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Scouting Report: Desmond Trufant

April 26th, 2013 Comments off
Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRE

Desmond Trufant

Most years I will break down anywhere between three and six games during the course of the year for scouting draft prospects. This year, I did not do that much. In recent weeks I did go back and watch a pair of games that Trufant played this past season, and also did scout him in three games as a junior. But here’s my take on Trufant as a player:

Height: 5-11 5/8
Weight: 190
School: Washington
Class: Senior
Speed: 4.38 (Combine)

Trufant was a productive, high-character, four-year starter at Washington. He comes from an NFL family, as his oldest brother Marcus played a decade with the Seattle Seahawks (2003-12), earning a Pro Bowl bid in 2007. He has another brother Isaiah, who has spent the past three season as a reserve and special teams player with the New York Jets. Trufant had a solid senior year, but probably entered the off-season considered to be a second day pick. But after a strong week of Senior Bowl practices, where he showed he was comfortable against top competition, his stock began to rise. He coupled that with a strong performance at the Combine, and ultimately was able to push his stock up into the latter part of the first round, earning consensus first round grades from most experts. He earned the starting job within the first month of his true freshman season. He started 45 straight games until missing 1 game late in his senior year with a hamstring injury. Finished his career as the school’s all-time leader in pass deflections with 38.

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2013 First Round Mock Draft (Final)

April 25th, 2013 Comments off
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Desmond Trufant

Earlier, I posted a mock that featured several trades. Here is my final projection for how the first round will unfold tonight without trades. No need for explanations or justifications at this point, just the picks…

 

1. Chiefs – OT Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M
2. Jaguars – OT Eric Fisher, Central Michigan
3. Raiders – DT Sharrif Floyd, Florida
4. Eagles – OT Lane Johnson, Oklahoma
5. Lions – DE Dion Jordan, Oregon
6. Browns – CB Dee Milliner, Alabama
7. Cardinals – OG Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina
8. Bills – WR Tavon Austin, West Virginia
9. Jets – OLB Jarvis Jones, Georgia
10. Titans – OG Chance Warmack, Alabama
11. Chargers – OT D.J. Fluker, Alabama
12. Dolphins – DE Ziggy Ansah, BYU
13. Jets (from Bucs) – TE Tyler Eifert, Notre Dame
14. Panthers – DT Sheldon Richardson, Missouri
15. Saints – OLB Barkevious Mingo, LSU
16. Rams – S Kenny Vaccaro, Texas
17. Steelers – WR Cordarelle Patterson, Tennessee
18. Cowboys – S Jonathan Cyprien, Florida International
19. Giants – DE Tank Carradine, Florida State
20. Bears – OG Justin Pugh, Syracuse
21. Bengals – S Eric Reid, LSU
22. Rams (from Redskins) – OG Kyle Long, Oregon
23. Vikings – CB D.J. Hayden, Houston
24. Colts – DE Datone Jones, UCLA
25. Vikings (from Seahawks) – DT Star Lotulelei, Utah
26. Packers – OT Menelik Watson, Florida State
27. Texans – WR DeAndre Hopkins, Clemson
28. Broncos – CB Xavier Rhodes, Florida State
29. Patriots – CB Jamar Taylor, Boise State
30. Falcons – CB Desmond Trufant, Washington
31. 49ers – S Matt Elam, Florida
32. Ravens – ILB Arthur Brown, Kansas State

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2013 First Round Mock (with trades)

April 25th, 2013 Comments off
Brian Losness-US PRESSWIRE

Jamar Taylor

One of the most difficult things about mock drafts is that there are inevitably trades that completely throw things out of whack. Here’s my meager attempt to project what the first round might look like with some of the projected movement that could occur tonight.

