HQ NFL Mock Draft with Bob Lancaster and Bret Anderson

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It is officially NFL Draft day and two of our own writers, Bob Lancaster and Bret Anderson, got together and put together their mock drafts for what could happen later on tonight!

Bret Anderson’s picks:

  1. Arizona Cardinals: Kyler Murray, QB Oklahoma

This Kingsbury’s guy. The Cardinals start off the new regime the QB they think fits best under their new offensive system as they should. Murray is a proven winner and adds an extra element to the Cardinals offense.

  1. San Francisco 49ers: Nick Bosa, DE Ohio State

The best player in this draft. San Francisco averaged just 2.0 sacks a game last season which ranked in the bottom half of the league but Bosa will surely help in that category.

  1. New York Jets: Quinnen Williams, DL Alabama

This pick could end up being traded to a team like the Redskins for Haskins, but the Jets can not pass on a player like Quinnen Williams. Their run defense was terrible last season, so why not get the best interior lineman in the draft.

  1. Oakland Raiders: Ed Oliver, DL Houston

The Raiders had an atrocious pass rush last season, and just a bad defensive line in general. Ed Oliver can play inside or outside and the Raiders “Love” him and he fills one of many needs for the Raiders.

  1. Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Devin White, LB LSU

Kwon Alexander is now a 49er so this means the Bucs need linebacker help with their new 3-4 scheme. White has a nose for the football and flies all over the field. Seems like a no brainer here.

  1. New York Giants: Josh Allen, DE Kentucky

The Giants need a pass rusher in the worst way and Allen is a freak athlete who had a superb senior season at Kentucky with 17 sacks. Again, seems like this is a perfect fit.

  1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Jawaan Taylor, OT Florida

Jaguars think they signed their new franchise QB in Nick Foles and well that means you need to protect him. Taylor went to the University of Florida and the Jags love to draft in state kids.

  1. Detroit Lions: T.J. Hockenson, TE Iowa

The Lions just need help. They have been stuck in the mud for a while and while they could elect to go with Montez Sweat here, but they Matt Patricia knows how valuable a TE can be fom his days in New England. Hockenson gives Stafford a big weapon and a guy who could end up being a top TE in the NFL in a couple years.

  1. Buffalo Bills: Jonah Williams, OT Alabama

Bills got their QB last year in Josh Allen and they just lost their LT in Dion Dawkins. Dline help is needed but protecting your QB of the future is more important.

  1. Denver Broncos: Drew Lock, QB Missouri

Joe Flacco is not the answer in Denver plain and simple. John Elway has tried and failed before to draft a QB early but this time he hits a jackpot with Drew Lock. Haskins is also a possibility here.

  1. Cincinnati Bengals: Rashan Gary, DL/Edge Michigan

The Bengals need another pass rusher and there is no secret there. Gary has raised concerns with his injury issues, but when he’s healthy, he has top 10 talent.

  1. Green Bay Packers: Devin Bush, LB

It is a toss up between Noah Fant or Devin Bush here but the Packers continue to build their defense up and I belie address offense with their second pick in the first round.


  1. Miami Dolphins: Christian Wilkins, DL Clemson

The Dolphins had one of the worst run defenses in the NFL last season and also struggled to get to the QB. Wilkins can do both and is extremely talented. This is a perfect fit. Dark horse candidate for Josh Rosen.

  1. Atlanta Falcons: Dexter Lawrence. DL Clemson

The Falcons need defensive line help and Lawrence is a beast up front. 340 pounds that can move quick. Many question if he would even go in the first since he was suspended for PEDs in the College Football Playoff, but those questions have faded. A big talent that is needed up front for the Falcons.

  1. Washington Redskins: Dwayne Haskins, QB Ohio State

Haskins will be on the Redskins roster one way or another after Thursday night. He is their guy.

  1. Carolina Panthers: Brian Burns, DE Florida State

Carolina ranked 27th in sacks per a game last season, and Burns is one of the best pass rushers in this draft.

