mickvick, I think getting Johnson would require the Falcons trading up to get the #1 pick. And even if Johnson doesn't go #1, he'll likely go in the Top 3 or 5. Which means you can expect a nice fat rookie contract somewhere between $45-60 million. We spent that kind of money on a WR once, and it didn't pan out too well. That sort of money likely makes Johnson immediately the 2nd or 3rd highest paid WR in the NFL.
We definitely have a need at safety. It's not a strong need, but the Falcons would be smart to draft somebody to groom sooner rather than later. Crocker has generally played well, but he hasn't set the world on fire. So we really don't know how long he is going to be a Falcon. He is signed thru 2007, but if he keeps making mistakes like he did last week, then he might not last that long. Milloy of course is as old as dirt, and already has been on a steady decline for 3 or 4 years now. Expecting him to be effective beyond this year or next year is really a stretch. Kevin Mathis is our top backup, a CB playing out of position and might retire after this year.
And that leaves outstanding prospects like Cam Newton and Nick "I couldn't cover an ant with a 40-foot tarp" Turnbull as our developing players. If that idea brings a smile to your face then you're probably the type of person that...well I can't think of a better word besides crazy.
So drafting a safety is something that is high on the totem poll. Besides S, only perhaps OL is of a high enough need that we will use a 1st round pick on it. We could definitely use depth at RB, WR, DE, DT, and CB, but would you think any of those areas are worth using a 1st round pick unless someone really good was there? I mean you can almost rule out WR and CB just because we've spent high picks on those positions over the past 3 years already. If Kerney walks after this season, then DE becomes a stronger likelihood, but if not then we'll probably draft one later. And it's doubtful the Falcons use a #1 on a RB with Norwood already here.
Safety and OL IMO, make the most sense right now as a 1st round pick. But considering we have Gibbs, OL becomes even more doubtful.
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