With their compensatory pick of the 2012 NFL Draft the Falcons selected South Carolina defensive end Travian Robertson. While Robertson was one of the last players picked in the years draft there is some hope that he can become a contributor to the Falcons, eventually. Back in 2009, the Falcons took a flier on Georgia Tech's Vance Walker and he's turned into a nice rotation guy on our defensive line.
Ready to compete for a roster spot?
Like sixth round pick Charles Mitchell, Robertson comes from a good SEC defense so he should be physically up to the challenge of competing for a roster spot although the probability is that he will spend some time on the practice squad.
Here is what the National Football Post thought about him before the draft:
|One gap lineman with a good first step, can gain leverage and threaten gaps inside. Is limited, but looks like a potential rotational lineman in the NFL.|
Robertson could also project as a 3-4 defensive end so with Mike Nolan running a 4-3 with concepts of the 3-4 he could be tried out at multiple positions. Don't look for him to contribute much in year one, but remember the name he could turn out to be a Vance Walker like player for the Falcons.
The draft is over and time to reflect & see where it leads us for the coming season. First, I have to say that Thomas
D. has to be one of the best GM'S. I had predicted a center / Ben Jones but happy we selected Konz. Holmes
was a fair to good pick but not sure if he will take over for Sam Baker or be the backup for Clabo. According to a
recent interview by Mike Smith, they will go for a total of 9OL ( 5 starters & 4 2nd string ) . This is normal and opens
a slot for RB/FB/TE/WR. It is clear Mughelli's days are numbered with Bradie Ewing & a chance of Snelling being
moved to FB. Even without drafting the FB, there was also Cox. I am still not sure about Cliff Matthews-3rd DE.
Prior to the draft, I believed that he would be a good fit as a 2nd OLB backing up Weatherspoon. I think Nolan
will find a more active row for him ( Rusher on the QB in a 3-4 ?), I like that ideal! Overall, a great job by the ATL.
Now the undrafted players on the market. The first player I would be calling ASAP is Kellen Moore, QB Boise State.
Redman has 1 year left & Moore would be a great fit after 1 year on the practice team. Also, I would consider more
depth at WR behind White,Jones & Douglas. Cone has no numbers to work with ( unless you think he can be a
return guy) & when was the last time Meier caught a pass? I have 2 other concerns on the Defense, 1. P-Jerry-DT,
QUESTION: Will he play like a 1st rounder and show he is "THE MAN". I hope so. 2. Free Safety slots. I love
DeCoud in the box/run defense however I see us getting burned my the other top QB;s. Schillinger is ok with
special team support but what free safety do we have for pass defense? Remember what Green Bay did to us.
Overall, I love this team and I feel Matt Ryan & company really wants to show what they are made of by winning
in the playoffs and the Super Bowl.
@JRS in Miami I'm definitely glad that we got Konz over Jones. I think Holmes is more of a project and Zack will actually have a really good article up in the morning discussing him.
The jury is definitely out on Peria Jerry. I really hope he can put it all together this year. With the injury that he had it typically takes more time to come back from that so this should be the year if he's going to get it done.
DeCoud is maybe our biggest questionmark on defense (along with middle linebacker) but I'm interested to see how the change in coordinators affects his play. I would also expect to see a veteran brought in later after some cuts are made to back-up and possibly push for playing time.