WWE Booker T Gives Takkarist McKinley A Shout Out

Five times WCW Champion and current WWE personality Booker T took to twitter and gave newly drafted Takkarist McKinley a shout-out via twitter.

After the Falcons took McKinley with the 26th overall pick, McKinley gave a very enthusiastic speech in honor of his deceased grandmother.

Here’s Booker Ts Tweet!

2017 NFL Draft – Potential Falcons Draft Picks 

Who’s Next?

DOrlando Ledbetter answer to everything is trade up or pick the best available player in the draft.

I’m not a fan of his philosophy. I refuse to give up a piece of the future in order to get a “prospect” that may not contribute immediately.

That’s what the Falcons need. Someone who will contribute immediately. Preferably an edge rusher opposite Vic Beasley. A Defensive Tackle to spell Dontari Poe, Grady Jarrett, Jack Crawford, Adrian Clayborn, Rashede Hageman in Quinn’s dline rotation.

He’s the same guy that suggested the Falcons that the take RB Todd Gurley. Although he’s a awesome talent. Falcons would have missed out on 2016 sack leader Vic Beasley or Khalil Mack (If Raiders would have passed on him) who was taken by Oakland Raiders with the 5th pick.

Beasley has been a vital part of the revamped Falcons defensive line.

With that said, Falcons should continue to add pieces to either the defensive line, or right guard opposite Ryan Schraeder. Vacated by recently retired Chris Chester.

Here’s a list of prospects Falcons should take in Thursday April 27 NFL Draft.

Offensive Lineman – Cam Robinson Alabama 6’6 322

In a game against Myles Garrett, Robinson had a good inday. A p my F a few With Chris Chester retirement, Robinson is simply too good to pass up.

Offensive Guard – Dan Feeney Indiana 6’5 305

Feeney fits perfectly in the falcons zone scheme. Intelligence, athleticism and ability to pass block. He’s an instant upgrade over Chester.

Offensive Guard – Forest Lamp Indiana 6’4 309

Former tackle opened holes for running back Tevin Coleman at Indiana. Scouts like him better as a guard due to his lack of arm length. Without a doubt one of the best linemen in the draft.

Edge Rusher – Takkarist McKinley UCLA 6’2 250

Draft stock dropped a bit due to off-season shoulder surgery. Fits perfectly in Dan Quinn’s fast and physical defense. His relentless style of play could serve him right in Atlanta.

Edge Rusher – Carl Lawson Auburn 6’2 260 

Aggressive pass rusher with adequate athletic ability. Uses his hands well and has good strength.

Defensive End – Taco Charlton Michigan 6’6 277 

Tremendous athletic ability for a guy his size. Quinn could do a number of things with him. If he’s available…. Falcons should not hesitate to take him.

DE/OLB T.J. Watt Wisconsin 6’4 252 

Brother of Houston Texans star defensive end J.J. Watt he’s a relentless player like his brother as well as decent run defender. If Charlton Feeney Lamp are gone for whatever reason…. Watt should be taken.

Other prospects to watch for 

Tanoh Kpassagnon, LB Zach Cunningham, DE/OLB Tim Williams, S Jabril Peppers, DE Chris Harris, OL Dion Dawkins, OL Taylor Moton, DT Montravious Adams, DE/OLB Derek Rivers, TE Bucky Hodges VTech, DT Larry Ogunjobi Charlotte, LB Jalen Reeves-Maybin Tennessee, RB Matt Dayes NC State, OL Dorian Johnson Pittsburgh, TE Jonnu Smith Florida International, S Tedric Thompson Colorado, WR Isaiah McKenzie Georgia, DE Haddon Reddick.

Final Thoughts – Falcons desperately need a pass rusher opposite Vic Beasley and Taco Charlton fits the build. HOWEVER!!! I am not convinced they will keep the 31st pick. They lost 6 round pick to the Andy Levitre trade so trading down could be a real option.

If the Falcons should trade down. Derek Rivers of Youngstown could be a surprise pick. According to Thomas Dimitroff Rivers fits the build of what Coach Quinn likes in an edge rusher.

