2011 NFL Draft: Falcons Add Akeem Dent After Julio Jones Trade

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NFL Draft Results: Akeem Dent Pick Finally Gives Atlanta Falcons A Dawg

The Atlanta Falcons missed on trading up for Georgia Bulldogs WR A.J. Green in round one of the 2011 NFL Draft. DE Justin Houston failed to drop to the Falcons in round three, as those of us gathered here were hoping. But the Falcons were not denied in their quest to pick a Dawg, grabbing LB Akeem Dent with pick No. 91.

The six-foot-one senior is a run-stuffer who can play either inside or outside, switching from a 4-3 to a 3-4 with no hiccups. Obviously Thomas Dimitroff is not as concerned with the team's pass rush as you are, as the team has been projected to select a pass rusher by now.

Much more to come on this pick.

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NFL Draft Results: Da'Quan Bowers Joins Adrian Clayborn In Tampa Bay

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are loading up on defensive ends a year after stocking up on defensive tackles. Picking their second pass rusher in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Bucs grabbed Clemson Tigers DE Da'Quan Bowers, a one-time projected No. 1 pick. In round one they selected Iowa Hawkeyes DE Adrian Clayborn.

As an Atlanta Falcons fan ... woo boy. If 75 percent or so of their defensive line can stay healthy, this could all add up to a very bad thing. Are we sure we don't want to spend a second-round pick on an offensive lineman? Oh, right. But with Bowers, that if is a big if, as he already has major knee trouble and will need surgery within the next few years.

This has been the only NFC South pick in the entire second round. Hope you liked it! Also, Jon Gruden calls Bowers "Light Switch."

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2011 NFL Draft Second, Third Round Order And Schedule: Stay Out Tonight, Falcons Fans

The 2011 NFL Draft's second round is scheduled to begin at 6 pm ET, televised on ESPN and NFL Network. At 9 pm ET it'll head to ESPN2 and NFL Network -- Atlanta Falcons fan, if you don't care about which players NFC South rivals pick or any college players, just tune in to ESPN2. The team won't pick until very late.

The first division team on the board is the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at No. 51, after the Carolina Panthers traded the No. 33 away to the New England Patriots because Bill Belichick is way better at this than the team that just drafted Cam Newton. The Pats also hold the New Orleans Saints second-rounder, so that's good. 

Compensatory picks begin in round three, with Carolina getting to close out the evening.

Round two draft order:


1(33)
Patriots (From Carolina) --
2(34) Bills --
3(35) Bengals --
4(36) Broncos --
5(37) Browns --
6(38) Cardinals --
7(39) Titans --
8(40) Cowboys --
9(41) Redskins --
10(42) Texans --
11(43) Vikings --
12(44) Lions --
13(45) 49ers --
14(46) Broncos (From Miami) --
15(47) Rams --
16(48) Raiders --
17(49) Redskins (From Jaguars) --
18(50) Chargers --
19(51) Buccaneers --
20(52) Giants --
21(53) Colts --
22(54) Eagles --
23(55) Chiefs --
24(56) Patriots (From Saints) --
25(57) Seahawks --
26(58) Ravens --
27(59) Browns (From Falcons) --
28(60) Patriots --
29(61) Chargers (From New York Jets) --
30(62) Bears --
31(63) Steelers --
32(64) Packers --

    Round three draft order:

    1(65)
    Panthers --
    2(66) Bengals --
    3(67) Broncos --
    4(68) Bills --
    5(69) Cardinals --
    6(70) Chiefs (From Browns) --
    7(71) Cowboys --
    8(72) Saints (From Washington) --
    9(73) Texans --
    10(74) Patriots (From Minnesota) --
    11(75) Lions --
    12(76) 49ers --
    13(77) Titans --
    14(78) Rams --
    15(79) Dolphins --
    16(80) Jaguars --
    17(81) Raiders --
    18(82) Chargers --
    19(83) Giants --
    20(84) Buccaneers --
    21(85) Eagles --
    22(86) Chiefs --
    23(87) Colts --
    24(88) Saints --
    25(89) Chargers (From Seattle) --
    26(90) Ravens --
    27(91) Falcons --
    28(92) Patriots --
    29(93) Bears --
    30(94) Jets --
    31(95) Steelers --
    32(96) Packers --
    33(97) Panthers (Compensatory Selection) --

