Peach State Sports Blog

Analyzing the Falcons' draft

The Falcons opened their draft at No. 19 in the first round and selected outside linebacker Sean Weatherspoon from Missouri.

He's a good player, but I thought it was a reach that high in the first round. Weatherspoon has good size and strength, and he has good speed and ball skills. But I don't see him as a starter this year, and it may take a couple of years for him to crack the starting lineup.

The Falcons didn't have a second-round pick, and they went with Kentucky's Corey Peters in the third round.  Peters is a one-game defensive tackle with good quickness, but he doesn't go hard all the time, which needs to change for him to be anything more than a roster filler.

Guard Mike Johnson was also taken in the third round, and this is excellent value at this point. He is intelligent and is an excellent athlete. He just needs to be more aggressive, but he has a big upside.

In the fourth round, the Falcons stayed on the offensive line with Joseph Hawley, who is another good athlete. But like Johnson, he needs to be more aggressive and get after people more.

In the fifth round, the Falcons picked cornerback Dominique Franks from Oklahoma and wide receiver Kerry Meier from Kansas. Franks left school early and was expected to be a first- or second-round pick. But he dropped through the draft process. He's talented, but the Falcons are going to have to work to get the most out of him. Meier set a number of records at Kansas, but he's a project in the NFL.

The Falcons picked Shann Schillinger from Montana in the sixth round and didn't have a seventh-round pick. Falcons defensive end Kroy Biermann also played at Montana. Schillinger played in all 15 games last season as the Grizzlies reached the FCS championship game. He had 90 tackles and four interceptions.