Cage Members Roundtable Draft Grades
Round 1 (#8 overall): Vic Beasley, DE/OLB…..This was the pick the Falcons had to make; the right position, the right spot, and the right man. Everything about this pick makes sense. Beasley is a young John Abraham but faster. Grade: A+
Round 2 (#42 overall): Jalen Collins, CB…..Hearing Collins’ name was a bit of a shock at first but after a second look, this is probably a great selection for Quinn’s defense. Our HC likes tall, athletic Corners who aren’t afraid to tackle and Collins fits the bill. Additionally it was reported that the Falcons did quite a bit of investigation down in Baton Rouge so I am fine if they are with the young man’s past. Collins may end up taking the #2 Cornerback spot sooner than later but we will see how much Alford has left in him to keep that spot. Collins would have got a better grade if he wasn’t already tagged and enlisted in the NFL drug protocol system. Grade: B+
Round 3 (#72 overall): Tevin Coleman, RB…..I was amazed that Coleman lasted until #72 and thrilled the Falcons picked him. I had seen his video highlights before and knew he was more than exceptional. At first I was worried about his foot surgery but when he turned in a 4.40 Forty at his Pro Day I knew he was healthy. The guy is a hot knife that runs through defenses and from his post-draft comments he intends on showing everyone what he can do. Grade: A+
Round 4 (#107 overall): Justin Hardy, WR…..This is another suprising yet solid pick by the new Quinn Selection Team. Hardy is already nationally known a prolific and record-setting possession receiver with great hands who isn’t a burner. He also is a good blocker. He’s a fine replacement for Harry Douglas and can play right now. Grade: A-
Round 5 (#137 overall): Grady Jarrett, DL….The steal of steals. Grady will be a regular for the next 7 years on our Defense. He may be a Tiger but on the Falcons’ D Line he is our new Pit Bulldog. Grade: A+
Round 7 (#225 overall): Jake Rodgers, OT….A solid pick by most accounts who can play more several positions along the LOS. My guess is Rodgers will fit right in as a swing OT or G. Grade: B
Round 7 (#249 overall): Akeem King, FS/CB…..Another tall DB who can run and tackle. I have also heard good things about this player and his video highlights show a willing tackler who is raw but fast. Grade: B+
In summary, the only pick that drags down my grade from an “A” is the Collins pick because of the risk of suspension. Final Grade: A-
Buford Bob Grades the Falcons Draft
Let me start by pointing out the obvious: grading the draft rigth after it happens is rather pointless … but it’s also rather fun. With that said:
1) Vic was #1 on my wishlist. Falcons got the best player in the draft (seriously) at the position most needed. Can’t script it better. Turn him loose DQ. — A+
2) Jalen Collins has the length DQ wants, doesn’t sacrifice speed, and flat challenges WRs. Never mocked him because I thought he”d go in the teens. Keep him away from broccoli and continue to work on his press technique and we just might have one hell of a tandem. In addition, this should allow Alford to move to the nickel corner spot, where he should do much better. — A
3) Can’t wait to watch Tevin prove me wrong. To do so, he’ll have to show that his negative touches (runs of fewer than 2 yards) were because of IU’s line getting blown up and not because he lacks the patience to sift and find the hole before hitting it. The talent is there, but I’m worried about his fit in this outside zone scheme. If it works, it’ll be a grand slam. If not, he’s Darren McFadden. — B (so hoping that I’m wrong and this moves to an A).
4) Justin Hardy. Record holder. Lot’s of folks are high on him too. Nothing wrong with adding a reliable and ultra-productive target for MR2. — B (solid pick; I just thought there were higher upside guys still on the board).
5) Grady Jarrett in the 5th? Are you kidding me? There’s something going on there that teams know and we don’t, but that looks like a great, great pick to me. DQ has his 3-tech to groom behind Babs. — A+ (excellent value).
7) I don’t know anything about either guy that can’t be Googled and read in 30 seconds. — INC
Analysis: The Falcons low key killed this draft.
