2012 NFL Mock Draft: Atlanta Falcons

As a guy who is big into the draft and loves to follow the combine, pro days, Senior Bowl, and other draft features. I also do my own mock drafts, the difference is with mine I mock Free Agency and the Draft as opposed to just the draft.

To give you an idea I'll start off by stating to keep or let go of Atlanta's FAs. Then transition into signing other FAs, and then we'll finish that off with the draft at the end.

Resignings/Cuts (30.6 Mil)


Curtis Lofton- 6 Years- 40 Mil. (Back-Loaded)

Brent Grimes- Walking

John Abraham- 2 Years- 7 Mil (Specialist Role)

Todd McClure- 1 Year- 5 Mil (3 Mil against cap)

Eric Weems- Walks

Kroy Biermann- 4 Years- 15 Mil

Harry Douglas- 4 Years 13 Mil

Vance Walker- (RFA)- Resigned

Jason Snelling- Walks

James Sanders- Walks

Reggie Kelly- Walks

Kelvin Hayden- Walks

Chris Redman- Walks

Brett Romberg- Walks

Kirk Chambers- Walks

Sam Baker- Cut (Saves about 1.2 Mil

Ovie Mughelli- Cut (Saves about 3 Mil)


FA (Around 17 Mil available)

Ben Grubbs- Signed 5 Years- 40 Mil (Back-Loaded) (6 Mil cap hit first year)

Jason Jones- Signed 5 Years- 25 Mil (Back Loaded) (3 Mil cap hit first year)

Marcus McNeil- Signed 1 Year- 6 Mil (4 Mil cap hit)


Mock Draft

2nd Round, 55th Pick- Vinny Curry, DE Marshall. 6'3 265 Lbs, 4.73 40. Curry is a pure pass rusher in every form of the word. He can line up at OLB in the 3-4, he can play with his hand in the dirt the guy is a very versatile and very skilled player. Curry has great power and can bull rush his opponent back into the Quarterback as well as use his burst and speed and come around the edge. When he gets engaged he is good at slapping the T's hands away and uses a swim move to beat his man when engaged.

3rd Round, 87th Pick- Casey Hayward, CB Vanderbilt. 5'11 190 LBs, 4.48 40. Hayward is very underrated in this draft and in my opinion he could be a major steal, he reminds me a lot of Cortland Finnegan with his physical play at the line and in run support despite his size, but he also has great ball hawking skills as well, but at times makes bad decisions on breaking on the ball to go for the Int instead of staying on his man, he is also prone to getting PI calls due to his physicality. However he has tremendous upside as he is very scheme diverse and has great ball skills along with nice intangibles such as a good speed.

5th Round, 151st Pick- Terrance Ganaway, RB Baylor. 6'0 240 LBs, 4.57 40. Ganaway is a great prospect for a late round RB, his is huge and once he learns how to run with more pad level he could become a bulldozer, but also possesses great burst along with good speed. Ganaway is picked here because he is filling Snelling's role and he has the potential to take over for Turner once Turner's contract is up or we decide to get rid of him.

6th Round, 183rd Pick- Danny Trevathan, OLB Kentucky. 6'0 230 LBs, 4.68 40. Don't be mistaken by Trevathan's size he was one of the best OLBs in the SEC, and getting him here could be a bit of a steal, he is exceptional in run defense, but has questions about his pass D along with his size. However this should be a great depth pick up and he could become a starter if he develops right.

7th Round, 215th Pick- Sean Richardson, SS Vanderbilt. 6'2 220 LBs 4.54 40. Richardson is a depth pick to replace Sanders, he has good intangibles but is very raw, don't expect him to see the field much on D, but he could be a solid ST contributor.

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