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APPLES, EAT THEM
4 in the top 50
6 in the top 100
7 in the top 102
they have 11 draft picks for now..
I don’t know man.
I am happy with either Glen Dorsey, Matt Ryan, or Chris Long.
I haven’t tried to think about who else they can draft in this draft since they have so many picks. It’s all about pick #3 for me. I don’t think they will get a trade that makes it worth while. Not even Bengals #1 pick and Chad Johnson… well..
The First Round technically starts tomorrow at 3:00PM.
Because of a tie between the Falcons, Raiders, and Chiefs there will be a coin flip today to determine their upcoming draft order. The Falcons could therefore pick as high as 3rd or as low as 5th.
Atlanta, Oakland and Kansas City finished with 4-12 records. The Falcons and Raiders flip for the No. 3 pick, behind Miami and St. Louis respectively. The loser is then paired against Kansas City to round out the top five in order.
Not sure what time that happens but it’s kind of a big deal so stay tuned…
For more thoughts on what the Falcons franchise needs to do next with regards to the upcoming free agency period, nfl draft, and other offseason moves, check out this article
Yet again there is a job opening for Head Coach with the Atlanta Falcons… Didn’t we just hire a new coach? Didn’t we just go through this? What a nightmare season. I’m just pissed Petrino talked a big game but in the end had no integrity to even finish the season before jumping ship a day after our Falcons got their asses handed to them yet again in a Nationally televised game on Monday night. Whatever. Good riddance Bobby Petrino. We will not miss you. Now DeLo will not demand to be traded, we can just dump Chris Redman, and we don’t have to have tunnel vision when it comes to drafting Brian Brohm in the draft. (even though I’d be okay with that)…. so… Bill Cowher, want a job???
Come on Bill.
Yah, we’ve been real quiet about this around here… for many reasons… but the culmination is upon us as Mike will be sentenced this morning at 10AM.. for more details go to the story here but I am thinking that if the other 2 guys got 18 and 21 months, Mike will probably get 24-36 months, perhaps, around there… he’s already been serving, so immediately the sentenced will is reduced. Without getting ahead of ourselves with anything, Mike should be in jail for at least a year and change before any sort of early release and even a thought of returning to football.
Know this first, I love dogs and especially my dog. Know this second, I love the Falcons and whatever it takes for my Falcons to win. Know this third, I am hoping for a Brohm/Ryan/etc rookie coming in and being the next great leader of the Falcons (an actual pocket QB who can also effectively lead unlike anything Vick ever was). Know this lastly, I have forgiveness in my heart for a player I once loved. I wish for whatever is best for Mike as a man.
To even use the english language to define this as a “mistake” barely grasps the surfaces of how atrocious and horrible dog fighting is. The thought alone, that there are people in this world that actually think this is okay behavoir and that its okay to kill dogs or encourage dogs to want to kill one another, is sick and disgusting. Mike has messed up. He deserves to be in jail. I only hope he is able to pay retribution and in some way becomes a better person because of this. If he is ever able to play in the NFL ever again, even if its not for another 2-3 years, then that’s in the future and first things first.
April 25th, August 27th. Yes. The Falcons have been DONE for a while….
Let’s go #1 Draft Pick Party.
Today is opening day of Falcons training camp. As many of you may or may not know I am an extremely huge Falcons fan. And as many of you also may know, I have also been a big fan of #7. I have been a fan of the team for almost 20 years now dating back to the days when Neion Deion split time between the Falcons and the Braves. The Braves have been great for the entire time but it’s been a rough time for my Falcons. They’re good one year, horrible the next, mediocre the year after that, and then bad the next year. They’re never consistent year after year. One year, they finally make it to the Super Bowl and because I was traveling, I wasn’t even able to watch the game live. So, the Media usually ignores the Falcons and I’m only able to get my info either directly from the team and it’s message board or from the Atlanta media like the AJC.
Unfortunately and horrificly the Falcons have been pushed to the top of the mainstream sports media. I would be glad if they had the spotlight because they just won the Super Bowl, or brought in some fresh faces, or just had a great chance to be the next team on the rise. Unfortunately they have been pushed to the spotlight because their signature player is connected to some of the most completley atrocious crimes a person could ever commit (short of rape and murder). I’m going to skip over the debate of whether or not to use the word allegedly. All I can simply say is that I am extremely dissapointed to have someone I’ve held so much stock in over the last 6 or so years be even the slighest bit connected to this complete mess. When the truth comes out and the verdict is in, if he is proven guilty I will find it hard to agree with the maximum sentence of 6 years. That’s not enough in my opinion. As a dog owner, dog lover, and animal lover myself it’s completely frustrating to have every story about my team opening their preseason be connected to a story as horrible as this.
I am really glad that the NFL took preventative action to ban the player from training camp. With that news, PETA decided to cancel their protests that would have also occured at camp. I am glad that the players, despite the fact that their team leader is not at camp, can at least try and go on without the distraction. I really hope my team can win this year, but the outlook isn’t very good, so therefore my expectations are much lower than they would have been otherwise.
P.S. (Friday 9AM) – Understand first and foremost, I support what’s best for my Falcons to win.
Here’s my wish list for tomorrow.
My Falcons have the 8th overall pick.