We all recognized the desperate need for someone who can get to the QB, and we also knew DQ wanted a long corner to press on at least one side of the field. Nothing surprising here. Great personnel fell to #8 & #42 and the Falcons capitalized.
We also knew that we couldn’t go into the season with only Devonta and Antone. I thought we’d get more of a sustaining back, but if Coleman can prove to be more of a sustainer than he was at IU, this could be a home run.
We also discussed the need for a WR to replace HD (and RW isn’t exactly a spring chicken anymore). The production speaks for itself, but maybe the best part: everyone mentions Hardy’s willingness as a run blocker.
Add a good DL prospect in Tuggle Jr and we’re in business.
Like everyone points out, a better OL prospect would have been welcome, but when? Can’t quibble much with the guys they got when they got them. — Overall Grade: A
Vic Beasley DE
Quinn’s been very clear about his vision for the team: fast, athletic, engaged. With Beasley, Quinn is proving he means what he says. Oddly, the knock on Beasley is his inconsistency with those very same traits when it comes to defending the run. Can we afford a first pick that’s a pass rush specialist? In his post draft presser, he admitted needing to expand on his game. So the question is– do I believe him? Yup. Grade: A
Jalen Collins CB
Yeah, he fits the profile of the Seattle style CB. Off field issues? Hmm. If I were to deduct points, it wouldn’t be for that, but for his limited starting experience in college. Coach him up! Grade B+
Tevin Coleman RB
At first this pick surprised me. Weren’t we expecting from both Quinn and Shannahan a bulkier complement to the RB squad? But once I started reading the adverse conditions he played in at IU, and read the comments of those who’d been following him, my initial disappointment evaporated. Grade: A-
Justin Hardy WR
We knew we needed one. We’re used to the Falcons fielding tall, tough receivers just so they can survive the predictable, short routes our pathetic o-line grants them. Hardy doesn’t fit that mold, but given his intensity and great hands, I’m thinking Ryan will love to have this guy in the slot. Grade: B
Grady Jarrett NT
For the Tuggle connection alone, I’m excited to have this guy. He’s got the Quinn intensity. This is a great pick. Grade: A+
Jake Rodgers OT
The knock on this guy isn’t his fault. It’s the fact that we need o-line help as PRIORITY. We’re waiting to see if the ZBS will bring new life to our roster, or whether it’ll only amount to a paint job. Of course, I’ll be rooting for the guy. Grade: C+
Akeem King DB
Another DB in the mix. What gives with Southward, Ishmael, Aflord? Quinn puts guys on islands– which Brady made painfully obvious in the Superbowl. More competition for training camp… Grade: C+
Overall grade: Weighted toward the first picks, my draft grade is a clear A. I’m pumped about the clear vision Quinn’s brought to this team.
JB Falcon’s Grade
My vote will not help the variety of your poll much but it will count as a vote. I give the whole group an A. My confidence & trust in DQ & Co is out the roof. I’d give them an A if he drafted the three stooges. Gotta’ believe!
Chop Buster’s Grade
I’m not much of a draft enthusiast, but I’d give them a B+ for the players we picked up. I’m sure we could fill any holes though UDFA and FAs released later this summer.