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Julio Jones To Atlanta Falcons: Thomas Dimitroff Dares To Win With Fun

It's not "The New England Way," but it's still OK for fans to be excited about a lethal Atlanta offense

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NFL Draft Second Day Gives Atlanta Falcons One Chance To Meet A Major Need

The Atlanta Falcons entered the 2011 NFL Draft with a manageable set of needs: a playmaking wide receiver, apprentices for John Abraham and Tony Gonzalez, a versatile offensive weapon, offensive line depth and maybe some secondary help. Put a giant check mark next to that first item, as the team sent five draft picks to Cleveland for Julio Jones, but as for the others ... well, the team sent five draft picks to Cleveland.

Without a second round pick in his kit, Thomas Dimitroff is going to have to hope whoever he's eying slips all the way to pick No. 91, as that's Atlanta's only pick until the fifth round on Saturday afternoon.

Finding a promising pass rusher is going to be a longshot at that point, though there are plenty of value tight ends and small running backs likely to be available.

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Julio Jones Trade Details, Reactions: Atlanta Falcons Banking On Super Bowl Run

The Atlanta Falcons sent their 2011 Nos. 27, 59 and 124 picks plus next year's first- and fourth-rounders to the Cleveland Browns for the chance to draft Alabama Crimson Tide WR Julio Jones No. 6. Five picks for one is a mighty, mighty steep investment, especially surprising considering the draft philosophy we've become accustomed to during the Thomas Dimitroff era.

While Falcons fans spent the evening either agog or giddy or just shaking and rocking in place while clutching their knees (personally, I just start eating lots of food when I'm nervous -- pretty glad Waffle House is open all night), here are some national perspectives from respected colleagues:

Mocking The Draft's Brian GallifordSBNation.com's top draft guru:

I thought the price was wicked steep for a guy with durability questions and inconsistent hands. I love the idea of finally getting a competent complement for Roddy White; he and Matt Ryan both needed it badly. He has a good chance of being worth the investment; the Falcons look much closer to being Super Bowl contenders.    

Andy Hutchins of Alligator Army and SBNation.com fame, commenting from the college football fan's perspective:

Jones was no worse than the second-best receiver in the SEC last year, and that's only because A.J. Green's a celestial talent. I think the concerns about his hands and injury history are overblown; Jones is a trooper, the kind of football tough guy coaches love, and I'd be surprised if he didn't have a long, productive NFL career.

 SBNation.com NFL editor Joel Thorman, who also runs SB Nation Kansas City and the mighty Arrowhead Pride:

I love Julio Jones the football player. In fact, he may have been my favorite player in the draft. He's big, strong and has shown a toughness that's required in the NFL. I like him a lot on the field. The question is, though, do I like him enough to give up the package the Falcons did? I'm not so sure. The Falcons sacrificed a lot considering they already have one of the best receivers in the game on their team. I think Jones will be terrific in Atlanta but I can't say that I think I'd make the same trade.    

Behind The Steel Curtain's Michael Bean, NFL captain of SB Nation's regional newsroom:  

I respect Arthur Blank and the Falcons' decision to move that far up to acquire the prized wide receiver prospect in this year's draft. If you feel your team is ready to win now and is only missing one or two key ingredients, then I'm a big believer in mortgaging part of the future to chase after an elusive Lombardi Trophy.

This is particularly true for teams that already have franchise quarterbacks in place -- teams like the Falcons, Patriots, Colts, and Steelers. In fact, I'd argue that the Pats have again made a big mistake by continuing to stockpile picks for the future instead of doing everything possible to try to win another ring or two while Tom Brady is still playing at a high level.

For my favorite team, the Steelers, I was sure hoping to see a similarly bold move when stud cornerback Prince Amukamara continued to be bypassed. In 2003, the Steelers moved up 11 spots to acquire Troy Polamalu. They surrendered a third and sixth round pick in exchange. With Amukamara on the board still at No. 20, I was sure hoping to see them trade up 11 places once more to land what I believe will be a fantastic CB for years to come. Alas, it wasn't meant to be.

Each situation is different, but I, for one, commend the Falcons' front office for boldly moving that far up to secure a local hero and a player that's almost assuredly going to be making highlight reel plays for Matt Ryan and the Falcons' offense for years to come. 

