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Defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux said Tuesday he'd like to see the Falcons make defense their top priority in this week's NFL draft.
Some important names were missing from the 2012 defense when Atlanta returned this week to begin its offseason program. Defensive end John Abraham and cornerback Dunta Robinson were released. Cornerbacks Brent Grimes and Chris Owens and defensive tackle Vance Walker left as free agents.
Defensive end Osi Umenyiora signed a two-year deal with Atlanta, but still Babineaux sees holes to fill as players returned to the training facility.
The Falcons have the 30th pick in the first round Thursday night. The team could look for help at cornerback or another pass-rusher.
''I'm hoping we're maybe leaning that way,'' Babineaux said. ''We're kind of short on the defensive side right now.''
The Falcons were 13-3 in 2012 and beat Seattle in the playoffs before a close loss to San Francisco in the NFC cham...
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According to Clark Judge of CBS Sports, the Atlanta Falcons are trying to trade up in the first round of the NFL draft to select either cornerback Dee Milliner or Xavier Rhodes.
Source I trust tells me Atlanta trying to trade up to get one of two top CBs in draft — MIlliner or Rhodes.
— Clark Judge (@ClarkJudgeCBS) April 24, 2013
After losing Brent Grimes this offseason, the...
NFL News: The Atlanta Falcons waived wide receiver Kerry Meier on Monday who played a total of 12 games for them, specializing on special teams. A fifth-round pick from 2010, he will be trying to brew up some interest around the league to extend his playing career. Players like this though usually last only a few seasons, so don’t be surprised if he calls it a career before too...
1. Defensive End: Edwards and Abraham were the starters at this time last year, and both have been released since. Umenyiora was signed, but he's an average starter at this point in his career at best. They also have no one across from him. They will need to take a defensive end with one of their first two picks. They've also been rumored to be considering trading up for...
ATLANTA Matt Ryans offseasons have mostly resembled an ocean of calmness in past years.
For the Falcons quarterback, who offers an air of unflappability, little appears to distract him from his stated goal of winning football games.
This offseason, a couple of factors some under his control, some not have derailed him a bit. Ryan being Ryan, they are mostly small ripples but...
The draft is right around the corner with round one kicking off tonight at 8 pm and running until around 11. The big question on the minds of Atlanta Falcons fans is when will the Falcons be picking?
The Falcons have a lot of options as we are sitting on eleven picks in this draft with seven of those being trade able picks (the four compensatory picks are not trade able...
Zoneblitz.com is going team by team reviewing 2012 and getting a sneak peak into 2013 by doing Q&A's with different team blogs around the internet. We had the opportunity to answer some Falcons questions for them.
Here is one of the questions from the Q&A:
Zoneblitz: What do you think of the release of Michael Turner and the signing of Steven...
On the defensive side of the ball, the Defensive Tackle rotation has been one of the more consistent in terms of service time. Jonathan Babineaux, Corey Peters, Peria Jerry, and Vance Walker had all been a part of the rotation for at least 3 seasons. With Walker departing, that leaves room in the middle for someone to step in. Many feel that can be 2nd year man Travian Robinson...
One of the great things about Twitter is that you can quickly get a sample of what the fanbase is thinking. This evening I asked the Atlanta Falcons fanbase who they would target if the Falcons decided to trade up in the draft (as has been heavily rumored). I also asked them to put themselves in the position of armchair GM and asked what they would do in the first round. Here are...
The other day I looked at Tyler Eifert as a potential Falcon. In a sum-up, I think Atlanta has to select a pass catching tight end who can manage some semblance of blocking. Our team has moved to a pass heavy offense and an excellent blocker has limited use in our offense.
Maybe someone like this?
Tyler Eifert fits that bill but does not feel to be great value...
Every team in the NFL takes a different approach to the draft process. Some teams adhere to the so-called "best available player" strategy, or BAP. Others declare themselves to draft on the basis of needs, such as the Atlanta Falcons. Still others use other obscure ways of picking their players. The Raiders for instance used to seemingly draft on the basis of pure athleticism...