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Falcons need a pass rusher still? Michael Sam is available

  • 9:32 am Saturday, May 10th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

FLOWERY BRANCH – Through the three rounds of the NFL draft, the Falcons have failed to fill a major need: Pass rusher.

Their attempts to trade up in the first round for South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and for Auburn’s Dee Ford were unsuccessful.

In the second round, they selected Minnesota nose guard Ra’Shede Hageman and said they will convert him to a five-technique (run stopping) defensive end.

In the third round, they selected Wisconsin safety Dezmen Southward, who was projected as a strong safety and to be taken in the fourth round by The Falcons said that he will play free safety.

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FINAL MOCK: Falcons projected to land Zack Martin

  • 12:42 pm Thursday, May 8th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

All signs are pointing to the Falcons back standing pat before the draft starts at 8 p.m. tonight, but we’re projected a deal once things get underway.

When Houston goes on the clock, they’ll wait and see if they can get the Falcons’ second, third and next season’s first round pick. They should be a short conversation.

Then the Falcons will sit tight with the sixth pick until they get a call from Buffalo’s to move up from No. 9.

The Falcons could take the pick from Buffalo, fall back to nine and take Notre Dame tackle Zach Martin.

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Mock 4.0: Falcons to select Michigan OT Taylor Lewan

  • 12:28 pm Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter
Taylor Lewan, NFL Draft, NFL, Atlanta Falcons, offense, Michigan Wolverines, college football, football

We purposefully didn’t do 10,000 mocks during the extended pre-draft process this year.

That time was better spent on researching players, keeping track of the private workouts and doing as many interviews and conference calls as possible.

We are going to call this one Mock 4.0 and reserve the right to put up the Final Mock by 12 noon Thursday before heading out to Flowery Branch for the festivities.

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

1. HOUSTON: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina – They are on record with wanting to trade the pick. The price is [More]

Here’s what it would cost to land Jadeveon Clowney

  • 3:59 pm Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Here’s what it would cost for the Falcons to trade up to the No. 1 spot to land Jadeveon Clowney.

The Falcons have to make up 1,400 points in the Draft Trade Value Chart.

After the Falcons and Texans flopped first-round picks there would be 1,400 point differential. The Falcons’ second-round pick (530 points) and third-round pick (250 points) this year, would leave them short of 620 points.

The Falcons would likely have to send next season’s first-round pick to make up the difference, if they believe the Falcons will draft 30th or lower next season.

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VIDEO: D. Led – Who the Falcons Will Draft at #6

  • 3:10 pm Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s D. Orlando Ledbetter & CineSport’s Noah Coslov discuss the moves the Falcons may or may not make in the NFL Draft and the player that’s getting the most attention right now.


–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 Missouri DE Kony Ealy

–A look [More]

NFL draft odds: Over/under on when Michael Sam is picked?

  • 9:18 am Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter


Here are some NFL draft odds, courtesy of Bovada.

They range from how many quarterbacks will be selected in the first round to when Missouri’s Michael Sam, the first openly gay player to enter the draft, will be selected.

 2014 NFL Draft – Will Jadeveon Clowney de drafted 1st overall?

Yes                   -500     (1/5)

No                   +300     (3/1)

2014 NFL Draft – How many Offensive Players will be drafted in the 1st Round?          

Over/Under                               15

2014 NFL Draft – How many Defensive Players [More]

8 questions for Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff

  • 10:00 am Wednesday, April 30th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter
The long and winding pre-draft process is coming to a close for Falcons officials. (Photos by D. Orlando Ledbetter/

FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff will hold his pre-draft press conference at 2 p.m. today at the team facility.

We have some questions for the general manager that I’ll send along with Michael Cunningham and the rest of Team AJC. (Someone has to pick up his freshman student from college today.)

Photos: Top NFL Draft prospects | Dimitroff’s draft deals

The staff members will have videos, blogs and photos posted shortly after the presser. Also, more in-depth stories will post to later in the day. (Feel free to stop back by!)

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Falcons fans against trading up for Jadeveon Clowney

  • 7:10 am Tuesday, April 29th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

In the Falcons’ draft war room, calmer heads are going to prevail and they won’t make the trade up for South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney.

General manager Thomas Dimitroff is going to talk Assistant general manager Scott Pioli out of the deal or vice versa.

Houston will want too much it and it won’t make sense to do the deal.

With the draft just over a week away, the fan-base has spoken. They don’t want the deal.

It’s highly unlikely that the coaching staff, which is in need of talent upgrades across the board, would be in support of such a move.

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Mock 2.0: Falcons trade up to land OT Greg Robinson

  • 11:46 am Friday, April 18th, 2014 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 [More]

VIDEO: Does Clowney’s decision hurt Falcons?

  • 12:29 pm Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 by D. Orlando Ledbetter

Does Jadeveon Clowney’s decision to not hold personal workouts affect the Falcons? The AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter & CineSport’s Noah Coslov discuss this & possible 2nd round picks. 

Here is when the Falcons will select. The N FL draft is set for May 8-10:

Round 1 – No. 6 overall
Round 2 – No. 37 overall
Round 3 – No. 68 overall
Round 4 – No. 103 overall
Round 4 – No. 139 overall (compensatory)
Round 5 – No. 147 overall
Round 6 – No. 182 overall
Round 7 – No. 220 overall
Round 7 – No. 253 overall (compensatory)
Round 7 – No. 255 overall (compensatory)


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