By: John Wickham

This is my second attempt at a Draft Big Board. I used several different sites to come up with the rankings. For the most part I averaged out the grade for the player from the different sites and ranked him from there, using my own judgment if I felt differently. I am going to go to about  350 players. For the most part I kind of feel that the first 175-200 are really the players I tried to make sure were looked at. The sites I looked at did not go much farther than 150 players so I only had 1-2 sites that went to as far as wanted to go.

For me as of right now the Atlanta Falcons needs are, in no particular order:

  • C/RG (whatever position Peter Konz doesn’t play and Todd McClure retiring/not resigned) Todd McClure retired so Peter Konz slides over and Joe Hawley backs him up and Garrett Reynolds resigned so not sure if the Falcons plan to do anything else at this position.
  • LT (If we don’t resign Sam Baker) Sam Baker resigned and have Lamar Holmes as the backup. Will Svitek signed with NE.
  • TE (I believe Tony is gone) Guess what? He’s back!
  • RB (I believe Turner is gone) Turner gone and enter Steven Jackson
  • DE (PASS RUSH) Even with John Abraham this was a need so this definitely jumps to no. 1 need.
  • CB (Either Dunta or Grimes are gone, maybe both) Dunta Robinson signs with KC and Grimes could be out the door.
  • LB & S depth (Mike Peterson is gone and is 36 anyway and do you trust any of the other LBs, me neither; Both Willy Mo and Chris Hope are free agents) William Moore resigned and Shann Schillinger and Charles Mitchell are the backups so could sign a veteran. LBs still needed.

Falcons Draft Picks:

1 30 (30)

2 28 (60)

3 30 (92)

4 30 (127)

4 36 (133) Comp pick

5 30 (163)

6 30 (198)

7 30 (236)

7 37 (243) Comp pick

7 38 (244) Comp pick

7 43 (249) Comp pick

Updated: Post 1st week of Free Agency

* Denotes underclassmen.

 

