The strict rules make this a bit more interesting
Also I want to point out that I think there's a good chance a player like Roth will be available when the Falcons pick, since in the past 8 drafts, only twice has 4 DEs gone in the Top 25 picks. In 2002, it was Peppers (#2), Freeney (#11), Bryan Thomas (#18), and Charles Grant (#25). In '03, it was Suggs (#10), Haynes (#14), McDougle (#15), and Pace (#18). Yes, I realize that those 2 occurrences were in the past 3 drafts, but I think considering that had not happened since 1997, shows that it is not very common. And the 4 DEs from this year's class that I'm looking at are Roth, James, Pollack, and Kiwanuka, who I believe will come out this year. Roth I think is the consensus #4 guy among those guys, and I think considering the Falcons will probably be picking around pick #25, I think there's a good chance that he will fall the far. Also consider that in the previous "abberations" both Thomas and Pace were considered reaches when they were selected.
Why am I making this point, because the earliest McKay has ever picked a DB (excluding Hall) was in Round 2 of the draft, Brian Kelly in '98, and Melvin Johnson in '95. He usually goes DBs in Round 3 and after. That's why although it's a possibility, I don't think we go DB in Round 1. Unless of course a guy like Thoams Davis is there.
So in the 9 years that McKay ran things in Tampa, and out of the 9 first round picks he had, he picked a D-lineman 4 times. That's why I'm making this case for Roth because I believe McKay will take the best DE on the board in Round 1.
So that's why I'm starting this off with:
1. DE Matt Roth, Iowa. I know it breaks the rule, and I could just as easily go with a guy like Spears or Dan Cody, but I think if Spears came to ATL he would be moved inside. And right now, I don't really think Cody is first round material. High second round, but I don't think he's quite entrenched himself in the first round as of yet.
2. SS Jamaal Brimmer, UNLV. They are saying Brimmer is a tough run stopper in the secondary, and one person compared him to Ronnie Lott, which is what I think this defense is looking for back there.
3. OT Khalif Barnes, Washington. From what I'm hearing, he's a quick athlete with a mean streak, which is exactly what Gibbs wants on the outside. He's the LT of the future.
4. DT Lorenzo Alexander, California. He's a disruptor that reminds me a lot of Lavalais, and considering the age and wear and tear our DTs suffered this past year, we need the help.
4b (from Broncos) RB Walter Reyes, Syracuse. I was a little disappointed I didn't get to see a lot of Reyes this season, but from what I've read/heard and the little I've seen, he sounds/looks like a good complement to Duckett down the road.
5. CB Antwaun Rogers, Purdue. Tall and skinny, but he has upside.
That's it for now.