Posted: 7:45 am Thursday, May 8th, 2014

Draft Day arrives: What should the Falcons do? 

By Mark Bradley

Time for a Big (Khalil) Mack Attack? (Mike Groll/AP)

Time for a Big Mack Attack? (Mike Groll/AP)

Moving the NFL draft to May means that the hype, which was already oppressive, is now unbearable. Which is why the draft’s deferred arrival brings as much relief as anticipation.

By now, everything has already been said, and not just once but a dozen times. This post is meant to serve as a final fling before Chris Berman (ugh!) starts blathering. In your educated view, what should the Atlanta Falcons do?

The polls are open. Please avail yourselves.

From myajc.com: It’s not the Falcons’ biggest draft ever, but it’s big.

Also from myajc.com: 10 reasons the Falcons need Jadeveon Clowney.

Further reading: Johnny Manziel – great college player, bad NFL risk.

130 comments
DawginLex
DawginLex

Nice to see the Steelers saw he potential in Ryan Shazier and drafted him despite the poor coaching he received in Colubus

DawgNole
DawgNole

Can't believe this team--the Falcons--would even consider trading away draft choices to move further up after seeing the results of such foolishness following the deal for Julio Jones. Yes, Jones is a talent, but he's injury prone. Yes, Clowney's a talent, but he's injury prone. And the loss of draft picks is devastating for years. 

Astounding that--given the DIRECT experience the Falcons have with such moves--the team would even remotely entertain the idea of doing it AGAIN. Hello?!

OL clearly is the area in most need of help--just like it was a year ago. You did NOTHING then, Dimitroff, and you got what you paid for (4-12). You have the opportunity here to at least partially make up for your prior incompetence. Don't blow it now!

JLTee
JLTee

I've finally resigned myself to the fact that we'll miss out on a pass rusher. Another season where opposing QB's have 30 minutes to sit in the pocket and dissect us on 3rd and 18. All because we won a meaningless game against the Redskins. Mack really fits what Nolan is trying to do.

POAD2014
POAD2014

Only 5 hours until we know who knew what the Falcons were really thinking.

ATLfaninVA
ATLfaninVA

I don't think anyone would agree with me….but indulge me for just a moment. What if Atlanta traded up to no.2 and drafted Watkins? Just imagine Jones, Watkins and White. SILLY. Since I don't see anyone that happens, while I"ve been on the OL bandwagon all off season, I think Atlanta trades to no.2 and drafts Khalil Mack. And that in no way is depressing

Really?!
Really?!

It seems like most Falcons fans agree with me.  If he's there why the hell would Atlanta not take Jake Matthews?  He is talented and solid and ready to start and continue to start for a looooong time.  Seems like a no brainer, right? 

Intruder
Intruder

Why all the fuss about protecting a qb who is not even elite, according to Tony G.? Smith has gone 10-25 against playoff teams (those with good quarterbacks) even when Ryan was protected. Of course, the Falcons never had much of a pass rush either.

Dawg350
Dawg350

I'm the man of hour baby..,I'm going to be moving to athens next summer! Hallelujah! All the women want me...even my wife knows that! I'm spectacular!

Jmonty
Jmonty

I am positive that somehow, some way the Falcons will screw this one up.  I have 0 trust in thier ability to scout talent.

ATLBrown
ATLBrown

Stay at #6 and draft one of the good OTs.  We desperately need Matt Ryan to be protected, and top-of-the line Offensive Linemen are rarely Draft Busts - they almost always pan out.  Pass rushers and QBs are very hit and miss.

Dman
Dman

Last year our passing defense was horrific again. This has been a recurring problem for years. They started to repair this last year with Trufant and Alford but that wasn't enough. We need a pass rusher that can put pressure on the QB so Brady doesn't have 6 seconds to look around on 3rd and 19 and complete a 20 yard pass. We did get help with the run defense with Soliai. We,desperately need a pass rusher.

We can get a decent OLineman in the second round. The only other hole we will have to fill is the Safety spot.

k483
k483

So,  I've got a question:  Why does a team with a high first round draft pick not always try to trade it?  It would seem more prudent to pick up a proven B+ level veteran than risk even more money on an A level college player who may or may not be a bust.  Is it just because of the ticket draw a high draft pick might bring?


Dawg350
Dawg350

I think they should draft every draft eligible UGA player! Let's keep the bulldawgs in state! Go dawgs!

RichardKPE
RichardKPE

The Falcons have two major needs: OT and pass rusher.  They should be able to address one of them with pick #6 by selecting someone from the Robinson/Mack/Matthews trio.  The real question for the Falcons is if they want to trade up to get Clowney.


To that I say no.  While pass rush and OT are the two biggest positional needs, the Falcons' biggest problem is a severe lack of roster depth which only gets more problematic if they trade up (especially to #1).  I'd rather have Mack plus my 2015 1st than Clowney.


If the Robinson/Mack/Matthews trio is all gone at #6, the name I'd find interesting is Eric Ebron who can replace Tony Gonzalez.  In fact, if the Falcons wanted to trade back to #10 (Detroit would probably love to move up and grab Mike Evans), I could get behind Ebron at #10 and trading back into the later part of the first round for OT or pass rushing help.

C-Kirk
C-Kirk

Not only should we stay at 6 and take Matthew but we should take another Offensive Lineman in the second round. Atlanta didn't even take a Offensive Lineman last year and they lead or nearly lead the league in sac's allowed. You can't have much of a passing game, running game or kicking game if the Offensive line isn't good enough. Maube we can pick up a running Back or Defensive player in free agency but for this year we need to concentrate on getting the Offense well and allowing Ryan to have time to run the Offense like it needs to be run. 

