QuinnDraft 4.0


Sifting… sifting…


by Dewey

Assuming We don’t trade up (LOL) or trade back (bigger LOL) who will the Falcons take in the 1st round, #26 overall, in the upcoming draft?

No 2 draft boards look alike, so that makes things a bit difficult. For these purposes, I’m using nfl.com. Picking at #26, I’m looking at the top 40 prospects that nfl.com lists.

1st off, I think we can safely scratch off any QB’s (Rosen, Darnold, Allen, Mayfield, Jackson)

Down to 35 targets

Given our 1 big free agent signing (OG Brandon Fusco) coupled with Quinitroff’s sweeping proclamation that rookie Olinemen need time to mature at the next level, I believe we can safely omit them (Nelson, Brown, Wynn, Hernandez, Daniels, Price, McClinchey).

28 targets remain

We are set at RB, even though we are facing the possibility of losing Tevin in 2019. So, drafting a RB in the 1st round would be a waste of a pick (unless Dimitroff did something clever like drafting a RB then immediately trading Tevin to gain assets in this draft). Believe we can safely assume that ain’t gonna happen (Barkley, Jones, Guice).

25 targets

Going out on a limb, but I think edge rusher can be removed. No, you can never have too many pass rushers, but with Vic and Tak already on board, I believe we can rule out (Landry, Davenport, Turay).

22 targets

Leighton Vander Esch is an intriguing prospect. I believe his future is as an inside linebacker, not outside. I don’t believe the thought has ever crossed Quinn’s mind to replace Deion in the middle to move him outside. Believe the only way that will happen is an injury forces the move, or a late round draft prospect or UDFA really shows out in camp and preseason and forces Quinn to make the move. Anyway, I don’t believe it’s a plan. Vander Esch is out.

21 targets

Some players will absolutely be gone by the time we pick at #26. It’s hard to pinpoint who might slide inexplicably. I think it’s safe to assume nfl.com’s top 10 players will be gone by the time we pick. Some have already been removed above because of positions, meaning (Edmunds, Bradley Chubb, Smith, Ridley, Payne, Vea, James) are off our list.


Scoutin’ clout

This now leaves 14 players who could be targets for our pick at #26. In no particular order….

DT’s-Taven Bryan, Maurice Hurst, Tim Settle

CB’s-Denzel Ward, Josh Jackson, Carlton Davis, Isaiah Oliver

S-Minkah Fitzpatrick, Justin Reed, Ronnie Harrison

LB-Rahsaan Evans

TE’s-Mike Gesicki, Hayden Hurst

DE-Rasheem Green

Assuming all of the above is true, including who the top 40 prospects are……

LET THE GAMES BEGIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Knock ’em out

Using the remaining 14 players I just listed…

1-which 1 of the 14 players left would you run to the draft podium, card in hand and thank the football Gods that he somehow fell in to our lap?

2-of these 14 players, who do you assume will be available for us to choose? (some of these 14 will be off the board). 2nd choice? 3rd?

3-who from these 14 would you trade up for? How far?

4-would you go “off the board” not from the 14 but also not from the ones I eliminated?

5-do you think you could trade down and still get 1 of these 14? How far do you think you could trade down?


“No free agents for you, sir!”


1-very doubtful, but if S Minkah Fitzpatrick were still available, even though its not a pressing need, I would choose him. He could learn for a year, playing nickle back, then take over at FS in 2019 and we wouldn’t need to spend big $ on re-signing Ricardo Allen.

2-LB Rashaad Evans would be my first choice of who could be available, 2nd would be DT Taven Bryan, 3rd would be TE Mike Gesicki.

3-There is no one from this group I would trade up for. I believe any of these 14 players could make our team stronger and fill a need.

4-pretty much the same answer as #3. If these are indeed the top 40 available, I don’t see a need to venture farther out than that.

5-I believe at least 7 of the players will still be available to us at #26. Meaning we could trade down to #32 and still get one of the top prizes.



