Feeling Drafty #27: Atlanta Falcons

April 23, 2011 at 6:00 pm (Sports) (, , , , , , , , )

Four straight seasons with 1,000 yards receiving, career-high 115 receptions, and one forced fumble on Nate Clements earned Roddy White the Atlanta Team MVP Award.

There are only 14 teams who haven’t won a Super Bowl, and right now the Atlanta Falcons look like the team in the best position to get their first Lombardi Trophy.  (Other teams include the Eagles, Seahawks, Chargers, and Vikings.)

But, if the Falcons are going to win the Super Bowl, they need to do so soon, because they’re starting to get old.  Roddy White will be 30 by Week 9 of the season.  Michael Turner will be 30 a few days after the Super Bowl.  Their leading pass rusher, John Abraham is 32.  Tony Gonzalez is 35.  Other than Matt Ryan, the Falcons are getting older.

Speaking of Matty Ice, how awesome was his season?  Every week, it seems like he, “the Burner”, “Rowdy” Roddy White, and Matt “My Hero” Bryant were staging another late-game comeback.  Bryant hit game-winning field goals within the last ten seconds of the game or in overtime against the Saints, Niners, and Packers.  They came back from a Cincy 22-point third quarter to beat the Bengals.  Ryan threw a fourth quarter touchdown to Roddy White against Baltimore, and to Michael Jenkins against Tampa.

And, until the aforementioned players do drop off, Atlanta will be in good shape.  Michael Turner went to his second Pro Bowl in three seasons with the Falcons, with 1,300+ yards and 12 touchdowns.  Roddy White was second in the NFL in receiving yards, behind only “Mr. Where-the-hell-did-he-come-from?” Brandon Lloyd.  And John Abraham had his sixth double-digit sack season, and became one of only two active members of the 100 Sack Club (Jason Taylor is the other).

Atlanta needs young help on the D-line, so Phil Taylor will be a great addition.

However, they need help on the defensive line, since John Abraham isn’t getting any younger.  So, let’s go with Baylor DT Phil Taylor.  A guy this big shouldn’t be this quick.  62 tackles, two sacks, and a great combine which cemented his place as one of the best DTs in the NFL.  Taylor’s stock is rising, so don’t be shocked if he goes in the top 20 picks.

Tomorrow, get ready for a huge article.  Because, we’re going to be talking about New England’s offense.  Those who don’t like Tom Brady need not read tomorrow’s article.


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