Posted: 7:50 pm Monday, April 7th, 2014

Falcons must adjust draft board with Thomas’ injury 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

Clemson offensive lineman Brandon Thomas runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis. Associated Press

Clemson offensive lineman Brandon Thomas runs a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis. Associated Press

Clemson offensive lineman Brandon Thomas, who was being heavily scouted by the Falcons, suffered a torn ACL while working out last week.

The Falcons have made no secret that they are looking for offensive and defensive line help this offseason.

The Falcons sent two scouts — Billy Devaney and Anthony Robinson — to see Thomas on his Pro Day on Thursday, March 6.

Thomas played for the Falcons coaching staff in the Senior Bowl. On his Pro Day, he didn’t try to improve on his scouting combine numbers, but appeared fluid and powerful in position drills.

“Even though he’s only 6-foot, 3 1/4 (inches tall), he’s got left tackle feet and long arms,” NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock said on his Pro Day. “So, the conversation is he a left tackle or is he a guard? Ultimately, he could probably survive out wide, but he might be a Pro Bowl guard.”

Thomas lifted 225 pounds 36 times at the combine, which was the sixth-highest total.

“I think a lot of teams are going to look at him inside,” Mayock said. “He won’t get out of the second round.”

Before the injury, Thomas was rated as the sixth best guard in the draft and projected to go in the third or fourth round, according to


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I would like for the falcons to pick up a TE in the second if and only if they feel confident in starting a 3rd-4th round safety prosepect (Terrence Brooks, Ed Reynolds, Kenny Ladler) or converting a college corner to safety since there are a lot of corners in this draft with good upside. 

I say trade down, pick up a 2nd rounder, select a safety (Joyner) and either a TE(Amaro, Jenkins) or another LB (Shazier, C. Jones). Heck, I'd go for another tackle if Morgan Moses or Tiny Richardson is still there


If the Falcons go Offensive line in the 1st, then selecting Lamarcus Joyner in the 2nd makes the most sense. The falcons have no starting safeties on this team. The ploy to get R.Bush did not work. Now, they might trade down and select Clinton-Dix if they deem him to be a better player, a better fit, and a more dire need than an offensive tackle. In any event, I expect the Falcons to pick up an offensive tackle and a safety in the first two rounds whether they stay pat or trade down.

P.S. Why do all of these stupid mock drafts think the Falcons are trading up for Clowney? All they have to do is stay pat and let somebody else get stupid and over reach. They must not be aware that there are two front office jobs on the hot seat (Smith and Dimitroff) and both seats already have ready-made replacements to at least finish the season with (Devaney, Pioli, and Tice). The best trading partner is St. Louis. They can afford to lose a 2nd and/ 3rd round pick.


Tuitt will not be there and trading up to make him our 2nd pick isn't worth it. 


In their combined wisdom of  free agent signings and the draft, the trifecta of Blank, Dimitroff, and Smith have managed to go 10-24 against playoff teams. They have lost 11 times by 10 or more while only winning once by 10 plus. This is what happens when your game plan is offensive "show" and selling tickets. Hopefully, now that Blank has his new stadium, the focus will be on building a real playoff team.


May have dodged a bullet here. 


DE JADEVEON CLOWNEY    SOUTH CAROLINA      pick   him  1st  
  37 BRANDON THOMAS CLEMSON     going  to   do  1  more  draft   see  if   he  goes  in  the  3rd  round  ok    we  can  get  him  in the  3rd  rounnd    if  they   say   he  mght not  make   the  3rd   he  was  pick   2  pick  after  the  falcons in   the  3rd   this  leave   me  to ask  if  he  good  to  be  on the falco team  right  now                     
  147 QB AARON MURRAY GEORGIA   yes   a QB    it is  about time  to get   trade  bait in  this draft   we  need  2 or  even  3  1st   or  2nd  rounder   in   2015   or  16     

182 TY ZIMMERMANKANSAS STATE          220 DE CASSIUS MARSH UCLA         253 WR ERIC WARDTEXAS TECH             255 STEVE clak       did  this  draft  @





Get your pass rusher first then build the OL.

GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Do TD and Mike Smith have any clue at all.

The more I see this organization the worst of there becoming.

What direction are Falcons going ?

GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Tuitt a 306 lbs. DE/OLB? LOLZ ! That was kind of funny maybe 5 Tech DE and 0 DT. Maybe take a flier on Thomas. His value has obviously dropped so why not use a 7th round compensatory pick on him and "redshirt" him. But I do agree that it will be Matthews in the 1st, I'm hoping for Jace Amaro TE in the second, and perhaps Scott Crighton of Oregon St. in the 3rd. That's a good start filling a few needs for us. Draft the best player possible at FS, RB, OLB, backup corner, and maybe even a capable QB. With the amount of picks we have then we should replenish our depth and build towards a championship! Rise Up Falcons!


So in oter wrods Dummytroff will drat this guy cuz he is injruy prone. 


Falcons Easy Button 3.0

6. Jake Matthews, 6'6, 308 Texas A&M

 (both Clowney, Robinson long gone)

37. Stephon Tuitt, 6'6, 306, Notre Dame

   (uber-athletic DE/OLB fills black hole)

68. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, 6'6, 262, Washington

   (Gonzo gone, ASJ good size, hands but slow)


@Intruder  Right!!! What's interesting to me is this: After getting blown out 48-17 in 2010, what the heck made Dimitroff think swapping 5 draft picks for a hurt foot WR (the same foot for the uninitiated) to get more "explosive" on offense was the answer? They didn't get to Aaron Rodgers all night long and Matty Ice threw a fatal pick 6 before halftime. Let's just hope that more "gritty" does not turn into another "explosive." It's more like "exploded" in your face.



....let me get this straight!  This guy was projected to go in the 3rd or 4th round BEFORE he blew out his ACL.....and NOW he won't get out of the 2nd round?  Does anyone proof read this slop before they allow it to be printed???  


@tyger I doubt Tuitt even lasts to the late 1st round much less 5 picks into the 2nd.  And if Khalil Mack is still there at 6, the Falcons won't pass on him to take Matthews.



Word is if Tuitt is on the board, he'll be a Seahawk!


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