Posted: 11:46 am Friday, April 18th, 2014

Mock 2.0: Falcons trade up to land OT Greg Robinson 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

The Atlanta Falcons are not playing around.

Next week is a big as the Falcons finalize their board for the NFL draft, which will be held May 8-10. This will be the “grit and toughness” draft. Don’t look for them to deviate on character. They will stay close to normal methods of drafting players with degrees, former team captains and individuals with high football IQ’s.

The Falcons start offseason conditioning on Monday. We’ll have some media access on Tuesday.

Also, several of the top prospects including UCLA linebacker Anthony Barr, South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack are scheduled to visit Flowery Branch next week.

The Falcons have also been connected to all of the top tackles in the draft in Auburn’s Greg Robinson, Texas A&M Jake Matthews and Michigan’s Taylor Lewan.

It’s pretty clear that they are going either edge rusher or offensive tackle in the first round of the draft. Because the quarterbacks are dropping, the Falcons will be forced to trade up to get their man.

In our second mock offering, the Falcons will trade up from the No. 6 position to the No. 3 spot to select Robinson. He’s the most athletic of the lineman.

A longtime NFL scout told us at UGA’s Pro Day that Barr was dropping in the draft. We had Barr going 10th to Detroit in Mock 1.0, but he slipped all the way to Miami, which has the 19th pick, in this mock.

Also, Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater , who went fifth overall in Mock 1.0, has dropped to Arizona at the 20th spot.

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

1. HOUSTON: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina – They’ll worry about getting a quarterback later and take the best athlete in the draft.

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

3. ATLANTA (projected trade with 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. The Falcons went over to Auburn on Thursday to get another look. They were also at his Pro Day. He can handle the right tackle spot right away and eventually take over at left tackle. CLICK HERE for our video from Robinson’s Pro Day.

4. CLEVELAND: Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A – They Browns are going to keep drafting quarterbacks until they find one.

5. OAKLAND: Khalil Mack, LB, Buffalo – The Raiders can fill a need here.

6. JACKSONVILLE: (projected trade with Atlanta): Jake Matthews, OT, Texas A&M – The Jaguars elect not to over-draft a quarterback and take the best player available.

7. TAMPA BAY: Mike Evans, WR, Texas A&M – The Bucs look to replace the departed Mike Williams.

8. MINNESOTA: Blake Bortles, QB, Central Florida – With Matt Cassel on hand, Bortles won’t have to play immediately and will be allowed to develop.

NFL Network's Mike Mayock said he can't find a hole in Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack's game.  (Mike Groll/Associated Press)

NFL Network’s Mike Mayock said he can’t find a hole in Buffalo linebacker Khalil Mack’s game. (Mike Groll/Associated Press)

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

10. DETROIT: Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, FS, Alabama – He’s the top-rated safety in the draft. He played in 13 games as a freshman before starting 10 of 14 games in the National Championship 2012 season. He has great range and ball skills.

11. TENNESSEE: Darqueze Dennard, CB, Michigan State – 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.

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

13. ST. LOUIS: Justin Gilbert, CB, Oklahoma State — He had a strong showing at the combine. Some rate him ahead of Dennard.

14. CHICAGO: 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.

15. PITTSBURGH: 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.

16. DALLAS: Zach Martin, OT, Miami – He had a strong showing at the Senior Bowl.

17. BALTIMORE: Calvin Pryor, S, Louisville – Pryor is the second-rated safety.

18. N.Y. JETS: Odell Beckum Jr., WR, LSU – Beckum has elite speed and can take the top off of defenses.

19. MIAMI: Anthony Barr, OLB, UCLA – The Dolphins get another piece for the defense.

20. ARIZONA: Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville – The Cardinals believe they are getting

Louisville quarterback said he's the No. 1 quarterback in the 2014 NFL Draft at the scouting combine. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/dledbetter@ajc.com)

Louisville quarterback said he’s the No. 1 quarterback in the 2014 NFL Draft at the scouting combine. (D. Orlando Ledbetter/dledbetter@ajc.com)

value at this spot.

21. GREEN BAY: Eric Ebron, TE, North Carolina – The Packers must replace Jermichael Finley.

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

23. KANSAS CITY: Kelvin Benjamin, WR, Florida State – We are going back-to-back Seminoles here. He had the big catch in the national championship game.