1. Amobi Okoye- Young, smart, technical master on the D Line
2. LaRon Landry- Do everything safety net much needed
3. Adrian Peterson- Gifted workhorse power and finesse back
4. Jamaal Anderson- Athletic end ala Julius Peppers
5. Calvin Johnson- Not happening, too expensive
Bobby Petrino is leaving Louisville to take the head coaching position with the Atlanta Falcons. Petrino was 41-9 in four seasons with the Cardinals, including wins in the 2004 Liberty Bowl and 2006 Orange Bowl.
Petrino has accepted a five-year, $24 million offer from the Atlanta Falcons to become their new coach, replacing Jim Mora.
ESPN.com’s Pat Forde first reported the hiring and contract details earlier Sunday night.
A formal announcement was set for Monday afternoon at the Falcons’ suburban training complex in Flowery Branch — exactly one week after Mora was let go.
“This is an exciting day for the Atlanta Falcons franchise,” owner Arthur Blank said in a statement. “Bobby Petrino is an extremely talented football coach who has done some tremendously innovative things as both an offensive coordinator and head coach.”
By Chris Pika, AF.com / December 18, 2006
If you are at your desk or standing around the water cooler today and wondering, “How do the Falcons make the playoffs?”, we are here to help with your discussion.
The NFC Wild Card landscape is crowded at the moment (click here for conference standings). Philadelphia (8-6), thanks to a convincing 36-22 victory at the New York Giants late Sunday afternoon, has the current hold on the #5 seed. The Giants and the Falcons, both 7-7 are in a tie for the #6 seed, but New York holds the edge in a two-team tiebreaker, thanks to their 27-14 victory in the Georgia Dome on Oct. 15.
There is a large group behind the Falcons and the Giants at 6-8 (Green Bay, San Francisco, Carolina, Minnesota and St. Louis). Two division races are still up for grabs as Dallas (who has clinched a playoff berth), leads the Eagles by one game and the Giants by two in the NFC East. Seattle leads San Francisco and St. Louis by two games in the NFC West.
Four teams are completely out of the playoff picture in the NFC – Washington, Tampa Bay, Arizona and Detroit.
Identifying who is still in and who is definitely out is the easy part.
So, again the question – How do the Falcons make the NFC Playoffs?
The easiest road for Atlanta is to win both games. Then, according to the Elias Sports Bureau in New York, who is in charge of tracking all of the possibilities – ONE of the following three things MUST happen:
1. Dallas beats Philadelphia on Christmas Day OR
2. Dallas beats Detroit in Week 17 OR
3. New York loses once (to either New Orleans this Sunday or at Washington in Week 17).
In other words, two Falcons victories combined with one Cowboys victory OR one Giants loss in the next two weeks puts Atlanta into January with Miami on their minds.
Now, also know, according to Elias, a loss on Sunday does not eliminate the Falcons from the playoff chase. In that case, the Falcons would-be in a must-win situation at Philadelphia on New Year’s Eve. A victory in Philly, coupled with favorable outcomes in several other Week 17 games, would put the Falcons into the playoffs.
But, first things first for the Falcons. All focus is on the Georgia Dome this Sunday vs. the Panthers. The straightest road to the playoffs for Atlanta begins with a single step – a needed victory on Sunday.
(If you want to read how the tiebreakers are applied by the NFL — click here)
Here are the NFC Playoff scenarios going into Week 16:
Dallas has clinched playoff berth
Dallas can clinch division with:
1) DAL win.
Philadelphia can clinch playoff berth with:
1) PHI win, OR
2) PHI tie + NYG loss or tie, OR 3) PHI tie + ATL loss.
New York can clinch playoff berth with:
1) NYG win + MIN loss or tie + ATL loss + PHI win or tie + SEA win or tie, OR
2) NYG win + MIN loss or tie + ATL loss + PHI win or tie + SF loss or tie.
Chicago has clinched homefield advantage.
New Orleans has clinched division:
New Orleans can clinch first round bye with:
1) NO win + DAL loss.
Seattle can clinch division with:
1) SEA win or tie, OR
2) SF loss or tie.
Arizona, Detroit, Tampa Bay and Washington have been eliminated from NFC playoff contention
I love football. Big game vs the Ravens today. Practically a MUST-WIN.
Let’s do it.
By Michael Smith ESPN.com Archive
Updated: Oct. 24, 2006, 4:54 PM ET
Michael Vick isn’t the most accomplished passer and certainly qualifies as an unconventional quarterback but, still, it’s amusing to hear predictions that the Falcons never will win a Super Bowl. At least, not until Vick becomes more of a pocket passer. Or learns to beat teams from the pocket. Or however the doubters phrase it.
Never mind that Vick has played in and lost the same number of conference championship games as Peyton Manning. Or that Vick’s .630 winning percentage as Atlanta’s starter is better than every active quarterback not named Tom Brady, Donovan McNabb, Marc Bulger or Manning (Peyton, that is).
In fact, the top five quarterbacks in career passing yards have only two titles among them. Take it a step further: Among the top 20, only five have won a Super Bowl. Point is, just because a primarily scrambling quarterback hasn’t won the Super Bowl doesn’t mean it can’t happen, especially considering Vick and the Falcons already have come within one win of reaching the Super Bowl. You can doubt whether a running QB like Vick can win the Super Bowl, but acknowledge that doing it the other way doesn’t guarantee ultimate victory, either. If it were that simple Dan Marino, Warren Moon, Fran Tarkenton, Dan Fouts and Jim Kelly each would have a title to show for all those yards they passed for from the pocket. There are plenty of conventional QBs who didn’t win it all.
