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Gang Green Nation Community Mock Draft Pick #19

Njdevil7 is up next to make a pick for a team that handed the Jets a devastating loss in December, the Atlanta Falcons.

With the nineteenth pick in the Gang Green Nation Community Mock Draft, njdevil7 picks for the Atlanta Falcons...

Earl Thomas

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.

My reaction:

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?

The Draft:

1. St. Louis (David Wyatt)-Ndamukong Suh, DT, Nebraska

2. Detroit (TheSanchize6)-Gerald McCoy, DT, Oklahoma

3. Tampa Bay (nrmax88)-Russell Okung, T, Oklahoma State

4. Washington (eighthoursaway)-Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma

5. Kansas City (michael28102)-Eric Berry, S, Tennessee

6. Seattle (arrowshockey16)-Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame

7. Cleveland (chrebetsthebet)-Joe Haden, CB, Florida

8. Oakland (mousie)-Bruce Campbell, T, Maryland

9. Buffalo (MachlinT)-Bryan Bulaga, T, Iowa

10. Jacksonville (Leamg)-Jason Paul-Pierre, DE, South Florida

11. Denver (THetes)-Rolando McClain, ILB, Alabama

12. Miami (ThomasU)-Sergio Kindle, DE/OLB, Texas

13. San Francisco (Newcomb29(Edge))-Trent Williams, T, Oklahoma

14. Seattle (arrowshockey16)-Dez Bryant, WR, Oklahoma State

15. New York Giants (Crackback)-Derrick Morgan, DE, Georgia Tech

16. Tennessee Titans (JGrill77)-Kyle Wilson, CB, Boise State

17. San Francisco (Newcomb29(Edge))-Brandon Graham, DE/OLB, Michigan

18. Pittsburgh (Bob_The_Friendly_Baker)-Maurkice Pouncey, C, Florida

19. Atlanta (njdevil7)-Earl Thomas, S, Texas