Falcons Draft: Round 5, #147: CB Ricardo Allen

May 23, 2014 Brent Blackwell 0

At arguably the deepest single position in the draft, the Falcons nabbed the small ballhawk from Purdue, Ricardo Allen, with the 147th selection.  Like the Southward pick, the Falcons valued durability and experience, as Allen played 50 games in college.  Since 2000, no Big Ten player has returned more interceptions for TDs than Allen's 4.…

Falcons Draft: Round 4, #139: LB Prince Shembo

May 19, 2014 Brent Blackwell 0

This one got a little more press than most 4th round picks, but it had more to do with Shembo's past at Notre Dame, where he was accused of sexual assault by a student who eventually committed suicide.  Granted, there's nothing conclusive there, so it's wrong to call Shembo this or that when it comes…

Do umpires call strikes fairly on BJ Upton?

May 16, 2014 Brent Blackwell 0

BJ had some unpleasant strike calls in the Giants series, and it even sparked some theories that because B.J. Upton has been less than stellar offensively over the last 12 months, he has an expanded strike zone and umps will call it a little less fairly. Luckily, this isn't something we have to guess at.…

Falcons Draft: Round 3, #68 – S Dezmen Southward

May 12, 2014 Brent Blackwell 0

The first head-scratcher of the weekend for the Falcons, not so much for why they'd want Southward, but rather because many draft pundits felt like it was a reach for the 3rd round. That said, Southward is an extremely durable, hard-hitting safety with tackling skills and versatility. No player has ever played in more games…

Falcons Draft: Round 2, #37: DT Ra’Shede Hageman

May 12, 2014 Brent Blackwell 0

With all personnel moves pointing to a move to the 3-4 alignment, it became clear that Atlanta needed a future replacement for RE Jonathan Babineaux.  The monstrous (6-6, 310) Hageman is that replacement. Yes, edge rushers and linebackers were bigger needs, but there might not have been much more talented a player on the board…

The ‘Anyone But Uggla’ Myth…

May 12, 2014 Chris Jervis 2

After Dan Uggla's recent continued struggles at the plate, many fans have taken to the FaceTweeterBlog-osphere calling for him to replaced in the lineup--by anyone. In and of itself, this probably does not seem like a bad idea. Since his arrival in Atlanta in 2011, Uggla has a batting average of .211. Combine that with…

Falcons take OT Mathews….now what?

May 9, 2014 Chris Jervis 0

Last night, in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, the Atlanta Falcons made many people happy when they selected OT Jake Mathews from Texas A&M with the 6th overall pick. Rumors had swirled of a potential deal to move up and take DE Jadeveon Clowney, but the Falcons wisely did not bite. The…

Falcons Draft: Round 1, #6 – Jake Matthews

May 9, 2014 Brent Blackwell 1

Once the Texans selected Jadeveon Clowney first overall, there was very little drama to Atlanta's first round pick Thursday night.  Sure, there was mystery.  Jake Matthews, Taylor Lewan, and Anthony Barr all made sense, but the drama wasn't really there.  Falcons fans understood that if the team stuck with the 6th pick, it was really…

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