What are your thoughts FalconsFam?

What should the Falcons do with the 31st pick?

What should the Falcons do with the 17th Pick?

With cornerback Jalen Collins being suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the 2016 season. Falcons are down to 3 cornerbacks who saw action last year. Desmond Trufant, Robert Alford and Akeem King.

Head Coach Dan Quinn said in a statement,

“We are disappointed to hear the news regarding Jalen today,” coach Dan Quinn said in a statement released by the team. “I have already spoken to Jalen about this, and I have no doubt this will be something that he will learn from.”

The Falcons have only 5 picks in this months draft, and are in desperate need of a pass rusher to go along with Vic Beasley. They have other pressing needs including a linebacker that’s capable of covering tight ends. A safety that will take over for former pro bowl safety, now released William Moore.

What will should they do? If the Falcons can find a way to trade the 17th overall pick. Guys like Noah Spence, Emanuel Ogbah, Kevin Dodd, Yannick Ngakoue, and Leonard Floyd (HUGE IF) could be available.

Should the Falcons trade down to get more picks? Or put at 17 and sign a veteran corners like Leon Hall, Antonio Cromartie or Walter Thurmond…

What are your thoughts?

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Falcons Dan Quinn Eyeing Speed At The Combine

In a press conference Atlanta Falcons head coach Dan Quinn stated the he’s believes speed will help improve the defense. Check out the video below

Should the Falcons take Todd Gurley?

Latest news story surrounding the Atlanta Falcons is D.Orlando Ledbetter article stating that the Atlanta Falcons should take a risk and select former UGA Bulldogs Running Back Todd Gurley. Quite frankly, I don’t know what to do.

I’m a huge Dawgs fan first and foremost. My heart is saying take a chance on drafting Todd Gurley. I mean we’ve seen what Gurley is capable of when he’s healthy. He led the nation in rushing before his controversial suspension for allegedly signing autographed memorabilia (total bullsh!t). Some scouts thought he could’ve easily been selected as the Top pick in 2015 NFL Draft, Over Florida State Seminoles Jameis Winston. But that’s not going to happen this year. So back to the issue at hand. Falcons taking Gurley at 8th overall pick. A part of me (Logical and cautious side) is saying “Are you sure you want to take a chance on a running back that’s coming off a torn ACL?

Honestly, I don’t know…. I’ll say this, if the Falcons can manage to move back into the first round, without giving up too much of their future picks… I say take a chance. When healthy Todd Gurley is without a doubt the best running back to come out since Adrian Peterson and Ricky Williams. Todd Gurley is a special player, once in a generation running back. Why not take the chance? Falcons have a stacked offense. Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Devonta Freeman, Antone Smith and Jake Mathews are all young explosive players that’ll have big impact this season. I also believe the hiring of Dan Quinn instantly improves the defense… His philosophy is simple… play smart and fast. IMO the Falcons don’t need an elite pass rusher (Don’t get me wrong, I want an elite pass rusher), they need to focus on getting a pass rush PERIOD. Former Coach Mike Smith philosophy on pass rushers was ancient and shitty at best.

In closing, I say take a chance and select Todd Gurley. But “only” if you have one of the two options.

1. Trade down no lower than 12 to pick up a late round pick (5 – 7). Take a chance that a team will pass on him and he’ll be available.

2. Negotiate a deal to draft Gurley and trade for his draft rights.

2015 Draft Order

1 Tampa Bay
2 Tennessee
3 Jacksonville
4 Oakland
5 Washington
6 New York Jets
7 Chicago
8 Atlanta
9 New York Giants
10 St. Louis
11 Minnesota
12 Cleveland
13 New Orleans
14 Miami
15 San Francisco
16 Houston
17 San Diego
18 Kansas City
19 Cleveland from Buf
20 Philadelphia
21 Cincinnati
22 Pittsburgh
23 Detroit
24 Arizona
25 Carolina
26 Baltimore
27 Dallas
28 Denver
29 Indianapolis
30 Green Bay
31 New Orleans from Sea
32 New England

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