Value picks: A+
Need picks: B+
Just “little ole’ Me’s Draft Grades
1st DE – Vic Beasley (Clemson): Coach Quinn got his “Leo” with Atlanta’s first pick in the draft. Beasley is considered to be one of the best pass rushers on the board. He is an athletic beast who pumped out 35 reps on the bench and ran the fastest forty time of all the pass rushers at the combine. He put up good pass rush numbers at Clemson with 33 sacks, 29 quarterback pressures, 11 pass breakups, seven forced fumbles, two recovered fumbles and two touchdowns in 1,421 snaps over 48 games (25 starts). Mel Kiper knocked this pick calling Beasley a 1 trick pony. His run defense needs work, and he needs to add more tools to his pass rush tools box, but that is where having a great coaching staff makes all the difference. Vic is a scheme fit for the Falcons, but the way the draft fell out they probably could have traded back a couple of spots to add an extra pick or two and still selected Beasley. Of course hind sight is 20/20. My grade is based upon the value at this point in the draft. Grade B+
2nd CB – Jalen Collins (LSU): LSU seems to churn out great corners every year. I don’t think Collins is a Patrick Peterson, but if he can get his act together (failed multiple drug test while at LSU) I think he will thrive in Dan Quinn’s defense. As a college player he was in Les Miles CB rotation. That tells me that LSU has some really good underclassmen at CB or that Coach Miles was frustrated by Collin’s inconsistent play and/or his actions off the field. Jalen performed extremely well at the combine with the exception of the hands drills. He was the top performer in the 3 cone drill recording a time of 6.77. He has all the measurable that Coach Quinn is looking for in a CB with his height, size, and speed (4.48 40 time) combination. Collins, just like Beasley, has the athleticism, but is going to need some great coaching to perform up to his potential. Some had a first round grade on him. I think some folks were leery of his off the field issues which will make him a boom or bust player. If he can conquer those issues then I think he will be a great contributor for the Falcons. Grade B+
3rd RB Tevin Coleman (Indiana): Tevin is a race horse running back. He has a nice jump cut and played well as a one cut runner. He is a threat to take the ball the distance on every carry. He relies heavily on his speed to beat defenders. He does not fit Coach Shannahan’s description of a 4 yard every carry back. Coleman has lots of runs of -2 to 2 yards; he will occasionally bust a 10 to TD run. He did average over 7 yards per carry in 2013 and 2014. He is willing to run the ball up the middle, but does not break many tackles. To his credit he played on a team that offered very little in the passing game. He is a capable pass catcher out of the backfield. He was not asked to pass block very often. Coleman’s running style does not always translate well to the NFL which is probably why he fell to the 3rd round. There has been speculation by the “talking heads” that if Atlanta would not have taken him in the 3rd round that he could have fallen to the 3rd day. He reminds me of RB CJ Spiller. Let’s hope he plays like the Spiller of 2012 not the Spiller of 2014! Grade B
4th WR – Justin Hardy (ECU): Justin was drafted to be the starter in the slot position for the Falcons. He ran a simple route tree while at ECU, so he will need to expand his route tree to be successful at the NFL level. He does not let the ball get into his body and does a great job of catching the ball away from his body. Hardy knows how to adjust to throws that are off target. He is a capable run blocker and plays the game aggressively. Look for him to make a splash in the short passing game and over the middle. This sure handed receiver should help to improve 3rd down conversion percentages. Grade A-
5th DT – Grady Jarrett (Clemson): Grady does a great job working off blocks, and he knows how to split a double team to get pressure up the middle. He is considered a bit short for at DT at 6-1, but he knows how to use his height to his advantage by getting under blockers. He has a nice initial burst off the snap that he can beat an Offensive lineman with. Jarrett uses his hands well in the trenches and is light on his feet. He is a great scheme fit for Dan Quinn’s defense. He was projected by many to be drafted on the second day, getting a player of this caliber that is a scheme fit in the 5th round is a draft steal. Grade A+
7th OT – Jake Rodgers (EWU): This kid is a big athletic tackle. He needs to develop a stronger punch at the point of attack. Jake has the athleticism and foot work to be successful at the NFL level. He is going to need to improve his technique. His ability to learn quickly from the coaching staff will determine how successful he will be with the Falcons. Grade B-
7th SS – Akeem King (SJST): King played Strong Safety at San Jose State which makes this pick questionable since the Falcons already have 2 proven SS on the team. He does fit the mold as for the measurable the Coach Quinn like in his defensive backs. He is big, long, and fast (4.41 forty time). He tackles in the run game and in the pass game. He is a team player. He switched from WR to DB when asked by the SJST coaches. He is a diamond in the rough as a DB. Look for Coach Quinn to convert him to CB. This was a low risk high reward pick. Grade A-
Dewey’s Draft Grades
These grades, of course, are on the surface. No matter how accomplished a player was in college, you just never know how their game and personal life, are going to translate to the professional ranks. I’d like to think I’d be mature about it, but I honestly have no idea how I’d behave if someone handed me a check worth millions of dollars. With that said….
