Look, I have no shame in admitting that I’m jacking this idea from the Falcoholic blog. But I’ll pretend that I’m doing it better, by going through the Falcons potential picks in their entire draft.
So I’m going to use the projections one can find at CBS Sports’ draft page in their player rankings. They aren’t the most accurate, but I do think they do represent what I’d consider to be the overall consensus on where most prospects ranking.
So for our first round pick we have the following players:
TE Jermaine Gresham, Oklahoma
OG Mike Iupati, Idaho
OC Maurkice Pouncey, Florida
DE Everson Griffen, USC
DE Brandon Graham, Michigan
OLB Sean Weatherspoon, Missouri
ILB Rolando McClain, Alabama
CB Joe Haden, Florida
Now, Dimitroff drafts based off need, and I think the two biggest needs in Atlanta are defensive end and linebacker. The Falcons have been coy since the Combine about their desire to improve their pass rush. Mike Smith said during a Combine interview that in order to improve their pass defense, they must address both the secondary and pass rush. Well, they addressed the secondary when they signed Dunta Robinson, so now I think it’s time to address the pass rush.
And with the 19th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Atlanta Falcons select…Defensive end Brandon Michigan from the University of Michigan.
Now, there are other players that are getting first/second round grades from CBS that we’ve worked out. In my opinion, these players become options if we trade back in the first round. These players include:
OT Rodger Saffold, Indiana
DT Jared Odrick, Penn State
DT Brian Price, UCLA
OLB Jerry Hughes, Texas Christian
CB Devin McCourty, Rutgers
Now, the Falcons lack a second round pick, but have worked out some players that are receiving a second round grade. I would not expect them to be options for any of our picks, but in case we do make some trades and wind up with a second round pick at some point next Friday, then I should mention those players:
WR Damian Williams, USC
DT Tyson Alualu, California
ILB Daryl Washington, Texas Christian
ILB Sean Lee, Penn State
Also getting, 2nd/3rd round grades are:
TE Anthony McCoy, USC
DT Torrell Troup, Central Florida
OLB Thaddeus Gibson, Ohio State
OLB Eric Norwood, South Carolina
Let’s just assume that as of now, none of those players fall into the middle of the third round, where the Falcons hold their next pick.
Here are the Falcons third round targets:
WR Jacoby Ford, Clemson
TE Dorin Dickerson, Pittsburgh
OC Matt Tennant, Boston College
CB Javier Arenas, Alabama
And also players that are considered borderline third rounders:
WR Jordan Shipley, Texas
OC J.D. Walton, Baylor
DE Brandon Lang, Troy
CB Amari Spievey, Iowa
CB Perrish Cox, Oklahoma State
So it’s possible that the Falcons with two picks in the third can take players from both groups. One should note that Ford, Arenas, Cox, and Shipley are all return specialists. We can probably cross out Lang now that we’ve drafted Graham.
With the 83rd pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Atlanta Falcons select…Center Matthew Tennant of Boston College.
With the 98th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Atlanta Falcons select…Wide receiver Jordan Shipley of the University of Texas.
Now to the 4th round. Our targets there are:
QB Jarrett Brown, West Virginia
WR Riley Cooper, Florida
DT Arthur Jones, Syracuse
ILB Jamar Chaney, Mississippi State
Since the Falcons haven’t addressed their linebacker position, this makes this pick easy. I’ve heard reports that Chaney is rising up the boards into the second/third round range, but until CBS Sports changes his grade, then we’ll just have to go with what they have here.
With the 117th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Atlanta Falcons Select…Linebacker Jamar Chaney of Mississippi State University.
Now we have two fifth round picks. I should note that Brown, Cooper, Jones, and Chaney were all considered borderline fifth round picks, so they could be available in the fifth as well. We should also add:
QB/WR Armanti Edwards, Appalachian State
FB Rashawn Jackson, Virginia
TE Michael Hoomanawanui, Illinois
OC Ted Larsen, N.C. State
DT Jeff Owens, Georgia
CB Trevard Lindley, Kentucky
With the 149th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Atlanta Falcons select…Defensive tackle Jeff Owens of the University of Georgia.
With the 165th pick of the 2010 NFL Draft, the Atlanta Falcons select…Tight End Michael Hoomanawanui of the University of Illinois.
Now we move to the sixth round, and we have several targets in that round:
RB Deji Karim, Southern Illinois
OC Joe Hawley, UNLV
DT Corey Peters, Kentucky
OLB A.J. Edds, Iowa
S Jeromy Miles, Massachusetts
P Zoltan Mesko, Michigan
But because of the point we’re at in the draft, Dimitroff likes to target role players that can make the roster. So I think it opens the door for guys that have later grades on CBS Sports to be viable options as well. So we might as well list every other guy we’ve worked out or shown interest in:
RB Curtis Steele, Memphis
WR Ryan Wolfe, UNLV
WR Donald Jones, Youngstown State
WR Richard Goodman, Florida State
WR Devin Guinn, Tarleton State
TE Michael Palmer, Clemson
OT Chris Campbell, Eastern Illinois
OG Chris Scott, Tennessee
OG Erik Cook, New Mexico
DT Kade Weston, Georgia
DT Doug Worthington, Ohio State
ILB Darryl Sharpton, Miami
ILB Vuna Tuihalamaka, Arizona
CB Traye Simmons, Minnesota
S Barry Church, Toledo
S Anthony Levine, Tennessee State
LS Mike Windt, Cincinnati
I’d like to believe that the Falcons will target another special teams player with at least one of these picks, if not both and/or address depth on one of their lines.
With the 171st pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Atlanta Falcons select…Linebacker Vuna Tuihalamaka of the University of Arizona.
With the 189th pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, the Atlanta Falcons select…Guard Erik Cook of the University of New Mexico.