However he does it, Vick just gets it done. His head coach, Jim Mora, has said it time and again: You can’t judge Vick the way you do other quarterbacks, you have to focus on the results. Vick on Sunday improved to 35-21-1 as a starter. I’ll take the odds that if he stays healthy, one year Vick will win a few games in succession in the postseason.
For now, though, Atlanta is 4-2 and 2-1 in the NFC South with New Orleans and Carolina still having to visit the Georgia Dome. I’m not sure whether Vick’s doubling his career high with four touchdown passes in the Falcons’ 41-38 shootout win over Pittsburgh means that he’s turned the corner as a passer. We’ve jumped the gun and believed he’d done that before, so we’ll wait and see. But what I’m sure I saw Sunday was a leader. That’s an area in which Vick has seemingly been lacking in the past, especially in terms of work ethic, and he’s been criticized for it. But I don’t know how anyone can say Vick isn’t a field general after what he did against the Steelers.
As if Vick isn’t scrutinized enough, he shone the spotlight even brighter on himself last week by saying in an HBO interview that he wished the Falcons’ coaches would show more trust in his passing ability and allow him to throw more. He also acknowledged that he sometimes wished, if even for a day, that he played with an elite wide receiver, such as Marvin Harrison.
Tight end Alge Crumpler told me it was a very quiet — and not in a good way — week in Flowery Branch, Ga.
Perhaps Vick’s comments qualify as throwing one’s coaches and teammates under the proverbial bus. But when it came time to play, Vick drove the bus. And his teammates got on. That’s leadership.
Juxtapose that with Edgerrin James of the Cardinals. Two weeks ago, after a last-minute loss to the Chiefs, the Arizona running back complained publicly about not getting the rock more in crunch time. The following week, with his team trying to hold on against Chicago, James had a fumble returned for a touchdown and apparently blew a pass protection assignment that led to a sack and another fumble returned for a touchdown.
With the onus squarely on him, Vick backed up his demands by tossing three touchdowns to Crumpler and another to wideout Michael Jenkins. Vick’s best play, though, was an improvisation on the game-winning drive in overtime that saw him elude Pittsburgh’s Troy Polamalu and find Crumpler for a 26-yard completion.
Leaders don’t always do so from the lectern, the podium or “Inside the NFL.” Not all leaders say what’s politically correct all the time. But leaders show up and sometimes just will their teams to wins on game day. That’s what Vick did Sunday.
I spoke to Vick the day after Atlanta’s season-opening win at Carolina, when he was efficient in passing for 148 yards and two touchdowns. He talked about how he was beginning to understand not only what he was being asked to do, but what defenses were trying to do in terms of coverage. He acknowledged being a little too happy with himself after his 2002 season, when he passed for nearly 3,000 yards and rushed for nearly 800. He admitted to not applying himself to learning Greg Knapp’s offense the way he should have. So he and his receivers worked hard together in the offseason. It sounded like Vick had come to understand his responsibility as the quarterback.
He had a responsibility to hold up his end of the bargain Sunday after he pleaded for more opportunities to throw, and he delivered the way a leader should.
Vick deserves more props than skepticism after his career performance. The same teammates he dissed earlier, he encouraged when they weren’t playing well or when things weren’t going well against Pittsburgh.
Give credit to Knapp, too, for putting Vick in the best position to succeed against the Steelers. What Knapp did was get Vick out of the pocket and have him throw from the perimeter. It’s called “moving the launch pad.” That way Vick wasn’t as much of a sitting duck and had more of an opportunity to set his feet.
“When Mike sets his feet, he throws balls better than any QB out there,” Crumpler said. “He was throwing darts out there.”
I’m certainly not ready, after one outstanding performance, to say that all is well with the Falcons or that they should change their identity from a running to a passing offense. But Atlanta with a passing game is scary. It already was difficult enough to stop the run without the threat of Vick’s throwing for four scores. Still, teams will continue to try to force Vick to beat them by throwing the football. If he can keep making them pay for that strategy there are sure to be more 40-point games in the Falcons’ future.
We have to remember that Vick is just 26 years old. Manning likes to tell his critics to wait until his career is over before we put it into the context of what he didn’t accomplish. Same with Vick. Maybe he doesn’t do it the way we’re accustomed to, but he’s a quarterback. Sunday he did what quarterbacks are supposed to do, what Vick does a lot for the Falcons. He led his team to a victory it desperately needed.
Michael Smith is a senior writer for ESPN.com.
Sorry New Orleans
The Falcons are about to stomp the parade
AFC East – Miami
AFC North – Cincinnati
AFC South – Indianapolis
AFC West – Kansas City
AFC Wildcard – New England, Denver
NFC East – NY Giants
NFC North – Chicago
NFC South – Atlanta
NFC West – Seattle
NFC Wildcard – Carolina, Washington
AFC Championship Game – Indianapolis vs Cincinnati
NFC Championship Game – Atlanta vs NY Giants
Super Bowl – Atlanta vs Indianapolis
Super Bowl Winner – Atlanta
Nearly 2 1/2 years after Arthur Blank hired him as president-general manager, Rich McKay has backed up a promise to upgrade the Falcons’ defense.
