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    Drafting for the D-Line
    By Steve Wyche | Monday, February 26, 2007, 04:23 PM

    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

    With defensive end Patrick Kerney set to test free agency and leave town with his eight-year Falcons’ career in the rear-view mirror, it would seem hard for Atlanta not to use its first-round draft pick — 10th overall — on a defensive lineman.

    Most mock drafts have the Falcons taking LSU safety LaRon Landry, but the one knock on Landry is his deep coverage skills. If that is accurate, that sounds pretty much like the same makeup of current free safety Chris Crocker.


    Drafting a defensive end seems like something the Falcons would do regardless, although with Kerney on board, taking one in the first round would not have been a priority. John Abraham’s injury history suggests that having a potential stud in the wings would be a pretty good idea.

    Though safety is a need, it might not be as great of a need as defensive line, offensive line and wide receiver. Then again, the old “best player available” analogy might come into play and Landry or Florida’s Reggie Nelson be the guy selected first.

    I also have to add this, Georgia Tech’s Calvin Johnson running a 4.35 in borrowed shoes is pretty unbelievable. If they can pull it off, I would think the Falcons would try pretty hard to move into the top three to nab the standout wide receiver.

  • #2
    ah, that's where you got the idea. it's also coming from the reggie lovers on AFMB. wyche is often a good source of info, but here he acknowledges that he is just going off rumour. incorrect MB rumour.
    TD 2011 catch-phrase: "explosive"

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    • #3
      I really want Calvin more than any other player, but I am sold that LaRon can help this team win from day 1 too though. I think he could be a Defensive RoY if he comes to Atlanta. I know LBs normally get it, but he would be put in a great position to make plays. With Jimmy and Deangelo locked up in man with him in a cover 1 and Milloy in the Box...that'd be pretty sick really. But Calvin is just insane.

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      • #4
        The sooner you forget about Calvin Johnson, the more you won't be disappointed on draft day.

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        • #5
          I won't be disappointed if he don't get him, but he's still the ideal

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          • #6
            I am not sure there is a DE worthy of the ten pick. Adams will be gone. Carriker might be viewed as just a 3-4 DE, 4-3 DT, by the team. Anderson's stock is slipping, he was overrated to begin with. Charles Johnson didn't have an amazing combine, like expected.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Shiver View Post
              I am not sure there is a DE worthy of the ten pick. Adams will be gone. Carriker might be viewed as just a 3-4 DE, 4-3 DT, by the team. Anderson's stock is slipping, he was overrated to begin with. Charles Johnson didn't have an amazing combine, like expected.
              Which is why that #15 - #20 value for Schaub is looking so damnably appetising right now...
              TD 2011 catch-phrase: "explosive"

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              • #8
                Even if we got a early 2nd, with a escalating '08 pick, there are plenty of good O/D-Lineman in the early second round. Victor Abiamiri, Tim Crowder, for example. On the O-Line, it would be awesome to add Justin Blaylock, or Ben Grubbs, to our O-Line.

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                • #9
                  I really don't think Carriker would be a good pick for you guys at #10. I think using him as a 4-3 DE is underutilizing him, and he will probably be better as a DT. If you want a DT, why not go for Okoye? I think you guys still would go after Levi or Landry.

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                  • #10
                    You're probably right. At first I liked it. Now I am not so sure. I think his value is very much an 'eye of the beholder' thing. That is based on scheme.

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                    • #11
                      I definitely would love Anderson at 10. But if we could get 2 firsts by getting rid of Schaub, and could get Landry AND Anderson, that'd be the most incredible thing ever...even better than getting Calvin really...as long as Calvin doesn't go to Tampa.

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                      • #12
                        I like Anderson, in event of a trade down. Or a mid-first from Schaub.

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                        • #13
                          Hahha.

                          LaRon is faster than Crocker.
                          LaRon hits harder than Crocker.
                          LaRon is average at deep ball coverage, Crocker is horrid.

                          All true statements.

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                          • #14
                            LaRon does not hit harder than Crocker. Crocker brings the pain.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by iloxygenil View Post
                              LaRon does not hit harder than Crocker. Crocker brings the pain.
                              Thats his reputation...I remember Witten catching a pass right in front of him and and Crocker going for the lick, but he got owned.

                              "He's the leader of the next great class of NFL players." - John Elway on Matt Ryan

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