Originally written on Grits Blitz  |  Last updated 4/29/12

Much like the pick before this one (Lamar Holmes), this pick came as a bit of a surprise. The Falcons have been talking all off-season about their vertical passing game so it make sense that the first non-lineman picked in the draft is a fullback, right? We didn't think so. Fullback was not on our list of needs for the Falcons as you generally pick up a fullback whenever you want in the draft. That being said, the end of the Ovie Mughelli era is coming soon and a replacement for him was needed.

Heir to Ovie Mughelli?

I'm not going to sit here and tell you that I'm an expert on Bradie Ewing but what I can tell you is that he comes from a team that knows how to run the football. Like second round pick Peter Konz, Ewing went to Wisconsin and if there is one thing that Wisconsin is known for (besides partying and cheese) it's running the football. Did Thomas Dimitroff take the Falcons fourth and one failure a little hard this off-season? Maybe.

Ewing was consistently ranked on draft boards among the top fullbacks, so if you are going to reach at least we reached for one of the best players at his position. My guess is that Ewing will develop into a solid pro and a fifth round pick isn't bad for a solid pro. By comparison, Mughelli was a fourth round pick by the Ravens in 2003.

Here's a draft profile from Pro Football Weekly:

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