  1. New York Giants: Daniel Jones, QB Duke

The Giants love him and there is a connection between the two and Jones’s college coach tutored Eli Manning. Could potentially be a reach here at 17, or you could see some more  defense here.

  1. Minnesota Vikings: Andre Dillard, OT Washington State

The Vikings need some help up front and Dillard is that guy. Terrific pass blocker and will also help improve the running game.


  1. Tennessee Titians: Montez Sweat, DE Mississippi State

A top 5 talent who’s stock has fallen due to a heart condition. We have seen things like this in the past, including last season with Maurice Hurst. Sweat still blew everybody away at the combine with his 40 time that would be considered “fast” for a receiver. Titians roll the dice and get a steal here.

  1. Pittsburgh Steelers: Byron Murphy, CB Washington

Need some young faces in the secondary and Murphy is one of the best Corners in this draft. Will have time to be patient and fully develop behind a couple veterans in Haden and Nelson.

  1. Seattle Seahawks: Clein Ferrell, DE/LB Clemson

Seahawks could trade down but with Ferrell sitting on the board, you take him and run. They have to replace Frank Clark and this is a good quality pick late in the first that could end up being a steal.

  1. Baltimore Ravens: Garrett Bradbury, C NC State

Again, another team that needs help protecting their future at QB,

  1. Houston Texans: Cody Ford, OL Oklahoma

Some see this low for Cody Ford. Several don’t see him sliding past the Falcons at 14, but the Texans offensive line needs some help, and they will pounce on this pick if Ford indeed falls this far.

  1. Oakland Raiders: Noah Fant, TE Iowa

Raiders lost Jared Cook and can get a very reliable guy in Fant to replace him. Perfect fit ad gives Carr another weapon to throw to long side Antonio Brown.


  1. Philadelphia Eagles: Jerry Tillery, DT Notre Dame

Eagles defense was bad last season, mainly because of their pass rush. Tillery can create chaos in the middle and get to the QB.

  1. Indianapolis Colts: Johnathan Abram, S Mississippi State

A guy who’s stock has exploded and the Colts seem to be a perfect fit to tighten up their secondary and potentially give them another piece to the puzzle.

  1. Oakland Raiders: Greedy Williams, CB LSU

Raiders again need help everywhere on defense and they land what everybody considers the top corner in the draft. He is sort of a project because his tackling is something that holds him back.

  1. Los Angeles Chargers: Dalton Risner, OL Kansas State

Interior offensive line is a need for the Chargers who have a very solid team coming back. A little more beef up front on both sides of the ball and they are a real threat in the AFC.

  1. Seattle Seahawks: Chauncey Gardner Johnson, S Florida

They get right back where they left off, CGJ is a long and athletic and can be a replacement for Kam Chancelor.

  1. Green Bay Packers: Irv Smith Jr, TE Alabama

Jimmy Graham’s days in Green Bay are numbered and Irv Smith is versatile tight end that would make a leap with a guy like Aaron Rodgers throwing him the ball.

  1. Los Angeles Rams: Jeffrey Simmons, DT Mississippi State

They have to replace Suh and Simmons has a chance to be a big time threat beside Aaron Doanld once he recovers from the knee injury.

  1. New England Patriots: D.K. Metcalf, WR Ole Miss

Cause Why not give Brady another weapon?

