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Two years ago I made my first trip to the NFL Scouting Combine with an empty notebook and just one expectation — hard work. That week the Falcons learned they’d pick third in the 2008 NFL Draft and any and every position was on the table for consideration.
The coin toss — this time to decide the No. 19 and 20 pick — is about the only similarity between the Falcons 2008 and 2010 trips. The venue has changed to Lucas Oil Stadium and the Birds have shored up almost every position. Now General Manager Thomas Dimitroff and his staff can focus on a smaller pool of players and get even more intense with research.
The Combine remains the perfect setting to get that extra look at raw ability (If you need a little refresher on the drills run at the Combine, click here), talk to athletes and get reassurance on any current or past medical issues. More than 300 draft hopefuls will be in attendance.
Let the speculation begin…
I know I’m ready for some more hard work.
Mock Draft 1.0: Falcons select Brandon Graham, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
I went through several versions of a mock draft in 2009 and decided — out of interest of time and sanity — to tone it down and go with one or two versions in April. A lot can change after free agency, so I look forward to D. Led’s “2.0″ look.
Weekend mailbag, ESPN.com
Blockbuster trades were added Dimitroff’s arsenal last season when the team acquired All-Pro tight end Tony Gonzalez. Could we see this two years in a row?
Mel Kiper leads the way with BSU’s Wilson, Examiner.com
Take a look at some of the mock drafts that matter most. For more on Kyle Wilson, take a listen to my interview with Scott Wright with DraftCountdown.com.
The Atlanta Falcons and their New Found Hope (Part 1 | Part 2), The Falcoholic
Special thanks to “tlozwarlock” for quoting me in Part Two. A successful piece here highlighting expectations. They’re getting higher with each consecutive winning season. Since the Falcons just recorded the first back-to-back winning campaigns I’d say they’re astronomical at the moment.
10 small school players to watch at the NFL Combine, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
This year, you’re guiding me on what to report on at the Combine.
Will Kroy Biermann emerge as the needed pass rusher for the Atlanta Falcons in 2010?, Examiner.com
This certainly would lead to more creative nicknames for the Biermann.
DE Jason Pierre-Paul Could Be First Round Pick For Falcons, The Falcoholic
Those are a lot of letters to get on the back of a jersey.
The Worst Five Falcons Draft Picks of the Decade, Bleacher Report
A list no one wants to read, but probably has to be made at least once every 10 years.
NFL considers rules changes to combat concussions, The Washington Post
Falcons president Rich McKay will be in the news a lot over the next few months (he always is when there’s talk about health or competition).