The Mattural wrote:
Ran the 40 in 4.8 seconds, his stock is sinking fast. To think that he was actually thought of as a top ten pick. When he sees where he goes he will be madder than a Alabama Catfish nailed to a Georgia pine tree (Too much Lizard Lick towing ).
Going into his senior year, some people had him No. 1 overall on their draft boards. But Laurinaitis was also exposed in the championship game vs. LSU in '08 (when he was a junior). But after a solid, but unspectacular senior year, he fell on draft boards. Didn't test particularly well, and they kept debating leading up to the draft whether he deserved to be a late 1st or early 2nd. Remember, there was even a point where the Falcons were linked to possibly drafting him late in Round 1 before they ultimately went out and signed Mike Peterson.
The Mattural wrote:
This would mean that Lamar Holmes was a wasted pick if he is not in the mix to start somewhere on the O-line.
Not necessarily. It depends on how the Falcons structure Baker's deal. Thomas DeCoud got a 5-yr. deal from the Falcons last off-season, but the way it was structured was that the cap hits in Years 1 & 2 were pretty low, with a significant hike in Year 3 which would remain about the same for Years 4 & 5. If Baker gets the same, which basically means that instead of signing a 5-yr. deal, he's in essence signing a 2-yr. "prove it" deal, where he's going to have to prove that 2012 wasn't an aberration and that he can maintain that play for 2013 & 2014, thus to merit whatever the pay hike that is to come in 2015. Guess what? Lamar Holmes final year on his rookie deal is 2015, so it could be the opportune time to toss him the keys.
In the meantime, Clabo's deal also runs through 2015. But guess what, his cap hits for 2013, 2014, & 2015 are all the same: about $6 million. And none of it is guaranteed. So if Clabo's age starts to catch up with him and he starts to take another step or two back after this year, then the Falcons have no obstacle to cut him and plug in Holmes. LIke, the Falcons could cut Clabo after this upcoming season and save nearly $3 million in cap space against the 2014 cap.
So Holmes will still have options even if the Falcons retain Baker and Clabo. The key for him is that he has to keep improving and working everyday and if the coaches are aware of this, eventually they'll give him his shot sooner rather than later.