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Review of the 2009 Atlanta Falcons Draft,

With my review of the 2008 Draft as well, because my review was so spot on last year!

I reviewed the Atlanta Falcons Draft early because I received an email from a Falcons fan who wanted my opinion of the Draft. I don't think he knew what he was getting himself into;-)

$- with player in red- signifies I got the pick right.

 

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My Picks: 

(U)- Unofficial

Key Needs:

Team Moves:

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Grade: A

 

Best Pick:

Vance Walker DT/NT

potential starter in 7th 

 

Worst Pick:

Chris Owens CB

Never heard of him.

 

 

DT, OT, DE

F.A. Signings

Chris Redman QB

Michael Turner RB

Ben Hartsock TE

Erik Coleman S

Von Hutchins  CB

Key F.A.  Loses:

Rod Coleman DT

Demorrio Williams LB 

Alge Crumpler TE

Warren Dunn RB

Joey Harrington QB

Byron Lwftwich QB 

Wayne Gandy OT

The Team: I gave them an A, because I think this is a defense changing Draft. Just like last year they needed a Franchise saving QB, this year (especially after they picked up Gonzalez) they needed player who could impact the defense in everyway. Getting Jerry at 24 was a steal. He will play in the NFL for a long time. William Moore was one of the most underrated players in the Draft. He was considered a top ten player after his Junior year when he garnered 117 Tackles, 14 PBU and 8 INTs. I had him rated at 41. Then in 2008 he suffered a number of injuries and didn't play as well. Now that he is healthy there is no reason to believe that he can't regain his 2007 form. I don't know a lot about Owens other than he is one of those small reactive cover Corners favored by the Patriots. Sidbury is an absolute steal in the 4th Round. He will apply pressure on the QB from the Left side opposite Abrams from day one. I watch North Carolina play 2 or 3 times this year, and though Remolds can look too tall and goofy, he is mean tough and gets the job done. getting Vance Walker in the 7th round is another steal. He is an interior thumper who just loves to his everything in his way. In my opinion, Atlanta got 4 steals, and that has to equal an A no matter how you look at it.

Peria JerryDT Mississippi, 6-1 3/4, 298- This was a great pick. I had him rated at the 10th best player in this Draft. I watched him play 3 or 4 times including the Senior Bowl and Mississippi's bowl Game. He just dominated the middle of the LOS every game. He is an excellent hand fighter. He can play of the initial impact of the O-Guard, and gain the advantage with amazing consistency. He can power through the double team on run plays. Very strong against the run, especially for an undersized player. Likes to play on the Left side, and when he lines up on the Right he is really lining up on the Center and playing more of a NT, so he has some experience on the Nose. However, he is a natural 3-Technique Under Tackle, who can cause chaos right in the center of the line.    

Dominated the Senior Bowl like Sed Ellis did last season. Every time I watch him he dominates whoever they put in front of him. He gets off the ball low with extreme prejudice and explosion. Uses his arms well to keep blockers off his body. Has a good swim move. When he is double and triple  teamed, which is often, he can split the blockers and still harass the QB. Excellent push-pull move, which he uses to diagnose run or pass, and than shrugs aside the O-Lineman and arrives on the ball quickly. Great athlete, with amazing quickness. He can blast off the line like a rocket in heat, and is the Prototype 3-Technique D-Tackle. By the end of last season he was double and triple teamed on almost every play. Texas Tech doubled him on over 90% of the plays in Bowl game. He can be fooled by the Draw sometimes when he over-passrushes. Also has a great pull rush, and can get under the OG pads and drive him back into the QB. Excellent hand fighter who rarely allows O-Linemen to get their big mitts on him. Great Stunter, who knows how to push the O-Lineman back and allow teammate a free lane to the QB. Great at play off initial impact and scooting around the OG. Great hand fighter. Has great hand placement. Uses a vicious punch to stun O-Lineman, and then uses his great quickness to take every advantage of the slight separation. Great power. Can sometimes look like he can disengage any O-Lineman at will. Better passrusher as a Senior. He is a 3-Technique Under Tackle who is ready to start in the NFL.