Keith Brooking and Patrick Kerney are the only starters remaining from the disheveled group he inherited. The Falcons’ last three off-seasons — their combined efforts in free agency, trades and the draft — landed nine starters and eight important backups.
“When you looked at the defense, it did require a little bit more overhaul from a personnel standpoint that fit what we were going to be (in), a 4-3 (scheme),” McKay said Sunday. “I would hope when we get to the season that the rebuilding of that unit will be in place.”
Not including the $13 million that was guaranteed cornerback DeAngelo Hall, Atlanta committed nearly $46 million in bonuses to bring in John Abraham, Rod Coleman, Ed Hartwell, Lawyer Milloy and Jason Webster as starters. A trade with Cleveland landed starting free safety Chris Crocker.
Webster’s starting status probably won’t last long. After trading up 10 picks in Saturday’s second round, the Falcons drafted Virginia Tech cornerback Jimmy Williams to lock down the right side of the field opposite Hall.
Sacks, fumbles and interceptions fell off last year, but the main reason Atlanta fell to 22nd in total defense was its sagging performance against the run. The problems only grew worse after right end Brady Smith injured his foot and played his last game in Week 7.
Abraham, Milloy, Williams, Crocker and a healthy Hartwell should elevate the level of intensity. Now, if the defense can avoid major injuries, the Falcons believe they have identified and hired the people they need to make plays.
“I’m hoping we can put the pieces in place,” McKay said. “I think we’ve done it with a combination of youth and veterans. The point of that is not that the personnel was not good, but it (was) a scheme change. As soon as your scheme changes, you have guys that truly don’t fit. That will show up over time, and it did.”
The Falcons didn’t enter this draft looking for immediate help, but when cornerback Jimmy Williams was still on the board early in the second round, they moved quickly to land him.
To entice Green Bay to swap the 37th overall pick for the 47th, general manager Rich McKay sent the Packers a third-round choice Atlanta had acquired in the three-way trade with Denver and the New York Jets to acquire Abraham.
Doing so left the Falcons with just five picks, but McKay looks at the big picture of the off-season and likes what he sees.
“Any time you are not in the first round, you have the impression from media nationally that you weren’t even in the draft,” McKay said. “We feel good that we had our off-season goal to shore up what we thought were some pretty obvious needs on defense.”
After using nine of 15 picks in 2004-05 on defense, McKay committed just one this time. Williams was an exception for the Falcons in that he can start this season.
The other players — running back Jerious Norwood (third round), tackle Quinn Ojinnaka (fifth), wide receiver Adam Jennings (sixth) and quarterback D.J. Shockley (seventh) — will all be role players at best this year.
A closer look at the Falcons’ picks:
Round 2/37 — Jimmy Williams, CB, 6-2, 213, Virginia Tech
Maybe a penchant for talking pushed Williams out of the first round and made him the fourth player taken at his position. The Falcons don’t care. They’re just glad they could get him. At 6-foot-2, 213 pounds, he remains a cornerback. Mora said the team has no intention of moving Williams to safety, even though he’s excellent in run support.
Round 3/79 — Jerious Norwood, RB, 5-11, 204, Mississippi State
Warrick Dunn’s level of productivity at running back has been impressive enough in Alex Gibbs’ zone-blocking schemes that he could keep his starting job through 2007. So don’t expect Norwood, whose 4.33 speed at the combine blew away Atlanta running backs coach Ollie Wilson, to start any time soon. By next year, at least, Norwood should work as Dunn’s backup because T.J. Duckett’s contract expires after this season, and neither he nor the team believe Duckett will return to the Falcons.
Round 5/139 — Quinn Ojinnaka, T, 6-5, 292, Syracuse
Ojinnaka will work behind right tackle Todd Weiner this year. Weiner also is entering the final season of his contract, and considering that nagging injuries affected him through 2005, he might not have a chance to re-sign. Atlanta has Wayne Gandy under contract for the next three years, but his cap charge is high enough that the Falcons could start Ojinnaka and Frank Omiyale at both tackle spots in 2007. For this year, however, Gandy and Weiner are the starters. McKay insists that Atlanta has no intention of using Ojinnaka at guard.
Round 6/184 — Adam Jennings, WR, 5-9, 181, Fresno State
Jennings will compete for the No. 4 spot behind Roddy White, Michael Jenkins and Brian Finneran. Like Norwood, he has exceptional speed, and the Falcons envision a big role for him on special teams this year. With Jennings a potential punt returner and Norwood likely doing the same on kickoffs, Allen Rossum’s job security might be an issue in training camp.
Round 7/223 — D.J. Shockley, QB, 6-0, 214, Georgia
Shockley’s career consisted mostly of his senior year, his fifth and final season. The Bulldogs redshirted him as a freshman, and Shockley spent the next three years playing behind David Greene and nursing injuries. When he finally had a chance to run the offense without looking over his shoulder, Shockley went 11-1 and led the Bulldogs to their second Southeastern Conference title under six-year coach Mark Richt.
- Don’t look now, but NFC South opponents have added Reggie Bush and DeAngelo Williams to a group of running backs that already included Carnell Williams, Deuce McAllister and DeShaun Foster.
Granted, McAllister and Foster are rehabbing injuries, but each of Atlanta’s three division rivals has a major threat to consider when game-planning ways to stop the run.
