The Atlanta Falcons worked in a few needs with their seven NFL Draft picks but it wasn’t a draft that will be remembered next year. Atlanta did get their hands on one of the best talents in the NFL Draft Sean Weatherspoon, a linebacker that was sought by many teams hoping he would fall.
Atlanta Falcons first NFL Draft pick and 19th overall Sean Weatherspoon.
Sean Weatherspoon, a linebacker coming out of Missouri, was a player that made many NFL scouts drool. Weatherspoon is the ultimate linebacker with speed, good footwork and some pop at the point of contact. Weatherspoon is strong in coverage and in pursuit, wrapping up running backs and tight ends just as easily as he handles receivers. Weatherspoon will make a huge impact in his first NFL season and will contend for NFL Rookie of the Year.
Atlanta Falcons second NFL Draft pick and 83rd overall Corey Peters.
Corey Peters, a defensive tackle from Kentucky, is a great pick up with the 83rd overall NFL Draft pick. Peters is physically projected as a perfect defensive inside lineman, with long arms and is a great tackler. Peters will play his way into the defensive line in his first season if he can maintain the motor he had in college. Peters will play in his first NFL season and possibly start by the end of the season.
Atlanta Falcons third NFL Draft pick and 98th overall Mike Johnson.
Mike Johnson, an offensive guard coming out of Alabama, has a standard skill set as an offensive interior lineman. Johnson has good hands and average foot work and will be a solid rotating lineman. Johnson will most likely be a back up in his first NFL season.
Atlanta Falcons fourth NFL Draft pick and 117th overall Joe Hawley.
Joe Hawley, a center coming from UNLV, has played all three interior positions and brings needed versatility to the bench. Hawley will see more action in the rotation since he does know the nuances of the center position. In Hawley’s first NFL season he will be rotated in and out of the line up to keep the Atlanta line fresh.
Atlanta Falcons fifth NFL Draft pick and 135th overall Dominique Franks.
Dominique Franks, a cornerback out of Oklahoma, gives Atlanta a solid corner to strengthen a weak secondary. Franks will work is way into the Atlanta line up by first coming in on passing situations and late in games that may be out of hand. Franks has strong foot work and is very fast off the line with the back pedal. Franks will play in his first NFL season and has every opportunity to earn a starting job by the end of the season.
Atlanta Falcons sixth NFL Draft pick and 165th overall Kerry Meier.
Kerry Meier, a wide receiver from Kansas, is a converted quarterback with tremendous speed. As the 165th overall pick, Meier will be an asset due to his knowledge of not only his position but having a background as a quarterback. Meier has adapted quickly as a decent route runner and has solid instincts to the ball. As a former quarterback he is not afraid to break off a route and come back to help his quarterback. Meier will make the Atlanta team and see some action in his first NFL season.
Atlanta Falcons seventh NFL Draft pick and 171st overall Shann Shillinger.
Shann Shillinger, a safety coming from 1AA National Championship runner up team Montana, is a major unknown heading into training camp. Shillinger is another converted quarterback that makes the draft board for Atlanta. The knock on Shillinger is size for the NFL but Shillinger can make those doubters go away with a solid training camp and good pre season. Shillinger still has a quarterbacks instinct to find the ball and has tremendous closing speed. Shillinger may not make the Falcons at first but look for him to be playing in the NFL in the 2010 season.
NFL Network NFL Draft live coverage April 22-24, 2010.
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