Sleeper QB that could go in round 1: Will Grier

Bob Lancaster’s picks:

1. Arizona- Kyler Murray QB Oklahoma

2. San Francisco 49ers – Nick Bosa Edge Rush Ohio State

3. New York Jets- Quinnen Williams DT Alabama Look to see a few teams try and trade up here

4. Oakland Raiders- Josh Allen Edge Rush Kentucky/ Kyler Murray if Arizona takes Bosa

5. Tampa Bay Bucaneers- Devin White LB LSU / Redskins try and get this pick for Lock or Haskins

6. New York Giants- Drew Lock QB Missouri

7. Jacksonville Jaguars- Jawaan Taylor OT Florida

8. Detroit Lions- Rashan Gary Edge Rush Michigan

9. Buffalo Bills- TJ Hockenson TE Iowa / I think Falcons or Seahawks trade for Ed Oliver

10. Denver Broncos- Dwayne Haskins QB Ohio State

11. Cincinnati Bengals- Ed Oliver DT Houston

12. Green Bay- Noah Fant TE Iowa

13. Miami Dolphins- Clelin Ferrell Edge Rush Clemson

14. Atlanta Falcons-Christian Wilkins DT Clemson / I don’t see the Falcons having this pick

15. Washington Redskins-Brian Burns Edge Rush Florida St. / Skins trade up for a QB

16. Carolina Panthers-Andre Dillard OT Washington St.

17. New York Giants- Jonah Williams Left Tackle Alabama

18. Minnesota Vikings- Cody Ford Tackle/Guard Oklahoma

19. Tennesee Titans- Dexter Lawrence DT Clemson

20. Pittsburgh Steelers- DeAndre Baker CB Georgia

21. Seattle Seahawks- Montez Sweat Edge Rush Mississippi St.

22. Baltimore Ravens- Marquise Hollywood Brown WR Oklahoma

23. Houston Texans- Greg Little OT Mississippi

24. Oakland Raiders- Josh Jacobs RB Alabama

25. Philadelphia Eagles- Johnathan Abram Safety Mississippi St.

26. Indianapolis Colts- Jeffery Simmons DT Mississippi St.

27. Oakland Raiders- Rock Ya-Sin CB Temple

28. Los Angeles Chargers- Greedy Williams CB LSU

29. Seattle Seahawks- Byron Murphy CB Washington / If they don’t trade up they trade out

30. Green Bay Packers- Devin Bush LB Michigan

31. Los Angeles Rams- Garrett Bradbury C NC State

32. New England Patriots- Dalton Risner OT Kansas St. / This pick will be traded for Duke QB Daniel Jones

Check out the video below to watch the discussion between the two the explanation on their picks!

Atlanta Falcons Draft Profiles: Cody Ford


One of the biggest issues for the Atlanta Falcons over the years has been having a good offensive line to protect quarterback Matt Ryan. With the Falcons past issues at guard, Cody Ford would be a great get for them at 14. Ford is 6’4 329 pounds. He is very athletic given his size and has the potential to be an instant starter for the Falcons. The good thing about Ford is that he can be both a guard or a tackle. He can be an excellent blocker as he has the ability to just run over defenders. Most scouts would compare Ford to Brandon Thomas given that Ford’s athletic ability and size is very similar to Thomas’.

One of the things that really stand out about Ford is his pass blocking ability. Whether he is a guard or a tackle, he should be able to handle speed rushers and power rushers. Many pass rushers that have gone up against Ford have had difficulty getting past him. Ford’s long arms and quickness gives him the advantage over pass rushers and ultimately gives the quarterback the amounted time that he needs to get the pass off.

The only thing to be concerned about with Ford is his injuries. In 2016 he suffered a broken fibula and suffered other injuries in 2017 which limited him to have seven starts over three years of eligibility at Oklahoma. The other thing is that he needs to be a bit more patience when moving up to the second-level on a play. These were really the only two concerning factors about Ford. Other than that, he has a very bright future for the NFL. No matter where he goes, he is only going to get better with the more experience and coaching he gets.

The good news for Falcons fans is that the Falcons have expressed a strong interest in Ford. They have already had a formal meeting with him. Offensive line is a big need for the Falcons and getting Ford could help solve their issues at right tackle.


By: Stewart Zwald  @SDZwald041599

Atlanta Falcons Draft Profiles: Dexter Lawrence


With the Tyler Davison signing, the Falcons may be set at DT, but with a chance to get Dexter Lawrence and have one of the best defensive tackle tandems in football, I don’t think they should pass him up. The Falcons have the 14th overall pick in the draft and wouldn’t be able to draft Lawrence at that spot, but rumors of a trade to the 7th with Detroit would give us a chance.