John Wickham Draft Rankings

  1. *Luke Joeckel, OT, Texas A&M
  2. Eric Fisher, OT, Central Michigan
  3. Chance Warmack, OG, Bama
  4. *Sharrif Floyd, DT, UF
  5. *Jarvis Jones, OLB, UGA
  6. *Dee Milliner, CB, Bama
  7. Jonathan Cooper, OG, UNC
  8. Dion Jordan, DE, Oregon
  9. Ezekiel Ansah, DE, BYU
  10. *Barkevious Mingo, DE, LSU
  11. Star Lotulelei, DT, Utah
  12. Jonathan Cooper, OG, UNC
  13. *Sheldon Richardson, DT, Missouri
  14. *Bjoern Werner, DE, FSU
  15. *Xavier Rhodes, CB, FSU
  16. Geno Smith, QB ,WVU
  17. *Alec Ogletree, ILB, UGA
  18. *Damontre Moore, DE, Texas A&M
  19. Tavon Austin, WR, WVU
  20. *Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee
  21. *Johnathan Hankins, DT, OSU
  22. Manti Te’o, ILB, ND
  23. *Keenan Allen, WR, Cal
  24. Johnthan Banks, CB, Miss State
  25. Kawann Short, DT, Purdue
  26. Kenny Vaccaro, S, Texas
  27. Desmond Trufant, CB, Washington
  28. *Matt Elam, S, UF
  29. Alex Okafor, DE, Texas
  30. *Tyler Eifert, TE, ND
  31. *Zach Ertz, TE, Stanford
  32. Sylvester Williams, DT, UNC
  33. Jonathan Jenkins, DT, UGA
  34. *Sam Montgomery, DE, LSU
  35. *Kevin Minter, ILB, LSU
  36. *Giovani Bernard, RB, UNC
  37. Barrett Jones, C, Bama
  38. *Eddie Lacy, RB, Bama
  39. Datone Jones, DE, UCLA
  40. Arthur Brown, OLB, Kansas State
  41. Matt Barkley, QB, USC
  42. Mike Glennon, QB, N.C. State
  43. *D.J. Fluker, OT, Bama
  44. Margus Hunt, DE, SMU
  45.  Larry Warford, OG, Kentucky
  46. *Robert Woods, WR, USC
  47. *DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
  48. Tyler Wilson, QB, Arkansas
  49. Terrance Williams, WR, Baylor
  50. *Justin Pugh, OT, Syracuse
  51. *Eric Reid, S, LSU
  52. *Da’Rick Rodgers, WR, Tennessee Tech
  53. Ryan Nassib, QB, Syracuse
  54. *David Amerson, CB, N.C. State
  55. *Corey Lemonier, DE, Auburn
  56. *Travis Frederick, C, Wisconsin
  57.  Montee Ball, RB, Wisconsin
  58. Jesse Williams, NT, Bama
  59. *Justin Hunter, WR, Tennessee
  60. Kyle Long, OT, Oregon
  61. Phillip Thomas, S, Fresno State
  62. Jordan Poyer, CB, Oregon State
  63. Malliciah Goodman, DE, Clemson
  64. Jamar Taylor, CB, Boise State
  65. *David Bakhtiari, OT, Colorado
  66. *Joseph Randle, RB, Oklahoma State
  67. *Logan Ryan, CB, Rutgers
  68. Will Davis, CB, Utah State
  69. Tank Carradine, DE, FSU
  70. Brandon Jenkins, DE, FSU
  71. Brennan Williams, OT, UNC
  72. *Tony Jefferson, S, Oklahoma
  73. Andre Ellington, RB, Clemson
  74. *Stedman Bailey, WR, WVU
  75. John Simon, DE, OSU
  76. Mike Gillislee, RB, UF
  77. *Le’Veon Bell, RB, Michigan State
  78. Ryan Swope, WR, Texas A&M
  79. Aaron Dobson, WR, Marshall
  80. Gerald Hodges, LB, Penn State
  81. Khaled Holmes, C, USC
  82. Landry Jones, QB, Oklahoma
  83. *Chris Faulk, OT, LSU
  84. *Gavin Escobar, TE, San Diego State
  85. *Tyrann Mathieu, CB, LSU
  86. Robert Lester, S, Bama
  87. *William Gholston, DE, Michigan State
  88. Sean Porter, OLB, Texas A&M
  89. *Jordan Reed, TE, UF
  90. Ricky Wagner, OT, Wisconsin
  91. E.J. Manuel, QB, FSU
  92. *Jelani Jenkins, OLB, UF
  93. *Kenny Stills, WR, Oklahoma
  94. Michael Dyer, RB, Arkansas State
  95. Alex Hurst, OT, LSU
  96. Micah Hyde, CB, Iowa
  97. *Dion Sims, TE, Michigan State
  98.  Nico Johnson, MLB, Bama’
  99. Chase Thomas, OLB, Stanford
  100. *Marcus Lattimore, RB, South Carolina
  101. T.J. McDonald, S, USC
  102. Dallas Thomas ,OG/ OT, Tennessee
  103. Leon McFadden, CB, San Diego State
  104. Quinton Patton, WR, Louisiana Tech
  105. *Bennie Logan, DT, LSU
  106. Jon Bostic, MLB , UF
  107. Johnathan Franklin, RB, UCLA
  108. Shawn Williams, S, UGA
  109. Markus Wheaton, WR ,Oregon State
  110. D.J. Swearinger, S, South Carolina
  111. Brian Winters, OG/ OT, Kent State
  112. Jonathan Cyprien, S, Florida International
  113. Zac Dysert, QB, Miami (Ohio)
  114. *Menelik Watson, OT, FSU
  115. Duke Williams, S, Nevada
  116. Blidi Wreh-Wilson, CB, UConn
  117. Travis Kelce, TE, Cincy