24. CINCINNATI: Ryan Shazier, LB, Ohio State – Shazier 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: 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.

27. NEW ORLEANS: Marqise Lee, WR, USC – The Chiefs elect to pick up another offensive

Texas Tech's Jace Amaro (22) gets by Iowa State's Deon Broomfield (26) and Jeremiah George (52) during their NCAA college football game in Lubbock, Texas, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Stephen Spillman)

Texas Tech’s Jace Amaro (22) gets by Iowa State’s Deon Broomfield (26) and Jeremiah George (52) during their NCAA college football game in Lubbock, Texas, Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. (AP Photo/Lubbock Avalanche-Journal, Stephen Spillman)

weapon. He had a drop in production last season after catching 118 passes in 2012.

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

29. NEW ENGLAND: Jace Amaro, TE, Texas A&M – The smooth route-runner could be paried with Rob Gronkowski in the Patriot’s two-tight end sets. Basically, he’d be an Aaron Hernandez replacement.

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.

FALCONS’ DRAFT BOARD

–A look at Louisville LB Preston Brown

–A look at Iowa TE C.J. Fiedorowicz

–A look at Texas OLB/DE Jackson Jeffcoat

–A look at West Virginia RB Charles Sims

–A look at Auburn DE Dee Ford

–A look at Brigham Young OLB Kyle Van Noy

–A look at Arizona State OLB/DE Carl Bradford

–A look at UCLA OLB Anthony Barr

–A look at Alabama S Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

–BLOG: A list of the confirmed players at LOCALS DAY on Tuesday

–BLOG: FSU linebacker Telvin Smith visited the Falcons on Monday

–Falcons check out Towson State RB Terrance West, CB Jordan Love (UGA transfer)

–MyAJC ($): Eye-test vs. Tape-measure test: Falcons must trust their eyes during draft prep. 

FALCONS REWIND

–Blog: Falcons are not switching to a 3-4 defense front, they’ve been using it for past 2 seasons

–Blog: New jersey numbers picked; Devin Hester to wear No. 17

–Blog: Falcons awarded three compensatory picks

–Blog: Lamar Holmes was a performance-pay leader in 2014

–Blog: Umenyiora will return in 2014, no restructured deal

–Blog: Falcons release FB Bradie Ewing

–Blog: Falcons WR Roddy White owes Mercer fan some prime tickets

–Blog: Falcons owner Arthur Blank engaged to be married.  

–Blog: Former Falcons WR Kevin Cone to work out for Carolina

–Blog: Falcons re-sign defensive tackle Peria Jerry

–Blog: NFL to move forward on cleaning up ‘on-field’ language

MEET THE FREE AGENT SIGNEES

–MyAJC ($): Falcons spend $80 million in free agency to buy toughness

–Las Vegas doesn’t like Falcons’ free agency moves

–Falcons Free Agency Tracker — Falcons have committed $107.36 million to salaries 

–Q&A with PR/KR/WR Devin Hester

–Q&A with Falcons right guard Jon Asamoah

–Q&A with Falcons defensive end Tyson Jackson

–Q&A with Falcons defensive tackle Paul Soliai

2014 NFL DRAFT CENTRAL

–Mock Draft 1.0: Falcons trade out of sixth spot to land Pryor and Ebron

–12 teams who could draft UGA star Aaron Murray

–Louisville LB Preston Brown to work out for the Falcons

–Louisville DE Marcus Smith to work out for the Falcons

–MyAJC ($): OT Greg Robinson, DE Dee Ford shine at Auburn’s Pro Day

–VIDEO: Tackle Greg Robinson on Auburn’s Pro Day

–VIDEO: Running back Tra Mason on Auburn’s Pro Day

–Blog & VIDEO: Clemson QB Tajh Boyd has stellar Pro Day showing

–VIDEO: Clemson WR Sammy Watkins on his Pro Day

155 comments
TG88
TG88

Come on D-LO Nobody in their right mind would Trade up for Robinson Maybe TD would but I said right mind! LOLn. I dont even wanrt to draft him he cant pass block who is to say he will ever pass block in the NFL?????...Lets trade down and get some more picks..,.,With all that trash TD has given us lately we now need a Pass rushing DE a BIG DT or two a safety  Two or three OLMAN. 

