The 2013 draft is just days away and clarity will soon be upon us. Until then, I present my 7th installment of what I think will happen leading up to the season opener. As always, let me know what you think. A link to the previous mocks are below.
- Jason Snelling: Ah yes, controversy. I love Snelling and he is one of my favorite Falcons, but Dimitroff has made several shocking moves this off-season. Snelling will be an unpopular camp cut.
- Peria Jerry: He teases us each preseason, but eventually, every tease has to "put out". Pariah Jelly will be 29 before the season starts. I don't see him finally having a break out season. He will be beaten out by Micanor Regis for a DT spot.
- Robert James: Has done nothing to warrant a roster spot. Its time to move on. Can you say: Brian Banks?
- Robert McClain: is an ERFA meaning he can only sign with ATL
Free Agency additions
1. Laurent Robinson WR: We need WR depth, and not an UDFA. Harry Douglas still has difficulties creating separation and running routes. Robinson has had injury issues, but he fights for the ball and will provide Matt with a big target (signs a 1 yr $1M contract)
2013 NFL Draft
1st round Johnthan Banks CB Mississippi State (6'2 185 lbs): Most fans probably hope Desmond Trufant falls to us at this spot, and I certainly wouldn't be mad if he did. However, Banks has much better ball skills and is an absolute playmaker on the field. Getting a ballhawking CB at #30 is a great thing.
2nd round Sean Porter OLB Texas A&M (6'1 230 lbs): ATL has visited with him several times so its obvious they are interested. Spoon and Nicholas missed time this season with injuries and we need a guy who can step in and replicate what they do. Porter 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. Nolan will love his ability to excel at both. He should be a day one starter and passing down upgrade over Nicholas.
3rd round Brandon Williams DT Missouri Southern State (6'2 341 lbs): He's a massive human being who racked up 27 career sacks. He went to a small school, but he causes alot of havoc on the DL. He'll be heavily involved in the DT rotation in 2013 and will help solve our run defending woes.
4th round John Simon DE Ohio State (6'1 257 lbs): He's a fun guy to watch because he's always fired up and always seems to be around the ball. He reminds me alot of Dwight Freeney because they both are short but make up for it with their relentless pursuit of the ball.
4th round Brandon Jenkins OLB/DE Florida State (6'2 251 lbs): Its no secret I have a man crush on Jenkins. Before his injury, both Bjoern Werner and Tank Carradine played second fiddle to him. He's an explosive edge rusher and has all the skills to be an elite pass rusher in the NFL. He'll help give us a much improved pass rush. (compensatory pick for Curtis Lofton)
5th round Ryan Otten TE San Jose State (6'5 242 lbs): He is the type of gutsy player Mike Smith likes. He caught a staph infection during the Senior Bowl and by his own words, thought he'd die from it. He decided to battle through the infection and participated. He ended up losing alot of weight but shocked everyone at his Pro Day by bulking up to 242 lbs and running a 4.69 40. He's always had great hands and is a good blocker. He has the skillset to be a contributor in 2013.
6th round Oscar Johnson OT/OG Louisiana Tech (6'5 331 lbs) : He's a big, hulking blocker who was a 2nd team All WAC selection at left tackle. He has great strength and shows tremendous power on blocks. He also has experience at OG. He could be groomed to take over for Blalock or provide depth at the tackle positions. He's a more polished player than Holmes was when we drafted him.
7th round Jasper Collins WR Mount Union (5'10 180 lbs): He's a true slot WR who put on a show at the East-West Shrine game. He runs crisp routes, has great hands, and looks the part of an NFL slot WR. He should be able to put heat on HD for playing time.
7th round Mike James RB Miami (5'10 223 lbs): He's basically a younger Jason Snelling. He's a solid, blue collar RB who can bulldoze a guy when needed and has good speed. He's also very good as a receiver out of the backfield. His youth will give him an edge over Snelling and I can see him taking over the RB3 role.
7th round John Boyett S Oregon (5'10 204 lbs): He's an aggressive hitter who most figured would be a 3rd rounder if not for knee injuries. The talent is obviously there. The 7th round is meant for high upside players like Boyett.
7th round Rod Sweeting CB Georgia Tech (5'11 189 lbs): He's a physical CB and above average tackler. He should be a special teams contributor from day one and can eventually see time on the DEF.