Which players will be roaming the Dome this season?
As a guy who is big into the draft and loves to follow the combine, pro days, Senior Bowl, and other draft features. I also do my own mock drafts, the difference is with mine I mock Free Agency and the Draft as opposed to just the draft. To give you an idea I'll start off by stating to keep or let go of Atlanta's FAs. Then transition into signing other FAs, and then we'll finish that off with the draft at the end.
Resignings/Cuts (30.6 Mil)
Curtis Lofton- 6 Years- 40 Mil. (Back-Loaded)
Brent Grimes- Walking
John Abraham- 2 Years- 7 Mil (Specialist Role)
Todd McClure- 1 Year- 5 Mil (3 Mil against cap)
Eric Weems- Walks
Kroy Biermann- 4 Years- 15 Mil
Harry Douglas- 4 Years 13 Mil
Vance Walker- (RFA)- Resigned
Jason Snelling- Walks
James Sanders- Walks
Reggie Kelly- Walks
Kelvin Hayden- Walks
Chris Redman- Walks
Brett Romberg- Walks
Kirk Chambers- Walks
Sam Baker- Cut (Saves about 1.2 Mil
Ovie Mughelli- Cut (Saves about 3 Mil)
FA (Around 17 Mil available)
Ben Grubbs- Signed 5 Years- 40 Mil (Back-Loaded) (6 Mil cap hit first year)
Jason Jones- Signed 5 Years- 25 Mil (Back Loaded) (3 Mil cap hit first year)
Marcus McNeil- Signed 1 Year- 6 Mil (4 Mil cap hit)
2nd Round, 55th Pick- Vinny Curry, DE Marshall. 6'3 265 Lbs, 4.73 40. Curry is a pure pass rusher in every form of the word. He can line up at OLB in the 3-4, he can play with his hand in the dirt the guy is a very versatile and very skilled player. Curry has great power and can bull rush his opponent back into the Quarterback as well as use his burst and speed and come around the edge. When he gets engaged he is good at slapping the T's hands away and uses a swim move to beat his man when engaged.
3rd Round, 87th Pick- Casey Hayward, CB Vanderbilt. 5'11 190 LBs, 4.48 40. Hayward is very underrated in this draft and in my opinion he could be a major steal, he reminds me a lot of Cortland Finnegan with his physical play at the line and in run support despite his size, but he also has great ball hawking skills as well, but at times makes bad decisions on breaking on the ball to go for the Int instead of staying on his man, he is also prone to getting PI calls due to his physicality. However he has tremendous upside as he is very scheme diverse and has great ball skills along with nice intangibles such as a good speed.
5th Round, 151st Pick- Terrance Ganaway, RB Baylor. 6'0 240 LBs, 4.57 40. Ganaway is a great prospect for a late round RB, his is huge and once he learns how to run with more pad level he could become a bulldozer, but also possesses great burst along with good speed. Ganaway is picked here because he is filling Snelling's role and he has the potential to take over for Turner once Turner's contract is up or we decide to get rid of him.
He was a tackling machine in the SEC
6th Round, 183rd Pick- Danny Trevathan, OLB Kentucky. 6'0 230 LBs, 4.68 40. Don't be mistaken by Trevathan's size he was one of the best OLBs in the SEC, and getting him here could be a bit of a steal, he is exceptional in run defense, but has questions about his pass D along with his size. However this should be a great depth pick up and he could become a starter if he develops right.
7th Round, 215th Pick- Sean Richardson, SS Vanderbilt. 6'2 220 LBs 4.54 40. Richardson is a depth pick to replace Sanders, he has good intangibles but is very raw, don't expect him to see the field much on D, but he could be a solid ST contributor.
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As someone who turned from a big Kroy supporter to generally a hater, I think that would be vastly overpaying a quality special teams player/mediocre situational pass rusher. If anything, Kroy has spent the last two years regressing, and I've seen him far too often ineffective in one on one situations. I feel like he has more than been given a shot to show his skills, and at this point doesn't deserve a contract above $2 million a year.
On the pass rusher role, I doubt Abe would accept such a low offer. Depending on free agency, we may try to use the money that would go to Kroy and Abe on a younger, better pass rusher.
@mFalcons5 Too much Real Atlanta Housewives, not enough GATA
@CFBZ That is actually something that I think is a big consideration. Kroy is not athletically gifted for a defensive end, and has to rely on footwork, hand placement, and using his speed. However, we don't really see that consistently, and a player is inconsistent (IMHO) usually because they don't put i the work but simply try to coast through practices and games.
Nice read. I love the ganaway and trevathan picks... but i see ganaway pulling himself into the the first 3 rounds... scary potential... DT was simply a beast in the SEC.
@ColossalChicken Ganaway is a very unpolished blocker, so most teams don't see him as being an every down back right now. He also doesn't run with the neccesary pad level for the NFL so he should be their in round 5
@Zach K. Optimum Scouting has him going anywhere from the 3rd to the 5th but it only takes one team to fall in love with him http://www.optimumscouting.com/rankings/static/rb-rankings.html @ColossalChicken
@ColossalChicken I really like those picks too. I don't know if Trevathan has the size to be as effective in the NFL but I'd be willing to take a flyer on him in the 6th round.