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Julio Jones, Falcons Draft Pick, Completes Thomas Dimitroff's Diversion From Patriots Path

By betting the house on Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff showed more than ever how un-Belichick a Belichick disciple can be.

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NFL Draft Results: NFC South Welcomes Stars Cam Newton, Julio Jones

Five players on the list of 2011 NFL Draft first-round results joined the NFC South, led by No. 1 overall Cam Newton, the newest member of the Carolina Panthers. He walks into an immediate quarterback quandary, with Jimmy Clausen welcoming his soon-to-be competition to Charlotte. 

The rest of the division wasn't expected to get going until the latter half, but the Atlanta Falcons had other ideas, slangin' a ghastly five picks to the Cleveland Browns for the chance to bring Alabama Crimson Tide WR Julio Jones across state lines. 

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New Orleans Saints went for pass rushers at No. 20 and No. 24, picking up Iowa Hawkeyes DE Adrian Clayborn and California Golden Bears DE Cameron Jordan. In a division that's about to be loaded with offensive playmakers, hoarding defensive disruptors is a great idea.

A less-great idea: trading picks to Bill Belichik for a running back. The Saints gave up one of their five remaining picks and their 2012 first-rounder to the Patriots for RB Mark Ingram.

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Mark Ingram To Saints As Bill Belichick Strikes Again

The New Orleans Saints just traded a bunch of picks to the New England Patriots, which we'd sort of thought was something teams had learned not to do. They sent their 2011 No. 56 and 2012 first-rounder up north for the right to draft Alabama Crimson Tide RB Mark Ingram.

This gives the Saints one Heisman Trophy winner in their backfield.

Pretty pleased about this pick myself. Any time a team wants to trade with Bill Belichik, I'll merrily presume they wound up with the short end of the stick. If New Orleans wants to give up a bunch of money and picks for yet another running back, that sounds fine.

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Cameron Jordan To New Orleans Saints, Easing Potential Will Smith Suspension

With pick No. 25 in the 2011 NFL Draft, the New Orleans Saints selected California Golden Bears DE Cameron Jordan. With Will Smith facing a potential four-game suspension to open the 2011 season, Jordan could get a little more instant playing time than he would otherwise.

Interesting that the Saints went with Jordan with Clemson Tigers DE Da'Quan Bowers and several other pass rushers still on the board. Both the Bucs and Saints selected pass rushers -- a wise move in a division that already contained three outstanding quarterbacks and just added perhaps the most athletic six-foot-six quarterback ever.

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Adrian Clayborn To Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Further Soiling Your 2011 NFL Mock Draft

Iowa Hawkeyes DE Adrian Clayborn, who entered the day of the 2011 NFL Draft as the hands-down favorite to become the Atlanta Falcons first-round pick, is indeed going to the NFC South. Just to another team. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers continued their defensive line overhaul by selecting Clayborn at No. 20.

Welp, that means Clayborn wouldn't have been available for the Falcons at No. 27 anyway, so that Julio Jones trade was obviously a flawless idea. Just kidding. We'll wait and see on that one.

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Julio Jones To Atlanta Falcons After Browns Trade At 2011 NFL Draft

As has been rumored all week, Julio Jones became the newest member of the Atlanta Falcons at the 2011 NFL Draft. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported live that the team had pulled off a deal with the Cleveland Browns to give the Falcons the No. 6 pick and the right to grab the Alabama Crimson Tide star.

Schefter also reported the team tried to swing a deal with the Cincinnati Bengals to go get A.J. Green but couldn't make it happen.

Here's what was given up in the trade.

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Falcons-Browns Trade In 2011 NFL Draft 'More Likely Than Not,' According To Report

As widely rumored yet dismissed, the Atlanta Falcons and Cleveland Browns are reportedly very close to pulling off a trade that would give the Falcons the right to Cleveland's No. 6 selection. Sports Illustrated's Jim Trotter sent a message to Peter King via Twitter, commenting that the Falcons are "definitely pondering" a move and that he's "starting to feel it's more likely than not."

That's Trotter, King, Jason La Canfora and Jay Glazer who are reporting a Browns-Falcons trade in one fashion or another. Where there's smoke, there's ... well, there's something.

A.J. Green is expected to be off the board by then, making Julio Jones the reported apple of Thomas Dimitroff's eye.

