I didn't mention Pollack because I no longer believe he's going to be available anywhere near pick #27. I know that is a much different tune from a few weeks ago, but now I clearly think Pollack will be picked in the Top 20, which basically puts him firmly out of our range. If he had slipped out the Top 20, then he would be a possible target due to trading up, but the Falcons are not going to trade up more than 7 spots for one player, at least not this year.
Right now I think Pollack will go #10 to Detroit. Before I had the Lions pegged for Shawne Merriman. But right now, I see Matt Millen really liking Pollack because he has the mindset that Millen himself had when he played. If not them, then I see him going to KC at #15 for the same reasons, except with Gunther Cunningham making the call. If not there, then I could definitely see the Bengals (#17), Rams (#19), or Cowboys (#20) taking him. But at this point, I really doubt we'll be in a position to get Pollack.
I'd love to have him, but right now I'm not holding my breath.
There are some definite character concerns about Cody. But I don't think they stem from character issues, in terms of work ethic and leadership potential, since most see Cody as a forerunner in both areas, but one source had this to say about Cody around the time of his pro day:
NFL Draft Scout wrote:
...if you remember during the week of the Combine we made mention of the fact that there has been some concerns not about his character or work ethic, but more because he is a well-known "Party" guy...USC senior defensive lineman SHAUN CODY, who was one of only two players in attendance that said they were without a current agent, agreed to do a reality television program on Spike TV, which would help select his agent. It has raised the eyebrows of several NFLPA and team staff members, as to the judgement skills of Cody, who has also been talked about behind the scenes, as being an avid partier who might draw some concern from teams with his questionable off-field decision-making skills. Overall, he was a good interview at the event when dealing with our own staff member
So it basically comes down to a gut feeling if Cody is going to let his NFL success go to his head and become a downright party guy through and through, or if you think he's mature enough to keep that aspect of himself in control and still be able to cut it on the field. As I said, it sounds like a gut feeling.
It is true that Tuck didn't have great production as a junior this past year, partly due to injuries, but I think he's as good a player as almost any other DE in this draft. Shawne Merriman is basically considered a potential Top 10 pick based off a single season. I think Erasmus James is in the same boat, and he has even more injury concerns than Tuck. And considering the programs (Notre Dame, Maryland, and Wisconsin), I'd be much more confident putting my money on a guy like Ty Willingham recruited than either other programs.
Patterson is definitely a player that I wouldn't mind having. He has experience playing NT as he started 36 games there at USC, while Cody is a much better fit as a UT in our defensive scheme. So in terms of immediate need Patterson is probably a better fit, but then you have to evaluate just which spot is going to become available in the coming years. Do you think Lavalais is going to be a player to build around in the future at NT? If so, then I think you should lean towards adding a UT since Rod Coleman based on his age and contract, probably only has 2-3 more years left in Atlanta. Lavalais could be here for another 4-7 years, if not more. I definitely would not be upset at all if we grabbed Peterson because like so many "2nd tier" DTs in this year's class, I think he is very underrated. Although the bright thing about Peterson is with his lack of height, he would probably be a better option to convert to UT than Lavalais further down the line.