Thanks everyone for spending time Sunday on the blog and the FalconsLIFE Message Boards debating the Falcons draft. I’ve seen words ranging from “trust” to “terrible” and everything in between.
We’re all fans and entitled to opinion.
I just want to remind everyone that you can’t judge anything until you’ve seen players perform on the NFL field. We still have some time to wait on that.
Here’s what some experts are saying about the Falcons draft…
“Key to long-term success of this draft is whether interior linemenMike Johnson and Joe Hawley can plug holes at guard and center in the next two to three years.”
Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com (B-)
“(Sean) Weatherspoon is an ideal in Atlanta’s cover-two scheme, as is third-round pick Corey Peters, an underrated defensive tackle who several teams were targeting.”
“The third-round pick from Kentucky was not rated that high in the fall but seemed to rise. He has good quickness to go along with his size.”
“…Missouri OLB Sean Weatherspoon, possibly the most complete linebacker in the draft. He can cover and also rush the passer.”
“Thomas Dimitroff certainly filled a lot of needs in terms of depth, but only a few players stick out as having an immediate impact (Weatherspoon, Franks). TD didn’t go for the flashiest names and was criticized by many fans and experts alike, but he gets the benefit of the doubt and this Falcons team doesn’t need the marquee names that it used to and is committed to building a well-rounded, tough, intelligent team with high character and excellent work ethic. Did many fans hear of Kroy Biermann, Chris Owens, or Thomas DeCoud at the time?”
“The Falcons started the draft off well with the selection of Missouri linebacker Sean Weatherspoon, but just like a few other teams they started to reach for prospects rather than drafting for value.”
“I really like Sean Weatherspoon as a prospect, and I know all three prominent pass-rushers – Brandon Graham, Derrick Morgan and Jason Pierre-Paul – went off the board before No. 19, but Atlanta should have done something to ensure themselves of Graham or Morgan.”