Super strong undersized Under-Tackle, who just dominated whoever they put in front of him. The only question is can he do that to NFL O-Linemen. After watching him this season, I wouldn't bet against him. Rising fast, and with a great post season he could find him self in the top 15. All-American DT. Really improved as a passrusher in 2008, and sometimes looked like he could penetrate at will. He garnered 17 TFL and 6 Sacks last season. His is undersized, but very strong, plays low, and knows how to take on blockers in the running game. Top rated Under Tackle in this years Draft.

William Moore- Safety, Missouri, 6-1, 220, 4.49- I him rated as a top ten pick right up to the Combine when it became clear he was going to drift out of the 1st round. However, he is a great athlete, and a great football player. I liked him so much I would not have complained at all if the Pats took him at 34. The more I watched him the more I liked him. Even last season when he was obviously hurt, he stuck in there and helped his team win, even though it hurt his draft stock and it wold have been better for him personally to take a few weeks off and heal up. 

I really like Will Moore. He was great as a Redshirt Junior two seasons ago, where he garnered 111 Tackles, 6 PBU, and 8 INTS, and really looked like a top ten pick. He looked like a super athletic Safety playing in a Linebacker's body. I had him in my top ten right up the Senior Bowl, and I had to reluctantly lower him. He is smart and super tough kid, who is willing to sacrifice for his team. Ironically, it was his apparently not so smart decision to help his team and play through injuries that has caused him to drop. If he had stayed off the field when he was not 100% healthy, he would have healed faster and played better at the end of the season. So do you kill him for last season, when he was devastated by injuries, or do you give him Credit for playing through the injuries to help his team. He won't be a 1st Round pick, but he should be. He showed up at the Combine, healthy, and displayed the athleticism that had him rated as a top ten player before last season. Then he looked even better at his Proday. This guy is a terrific player, and if the Pats took him at 34 I would be ecstatic. However, they won't.  

Chung reminds me of Brandon Meriweather. He is another slightly undersized Safety, who has the athleticism to play Free Safety, but plays like a Strong Safety. He is always looking to move forward and hit. He is a great physical player, for his size, who just loves to hit, and can have the spectacular hit that is on TV ten times before the night is through. Chung ran a 4.24 in the Short Shuttle at his Proday, and that is Deion Branch type quickness. He has good balls skills and the speed to play Center Field, but is at his best when he is allowed to attack. Chung is the type of guy you want on your team. He was that knack for always seeming to be around the ball. No Safety in this this Draft has better change of direction quickness than Chung. I think he can play a little CB in a pinch, but he is not a CB, I think he has better cover skills than given credit for, but even I can't see him playing CB full time. I do think he can step down as a Nickel Corner for a game or two when injuries strike, but any more than that and you are asking for trouble.     

May be best combination of pass defender and run defender in the Draft. If he can match his 111 TKL and 8 INTs he could be a top ten pick. Can cover like a corner and hit like a Linebacker. Lines up all over the field, from FS to Slot Corner to Nickel Linebacker. Top Safety in this years Draft. 

Christopher Owens- CB Oklahoma, 5-10, 181, 4.48- He is an aggressive and instinctive CB who some like better than others. His partnered with the overrated Coye Francies, but thought Owens was a better prospect. I thought he was a very underrated prospect, but that before he was taken in the 3rd Round. Here is an interesting review of Owens that might help explain why Atlanta took him, "Had a very strong showing at the Texas Vs. the Nation game, where he was the best defensive back on the field." Some don't like his size, but I don't see size as a big issue for Corners. They play a reactive position, and smaller guys are almost always quicker guys, that is just a fact of nature. Francies has the size, but not the speed and quickness, while Owens has the speed and quickness to be a legit NFL Corner, and 5-10 is not tiny. He should develop into a Ellis Hobbs type CB, and if Demitroff is really lucky, a Assante Samuel type CB.  

