Mock us if you must, but we must mock players to the Falcons.
Four Falcoholic writers took a swing at predicting the first round pick for the Falcons of the upcoming 2013 NFL Draft. As you'll see, we went in slightly different directions, though
Of course, a trade in any direction would likely spell doom for even the most ambitious prediction here, but that's part of the fun.
Before we begin, let me remind that Alec Shirkey will have a full mock coming up, and we may still be rolling out a full draft from the four of us. You'll at least get the chance to see me get seven full rounds hideously wrong between now and the draft.
Let's do this!
Tyler Eifert, TE, Notre Dame
Call it a gut feeling, or simply call it pure insanity. I don't believe Chase Coffman is our tight end of future, and I don't see the Falcons passing on Eifert if he's there at 30.
Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina
This is assuming the Falcons stay put which is growing less likely by the day. Regarded by Sports Illustrated as "the best of the second tier of DTs" Williams actually does fill a need for the Falcons if they wish to stay in the 4-3 defense: The 1-technique.
Falcons Trade Up To Get Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
(Ed. Note: This is technically cheating, but that's Alex for you)
Tank Carradine, DE, Florida State
I'll take a little heat for this, but I'm sticking with my pick from the Mock Draft.
In a class loaded with defensive players, the rehabbing Carradine may well fall just because of sheer numbers. If the Falcons stand pat at 30, they're going to be looking for the best defensive player available or a tight end, and Tyler Eifert and Zach Ertz will probably be gone alongside Desmond Trufant. I still believe defensive end is a major, major need for these Falcons, and I still believe Carradine is the best one likely to be available. He's my choice.
If the Falcons trade up, I expect them to go hard for a cornerback, and I expect that corner to be either Desmond Trufant or Xavier Rhodes. We'll know in a week.
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