The moment you've waited for through these cold months is here. Celebrate, friends, for it comes but once this year!
The 2011 NFL Draft is as deep as a raging river, but as shallow as a puddle in terms of consensus elite talent. That makes the Falcons' position at the end of the first round more valuable than it might be in other years, because there's likely to be a plethora of quality options available at #27. I eagerly wait to see who they might be.
Of course, there's the persistent rumors that the team might trade up, or down, or just give up and start kidnapping players they want right out of their homes. I'm a huge believer in Thomas Dimitroff's work, so I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt if he's rocketing up the draft board after someone like Julio Jones. I do wonder if the team is so close to a championship that one player will make the difference, but we're going to find out.
Throughout the evening, I'll be updating you on picks as they happen and passing along any Falcons-related news I come across. I'm sure I'll be joined by erstwhile co-writers James Rael, Caleb Rutherford and Adam Schultz, and maybe Jason Kirk will even make a special guest appearance. Woohoo!
Join me in the comments for the fourth edition of our NFL Draft live blog. It's going to be a glorious night.