Lawrence is 6’4 342 lbs with 5 star speed and size. He is not the best against the pass but his run stuffing powers would work perfect along side Grady Jarrett. He has long arms,exceptional speed,amazing worth ethic and versatile skill. There is nothing he can’t do at defensive tackle and he is ready to make a NFL impact now. He did suffer a leg injury during his 40 yard dash at the combine but it doesn’t look to be anything serious. Some people question PED’s or his lack of effort to get to the QB but Lawrence won’t let it phase him. He did fail a drug test for marijuana that kept him out the championship game and that might cause some people to be cautious but his talent is worth it and would be a steal for us if we chose to jump to 7. We wouldn’t need Lawrence to play every down just mostly on known run plays and first downs. Dexter feels he has a chip on his shoulder and can’t wait to go to the NFL and prove people wrong. This is the kind of player Atlanta needs.

The Falcons met with him twice which means they were looking at him hard and wants to see how he’ll fit our system. When the Falcons had the Jarret – Poe tandem a couple years ago the run defense was unstoppable and getting Dexter Lawrence can only repeat that, if not be better. Our run defense was one of the worst in the league last year and another year of that might cost Quinn his job. Quinn has been good drafting defense in the past and I trust his judgment on whoever he chooses to pick.

By: Evan Nix

Atlanta Falcons Draft Profiles: Ed Oliver


The Falcons need help on the defensive line and there is no doubt abut that. From being 22nd in the NFL in sacks and 25th in run defense, literally anything can help. Just so happens that a guy who was poorly utilized in college, Ed Oliver, could be on the board and has eye popping talent and combine numbers that drew comparisons to Aaron Donald. Definitely a lofty comparison, but it is well deserved.

Ed Oliver stands at 6’1 and weighs in at 287 pounds. A little bit small for an interior defensive lineman  but the before mentioned Aaron Donald also stands at 6’1. Just turn on the tape, and you will see why Oliver has big time potential but also big time question marks.

The biggest question mark, which really shouldn’t be one is his character. One blow up on the sideline with a coach over wearing a jacket got the scouts writing all kinds of things about what kind of teammate he is. Long story short, that one incident should not haunt him at all on draft day because he was a silly situation to begin with, and if he was poor character guy, he wouldn’t have stayed home and become the first 5 star recruit to ever go to a non power 5 program.

His nonstop motor and explosive first step is what has teams drooling over him. With his size, he needs that quick first step on the interior linemen to shoot the gaps and it works as he is a pest to block and would form a terrific, but undersized, DLine duo of him and Grady Jarrett.

With the Falcons running a 4-3, there could be times where you see Oliver slide out to the edge for a play, and with Dan Quinn running the show on defense this season, it wouldn’t surprise me at all to see him have a couple of packages like that, especially with the recent signing of Tyler Davison.

Oliver’s run defense is probably the biggest question mark in his game due to his size. I just do not see that being an issue with his explosiveness and quick first step. He is not doubt a better pass rusher than a run defender, but he can develop into an absolute star in both areas.

Ed Oliver overall has All Pro potential. He can help jump-start a Falcons defense that desperately needs it after last season, but also adds back Keanu Neal and Ricardo Allen in the secondary. A guy like Ed Oliver on the DLine could really do wonders for this defense and give them a big jump in the defensive rankings.

The Falcons may be forced to trade up to get Ed Oliver, but we have seen in the past with the Julio Jones trade a few years back, if they like a player, they will do what it takes to get him.