Management: this was the type of draft I’d been hoping to see year in and year out from Dimwitt & Co. Sit back, let the draft come to you, don’t reach, be patient. I’ve often stated here in the Cage that if a team drafts for needs, they will always be left drafting for needs. This draft felt like a draft geared towards “wants”. Overall, I am very pleased with the players we selected. We did trade up once(as usual) costing us another pick(that’s got to be about 10 in 8 seasons), but if the player we selected turns out to be as good as advertised, then losing a 6th round pick will have been worth it. GRADE:A-
Vic Beasley:this is a classic case of “needs” meets “wants”. We needed a pass rusher and got one of the best college had to offer. We wanted Beasley or Fowler. I now honestly believe the Falcons brass wanted Beasley more than Fowler, because he will have a greater impact on the pass rush. Beasley will probably be brought along slowly, coming in at DE on obvious and near obvious passing situations. That will probably net him around 30-40 snaps per game. This will also allow him to stay fresher, thus enabling him to have a greater impact on our pass rush. He will eventually be an OLB, but having never really played there, it’s going to take some time to learn and adjust to where he is comfortable. GRADE:A
Jalen Collins:this was a classic want pick. No one was predicting the Falcons would take a CB this high in the draft. Collins had a grade of mid-first to mid-second round. Obviously, the Falcons felt that the value was too great to let Collins slip past. Collins has all the talent in the world to be a top flight CB, though he was never able to break through and stick as a starter on an annually strong LSU defense. Quinn wants CB’s who are big, fast and athletic. Well now we have one. Collins off field troubles seem to be, and hopefully are, all in the past. GRADE:B-
Tevin Coleman:this is another selection where it appears “need” and “want” may have collided. Though some think Devonta Freeman can be a back that can carry the load week after week, some aren’t quite so sure. One thing was for sure, if Freeman had to miss any extended time because of injury, there was nothing behind him(sorry Antone Smith fans, he’s not capable of carrying the ball 20+ times for 3 or 4 games in a row). I’m sure the Falcons wanted Tevin, but were pleasantly surprised when he was still available in the 3rd round. Now we have a back that can, at the very least, split carries with Devonta where we don’t have to change the entire offensive game plan when he’s in there. Having 2 RB’s of equal talent, should help keep both fresh throughout the entire season.GRADE:A
Justin Hardy:another “want” pick. With Julio, Roddy, Devin, we don’t really need another WR this year. But with Julio’s contract, Roddy’s health and Devin’s age, adding another younger WR is something any good team would want to do. Justin can learn from 2 of the very best to ever wear a Falcons uniform and not have to be pressed into service as anything more than the #3, or #4 WR. This will give him ample learning opportunities while giving the Falcons a good look at a potential replacement for Roddy or Devin in 2016.GRADE:B+
Grady Jarrett:When the 5th round rolled around the corner and Jesse Tuggle’s son was still on the board, the Falcons wanted him. Actually, the Falcons decided they had to have him. So they traded their 6th rounder to move up to the first pick of round 5 and take him. Another want pick as we are littered with DT’s or players who can line up at DT. But Ra’Shede Hageman is the only one with youthful legs. The others are either getting too old, too slow, too weak, too expensive, or some combination of them. If Grady turns out to be everything he has been advertised to be, this was a great value pick for the Falcons.GRADE:B+
Jake Rodgers:I gotta be honest, I don’t really know a lot about this kid. Big, Strong, versatile. But if you haven’t noticed, none of my evaluations have been about the players talent(which no one can rightly predict going into the NFL), but about how the player fits into the teams plans. So Rodgers was a good choice being that all of our OT’s are coming off of injury/surgery or both. If all our OT’s come back healthy, this kid can come along on the practice squad for a year before really making a push for some serious playing time. Or who knows, he might end up being our starting RT right out of camp. Stranger things have happened. GRADE:C+
Akeem King: another player I know little or nothing about. Once again, big, agile, more plays quick than fast, which tends to being a smart player. This is the size DB that Quinn covets and we currently have holes at FS and CB on our depth charts, so this pick again makes sense.GRADE:C
Conclusion: the Quinn era has been ushered in rather successfully and with a no-nonsense “this is how we are going to do things from now on” attitude. It would have been expected for a new coach to come in and want to make all the headlines his first year. Big Name players, flashy draft picks, promises of playoffs and the Super Bowl. But Quinn hasn’t done any of that. Low key free agent signings that are low risk, high reward. Smart draft picks instead of wasting a lot of picks to get 1 good player. Scheme/style fit players that are brought in to help the team the best way they can. And no promises other than, “we are going to be fast and physical”. Off season Grade thus far:A++
Hamad Meander’s Grades
Round 1: Beasley – A+. Never thought he would be available for us at 8. Ticks off all of the boxes: pass rusher, speed, local kid, clean nose, played at respectable school, was dominate against good competition.
