Your silence was deafening. When is it coming? When is he going to to publish it? I can practically hear it echoing through the hallowed halls of The Falcoholic. Well, now is the time for celebration, for you have found my 2013 Mock Draft. Without any further delay:
Kiko Alonso, LB, Oregon (PRI)
Anthony Amos, WR, Middle Tennessee State (EW)
T.J. Barnes, DL, Georgia Tech (PRO)
Le'Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State (PRO) (COM)
Tank Carradine, DL, Florida State (PRI)
David Carter, RB, Morehouse (PRO)
Dewayne Cherrington, DL, Mississippi State (PRO)
Jonathan Cyprien, DB, Florida International (PRI)
Will Davis, DB, Utah State (PRI)
Seth Doege, QB, Texas Tech (EW)
Gavin Escobar, TE, San Diego State (PRO)
Josh Evans, S, Florida (EW)
Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA (PRI)
Mike Gillislee, RB, Florida (PRI)
Malliciah Goodman, DL, Clemson (PRI)
Dwayne Gratz, DB, Connecticut (PRI)
Montel Harris, RB, Temple (EW)
D.C. Jefferson, TE, Rutgers (EW)
Jamaal Johnson-Webb, OL, Alabama A&M (PRO)
Datone Jones, DL, UCLA (PRO)
Edmund Kuglia, OL, Valdosta State (PRO)
Corey Lemonier, DL, Auburn (PRI)
Philip Lutzenkirchen, TE, Auburn (PRO)
Stansly Maponga, DL, TCU (PRI)
Tyrann Mathieu, DB, LSU (PRI)
Leon McFadden, DB, San Diego State (PRO)
Zeke Motta, DB, Notre Dame (PRI)
Emmanuel Ogbuehi, TE, Georgia State (PRO)
Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia (PRI)
Ryan Otten, TE, San Jose State (INT)
Sean Porter, LB, Texas A&M (PRI)
Keith Pough, LB, Howard (INT)
Brian Schwenke, OL, California (PRI)
Darius Slay, DB, Mississippi State (PRI)
Brandon Smith, DB, Georgia (PRO)
D.J. Swearinger, DB, South Carolina (PRI)
Rod Sweeting, DB, Georgia Tech (EW)
Jamar Taylor, DB, Boise State (PRI)
Stepfan Taylor, RB, Stanford (PRI)
Desmond Trufant, DB, Washington (PRI)
Cornelius Washington, DL, Georgia (PRI)
Duke Williams, S, Nevada (EW%)
Nick Williams, DL, Samford (COM)
Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor (SR)
Earl Wolff, DB, N.C. State (PRI)
Blidi Wreh-Wilson, DB, Connecticut (PRI)
Since we have this fantastically lengthy list, I'm going to stick to it. Players selected in my mock will only come from this list.
In regard to today's reports about the Falcons trading up, I believe TD is just putting out some feelers for two main reasons. First, if there is a run on CBs, I believe TD will trade up. Second, and less likely, if a top prospect (like Milliner) is dropping unexpectedly (let's say he somehow gets to #14 undrafted), I could see him jumping up to grab him.
I believe the first pick will be a CB, as the list of workouts implies. The Falcons seem to be targeting Trufant, Wreh-Wilson, Slay, and Jamar Taylor. If Trufant or Taylor go too early in the first, this could force TD to jump up to acquire the remaining CB. I think it very telling that the Falcons have brought Slay in for a private workout, but not Banks.
First Round Pick: Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
Ultimately, I think they stay where they are and acquire either Trufant or Taylor, perhaps even reaching a bit for another CB in the first round (maybe Hayden). All of these DBs are first rounders depending on your source and selected game film. Alternate: If it's not a corner, look out for Datone Jones with this pick (perhaps another reason to trade up a bit).
Second Round Pick: Darius Slay, CB, Mississippi State
I personally think we could see TD go back-to-back DBs here given that he's clearly preferring them in pre-draft interviews. In addition, if successfully integrated, Trufant and Slay would lock down our secondary for years to come. Alternate: There are an awful lot of RBs on that list above which is kind of exciting. Jonathan Franklin would fit well in this spot if TD decides not to draft the all-pro CB duo of the future.
Third Round Pick: Gavin Escobar, TE, San Diego State
TD probably has to trade away some picks to move up and pull this off (let's say he gives up our first 4th and a 7th), but no biggie. Escobar gets a year to learn under the GOAT while building chemistry with Ryan. Will be a RZ threat in this league.
Fourth Round Pick: Sean Porter, OLB, Texas A&M
Reminds me of a poor man's Spoon, which will do fine in the fourth. Develop him for a year, build some depth in the D-Block while challenging Nicks to step up. A good instinctual blitzer as well that can Nolan can hone. Alternate: Malliciah Goodman
Fifth Round Pick: Mike Gillislee, RB, Florida
I can't say I love this pick, but it's hard to argue with a possible future starter in the fifth round. Gillislee has the potential to be a pro-bowler behind the right OLine. I don't think any of us would argue that the Falcons have that OLine, but they could in the future...right? Gillislee would provide insurance in case any of the RBs go down to injury, and a useful future chip as well.
Sixth Round Pick: Nick Williams, DT, Samford
TD loves to gamble on small school gems in the later rounds, and Williams fits the bill. He was explosive for the Bulldogs, and, as a smaller DT, fits the bill for how the Falcons like to draft at the position.
Seventh Round Pick: TJ Barnes, DT, Georgia Tech
Barnes is MASSIVE at 6-6 and 369 lbs. He's versatile in the trenches as a DT, and can definitely clog the hole in goal line packages. TD will try and reclaim that lost Yellow Jacket 'Swagger' by bringing in Barnes.
Seventh Round Pick: Stansly Maponga, DE, TCU
A flier in the seventh on a injured, but very talented player. I could see the team giving him a chance to get fully healthy with the medical staff while prepping him for the Biermann role in Nolan's defense. A risk that could pay huge dividends down the line.
Although I can't say I would be thrilled with every pick, this would still be a damn good draft. It fills our most immediate needs (CBs) while building depth at critical positions for the future (DLine, DBlock, TE). There are also a few wildcards in there that could become very good players (Gillislee and Maponga).
Feel free to tee off below.