“We added some real good and young defensive talent to our team,” coach Jim Mora said of the Falcons’ moves during the 2005-06 off-seasons. “That is not to discount the talent that those guys have added to their teams because those are some great runners.”
- Jimmy Williams has a message for the teams that passed on him and picked four cornerbacks prior to Atlanta’s move to get him in the second round.
“That was the main thing on my mind,” Williams said. “I think there was about eight defensive backs, and I know all of them personally. I know (those teams will) see me again, and I can’t wait to see them again. I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
- Former Virginia Tech standouts DeAngelo Hall and Michael Vick sent regards to Williams, who became the fifth former Hokie to join the Falcons. Starting left guard Matt Lehr and fourth-string quarterback Bryan Randall are the others.
“I talked with DeAngelo last night,” Williams said. “(Atlanta tight end) Alge (Crumpler) sent me a text message. Michael called through (his brother) Marcus (Vick). It’s a pleasure.”
- During his freshman year at Mississippi State, Jerious Norwood roomed with Falcons fullback Justin Griffith, who was a senior at the time.
Mora and McKay were very impressed with how hard Norwood played on a team that lost far more games than it won.
“If you watch the Florida tape, he had a great game and won the game at the end with his last two carries,” McKay said. “It was really impressive. He had 29, 30 carries in the game.”
“His 28th carry was third-and-5, and he gets it,” Mora said. “His 29th is a touchdown.”
“Took it 40, 50 yards,” McKay said. “It was awesome.”
QUOTE TO NOTE: “No, we were waiting for Norwood. If we didn’t get Norwood, we were going to go in a different positional direction. We were glad he was there.” — General manager Rich McKay, asked if the Falcons considered moving up to take Wisconsin running back Brian Calhoun, whom the Detroit Lions took off the board just ahead of Jerious Norwood
STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
1. Safety. Though the starters are set, the reserves are not. The plan right now is to move Kevin Mathis, a backup corner who’s coming off major reconstructive knee surgery, behind Milloy. Atlanta also could use Omare Lowe, a decent special teams player and a backup cornerback, to play as the No. 2 free safety behind Chris Crocker. Signing a veteran free agent like Ahmed Plummer, who played under coach Jim Mora and secondary coach Brett Maxie in San Francisco, is a possibility. The same goes for Ronnie Heard, a reserve last year for the Falcons, but, like Plummer, he is currently unsigned. Cam Newton, an undrafted rookie free agent in 2005, is still on the roster and will have a chance to make the team.
2. Defensive end. With Chauncey Davis penciled in as the primary backup to right-side starter John Abraham and left-side starter Patrick Kerney, the Falcons have room for a fourth end who would be inactive on game days, but an important insurance policy nonetheless. Don’t rule out Jonathan Jackson, an undrafted rookie free agent of the Bears whom Atlanta signed in Week 17 last season. He’s made an impression with coaches.
3. Center. Todd McClure, a starter since the second month of 2000, is entering the last year of his contract. Though excellent at recognizing defensive shifts and calling out assignment changes on audibles, McClure will never be an elite player because he’s often overmatched against bigger, stronger defensive tackles. Credit McClure for getting the most from a limited skill set, but it’s hard to see the Falcons willing to commit to anything more than one-year contracts after his current deal expires.
FRANCHISE PLAYER: None.
TRANSITION PLAYER: None.
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: S Keion Carpenter; QB Ty Detmer; S Antuan Edwards; DE Erik Flowers; S Ronnie Heard; WR Jerome Pathon; PK Todd Peterson; LB Artie Ulmer; WR Dez White.
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS (not tendered offers): DE Constantin Ritzmann.
RESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: None.
EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS: G/C Ben Claxton.
PLAYERS RE-SIGNED: TE Dwayne Blakley; WR Brian Finneran; C Austin King; DT Antwan Lake; DB Omare Lowe; FB Fred McCrary.
PLAYERS ACQUIRED: DE John Abraham; S Chris Crocker; OT Wayne Gandy; S Lawyer Milloy.
PLAYERS LOST: S Kevin McCadam; OT Kevin Shaffer; S Bryan Scott; DE Brady Smith; OT Barry Stokes.
2006 Falcons Day 1 Draft Selections
Rd Pick Name Pos. Height Weight Age College
2 37 Jimmy Williams CB 6-3 216 22 Virginia Tech
3 79 Jerious Norwood RB 6-0 208 23 Mississippi State
The Falcons moved up in the second round eight spots to select coveted CB Jimmy Williams. The trade was completed while Green Bay was on the clock with the 37th pick, a selection they acquired just minutes earlier when they shipped disgruntled Pro Bowl wide receiver Javon Walker to Denver. The Falcons essentially swapped picks with the Packers in the second and fifth rounds, and also surrendered their second of two 3rd round picks (93rd overall) to Green Bay.
The trade details with Green Bay are as follows:
Falcons get: 5th pick in 2nd round (37th overall, selected DB Jimmy Williams) and 6th pick in 5th round (139th overall).
Packers get: 15th pick in 2nd round (47th overall), 29th in 3rd (93rd overall) and 15th in the 5th round (148th overall).