Round 2: Collins – B-. Doesn’t pass Falcons filter with admitted drug test failures. Was 1st round talent though, but I was surprised to see CB picked in the 2nd round after going CB, CB in 2013. There were other positions to fill. A+ pick would have been: Eric Kendricks (MLB) UCLA
Round 3: Tevin Coleman – B+. Need more depth at RB and Coleman provides another burst of speed (4.4) at the position. Catches the ball nicely and gets to the second level quick. What’s not to like? Good value pick too.
Round 4: Justin Hardy – B. Wasn’t expecting a WR in the 4th round with so many LG available. Seems to be a very capable WR with great hands that will help Matt Ryan in the passing game. Evidently, despite his size, he can run block too. I like that. Ok value at this spot. A+ pick would have been: T.J. Clemmons (OT) Pittsburgh
Round 5: Grady Jarrett – A+. What’s not to like here? Son of Falcons great Tuggle, big disrupter on the best D in college football, worth the trade up and a projected 2nd round in the 5th. Home run!
Round 6: Grady Jarrett’s lunch money. No loss here when we got Jarrett.
Round 7: Jake Rodgers – C. Any chance of this guy making the 53? Why do all NFL players from Washington/Oregon spell Rogers with a “D”? Won’t make the team. A+ pick would have been: Ifo Ekpre-Olumo (CB) from Oregon, 1st round talent dropped to 7th due to injuries. Sit him for a year and you have value, value, value.
Round 7: Akeem King – B. Size, speed, measurable all good here for a DB, but can he play NFL ball? Probably not. A+ pick would have been Rory “Busta” Anderson (TE) USCE.
Overall: Grade B. Great value at almost every pick, but failed to address LG and RT. Falcons are still so thin on offensive line it makes me want them to pick (4) OL next year. We are stocked and loaded at skill positions and I like our defensive line depth/talent now. Next draft better be very heavy.
Round 1, ideally I would’ve liked Williams. Knowing that probably wasn’t going to happen w/o a trade up – which I was against. I then leaned toward Fowler if available but then the Combine happened. Not normally impressed w/ the isolated value displayed there, I was thoroughly impressed that Beasley basically stole the show in all categories. That for me translated to a laser focus and a determined attitude that was coupled w/ his talent and speed – No Further Questions
DE Vic Beasley A+
Nothing against the guy – and frankly I’m glad he’s in the fold – but here I was constantly debating between the OL and the RB position. In the end I wanted the OL addressed and my pick there was Cedric Ogbuehi
CB Jalen Collins B
Had I decided in Pick 2 to go for an RB, Coleman was the first choice (Duke Johnson 2nd). When you look at everything that was anemic in the programhe came from, from OL, to QB, (to no one else mattered on offense), he still racked up over 2K yards and didn’t whither against teams w/ solid Ds like the National Champs at OSU
RB Tevin Coleman A+
Our version of Wayne Gretzky. Not big. Not fast. But greatly offsetting his size is his apparent “Gretzky-like” ability to not only find the open space but to analyze how that space will become open when it’s still closed.