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Cam Newton Will Be Carolina Panthers No. 1 NFL Draft Pick, According To Report

In a move that will surprise nobody, the Carolina Panthers have locked up Cam Newton as the No. 1 pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, according to ESPN's Sal Paolantonio. Speaking about an hour before the draft kicked off, Paolantonio reported on a meeting between Panthers brass about Newton:

Jerry Richardson, the owner of the team, met with Marty Hurney the general manager and the head coach Ron Rivera and he signed off on the proposal of drafting Cam Newton, who he met with in his home for many, many hours and was very impressed with.

He also reported the team has met extensively with Newton. So there you have it, Atlanta Falcons fans -- it looks to be all but official that the team will have to prepare for Newton at some point soon.

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Final 2011 NFL Mock Drafts By Doug Farrar And More: Kyle Rudolph Thing Continues

Here we have a ludicrous smattering of links to complete 2011 NFL mock drafts, and guess what! Here come some more! These four disagree on every pick for the Atlanta Falcons, and none of them project Adrian Clayborn at No. 27, so get ready to get even more conflicted.

Niners Nation did a cool thing and held its own community mock draft, coming up with Georgia Bulldogs defender Justin Houston in the first and Nevada Wolf Pack TE Virgil Green to the Falcons. Both of those players might have been the best at their positions during the NFL Combine, which isn't necessarily a bad thing.

Yahoo! Sports' Doug Farrar thinks Atlanta will take Illinois Fighting Illini LB Martez Wilson. That's an unconventional pick, but he raises a good point. The team will soon lose Mike Peterson to the sands of time, and Sean Weatherspoon really has yet to have a chance to prove himself.

Big Cat Country likes Mississippi St. Bulldogs OT Derek Sherrod to the Falcons, while Windy City Gridiron is on board with the Notre Dame Fighting Irish TE Kyle Rudolph idea. I'd be very surprised if the Falcons go tight end in the first round -- pass rusher and wide receiver are far bigger needs, both for this season and beyond.

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Falcons, Browns Trade Rumors Continue, With Julio Jones Now Prime Target

Peter King, Jason La Canfora and Jay Glazer have all reported the Atlanta Falcons are trying to trade into the top 10 to land either A.J. Green or Julio Jones, but Glazer added details about potential partners (the Cleveland Browns, Arizona Cardinals or San Francisco 49ers) and is now actually predicting a trade happens, rather than just reporting Thomas Dimitroff is inquiring about one.

Glazer says a deal between the Falcons and Browns for the No. 6 pick and an unimpeded chance to select Jones is "likely." While that's still just speculation, and there's no telling how much of that is based on how much he's hearing from credible sources, it's a sign the buzz is increasing.

Still very nervous about the idea. A slip by Jones would be the ideal scenario, but if Jones is Comrade's man, then so be it. We'll see if a deal actually goes down in just a couple hours.

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2011 NFL Draft TV Schedule, Order, Start Time For All Three Days

The 2011 NFL Draft is scheduled to begin at 8:04 pm ET, with TV coverage on NFL Network and ESPN beginning at 8 pm ET. Of course, both will pretty much be covering the draft all day anyway, so check in whenever you like. NFLN will report just the facts, ma'an, while ESPN will try to break picks before Roger Goodell announces them, so ride with whichever makes you more comfortable.

Rounds two and three will begin at 6 pm ET on Friday, with the rest following Saturday at noon.

The Carolina Panthers have the first pick, and almost everyone expects them to take Auburn Tigers QB Cam Newton. The Atlanta Falcons are set to pick No. 27, with Iowa Hawkeyes DE Adrian Clayborn the most popular projection. 

Here's the complete draft order for all seven rounds, including compensatory picks and trades.

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Final, Seven-Round 2011 NFL Mock Draft For Atlanta Falcons By The Falcoholic

We've shared links to dozens of complete 2011 NFL mock drafts throughout this StoryStream, but most are by national experts who are also projecting and predicting all 32 teams. How about one made entirely from the Atlanta Falcons fan's perspective? 