Lawrence SidburyDE Richmond, 6-2 3/8, 266, 4.64, 28 Reps, 35", 10'0"- A player who just keeping pressuring the QB no matter where the put him. Dominated at the East West, where he earned an invitation to the senior Bowl, and he just kept getting to the QB. Translates one-on-one drills to team drill, and team drill to the game very well. Smart player who know why is on the field. The best thing about this pick for the falcons is that he a passrushing D-End who is a Left End. So on passing downs Abrams can stay on the Right side, and Sidbury can come in a rush from the Left. This team number one need in the off season was to get a passrusher who could help Abrams, who has half his team Sacks, a higher percentage of team Sacks than any other player in the league (I heard somewhere, I hope that stat is right;-). This pick was another steal, and he will start paying dividends this season rushing opposite Abrams.   

Sidbury exploded onto the scene when Richmond played Montana in the Football Championship Subdivision title game (I couldn't make that name up;-). As team Captain, he dominated the game with 4 Sacks. As a Senior, he garnered 56 Tackles, 20 TKL, and 11.5 Sacks (15.5 Sacks if you include FCS title game). Than he went to the East West Shrine, and just kept pressuring the QB. He had a great week of practice, and in the game he lined up at Left D-end and displayed a great burst off the line. He just kept showing he is speed rusher, who can consistently run the horn. He looked so good at the East west game he was invited to the Senior Bowl. I was expecting a drop off in how he looked, but he just kept rushing the passer. His burst was just as effective and his speed around the horn just as impressive. In passrusher drills he just kept showing he was a great speed rusher form the Left side, the step up in the level of competition had little or no effect on his ability to pressure the QB. Than he goes to the Combine and runs the fastest 40 of any D-End, and tested as one of the top five D-End athletically in this Draft. Teams looking for a guy who can be a speed rusher from the Left side will be fighting over themselves to get this guy, and what team doesn't need a DLE who can pressure the QB. He has long arms that he uses well to keep blockers off his body. great Chop. Good hand fighter. He also has worked on his strength and technique and didn't look like the player who played in the FCS. He is bigger and stronger. He played the run well, and stouter.  

Amazing small school passrushing athlete. he has earned his way into the 2nd Round, and may be to good to pass in the 1st.     

Garrett Reynolds- SS- 6-1, 207, 4.5- Another with some potential as a starter in a year or two. He is a huge man, very tall and lanky. Needs to weight and strength. He has very long arms. He uses his long arms well and feet in combination in pass protection. A Right tackle who actually has pretty good feet. Will need some time to develop.

Reynolds Very tall and a little awkward. But he is a big man who knows how to get in the way. A fighter, who like to use his long arms to lock his hands onto a defenders shirt, and drive him where ever he wants. Not a lot a grace when is kick stepping, and will have to stay on the Right side in pass protection. He struggles to get low in short yardage situations, and will need to play with more knee bend in the NFL. Does a nice job moving out into Linebackers and can catch and turn them with good skill. Has a mean streak and looks to knock over defenders. Doesn't quit. Not to bad in pass protection. Better feet than I thought, and his long arms give him extra leeway.      

Vance WalkerDT Georgia Tech, 6-2, 295, 4.9- A player who I happen to like. I watched Georgia Tech play 3 times last season. Mostly to watch Johnson, but each time I came away more impressed with their two D-Tackles, Walker and Darryl Richards. I loved him at the Senior Bowl, where he seemed more interested in smashing in to O-Linemen than anything else. 

