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Old 03-02-2007, 05:26 PM    (permalink
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Patrick Kerney, defensive end, Falcons
With Dwight Freeney and Justin Smith getting the franchise tag, the available pool of defensive ends is shallow. That means teams looking to add a defensive end might overpay for Kerney, thinking he's their only option. That would be a mistake. Last season Kerney, a nine-year veteran, looked like he had lost a step. His annual sack total has declined from 13 in 2004 to 6.5 in 2005 to 4.5 last year, when he was limited to nine games because of a torn pectoral muscle. The team that signs Kerney needs to understand that the dominant pass rusher from 2004 is long gone.

Ashley Lelie, receiver, Falcons
Lelie's speed makes him attractive to teams that like to throw the deep ball, but he doesn't have good hands, doesn't run good routes, and doesn't pick up tough yardage over the middle. Expecting Lelie to be anything more than an extra receiver to come in on third-and-long is expecting too much.

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Ovie Mughelli, fullback, Ravens
The 255-pound Mughelli is a ferocious blocker and an excellent special teams player, and toward the end of last season he even showed that he can be effective with the ball in his hands, becoming a threat as a receiver out of the backfield and an occasional runner. Fullbacks don't get much attention, but the team that acquires Mughelli's services will make its running backs very happy.
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How good is Nat? I've never heard of him, or I forgot about him.
he was damn good in college but never got a true chance at the pro level. is a good pass blocker but is the powerful run blocker we need at LG or LT. he played LT in college and shut down Julius Peppers whenever they played.
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well...our top OL picks are GONE, which REALLY sucks kinda pisses me off. We're going to have to hope for some gems in the draft. Brandon Frye is my pick.
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he was damn good in college but never got a true chance at the pro level. is a good pass blocker but is the powerful run blocker we need at LG or LT. he played LT in college and shut down Julius Peppers whenever they played.
Then why hasn't he done anything in O-Line starved Cleveland? It isn't like they have a plethora of stud Lineman, or anything.
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Then why hasn't he done anything in O-Line starved Cleveland? It isn't like they have a plethora of stud Lineman, or anything.
because they have some solid tackles and they won't give him a chance at LG. they do have some solid guys there at tackle in Shaffar and Tucker but he started the last 2 games at RT and is their starting RT unless someone signs him away or unless they spend a top pick on a OT.
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delighted about mughelli, FB is a hugely underrated position. being a probowl alternate to Neal is no shame. might be a tad pricey, but this market is ridiculous. sounds like we got massively outpriced for the OGs. $50 mill for both Steinbach and Dockery?

I'd love Horn at WR, and Grant at FS. Rod Hood at NB would be good too. Still have the problem at LT and LG though...
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I'd love Horn at WR, and Grant at FS. Rod Hood at NB would be good too. Still have the problem at LT and LG though...

LDE as well.
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Damion McIntosh, left tackle, Dolphins
McIntosh is a versatile lineman with experience at both guard and tackle. He doesn't blow anyone off the line, but he's an effective blocker who can be counted on to be a solid starter. He'll likely command less money than Dielman, Petitgout, Steinbach and Davis.

very interesting...

id defiantely sign him if hes still available. then we could get an OT or an OG in the 2nd, because he has versatility at both positions.

i love the mughelli signing and the wilkins signing. hopefully we can snag reggie kelly, chris draft, deon grant and roderick hood. then id be done in free agency i think.

if we got grant and hood, would we release webster?

we should also cut gandy, 4 million dollars more cap space if we do.

and beverly, one dimensional player that doesnt fit in petrinos system.
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McIntosh is already signed, I'm fairly sure - also for a hefty amount.

But I agree, signing Grant, Hood, Kelly, Horn, and possibly Draft if he's cheap, would round out a solid FA. It's looking more and more likely that we're going to have to live with Gandy/Omiyale at LT, unless we think we can get a starter in the first couple of rounds of the draft.

We definitely have to address LDE in the first two rounds.

If we do get those guys in FA, I'd expect a LDE, LT and LG in the first three rounds, probably in that order.
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Matt Lehr released. Good riddance. It's bad enough to cheat, but to be suck even when cheating is unforgiveable.