  118. *Alvin Bailey, OG, Arkansas
  119. Mike Davis, CB, Hawaii
  120. Stepfan Taylor, RB, Stanford
  121. Cobi Hamilton, WR, Arkansas
  122. Jamie Collins OLB ,Southern Mississippi
  123. Robert Alford. CB, Southeastern Louisiana
  124. *Akeem Spence, DT, Illinois
  125. Darius Slay, CB, Miss State
  126. Brandon Williams, DT, Missouri Southern State
  127. Tavarres King, WR, UGA
  128. Christine Michael, RB, Texas A&M
  129. Travis Long, OLB, Washington State
  130. *Tharold Simon, CB, LSU
  131. Trevardo Williams, OLB, Uconn
  132. David Quessenberry, OT, San Jose State
  133. Zaviar Gooden, OLB, Missouri
  134. Lavar Edwards, DE, LSU
  135. Xavier Nixon, OT, UF
  136. Jordan Hill, DT, Penn State
  137. Marquise Goodwin, WR, Texas
  138. Vance McDonald, TE,Rice
  139. Brian Schwenke, C, California
  140. Kiko Alonso, MLB, Oregon
  141.  Sio Moore, OLB, Uconn
  142. Terron Armstead, OT, Arkansas-Pine Bluff
  143. Kevin Reddick, MLB, UNC
  144. Dwayne Gratz, CB, Uconn
  145. Michael Buchanan, DE, Illinois
  146. J.C. Tretter, OG, Cornell
  147. *Nickell Robey, CB, USC
  148. *Knile Davis, RB, Arkansas
  149. Chris Harper, WR, Kansas State
  150. *Jawan Jamison, RB, Rutgers
  151. Keith Pough, OLB, Howard
  152. Everett Dawkins, DT, FSU
  153. Adrian Bushell, CB, Louisville
  154. Kenjon Barner, RB, Oregon
  155. Lonnie Pryor, FB, FSU
  156. DeVonte Holloman, OLB, South Carolina
  157. B.W. Webb, CB, William& Mary
  158. Zeke Motta, FS, ND
  159. *Kwame Geathers DT, UGA
  160. Marquess Wilson, WR, Washington State
  161. David Bass, DE, Missouri Western State
  162. Zach Line, FB, SMU
  163. Lerentee McCray, OLB, UF
  164. Conner Vernon, WR, Duke
  165. *Brad Wing, P, LSU
  166. Nick Kasa, TE, Colorado
  167. Matt Scott, QB, Arizona
  168. Meshak Williams, OLB Kansas State
  169. *Ace Sanders, WR, South Carolina
  170. A.J. Klein, MLB, Iowa State
  171. Reid Fragel, OT, OSU
  172. Cory Grissom, DT, South Florida
  173. Denard Robinson, WR, Michigan
  174. Josh Evans, FS, UF
  175. *Stansly Maponga, DE, TCU
  176. Hugh Thornton, OG, Illinois
  177. Brandon Sharpe, OLB, Syracuse
  178. Theo Riddick, RB, ND
  179. Brandon McGee. CB. Miami (Fla.)
  180. Marc Anthony, CB, Cal
  181. Garrett Gilkey, OG Chadron State
  182. Jordan Mills, OT Louisiana Tech
  183. Michael Williams, TE, Bama
  184. Montori Hughs, DT, Tennessee-Martin
  185. Braxston Cave, C, ND
  186. Michael Mauti, OLB,  Penn State
  187. Ray Graham, RB, Pittsburgh
  188. Sanders Commings, CB, UGA
  189. Aaron Mellette, WR, Elon
  190. Tommy Bohanon, FB, Wake Forest
  191. Jasper Collins, WR, Mount Union
  192. Micah Hyde, CB, Iowa
  193. Robbie Rouse, RB, Fresno State
  194. Omoregie Uzzi, OG, GT
  195. Chris Gragg ,TE, Arkansas
  196. Josh Boyd, DT, Miss State
  197. Corey Fuller, WR, VT
  198. Shamarko Thomas, SS, Syracuse
  199. Dalton Freeman, C, Clemson
  200. Terry Hawthorne, CB, Illinois
  201. Rex Burkehead, RB, Nebraska
  202. Anthony McCloud, DT, FSU
  203. Ryan Otten, TE, San Jose St
  204. Eric Martin, OLB, NEB
  205. Rodney Smith, WR, FSU
  206. P.J. Lonergan, C, LSU
  207. *Cierre Wood, RB, ND
  208. Jason Weaver, OT, Southern Miss
  209. Johnny Adams, CB, Mich St
  210. Mychal Rivera, TE, Tenn
  211. Johnathan Stewart, ILB, Texas AM
  212. John Lotulelei, OLB, UNLV
  213. Quinn Sharp, P, OKLA St
  214. Daimion Stafford, FS, NEB
  215. Jeff Baca, OG, UCLA
  216. Braden Brown, OT, BYU
  217. Sean Renfree, QB, Duke
  218. Travis Johnson, OLB, San Jose St
  219. Jake Stoneburner, TE, OSU
  220. Matt Stankiewitch, C, PSU
  221. Dustin Hopkins, K, FSU
  222. Steve Beauharnais, ILB, Rutgers
  223. D.J. Hayden, CB, Houston
  224. Alec Lemon, WR, Syracuse
  225. *Mike Edwards, CB, Hawaii
  226. Tourek Williams, DE, FIU
  227. Miguel Maysonet, RB, Stony Brook
  228. Sam Brenner, OG, Utah
  229. *Brandon Kaufman, WR, Eastern Washington
  230. Jakar Hamilton, FS, South Carolina St
  231. Keelan Johnson, SS, Arizona St
