Originally written on Grits Blitz  |  Last updated 11/19/14

  

The Atlanta Falcons came into Friday night with a second and third round pick. Before the draft something huge happened…if you haven’t heard by now you should defect to being a cheating Saints fan. Anyhow, the Asante Samuel trade was the best front office decision in free agency since getting Tony Gonzalez. Asante is a pro bowl play maker that immediately solidifies the secondary. He is the active leader in interceptions since 2006, and outplayed the two other pro bowlers on the Eagles last season. Their inability to secure a franchise player is our gain. Atlanta fans embrace #22, I promise he will be well worth the wait. For years, fans have clamored for a big time corner…well, we got him. The Falcons did not select a player in the first round; therefore their goal was simple for Friday: improve the team. I believe that Thomas Dimitroff and company did that last night. This week, I will give my thoughts on our two new Atlanta Falcons. I will also provide a mock draft for rounds 4-7.

  

Peter Konz, C, Wisconsin, the fifty-fifth selection in the NFL Draft will immediately see the field as a guard. Konz was the top rated center in this year’s draft; he has every tool to become a franchise guy for the next decade. I love this pick, its safe and there is little to no chance for him to be a bust. Atlanta did not have a first round pick, and that shortcoming had to be countered with solid selections. Konz is a guy who will come in and play right guard for Atlanta this year. In my opinion, he will transfer to center after McClure retires. Atlanta waited patiently in the second round and drafted a first round talent. You cannot argue with that. He has great toughness, can pull with a lot of speed, and is solid in pass protection. At 6’5 he 315lbs. he will be a great addition to an offensive line that preaches “nastiness”.

Draft Grade: A

The Falcons traded back in the third round to the Ravens for the 91st pick and picked up an extra fifth round pick. This was another great move by Atlanta. Folks, we have a G.M. who makes decisions, I for one applauded picking up extra picks.

   

Lamar Holmes, T, Southern Miss, the ninety-first selection in the NFL was the mammoth of a man from Southern Miss. At 6’5 328lbs. Holmes should compete this summer with the tackles for some playing time. He is more than likely our future left tackle, but time will tell. Ladies and gentlemen, say your goodbyes to the “QB killer” himself, Sam Baker. Atlanta proved last night their number one priority was to sure up the offensive line. I for one support it 100%. I’m tired of watching Matty Ice pick grass from his helmet. This pick wasn’t sexy by any means, but Holmes may be the driving force that will either A) jump start Sam Baker’s career OR B) Cause the cutting of Sam Baker and create some nice cap space to address the defensive line. I believe Atlanta did reach here, but with no fourth round pick I have no problem with getting “your guy”. Hats off to the Atlanta Falcons on a nice stress free draft night.

Draft Grade: B-

Now that Atlanta has addressed some key needs on the offensive line, let’s look at rounds 4-7. Here is a mock draft I came up with last night. Thoughts? Concerns? How do you feel about our second and third round picks? Did you like the trade to move down?

Saturday Mock: I see defense being a key theme tomorrow, with this mock Atlanta could get the a little bit of everything.

Fifth Round: Ladrius Green TE Louisiana Lafayette

Fifth Round: Malik Jackson DE Tennessee

Sixth Round: DeQuan Menzie DB Alabama

Seventh Round: Jerry Franklin LB Arkansas

[follow]

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Texans reportedly the favorite to be featured on ‘Hard Knocks’

Report: Goodell will not recuse himself from Brady appeal

Will Smith suspended eight games for 'foreign substance'

Report: Kobe Bryant likely to retire following next season

Don Shula named in painkiller lawsuit from former NFL players

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Kyrie Irving questionable for Game 2 versus Atlanta

Michael Sam signs with CFL’s Montreal Alouettes

Ex-A&M quarterback Kenny Hill transferring to TCU

Michael Bennett compares Pete Carroll to Willy Wonka

Jim Kelly: There is no doubt Tom Brady cheated

Warriors hang on, edge Rockets in Game 2 thriller

The Los Angeles Angels are finally finding their groove

Re-evaluating all 30 MLB teams at the quarter mark, ranked

Is virtual reality training the next leap forward for football?

Warriors a very shaky 2-0 against the Rockets

NFL icon Bud Grant zings Pats with Deflategate joke on Twitter

RG3 announces birth daughter's birth on social media

Don't listen to Nick Saban, the bowl system is just fine

MLB scores partial victory in minor league wage lawsuits

Ranking the NBA Playoffs' most significant injuries

WATCH: Will Smith ejected for foreign substance on arm

Guy behind NFL's social media trolling of Pats is a Jets fan?

In defense of 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie

NFL News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Jim Kelly: No doubt Tom Brady cheated

Post-combine NBA Draft big board: Top 30

Ex-players sue NFL for conspiring to push painkillers

Astros surprising, but can get better with Correa

Here come the Giants

Aaron Hernandez got new tattoo in prison

TUF weekly recap by NOS® Energy Drink

Ten players who could benefit due to PAT rule change

Five QBs set for breakout campaigns

Report: Lakers will pursue Thibodeau

MLS leaders struggling with attendance

LBS: I was a contestant on Sports Jeopardy!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.