Official 2018 Atlanta Falcons Thread

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  1. JoeCakeEater

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    Well...on to next season. The Falcons drafted poorly in 2017 (only Takk is any good), so really need a solid draft in 2018. FA is too expensive, so consecutive bad drafts will shorten this team’s window to potentially win a championship.

    Before the draft, the Falcons need to figure out what to do with all of their pending FAs. Below is the list along with my recommendation:

    Dontari Poe - would try to resign. Depends on asking price. Need an interior DL early in draft regardless.
    Adrian Clayborn - would bring back, but he may retire. Like Poe, depends on price. Very injury prone.
    Matt Bryant - bring back on a 1-2 yr deal (old). He is still elite into his 40s.
    Taylor Gabriel - if you keep Sark then don’t need Gabriel. Sark has no imagination on how to get Turbo involved.
    Kemal Ishmael - good depth guy
    Andre Roberts - cut. He sucked all year. Total garbage.
    Courtney Upshaw - indifferent...minimal impact, depth guy. Replaceable.
    Ahtyba Rubin - keep. Good run stuffer.
    Austin Pasztor - would keep as a backup tackle.
    Blidi Wrey-Wilson - mediocre, keep for depth if he is cheap.
    Sean Weatherspoon - cut
    Leon McFadden - no impact, cut
    Ben Garland - Not starter quality. Falcons need to sign or draft a RG that can start. Only one of he and Sweitzer are needed as a backup.
    Jordan Tripp - no impact, cut
    Nick Williams - cut he sucks.
    Derrick Coleman - Definite cut, unless Ryan wants to learn sign language.
     
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    Pretty much agree on all of those, especially Gabriel. He's become the invisible man in Sark's offense. He's been less useful than Justin Hardy this year.
     
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    A Jaguar victory over the Steelers should lock the Falcons in on the #26 pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.

    Top Needs: DT, OG
    Other Needs: TE, 3rd WR, S/CB, FB, KR
     
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    Fairly deep DT draft this year it seems. Vea, Hurst, Wilkins, Payne, Settle, et al. Can def get good DT talent at 26th.
     
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    Would love to get Vita Vea at 26.
    If I had to bet, I would imagine the team tests free agency to try and find a guard for the OL.
     
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    #26 is a good spot to draft a DT or OG.
     
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    If we don't draft an interior lineman in the first round then I'm going to be very disappointed (unless a total stud drops to us @26)

    The draft appears deep on DT and the FA market has quality OGs, so I would be tempted to sign an OG and draft a DT in the 1st. Levitre could be a cap casualty based on his cap number, so likely need a 2nd OG in the 2nd, 3rd or 4th to unseat Schweitzer (who sucks) as a starter. Harlow last year was a total bust, which is the norm for Dmitrov drafting for the OL. So far no lineman he has drafted is any good....Schraeder is a good RT, but was a lucky UDFA find. Matthews is just above league average and he was a top 6 pick. All the more reason that I want us to sign a proven veteran OG as a FA and let Dmitrov/Quinn try their luck drafting an interior defender early.
     
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    The funny thing about Gabriel is that he has nearly the same number of targets and receptions this year; the difference is the end-result.
     
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    I was looking over the Falcons salary cap data.

    $12.5 million Cap Number for Jake Matthews? Wow. I'd imagine that would be renegotiated on an extension or something. He is not a $12 million a year LT.

    Is Alford really a $10 million a year player?

    Shelby at $4.5 million a year? I'm guessing they fix that this offseason.

    Otherwise, doesn't seem like much out of whack. They've done a pretty good job managing the cap.
     
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    How much do you value defensive holding penalties?
     
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    Alford was better than Tru this year, imo.

    I don't know the numbers but I think 12.5 for an LT is middle of the pack. Matthews is totally average. Not a big fan.
     
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    Just looked it up. 12.5 would be more than Tyron Smith, Bakhtiari.... He ain't worth that
     
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    oh wow great so Lafleur just took the OC job with the Titans and we are still stuck with Sark... öööö me
     
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    Still. That’s a lot of money for a QB only in the top 8-10 range
     
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    Yet not really at all unexpected, especially when you look at what someone like Stafford, who can't even beat teams with a winning record, got.
     
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