Jimmy Williams | Cornerback | Senior | Virginia Tech
Height: 6-2 3/8 | Weight: 213 | 40-Time: 4.41
Strengths Has tremendous size and a big frame with long arms…Is a brilliant natural athlete…Has excellent speed…Can run with receivers and recovers well…Very strong and physical…Gets a good jam and knows how to use his mass to his advantage…A ferocious hitter who still has the mentality of a safety…Has fluid hips and shows good footwork…Versatile and has played two positions…Upside. Former teammate of DeAngelo Hall’s at VaTech.
Weaknesses May be a bit of a CB / S ‘tweener…Will miss tackles while going for the knock out hit…Lacks discipline on the field…May not have the instincts to play corner at the next level…Inconsistent and doesn’t always play up to his immense talent…Still developing after only two years of experience at the position…Very confident, bordering on cocky, and tends to give opposing teams bulletin board material.
Notes Former safety who could easily project to that position in the pros as well…Has an ideal blend of size, speed and athleticism…Has rare ability and all the physical tools…There could be some varied opinions as to what position he will play but a team would be crazy to not at least give him a chance outside at corner at first.
Jerious Norwood | Running Back | Senior | Mississippi St.
Height: 5-11 5/8 | Weight: 210 | 40-Time: 4.40
Strengths Very good vision and natural instincts…Has excellent timed speed which enables him to turn the corner…Is very quick with a burst…Plays bigger than he is and will run up the middle with some power…Has good hands in the passing game…Will break tackles and pick up extra yardage…Very productive and made a lot of big plays…Hard worker with top intangibles…Has a lot of experience…Was durable.
Weaknesses Size is only average at best…Not very bulky and has a frail build…Needs to hit the weight room and get stronger…Not as explosive in the open field as you would think…Needs to work on mastering the finer points of the position such as route running and blocking…Can he be more than a situational player at the pro level?
Notes The big question is whether he can be an every-down back due to his lack of ideal size…Between his speed and production at the college level it wouldn’t be hard to see some team taking this guy off the board earlier than most would expect.
Six Atlanta Falcons – LB Keith Brooking, DT Rod Coleman, TE Alge Crumpler, RB Warrick Dunn, CB DeAngelo Hall, and QB Michael Vick – were selected to the NFC’s Pro Bowl squad based on their outstanding individual performances during the 2005 regular season.
Atlanta’s six Pro Bowl selections represented the highest number of Falcons chosen to play in the NFL’s annual all-star game since 1998 when the Falcons also sent six players to Honolulu, Hawaii. The Falcons have had more players selected to the Pro Bowl just two other times in franchise history (seven in 1969 and 1981).
Brooking will make his fifth consecutive trip to the Pro Bowl – tying the franchise record held by defensive end Claude Humphrey (1970-74) and offensive tackle Mike Kenn (1980-1984) – after recording 115 tackles through the first 14 games of the season. An eight-year veteran, Brooking also tallied 2.5 sacks, three interceptions and a career-high nine passes defensed.
Coleman, in his seventh NFL season and second with the Falcons, will make his first trip to the Pro Bowl. Coleman leads the Falcons with 9.5 sacks and has recorded 38 tackles and five passes defensed. Coleman registered 12 tackles, four sacks, and two forced fumbles in four games en route to earning NFC Defensive Player for the Month of September honors. Additionally, Coleman was Atlanta’s most sought-after free agent acquisition during the free agency period in the 2004 offseason and the first major free agent signing by President & General Manager Rich McKay and Head Coach Jim Mora.
After being named to the past two Pro Bowls, Crumpler returns to Honolulu for the third straight year after a season in which he broke his own single-season franchise record for the most receptions by a tight end and leads the Falcons in receiving with 58 receptions for 793 yards and five touchdowns.
Dunn was selected to his third Pro Bowl after having a career season. The nine-year veteran from Florida State has rushed 259 times for a career-high 1,328 yards (5.1 avg.) and three touchdowns. The reigning Walter Payton Man of the Year Award honoree, Dunn has also caught 26 passes for 205 yards (7.9 avg.) and scored one touchdown. Of running backs who have carried the ball more than 150 times this season, Dunn ranks tied for first in the NFL in yards per attempt (5.1). Dunn was initially drafted by McKay in Tampa Bay in 1997.
Hall, in just his second NFL season, makes his first trip across the pond to the Pro Bowl after a stellar 2005 season that has seen him tally 64 tackles, five interceptions, and four passes defensed through 14 games. The youngest player on Atlanta’s roster (11-19-83), Hall was McKay and Mora’s first draft selection. He continues to establish himself as one the NFL’s most dominate shutdown cover cornerbacks.
Vick, in his fifth NFL season and third as a full-time starter, will be making his third trip to Honolulu. One of the NFL’s most dynamic players, Vick has won 31-of-49 games he has started in his career, and has been the catalyst behind Atlanta’s move from the worst offense in the NFL two years ago to the League’s 11th best so far this season. Vick has completed 183-of-337 passes for 2,136 yards and 13 touchdowns, while rushing 90 times for 534 yards (5.9 avg.) and six scores in 14 games in 2005.
With five selections last year and two new selections this year (Coleman, Hall), there have been a total seven different Falcons who have earned Pro Bowl trips under McKay and Mora.
So it’s going to be tricky, but the Atlanta Falcons can still make the playoffs. Three games left. 4 after tonight for ATL.