1. Chiefs – OT Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M
I see Joeckel as the Chiefs pick simply because Andy Reid and John Dorsey were in Green Bay at the same time that Mike Sherman, who recruited Joeckel to A&M, was there.
2. Jaguars – OT Eric Fisher, Central Michigan
The Jags have a lot of holes, but they need to also bolster their offensive line, which is among the league’s weakest if they intend to try and salvage the skittish Blaine Gabbert as their starting quarterback.
3. Lions (from Raiders) (trade*) – OT Lane Johnson, Oklahoma
The Lions don’t see Johnson lasting to five, and they want to make sure they get their bookend tackle. So they send the Raiders their 3rd round pick (65th overall) to jump up two spots. And since the Raiders currently lack a third round pick, they are happy to oblige.
4. Browns (from Eagles) (trade*) – DE Dion Jordan, Oregon
The Browns want to get Jordan to bookend with Kruger and will probably try and find a trade partner for Sheard later on to try and get back into the second round. They swap with the Eagles, giving up their 4th round pick (105th) to move up two spots.
5. Raiders (from Lions) (trade*) – DT Sharrif Floyd, Florida
The Raiders know they can move down pretty much anywhere within the Top 10 and still probably wind up with Floyd, who adds a good player on a defensive line that sorely needs it.
6. Eagles (from Browns) (trade*) – CB Dee Milliner, Alabama
The Eagles don’t have a pressing need that they must address, and thus will settle for Milliner to bolster a revamped secondary.
7. Cardinals – OG Jonathan Cooper, North Carolina
The Cards choose Cooper over Warmack just because he offers a bit more potential as a pass protector, and Arians is a guy that has always leaned heavily on throwing the ball.
8. Steelers (from Bills) (trade*) – WR Tavon Austin, West Virginia
The Steelers make the night’s first really bold move by jumping up 9 spots to get Austin, a kid from their own backyard. Austin adds the explosive element to their offense that they lost with Mike Wallace, and also should be a much more reliable return option than Chris Rainey. The Steelers deal their second round pick (48th overall) to jump up here.
9. Jets – OLB Jarvis Jones, Georgia
Medical issues aside, the Jets go with Jones over Mingo and Ansah based purely off production.
10. Titans – OG Chance Warmack, Alabama
With the Cards taking Cooper, the Titans are happy to settle for Warmack. He’s a better fit anyway since the Titans want to be able to clear lanes for Chris Johnson.
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2013 Mock Muncher – Final Update

April 25th, 2013 1 comment
Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Desmond Trufant

The day has arrived, as tonight commences the 2013 NFL Draft! This is the final update for all the mock drafts I’ve collected and collated this off-season to see what the so-called experts project the Atlanta Falcons to do in this year’s draft. In total, 217 mocks were munched, over half of which came in the month of April (120). For most of the off-season, most were projecting the Falcons to focus on the tight end position. Desmond Trufant made a late run to surpass Tyler Eifert as the top pick projected to the Falcons. Mainly because Trufant was the projection for over a dozen sites’ final mock drafts.  As we got further along in the off-season, cornerback and defensive end became the predominant projection for the Falcons. With this final update, there includes a number of mocks that project the Falcons to trade up in the draft as those rumors have picked up steam over the past week or so. After Eifert and Trufant, Jamar Taylor and Zach Ertz were the most popular projections. Here are the final tallies for the off-season. Scroll down to the bottom to see the tallies for the month of April.

Total Mocks (217 total, 177 unique):
1. Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington (37 total, 28 unique)
2. Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame (35 total, 26 unique)
3. Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State (22 total, 18 unique)
4. Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford (20 total, 16 unique)
5. Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State (12 total, 9 unique)
6. Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M (10 total, 6 unique)
7. D.J. Hayden, CB, Houston (8 total, 7 unique)
7. Tank Carradine, DE, Florida State (8 total, 7 unique)
9. Johnthan Banks, CB, Mississippi State (7 total, 7 unique)
10. Alex Okafor, DE, Texas (7 total, 5 unique)

