Welcome to Atlanta, Mr. Beasley!!!
It is here Cage Brothers and Sisters…………..The 2015 NFL Draft!!! Some of us are about to burst with excitement after hundreds of hours of research and tons of mocks. The Falcons reside in the exact same spot as they did the previous year and optimism reigns supreme coming off Dan Quinn’s first voluntary mini-camp with plenty of good news. Reports coming out of mini-camp have been extremely positive and as Julio Jones said, “you have to be in shape. It’s not like last year.” This is paraphrasing, but that little quip was splendid.
This draft is a little different in terms of the speculation. The last minute story of Thomas the Trader wanting to move up to presumably get Dante Fowler Jr. (and his whopping 5.5 sacks as a senior) sent shivers down long suffering Falcons fans. As a non-Falcons fan said on a recent national football blog, “as they are just getting out of the hole from the Julio Jones trade, they’re ready to dive head first back in?” Let’s just hope that’s pre-draft noise.
While there’s still an outside chance at a “wild card” like running back, wide receiver, defensive tackle, or offensive tackle, it’s just really hard to even stretch to imagine the Falcons going anything other than some form of a pass rushing defender, particularly when it’s such a deep first round. Most have settled on about 2-3 pass rushers the Falcons will likely go with. Maybe it will be Alvin Dupree, or perhaps even Shane Ray or Randy Gregory with their off-field issues because the filter doesn’t seem the same with Dan Quinn. But it’s not meant to be because……………
Mr. Vic Beasley will Be Headed to Atlanta!!!!
The Clemson star absolutely balled out in college. He pulled down 52.5 tackles for a loss and 33.5 sacks over his 4 year career. At 6’3, 246 Beasley has the length and speed that Dan Quinn is looking for in a pass rusher. He was a superstar at the combine to add to all the other positive things going for him. And how can it not be “meant-to-be” with him being a lifelong Falcons fan and even growing up in Adairsville, GA (how could you not draft a stud from Northwest Georgia!).
Beasley could theoretically play the LEO role and immediately adds a much needed jolt of pass rushing ability. The free agency class shored up some spots (Brooks Reed to stop the run) and brought in some potential (Adrian Clayborn, O’Brien Schofield, Justin Durant), but little to no proven commodity. While Beasley of course would be a rookie, he can actually get after the quarterback unlike a former first round bust who only pulled down 12 total sacks as a 4 year starter from Missouri (bitter? Yup).
Shane Ray and Randy Gregory have both had recent off-field issues and could slide. Also, both were neither as productive long-term as Beasley was in college. The DE’s could have been just one-year wonders. I have to admit that I just don’t get the Dante Fowler hype. I’m sure he’ll be good, but only notching 5.5 sacks as a senior just doesn’t sit right.
If Beasley gets snatched up, than bet on Bud Dupree being the pick. While Dupree may be more raw and not have quite as many sacks, he has garnered almost as many tackles for loss and about 10 less sacks but almost 250 total tackles.
As nice as it would be to keep Todd Gurley in red and black or pair Amari Cooper with his former Crimson Tide teammate, there’s simply too many holes on this team. Some believe the Falcons could go offensive tackle for the second year in a row, but don’t count on it, especially with the new ZBS coming in.
Will Beasley Be Available?
Most believe that both quarterbacks will be gone, as well as Leonard Williams, Dante Fowler Jr., and Amari Cooper. That leaves about 2 spots between the Falcons. Most believe that the Jets and Bears will be looking to go offense, particularly receiver. Who know if both Beasley and Dupree are gone. The Falcons should try and trade back if possible to collect more picks because taking Ray or Gregory at 8 just isn’t worth it. OT/OG Brandon Scherff, CB Trae Waynes, DE Arik Armstead, DT Danny Shelton, or even Gurley or best WR if they couldn’t trade out.
What say you as the Draft Dawns????