2013 Atlanta Falcons Mock Draft: Projecting After Compensatory Picks Announced

Scott Carasik@ScottCarasikContributor IIMarch 20, 2013

2013 Atlanta Falcons Mock Draft: Projecting After Compensatory Picks Announced

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    Compensatory picks were announced, and the Atlanta Falcons picked up four of them, according to the NFL's official labor documents online. Atlanta luckily got four picks to add to its seven current picks to bring its total picks in the 2013 NFL draft to 11.

    The Falcons received a pick in the fourth round for Curtis Lofton singing with the New Orleans Saints. They also gained three picks in the seventh round—one each for Eric Weems and Kelvin Hayden going to the Chicago Bears and one for James Sanders going to the Arizona Cardinals.

    Atlanta will be able to not just bring in starting caliber players early on for its needs at corner and outside pass-rusher, but it will also be able to fill depth out all over the team. Follow along as we go over the projected Falcons picks taking into account how they fit on the field and how they fit relative to Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff's Comrade Filter.

Round 1 (No. 30 Overall): LB Arthur Brown, Kansas State, 6'0", 241 Pounds

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    Atlanta's biggest problem in the playoffs wasn't getting a lack of pass rush. It was the lack of ability in covering a tight end as the safety valve in the read-option. Vernon Davis and Zach Miller owned the defense to the tune of 13 catches for 248 yards and two touchdowns. 

    A better coverage linebacker will do the trick, and Arthur Brown is that and more. He can come right in and start right away at strong-side linebacker. He would also be the ideal sub-package guy with Sean Weatherspoon as both can blitz, shed blocks and cover.


    How does he fit within Comrade's filter?

    As someone who has never been arrested or suspended in his college career, Brown fits the first test. However, his biggest asset is his fiery on-field demeanor and leadership. He was a team captain for the Wildcats each of the past two seasons.

Round 2 (No. 60 Overall): CB David Amerson, N.C. State, 6'1", 205 Pounds

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    Atlanta cut Dunta Robinson, and even if Brent Grimes re-signs, he is coming off of an Achilles tendon injury that sidelined him for the season. Ideally, the Falcons take a pair of corners who have high potential and low floor—one who's a true playmaker and one who's more of a coverage ace.

    David Amerson is a true playmaker who has a knack for the interception. His ball skills are only surpassed by his ability to read the play before it even develops. The only issue with his game is his tendency to take too many chances on interceptions. But having Asante Samuel as a mentor would do him wonders.


    How does he fit within Comrade's filter?

    While he wasn't a team captain, Amerson does have the right fit as far as personality is concerned. He doesn't do anything stupid off of the field to jeopardize his playing career and buys into the concept that the team winning is what matters most.

Round 3 (No. 94 Overall): DE Corey Lemonier, Auburn, 6'3", 255 Pounds

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    The Falcons lost John Abraham and Lawrence Sidbury as part of free agency and didn't get a ton of pressure from the remaining players in Kroy Biermann, Cliff Matthews and Jonathan Massaquoi. Despite Massaquoi looking like the obvious starter, there is still at least a need for a pass-rush specialist.

    That's where the explosive Corey Lemonier comes in. He's a guy with fringe first-round talent who would fall due to being somewhat of a one-trick pony. The fortunate thing is that he does that one trick really well and has the potential to develop as an all-around end and even as an outside linebacker.


    How does he fit within Comrade's filter?

    Corey Lemonier was one of the few players to never quit when Auburn was going down the tubes. He was known as one of the leaders to step up in the wake of the horrible season (h/t ESPN). Leading a team in the wake of a horrible season shows character and the absence of off-the-field problems makes Lemonier even more attractive to the Comrade's filter.

Round 4 (No. 127 Overall): DE Devin Taylor, South Carolina, 6'7", 266 Pounds

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    Yes, another defensive end is needed. After Corey Lemonier being added to the current Falcons stable, there would only be four defensive ends under contract. In a purely depth move with a ton of potential to be great, Devin Taylor should be the pick.

    He's got great length in his frame and gets excellent leverage in the running game. He's also got a ton of potential as a pass-rusher and worst-case scenario will provide the Falcons with a good special teams player who can also come in on run downs.


    How does he fit within Comrade's filter?

    A player who believes in the team concept, Devin Taylor gladly switched from the right side of the field to the left because he knew it would help the Gamecocks have a better defense. Especially with Jadeveon Clowney in the fold.

    He's taken on a leadership role in Columbia, and it showed up as early as 2011 (h/t Charleston Post and Courier's Gene Sapakoff). He also has never been arrested or suspended and definitely will fit into the Comrade's guidelines.

Round 4 (No. 133 Overall): TE Zach Sudfeld, Nevada, 6'6", 261 Pounds

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    Tony Gonzalez is coming back. He's also still 37 years old and needs an eventual replacement to groom on the roster. Chase Coffman is someone who could be that guy as he still has yet to tap the potential that led to him getting drafted in the third round of the 2009 draft. 

    But a real dark horse should be a draft pick like Zach Sudfeld. He's a former basketball player who has excellent field vision and size. He's able to use his hands to catch the ball away from his body and expand his catching radius. Sudfeld is also a surprisingly good blocker.


    How does he fit within Comrade's filter?