WR Justin Hardy A
Just not crazy about, but DQ knows more than I
DT Grady Jarret B
Athletic, fast on his feet, adds depth, shown leadership potential
Jake Rodgers B+
CB Akeem King B
Big Ray’s Draft Grades
Round 1, Vic Beasley: I can’t believe the amount of “controversy” around this pick from both national media (ESPN) and local media (AJC). Beasley is everything you could want in a pass rusher in the purest sense of the word. No, he isn’t 6’4″ and 270 lbs, but his technique, though developing, is better than many in the draft, his speed and quickness are equal to that of a Free Safety, and his power (35 reps on the bench press?) can be converted from speed via some good coaching. I could go on for days about how good of a pick this is, but I’ll just go ahead and say this was a blessing, because Beasley is going to be MORE than just a pass rusher, sooner than folks think. Yeah, we could have taken Bud Dupree, but we didn’t. I think Quinn knows what he’s doing with this one, though.
Round 2, Jalen Collins: The kid has the physical tools and instincts. He needs discipline and technique work. I have two names for you – Marquand Manuel and Raheem Morris. Two of our rivals have stocked up on HUGE pass catching targets (Bucs, Panthers), and the way of the NFL now is to counter with bigger CBs. Everything Collins has, you can’t teach. Everything he needs…is something you can coach up. The one hitch with this guy is the failed drug tests. For that, I say that it’s bothersome in one way but comforting in another way. You don’t want guys with problems, but this pick alone shows something – that we have a coaching staff that is confident in their ability to create a good, strong culture, and maintain it. We did not have that before, and thus the choir boy train up to this point. The times, they are a-changing.
Round 3, Tevin Coleman: The speed of Antone Smith (or very damn close to it), in a 6’1″ 220 lb body? I’ll take it. Coleman was a workhorse at Indiana, will be trained by a good RBs coach, and will make folks forget about CJ Spiller. No, he’s that damn fast. He runs upright and isn’t the best tackle breaker in the world, but one cut and the guy is G.O.N.E. Some will lament the passing on a supreme talent like Gurley, but Coleman + Freeman = not worrying about a running game going away due to injury. Coleman was the 3rd highest rated RB in a DEEP draft, and we got him in the freakin’ 3rd round without a trade up. THAT is value.
Round 4, Justin Hardy: I wasn’t excited about this pick because I didn’t really know who the guy was to begin with, and he didn’t seem like one of those “names” that will replace Roddy at some point, or provide insurance for Julio (still scared about that damn foot of his). My feeling was that we either go after a Dorsett or Lockett, or somebody along those lines, but we went this way instead. This one pick is the one where I have the most potential to be wrong about a guy. Hardy could very well be Steve Smith “lite”, and make us all forget about HD, among others. His toughness, strength, tenacity, work ethic – they’re all plusses. Now here’s the part that ain’t fair – I thought we should have been taking a Guard or something at this pick, so my grade isn’t necessarily a reflection on Hardy himself, but on what the organization did with the pick.
Round 5, Grady Jarrett: The last time we had a dude named “Grady” on our DL, he was a major cog in the defense. THIS guy will be, too. I like this pick for a multitude of reasons, and it may well be the best pick of this draft for us, crazy as it could sound. Jarrett should have gone sooner, but I think teams looked at his height and decided they’d rather coach up a taller guy. Well, that would be their mistake. Jarrett is going to be EVERYTHING the Falcons thought they were getting when they drafted Peria Jerry. This guy is 2nd round talent, 3rd at worst. He’ll be ready to play early on, and somebody is going to be bumped from the 53 man roster as long as he stays healthy. Jarrett’s ability to push double teams and penetrate anyway is going to get somebody else cut/fired. Somebody who is making a lot more money than Jarrett is. The successor to Babineaux is here. Put him next to Hageman, who is going to really start showing out this year, and you have a deadly DT combo to rival that of any in the NFL in a couple/few years. Yes, it’s that real. And to get him in the 5th round?
