I too have been inspired by pierre02 and now mwalex's mock drafts. It's interesting to know what other Falcon fans are thinking when we are playing GM. In my previous post (which is a good read), I have outlined two O-linemen, Anthony Collins(LT) and Jeremy Zuttah(OG), who would be great younger and cheaper signings to sure up the offensive line.
First let me start out with a list of Free Agents I think would be great for Atlanta to sign:
1. Jeremy Zuttah- Offensive Guard - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2. Anthony Collins- Left Tackle - Cincinnati Bengals
This is a surprise FA signing that will definitely cause a great discussion.
Now for my Mock Draft:
2nd Round: Josh Norman- 6'2, 190lb CB- Coastal Carolina - Norman had an excellent East West Shrine Game where he showed excellent cover skills. His impressive play also go him a late call to the Senior Bowl where again he showed he excelled against stiffer competition. Norman has natural fluid hips and has a natural burst to the ball. He can play great in zone coverage, but he shines in man press coverage. He is physical and pushes receivers off their routes. Has a bit of character concerns but should hold him back from being drafted high. I would love to get him in the third round as a value pick but he wouldn't make it that far.
3rd Round: Brian Quick- 6'5, 220lb WR- Appalachian State -Quick is a big and physical receiver who is a former basketball player. He displays a nice burst of speed in tight space. Even though he doesn't have great speed, he shows enough to be able to stretch the field. His route running needs improvement but he has great body control and uses his size and height to shield off smaller corners. He has been compared to Vincent Jackson from the San Diego Chargers and also has be called a poor man's Brandon Marshall. Two names that I'm sure he doesn't mind being compared to. He would fit in and benefit greatly from leaning from Roddy White, Julio Jones and Gonzo.
4th Round(Compensatory Pick): Ladarius Green - 6'6, 236lb TE- Louisiana-Lafayette-Green is a tall TE but a bit undersized for the position. So with the disclaimer mention, Green is an excellent receiving tight end. He has great hands and uses his body to shield off smaller defenders. He has very good speed for a tight end which allow him to get open in the middle of the field. The only knock on him is he will need to improve on his blocking and getting off the line better when he is not split out wide. That's something I'm sure he can learn from playing with the greatest TE of all time.
5th Round: Bernard Pierce - 6'0, 218lb RB - Temple - Pierce is a physical specimen at 6'0 218lbs with his great ability to cut and great inline speed. He reminds people of Matt Forte and James Starks. He doesn't have Forte's 4.4 forty but as a former track guy he can burn defenders in the open field. He runs hard which will remind you of Starks. Has had a huge career with Temple rushing for over 1,000 yards in two of his three seasons. He has to improve on his pass catching skills but with coaching will be an asset in any passing game. Coaches are weary of the level of competition he's faced.
6th Round: Adrian Hamilton - 6'3, 255lb DE - Prairie View A & M - Hamilton is a DE who pops out on film. He's faster and stronger than the competition he faced this year. But don't let that fool you. Hamilton had signed a letter of intent with Oklahoma State to play but they wanted to grey shirt him. So he went to Texas Tech as a walk-on and played with players like Michael Crabtree and Graham Harrell. The only reason he didn't continue playing for Texas Tech is because he couldn't afford the school anymore. Hamilton is a speed edge rusher who has been compared to our own John Abraham. He amassed a staggering 20.5 sacks as a senior. I don't care what level of competition, it's had to get 20.5 sacks in a year.
7th Round: William Vlachos - 6'1, 300lb C - Alabama - Vlachos is a two-time National Champion with the Crimson Time. He has started 35 consecutive games. He plays with a low base/pad level which allows him to get under defenders and gains leverage quickly. He snaps the ball and gets hands on the defender quickly in one motion and is as technically sound as any center in the game and remains very coachable. The only knocks on him is his height which is a problem sometimes for taller QBs when they get under center and he has short arms and doesn't excel is space. He's been compared to Jeff Saturday and our own Todd McClure. If he can play to either of their levels, then he would be a steal in the 7th round.
Sorry because I can't find highlight film from William.
Well there you have it. I'm sure some player's stock will go up after the combine. I eager to hear what you all think.