Tetrazphere
Tetrazphere

So let me get this straight, you think/want the falcons to trade up to get Robinson from the 6th spot, which you already have projected to get Jake Matthews!?!?!?!? What?!?! Matthews is already pro-bowl ready at ANY position on the line and he doesn't need to work on his pass-block skills unlike Robinson for a pass heavy Falcons offense! So why would they PAY for 3rd pick for Robinson...who in all reality could easily drop to 6th anyway, and Matthews has more base talent in my opinion than Robinson. What's the real reason Mr. Ledbetter? Is he part of your extended family or something. My view on this is STAY at 6th and pick up Robinson or Matthews and if they're not available, Khalil Mack will be.

Leviathan
Leviathan

It would make the brain trust at Flowery Branch look real stupid if they basically won games at the end of the season to push them out of the top 2 or 3 draft spots to then turn around and give away additional draft picks to trade up to spot 2 or 3. I have said it before this GM and HC have struggled with the decision making progress at almost every turn. The decision to play all starters in a meaningless week 16 game when a 1st round bye had already been clinched, only to have your only pass rusher at the time(Mr. 55) get hurt. The decision to win meaningless games at the end of the 2013 season. The decisions to overdraft numerous 5th to 6th round level talented players as early as the 3rd round. The absolute failure to draft a pass rusher any higher than the 4th or 5th round for the last 4 years. The decision to pay Sam Baker the type of money he was offered. Peria Jelly!!!! I could go on but you get the point. Thomas Dimitroff and Mike Smith are poor decision makers. They still are not quite sure what schemes they wanna run. The owner comes out and says 3-4, the GM says more 3-4 then the Dunce of the group(Mike Smith) comes out and says they'll run the same D as last year. Like that crap was successful or something. SMDH. I'm beginning to think if there was a way for the Falcons to get Greg Robinson, Clowney and Kahlil Mack in this draft they would not use them properly on the field. People gave Smitty and TD tons of credit win the team was winning but most of that credit in my opinion rested firmly on the wide haunches of one Michael "The Burner" Turner. SJax is a shot fighter but he is a very nice person and speaks proper English so that goes a very long way with this GM. Arthur Blank wants tough guys and Dimitroff has been drafting and signing Boy Scouts.

HonestInformed
HonestInformed

I said it back then & I will say it again.


The Falcons should have let Washington score at the end  the meaningless game (Washington tried to score and we stopped them near the goal near the goal line)........IF the Falcons had been smart and had the foresight to plan for the future; we would have the 2nd pick in the draft AND higher daft picks in each round of this draft.


Coaches & GM worried about resume's; rather than the best long term interest for the team.


Trading UP would be a mistake. We need players. Draft the best OT available and then go from there.


I really wish we had the 2nd pick this year.

slydawg
slydawg

If they don't hate you unless you are successful. Calm down folks. Dled has not lost his mind. If his mock 2.0 would have contained no scenario where the Falcons trade up to get their man, then most of you would have not paid attention. I bet he has it now and with that said, he's done his job. Ya know, like, increase readership to his (the AJC's) blog. The worse thing to mention to a Falcons fans is "trade up." Blogs are meant to stir emotions in order to increase visits and page views.

GregoryM
GregoryM

This is so tiresome.  I really think DLed is on autopilot.  None of the draft stories have any insight.  Read the Internet articles, write a story.  If you're saying we're going to trade up, then you better have have an idea of WHAT we're trading.  With so many needs, why would the Falcons trade up for Robinson, when they almost certainly can get Matthews who has perhaps more plug-and-play ability than Robinson, who  probably has a higher upside than Jake, but might have work on pass protection skills at first?  Read Vaughn McClure at ESPN or read Falcoholic for more insight.  Honestly, I would hope that the "beat" writer for a team provides something that's more unique than this.  DLed (and Vivlamore) need to watch what DOB does with the Braves.  I actually learn things from his blog.  Yesh!

BRAVES2143
BRAVES2143

Why in the world would the Falcons trade up to draft a guy that might still be available at 6?   That is stupid. 

DarlaLewis
DarlaLewis

When have the Falcons had a great lineman? maybe Mike Ken a zillion years ago. You shouldn't have to trade up--- one of these guys will fall in our lap. This draft hit or miss will tell a lot about this regime in place. The fans are running out of patience, plus they don't want to see someone from the NFC south get a ring before the Falcons.....