Round 6, Pick traded: Pick traded…and well worth it. Jarrett will confirm this on the field.
Round 7, Jake Rodgers: Here’s another guy who’s pick grade will suffer due to WHEN as opposed to WHOM. We needed a Guard, and Rodgers can play the position in the ZBS, or so we hope. Rodgers can’t possibly be looked at as a guy who can compete for a starting job, but he can compete as a better depth guy in the new scheme. Whether or not he can make the roster or the PS is another story, but we have needed to acquire better depth for some time, and this guy actually fits the scheme (again, scheme change is really important here). Really kind of “meh” about this pick because I thought we could go this route earlier, and perhaps we would have if not for trading up for Jarrett. But I really like THAT pick, so I can’t bitch too much.
Round 7, Akeem King: Safety is another position we could have gone earlier at, but I think the plan for the position is already on the roster, as opposed to what was there in the draft. It wasn’t a particularly strong safety unit in this draft class, and with two DB gurus on the coaching staff, I have a lot more confidence about the position than I would have if the old coaching staff was still here. Akeem King is another “meh” pick…until you think about what is probably going on here. The 7th round is where you find guys for your special teams unit, because even UDFAs can’t all be counted on to make you good there. Plus, you need these guys to at least be able to somewhat play their position. Look no further than a guy who persevered on ST for us, and was drafted out of the 7th round – and actually played as well as William Moore ever has. That’s right – if the Falcons can get out of King, what they got out of Kemal Ishamel, then this is a win. King has the physical tools – he’s got the size, strength (20 reps on bench press), and speed (low 4.4s in 40 yard dash…and Quinn likes speed on ST as well as in his secondary). King could be a 2-3 year developer that makes for a great backup or a stop-gap when we have injury issues…
The Time is Now Overall grade: A-
Rd. 1 – Beasley is a rare combination of freakish athletic talent and upper echelon college production. Didn’t really expect him to be available. One other bonus, TD did not trade up to get his guy.
Rd. 2 – This pick was has DQ’s fingerprints all over it, for better or worse. We were told the “Falcon filter” was going to be loosened a year or two ago. DQ wanted this first round talent. After due diligence, Collins was the pick. My attitude is, don’t complain about the filter, then question the team’s sanity when they take a dude who is not a choir boy.
Rd. 3 – We knew a RB was coming somewhere. This one has outstanding potential.
Rd. 4 – Filling a need (short and long term) with a quality talent from a deep WR class.
Rd. 5 – Great use of a pick to move up for a round 2 or 3 talent at a position of need. Good trade.
Rd. 7 – I think someone in here said this developmental OT prospect also has experience as a long snapper. If true, he could have a shot at a roster spot this season.
Bottom line: No reaches. Good value selections. We all knew this was not a one year reload to dynasty. The powers that be chose to skip drafting OL high, this year. Hopefully Matty Ice survives until we bring in more talent for the OL.
SinIsin Draft Grades
Would have been an A, if we didn’t give up any of our draft picks, but I can’t give out an A for value moves considering we did trade up and sacrificed our 6th round pick. I endorse the move considering the trade off, but I would like one damn draft where we don’t trade up at all. It’s like a compulsion at this point…
First, am not thrilled with our second round pick just yet. Maybe he will grow on me. For now, I think we should have filled a different positional need here (on either DL or OL). I also think if we were going to go CB, we should have considered Rowe instead.
Second, I am not yet sold on taking a WR in the 4th round. I know we all agreed we needed some help at WR, and Hardy can slot in for HD. But I think I would have preferred to address WR in a different round – either take 2 in the 7th and sign a few as UDFAs, mining for gold – OR address it higher and get a really great player to replace Roddy, then kick RW to the slot. We could have gotten a1st round talent WR in the 2nd round this year.
We didn’t draft OL until the 7th round, and I don’t think that was an especially wise decision. Time will tell, I guess.
I am pretty content overall with the draft. Especially compared to seasons past…And even some of the players I am not 100% sure about just yet, may prove to be more to my liking down the line. It has happened before, could happen again.