Found April 28, 2012 on Grits Blitz:
   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...

Falcons second round pick Peter Konz used to do the dirty bird.

The Atlanta Falcons were relatively quiet this off season until this week. Handcuffed by salary cap issues and the lack of a first round pick thanks to last year’s Julio Jones trade, it seemed like this year would be a peaceful year at Flowery Branch. Cue Asante Samuel and Wisconsin center Peter Konz. To read the rest of this article and watch exclusive video on Peter Konz...

Falcons NFL Draft Day Two Discussion

I didn't feel the need to open up a discussion post for the first round of the draft since we already got our first round pick in Asante Samuel. Day one of the draft is over and day two kicks up tonight at 7 pm EST. Use the comments section of this post as a catch all for your draft comments for day two.   And don't forget to check out the "Draft Preview"...

Will Falcons Trade Up in Day Three?

If you look at the drafts in Atlanta under the current regime you'll notice one thing. They have no qualms about trading up, down, or for players. If GM Thomas Dimitroff wants a player he'll make a trade to get that player; as we saw last year with Julio Jones and this year with Asante Samuel. Dimitroff won't give a second thought to trading away a future pick to help...

Falcons Select Lamar Holmes in Third Round

The Falcons went a bit off the board in the third round as they selected offensive tackle Lamar Holmes of Southern Miss. Earlier, the Falcons had traded down in the draft as they gave up their #83 overall pick to the Baltimore Ravens in exchange for the #91 and #164 picks. He's a big boy Clearly the Falcons are addressing their biggest need from last year, protecting Matt...

In tough times, stadium gravy train rolls on

The Atlanta Falcons didn't have a pick in the first round of the NFL draft. Not to worry. They're on the verge of landing something far more valuable than some stud running back or fearsome-hitting linebacker - a new stadium costing nearly a billion dollars. The economy may be wobbling along, struggling to break free of the worst downturn since the Great Depression, but...

Falcons pick So. Miss OT Lamar Holmes in 3rd round

The Atlanta Falcons continued to work on improving their offensive line when they selected tackle Lamar Holmes from Southern Miss in the third round on Friday night. The team selected Wisconsin guard-center Peter Konz in the second round. Holmes, listed at 6-foot-5 and 323 pounds, will have a chance to compete for playing time behind Tyson Clabo and Will Svitek. He played two years...

Falcons Select Bradie Ewing in the Fifth Round

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...

2012 NFL Draft Breakdown-Atlanta Falcons

The 2012 NFL Draft is now in the books. The Atlanta Falcons were short on draft picks this season after having to complete their trade last season with the Cleveland Browns in order to move up and acquire WR Julio Jones. Atlanta did not have a selection this season until the 55th overall selection in the second-round. I do not assign draft grades to teams until after players actually...

Falcons Must Target OL and DL in Round Two

With the first day of the NFL Draft wrapped up many teams are looking to grab some of the impact fallers from the first day. Propsects like Coordy Glenn, Peter Konz, Janoris Jenkins, and Courtney Upshaw will all on the board when the clock starts for the Rams today. The Falcons won't be selecting until 22 picks after the Rams, but several impact linemen could still be there at...

Eagles take RB Bryce Brown in 7th round

The Philadelphia Eagles have selected Kansas State running back Bryce Brown with their final pick of the NFL draft. The 6-foot, 220-pound Brown ran for 460 yards as a freshman at Tennessee before transferring to Kansas State. He sat out 2010 and carried only three times for 16 yards before leaving the team in September. Brown is the ninth player chosen by the Eagles and was the...

Falcons’ DC Nolan will show Eagles how to use Asante Samuel

Last year the Philadelphia Eagles had arguably the best cornerback trio in the league with Nnamdi Asomugha, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and Asante Samuel. At least on paper anyway.That group did a good job but they weren’t as good as people expected them to be with three high-rated, big-named corners occupying the same defensive backfield.Now that Samuel has been traded to the...
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