4.25 - ESPN Insider (Mel Kiper): Robert Alford, CB, SE Louisiana
4.25 - ESPN Insider (Todd McShay): Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
4.25 - Walter Football: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
4.25 - Walter Football (Charlie Campbell): D.J. Hayden, CB, Houston
4.25 - Football’s Future: Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State
4.25 - Draft Countdown: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
4.25 - Draft Tek: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
4.25 - Ourlads: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
4.25 – Rotoworld (Josh Norris): Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
4.25 – Rotoworld (Evan Silva): Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
4.25 – CBS Sports (Rob Rang): Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
4.25 - CBS Sports (Dane Brugler): Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State
4.25 - CBS Sports (Pete Prisco): Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State
4.25 – National Football Post: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
4.24 – SI.com (Peter King): Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
4.24 – NFL.com (Mike Mayock): Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
4.24 - NFL.com (Bucky Brooks): Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
4.24 – Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
4.24 – CBS Sports (Clark Judge): Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State
4.24 – CBS Sports (Pat Kirwan): Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
4.24 – CBS Sports (Jason La Canfora): Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
4.24 – Pro Football Talk: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
4.24 – FOX Sports: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
4.24 – USA Today (Nate Davis): Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
4.24 – Great Blue North Report: Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
4.24 - Draft Daddy: D.J. Hayden, CB, Houston
4.24 - NFL Draft Blitz: Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
4.24 - Draft King: Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
4.24 – Draft Breakdown (Spencer & Engle): Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
4.24 – Draft Breakdown (Andrew Parsons): Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU
4.24 – The Football Expert: Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
4.24 – NFL Draft Geek: D.J. Hayden, CB, Houston
4.24 – NFL’s Future: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
4.24 - Draft Season (Onebar): Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State
4.24 - FF Toolbox (Ben Standig): Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
4.24 - FF Toolbox (Matt De Lima): Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State
4.24 - FF Toolbox (Ricky Dimon): Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State
4.24 – FF Toolbox (Forrest N. Long): D.J. Hayden, CB, Houston
4.24 - FF Toolbox (Rob Warner): Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
4.23 – NFL.com (Gil Brandt): Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
4.23 - Draft Season (Lomas): Datone Jones, DE, UCLA
4.22 – CBS Sports (Will Brinson): Dee Milliner, CB, Alabama
4.22 – Ourlads (Chris Steuber): Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
4.22 – Draft Season (Lupagus): Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame

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Falcons to host local pro day on Wednesday

April 9th, 2013 3 comments
Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Auburn TE Philip Lutzenkirchen

Updating a previous report, the Falcons will hold their pro day for local prospects tomorrow, Wednesday, April 10. D. Orlando Ledbetter of the AJC mentions several prospects that are confirmed to be working out for the team. Among them are defensive tackle T.J. Barnes (Georgia Tech), cornerbacks A.J. Bouye (Central Florida) and Branden Smith (Georgia), running backs David Carter (Morehouse) and Kenny Miles (South Carolina), offensive linemen Edmund Kugbila (Valdosta State) and Jamaal Johnson-Webb (Alabama A&M), and tight end Philip Lutzenkirchen (Auburn).

Most of the confirmed prospects and any others aren’t likely to be high picks. Among the confirmed players, Barnes figures to be the most likely to be taken in the draft. CBS Sports projects him as a fifth round pick and he is their 15th-ranked defensive tackle. The massive nose tackle (6-6, 369) did not start until his final season at Georgia Tech, where he posted career highs with 28 tackles, 5 for loss, 1.5 sacks, and 3 passes broken up.

Smith might also be in the mix for a late round pick, as he is the 37th ranked cornerback on CBS Sports. He impressed at Georgia’s pro day, clocking a 4.38 40 time. He started 25 games over the past three seasons, tallying 4 interceptions and 17 pass breakups in that span. He was arrested for possession of marijuana last spring. He was invited to the East-West Shrine game this past January, where he managed an interception, but also was beat for a touchdown.

Bouye is coming off his best season at Central Florida, recording 53 tackles, 3 interceptions and 11 pass breakups. He has a nice combination of size (6-0/186) and athleticism, clocking a 4.55-second 40 time and having 36.5-inch vertical jump at his pro day. He is the 66th ranked cornerback prospect by CBS Sports.

Carter likely will move to fullback given his size (5-9/229) and his slower speed (5.03 second 40 time). He earned conference player of the year as a junior after rushing for 1,495 yards and 19 touchdowns. A hamstring injury limited him as a senior, and his production fell to 841 yards and 13 touchdowns.

Miles led the Gamecocks in rushing as a redshirt freshman with 626 yards and a touchdown. He would serve as the backup the past three years behind Marcus Lattimore, but log 8 starts due to injury. As a senior with six of those starts, he finished the year with 104 carries for 359 yards (3.5 avg) and 2 touchdowns. He also caught 52 career passes. A smaller back at 5-8, 192 pounds, he clocked a 4.50 second 40 time at his pro day. He is the 40th ranked RB prospect at CBS Sports.