Dave Choate of The Falcoholic has revealed he's sticking with Georgia Bulldogs pass rusher Justin Houston as his No. 1 overall pick. Click that link for complete writeups of each pick and general discussion, but here's his full mock:

1st Round, 27th pick: DE Justin Houston, Georgia

2nd Round, 59th pick: WR Jerrel Jernigan, Troy

3rd Round, 91st pick: RB Alex Green, Hawaii

4th Round, 124th pick: TE Rob Housler, Florida Altantic

5th Round, 158th pick: LB Mike Mohamed, California

6th Round, 192nd pick: S Joe Lefeged, Rutgers

7th Round, 209th pick: OT David Mims, Virginia Union

7th Round, 229th pick: OG Stephen Schilling, Michigan

7th Round, 230th pick: CB Justin Rogers, Richmond

The Jernigan pick lines up with the general consensus of Atlanta's draft plans, as many other outlets have sent the Troy weapon to the Falcons. And the team is also widely expected to take a running back in round three, along with picking up some value offensive line and secondary help. Based on both national perception and team-specific focus, this is probably about as solid a mock as you'll find. Even though a few of the names will certainly end up off, expect the team's draft to mirror these position groups.

Or expect it to disappear entirely in an A.J. Green trade! Wheeeeeeeee!

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Todd McShay's Final Seven-Round 2011 NFL Mock Draft: Da'Quan Bowers, Rodney Hudson To Falcons

We have a nice collection of seven-round 2011 NFL mock drafts, and we have a recent Todd McShay mock draft, and now the two have become one: a seven-round Todd McShay mock draft. Whether you're a McShay fan or not, he's still just about the biggest name to do a complete mock for the entire draft.

He's the only major analyst I've seen to predict Clemson Tigers DE Da'Quan Bowers to the Atlanta Falcons at No. 27, which would be quite a tumble for the sack machine once projected as a potential No. 1. Injury concerns and poor workouts have hampered Bowers, but he could be a massive steal if he can bounce back.

Elsewhere, McShay picks Florida St. Seminoles center Rodney Hudson in round two*, Auburn Tigers OT Lee Ziemba in round three, UT-Chattanooga CB Buster Skrine in four, Louisville Cardinals RB Bilal Powell in five, West Virginia Mountaineers OLB J.T. Thomas in six and a trio of Connecticut Huskies FB Anthony Sherman, Michigan St. Spartans TE Charlie Gantt and Utah Utes center Zane Taylor in the seventh.

That's an awful lot of offensive linemen, especially considering the team already has two versatile interior OL mid-rounders from last year in the waiting in Mike Johnson and Joe Hawley.

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2011 NFL Draft Rumors: Atlanta Falcons Still Trying To Trade Up For A.J. Green, Julio Jones

As was reported by Peter King and Jason La Canfora earlier this week, the Atlanta Falcons are still aggressively looking to trade into the 2011 NFL Draft's "top seven," according to Fox Sports' Jay Glazer. Glazer says Thomas Dimitroff is talking to the Arizona Cardinals, San Francisco 49ers and Cleveland Browns about moving up, with Cleveland's No. 4 pick being the most likely.

OK, so this has gone slightly beyond regular old tire-kickin'. The team really wants to see if there's any feasible way to secure Georgia Bulldogs WR A.J. Green or Alabama Crimson Tide WR Julio Jones. That's simply too much time to invest in a ruse or basic due diligence.

Green is expected to be gone by No. 6, if not No. 4, while Jones could sneak into the teens. 

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Seven-Round 2011 NFL Mock Drafts Roundup: Jerrel Jernigan, Kendall Hunter Popular Falcons Mid-Rounders

Here's a look at seven obsessives who've predicted the entire 2011 NFL Draft. Each link goes to a complete seven-round mock draft, but let's talk about the Atlanta Falcons selections. As is custom, Adrian Clayborn is the most popular first-round pick, but take a look at that second round. Three of seven have Troy WR Jerrel Jernigan going to Atlanta, with another sending him Georgia Dome way in the third. That's about as close to a second-round consensus as you'll ever get.

Oklahoma State RB Kendall Hunter is named in two drafts as a third-rounder. Based on the list of players the team has worked out, picking Clayborn, Jernigan and Hunter would certainly make sense.

Beyond that, it's anyone's guess. Most are convinced the team needs offensive line, tight end and secondary help in addition to the positions listed above. Fans of good clean fun will hope that D.J. Williams pick comes true.

