there was much 'talk' about Nolan being looked at as a HC elsewhere in the league, but he announced he would be coming back....I mentioned to Pudge that had TD jumped up to get a TE early, he would lose Nolan. I know I sure wouldn't stay, or at least I would be entertaining offers..
I believe that the conversation went something along the lines of: " stay, and we will give you the farm in the draft'.
the draft comes and we go :
Round 1 (22) - CB Desmond Trufant, Washington
Round 2 (60) - CB Robert Alford, SE Louisiana
Round 4 (127) - DE Malliciah Goodman, Clemson
Round 4 (133) - TE Levine Toilolo, Stanford
Round 5 (163) - DE Stansly Maponga, TCU
Round 7 (243) - S Kemal Ishmael, Central Florida
Round 7 (244) - S Zeke Motta, Notre Dame
Round 7 (249) - QB Sean Renfree, Duke
Nolan comes in and see's two non 'team players'. Edwards and Grimes...they are outta here and we pick 2 CB's early and 2 DE's later . I love the Nolan Show!
only 2 offense picks!?QB is basically a long term backup, that maybe could be trained up to trade for picks down the road, ala Schaub. The TE is an athletic marvel with big-time potential, and one that comes from a Stanford program known for producing NFL-quality tight ends. Excellent pick at the end of the fourth round, in my opinion. I know people are saying 'he's big, but lacks technique and was buried behind Ertz.' I dont think we drafted him with the idea that withing one year he would come in and start to take over for TG, just due to his size. Maybe in the redzone, but his routes aren't all that great, and he needs polishing. But, provided he can remain healthy, he can be taught up to be a decent blocking TE, something Coffman or TG dont do consistantly well at. Then either one of our current TE's step up this year, or we go all out next season for the best TE on the board. Then, were 'set' and we can go about restructuring our offense to incorporate more 2 TE schemes, at a time when SJax and Snelling may be slowing down. Makes sense to me.
I dont know much about the safeties, but I think it is wortth noting that Nolan is putting his imprint not only on MIke Smith's D, but TD's draft.
All hail Nolan!
and from the Falcoholic:
Ronnie Wingo, Jr., RB/FB - Arkansas
4.4ish 40 yard dash. Played in the SEC. Big boy. That's about it.
Terren Jones, OT - Alabama State
Immediately the biggest player on the team - he's almost 6'8 and he's pushing 360 lbs. Good Vishnu, we could just have him sit on opposing players. I'm most impressed by his vertical, which was 24 inches at his pro day.
Ryan Schraeder, OT - Valdosta State
The best division 2 offensive linemen in the country last year, he's roster filler, the good kind.
Seth Doege, QB - Texas Tech
Last name pronounced DAY-ghee, his 333.7 passing yards/game was 5th best in the country last year. That said, he's probably destined for the practice squad at best.
Matt Smith, C - Kentucky
Put up 28 reps at 225 lbs at his pro day. He's a smart center who played defensive tackle until college. Has struggled with durability issues, pulling a hammy at his pro day.
Casey Barth, K - North Carolina
Kid seems to have a leg on him. And he apparently withstood straight rejection at his pro day. But let's be honest, he's just here to keep Matt Bryant company during training camp. Ya know, because Bryant gets lonely sometimes.
Joplo Bartu, LB - Texas State
Notched 62 tackles in the last 4 games of his collegiate career, he's gotta be better than Robert James. He will need to adjust to playing against far better talent, because let's be honest, the Western Athletic Conference isn't exactly known for churning out pros.
Nick Clancy, LB - Boston College
He went to the same school as Matt Ryan, and that's gotta count for something!
Rashad Evans, WR - Fresno State
Tiny, speedy receiver with returner potential.
Donald Russell, RB - Georgia State
Occasionally dominated mediocre talent in college. Local kid who impressed several NFL scouts at his pro day.
Sean Sellwood, P - Utah
Not Matt Bosher, but then again, only Matt Bosher is Matt Bosher. Makes sense, right?
Brandon Thurmond, OLB - Arkansas Pine-Bluff
Built like a dump truck, notching 25 tackles for a loss in 2012. Some draft scouts had him going in the 6th or 7th round.
Paul Worrilow, ILB - Delaware
Leader of the Blue Hen defense in 2012, he was good enough to not play at Delaware. We're thin at LB, so any depth helps.