Kugbila was invited to February’s Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, where the 6-4, 317-pound guard ran a 5.31 second 40 time, bench pressed 225 pounds 23 times, and had a 22.5-inch vertical jump. He would improve on those numbers (5.13/24/26.5) at his pro day. He’s started the past two seasons at guard after beginning his career at tackle. The Ghanan native is the 26th ranked guard by CBS Sports.

Johnson-Webb was another Combine invitee where he measured in at 6-5, 313 pounds with nearly 36-inch arms. He began his career as a guard before moving to left tackle. At the Combine, he ran a 5.37 second 40 time, did 17 bench reps, and had a 23-inch vertical jump. He is graded as a guard by CBS Sports, where he is ranked 22nd on their list.

Lutzenkirchen entered the season fairly highly regarded as he was CBS Sports’ 8th ranked TE in their preseason rankings. But a hip injury sidelined him in October. In six games, he caught 15 passes for 139 yards (9.3 avg) and no touchdowns. That after two seasons where he was a valuable asset in the redzone, combining for 12 touchdowns on only 39 catches. His 14 career touchdown passes is currently the school record for tight ends. He was able to participate at the Combine, running a 4.94 40 time with 21 bench reps, 30.5-inch vertical. He doubled at times as a lead blocker and fullback showing his versatility. He is currently ranked 24th by CBS Sports among tight ends.

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Falcons checked out pair of Clemson prospects

April 7th, 2013 Comments off

Adam Caplan of The Sideline View reported last week that the Falcons were scheduled to visit with Clemson defensive Malliciah Goodman, while Tony Pauline of TFY Draft Insider said that his former teammate and center Dalton Freeman visited with the team this past week.

Goodman is coming off his best season at Clemson, recording 7 sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss. He certainly has excellent NFL measurables, standing 6-4 and 276 pounds at the Combine, with arms that measure over 36 inches and 11-inch hands. He did 26 bench reps at the Combine with a 4.87 second 40 time and 31.5-inch vertical jump. He is projected by CBS Sports to be a third round pick.

Freeman measures in at 6-5, 291 pounds and is a rising prospect that is getting late round grades. He is a four-year starter that was not invited to the Combine, but made up for it with a strong performance at Clemson’s pro day last month. He ran a 4.91 second 40 time, benched 225 pounds 34 times, and recorded a 34-inch vertical jump.

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Falcons take closer look at Notre Dame safeties

April 7th, 2013 Comments off

Matt Fortuna of ESPN reports Notre Dame safety Jamoris Slaughter is likely to be a candidate to work out at the Falcons local pro day this month. Aaron Wilson of Scout.com reports that fellow Golden Domer Zeke Motta had a visit with the Falcons this past week.

Slaughter a native of Stone Mountain, GA will be allowed to work out with prospects from nearby high schools and colleges at the Falcons facility. An exact date for the Falcons local pro day is not known, but in past years has been scheduled a few weeks before the draft. Slaughter missed nearly all of this past season with a torn Achilles tendon. In 2011, he had 45 tackles, 4 for loss, 1 interception, and 3 pass breakups. He is unlikely to be drafted given his injury, but could be a nice pickup as an undrafted player if his rehab continues to progress.

Motta could be looked as a late-round pick for a team. He has good size (6-2, 213) with run-stopping ability. While he did not pick off a pass this season, he did have 77 tackles which ranked second on their team behind Manti Te’o. He could potentially carve out a role on special teams in Atlanta.

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Falcons look at several West Coast prospects

April 7th, 2013 Comments off
Andrew Weber-US Presswire

Boise State’s Jamar Taylor among Falcons targets

Tony Pauline of TFY Draft Insider has been on top of the Falcons conducting workouts of several West Coast prospects this weekend. Yesterday, Pauline tweeted that the Falcons worked out a number of prospects at Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, CA. Among them were UCLA defensive end Datone Jones and running back Johnathan Franklin along San Diego State tight end Gavin Escobar and cornerback Leon McFadden. Per Pauline, Jones had an impressive workout. Today, the Falcons were set to look at a group of prospects from the Bay Area including Cal center Brian Schwenke, Stanford tight ends Levine Toilolo and Zach Ertz as well as running back Stepfan Taylor. Tomorrow, the Falcons will look at cornerback Jamar Taylor (Boise State).

