In the team’s 2011 season in review, they reveal general manager Thomas Dimitroff’s 2012 draft plan:
“It doesn’t matter where we are in the Draft, it doesn’t matter
where our needs may be. I really want to have a firm grasp.
You never know where you’re going to see those players later.
It could be in free agency, it could be because of a cut early.
Who knows, so I make sure I’m looking at everyone.”
– Falcons General Manager Thomas Dimitroff on his approach to the 2012
The Falcons will not select until the 55th pick over. They traded away this year’s first and fourth round picks and a part of the 5-for-1 mega deal with Cleveland last season. The Falcons will also pick in round three, five, six and seven. They are slated to pick 22nd in each round.http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-falcons-bl ... raft-plan/
a DOL twofer:
The Falcons sent out their 2011 season in review on Tuesday, which included the unofficial depth chart.
Here are some of the nuggets from the review and I take a little stab at how the offseason depth chart looks with 17 prospective unrestricted free agents.
–Under head coach Mike Smith, the Falcons have posted 10-or-more wins and earned playoff berths in three of the last four seasons. Smith is the first coach in franchise history to post multiple 10-win seasons and his 43-21 overall record is the best four-year mark in club history.
–in 2011, the Falcons set a franchise record for most total net yards gained in a season with 6,026 yards. The Falcons broke the record that was set by the 2008 squad, which posted 5,779 total yards.
–Quarterback Matt Ryan broke the franchise record for passing yards in a single season with 4,177 yards passing. Ryan broke QB Jeff George’s club record of 4,143 yards set in 1995.
–Ryan also set a franchise mark for 300-yard passing games in a season with six.
–Wide receiver Roddy White became the Falcons all-time leading receiver. His 7,374 career receiving yards, broke Terance Mathis’ franchise record of 7,349 receiving yards set between 1994 and 2001.
–White finished the season with 100 receptions for 1,296 yards and became the first player in team history to record multiple 100-catch seasons.
–Running back Michael Turner broke the franchise record for career rushing touchdowns when he scored his 49th today against in a Week 17 win over Tampa Bay. Running back Gerald Riggs’ old record of 48 set between 1982 and 1988.
–Tight end Tony Gonzalez became the NFL’s second all-time leading receiver with his 1,149 career receptions and ranks 11th in league history with 13,338 receiving yards.
(DOL’s Revised) UNOFFICIAL OFFSEASON
WR 11 Julio Jones 12 Kevin Cone
LT 72 Sam Baker 74 Will Svitek
LG 63 Justin Blalock 74 Will Svitek
C 62 Todd McClure 61 Joe Hawley
RG 79 Mike Johnson 75 Garrett Reynolds
RT 77 Tyson Clabo 74 Will Svitek
TE 88 Tony Gonzalez 81 Michael Palmer
WR 84 Roddy White 80 Kerry Meier 12 Kevin Cone
QB 2 Matt Ryan 4 John Parker Wilson
RB 33 Michael Turner 22 Jacquizz Rodgers 35 Antone Smith, 30 Dimitri Nance
FB 34 Ovie Mughelli
RE 90 Lawrence Sidbury 98 Cliff Matthews
DT 91 Corey Peters 99 Vance Walker
DT 95 Jonathan Babineaux 94 Peria Jerry
LE 93 Ray Edwards 98 Cliff Matthew
OLB 56 Sean Weatherspoon 51 Robert James
MLB 52 Akeem Dent 53 Mike Peterson
OLB 54 Stephen Nicholas 59 Spencer Adkins
RCB 23 Dunta Robinson 21 Chris Owens
LCB 24 Dominique Franks 29 Darrin Walls
SS 25 William Moore
FS 39 Shann Schillinger
K 3 Matt Bryant
KO 5 Matt Bosher Corey Adams
P 5 Matt Bosher Corey Adams
KR 24 Dominique Franks
PR 24 Dominique Franks
LS Scott Albritton
H 5 Matt Bosher 80 Kerry Meier
PROSPECTIVE FREE AGENTS: Abraham, John DE; Biermann, Kroy DE; Chambers, Kirk OL; DeCoud, Thomas S; Douglas, Harry WR; Grimes, Brent CB; Hayden, Kelvin CB; Kelly, Reggie TE; Lofton, Curtis LB; McClure, Todd OL; Peterson, Mike LB; Redman, Chris QB; Romberg, Brett OL; Sanders, James S; Snelling, Jason RB; Weems, Eric WR and Zelenka, Joe LS.http://blogs.ajc.com/atlanta-falcons-bl ... pth-chart/