Walker is another interior thumper, who knows how to use his quickness and hands to his advantage. His best position the Pros might be as a 3-4 D-End. A bit of a 'tweener who looks like he might be a super-steal as a 3-4 D-End on the second day. He does a good job against the run. He is a thumper, who will give a little shake and bake in the passrush, but then he will look to thump again. Contact and impact is his game, he just looks for people to hit. Not quite as big and stout as Ron Brace, but they play similar games, they both lack finesse of any kind. Has long arms which he extends well, but could use more refinement in technique. He does a good job taking up space, but doesn't have the moves or hands skills to shed O-Lineman consistently. However, when he is on the field you will here shoulder pads cracking like thunder. And he will shove, push, pull, and bull his way forward against any O-Lineman until the QB throws the ball or someone smashes into him. He is just a big, tough, strong, fighter.  

Walker could be a nice pick as a late round 3-4 D-End. He shows enough quickness to still be able to provide some passrusher if you move him to the 5-Technique. He does a really nice job holding the point of attack.  

Table from NFL.com:

Atlanta Falcons: C+

High draft picks in each round presented the Falcons the ability to hit on nearly every round in 2008. Selecting late in each round in this year's draft allowed them to land need players DT Peria Jerry, and S William Moore in the first two rounds, but there are still holes on defense. The mid-round selection of Richmond OLB Lawrence Sidbury gives the Falcons a situational pass rusher, but there might not be an abundance of players in this draft who will develop into long-time contributors.

Player Pos Ht Wt College
Round 1, Pick 24 (24) Peria Jerry DT 6'2" 299 Mississippi
Pick Analysis: The Falcons address their thin defensive line by picking up Jerry. As a hard-working one-gap penetrater, Jerry gives Mike Smith the "3-technique" that he covets in the middle of the defense. Though Jerry's production in college was a byproduct of an aggressive movement system, he's a solid player who fits in well with the Falcons.
Round 2, Pick 23 (55) William Moore S 6'0" 221 Missouri
Pick Analysis: The former Tiger was regarded as a top-tier prospect heading into his senior season until injuries and inconsistency derailed his play. In spite of those flaws, he's an intriguing prospect with the potential to blossom in the Falcons' two-deep scheme. His range is above average and he has a knack for coming down with INTs. If he plays to his potential, he's one of the draft's biggest sleepers.
Round 3, Pick 26 (90) Christopher Owens CB 5'10" 181 San Jose State
Pick Analysis: The Falcons pick up an aggressive corner with good cover skills. Owens loves to challenge receivers with his physical style, and he'll compete for time as a nickel or dime corner in the Falcons' sub-package.
Round 4, Pick 25 (125) Lawrence Sidbury Jr. DE 6'2" 266 Richmond
Pick Analysis: Sidbury Jr. played in the Shrine Game and then flew right to the Senior Bowl. He has really good pass-rushing skills and had 37 tackles for loss and 20 sacks in college. He'll be a situational pass rusher for the Falcons.
Round 5, Pick 2 (138) (From Rams) William Middleton CB 5'10" 193 Furman
Pick Analysis: The Falcons continue to stockpile defensive players on the draft's second day. Middleton gives the team another athletic corner to groom as an eventual nickel or dime defender in their sub-packages.
Round 5, Pick 20 (156) (From Cowboys) Garrett Reynolds OT 6'8" 309 North Carolina
Pick Analysis: The former Tar Heel is a tough, hard-nosed blocker with the size to be an imposing right tackle as a pro. With time, Reynolds could develop into a potential starter.
Round 6, Pick 3 (176) (From Rams) Spencer Adkins LB 5'11" 230 Miami
Pick Analysis: Adkins is an undersized linebacker with excellent speed. He's a very good kick coverage player on special teams. The Falcons can use Adkins to beef up their special teams.
Round 7, Pick 1 (210) (From Lions through Cowboys) Vance Walker DT 6'2" 304 Georgia Tech
Pick Analysis: Walker had 29 starts in college with 11.5 sacks. He did not have a great Senior Bowl week, but he was struggling with a bum ankle. Walker ran slow at the combine, which is why he fell down the draft. He fits in a four-man front that stunts and is a one-gap guy. He helps the Falcons add depth to what was a depleted defensive tackle position.

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Grade: A++

Best Pick:

Matt Ryan QB

Needed a QB.

