Boykin = Playmaker
Free Agency looks like it's winding down for the Falcons. The Falcons didn't have the money to spend and quite possibly just didn't want to spend their money on who was available (or they are waiting in the wings to pick some up off the scrap heap). Over the next several weeks we will be amping up our draft coverage and one of the features I will be doing is looking at some of the mock drafts floating around on the interwebs. Last month, I took a quick pre-combine look at fourteen different mocks and who they had the Falcons picking in the second and third rounds.
As many of you know, I also run a college football blog called College Football Zealots. One of our writers on the site, Kris Zellner, recently posted an updated mock draft and I thought it would be a good opportunity to take a look at his second and third round picks for our Falcons. If you want to take a look at his entire three round mock, then make sure you click this link.
Brandon Boykin (round two, pick 55); cornerback, Georgia Bulldogs
If you are an Atlanta Falcons fan then you should need no introduction to Brandon Boykin. He played his college football just up the road in Athens for the Georgia Bulldogs. Boykin was an elite athlete at the college level who excelled in special teams as a return man and played a solid corner. Optimum Scouting has him as the number five corner in the draft with a projection of first or second round. To learn more about Boykin, you can also head over to nepatriotsdraft.com (don't let the name fool you) to check out a scouting report.
My two cents: I would love to have Boykin in a Falcons uniform but I think we have more pressing needs in the second round unless we address them in free agency before the draft. We do need depth at corner and Boykin would help out there but we have some good young talent that is still maturing at that position. We should take Boykin if he's clearly a number three corner for us but I don't know how he would fit into Mike Nolan's scheme that calls for a "Big" nickelback (cue Nickelback joke). One area Boykin could definitely help out is the return game. With Eric Weems taking his talent to Soldier Field we now have to find a replacement and Boykin would jump right to the top of the list if he was a Falcon.
Josh Chapman (round three, pick 84; defensive tackle, Alabama Crimson Tide)
Picking someone up from a National Championship winner never hurts. Optimum Scouting has him as the number twelve DT in the draft. Check out his scouting report from newpartriotsdraft.com right here. In the scouting report, it talks about him being perfect for the 34 defense. If that's what Nolan is moving to then this could be a good pick-up. But if he's sticking with the 43 then it might not be the best fit. He feels like a bit of an under the radar pick like we had in Corey Peters. Peters was a pick that everybody said was a reach and most scratched their heads but he has turned out to be very good so far.
My two cents: I come back to need again for the Falcons with this pick. Is DT a need? Yes, it is but it's not as glaring a need to me as some other deficiencies on the offensive line, at linebacker and even at safety. This would be a working man's pick. A couple of names that Kris has being drafted after Chapman that are intriguing are Robert Turbin (RB), Antonio Allen (S), Chris Polk (RB) and Jake Bequette (DE). He also has Orson Charles (TE) still on the board after three rounds.
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I would be pretty disappointed with this draft, and I agree with you @CFBZ in that I don't see corner and defensive tackle being our biggest needs. I would like to see some offensive line, running back, tight end, and maybe even defensive end. I like our DT position with Babineaux, Peters, Walker and maybe even Jerry.
@mFalcons5 I would love to have Boykin on the team, just not with our first draft pick. Like you, I don't see DT as a need right now when I look at some of the other positions. I wouldn't mind picking up a DT late in the draft but not necessarily in the first few picks.
@CFBZ No doubts about his talent, but with limited draft picks and other needs... Boykin would be a disappointing draft pick.
@MandMSportshow It's a niche, just like anything else. The professionals that do it generally don't focus on anything else. If you spent all of your time just analyzing the draft, team needs, etc I don't think it would be too tough to keep up with. The thing that impresses me the most is the guys who can tell you which player would be the best fit for which team and why. That's the stuff that I just don't have time to try and wade through.