I'm back again with an updated mock offseason. I made quite a few changes to the draft, roster departures, and key re-signings sections. As always, let me know what you think. A link to the previous mock offseason is below:
1. Brent Grimes: A CB needy team will show him more money than ATL
2. Sam Baker: Believe it or not, he will be a top free agent LT and could become pricey.
3. Michael Turner: He's expensive and on the wrong side of 30
4. Todd McClure: Its time for Mud Duck to ride off into the sunset
- William Moore: Pay the man
- Vance Walker: Swagger Vance has been a stud on the DL
- Chris Owens: He has been serviceable. We could certainly do worse.
- Garrett Reynolds: He was having a great year before his injury. Once he left, Matt Ryan was no longer an MVP candidate. Coincidence? I think not.
- Will Svitek: There is very little (if any) drop off between Baker and Svitek. Svitek will be the cheaper option. He can hold down the fort until Holmes is ready to take over.
Free Agency additions
1. Jared Cook TE: Tight End is a big part of the Atlanta offense. Dimitroff will pursue the top rated free agent. Cook is one of the most athletically gifted TE’s in the NFL and he can stretch defenses vertically. Having Matt Ryan at QB will take his career to a new level. His rotator cuff injury could make him a bit cheaper. (signs a 5 yr $20 mil contract)
2. Terrance Knighton NT: I still belive ATL will be a 3-4 DEF in 2013. We’ve been unable to generate a pass rush with our front four and have dificulties stopping the run with a traditional 4-3 DEF. The 3-4 is Nolan’s preferred defense and I think Smith will let him make the switch in 2013. Knighton is a big, big guy who has been a good run stuffer in JAX. (signs a 5 yr $18 mil contract)
2013 NFL Draft
***Atlanta will trade out of the 1st round and will pick up a team's 2nd and 4th rounder***
2nd round Brandon Jenkins DE/OLB Florida State: Bjorn Werner and Tank Carradine got all of the attention, but Jenkins was the MVP of the FSU DEF before his foot injury. He is a sack machine and can play 4-3 DE or 3-4 OLB. He will be fully healed in time for the combine.
2nd round Sean Porter OLB Texas A&M: Robert James is useless and Mike Peterson is ancient. Spoon and Nicholas missed time this season with injuries and we need a guy who can step in and replicate what they do. Porter aka Von Miller lite, is one of the top coverage LB's in the draft but can also get after the QB as evidenced by his 9.5 sacks in 2011. He projects as a 4-3 OLB or 3-4 stand-up rusher..
3rd round Johnathan Franklin RB UCLA: He is a homerun hitter who stepped up his game as a receiver in 2012 (32 receptions for 319 yds and 2TD's). He will fit in nicely with Quizz and Snelling.
4th round Terry Hawthorne CB Illinois: He's a straight up ballhawking CB who has potential to be a future starter.
4th round Tavarres King WR Georgia: He's a big, fast WR who has played in a pro style offense at UGA. After HD, we'd have to rely on guys like Drew Davis and Kevin Cone if Roddy or Julio were to miss time...YIKES!!! (compensatory pick for Curtis Lofton)
4th round Oscar Johnson OT Louisiana Tech : He's a big, hulking tackle (6'6 330lbs) who was a 2nd team All WAC selection at left tackle. He could be groomed to take over for Clabo. A future OL of Holmes, Konz, and Johnson would be some serious beef. (pick acquired via trade)
5th round Anthony White NT Michigan State: He’s a big 330 pounder who can serve as back-up NT in our new 3-4
6th round Drew Frey S Cincinnati: Has snagged 2 INT's each yr since 2009 but will need some grooming before he can be active on game days.
7th round Colton Chapple QB Harvard: I really like this kid the more I study up on him. He's a dual threat QB who threw for 2500 yds and 24 TD's while rushing for 600 yds and 9TD's in 2012. He's very accurate and completed nearly 70% of his passes this season. He's also an Atlanta native...go figure. His 2012 season earned him Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year honors. Luke McCown could be gone so Chapple could take over as QB3.