 

Worst Pick:

Sam Baker OL 

Needed a LT.

 

 

DT, OT, DE

F.A. Signings

Chris Redman QB

Michael Turner RB

Ben Hartsock TE

Erik Coleman S

Von Hutchins  CB

Key F.A.  Loses:

Rod Coleman DT

Demorrio Williams LB 

Alge Crumpler TE

Warren Dunn RB

Joey Harrington QB

Byron Lwftwich QB 

Wayne Gandy OT

The Team: I gave them the ridicules A++, because KC had an A+ and I wanted to signify that I they had a better Draft. Their needs transcended just players. And, unlike Miami, KC, and Oakland last year, they needed to do more then just reboot their Franchise. They had to exorcise the unspoken specter that was living in their Franchise. The ghost in the their machine, was the specter of Michael Vick. It was haunting the Falcons like nothing we've ever seen. His over inflated memory was a ghostly virus eating at the very core of their thought processes. They were in a unique situation, now that the Michael Vick had turned from star to ghost, and a ghost to a virus, they needed to eliminate the associations completely. They had quarantined the virus Vick had become, now they to remove any doubt of his return, and repair all the damaged player files. Starting with the QB position. I have said all a long that Drafting Matty Ice was their number one priority. As for the Draft itself, they addressed all their needs, except D-Line and a second O-Tackle. But, most importantly they address the desperate despair their Franchise has been locked up in. I have been been mercilessly critical of Brad Blank. But, insisting they stick at Three and take Ryan, is a Franchise changing decision. They went off their board, and didn't take the horrid Best Player Available decision- Dorsey. They took the player that would help their Franchise the most. This was not just a great Draft, it was a Franchise changing Draft. Almost everybody and their brother had KC as having the best Draft, but they are wrong. This was the best Draft. I heard idiots from Atlanta on the radio, okay one idiot, as late as last month saying that Vick was going to get out of prison and led the Falcons to the Super Bowl. This Draft separates them from Vick, even in the alleged minds they idiotic Vick fans. Without Matty Ice, they are still Vick's team, and now they are not. They also took a lot of Linebackers, which could signal a switch to the 3-4. They also got 3 later Round picks I really liked: Harry Douglas Slot Receiver, Thomas DeCoud SS, and Thomas Brown RB. 

$ Matt Ryan- QB BC, 6-5, 230- Ryan is the anti-Vick, he is a team first player, not a me first player; he is not going to have explosive runs, but will come through in the clutch with the big pass; and he won't be on the cover of any video games, but he will just keep winning. Many Draftnics like to forge that he almost had B.C. in the BCS Championship Game! Are you kidding me? B.C. has no business of being considered in the Championship Game. All's he does is win, with lesser talent, and much slower players. He had no WRs who will be in the NFL. He had one RB who might, just might get drafted in the 7th Round. He had Cherilus who will be Drafted in the First Round, and that was it. He had Jolonn Dunbar, DeJuan Tribble, and Jamie Silva; Now I am not meaning to degrade these players, because they were great, and I mean great players at B.C., and were the heart and soul of their defense, but none of the three will be First Day Picks. This is the team he almost brought to the Championship Game.

Matt Ryan has all the intangibles that teams want at QB. He reminds me of Matt Hasselbeck, only he is far more advanced now then Matt was when he came out of BC. Would you take Matt Hasselbeck with this pick if he was a Rookie?  He is super tough and smart. As intelligence becomes more and more important each year, I think Ryan has a shot at number one. Loves to hang out after practice and do film work with coaches, an absolute must to succeed as a QB now-a-days. His coaches and teammates rave about him. Plus I have heard Draftnic raving about the Pro-Style Coaching that Brain Brohm has received? And while he has received Pro-Style coaching, Ryan was coached by Pro Coach, Jags was Offensive Coordinator in Green Bay for three seasons. So while Brohm played in a Pro-Style Offense, Ryan played in a Pro Offense last season. He is the most NFL ready QB in this Draft. Miami will live to regret passing on Ryan. 