CURRENT NFC PLAYOFF PICTURE
1. Seattle Seahawks (11-2) â€“ Clinched NFC West title. Would play host to the winner of the No. 5 vs.No. 4 wild-card winner in the divisional playoffs. Next: at Tennessee (4-9).
2. Chicago Bears (9-4) â€“ Leads NFC North. Holds tiebreaker against Carolina with 8-1 conference record. Would play host to the winner of the No. 6 vs. No. 3 wild-card game in the divisional playoffs. Next: vs. Atlanta (7-5).
3. New York Giants (9-4) â€“ Leads NFC East. Would play host to the No. 1 wild card in a first-round game. Next: vs. Kansas City (8-5).
4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (9-4) â€“ Leads NFC South. Holds tiebreaker over Carolina with 3-1 division record. Would play host to the No. 2 wild card in a first-round game. Next: at New England (8-5).
5. Carolina Panthers (9-4) â€“ Currently No. 1 wild card. Next: at New Orleans (3-9).
6. Dallas Cowboys (8-5) â€“ Currently the No. 2 wild card. Holds tiebreaker over Minnesota with 6-3 conference record. Next: at Washington (7-6).
7. Minnesota Vikings (8-5) â€“ Next: vs. Pittsburgh (8-5).
8. Atlanta Falcons (7-5) â€“ Next: vs. New Orleans (3-9). Beat Minnesota in the head to head game.
CURRENT AFC PLAYOFF PICTURE
1. Indianapolis Colts (13-0) â€“ Clinched AFC South, first-round bye and home-field advantage. Would play host to the winner of the No. 5 vs. No. 4 wild-card game in the divisional playoffs. Next: vs. San Diego (8-5).
2. Denver Broncos (10-3) â€“ Leads AFC West. Holds tiebreaker against Cincinnati with 7-2 conference record. Would play host to the winner of the No. 6 vs. No. 3 wild-card game in the divisional playoffs. Next: at Buffalo (4-9).
3. Cincinnati Bengals (10-3) â€“ Leads AFC North. Can clinch division title with a win and a Steelers loss in Week 15. Would play host to the No. 2 wild card in a first-round game. Next: at Detroit (4-9).
4. New England Patriots (8-5) â€“ Leads AFC East. Can clinch division title with a win and a Dolphins loss in Week 15. Would play host to the No. 1 wild card in a first-round game. Next: vs. Tampa Bay (9-4).
5. Jacksonville Jaguars (9-4) â€“ Currently the No. 1 wild card. Next: vs. San Francisco (2-11).
6. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-5) â€“ Currently the No. 2 wild card. Next: at Minnesota (8-5).
7. San Diego Chargers (8-5) â€“ Next: at Indianapolis (13-0).
8. Kansas City Chiefs (8-5) â€“ Next: at N.Y. Giants (9-4).
Hell Yeah. 27-7. After two straight loses at home, this is exactly what they needed.
Everyone is here. It’s turkey day. The turkey is in the oven. The Falcons are about to take the field. And the women went to the movies. So rock out.
Warrick Dunn and the Atlanta Falcons beat the Jets 27-14 last night. Falcons are now 5-2 and this upcoming weekend they have off.
Meet the newest members of the Atlanta Falcons
Roddy White, WR, 6’1″ 201, UAB
Having already established himself as one of the premier receivers in the Conference USA prior to 2004, White used his senior season to entrench himself as one of the country’s best big-play specialists. Not only did he lead the nation’s pass catchers in receiving yardage, he also shattered school and Conference USA records before concluding his career. In 45 games, White started 43 contests. He caught 163 passes for 3,112 yards (19.1 avg.) and 26 touchdowns. White was a two-time all-state and All-Low Country selection at Saint James Island (S.C.) High School. He broke all of the school’s career receiving records and was listed among top receivers nationally by Rivals.com. He also participated in baseball and wrestling at James Island and won a pair of state titles in the latter sport.
4.45 in the 40-yard dash … 31 5/8-inch arm length … 9 5/8-inch hands … Right-handed.
Jonathan Babineaux, DT, 6’2″, 281, Iowa
In 2004 Babineaux not only earned All-America and All-Big Ten Conference honors, but was also named the team’s Defensive MVP. In his final year, he collected 55 tackles (41 solos) as he led the Big Ten and ranked 11th in the nation with 11 sacks. He led the conference and ranked second in the nation with 25 stops behind the line of scrimmage, registered 12 pressures with three fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles. His 25 stops for losses also set a school single-season record. Babineaux played in 42 games for the Hawkeyes, including 32 contests on defense. He recorded 131 tackles (84 solos) with 19 sacks for minus-99 yards, 39 stops for losses of 151 yards, 24 quarterback pressures, four fumble recoveries, five forced fumbles, an interception and two pass deflections.
4.74 in the 40-yard dash … 360-pound bench press … 590-pound squat … 365-pound power clean … 31-inch vertical jump … 32-inch arm length … 9 3/8-inch hands … Right-handed.