By: Bret Anderson

Atlanta Falcons Mock Draft 2019 1.0


Now we must play the waiting game…

The Atlanta Falcons are sitting at 4-7 on the season so in hopes to lift your spirits I will look to the future using Fanspeak.com’s On The Clock Mock Draft Simulator. The Falcons have pressing needs at OG, OT, DL, and DB which need to be addressed soon so that the Atlanta Falcons can return to playoff contention. In the 2019 NFL Draft the Falcons will have 9 picks including the comp picks given out because of marquee free agents signing elsewhere. Using Fanspeaks mock draft I will select players based on team need and potential. The following are my picks for the Atlanta Falcons in the 2019 NFL Draft.

Subject to change based on user input.


Updated: 2019 NFL Mock Draft


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How the Atlanta Falcons 2018 Draft Class Fits

Calvin Ridley (AP)

The Atlanta Falcons selected a total of 6 players during the 2018 NFL Draft. Starting out with wide receiver Calvin Ridley out of Alabama that will become the Falcons third wide receiver on the depth chart. Ridley will give the Falcons another deep threat outside of Julio Jones that could potentially take the top off of opposing defenses. With the departure of Taylor Gabriel, the Falcons needed a player who could win his match-up and allow for more one-on-one match-ups for Julio Jones to win and take the pressure off of him. Ridley is currently being compared to Indianapolis Colts legend Marvin Harrison.

With the 58th overall selection in the 2018 NFL Draft the Atlanta Falcons selected cornerback Isaiah Oliver out of Colorado.

Oliver has an impressive wingspan of 33 1/2 inches. This length allows him to contest a lot of jump balls which his film reflects. The Falcons have been looking for a cornerback to push Robert Alford inside to nickel for a while now. Jalen Collins would have been that guy but he did not pan out because of his off-the-field issues. Oliver was considered as a fringe first round talent which makes this pick even more impressive. Oliver should start alongside Desmond Trufant in nickel packages with Alford covering the slot receiver. This move would push Brian Poole to dime packages which would give the Atlanta Falcons some great cornerback depth.

In the 3rd round the Falcons selected defensive tackle Deadrin Senat out of South Florida.

Senat is built almost exactly like Grady Jarrett. Senat will immediately come in and play 1T in the base defense. Deadrin Senat ranked 2nd in PFF rankings for run stop percentage. Senat was also tied for 4th with 30 total run stops among this years defensive lineman. If replacing Dontari Poe was on your board this is exactly how you do it with this selection.

With the 120th overall pick the Atlanta Falcons selected running back Ito Smith from Southern Mississippi.

Smith is in the mold all three falcons running backs Devonta Freeman, Tevin Coleman, and formally Terron Ward. Smith is a shifty back that forced 182 missed tackles out of 829 total touches. Ito Smith is thought of to be the eventual replacement for Tevin Coleman who is in contract year. For this year, think of Smith as competition for the open returner spot the Falcons have and special teams support.

The Falcons traded their two 7th round selections to the Los Angeles Rams to move up into the 6th round. The two players they selected were wide receiver Russell Gage and hybrid linebacker/safety Foyesade Oluokun. Gage is a sort of a gadget player but appeared to be very good in that role. Gage is a converted cornerback so he may be put back at that position in the NFL if Dan Quinn sees fit. Dan Quinn is on record for converting wide receivers into cornerbacks with ex-Falcon C.J. Goodwin and current Falcon Deante Burton.Gage fits immediately as a special teams ace and an eventual 5th receiver on the depth chart. Foye is built in the Kemal Ishmael mold as a player who can play safety but come down and hit when asked. According to sources Foye will be tried out at multiple positions including offense. Foye is a jack of all trades master of none type of player. Look for Oluokun to be purely special teams depth in his first season as an Atlanta Falcon.


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Atlanta Falcons 2018 NFL Draft Big Board

Falcons fans can calm down now because the day has come. The 2018 NFL Draft is upon us and it starts at 9PM. The Falcons do not have many clear holes on the roster outside of defensive tackle so it will be a shock if that is not the position taken in the 1st round. Before I begin this list I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that we at ATLSportsHQ are selling T-Shirts! If you buy a T-Shirt you will be entered into a raffle for two free Atlanta United or Atlanta Braves tickets.

