Receivers, Dominik And LeapfrogApril 12th, 2014
Many assume the Falcons, with the No. 6 overall pick in next month’s NFL Draft, one slot before the Bucs, will pounce on the best available offensive lineman or pass rusher.
As their general manager Thomas Dimitroff has said, he acutely understands the need to protect their $100 million investment in Matt Ryan, one of three NFC South quarterbacks better than the Bucs’ current QBs.
But Joe’s never quite been sold on the Falcons drafting in the trenches. Teams are prone to bold thinking when they’ve got a new stadium under construction with outstanding public financing issues, and a focus on generating new revenue. There’s some tough sledding going on in Atlanta with the Falcons’ new stadium, which breaks ground in May.
A new left tackle isn’t the sexiest pick when Atlanta could nab, say, Mike Evans or Sammy Watkins to team with Julio Jones and old man Roddy White. That’s also another way to help what was the NFL’s worst running attack last season. Dimitroff is prone to bold moves (See Jones), as well.
There’s another guy who thinks the Falcons need receiver help, and that’s former Bucs rockstar general manager Mark Dominik, a favorite villain among Bucs fans. Now a BSPN “front office” guru, Dominik wrote in a recent pay-per-read feature that the Falcons have a “hidden need” at WR.
Atlanta Falcons: Wide receiver
The Falcons have had one of the best one-two punches at wide receiver in recent seasons, but with Roddy White starting to show his age (he’ll turn 33 this season) and stud receiver Julio Jones already having had two major surgeries on his foot, the Falcons need to acquire some depth and insurance at the position. I like Harry Douglas, and he did a very good job filling in last season when they needed him to, but this position could turn on the Falcons quickly if they aren’t prepared, and I believe they are aware of that.
Joe had to take a vomit break after reading Dominik write that.
So the wide receiver position can “turn” on the Falcons and they need depth there? Where was the Bucs’ depth at receiver last season, Dominik? The Bucs didn’t even enter the 2013 season with receivers as good as Jones, White and Douglas.
Second, saying Douglas did a strong fill-in job last season for White and Jones was another punch in the gut. It was against the Bucs, with both White and Jones out injured, that Douglas ran wild for a career day. Dominik’s and Greg Schiano’s handpicked savior, Darrelle Revis,
was still rehabbing for the Patriots was playing a lot of zone in that game and not focusing on Douglas, who caught the game-winning touchdown on Johnthan Banks.
Don’t believe Joe’s film analysis, Douglas said it himself.
Frankly, Joe’s concerned the Falcons are ripe to trade down to acquire more picks and still get their hands on North Carolina tight end Eric Ebron to replace Tony Gonzalez. Joe can envision a team like Tennessee trading up to leapfrog the Bucs and draft Johnny Football. What a nightmare that would be.