Jones, Ertz, and Taylor have been projected as potential targets for the Falcons top pick on April 25. Franklin, Escobar, McFadden, and Schwenke have been graded by many to be potential second day targets for the team. Toilolo is considered a late round prospect, while Stepfan Taylor is likely to be taken in the middle rounds.

Datone Jones had his most productive year as a senior, with 62 tackles, 19 for loss, and 5.5 sacks. He played predominantly end for UCLA, but also got opportunities to line up inside at defensive tackle and rush the passer. Franklin got off to a fast start this past year, rushing for over 200 yards in his first two games, making him an early Heisman candidate. He finished the season with 282 carries for 1734 yards (6.1 avg) and 13 touchdowns. He also caught 33 passes, excelling in the zone blocking scheme incorporated by new head coach Jim Mora this past year. He is noted for his speed (4.49 second 40) and quickness.

Ertz is considered alongside Notre Dame’s Tyler Eifert to be the premier tight end in this year’s class. He had his best year as a senior with 69 catches for 898 yards (13.0 avg) and 6 touchdowns, the leader for the team. His teammate Toilolo was highly-touted going into the season, but had disappointing production with inconsistent hands. He finished the year with 24 catches for 393 yards (16.4 avg) and 4 touchdowns.  But his large frame (6-8, 260 pounds) and blocking potential still means he could be a solid NFL player. Stepfan Taylor has been a workhorse for Stanford the past three seasons since taking over for Toby Gerhart. He put together his best season this past fall with career highs of 320 carries for 1530 yards (4.8 avg), coupled with 13 touchdowns. He also improved as a pass catcher with 41 catches, second on the team. Taylor isn’t blessed with great size or speed (4.76 second 40 at the Combine), but is a powerful consistent runner that can at least carve out a role as a quality backup in the pros.

Escobar didn’t have as productive a year as many hoped this year, thanks in part due to the departure of quarterback Ryan Lindley. As a sophomore, he caught 51 passes for 780 yards (15.3 avg) and 7 touchdowns, but those numbers fell to 42 catches for 543 yards (12.9 avg) and 6 touchdowns this past year. That was still good enough to lead his team for the long tight end that measured in at 6-6, 254 pounds at the Combine. McFadden is a ballhawk that collected 8 interceptions and 47 pass breakups over his career. He was compared favorably to Brent Grimes by NFL.com’s draft profile.

Jamar Taylor impressed at the Combine when he clocked a 4.39 40 time coupled with 22 bench reps, indicating both speed and strength for the 5-11, 192-pound corner. He had his most productive year this past seasons with 51 tackles, 3.5 for loss, 4 interceptions, and 13 pass breakups.

NFL.com’s Mike Mayock lists Schwenke as his top-rated center in this year’s class, as the three-year starter is coming off his first season at the position. The two previous years, the 6-3, 314-pound player played both guard spots giving him added versatility. He lifted 225 pounds 31 times at the Combine and clocked a 4.99 second 40 time, indicating he possesses good strength and athleticism.

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2013 Three-Round Mock Draft

April 7th, 2013 Comments off
Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Luke Joeckel is the top pick?

This is the second official mock I’ve posted this off-season, you can click here to see the first from a month ago. I ran through a first round mock on twitter a week ago and this one won’t be that dissimilar. The biggest and most noteworthy change is that I do not have a single quarterback being taken in the first round of this new three-round mock.

That is significant in my eyes because it would be the first time since 1996 that has happened. So odds are, in that sense this mock will be wrong since it’s only happened once in the past seventeen drafts. But what is interesting that when we entered this off-season, there were a number of teams picking in the Top Ten picks that had needs at quarterback: Kansas City, Jacksonville, Oakland, Philadelphia, Cleveland, Arizona, Buffalo, and the New York Jets. All but one of those teams have made moves this off-season to secure veteran signal callers. That lone holdout is the Jaguars. Even low-level moves such as the Bills and Browns adding Kevin Kolb and Jason Campbell, respectively, suggests to me that teams have learned their lesson and are more reluctant to reach on a first round quarterback.