Jordan Beck, LB, 6’2″, 231, Cal Poly/Slo
Last fall proved to be a banner season for Beck, as he was a consensus All-American, unanimous All-Great West Conference and Defensive Player of the Year and recipient of the Buck Buchanan Award, given to the top defender in the NCAA Division I-AA ranks. He led the team in tackles for the fourth straight year with 135 (97 solo) and had 5ï¿½ sacks, 18ï¿½ stops for losses, six forced fumbles, four interceptions and nine pass deflections. His 135 tackles ranked fourth in the nation and his 18ï¿½ stops behind the line of scrimmage ranked seventh. In 43 games at Cal Poly, Beck collected 449 tackles (270 solo) with 16ï¿½ sacks for minus-133 yards, 51ï¿½ stops for losses of 196 yards, three fumble recoveries (two returned for touchdowns), six forced fumbles, four interceptions for 108 yards with two scores and 16 pass deflections. His 449 tackles set a school career record, shattering the previous mark of 326 by Gary Swanson (1981-84).
4.56 in the 40-yard dash … 340-pound bench press … 495-pound squat … 311-pound power clean … 32-inch vertical jump … 31 1/8-inch arm length … 8ï¿½-inch hands.
Chauncey Davis, DE, 6’1″, 258, Florida State
In 24 games with the Seminoles, Davis produced 40 tackles (26 solo), seven sacks for minus-49 yards, 18 stops for losses of 82 yards, 30 quarterback pressures, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, five pass deflections and a blocked kick. Davis was an all-state linebacker and running back at Auburndale (Fla.) High School, rushing for over 1,000 yards as a senior. The first-team All-American (Rivals.com) was a member of the Florida Times Union Super 75 and Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Super Southern 100. He played in the national all-star game in Dallas and competed in the prestigious Cali-Florida Bowl.
4.77 in the 40-yard dash … 347-pound bench press … 566-pound squat … 366-pound power clean … 35ï¿½-inch vertical jump … 4.54 20-yard shuttle … 34 1/8-inch arm length … 9ï¿½-inch hands … Right-handed.
Michael Boley, LB, 6’2″, 228, Southern Miss
In 2004, Boley was a consensus All-American and named Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year. He totaled 125 tackles (70 solos) with nine sacks, 20 stops for losses, five forced fumbles and a pair of interceptions, including an incredible 62-yard touchdown return vs. North Texas in the New Orleans Bowl that ESPN called one of the best plays of the college football season. He was also the recipient of the prestigious Conerly Trophy, presented annually to the best college football player in the state of Mississippi. In 47 games, Boley started 38 contests. He recorded 423 tackles (263 solos), the sixth-best career total in school history. He registered 28ï¿½ sacks for minus-175 yards, topped only by Adalius Thomas (34ï¿½, 1996-99) on the school’s all-time record list. His 59ï¿½ stops for losses of 228 yards are surpassed only by Rod Davis (60ï¿½, 2000-03) on USM’s career-record chart. He also collected 16 quarterback pressures, deflected 13 passes, intercepted three others, recovered six fumbles and set a school career record with nine forced fumbles, topping the old mark of eight by Chad Williams (1998-2001).
4.67 in the 40-yard dash … 295-pound bench press … 465-pound squat … 340-pound power clean … 33-inch vertical jump … 33ï¿½-inch arm length … 8 3/8-inch hands … Right-handed.
Frank Omiyale, OT, 6’4″, 310, Tennessee Tech
He earned All-America and All-Ohio Valley Conference honors as a senior. Omiyale continued to dominate in the trenches in 2004, collecting a career-high 150 knockdowns with 18 touchdown-resulting blocks. He also graded 90.5 percent for blocking consistency, the highest mark of any Division 1-AA offensive lineman in 2004.
Campus: 5.28 in the 40-yard dash … 385-pound bench press … 300-pound power clean … Right-handed … Combine: 5.4 in the 40-yard dash … 3.16 20-yard dash … 1.93 10-yard dash … 4.72 20-yard shuttle … 8.19 three-cone drill … 29ï¿½-inch vertical jump … 8-foot-3 broad jump … Bench pressed 225 pounds 22 times … 36-inch arm length … 10 1/8-inch hands.
DeAndra Cobb, RB, 5’10″, 196, Michigan State
In only 24 games with the Spartans, Cobb piled up 2,621 all-purpose yards. He returned 64 kickoffs for 1,632 yards (25.5 avg) and a school-record four touchdowns, breaking the old mark of three returns for scores by Mason (1993-96). Only Mason (2576) and Herb Haygood (1770, 1998-2001) gained more yards on kickoff returns in school history. Also rushed 136 times for 900 yards and four touchdowns while adding 89 yards on fifteen catches (5.9 avg) and eight tackles on special teams. His average of 6.62 yards per rushing attempt ranks second on the school’s career-record chart behind George Gueree (6.75 avg, 1946-48).
4.49 seconds in 40-yard dash … 17 bench reps at 225 pounds … 34-inch vertical jump … 9-foot-10 broad jump … 4.26 shuttle … 7.13 three-cone drill.
Darrell Shropshire, DT, 6’2″, 301, South Carolina
In 23 games with the Gamecocks, Shropshire totaled 63 tackles (36 solos), two sacks for minus-9 yards, 8ï¿½ stops for losses of 27 yards, five quarterback pressures and four pass deflections. For his entire collegiate career, Shropshire came up with 184 tackles and 14 sacks.
Combine: 4.89 in the 40-yard dash … 2.79 20-yard dash … 1.7 10-yard dash … 4.31 20-yard shuttle … 7.54 three-cone drill … 34-inch vertical jump … 9-foot-8 broad jump … Bench pressed 225 pounds 25 times … 32 5/8-inch arm length … 9 3/8-inch hands.