UGA76
UGA76

1.  We need somebody else beside Fantasy Football Dimitroff to make the selections.

2.. Take the best of the 3 top LT with the 6th pick.  Plug him in at LT and let's don't talk about LT for the next dozen years.

3.  Draft the best pass rusher with the 2nd round pick.

4.  Draft the best S in the 3rd round.

5.  Draft another pass rusher and another OL with the 4th round picks.

6.  Draft a TE and a WR in the 5th and 6th rounds. 

7.  Draft for depth with the 3 picks in the 7th round. 

ronaldtallon
ronaldtallon

You think it was a long shot to pick a perfect bracket in NCAA Bball?    I think this might be less likely, to pick a correct first round.   I really don't know what the point is, except to just have something to talk about.

Dman
Dman

That is the dumbest thing I have heard so far in these Mock Drafts. What next, we move up to take a QB. Give me a break...

caneowar
caneowar

Well I must have been watching the wrong Atlanta Falcons team last season. Is there another Atlanta Falcon team that I never heard about? I'm not saying the Falcons should trade up.


I do know one thing though. You sure as heck don't trade down. You get the very best player you can get, while you can get it. The Falcons were weak everywhere, omitting TE and I'm talking about starters. While depth  would most definitely be a plus, this Falcon team needs starters. Trading down will get you another player or two, but they need the cream of the crop and you don't get that by trading down. Maybe a couple of spots down may be ok, no more than a couple of spot though..

You only trade up if you can get Clowney or (shocker) WR Watkins. Those two players are game changers. Roddy is getting a little long in the tooth and Julio is a injury waiting to happen. Ryan had absolutely no WR's worth mentioning. Tony G is gone so adding a WR would not be such a bad idea. If possible get either Clowney or Watkins if not, stay pat and grab one of the OT's or maybe even Mack if he is available at the number 6 spot.



skw6480
skw6480

Well, if we're going to play games and just trade up random spots here's my mock of D-Led's mock draft:

1. Falcons - Clowney (we give up Roddy, Mike Nolan and a water boy to be named later)

2. Falcons - Mack (we allow Les Snead to officiate Blank's wedding)

3. Falcons - Robinson (we trade all of our picks for an OT that supposedly has the classification to be great according to D-Led when everybody else says he's comparable to Mathews who would be available at #6) 

4. Falcons - Watkins (we trade next year's 1st since we got rid of Roddy - see above)

5. Falcons - HaHa (fitting, since D-Led's mock is a joke with unnecessarily trading up 3 spots for an OT when we can get one at #6. Oh, we have to trade 49% of Home Depot's stock and 1/2 of the profits from the PSLs for this pick)

6. Whoever has common sense to not trade up just 3 spots to draft a position that will easily have top talent readily available - Mathews.

7. The NFL shuts down the draft as the league has imploded on the stupidity of the Falcons trading up 3 spots to draft an OT at #3 when they could have drafted one at #6 without giving up anything in return. 

It's great to come up with ideas of trading up in the draft to get someone, but how come you don't list what we're giving up in return? When one of the Falcons biggest needs is depth why would they give up an extra 1-2 young players to get an OT that has similar talent as an OT drafted at #6? 

I tell you what, before you come out w/ Mock 3.0 run it by me first.

BigHittas
BigHittas

and I agree that QB's are tumbling down quick.

BigHittas
BigHittas

D-Led,

I'm starting to think that Robinson could be the number one pick. If it's not Clowney, it would be him IMO. I think the ATL will have to trade up to two to have a shot at him.
And that's only if Houston takes Clown or someone else.

bluedevilboss
bluedevilboss

Don't be surprised if we don't take a Tackle at all until 5th round, Henderson from Miami.  

DavidThead
DavidThead

I think the Falcons are actually in a position to trade down, if Mack is not available at number 6. They could trade down and take Clinton-Dix and pick up an extra second or third and address the line there. 

SOB
SOB

Dumb, dumber, and dumbest. Mike Smith is insane. Keep every pick and use them to upgrade team talent. Period. Finish. Finale. Stop the insanity of this woe begone franchise. Stop it!!

bluedevilboss
bluedevilboss

You are an idiot!!!!!!!!!! I think you just type this crap out to upset me.  No way we trade up to take a tackle.  Trade up to take a pass rusher, yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Not a tackle, no matter how good he is.  At the worst we get Mathews and that would be great.  