It’s simply not a good class, and I think the movement of veteran quarterbacks shows that the teams picking at the top of the first round are reluctant to make that investment in subpar players. There could be some passers drafted in the first round from teams moving into the latter part of Round One. The Jaguars hold the key. If they pass on a quarterback at Pick No. 2, they then are likely to pull the trigger on a quarterback with the opening pick of Round 2 at No. 33. Teams might try to jump ahead of them into the latter portion of Round One to get the guy they like. But we will see. This draft won’t be short on interesting storylines, even if it is on top-end talent.

Also you might want to check out the updated mock muncher.

1. Kansas City Chiefs – OT Luke Joeckel, Texas A&M
The reason why Joeckel has been penciled in here is because I haven’t heard enough to not pick him. It’s pretty safe to assume the Chiefs will use the top pick on the best tackle on their board. But whether that player is Joeckel remains to be seen. The reason why most put Joeckel over Eric Fisher is because of the higher level of competition. And the reason why Joeckel over Lane Johnson is because of experience and consistency. But one could argue that Fisher and/or Johnson have higher upside due to their athletic ceilings. Nothing in the pasts of Andy Reid or GM John Dorsey suggest that they have a strong small school bias to use that as a reason to put Joeckel over Fisher. But the consensus today is that Joeckel is slightly better than Fisher, and until there are a few more Mike Mayocks out there that are willing to shift their opinions, I’ll keep pegging Joeckel to be the top pick.

2. Jacksonville Jaguars – DE Dion Jordan, Oregon
What is interesting to me is that Jacksonville’s new GM is David Caldwell, a disciple of both Thomas Dimitroff and Bill Polian. Both Dimitroff and Polian hired defensive-minded coaches as their first choice at their respective jobs in Atlanta (Mike Smith) and Indianapolis (Jim Mora), but proceeded to draft quarterbacks with their first picks. Caldwell hired Gus Bradley from Seattle, who is a defensive maven who’d probably love to have Dion Jordan be the foundation of his rebuilding project for Jacksonville’s defense. But I’m also confident that Caldwell has little faith in Blaine Gabbert moving forward. I just wonder if his confidence is low enough, or perhaps his faith is high enough in one of these prospects to use the No. 2 pick overall on a quarterback. I don’t think so. I think unlike Dimitroff and Polian, Caldwell will settle for taking the best quarterback available with the top pick in the second round.

3. Oakland Raiders – DT Sharrif Floyd, Florida
The Raiders are just going to be looking for a good football player, and a lot of people really like Floyd. The signing of Tracy Porter probably precludes a move to get Dee Milliner at this pick, who fills a much higher need.
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Falcons taking a closer look at UGA’s Ogletree

March 22nd, 2013 Comments off
Daniel Shirey-US PRESSWIRE

Georgia LB Alec Ogletree

Falcons head coach Mike Smith was in attendance at yesterday’s pro day for the University of Georgia. Much of the story surrounding yesterday’s pro day centered around the “lackluster” performance of outside linebacker Jarvis Jones, who clocked a disappointing 4.92 second 40 time, prompting some to view the 6-3, 249-pound pass rusher as a better prospect at defensive end.

But more interesting was the tweet of the AJC’s D. Orlando Ledbetter yesterday that the Falcons have scheduled a private workout for linebacker Alec Ogletree. The 6-3, 244-pound inside linebacker ran a 4.64 second wind-aided 40 time and lifted 225 pounds 18 times on the bench press. Ogletree has the athleticism and versatility to potentially play all three linebacker positions at the next level and has been favorably compared to current Falcon Sean Weatherspoon given his athleticism.

Ogletree is projected as a first round pick, although his stock took a hit following a February DUI arrest. This came on the heels of a 4-game suspension to start the 2012 season due to a failed drug test. He was suspended for a game as a freshman following the theft of a scooter helmet. The Falcons typically avoid players with off-field red flags, but scheduling a visit with him likely indicates they want to take a closer look at the talented linebacker.

Despite not playing a full season, Ogletree’s production was off the charts this past year, as his 111 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 1 interception, and 6 pass breakups exceeded his combined totals from the two previous years: 86 tackles, 8.5 for loss, 3 sacks, no interceptions, and 3 breakups.

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