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Falcons Draft Board

April 23rd, 2006

From the way I understand how the war room works, NFL teams may wind up scouting 300-500 players for the upcoming draft, but their draft board will be whittled down to somewhere between 50-150 or so players that they actually want to draft.

I’m not sure how many the Falcons have or if they follow this same basic principle, but I’d guess they do. I’ve also heard that some (or perhaps most teams) really focus on a half dozen or so players per position.

I’ve done the same, picking no more than six players at positions I feel the Falcons are very likely to address. With the Falcons having six picks this year, I would be quite surprised if less than 4 players did not appear on this list.

Quarterbacks

Bruce Gradkowski, Toledo
Darrell Hackney, UAB
Erik Meyer, Eastern Washington
Drew Olson, UCLA
D.J. Shockley, Georgia

Running Backs

Brian Calhoun, Wisconsin
Maurice Drew, UCLA
Andre Hall, South Florida
Jerome Harrison, Washington State
Jerious Norwood, Mississippi State
Leon Washington, Florida State

Wide Receivers

Jason Avant, Michigan
Hank Baskett, New Mexico
Maurice Stovall, Notre Dame
Mike Hass, Oregon State
Troy Bergeron, Georgia Force AFL

Offensive Linemen

Rashad Butler, Miami (FL)
Daryn Colledge, Boise State
Ryan Cook, New Mexico
Paul McQuistan, Weber State
Mark Setterstrom, Minnesota

Defensive Linemen

Elvis Dumervil, Louisville
Chris Gocong, Cal Poly
Tamba Hali, Penn State
Parys Haralson, Tennessee
Julian Jenkins, Stanford
Babatunde Oshinowo, Stanford

Cornerbacks

Richard Marshall, Fresno State
Will Blackmon, Boston College
Kelly Jennings, Miami (FL)
Dee Webb, Florida
Ashton Youboty, Ohio State
Alan Zemaitis, Penn State

Safeties

Daniel Bullocks, Nebraska
Roman Harper, Alabama
Danieal Manning, Abilene Christian
Charlie Peprah, Alabama
Anthony Smith, Syracuse
Calvin Lowry, Penn State

I won’t try to predict when and where the Falcons may try to take these guys, but most of them are considered by most to be players that are likely to go after round two and before round seven.

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