LostGoat
LostGoat

maybe thomas can trade 5 picks to get another wide receiver---he knows his stuff

hfc95
hfc95

The falcons will not trade up unless HOU takes Manziel over Clowney, which I do not see happening. Why would the falcons trade up to take a tackle that is rated slightly better when 2 other solid tackles will be available? Falcons will take Matthews or Mack whoever is available of those two.


Would love to see the falcons actually accumulate picks and trade back for once, these are good contracts for great production. Get some depth.


Late round sleeper diamond in the rough: Zachary Orr from North Texas. If any of you watched the UGA vs N. TEXAS game this past season Orr was everywhere. He doesn't have the hype or measurables but on the field he just makes plays.

DaVoice
DaVoice

Falcons, for the love of the game, don't panic and trade away your 2nd and 3rd round picks AGAIN.  It is a deep draft.  That is why the birds are so top heavy and have no depth.  They get nervous and don't let the draft come to them. 

TheBystander
TheBystander

I don't see the Falcons trading up if Robinson is gone. Taylor Lewan and Jake Matthews could still help Atlanta out. without trading picks.

PeachtreeBart
PeachtreeBart

@Tetrazphere  My thoughts exactly.  Why would they do that?   Matthews would be better anyway.  In fact, with all their talk of getting "tougher" and "nastier," it seems they'd drop down, take Taylor Lewan, or possibly Barr, and try to package the compensatory picks they would gain to nab TE Ebron.

GregoryM
GregoryM

@slydawg  I am not understanding the logic here.  Success doesn't breed hate (envy or disappointment, maybe).  What you seem to be saying is that DLed isn't worth reading unless he makes up enough of a crazy story to draw our attention.  I'm a Falcons fan and I'm not against a trade-up scenario, but it has to make sense.  We need help at several positions and that makes trading up for an OT much more unpalatable this year.

slydawg
slydawg

@GregoryM Just a theory. Baseball people, including the writers and reporters, are much more open when it comes explaining their game, player transactions, all of their unwritten traditional rules, stats from the 1800's and so on. So of course DOB has more to offer because he has more to share. Football folks have this ego trip of "if you never coached or played at this level" then you would never understand and your opinion therefore comes from ignorance. Football players have been psyched into thinking their in some kind of military... Lol... Anyway, the NFL draft is very popular but the negative is letting everyone know what you're thinking within a 16 game limit. Most so-called baseball fans cannot even tell me what date is the MLB draft. All of the draftees are going to the minor leagues anyway, hence the lack of importance and therefore the more open-minded nature of the baseball culture. In short, Dled has less to work with.b

RBI
RBI

@BRAVES2143 You are absolutely right!  It is stupid to trade up in this draft from the 6 spot, especially when there is no way that you will not find an extremely high quality player available at 6.  This is one of the best and deepest drafts in recent memory.  Don't trade picks in this draft just to move a little when the quality will not be much different.

GregoryM
GregoryM

@UGA76  Agreed.  After lots of reading, I think this is a very likely, and useful, scenario.  I think we might look for a TE in the 4th.  This kind of prediction both fits our needs and is a realistic look at the quality and depth of players in the draft.  If we trade up (and I really hope we don't), it might be for a S, and if we did that, I'd prefer to use a 1st or 2nd rounder from next year's draft.  I know how TD loves to move around in the draft, but this might the year to trade back, if we can find the right partner/deal.

RBI
RBI

@caneowar I'll give a scenario where it makes sense to trade down.  Say the draft unfolds to where when it comes to the 6th pick there are 3 players that fit Falcon needs and are rated by the Falcons as similar in talent.  Minnesota, with the 8th pick, calls and offers you a 3rd round pick to move up from 8 to 6 to take a QB they want (and is certainly not a position of need for the Falcons).  That is when you trade down, get a player you want at a position of need and gain an additional pick, with on the risk that the team picking 7 may take one of the 3 players you would consider at 6.

