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Top Falcons' prospects from 2014 senior bowl
This will need to be updated because the Senior Bowl week isn't over and there's a few practices still to go, so potentially a lot of additional observations. So I'll update as I can. Feel free to add anything you've seen or heard as well. Goats are players we need to avoid.
Zach Martin - ND - played both OT and OG during practices and absolutely dominated every DL he faced at both positions. He may have just bumped himself up 3 spots to #1 OG on the board. Clearly a 1st round pick.
Brandon Thomas - Clemson - played OT and OG and did better than expected. Was a 5th round grade, but will likely move up to 3rd or even 2nd.
Jack Mewert - Ohio St. - did well at OT and OG. Mid to late 2nd.
OL Goats: Wesley Johnson - Vandy, Billy Turner - NDS, both got pushed around.
Seantrel Henderson - Miami - surprised everyone with much better than expected overall OT performance. Was 2nd round grade, but very likely moving into mid-late 1st.
OT Goats: Ja'Waun James - UT - very inconsistent with poor technique, but not exactly awful, just average.
Gabe Jackson - Miss. St - needs to lose about 10-15 lbs., but even at 340 he did very well. He's just not as mobile as he could be. Projected round mid 3, might go as high as mid 2.
OG Goats: Cyril Richardson - Baylor - got dominated by DT Aaron Donald (although so did nearly everyone) and DE Trent Murphy. Projected round 2, may go as late as mid 3.
Kadeem Edwards - Tenn. St. - got beat up.
Brian Stork - FSU - was clearly the most polished center there. Definitely jumped up to #1 C. Likely late 1st to mid 2nd round.
Weston Richburg - Colorado St. - very polished center, quick feet and hands. Likely 2nd C taken by mid 2nd round.
C Goats: Travis Swanson - Arkansas, and Tyler Larsen - Utah St. Both played about average and couldn't really stand up to top DT/NT talent. They were ranked higher than Stork originally, but are surely behind him now.
Aaron Donald - Pitt - undersized 4-3 DT at 6'0 280, but absolutely dominated everyone he faced, even the top OG and OT on this list. He was in a totally different league than anyone else. Penetration, sacks, TFL's, blowing up everyone in 1v1's, you name it. Was projected as a 2nd rounder, but very likely mid to late 1st. And will be a steal for whomever gets him that late if they do. After the Combine, he might just move up to top 10.
Ra'Shede Hageman - Minn - mean and nasty DT who was in the backfield on every play and pushed people around. Projected mid 1st.
Will Sutton - Arizona St - came in a bit over his normal weight at 315, but still beat up nearly everyone he faced. Projected mid to late 1st round.
DeAndre Coleman - Cal - performed way better than expected. Was 5-6 round projection, but will likely move up a couple rounds.
Justin Ellis - Louisiana Tech - separating this guy out because he's a 350 lb NT who dominated everyone he faced, doing spin moves and getting tons of pressure and TFL's. He's not the typical big body gap hog run stopper as he proved he has way more athletic ability than anyone knew. Projected 5th round, but will likely move up to 3rd. Maybe even higher.
DT/NT Goats: Daniel McCullers - UT - big NT but got his ass beat all day.
Dee Ford - AU - can play DE or OLB. Like Aaron Donald, Ford was in a totally different league than anyone he faced. He dominated everyone and lead everyone in all pass rushing stats. He likely had the best performance of anyone in any position. Was projected as late 2nd to as late as mid 4th, but will surely jump up to late 1st to mid 2nd, especially after the Combine.
Chris Smith - Arkansas - undersized DE, but really hard to block. Really good against the run, average pass rusher. Projected mid to late 2nd round.
DE Goats: Michael Sam - Mizz - couldn't get past any of the decent OT's.
Kyle Van Noy - BYU - this kid is a stud. Makes everything an OLB does look effortless. Coverage, tackle, pass rush, run stop, everything. He's the complete package and easily the 2nd best OLB behind Anthony Barr. Projected mid to late 1st, but likely top 15 when it's done. He's just that good.
Jordan Zumwalt - UCLA - Anthony Barr's counterpart, surprised everyone with really good ILB play. He took over as the vocal leader on the defense and is a tackling machine, involved in every play. Wasn't even ranked on majority of big boards out there, but will likely move up into a potential 6th round gem. Might even make a very nice packaged deal with whomever selects Barr.
Logan Thomas - VT - showed incredible arm str, threw a ball 70 yards in the air against the wind and wow'd pretty much everyone. Has accuracy issues, but has everything else, 6'5 250 w/ good speed and agility. Projected round 5-6.
I think we might actually pick up a QB in the late rounds so he's someone to watch. Other options here are McCarron, Murray, Garoppolo, Fales, and Matthews.
Alright I'm tired. I'll add more later.
Polar Bear Jones
Any feelings on Trent Murphy. I think his versatility could make him a target for the birds.
Dee Ford, plz. He was injured the first few games this year and was actually playing DT for Auburn to help him get pressure (and also to get our two 5 star freshmen DE's playing time) and he was still getting to the QB. Then he got healthy, moved back outside, and dominated.
ok, zach martin, hageman and donald have made my wish list, actually hageman and donaldwere already there.
so who do we take first? it would sure be hard to pass donald with the show he's putting on
From what I understand Arnold can play inside and on the end. Some college coaches said he was better than Clowney with greater upside. If works his way into the upper first round that would be crazy.
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