2012 NFL Draft Grades: Atlanta Falcons Flunk

Although the 2012 NFL Draft is over, the analyzing is only beginning. Over the rest of this offseason, the next regular season and beyond, each team will be graded, evaluated and analyzed about their selections in the Draft and how those selections have fared in the NFL. This article is the first of many of those evaluations, as I grade each of the Atlanta Falcons' 2012 draft...
Via Football Nation
April 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Falcons Select Jonathan Massaquoi in Fifth Round

With their second selection of the fifth round the Atlanta Falcons selected defensive end Jonathan Massaquoi of Troy. On the surface this pick made a lot more sense than the previous pick of Bradie Ewing. The Falcons have a lot of defensive ends on the roster but outside of John Abraham there is nobody who can consistently get after the quarterback. I am a pass rusher, hear me roar...
Via Grits Blitz
April 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Falcons draft Mississippi State S Charles Mitchell

The Atlanta Falcons have picked Mississippi State strong safety Charles Mitchell in the middle of the sixth round of the NFL draft. Atlanta has three safeties returning from 2011 - starters Thomas DeCoud and William Moore and backup Shann Schillinger. Mitchell played in all 50 games of his career and made 37 starts at safety with Mississippi State. He is the second defensive player...
Via AP on Fox
April 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Falcons take Troy DE Massaquoi in 5th round

The Atlanta Falcons added their first defensive player in the NFL draft with the fifth-round selection of Troy pass rusher Jonathan Massaquoi on Saturday. Massaquoi, a cousin of Cleveland Browns receiver and former Georgia standout Mohamed Massaquoi, left school after his junior year. In three seasons with Troy, he started 25 games, finishing his career with 19.5 sacks. The Falcons...
Via AP on Fox
April 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Final Positional Rankings 2012 NFL Draft 4-3 Outside Linebackers

Tier 1 (1st round) Melvin Ingram, South Carolina Lavonte David, Nebraska Tier 2 (2nd round-3rd round) Ronnell Lewis, Oklahoma Zach Brown, UNC Jonathan Massaquoi, Troy Sean Spence, Miami Tier 3 (4th round-6th round) Travis Lewis, Oklahoma Keenan Robinson, Texas Bruce Irvin, West Virginia Bobby Wagner, Utah State Kyle Wilbur, Wake Forest Tank Carder, TCU Nigel...
Via Draft Board Insider
April 09, 2012  |  Discuss

Final Positional Rankings 2012 NFL Draft 3-4 Outside Linebackers

Tier 1 (1st round) Melvin Ingram, South Carolina Courtney Upshaw, Alabama Nick Perry, USC Shaw McClellin, Boise State Ronnell Lewis, Oklahoma Tier 2 (2nd round) Vinny Curry, Marshall Whitney Mercilus, Illinois Andre Branch, Clemson Jonathan Massaquoi, Troy Tier 3 (3rd round-5th round) Bruce Irvin, West Virginia Brandon Lindsey, Pittsburgh Chandler Jones, Syracuse...
Via Draft Board Insider
April 09, 2012  |  Discuss

2012 Raiders mock draft, by @HuggyJrme

This article is the work of Jérôme Moreau.  You can follow him on Twitter @HuggyJrme to see more of his thoughts on the Raiders and what players would be the best fit.   Raiders - Specific Mock Draft Pick            Player                      Reasoning 3rd Round - Pick #95 Alameda Ta'amu, NT, Washington, 6'2 - 348 I'm not quite...
Via Thoughts from the Dark Side
March 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Saints Nation: NFL Combine Week!

The NFL Combine week starts Wednesday of this week and runs through next Tuesday the 28th, so we'll get our first look at this year's rookie class running through drills. The NFL Network, per always, will have 24/7 coverage on the proceedings. Today also marks the first day teams can place the franchise tag on a free agent of their own team, with the deadline for that designation...
Via The Saints Nation
February 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Small schoolers at Combine

With our feature on today (Monday) on the increase in small school prospects invited to the NFL Combine, here a position by position look at who to keep an eye on from the smaller programs later this week in Indy and where some draftniks have them projected to come off the board in the draft. QB B.J. Coleman – Tenn-Chattanooga (5th) RB Lennon Creer – Louisiana...
Via Inside the Bills
February 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Jonathan Massaquoi scouting report

Jonathan Massaquoi OLB Troy #94 Ht: 6’2″ Wt: 250   Strengths: Impressive motor; fights through the whistle and is very active throughout the play. Decent speed and athleticism for a linebacker; definitely looks the part of a 3-4 outside linebacker. Has the speed to make plays in pursuit. Does a nice job shedding blocks; has active hands to fight with more physical offensive...
Via DraftAce
February 16, 2012  |  Discuss

Updated Positional Rankings-Defensive Ends

Defensive Ends       1. Quinton Coples, DE North Carolina    2. Donte Paige-Moss, DE North Carolina    3. Vinny Curry, DE Marshall    4. Devin Taylor, DE South Carolina    5. Melvin Ingram, DE South Carolina    6. Whitney Mercilus, DE Illinois(jr.)    7. Andre Branch, DE Clemson    ...
Via Draft Board Insider
February 08, 2012  |  Discuss

Troy’s Massaquoi makes early NFL leap

At nearly 25 years of age, Troy’s Jonathan Massaquoi was one of the oldest players in 1-A football in 2011.  Thanks to a decision the defensive end made recently, he’ll also be one the older players in the upcoming NFL draft, Brandon “Grandpa” Weeden notwithstanding. Anyway, Trojans head coach Larry Blakeney confirmed in a press release…
Via College Football Talk
January 14, 2012  |  Discuss

Scout's Notes: Top 5 Non-BCS Juniors Who Could Consider NFL Jump

So far, two non-BCS prospects have declared for the 2012 NFL Draft. Robert Turbin, running back from Utah State, and Dontari Poe, nose tackle from Memphis, both have forgone their senior seasons to be eligible for the NFL Draft. Generally, non-BCS underclassmen rarely declare for the NFL Draft, as a combination of exposure and overall talent level leaves a lot to be desire for this...
Via Optimum Scouting
December 30, 2011  |  Discuss
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