RBI
RBI

@BigHittas QB's falling in the Draft is a smoke screen.  Don't believe it.  They have always been ranked lower than the 3 OT's, Clowney, Mack, and Watkins.  It's just that the geniuses doing the Mock Drafts have started guessing that they will go later.  And, that is based on team's playing liars poker and saying they will wait until later in the Draft to take a QB.  Some of the QB needy teams may be telling the truth, but their need is too high to pass on the top QB's just for the sake of 5-10 places in the players value.


2 QB's, likely 3, will go in the first 10 picks.  The need is just too strong for those teams to wait 32 picks later to take a QB, especially if they will be picking from the left-overs in the 2nd round.

bluedevilboss
bluedevilboss

@DavidThead  yes!!!! finally a man with a plan.  could gain a 2 and 3 to move back to 15-20, get Safety, Pass Rusher, TE and Tackle in first three rounds.  

DOrlandoLedbetter
DOrlandoLedbetter moderator

But Robinson is a stud and maybe great. The others may just be very good .

Leviathan
Leviathan

@PeachtreeBart How do you package compensatory picks? You can't trade them if that's what you mean. Ebron is a top 15 talent.

slydawg
slydawg

@GregoryM @slydawg My friend, just peruse any headline here or go check Fox Sports. Most of the headlines and beginning paragraphs are designed to evoke some sort of reaction or emotion. However, mixed somewhere within the post is it's true intent. Furthermore, look how many comments were made on this post as opposed to what Dled has written all week. Not even close. Anyway, it's worth reading because one constant is true: Dimitroff will trade up to ensure he gets his guy if there is any inkling or whiff of another team moving in. This is a scenario most Falcons fans do not view as having worked in the past. But as an editor, whose job is to increase readership, I have no problem telling Dled to mix it up a Lil bit just to gage the reaction. And yes, believe the Falcons are paying attention. The words "explosive", " tough", "gritty" came from the fans, not the Falcons front office. Not to mention how media savvy ( or sensitive) the owner is.

RBI
RBI

@bluedevilboss @DawgGoneItSimple math --- there are 3 OT's, plus Clowney, Mack, and Watkins at the top of this Draft.  One of them will make it to the Falcons at 6.  And, even if the only one to make it to 6 is Watkins, take him anyway and make a trade for a position of need.  He is just too good to pass on if he is the only one of the Elite 6 to make it to the Falcons.

DawgGoneIt
DawgGoneIt

@bluedevilboss @DawgGoneIt  That's literally impossible. We pick at @6. So that would mean that Clowney, Mack, Matthews, and Robinson all go in the top 5 picks and not one QB goes. I don't think that's going to happen. But IF that scenario were to happen then you'd have to think about trading back. But if we stood still, I'd take Anthony Barr or Taylor Lewan

RBI
RBI

@bluedevilboss That sounds fine if these 3 OT's were what is typically found in draft.  They are not!  These 3 are better than the top 3 OT's in last years draft, and those 3 went in the first 4 picks last year.  There is a huge drop off in OT talent after the top 3 this year.

TG88
TG88

@DOrlandoLedbetter have you been Brainwashed by TD?? :)I saw him play in the bowl game Robinson looked like a wussy in that game.. STUD he might be but he cant pass Block. Trade down lets get some more picks

BannedPoster
BannedPoster

@DOrlandoLedbetter  "Maybe" great?  Why trade up for a "maybe" when you can have an OL at 6 and in the 2nd and 3rd rounds?  Makes no sense to waste picks when you can get an OT that will anchor your OL for years to come at 6 or 37.  The draft is that deep.  


Personally, take Mack at #6, he will still be there as Bortles, Clowney, Robinson, Manzel, and Matthews all come off the board before 6.  St. Loius and possibly Oakland will take a OL.  Texas will take Clowney and Jacksonville and Cleveland will take the QBs.  Mack is the best pass rusher and that needs addressed more than LT as the OL go a boost in FA.  

DawgWhisperer
DawgWhisperer

@DOrlandoLedbetter Exactly what is the difference between a very good and great offensive lineman? Absolutely no need to throw away needed draft pick(s) to move up with this scenario. An elite playmaker at QB, etc. might make sense but not a lineman.

bluedevilboss
bluedevilboss

@DawgGoneIt  or trade back to a team wanting Watkins or a QB, exactly the point, the way we work the draft is important, if we can add picks and still get Barr or Lewan then that is what you do.  Safety is a huge hole and trading back lets us get one in round 1 or 2