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An Atlanta Falcons Mock Draft Reference Sheet

If there's one thing I know about my readers, it's that you all like to debate things. You also all love knitting, long walks on the beach and chocolate ice cream. Surprised? It's my job to know these things.

The Falcoholic has not yet indulged in a ton of mock draft talk (but we will), so I thought I'd put forward a list of mock drafts from around the interwebs for discussion and so you can get a sense of what experts and "experts" are thinking in terms of first round draft picks. I'm hopeful this will help inform your decisions in the near future, when I'll be asking you to nominate candidates for that pick and vote on a final list for the annual SB Nation Mock Draft. I'm also hoping we'll continue to grow the debate into something beyond "Sean Weatherspoon is great" or "Sean Weatherspoon is not great."

Rather than waste a lot of time blabbering, I'm heading over the jump to compile a short list. Won't you join me?


Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Sean Weatherspoon, LB, Missouri

Official Site's J. Michael Moore: Brandon Graham, DE, Michigan

Draft Countdown: Sean Weatherspoon

Atlanta Falcons Examiner: Sean Weatherspoon

Mocking The Draft: Brandon Graham

NFL Site (Bucky Brooks and Pat Kirwan): Brandon  Graham

FFToolbox: Sergio Kindle, LB, Texas

West Sports Report: Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech

NFL FanHouse: Sean Weatherspoon


So, um...there's a pretty even split there. Most pundits think we'll be picking up either Sean Weatherspoon or Brandon Graham, two guys I'm awfully fond of myself. The outliers there are Sergio Kindle (sorry FFToolbox, but I don't buy that one) and Derrick Morgan (a great pick, but I'm not certain he's going to last to #19). What is clear is that after the Dunta Robinson signing, everyone's moving away from cornerbacks and into linebackers and defensive ends?

My personal opinion? It depends on the day, honestly, but I like 'Spoon, Graham, and Jerry Hughes for the Falcons, and my initial leaning is still the Spoonster. As usual, you're welcome to debate.