  232. Jordan Rodgers, QB, Vandy
  233. Mike Purcell, DT, Wyoming
  234. Zach Sudfeld, TE, Nevada
  235. Khalid Wooten, CB, Nevada
  236. Tanner Hawkinson, OT, Kansas
  237. Kyler Reed, FB, Nebraska
  238. Eark Watford, OG, James Madison
  239. Herman Lathers, OLB, Tenn
  240. Travis Howard, CB, OSU
  241. Nicholas Williams, DT, Stanford
  242. Albert Rosette, ILB, Nevada
  243. Rod Sweeting, CB, GT
  244. Caleb Sturgis, K, UF
  245. Jack Doyle, TE, Western Kentucky
  246. Marcus Davis, WR, VT
  247. Vernon Kearney, CB, Lane
  248. Brett Maher, K, Nebraska
  249. Uzoma Nwachukwu, WR, Texas AM
  250. Tremayne Scott, DE, Ohio
  251. Roger Gaines, OT, Tenn St
  252. Tyrone Goard, WR, Eastern Kentucky
  253. Bradley McDougald, FS, Kansas
  254. Kayvon Webster, CB, South Florida
  255. Jeff Tuel, QB, Washington St
  256. Maalik Bomar, OLB, Cincy
  257. Cody Davis, SS, Texas Tech
  258. Dalton Freeman, C, Clemson
  259. Vince Williams, ILB, FSU
  260. Craig Roh, DE, Michigan
  261. Mark Harrison, WR, Rutgers
  262. Ryan Allen, P, LA Tech
  263. Braden Hansen, OG, BYU
  264. Jared Smith, DT, New Hampshire
  265. Cooper Taylor, SS, Richmond
  266. Ryan Griffin, QB, Tulane
  267. Luke Marquardt, OT, Azusa Pacific
  268. Dax Swanson. CB, Sam Houston St
  269. Michael Clay, OLB, Oregon
  270. Brad Sorensen, QB, Southern Utah
  271. DeVonte Christopher, WR, Utah
  272. Joseph Fauria, TE, UCLA
  273. Stacy McGee, DT, Oklahoma
  274. Onterio McCalebb, RB, Auburn
  275. Steve Greer, ILB, UVA
  276. *Joe Kruger, DE, Utah
  277. Meshal Williams, OLB, KSU
  278. Marcus Cromartie, CB, Wisconsin
  279. Chris Barker, OG, Nevada
  280. Colby Cameron, QB, LA Tech
  281. LaAdrian Waddle, OT, Texas Tech
  282. Abry Jones, DT, UGA
  283. *Michael Ford, RB, LSU
  284. T.J. Moe, WR, Missouri
  285. Zach Boren, FB, OSU
  286. Brandan Bishop, FS, North Carolina St
  287. Jeff Locke, P, UCLA
  288. Brandon Sharpe, OLB, Syracuse
  289. Branden Smith, CB, UGA
  290. Glbert Pena, DT, Ole Miss
  291. Blaize Foltz, OG, TCU
  292. Erik Highsmith, WR, UNC
  293. Justice Cunningham, TE, South Carolina
  294. Wes Horton, DE, USC
  295. Ray Ray Armstrong, SS, Miami (Fla.)
  296. Demontre Hurst, CB, Okla
  297. Sam Barrington, ILB, South Florida
  298. Collin Klein, QB, KSU
  299. Reggie Dunn, WR, Utah
  300. Vinston Painter, OT, VT
  301. Aldrick Fordham, DE, South Carolina
  302. Chris Jones, DT, Bowling Green
  303. Jawanza Starling, SS, USC
  304. T.J. Johnson, C, South Carolina
  305. Rashard Hall, FS, Clemson
  306. Brandon Hepburn, ILB, Florida AM
  307. George Winn, RB, Cincy
  308. Walter Stewart, DE, Cincy
  309. T.J. Knowles, TE, Sacramento St
  310. Braden Wilson, FB, KSU
  311. Josh Kline, OG, Kent St
  312. Zach Rogers, WR, Tenn
  313. Dan Molls, ILB, Toledo
  314. Emmett Cleary, OT, BC
  315. William Campbell, DT, Mich
  316. Cameron Lawrence, OLB, Miss St
  317. Zeke Motta, SS, ND
  318. Dennis Johnson, RB, Arkansas
  319. Moe Lee, CB, Utah
  320. Drew Terrell, WR, Stanford
  321. Oscar Johnson, OT, LA Tech
  322. John Boyett, FS, Oregon
  323. Brandon McManus, K, Temple
  324. Mario Benavides, C, Louisville
  325. Matt Summers-Gavin, OG, Cal
  326. Scott Kovanda, P, Ball St
  327. Michael Zordich, FB, Penn St
  328. *Levine Toilolo, TE, Stanford
  329. Justin Brown, WR, Okla
  330. Michael Mauti, OLB, Penn St
  331. Jeff Nady, OT, Nevada
  332. Ja’Gared Davis, OLB, Southern Methodist
  333. Duron Harmon, FS Rutgers
  334. Anthony Cantele, K, KSU
  335. Eric Stevens, FB, Cal
  336. Lucas Reed, TE, New Mexico
  337. Joe Madsen, C, WVU
  338. Brett Baer, K, La Lafayette
  339. Nick Becton, OT, VT
  340. Quanterus Smith, DE, Western Kentucky
  341. Bruce Taylor, ILB, VT
  342. Mike James, RB, Miami(Fla.)
  343. Dayne Crist, QB, Kansas
  344. Matt McGloin, QB, Penn St
  345. Ben Ericksen, FS, Illinois St
  346. Nick Clancy, ILB, BC
  347. Carson Tinker, LS, Bama
  348. Graham Pocic, C, Illinois
  349. Don Jones, SS, Arkansas St