$ Sam Baker- OG/OT USC, 6-4.5 309, 5.5, 29 Reps, 28.5", 9"4'- I had Baker going to Atlanta in the Second Round, so I don't want to be to critical. He looks like a beast moving forward, and looked labored and natural moving backwards last season, but he suffered from Hamstring injuries all season. With when I look back, all that awkwardness he had in his Kick-Step could have been caused by the bad Hamstrings. Plus, it's never a reach if it's a Left Tackle. My only problem is that they gave up a LOT to move up. I have been comparing him to Matt Light, and he better be a LT to justify the all the picks they gave up to get him. 

The more I watch him the Less I like him. Doesn't have elite feet or size for a Left Tackle. Has short arms, 32-inch arms makes playing LT in the NFL very difficult. However, he reminds me of Matt Light, who I still think would be better on the Right side. 3-Time All-American. He can pull and hit the Linebacker on the Second Level with consistency. Thumper, who like to hit. Can knock his man down when he is right in front of him. Is a Work out Warrior, who by all reports love to work and lives in the weight room. I believe he will succeed in the NFL, I'm just not sure it will be at Left Tackle. 

Curtis Lofton- ILB Oklahoma, 6' 235, 4.6- Lofton is a player I like. I think he will fit in great with this team.  

Lofton is most often classified as a "Thumper". Best hitter in the draft. Down hill Inside Linebacker with great Production. Last season he has 157 Tackles, 10.5 TFL, 1 Sack, 5 PBU, and 3 INTs. Lack of height will hurt him, but he take on O-Guards better then expect. Terrific in pass coverage, maybe just the Player the Pats are looking for. A little tight, doesn't always look natural changing direction. 

Chevis Jackson- CB LSU, 6-0 1/8 192, 4.57, 40" 10' L.J.- A player I liked. He has everything you want in a DB except pure speed. He will play for a long time in this league.

Terrific Corner with terrific hips and cover skills. Can twist out of his backpedal and into a full sprint smoother then any DB in this years Draft. Lacks elite speed and will need help over the top. Physical player who loves the game. Looks the part. is well built and has long arms. Heady player who understands what he is suppose to be doing on the field. Could be a steal for a Tampa Two team as he is very smart and understands zones and zone concepts. Super smart  Corner who lacks big time speed. He can get beaten deep because of speed, but plays the position so well it doesn't happen often. He has excellent short area quickness, and really exceptional hips. Is excellent in run support and offers some extra value as a FS. Would probably be better off with a zone heavy team.

Harry Douglas- WR Louisville, 5-11, 180, 4.5- Another player I really like. Compares favorably to Deion Branch. He will be a slot receiver in this league for a long time.

Underrated WR, who has the exceptional quickness and change of direction talent to be all but uncoverable in the slot. In 2006, he garnered 70 Receptions, for 1,265 yards and 6 TDs. Last season, he garnered 71 Receptions, for 1,159 yards and 7 TDs. He is small, but super tough, super competitive, and will fight anybody for the ball. He is smart and knows what he is doing on the field. The more I watch him the more I like him.

Thomas DeCoud SS- 6-1, 207, 4.5- Another player I like. Looks long, thin, and smooth and has the speed of a FS, but he cannot play FS in the NFL, as he has very questionable Ball Skills. However, he excels in the box, and is a ferocious tackler who will hurt ball carriers. 

A Strong Safety who looks likes a Free Safety. He is a naturally smooth athlete. He is excellent against the run and really struggles with the pass.  He has1 Career INT. He started only 4 games as a Junior, and garnered 45 Tackles, 3 PBU, 1 TFL and ZERO INTs. Last season he garnered, 116 Tackles, 5 PBU, and his only career INT. He is a Downhill tackler who can really hit through ball carriers. Very aggressive and really excels in the box. However, he can really look lost in a zone, and for all his exceptional athleticism and speed he does not cover the deep Center Field well at all. He will be a very good player for a very long time, if he used correctly. If however, he is miscast as a FS, and expected to play Centerfield like Eugene Wilson, he will fail. But, if you play him like a SS, and ask him to do what Marvin Harrison does, he will excel. 

