Hello, fellow Falcoholics I'm back with my first offseason mock, but it is a little earlier than expected. Due to the failures of the Falcons this season, I will try to make a few of these, even though I like to only have one or two and stick to my guns. But do to changing draft stock with so much time left in the season, I may have 3-5 mocks coming up.
To start, I want to predict a change in the coaching staff. I am still on the fence about which coach I'd like the Falcons to pursue but there is 3 major options. Gruden, Sumlin, and Shaw. My choice at the moment is David Shaw out of Stanford. Shaw is a great coach that brings the most out of his players and has had some very good OFFENSIVE AND DEFENSIVE FRONTS during his time at Stanford. This may or may not be a product of his coaching, but he should be able to bring some expertise to help out. Shaw is a top flight college coach so it is unclear whether he will make the jump, but I'm willing to bet he will. Sumlin would be a great offensive mastermind but I think the Falcons may need to get a more defensive minded coach.
I'm not to sure on salary numbers, so if someone could give me some feedback on that, that would be awesome. Shore up the offensive line immediately. I don't think taking too man risks on offensive linemen in the draft is a good idea, but the Falcons will still need to draft linemen regardless of if they pick up these two guys or not, the depth is atrocious.
NFL Draft: First off, I want to predict the Falcons snag the 3rd pick in the draft moving down 2 spots from 5th, where they are now.
First Round(Pick #5, Falcons trade back with the Texans for a 1st and 2nd round pick so they can snag a top flight QB):Anthony Barr, OLB/DE, UCLA: Barr will help transition into a 3-4. He is a tremendous end rusher and can hold his own in coverage.
Second Round(Pick #3):Austin Sefarian Jenkins, TE, Washington: We get the replacement for Tony, and he is an athletic freak. Just one more matchup for defenses to worry about.
Second Round(Pick #5): Anthony Johnson, DT, LSU: Another addition to the defensive line. This one was too obvious.
Third Round: Shayne Skov, ILB, Stanford: Stud linebacker that can help the Falcons transition to a 3-4 and solidify the front 7.
Fourth Round: Cody Hoffman, WR, BYU: This is a huge target to add to Matt Ryan's arsenal. People question his speed and ability to get open.
Fifth Round: Daryl Williams, OT, Oklahoma: Add some depth to the offensive line.
Sixth Round: Tyler Larson, C, Utah State: Can play some guard, but will also add some depth on the offensive line.
Seventh Round: James Wilder Jr., RB, FSU: If Wilder decides to come out this year, he would be an absolute steal. Big strong back that can catch the ball out of the backfield.