Seven seven-round mock drafts:

Mocking The Draft Sporting News*** FOX Sports Behind The Steel Curtain Draftsite Draft Tek FalcFans
Round one Trade w/ DEN* Brooks Reed, Arizona OLB Adrian Clayborn, Iowa DE Rudolph Justin Houston, Georgia LB Anthony Castonzo, Boston College OT Clayborn
Round two Jonathan Baldwin, Pitt WR; Martez Wilson, Illinois LB Kyle Rudolph, Notre Dame TE Jernigan Danny Watkins, Baylor OG Ras-I Dowling, Virginia CB Jernigan Jernigan
Round three Jerrel Jernigan, Troy WR Colin McCarthy, Miami OLB Jalil Brown, Colorado CB Kendall Hunter, Oklahoma State RB Lance Kendricks, Wisconsin TE Hunter D.J. Williams, Arkansas TE
Round four DeMarco Murray, Oklahoma RB Owen Spencer, NC State WR Luke Stocker, Tennessee TE Greg Salas, Hawaii WR Dion Lewis, Pitt RB Pierre Allen, Nebraska DE Shane Vereen, California RB
Round five Traded in Broncos deal Ricky Elmore, Arizona DE Keith Williams, Nebraska OG Cliff Matthews, South Carolina DE Darvin Adams, Auburn WR Dom DeCicco, Pitt SS Ryan Jones, NW Missouri State CB
Round six Greg McElroy, Alabama QB**; Ron Johnson, USC WR Ray Dominguez, Arkansas OT Armon Binns, Cincinnati WR Jeron Johnson, Boise State SS Tyrod Taylor, Virginia Tech QB***** Chris L. Rucker, Michigan State CB Scott Lutrus, UConn LB
Round seven Shiloh Keo, Idaho safety; Dion Lewis, Pitt RB Josh Portis, California QB; Delone Carter, Syracuse RB; Trevis Turner, Abilene OT Derrick Locke, Kentucky RB; Stanley Havili, USC FB**** Eric Gordon, Michigan State OLB; Ron Johnson Will Hill, Florida S******; Mike McNeil, Nebraska TE; David Carter, UCLA DT Scott Tolzien, Wisconsin QB; Schuylar Oordt, Northern Iowa TE; Jeremiha Hunter, Iowa ILB Kris Adams, UTEP WR

* For some second rounders and seventh rounders and stuff.

** To replace our current young, country-named Alabama QB!

*** Slower than all hell thanks to video autoplay on all seven pages.

**** Other seventh-round pick disappeared. I don't know.

***** Draft a Virginia Tech QB? Nothing ever goes wrong!

****** Guarantee you this will not happen.

The first round of the 2011 NFL Draft started at 8 p.m. (ET) on Thursday, April 28th, and SB Nation has everything you need to keep up with it: news, rumors, player profiles, scouting reports, the full NFL draft schedule, NFL mock drafts, draft projections and more. Check it all out at SB Nation's NFL Draft hub and our NFL Draft blog Mocking the Draft. For more Atlanta Falcons draft discussion, join The Falcoholic.

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Latest 2011 NFL Mock Drafts By CBS Sports, National Football Post And More

Tons of 2011 NFL mock draft predictions and projections linked to here, and here are four more final picks lists from major publications. Each of these links goes to a complete mock draft, by the way. Here we go! Scout.com's John Crist is yet another analyst sending Iowa Hawkeyes DE Adrian Clayborn to the Atlanta Falcons at No. .27:

Even if Clayborn ends up hearing his name called much later than he would have liked, he can help a quality Atlanta team rush the passer.    

National Football Post's Wes Bunting has a three-rounder that gives the Falcons Pittsburgh Panthers DE Jabaal Sheard, USC TE Jordan Cameron and Indiana Hoosiers OT James Brewer, while Mocking The Draft's Dan Kadar gives the Falcons Baylor Bears OG Danny Watkins.

CBS Sports' Chad Reuter likes Notre Dame Fighting Irish TE Kyle Rudolph to Atlanta. Rudolph has become the second-most commonly mocked Falcons first-rounder behind only Clayborn:

Tony Gonzalez is returning for one more year, but getting a value like Rudolph in this part of the first round is a bargain.    

The first round of the 2011 NFL Draft started at 8 p.m. (ET) on Thursday, April 28th, and SB Nation has everything you need to keep up with it: news, rumors, player profiles, scouting reports, the full NFL draft schedule, NFL mock drafts, draft projections and more. Check it all out at SB Nation's NFL Draft hub and our NFL Draft blog Mocking the Draft. For more Atlanta Falcons draft discussion, join The Falcoholic.