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Good cap management


225 thoughts on “QuinnDraft 4.0

        1. Paddy O

          I guess about 4 drafts back, D3 sent out his draft info – it was so complete is was professional level – all color coded, with all combine info.

  1. Wings

    Great to “hear” from you. I was sensing something was wrong. I was thinking “will we find out if something has happened”.

    Really happy you did not become the Cage’s second memorial.

    1. Flo-Ri-Duh

      Wings – Appreciate your concern. I’m not worthy of being a memorial but thanks. All things are possible through God. I’m determined to make it back. Thanks for your support.

  2. ajarnbangkapi

    Ran into this WR, a mid round prospect from Colorado State (coach Mike Bobo) – he is from Atlanta area (Monroe), a local kid that went out to play for Bobo. Seems to be a good prospect for mid round.

    Walters says
    Michael Gallup, 11th ranked WR,
    Height: 6-0. Weight: 198. Arm: 30.88. Hand: 9.13.
    40 Time: 4.51.
    Projected Round (2018): 3-4.

    CBS says –
    3rd ranked WR, top 50 pick

    Drafttec says-
    10th ranked receiver, 90th prospect on big board

    3rd round possibility for the Falcons?

    1. ajarnbangkapi

      More rankings on Gallop (Note the Falcons have the 90th overall in the 3rd round)
      Draft Wire – 9th WR, 2nd round grade
      Draft Countdown – 9th rated WR, 89th overall
      Ourlads – 11th rated WR

    1. Gman

      In fact if I was running this ship I would ourge all if the huge contracts, JJ ,Tru, Davonta(?), Etc and find those guys who lead with their heart and not their wallet.

      1. JB Falcon

        That’s interesting. Are the players making that ridiculous money demanding such a paycheck or are they getting paid that much because the league standard is way out of line? I see it as a mix of politics and greed. Lots of politicians give themselves raises because their same office in another city makes more than him. His ability doesn’t make any difference. An NFL player is judged by his ability and owners must pay the inflated price based on what another player in the same position with another team is being paid. If my company offered me twice my commission just because they don’t want me to leave would I refuse it?

    1. JB Falcon

      Bilichick is the longest tenured coach in the nfl. He has figured out a system but it’s not as easy at it seems. It takes time to learn and too many owners want to win now and have no patience. Your idea has merit but you would end up with a bunch of rookies with no experience but a lot of money to spend. So, would you buy an overpaid QB with a winning record or wait on the rookie to learn? Your team is losing and your fan base is gone and so is your money.
      I quit trying to figure the whole mess out when one QB makes ten times more money in one year that the president of the United States and more than most of us make in a lifetime!

      1. Paddy O

        yeah, Blichick Is running his own system. HE is the cog – he has that innate (Parcells, Chuck Noll, Landry for most of his career, Walsh) had a unique ability to gauge talent and find it to operate in his system.

  3. Flo-Ri-Duh

    drafttek.com Mock Draft Falcons: 4/16/18
    #1) Leighton Vander Esch (LB), Boise State, 6’4″ 256 lb.
    #2) Harrison Phillips (DL1T), Stanford, 6’3″ 307 lb.
    #3) Michael Gallup (WRF), Colorado State, 6’1″ 195 lb.
    #4) Trenton Thompson (DL3T), Georgia, 6’3″ 288 lb.
    #6) K.C. McDermott (OT), Miami, 6’7″ 300 lb.
    #7) Nick Bawden (FB), San Diego State, 6’3″ 245 lb.
    #7) Keishawn Bierria (OLB), Washington, 6’0″ 230 lb.
    * Falcons should get so fortunate as to get this haul.

  4. Dewey

    Reports are Boise State LB Leighton Vander Esch has been flagged by a few teams for not passing their respective medical exams (neck). Reported by Charlie Campbell of walterfootball and by Chris Mortensen.


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