Our own Zach Kidd, aka @GBBZach, had the opportunity to take part in the most recent #MockOne draft as the Atlanta Falcons General Manager. #MockOne is where twitter users mock the NFL draft with different users playing the role of GMs on every team. In this format, GMs are also able to trade up and down in the draft if they can find another GM who is willing to be a buyer or seller. Here are the picks that Zach came up with and his comments about the picks.
Pick #1: 37th Overall (5th pick in the second round): Stedman Bailey, WR, West Virginia
* traded Falcons 1st round (30th pick) to Bengals for this pick and a fifth rounder
With my top players (Warford, Fluker, and Jamar Taylor) off the board I went to the bullpen and grabbed my fourth rated WR in Stedman Bailey. Bailey has all the skills you can ask for in a WR from route-running to soft hands. Bailey's production at WVU is insane and he was Geno Smith's go to target. While not known as a great athlete, Bailey certainly has enough speed to beat corners deep and is explosive in and out of his breaks. While many may not think WR is a need of the Falcons, Roddy White will be 32 in the coming year and slot man Harry Douglas will be 30 soon. Julio Jones has also dealt with injuries in his first two seasons that have limited him at times and the depth behind those three is next to non-existent. We feel we came away with a prime play-maker in Stedman Bailey who compares favorably to both Steve Smith and Sterling Sharpe.
Pick #2: 57th Overall (27th pick in second round): Brandon Williams, DT, Missouri Southern State
*traded Falcons 2nd Round (30th pick) to Texans for this pick and a sixth rounder
Brandon Williams was ranked higher than both John Jenkins and John Hankins. This is a pick we feel we can make as Peria Jerry has been a bust and the Falcons seriously need a force in the run game. We are excited about Williams' movement skills along with his ox-like strength. We feel he could have a Shaun Rogers type of impact on this defense.
Pick #3: 90th Overall (30th pick in third round): Alvin Bailey, OG, Arkansas
We were trying hard to trade out of this spot and recoup a sixth round pick but no offers came through that we wanted. We're excited that we can get our fourth rated guard at the tail end of the third round. We feel Bailey has the movement skills to play at a high level in a zone blocking scheme. We feel he will get more powerful once he is in a NFL training regiment. Bailey's pass blocking ability is what really led us to make this pick. He comes in extremely polished as a pass protector but needs work on run blocking which is something we're confident OL Coach Pat Hill can help him improve with. This pick will also allow us to move Peter Konz back to his natural position at center.
Pick #4: 111th Overall (17th pick of fourth round): Keith Pough, OLB, Howard
*traded Falcons 4th round (21st pick) and 7th round (27th pick) to Cowboys
Keith Pough is a guy who caught are eye during the East/West week. He was arguably the best defensive player there and after going back and looking at his film against Rutgers we felt he was a guy we had to come out of this draft with. His instincts are top notch for an OLB and while there were questions about his range he answered those for us against Rutgers when he flew across formation more than once to make a stop and stuck with TE D.C. Jefferson, all of this after suffering an injury. We believe Pough is a plug and play OLB and is a perfect fit or Mike Nolan's hybrid defense
Pick #5: 124th Overall (30th pick of fourth round): Jawan Jamison, RB, Rutgers
With this pick the Falcons take the last big step to solidifying their offense. Jamison fits in perfectly to a zone run scheme and the Falcons have started to implement many more zone runs under offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter. Jamison compares favorably to former Rutgers RB Ray Rice. He's big enough to be a feature back in the NFL, primarily as the main RB in a running back by committee system along with Jacquizz Rodgers and Jason Snelling. We love the explosiveness and speed of Jamison along with his pass catching ability. Jamison could be a nightmare for opposing defenses as he can make defenders miss in the open field. Finally Jamison brings the ability to get to the edge, something both Rodgers and Turner struggled to do in 2012.