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Final 2011 NFL Mock Drafts By Mike Mayock, Brian Billick And More Send Defense To Atlanta

The latest 2011 NFL mock drafts are still rolling in as experts hand in their predictions. We've already collected tons of draft projections in this StoryStream, and you can visit DC Pro Sports Report for literally hundreds more mock drafts. Here are four in addition to the ones we already have.

NFL.com's Mike Mayock, the thinking man's TV draft guru, joins the chorus sending Iowa Hawkeyes DE Adrian Clayborn to Atlanta:

 This is the point where the quarterbacks start to come into play as far as other teams trying to trade up. If Atlanta is stuck here, Clayborn is the pick. There are some concerns about one side of his body because of Erb's Palsy, but if he goes this low, what a great football player you're going to get.

SBNation.com draft expert Brian Galliford agrees with the Clayborn selection at No. 27 in his final 2011 mock draft:

Clayborn has remained firmly under the radar throughout the entire pre-draft process. He's an excellent player, and possibly an immediate starter in Atlanta.    

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution's D. Orlando Ledbetter distances himself from the pack by giving the Birds UCLA LB Akeem Ayers. And former Baltimore Ravens coach (and Mike Smith brother-in-law) Brian Billick likes Georgia Bulldogs defender Justin Houston, warts and all:

The hometown kid will provide a pass rush opposite the aging John Abraham, and then he'll eventually replace him.    

The first round of the 2011 NFL Draft started at 8 p.m. (ET) on Thursday, April 28th, and SB Nation has everything you need to keep up with it: news, rumors, player profiles, scouting reports, the full NFL draft schedule, NFL mock drafts, draft projections and more. Check it all out at SB Nation's NFL Draft hub and our NFL Draft blog Mocking the Draft. For more Atlanta Falcons draft discussion, join The Falcoholic.

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2011 NFL Mock Draft Roundup, Two-Round Edition: Kyle Rudolph To Falcons One Way Or Another

Here's a collection of 2011 NFL mock drafts that list both first and second round projections. Links to all of them below, so you can find out who your team is expected to pick in round two, but we're focusing on the Atlanta Falcons here.

Notre Dame TE Kyle Rudolph is a very popular Atlanta pick, with half of our eight panelists sending him to the Birds. Of course, he's going anywhere from No. 59 to No. 27 to even forcing a trade -- which I guess shows you how badly our experts think the Falcons need a replacement for Tony Gonzalez. The team did work out Rudolph.

The ever-popular Adrian Clayborn makes multiple appearances as well, with several other pass rushers, some offensive tackles and a couple of speedy wide receivers also showing up.

A gathering of seven-round predictions to come here later today.

Mock draft linkRound oneRound two
SBNation.com DE Jabaal Sheard, Pittsburgh Panthers TE Lance Kendricks, Wisconsin Badgers
SB Nation NFL community DE Justin Houston, Georgia Bulldogs OT Marcus Gilbert, Florida Gators
Sporting News OLB Brooks Reed, Arizona Wildcats TE Kyle Rudolph, Notre Dame Fighting Irish
National Football Post OT Gabe Carimi, Wisconsin Badgers Rudolph
Behind The Steel Curtain DE Adrian Clayborn, Iowa Hawkeyes Rudolph (via trade up to No. 43 with Minnesota Vikings)
FOX Sports Clayborn WR Jerrel Jernigan, Troy Trojans
Stampede Blue Rudolph DT Drake Nevis, LSU Tigers
Rotoworld OG Danny Watkins, Baylor Bears WR Titus Young, Boise St. Broncos

The first round of the 2011 NFL Draft starts at 8 p.m. (ET) on Thursday, April 28, and SB Nation has everything you need to prepare: NFL mock drafts, draft projections, scouting reports, the full NFL draft schedule and more. Check it out at SB Nation's NFL Draft page and our NFL Draft blog, Mocking the Draft. For more Atlanta Falcons draft coverage, join The Falcoholic.

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Atlanta Falcons' 2011 NFL Draft Order: Nine Picks And Holding

The Atlanta Falcons currently have nine picks in the 2011 NFL Draft, starting with No. 27 in Thursday night's first round. They're reportedly poking around for interest in a top-10 trade partner, but that's not likely to actually happen. As it stands, they hold their regularly allotted pick in each round, plus a pair of seventh rounders acquired in 2010 trades.