This list is comprised of every player that has met with the Atlanta Falcons prior to the draft. The following is my big board for the Atlanta Falcons.

  1. DL Vita Vea
  2. DL Da’Ron Payne
  3. DL Taven  Bryan
  4. CB Jaire Alexander
  5. CB Isaiah Oliver
  6. EDGE Harold Landry
  7. LB Rashaan Evans
  8. LB Leighton Vander Esch
  9. OT Mike McGlinchey
  10. TE Hayden Hurst
  11. OT Kolton Miller
  12. C James Daniels
  13. DL B.J. Hill
  14. C/G Frank Ragnow
  15. G Braden Smith
  16. WR Dante Pettis
  17. RB Ronald Jones II
  18. RB Nick Chubb
  19. LB Uchenna Nwosu
  20. DL Nathan Shepard
  21. DL Breeland Speaks
  22. DL P.J. Hall
  23. DL R.J. McIntosh
  24. CB D.J. Reed
  25. OT Tyrell Crosby
  26. OT Brandon Parker
  27. RB Kallen Ballage
  28. DL Folorunso Fatukasi
  29. DL Deadrin Senat
  30. TE Ian Thomas
  31. WR Keke Coutee
  32. WR DaeSean Hamilton
  33. WR Deontay Burnett
  34. RB Nyheim Hines
  35. TE Troy Fumagalli
  36. CB Grant Haley
  37. DL Kentavious Street
  38. DL Justin Jones
  39. LB Genard Avery
  40. LB Dorian O’Daniel
  41. LB Jack Cichy
  42. LB Fred Warner
  43. S Siran Neal
  44. WR Javon Wims
  45. CB Michael Joseph
  46. S D.J. Smith
  47. QB Riley Ferguson
  48. QB Kurt Benkert
  49. QB Tanner Lee
  50. FB Jaylen Samuels
  51. FB Ryan Nall
  52. FB Nick Bawden
  53. QB Quinton Flowers
  54. TE Tyler Conklin
  55. WR Richie James
  56. WR Vyncint Smith
  57. DL Julian Taylor
  58. RB Chase Edmonds
  59. QB Quinton Flowers
  60. EDGE Joe Ostman
  61. EDGE Davin Bellamy
  62. EDGE Jalyn Holmes
  63. G Tony Adams
  64. OT Brett Toth, Army
  65. OT Rick Leonard
  66. C Austin Golson
  67. G Cory Helms
  68. G Anthony Coyle
  69. DL McKay Murphy
  70. DL Kingsley Opara
  71. LB Foye Oluokun
  72. LB Deion Pierre
  73. LB Patrick Afriyie
  74. LB Junior Joseph
  75. EDGE Jake Martin, Temple
  76. EDGE Jacob Tuioti-Mariner
  77. EDGE Danny Ezechukwu
  78. EDGE KeShun Freeman
  79. CB Linden Stephens
  80. CB Rashard Fant
  81. CB Lance Austin
  82. CB Chandon Sullivan
  83. CB Malik Boynton
  84. CB Jerrell Foster
  85. CB Mike Minter Jr.
  86. S Afolabi Laguda
  87. S Corey Griffin
  88. G Matthew Gono
  89. G Jeremi Hall
  90. OT Korey Cunningham
  91. OT Jamil Demby
  92. C Tejen Koroma
  93. C Patrick Morris
  94. C Harley Vaughn
  95. RB Boston Scott
  96. RB Malik Williams
  97. RB J.J. Green
  98. RB Mark Thompson
  99. WR Jonah Trinnaman
  100. WR Jake Wieneke
  101. WR Dorren Miller
  102. WR Ray Bolden
  103. TE Jake Roh
  104. TE Nate Wozniak
  105. QB Alex McGough
  106. QB Brandon Goodson
  107. QB Max Staver

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