Thomas Brown- RB Georgia, 5-9, 205- Another player I like. He reminds me of Maurice Jones-Drew. He is short but not small. Built like a granite statue. Has excellent character, and is the type of person everybody wants on their team. Has great quickness and is a tough as they come. He can catch the ball out of the backfield, and is already adept at pass blocking. Also has Kick Return experience. Should make this team, even if only as a Special Teams guy, and stick for a long time.    

Table from NFL.com:

Pos Ht Wt College
Matt Ryan QB 6'5" 224 Boston College
Pick Analysis: Looking for a face of the franchise, the Falcons went with a quarterback. Ryan started 32 games over the past four years at Boston College. He will compete for the starting job in 2008 and is expected to lead the offense for years to come. The two-time captain is known for his character, leadership and intelligence.
Sam Baker OT 6'5" 312 Southern Cal
Pick Analysis: To compliment their quarterback of the future, the Falcons traded up to take someone who will protect Matt Ryan. Baker allowed just 4.5 sacks on his last 889 pass plays at USC. Baker battled injury problems the last two years and missed time because of it.
Curtis Lofton LB 6'0" 238 Oklahoma
Pick Analysis: After going offense with their two first-round picks, the Falcons took Lofton. With a nose for the ball, he had 197 tackles in 39 games at Oklahoma, including 19 starts. He gives the Falcons a strong inside presence, where he will go a long way to helping stuff the run. Where he struggles is getting outside and changing direction.
Chevis Jackson CB 6'0" 188 LSU
Pick Analysis: Jackson is known as a tough and instinctive cornerback, who lacks top-end speed. He's not afraid to play press coverage with his long arms or get involved in supporting the run. The Falcons traded DeAngelo Hall leading up to the draft and needed to address the position.
Harry Douglas WR 5'11" 176 Louisville
Pick Analysis: The Falcons get a weapon for quarterback Matt Ryan. Douglas makes up for a small frame with good speed and has been productive at Louisville with Brian Brohm throwing him the ball. He had an exceptional three-cone number at 6.75, which indicates that he has great ability to get in and out of breaks. He is a good route-runner and can pile up the yards after catch.
Thomas DeCoud FS 6'2" 196 California
Pick Analysis: The Falcons use a second third-round pick on the defensive backfield. DeCoud had solid production at California. He has exceptional special teams skills and good coverage ability. He even has the quickness to play cornerback at times. He is not real big, but has shown a willingness to come up for run support.
Robert James OLB 5'11" 219 Arizona State
Pick Analysis: James is willing to give up his body in order to make a tackle. He should be a special teams contributor early in his career. Considering his size, he could move from linebacker to safety at the next level.
Kroy Biermann OLB 6'3" 242 Montana
Pick Analysis: Biermann started four years at a very good program. He'll be a middle linebacker in the NFL. He played a lot with his hand on the ground in college, but at the pro level he'll be used more in space and has the speed and athleticism to do so.
Thomas Brown RB 5'9" 204 Georgia
Pick Analysis: Brown is an experienced starter at Georgia who shared the load his senior season. He has good speed and can break tackles. He was inconsistent and needs to work on his steadiness and ball security.
Wilrey Fontenot CB 5'9" 171 Arizona
Pick Analysis: Fontenot started four years at Arizona. He actually started one more game than Antoine Cason and was part of a record-setting relay team in high school. He has sprinter straight-ahead speed more than lateral quickness. His cover skills are questionable.
Keith Zinger TE 6'4" 270 Duke
Pick Analysis: Zinger had a solid workout at LSU's Pro Day. He's a prototypical blocking tight end who is not much of a weapon in the passing game. Zinger's not fleet of foot.

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