With the nineteenth pick in the Gang Green Nation Community Mock Draft, njdevil7 picks for the Atlanta Falcons...
I picked Thomas mostly because he was the best player available. It's just a bonus that I helps fill a need in the secondary. Last year, Atlanta struggled with injuries, and depth in the back end of the defense was a concern as the team failed to miss the playoffs. They have Erik Coleman and Thomas DeCoud currently as their safties, but Earl Thomas is one of the most instinctive safties to come out in years.He's a great kid with all of the character qualities you want. The only concern I might have is his size, but so far he has had no durability issues so far. To me, this is an absolute steal for the Falcons.
I love Thomas. He's going to be an excellent cover safety and a real ballhawk for years. I'm still not sure how much I agree with the pick. This team is looking to win now and doesn't have a second round pick. There are real issues at outside linebacker that could be addressed by Sean Weatherspoon or at defensive end by Everson Griffen or Jerry Hughes. With that said, I can't get on the pick too much because I think Thomas is going to be a stud. You can't go wrong going best player available.
What do you think, GGN? Did the Falcons make the right pick going for best player available over pressing needs?
19. Atlanta (njdevil7)-Earl Thomas, S, Texas