Here's a link to the full draft order for all 32 teams.

In March of last year the Detroit Lions traded a 2010 sixth-round pick and a 2011 seventh-rounder for CB Chris Houston, a move that Falcons fans far and wide hailed. Then in August the team traded OL Quinn Ojinnaka to the New England Patriots for their 2011 seventh, which was likely facilitated by the teams sharing a workout space at Flowery Branch just days prior.

The complete assortment of Atlanta Falcons picks, pending trades and other general mayhem:

Round 1, Pick 27 (27)

Round 2, Pick 27 (59)

Round 3, Pick 27 (91)

Round 4, Pick 27 (124)

Round 5, Pick 27 (158)

Round 6, Pick 27 (192)

Round 7, Pick 7 (210, from Detroit)

Round 7, Pick 26 (229)

Round 7, Pick 27 (230, from New England)

The first round of the 2011 NFL Draft starts at 8 p.m. (ET) on Thursday, April 28, and SB Nation has everything you need to prepare: NFL mock drafts, draft projections, scouting reports, the full NFL draft schedule and more. Check it out at SB Nation's NFL Draft page and our NFL Draft blog, Mocking the Draft.

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Mel Kiper, Todd McShay Latest Mock Drafts Agree On Adrian Clayborn To Falcons

Add ESPN's Mel Kiper and Todd McShay, the NFL's most widely sought draft gurus, to the list of experts sending Iowa Hawkeyes DE Adrian Clayborn to the Atlanta Falcons in their latest and final 2011 NFL mock drafts. Both writeups are for ESPN Insiders only, so I'm not going to share anything beyond their assessments of this pick itself.

Kiper on Clayborn to Atlanta:

The Falcons are a solid team without a true glaring need, but a 4-3 defensive end with the ability to rush the passer and great awareness and discipline against the run can help them in 2011. That's Clayborn in a nutshell. His coaches rave, as do players that have had to face him. He has good size, a reputation for relentlessness and the respect of his peers. Atlanta could look for a wideout to diversify an attack that went too often in one direction last year, but Clayborn is the better value here.

And McShay on the Iowa product:

[Clayborn is] a very solid player with good athleticism for his size (6-foot-3, 281 pounds) and the kind of motor you want when betting on a risk/reward prospect late in the first round.    

Coming into April, Falcons fans had thought the team had avoided a situation like last year, when pretty much everybody knew who the team was looking after. This time around, either the Falcons have absolutely fooled everyone, or they're latched on to Clayborn. We'll find out soon.

The first round of the 2011 NFL Draft starts at 8 p.m. (ET) on Thursday, April 28, and SB Nation has everything you need to prepare: NFL mock drafts, draft projections, scouting reports, the full NFL draft schedule and more. Check it out at SB Nation's NFL Draft page and our NFL Draft blog, Mocking the Draft.

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2011 NFL Mock Draft Expert Projections: Adrian Clayborn, Kyle Rudolph To Atlanta Falcons

Many more 2011 NFL Draft predictions on the way, but here's a collection of expert picks and predictions on which player the Atlanta Falcons will grab at No. 27. Of course, each of these links to a complete mock draft, so click away even if you're not a Falcons fan. For links to ... well ... every mock draft, visit DC Pro Sports Report.

Iowa defensive end Adrian Clayborn is the leader through Wednesday, with six noteworthy names taking the Hawkeyes destroyer. Four send Notre Dame TE Kyle Rudolph to Atlanta, with Wisconsin OT Gabe Carimi and Arizona DE Brooks Reed also finding multiple supporters.

The Falcons are also reportedly interested in trading up for A.J. Green or Julio Jones, which would throw this entire exercise out the window. Keep an eye on the list of players the Falcons have worked out or interviewed, too, as some of the players on the list below weren't reported as having ever met Falcons personnel. For much more background on the Falcons potential plans, read through our enormous pre-Draft Day StoryStream.

The first round of the 2011 NFL Draft starts at 8 p.m. (ET) on Thursday, April 28, and SB Nation has everything you need to prepare: NFL mock drafts, draft projections, scouting reports, the full NFL draft schedule and more. Check it out at SB Nation's NFL Draft page and our NFL Draft blog, Mocking the Draft.

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