    Another player who was a team captain and a leader on his team. Zach Sudfeld fits exactly what Comrade wants in a player, as he loves football and understands the team concept and what his role within a team would be. Another player with no off-field problems.

Round 5 (No. 163 Overall): WR Josh Boyce, Texas Christian, 5'11", 206 Pounds

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    Atlanta's depth at wide receiver past Harry Douglas, Julio Jones and Roddy White is extremely lacking. The Falcons need someone with some speed and slot ability to compete with Douglas. They also need someone for long-term depth as Douglas is 29 and White turns 32 in November.

    Josh Boyce is that speedster. He's also got great change of direction abilities that make him ideal for the slot. Get him the ball in his hand and he could be gone at any time. He's got some deficiencies as a route-runner, but with the three guys who would be ahead of him, it's not too much of a worry.


    How does he fit within Comrade's filter?

    A player who has never been arrested or suspended, Josh Boyce was known for taking on a leadership role within his wide receiver corps at Texas Christian (h/t NewsOK.com's Stefan Stevenson). He will fit right in with the rest of the Falcons receivers as a football-loving, hard-working player who just wants his team to win.

Round 6 (No. 198 Overall): DT T.J. Barnes, Georgia Tech, 6'6", 369 Pounds

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    With the loss of Vance Walker to the Raiders, the Falcons need some more depth at defensive tackle. Peria Jerry, Jonathan Babineaux and Corey Peters should easily earn roster spots in 2013, but T.J. Barnes and Travian Robertson could easily earn the fourth and fifth spots.

    The Falcons look to be using more 3-4 sets, and Barnes has the big body that is needed for the middle of the defense. He was better in the 1-gap defense that Georgia Tech ran early in his career and would benefit a ton from Mike Nolan using him in the 1-technique.


    How does he fit within Comrade's filter?

    He's not a team leader. He's not a captain. But he's also not a knucklehead. He'd fit in just fine as someone who busts his hump for the benefit of the team. He's a hard worker, and he's very coachable. His lack of having a good coach is what drops him here.

Round 7 (No. 236 Overall): LB Jeremiah Green, Nevada, 6'2", 240 Pounds

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    Even after bringing in Arthur Brown to be a starter, the Falcons have just six linebackers under contract for 2013. Of those, Robert James and Pat Schiller are questionable as far as preparedness on the field. The Falcons need some more depth and athleticism behind the starters.

    This is where Jeremiah Green would come in. He's a fast, athletic linebacker who is good in coverage and has potential to eventually usurp Stephen Nicholas or Akeem Dent for a starting spot. He could spend a year or two on special teams and would be valuable in coverage packages.


    How does he fit within Comrade's filter?

    Again, another guy who isn't a knucklehead off of the field. He wasn't a captain at Nevada, but he's still an excellent leader on the defense. He's also another team player and someone who works hard every single down.

Round 7 (No. 243 Overall): CB Brandon McGee, Miami, 5'11", 193 Pounds

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    In this situation, Asante Samuel, David Amerson and Robert McClain would be the top three corners. Dominique Franks is the only other player to have actually seen any game action also on the roster. They would need someone for depth at a minimum.

    Brandon McGee has potential to take a path similar to McClain's or Grimes'. He may be a seventh-round projection but with the right amount of mentoring and coaching, he could be not just a starter but a Pro Bowl player. And unlike Amerson, he's a more typical coverage corner.


    How does he fit within Comrade's filter?

    No problems off the field, and he is a college graduate. He's won awards for leadership at Miami and is a model player in the locker room. He's someone who motivates everyone around him to play better and is a perfect fit for Comrade's model.

Round 7 (No. 244 Overall): OL Stephane Milhim, Massachusetts, 6'3", 314 Pounds

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    Atlanta needs someone for depth along the offensive line. Stephane Milhim played mainly at guard, but he also has versatility at tackle and could even project as a reserve center. His size, long arms (34.25") and mobility will give someone a solid depth player for a long time.


    How does he fit within Comrade's filter?

    Milhim is not a captain. He's not a problem child. He's someone who won't drag the locker room down and will give his all to the team. He's also someone who could end up as a long-term practice squad-to-regular contributor type project.

Round 7 (No. 249 Overall): S Keelan Johnson, Arizona State, 6'0", 208 Pounds

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    With the final pick, Atlanta needs to add depth to the secondary at safety. Shann Schillinger is coming off of a season-ending injury and needs someone to push him behind William Moore. With the pick of Keelan Johnson, the Falcons would have that guy.

    Johnson is an excellent coverage safety who isn't afraid to mix it up. He's not the hard hitter that Moore is, but he is a solid wrap-up tackler who is solid in run defense.


    How does he fit within Comrade's filter?

    Keelan Johnson was the captain of the Arizona State defense. He isn't an off-the-field problem and is a guy who brings the guys up around him. He's a hard-working player and is the perfect fit character-wise for the Comrade's filter.


    All stats used are either from Pro Football Focus's Premium Stats, ESPN, CFBStats or the NFL. All contract information is courtesy Spotrac and Rotoworld. All recruiting rankings come from 247Sports.com.

    Scott Carasik is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. He covers the Atlanta Falcons, NFL and NFL Draft. He also runs the NFL Draft Website ScarDraft.com and hosts Kvetching Draftniks Radio.