JackClemens
JackClemens

I'm about to turn 52 and besides Dan Reeves' miracle year and the Dimitroff/Mike Smith era, I've only seen the Falcons get pretty good once before. That was the Eddie Lebaron, Tom Braatz, Leeman Bennett era, which started with OT Warren Bryant picked in the first round one year and OT Mike Kenn in the first round the next. Let's get one of those big, good OTs and see what happens.

BigHittas
BigHittas

Also, Mr Blank said he wants to have a mean O -Line. I wouldn't be surprised if they trade up with STL for Robinson.....good odds on that IMO.

Kushdawg
Kushdawg

Khalil Mack please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

gtcaryd
gtcaryd

As much as i have enjoyed JJ being a Falcon, we can't trade away pick's again!

2Doose
2Doose

Do not TRADE UP! Hope that Manziel is still on the board and trade down to the Vikings selection before Tampa Bay selects Johnny Football

miked91
miked91

I'm not a fan of taking a O-lineman with a top ten pick.I need a impact skill position player not a offensive lineman.I'm sorry we can take Robinson or Mathews and M.Ryan is still gonna Suck.Give me Clowny or Mack.

EricEllis
EricEllis

@DawgNole  This is a ridiculous post to be totally honest.  TD has been pretty superb in his reign as GM of this club and the 5 straight winning seasons, 4 playoff berths, and 2 NFC Championship games (as well as 2 NFC South Championships) bear this out.  2013 was a massive case of bad luck and had very little to do with drafting Julio (well him NOT being on the field was a big part of it which would've happened a lot if they hadn't made the deal for him).  You can't lose the number and quality of starters to injury that Atlanta did last year and expect to have success, period.  They gave up a lot of picks in 2011 but Jones on the roster is a heck of a lot more important to the future success of this club than a few other no name backups that they likely would've gotten instead.  Now this year is a different story as they really need depth now but then again, there really isn't a Julio Jones in this draft either...

stripesofzebra
stripesofzebra

@DawgNole If you don't consider all avenues, then you are being foolish.  This time they considered it, and thought better of it. 

oldcrackerfan
oldcrackerfan

@DawgNole  

Exactly what I've been said here several times.  Draft choices have too high a failure rate in spite of the pre-draft hype and college performances.  There are too many unknowns regarding character and too many differences b/t the college and pro games.  What this team--any team--needs is more draft choices, not fewer. Richard Sherman was a 5th round pick, and Russell Wilson went in the 3rd.  Then there's Tom Brady.  It doesn't take a genius to get the picture.

DawgNole
DawgNole

@JLTee  

NO win is meaningless--especially when you play in the city known as Losersville.

MikeBanning
MikeBanning

@Really?!  

The 2 OTs to take at #6 are Robinson or Lewan, if both are gone we can trade back, get more picks and get a player equal to Matthews lower in the draft.

IMO, James from Tenn. and the OT from UVA are equal to Matthews, as all 3 are first round picks, but not quite worthy of the #6 slot.

POAD2014
POAD2014

@Dawg350  perfect. Another floater in the Cesspool of the South. Maybe if you can hang around the gym there. You might gain a fraction of knowledge.You will not have to ride the short bus to PUBLIX for your job as a bagger if you gain 5 IQ points.

RichardKPE
RichardKPE

@k483  Because the B level veteran is incredibly expensive, and NFL teams have to deal with that pesky salary cap.


A few years ago (old CBA when Sam Bradford got a $70 million signing bonus) you'd be absolutely correct.  Now that the top pick salaries are under control, those players are some of the best bargains in the league.


POAD2014
POAD2014

@Dawg350  Because most people know the dWags are average and NOBODY will pay NFL Money to see the Dream FLOP DOG Team on Sundays.

AHLong
AHLong

@miked91  The skill guys we have can't do anything if they can't get the ball because their QB is on the ground.  Ryan got absolutely creamed constantly last year.  An LT isn't sexy, but it's smart because we can't rely on Sam Baker.  Plus, I don't think there is any way that Mack or Clowney will still be there are 6.


P.S. - Be nice people!  Everyone is entitled to their opinion.  You don't have to agree, but name calling isn't necessary.

RangeRover
RangeRover

@miked91  

Ever wonder how life could have been had you sufficient oxygen at birth?

Dawg350
Dawg350

Why are you so critical of the beautiful state of georgia! You need to move the heck out! I live in a small town in SC and it's horrible! You don't even have a job! You lay around your parents farm and act like you're the boss.lol

Dawg350
Dawg350

Your dumb azz opinion!!!!!!!! I'm sure no tech players will be drafted! Lol

miked91
miked91

@AHlong

I understand what your saying but I was refering to a defensive impact player in particular.Ryan has to play better and so does the o-line.I'm all for moving up because I doubt eithier would be there at 6.

miked91
miked91

@Rangerrover

F*** off thanks!

POAD2014
POAD2014

@Dawg350  cry lil baby because that is why all the Ladies really want you...LMAO

Dawg350
Dawg350

Poad

You need to be banned! I'm sick of your shenanigans! I hope tech crumbles off of it's foundation!

POAD2014
POAD2014

@Dawg350  I love a great many places in Georgia but the Drunk Fake Blonde White Girls College and Plantation of Georgia in Athens isn't one of them.

When did I lose my job? Damn maybe now I can get some of that free Obama money and services. My parents are dead so how can I be living on their farm?s

POAD2014
POAD2014

@Dawg350  only a moroon wouldn't understand the simple question.

Dawg350
Dawg350

I didn't understand the question you buffoon twit.

Dawg350
Dawg350

What or want???? Get a clue!