solve our pass rushing problems with our first pick I think .... But if the Falcons don't trade up I don't think Clowney nor Mack will be on the broad at #6 ... With the Texans sign Fitzpatrick I think they will draft Clowney ... And St. Louis will take Mack or vice versa ...

hfc95
hfc95

#1 Hou-manziel(manziel=russell wilson and a mobile qb who can run away from sacks and get positive yards and has football IQ is a necessary commodity, he will be what HOU needs to challenge INDY

#2 Atl via St.l-Clowney( ATL needs help on D and will get a 3-4 OLB or DE in a nickel with Clowney

#3 Jax- Bortles ( HOU and JAX get home state products at QB, JAX signed Henne for insurance. Hopefully Bortles looks more Luck than Locker

#4 Cle- Watkins ( with Bridgewater's sub par pro day I think CLE goes Gordon/Cameron/Watkins for a formidable pass O, I also think Bridgewater, if CLE likes, will be there for them at #26)

#5 Oak- Mack ( Oak lost Lamarr Houston and Mack will give Oak something to build around)

#6 St.L- Robinson ( Jake Long and Robinson will be solid as it gets, no more excuses for Bradford)

#7 TB- Matthews ( Matthews will replace longtime Buc Donald Penn)

#8 Minn- Gilbert ( Minn had one of the worst secondaries last year and need a #1 CB)

#9 Car via Buf- Evans ( Cam having Evans would re-energize the fan base and Cam after Steve Smith and no WR with a catch on the roster currently, I don't think Car will wait to get a WR at #28)

#10 Det- Dennard ( Instinctive CB that can be paired with Slay and begin to solidify that secondary

AlwaysReady
AlwaysReady

Trade Osi Umenyiora to Oakland to move up for Clowney.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

An O-line of let's say (LT) Baker, (LG) Blalock, (C) Hawley, (RG) Asamoah, (RT) Matthews would be a huge upgrade over last year's O-line. I don't see Baker going anywhere this year. I think they'll give him another shot. Jake Matthews played RT at Texas A&M when Luke Joeckel was there and Matthews shined at RT too. He'd be a perfect fit at RT. We still don't even know who our RT is going to be. Is it going to be Johnson, Holmes, Carimi even? Drafting Matthews at #6 IMO would solidify our O-line for 2014. 


But if we wanna solidify this defense (and lord knows we need defensive help badly) then we'll go with Khalil Mack or even go get Clowney. Anthony Barr wouldn't be a bad option either. That's all I see fit at #6. Mack, Matthews, Robinson, or Clowney. Right now we have Osi, Biermann, Bartu, and Massaquoi as stand up OLB pass rushers. Not one of them could have the impact Khalil Mack could.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

But if Mack is there and we don't take him, he goes to let's say Tampa and becomes a force, All-Pro then we're going to be looking dumb. I still say we need more help up front on the O-line and D-line and a couple LB's wouldn't hurt either. TE should be okay with Toilolo and Coffman and we can scoop up a FS in the 2nd-3rd round. I think you have to go OLB, OL with the first pick.

ChopChamps95
ChopChamps95

The only way the Falcons trade out of the 6 spot is if Mack is gone by the time they pick.  If they traded back, I doubt they'd draft a safety and they definitely won't draft another TE when they already have Toilolo to replace Gonzalez.

kerryb
kerryb

The Falcons will not take a TE in the first round.  They drafted Toilolo to replace Gonzales in the last draft.

kerryb
kerryb

I think if Mack is there at the 6th pick the Falcons pick him.  They need an edge rusher from the OLB if they go to a 3-4 than a Safety.  I believe they will take the safety from Washington in the 2nd round.

gfw
gfw

Tennessee  (D-Led: note the spelling...I understand it's an easy one to get wrong) trades up in the first round, giving up another high pick as well, to draft a second-string QB?  Really?

BigHittas
BigHittas

and I wish the Birds would consider Benjamin, he is a beast.

BigHittas
BigHittas

and I don't think Johnny Football will be drafted in the top 10.....my $ is on a late first round/second round result.

BigHittas
BigHittas

I used to think Mack was the pick, but now am leaning towards Matthews. Need a SOLID OL that can play right away.


Intruder
Intruder

Their #1 need is a pass rusher. Surely that's what they go for first.

SeenThatB4
SeenThatB4

DLed: I don't think the Saints will go WR in the first round, more than likely go with a CB or LB.   But if they did go WR with the first round, it probably would be LSU's Beckham.  

-OBrien-
-OBrien-

I was on the right track with Houston trading Schaub.  However, they traded him to Oakland.  I do think this solidifies Houston taking a QB with the #1 pick.

WolfWithanE
WolfWithanE

1. Khalil Mack LB

2. Huff, Marqueston FS

3. Ja'Wuan James

4. JONATHAN DOWLING FS (6'3!!!!)

5. CAMERON FLEMING OT 


The OT class is so deep we dont need to draft a OT in the first round. 

PhilipHarden
PhilipHarden

Sorry DOL. You will be dead last this year with these kind of wild guesses.

DawgnIT
DawgnIT

And trying to replace Tony Gonzalez is like the Braves trying to replace Chipper Jones.  The Braves were smart about finding talent in other positions instead of obsessing over 3rd base.  The Falcons would be wise to do the same and stop taking about TE like it is a high priority. 


There have been great looking TEs in every draft but not many will pan out to be anything close to Tony.  Get better at more important positions!

JSSN
JSSN

@tyger  

You think Tuitt is gonna slip by that Seattle pick?

AtlantaStu
AtlantaStu

@AlwaysReady  Getting Clowney sounds nice. But to do so, the Falcons will have to give away several high level picks. And considering all the needs the Falcons are looking at (OT, ILB, OLB, FS, TE, back-up noseguard) they cannot afford to part with the pick. As nice as it may be to get Clowney, this is not the year to pull off one of those Julio type draft trades 

AtlantaStu
AtlantaStu

By the way, please get it out of your head that _________ (add your name) will "take the place of Gonzalez" because no one will take the place of Gonzo. God. Maybe this will force Ryan to look downfield, as opposed to to safe 6 year dump passes.

AtlantaStu
AtlantaStu

@kls82883  Yeah, didn't make a bit of sense to me, either. My thinking is that O-Led is typing while drunk. Very dangerous thing to do.

kls82883
kls82883

@TG88  Right. The guy that built a team with 5 straight winning seasons and 4 playoff berths in 6 years is lost. Right. Maybe it's you who's lost.

kerryb
kerryb

@BigHittas  They have too much money in White and Jones to take another 1st round WR.

kerryb
kerryb

@BigHittas  The Falcons signed Sam Baker to an extension last year and still expect him to be the LT.

SeenThatB4
SeenThatB4

Beckham's the real deal, and he's a hometown boy. Landry's got the tools, just not as ready as Beckham.

JSSN
JSSN

@DawgnIT  

"trying to replace Tony Gonzalez is like the Braves trying to replace Chipper Jones."

You mean that they might have actually sought a 3B man who could actually still field and hit as well? What did that Johnson kid do last year by way? 

SeriouslyTony Gonzalez will be surpassed one day. Why not try to reach for that? The position will not go away because he getting more makeup applied at Black Rock!

DawgnIT
DawgnIT

Meant to say "stop talking about TE..."

BigHittas
BigHittas

@kerryb @BigHittas but imagine this guy as a slot/hybrid WR/TE or maybe H back? With 11 and 84 hurt as much as they've been thy couldn't go wrong, but I'd agree they wouldn't use an early pick on him....