I've been thinking about this for a while. As much as I'd rather the Falcons to take Khalil Mack at 6 rather than trade up for Clowney, I feel like they are going to trade up for Clowney anyway. Mack may be gone by #6 anyway.
In that case, here's my plan.
Resign DT Corey Peters (done already)
Resign C/G Joe Hawley
Resign DT Jonathan Babineaux
Resign OT Mike Johnson (super cheap)
Cut S Thomas Decoud
Sign S Jairus Byrd (we have the cap space, we should do it)
- Pair him with William Moore back there with Trufant and Alford and we are up there with the Legion of Boom.
Sign OG Jon Asomoah
- Played pretty well at RG. Geoff Schwartz is slightly better but Asomoah will be a solid RG.
Sign DT Paul Soliai
- Very versatile DT. He's geting up there in age (30 this season), so that should lower his price tag a bit.
Sign Javier Arenas
- Decent CB with KR ability. Signed as depth (4th CB) and for a spark in the return game.
*trading this year's round 3 along with next years round 2 and round 3 picks in order to move up to #2 in the draft*
Round 1: Jadeveon Clowney, DE, South Carolina -- Nothing needs to be said for his ability. Hopefully, Bryan Cox can get the most out of him.
Round 2: Ryan Shazier, OLB, Ohio State --Another pass rusher to add to the defense, Shazier draws a lot of comparisons to Lavonte David. A little work in the weight room to get stronger and development in pass coverage will do wonders for him.
Round 4: Daniel McCullers, DT, Tennessee --A mountain of a man, McCullers is the big DT we've needed in the middle of this line since Grady Jackson left. He is a force in run defense and has a good bull rush and suprising speed for so big a man. However, he needs to be coached up as he shows issues with giving up leverage and getting too high in his stance. Still, one of my favorite picks of the draft.
Round 5: Seantrel Henderson, OT, Miami --Mike Tice's favorite student from the Senior Bowl, Henderson is a huge OT that has tons of raw ability. The problem: It's still just raw ability. He has a very high ceiling and, for a 5th round pick, I think it'd be a great investment.
Round 6: Jerick McKinnon, RB, Georgia Southern --A Combine standout, McKinnon played well at RB (last 2 seasons: 2867 rushing yds, 32 TDs, 6.7 YPC). Only question is level of competition. However, we need to add a RB to this stable. I would've loved to slate Dri Archer here, but I don't think he's gonna make it this far.
Round 7: L'Damian Washington, WR, Mizzou --Great size/speed combination. Great character off-the-field. He has potential and that's good enough at this point.
I hope we can draft Colt Lyerla (the TE from Oregon) in Round 7 or sign him as an UDFA, but his off-the-field issues might be too much for TD and the Falcons brass. I left him off for that reason.
What do you guys think?