No matter what, the Falcons' 2014 draft will be awesome

Rob Foldy-USA TODAY Sports

Fact: Mike Smith's rosy cheeks aren't frost-related

Y'all need a pep talk. The nervousness around here is palpable. If I didn't know better, I'd think the Falcons were a 4-12 team, trying desperately to claw their way back. Oh wait.

Look, I know you're nervous, I know there's a lot of stake. But the Falcons will do their best. When all is said and done, pain heals, chicks dig scars, and glory lasts forever. Let's just get to Thursday already, because no one, and I mean no one, comes into our house and pushes us around.

It's perfectly natural to wring your hands over the draft. With great opportunity comes great expectations, right? That's what the Falcons have Thursday: a great opportunity. Not the only opportunity they will ever have. But they can certainly make things happen, if they play their cards right. We will not be beaten; not this draft.

That said, don't forget the Falcons have 10 draft picks. Count them: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. I was never very good at math, but I'm fairly sure that's a lot. Will they draft 10 players? Probably not, but they don't need to. They can parlay some of those picks into better picks. It all comes down to Thursday. Either we heal as a team, or we're gonna crumble. Inch by inch, pick by pick, until we're finished.

So what's my point? It's that you shouldn't lose any sleep over the draft. I won't. Dave won't. Caleb might, but only because he doesn't sleep (typical Pokemon fan boy behavior). Know who else won't? The Falcons draft room. They haven't been perfect during the Dimitroff era, but they're certainly not sitting around, twiddling their thumbs while sipping quad grande raspberry lattes. They're analyzing, they're assessing value, and most importantly, they're thinking on their feet.

But it's not about what I see. It's about what you see. Now look in the Dimitroff and tell me what you see. Pride, power, a bad general manager who won't take no crap off nobody!


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