Pick #6: 149th Overall (23rd pick of fifth round): Cornelius Washington, DE, Georgia
The Falcons needed to add a pass rusher at some point in the draft as it seems Lawrence Sidbury will not be retained in free agency. Thomas Dimitroff and company are high on 2012 fifth round pick Jonathan Massaquoi as a rush specialist and we believe Cornelius Washington can fill a similar role as he brings the versatility to play both 3-4 OLB and 4-3 DE. We also feel Washington could be used to successfully spell John Abraham as he has good size to defend the run. Washington was moved to 5-Tech in 2012 and as a result only recorded half a sack on the year but in the three years prior he recorded eleven sacks in twenty-two games. The Senior Bowl week really sold us on Washington as he consistently gave top tackles, including Eric Fisher, trouble with an extremely explosive first step and volatile speed to power transition. Washington also showed more flexibility on the edge during the Senior Bowl week and got several pressures during the actual game. Washington can be a key specialist for the team.
Pick #7: 220th Overall (30th pick of 7th round): Levine Toilolo, TE, Stanford
Toilolo has all the tools to be a fantastic TE2 and would give Matt Ryan a huge red zone target. He may not have a ton of upside he's certainly a steal in our eyes this late in the draft.
IF I'M T.D. I'M DRAFTING BIG JOHN JENKINS IN THE FIRST RD.WE NEED RUN STUFFERS 2ND DT 320 LBS AVAILABLE 3RD BEST CORNER 4TH RD BEST LINEBACKER 5THRD BEST TIGHT END 6TH RD WIDE RECEIVER 7TH RD RUNNING BACK LET'S STUFF THE RUN. HARRY D. CAN HANDLE THE SLOT.
2-27-2013 With the need to have more picks and seeing very good players after the 3rd round, I see Thomas D. trading
down. Possible situation: ATL. trading their 3rd round pick to Minnesota. In return, ATL. receives the Minnesota's 5th &
23rd pick in the 4th along with our 30th pick in the 4th round ( Total: 5, 23 & 30th picks in the 4th ). Interested in what
Falcon Nation thinks about this.
2-27-2013 The draft board has changed again and in a way that will dictate how the Falcon's draft. I see the Atl. receiving
9 picks ( including compensation picks ) this year. Alex Okafor - DE TEXAS has drop down to the 31st overall in the 1st
round and Sam Montgomery DE LSU is 34th overall. My gut still tells me that Thomas D. will go DE or TE depending on
the player draft position. Eifert is out of picking range but Zach Ertz is still in range. Still waiting for Tony G. to say something. On NFL.COM, report that Steven Jackson is now our free agent target at RB. Very surprise someone saw the
same thing I did in Brandon Williams DT Missouri Southern. A real run stopper! I have him on my 2nd round draft run
sheet. The only question is would you pick him over Larry Warford???? I will be working overtime as I expect the draft
board to change a great deal.
Reaching too much but not in personel but in philosophy. The problem with our pass rush is not the edge rushers(though its not above improvement).The problem with our pass rush lies with our DT's.non of them are over 300lbs and the they play O-linemen who are no less then 320.second we need to draft a TE,look I know we want Tony back but even if he comes back we should draft the best one a availible. Tony is the best possession reciever on the team and target in red zone but at his age hes not a great blocker and he is limited in the routes he runs(nothing over twenty). I dont think getting a WR in the first round is in our best interest at this time.So like I said the philosphy of the mock was wrong not the players.Did like the pick for LB and RB.
What do you mean by stretching? You think these guys won't be available or you think we are reaching too much?
@w4desworld Washington won't go in the 5th round but all picks were made from guys representing their teams and he was there.
@preach1964 Thanks for reading and commenting. Though I didn't make these picks, I'm not entirely sold on John Jenkins and I'm a Georgia alum and fan. At Georgia he was good but never really stood out. If we are moving towards more of a 3-4 though he might be a good fit. I'd actually take Jesse Williams from Bama over him if I had the choice of one or the other.
@JRS in Miami I think we have enough picks this year (and more with comp picks) that I don't see TD trading down just to stock pile picks. I think it depends on the board and who's available and we could see him move up or down depending on how the draft flows.
@JRS in Miami The closer and closer it gets to the draft, I don't see us going TE in the first. Everything seems to be pointing to Gonzo coming back for one more year and a Super Bowl run.
@GritsBlitzBlog continue to struggle
@GritsBlitzBlog The draft.Which in turn will force GM's to earn thier keep.Smart GM's will make thier teams Richer and bad ones will
@GritsBlitzBlog Explains alot ,obviously no paid GM's in the bunch.Lots of fun till the draft.The FA will be so crazy.Clearly will effect