Ok so this is my first time posting so be nice. :) I've been a fan of the Falcons since 2008, thankfully enough, I missed all the horrible years. Prior to that, I honestly wasn't a fan of any professionally organized sports, or really sports period. But my roommate loved the Falcons, and I started watching the games with him. After some time, I got into it, and now, I love it! To the total annoyance of my wife and brother! But I love our team, and am ready to join our community here, to do whatever we can to support the cause, RISE UP!
I will start off with cuts that I think need to happen
1) Asante Samuel (CB) - As we saw, by the end of 2013 he had been benched and truth be told, we didn't miss him at all. Our front office hit a homer with our number 1 & 2 picks even though at the time I was puzzled by the back to back CB.
2) Peria Jerry (DT) - The only way I would bring him back is on a one year vet minimum type deal. He had a decent year and I would hate to see the front office Sam Baker him, because of the one decent year.
4) Thomas DeCoud (FS) - Played way too bad, all the way around, to be kept around. His "Pro Bowl" season wasn't much better, unless you count the picks, which made up for the bad angles and poor tackling some. But this year you didn't even get that from him.
5) Jeremy Trueblood and Garrett Reynolds (OL) - These two are barely even back ups on any other team much less starters.
6) Jason Snelling (RB) - Off the field issues never boded well on this team, just look at Turner and Abe. You do stupid stuff to get your name in the paper and you are almost as good as gone, plus Antone Smith can easily take his few touches and do more with them.
I don't know much about the money or cap issues which is why I have not included Jackson or Osi. In regards to those two I think with a better O line, Jackson could do you a fine job and Osi showed he could come off the bench and be effective, plus having a vet around for a year to help our draft guy is worth something.
Now, on to free agency, our guys, and the field.
1) Anthony Collins (OT) - I myself think we should fix the O line in FA, not just the draft. Part of the problem last year was the untested youth movement. I think its going to help us in the long run, but I also believe we need some proven help.
2) Eugene Monroe (OT) - This guy should come pretty cheap and can be our LT, then we could move Sam to RT and Lamar to RG or even backup.
3) Brian Orakpo (DE/OLB) - As long as you can get him at a reasonable price. I would love to see Brian coming off one side of our DL and Mass coming off the other with Osi mixed in! :) Yes Please
4) Julian Edelman (WR) - He should come at a decent price and could be an upgrade over HD as well as a nice safety net with Gonzo being gone. Also it's an instant upgrade on punt returns.
There are plenty more out there, just depends on what your looking for and their price tags. I left Jimmy Graham off the list, because I just don't see the Saint's letting him and Greg Hardy is gonna cost way to much, so I think he is out too.
On to the draft
Now this is just a flat out guess, this all depends on FA and who gets taken before us, so I am going to give a few options at each round.
1) Jadeveon Clowney , Khalil Mack, Anthony Barr. You will notice I didn't put any OL guys, cause like I said earlier, I think it is best to get some experience there, instead of a rookie.
2) Will Sutton, Kyle Van Noy, Stephon Tuitt. As you can see, I think the first two rounds should be all defense and this round should be some big bodies to help fill, if we lose Babs and/or Peters
3) Lamarcus Joyner, Dion Balley, Joel Bitonio . In this round I say, go for a safety or an O line man.
4) Odell Beckham, Jeremiah Attaochu, Carlos Hyde, Jared Abbrederis. The Falcons should not touch the offensive playmakers till the 4th round, in my opinion . Now Jeremiah is a homer pick, if he is there I really hope they grab him.
5) Kapri Bibbs, Gator Hoskins, Dri Archer. More offensive help!
6) Christian Kirksey, Jalen Saunders, Sean Parker... Depth.
7) Billy Turner, Jonathan Brown, Tevin Reese. More Depth.
I hope you all have enjoyed this.