Brown I don't think would be a good fit. He's a big guy and a good athlete for his size, but he's more of a straight-ahead mauler than a guy that is going to be quick and fast. If we are still going to use a lot of cut blocks under Jags, I think it will be tough for Brown since he is so big. Once a big guy like that goes down, it's hard for him to get back up.
As for Snyder, I'm curious why you think so highly of him? From most experts, it would be a stretch to put Snyder in the 3rd round let alone the first. He too seems like a big, slow type player. I thinkt he Falcons really want athletes up front.
I think two free agents that could help us up front is Dan Neil and Rick DeMulling. Both are solid starters. I think Neil (when healthy) is a Top 10 guard in this league. The fact that he hasn't gotten much bites in free agency however seem to indicate that he's not looking to be 100% in the near future. DeMulling is getting a lot of interest from teams besides Atlanta. Both players could be pricey, but I think would signficantly upgrade the units. I think both players are skilled enough to immediately come in here and be the best player on the line. I would say as of now that honor is held by Kynan Forney.
As for gauging our success in 2005, I'm not so optimistic. I think the team will be good, but I don't expect a repeat of the NFC Championship. As I see it, this team overachieved last season. I'm also very weary of the QB situation and Vick's ability to stay healthy. I think that's going to be a situation that I'm never going to be comfortable with until we have a solid veteran #2 in there or Schaub really starts to play like a starting caliber QB. We don't have that yet, and I'm weary about our success.
It's still very early, but I'm not sure our success will be that good since a lot of teams that underachieved this past year (Carolina, Seattle, St. Louis, Detroit, etc.) will probably be stronger, which will make it much harder for the Falcons to beat up on 6-10 teams in the playoffs (which is the record the Rams should have had last season). Considering we're still having problems with our division rivals, I'm not sure winning the division is something that's "just going to happen."
It's a long road ahead of us before we can say we belong in the same caliber as the Philadelphia Eagles. We're not there yet, and considering the moves we've made so far in free agency, and what I think will happen over the next few months, I don't think we're be there by September.
But as of right now, I see 9-7 and a wildcard should be the target.
"Vincere scis, Hannibal, victoria uti nescis" -- Maharbal, 216 B.C.E.