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 Post subject: Post-Draft thoughts
PostPosted: Sun Apr 28, 2013 11:18 pm 
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Obviously, I'm not entirely happy with the draft. If I had to give it a grade, I'd give it a C.

I believe that Robert Alford and Levine Toilolo will mean the most to us this year, with Alford taking over PR/KR duties for us, and being a solid nickel corner. (I think that he will be capable of being a starter as well, but the difference that he'll make in the PR/KR game will be big for us this year.


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 Post subject: Re: Post-Draft thoughts
PostPosted: Mon Apr 29, 2013 4:07 am 
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I think you don't give enough belief in Desmond Trufant!! I believe he'll surprise many
in the pro's. I also believe in the kick returner and we need one bad.....

Its hard to really shine when your picking late; but I'd give it a " B" based on Trufant.

If Trufant doesn't work out it maybe goes down to D, in my eyes.

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 Post subject: Re: Post-Draft thoughts
PostPosted: Mon Apr 29, 2013 9:51 am 
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http://www.rotoworld.com/articles/nfl/4 ... aft-grades


Atlanta Falcons

22. Desmond Trufant, cornerback, Washington.
60. Robert Alford, cornerback, SE Louisiana.
127. Malliciah Goodman, defensive end, Clemson.
133. Levine Toilolo, tight end, Stanford.
153. Stansly Maponga, defensive end, TCU.
243. Kemal Ishmael, safety, Central Florida.
244. Zeke Motta, strong safety, Notre Dame.
249. Sean Renfree, quarterback, Duke.

Overview: The Falcons may receive universally mediocre draft "grades," but there is a method to GM Thomas Dimitroff's madness. Beyond day-one starter Trufant and 2014 hopeful Alford, Dimitroff targeted players for specific on-field roles. Goodman is a classic 4-3 strong-side end with vine-line arms and powerful performance on tape. He's an edge container. Toilolo isn't Tony Gonzalez's heir apparent; he's an in-line tight end who'll push for snaps as a rookie if he blocks well in practice. Maponga is an edge-rushing specialist. Ishmael and Motta should both be immediate core special teamers. Renfree could develop into Matt Ryan's long-term backup and a future trade chip if his arm gets stronger while riding the bench. Ultimately, Dimitroff wasn't trying to load up on stars in this draft. He added role players to upgrade the bottom third of his roster.

Grade: C+

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 Post subject: Re: Post-Draft thoughts
PostPosted: Mon Apr 29, 2013 11:46 am 
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I think the RotoWorld post Cyril has above is a pretty good summation of the Falcons draft this year. It wasn't sexy by any means but it helped fill out the depth chart a bit. Atlanta has always been inclined to rotate the D-Line and we where a bit light on depth in that area. At least we have some potentially good bodies to stick into the depth chart.

I'm a little surprised with us draft two safeties but we didn't have anyone exciting behind Moore and DeCoud anyways so that isn't so terrible.

Another thing to note from almost all the draft choices the Falcons made is that these kids where largely considered leaders on their teams. Dimitroff drafted smart players that are leaders.

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 Post subject: Re: Post-Draft thoughts
PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 1:40 am 
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I love the picks except for the 7th rounders, I wish that they would have addresses the LB depth and WR Depth. The Toilolo pick is awesome seeing that two of the biggest games we lost was because our redzone offense faltered. You plug Lolo in there with Gonzo, Roddy, Julio and SJax or Quizz you will have so many options inside the 20. They say that the windows get smaller in the redzone well 6'8 in the redzone is more like 7 feet to DBs and LBs.

The Goodman and Moponga picks are money because they are scheme diverse Goodman can be a good run defender that can chip in on the pass rush or put on more weight and play the 5 technique. Moponga can either play OLB in a 3-4 or be a situational rusher in a 4-3. Not a flashy draft but Trufant will be a solid pro and Alford has potential to be poor man's Patrick Peterson or end up being Amad Carroll, only time will tell.

All in all I like the draft I just really would have loved to land a LB and a WR. Hopefully one of the UDFAs can push HD83 and hopefully Brian Banks has become an awesome nickel LB while training with Jay Glazer :roll: .

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 Post subject: Re: Post-Draft thoughts
PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 6:18 am 
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Cyril wrote:
I think you don't give enough belief in Desmond Trufant!! I believe he'll surprise many
in the pro's. I also believe in the kick returner and we need one bad.....

Its hard to really shine when your picking late; but I'd give it a " B" based on Trufant.

If Trufant doesn't work out it maybe goes down to D, in my eyes.

I wanted to revisit this a bit. It's not that I think that Trufant will be horrible. I think that he will be serviceable as a #2 CB. My issue with Trufant is that I don't see a world of difference between him and Alford in terms of CB play. That was my problem with giving up draft picks to move up... The CB class in this draft was pretty deep. We all knew who the top guy was, but after that, it got a lot less clear. There were a whole bunch of guys who were, "2nd tier." The talent difference between those guys wasn't all that huge.

The only other team that took a CB between 22 and 30 was the Vikings, and they might well have gotten the guy that they wanted. Rhodes was ranked higher on many people's boards.

So again, my grade regarding this draft has a lot to do with giving up a top 100 pick when we have so many areas of need on our team. Those top 100 picks are important. We should be trying to acquire more of those, not less.


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 Post subject: Re: Post-Draft thoughts
PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 10:30 am 
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Just because one player is ranked high on everyone's draft board doesn't mean he is going to be a good fit for a specific team. I suspect that Atlanta viewed Trufant as the most NFL ready DB in the draft (or at least available) and that is exactly what the Falcon's needed. Someone that can come in and start day one and won't be too much of a liability due to raw undeveloped talent.

I think Trufant is one of those high floor middling ceiling that Pudge referenced in another post.

But, how many times have we seen top ranked players turn into garbage in the NFL and go no where? Especially in drafts where the talent pool is rather shallow.

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