Oh, I could find plenty more 'pessimistic' grades, but still 'C+' still sounds about right for me..http://atlantafalcons.blog.ajc.com/2014 ... ft-c-plus/
honestly, there really are for the most part only three 'grades', D,C and B because to actually get an A or an F you have to something spectacularly awesome or foolish...Not to say it cannot happen, but it's 'rare'.
I found it surprising that Caldwell and his former boss and mentor, Thomas Dimitroff, were discussing a trade of first-round picks. They had many discussions about swapping the third and sixth picks in the draft, with Atlanta handing Jacksonville a third-round pick to make the move. “I thoughtWednesday night we were going to get it done,” said Dimitroff. “But Thursday Dave called me and said, ‘We’re going to stay put and pick our guy.’” Whoever “our guy” was. Dimitroff never knew who Caldwell wanted until it was announced by Roger Goodell on stage at Radio City.
Ironically, Atlanta would have picked Jake Matthews at three; the Falcons got him at six. And Bortles would have been Jacksonville’s pick at three or six. "
There are also reports we attempted to trade up for Dee Ford, but couldn't make that work.
This tells me that TD was geared up to get 'cute' and no one would cut a deal...Then when #6 came around and Matthews was left, Pioli steps in, ties up TD, and makes the safe pick.
But, wily man that he is, TD sneaks a Tofurkey Leg out of his blazer, manages to use it to free himself, then locks Pioli in the john when the second pick comes around...As Pioli is banging on the door screaming 'Don't do it, Thomas! Murphy! Truitt! Vaaaaaan Noooooy!', TD picks a fallen second round 'project' DT/DE. By the time Nolan gets the door open, it's too late.
At this point, I think Pioli throws up his hands and walks out of the War Room. Nolan glares heavily at TD, and says 'you got one more offensive pick, cute guy. I want the rest to be on defense, please'.
He looks over at Blank, who nods his head and says 'do what the man says, Thomas'...
which is why I would give it a 'C', because we still don't have a pass rush