Anyone know how well Floyd Womack actually played last year? I'm of the understanding that he was solid, but not much more. He'd be an upgrade on Lehr, but I'm not sure I'd want to be serving him up with an overly large or long term contract.
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Yes sir, now we gotta get rid of Gandy, and Webster (unless he will restructure, he's too expensive to be a Nickel corner) He's gotta go.
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That's interesting, apparently we're looking at Will James (used to be Will Peterson). He's a bump and run corner, who's had major injury problems. Apparently the deal would be a vet minimum deal for one year, to give him the opportunity to prove his health. Could work out well, he'd be an excellent nickel if healthy, and we wouldn't have much to lose with the right deal.

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If we sign James, (Peterson), that would allow the team to release Webster.
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If we sign James, (Peterson), that would allow the team to release Webster.
Well, possibly, but not necessarily. I'm not sure we could count on James to be fit all year, so we'd need someone who we'd be comfortable playing NB if James was injured.

A CB stable of Hall, Williams, James and Hood/Cash would be fairly strong.
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James, Mughelli, Womack and Horn would be fine midrange acquisitions that would really help the team. Ignoring the overpriced high end options is a wise strategy.
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The Falcons released guard Matt Lehr on Monday, the first sign of a change along the offensive line. Lehr is the fifth starter to be released or depart via free agency since Friday, the start of the free agency.

Defensive end Patrick Kerney, wide receiver Ashley Lelie, fullback Justin Griffith and linebacker Ed Hartwell are all gone. Lelie, who was an unrestricted free agent, signed a two-year deal with the 49ers Monday.

Lehr, signed as a free agent in 2005, started at left guard the past two seasons but was suspended for four games last season for violating the NFL's steroid policy.

Coach Bobby Petrino said he will beef up the Falcons' undersized line, which was designed to execute the zone-blocking scheme implemented by former offensive line coach Alex Gibbs. Petrino plans to utilize more conventional run- and pass-blocking schemes, where bigger players can forcefully create space.

President and general manager Rich McKay said the shift to bigger-bodied players won't take place all at once, and that the team feels it can acquire players over the next two years to fit Petrino's scheme. There is no need to rush to sign offensive linemen, McKay said, citing the team's mid-summer trade last year to land starting left tackle Wayne Gandy.

Atlanta met with veteran Seattle Seahawks guard Floyd "Pork Chop" Womack (6 feet 4, 330 pounds) over the weekend, but no deal was reached. Tyson Clabo, who started 10 games last season, P.J. Alexander and Quinn Ojinnaka, a rookie in 2006 who is expected to challenge for a starting job, could be used at left guard.

In San Francisco, the 49ers reached a tentative agreement during the weekend with Lelie, a deep threat who had a disappointing season with the Falcons, catching just 28 passes for 430 yards.

The 49ers believe Lelie can return to the form he showed during four seasons in Denver, when he had a total 3,003 yards receiving and 12 touchdowns while twice leading the NFL in yards per catch.

In other developments, cornerback William James — formerly Will Peterson — will visit with the Falcons on Wednesday, according to his agent, Ron Slavin. James spent part of last season with Philadelphia after a back injury derailed his career with the New York Giants.

"I think they're serious about signing him," Slavin said. "A Bobby Petrino defense is a bump-and-run defense, and that's Will's forte."

James (6-0, 200 pounds), scheduled to visit New Orleans today, wants to sign a one-year deal and prove that he is healthy, Slavin said.
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any chance we go after randy mcmichael?
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I hope not, we need the bocking TE now.
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Right now we are talking to Joe Horn, Will James (Peterson), Toniu Fonoti and Floyd "porkchop" Womack to my knowledge. Now that I have the power, I made this a sticky, locking the superfluous threads.
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Supposedly the team is going to hold out on signing Joe Horn. That is, until the team figures how it will allocate it's remaining 6$ Million in space.
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Good deal. I like that you're the team leader. Anyway, I wish we would go ahead and lock him up...
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Yeah I have to get to work on organizing this forum. Right now it's a bit garbled. I plan on eventually making a Falcons '07 Draft thread, so we don't need a billion threads on individual prospects.
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Alright...but I hate threads like that most of the time. Because they become too much information in 1 thread and stuff gets lost and some of it is really good information.
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I know. I was going to hold off until near the draft. That's when the threads will become overkill.
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